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Answer too valuable/rare to delete so I edited it, but OP changed it all back

I've locked the post until a consensus can be come to. In general, such substantive edits should not be made without the author's consent. Personally, I felt in this case that an unfiltered ...
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Asker enforcing restrictions on answers - good or bad, allowed or not?

I can think of a variety of reasons that an OP might want to restrict answers in some fashion. Attempting to create a community wiki (your 1st example) Reinforcing existing standards, particularly ...
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Can anecdotal illustration support an answer, or must it go in a comment?

Please forgive me if I meander a bit, but your question asks more than it seems on the surface to ask. The Stack Exchange model is not discussion based, but a straightforward Question and Answer ...
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What should I do when a user self-identifies as being under 13?

Ref. Are moderators required to report users younger than 13? In a nutshell, as a SE user, you bring it to a moderator's attention, the moderator then brings it to a community manager's attention.
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Answer too valuable/rare to delete so I edited it, but OP changed it all back

This particular post aside, assuming the edits to the answer are appropriate - ie, are not changing the tenor of the post nor the substance, but are changes to improve readability or similar - the OP ...
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Can anecdotal illustration support an answer, or must it go in a comment?

Additionally to anongoodnurse's answer, I left you a note when I edited your post to tell you it was because of the anecdotal paragraph - and this was precisely one of the reasons you ended up with ...
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Can anecdotal illustration support an answer, or must it go in a comment?

There are a number of cognitive biases that make anecdote unreliable; and a number of reasons that make an accurate anecdote irrelevant to a correct answer. Anecdote distracts from evidence. Opinion ...
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User who consistently posts factually inconsistent questions

"Is there an expectation that questions posted should be factual?" Sort of. From What types of questions should I avoid asking: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual ...
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Answer too valuable/rare to delete so I edited it, but OP changed it all back

I just want to add that I agree with Karl Bielefeldt and Joe. @Random Guy, I saw that you did answer, but you also wanted to make his answer more like yours - to suit your sense of decorum. That's not ...
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What is our position with questions and answers that push a political viewpoint?

I agree with Beofett's approach on how to handle these questions, I just want to additionally point out that whether a point of view is "political" or not depends highly on the context. A post ...
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What is the policy/rules on answers that are rooted in negative sides of single parenthood?

I'm worried that posting a factual, valid answer rooted in this would be met with heavy hostility at best, and moderated out at worst (including suspension), either because people assume that "be nice"...
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I am fairly certain I identified a sockpuppet account. Is there a method to refer this for follow up or do we care about this?

The user you discussed with is not my sockpuppet account. Whenever a comment is posted to a question or answer, the poster gets notified. in this case, that was me. I sometimes did follow the link in ...
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Questions that sound like a medical issue

Personal opinion as a physician-user: I believe Joe's comment is completely correct in the case of your face blindness answer. The child does not have symptoms - not even close! - for the diagnosis of ...
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What to do with very basic questions (e.g. 'My newborn doesn't sleep for long periods')? Answer or other?

There isn't anything wrong with answering a basic question. There is nothing in the help pages for questions you can ask or questions you shouldn't ask that prohibit a basic question. (And "basic" ...
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When is an answer not an answer?

I was the source of the upvoted comment, I suspect, and want to clarify my particular stance on that answer, as well as in general. On that answer, I didn't feel it was "not an answer" explicitly. I ...
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What is the policy/rules on answers that are rooted in negative sides of single parenthood?

There are a number of ways that one might become a single parent. A woman has a baby through artificial insemination. A woman has a one-night stand and has a baby. A woman gets raped and has a baby. ...
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Rethinking the medical advice questions approach?

I would like to answer first as a user who happens to be a physician, then as a moderator; thanks for bearing with me. As a doc, I'm not overly concerned with answering medical questions; I know when ...
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Asker enforcing restrictions on answers - good or bad, allowed or not?

Certainly I think that requiring research-backed answers is appropriate and welcome; if someone is asking for research we should endeavor to provide such. We're a bit more "opiniony" than most sites, ...
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What to do with very basic questions (e.g. 'My newborn doesn't sleep for long periods')? Answer or other?

I already upvoted the accepted answer, to which I cannot add anything. So I'll take the opportunity to challenge YEAH! That's a thing! I was in a private Family Practice (practicing Obstetrics as ...
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Where should we draw the line on comments?

I am new to Parenting.se, but not to SE in general. I think this site is about average (in my limited experience) in the quality and quantity of comments (though much friendlier), and see no problem ...
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Asker enforcing restrictions on answers - good or bad, allowed or not?

This is similar to other answers here in that I fully support the idea that OP should be able to restrict the scope of possible answers to their question. To add to list of possible reasons that @...
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When is an answer not an answer?

That answer rejects the premise of the question - which is already user hostile and should probably be avoided. But, worse, it is rude and dismissive. It's not an answer and should be deleted.
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