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How should we handle wrong but most-upvoted answers?

The best approach to dealing with a faulty answer is to downvote it and to upvote a correct answer. Consider leaving a comment under the faulty answer to explain your downvote and give the post owner ...
DeltaLima's user avatar
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What should our policy be on plagiarism?

If we were writing academic papers, then quoting a fact you learned without citing its source would be plagiarism, regardless of how you phrase it. On Stack Exchange, plagiarism just means copying. ...
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Would you avoid downvoting an answer with a factual error?

Well, serial downvoting for revenge is clearly a violation of terms of service. That's a situation for mods to handle. A factual error is a definite reason for a downvote. That's what makes good ...
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How should we handle wrong but most-upvoted answers?

The Stack Exchange model is designed to provide the best answers to both the people asking questions and the community in general. People asking questions can indicate which answer best answers their ...
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Repeat no-effort answers, Looks OK or Delete?

Delete. I agree that answers can't be considered in isolation. The only answer on a question, if not incorrect and not useless, should generally be kept upon meeting minimal criteria. In contrast, ...
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Policy on top secret answers?

If it is not public and/or based on publicly available information, it means that is basically opinion-based, and as such is off-topic in my opinion. The alternative is to have a question that will ...
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Why aren't people trying to answer my questions?

Why aren't people trying to answer my questions? Because this site actively discourages trying. Either a person knows the answer, and posts it, or doesn't, and no answer is posted. You are probably ...
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Would you avoid downvoting an answer with a factual error?

I feel like a downvote is a little harsh for a first response. We all make mistakes, I'll try to leave a comment if something in the answer seems wrong. Especially for new users, it might be a bit off-...
fooot's user avatar
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How should we handle wrong but most-upvoted answers?

Anyone with much knowledge of aviation who has spent much time on Aviation Stack Exchange knows that there are many cases where wrong answers quickly gain (and keep) the highest score. We can't fix ...
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Would you avoid downvoting an answer with a factual error?

I'm clearly for your option A. Downvoting without explanation is rude in my eyes and only justified if the answer is of obviously poor quality. Most answers are the best effort of the person and it ...
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How to self-answer questions that do not show research?

Your suggestion is absolutely right, I think we would need to have more conversation about how to better encourage this. Our regular users seem to already understand this. As you've pointed out, the ...
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