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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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What's the policy on responding to other answers in an answer?

Since the order of answers is not fixed, responding directly to another answer in your own answer can get a little confusing. I'd much rather see a statement along the lines of "A common ...
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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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Deleting a wrong-but-informatively-so answer?

Interesting question. My opinion is that we're here to answer questions correctly and I can see some problems with leaving incorrect answers there: They're a distraction from the correct answers; ...
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What is the standard of evidence required in answers?

This answer has been dramatically edited. See the edit history for context. Required standards of evidence for answers should be defined locally (in the question) rather than globally (site-wide). ...
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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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Use of Acronyms in questions & answers

Acronyms are part of any field, and anyone interested in learning about the field should also start learning the language. To help with that learning, I think explaining acronyms is generally a good ...
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What's our policy towards multiple answers from the same user on the same question?

I've drafted up an example. Question: Is traveling on first class safer? ✔ Scenario 1: Answer 1: Yes, because... Answer 2: Somewhat, because... ❌ Scenario 2: Answer 1: Yes, because reason 1 ...
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Does it seem to anyone else like we're seeing less and less questions with accepted answers?

Being a "Big Nerd (tm)", I have downloaded the csv files from the data anlytics. I have selected the period 1st Jan 2014 (1 week after public beta status) till yesterday, 9th Sep 2015. I have ...
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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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Deleting a wrong-but-informatively-so answer?

I don't agree that this answer, or others like it, are informative. In the context of the question (and answers are always in the context of the question), it is actively misleading. If you think it ...
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Deleting a wrong-but-informatively-so answer?

I believe that answers like the one in your example are going to be inevitably downvoted and deleted. This is what typically happens to answers that are not accurate or do not answer the question. If ...
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What is the standard of evidence required in answers?

Simply put, the level of evidence required is equal to the evidence desired by the community. Generally speaking, we expect answers to be defensible. So if you write something which strikes a user as ...
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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-...
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Single, Canonical answer or Multiple opinion and experience

By comparing questions on Meta to questions on the main site you are comparing Apples and Zebras: On Meta, particularly in discussion questions, a diversity of opinions is a Good Thing. This is a ...
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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'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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What's the policy on responding to other answers in an answer?

Personally I think it's a great idea to respond to other answers in your answer, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to be in the minority on this one. Why? Well, the main reason is because often people ...
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Does it seem to anyone else like we're seeing less and less questions with accepted answers?

the site analytics says the ratio between question/accept has been roughly constant until recently.
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Use of Acronyms in questions & answers

If it's a particularly unusual acronym, I might be inclined to add an inline tag, for example: Such and such fams blahdy blah. Hovering on the tag displays the expanded acronym*. Don't forget you ...
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