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Answering a question when I feel like there are better answers

Sometimes, I approach a problem and I find myself pit up against an answer I deem as very good. I upvote it, and then I get a feeling of 'incompleteness'. I want to post an answer of my own, but by ...
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What if an answer is downvoted, but later corrected?

Recently I wrote an answer here. Initially it was incorrect, but now I feel that I have corrected it to the best of my knowledge. There is no other answer on the question either. Another answer was ...
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System wouldn't let me choose “not an answer” while reviewing… what is going on??

A while ago, I was rviewing LQP's, and I came across this, or more specifically this answer. My opinion was that it was NAA since it basically restates the question in the form of a hint, as a comment ...
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Similar answer situation, best thing to do?

This situation occurred many times with me. When two people answer a particular question in a very similar way, and it is in no way copied from one another since they are off by just a minute at the ...
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Answering my own new and more detailed question rather than an existing one

Recently I have posted this question: Functions that preserve asymptotic equivalence. I searched MSE and MO sites for related questions before asking, but didn't succeed, my bad. After few days, I ...
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Why should my answer be a comment?

Can anybody tell me why my answer to this question is deleted? I think none of the reasons listed here is applicable: commentary on the question or other answers asking another, different question “...
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How good is an answer without any explanation? And how far should an explanation go?

Often times I will see hints posted as answers to a question get up voted a lot and sometimes marked as the best answer, but sometimes the answer is not so intuitive, especially to someone ...
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How to Unhide New Answers to Old Questions?

Seems to me there's a flaw in the system, not that I see what could be done about it. Someone recently posted a question that was a duplicate of If $z_n \to z$ then $(1+z_n/n)^n \to e^z$. I saw a ...
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Can we have a favorite star for answers?

It is just a thought. As we have a star to mark favorite a good question, can we similarly have a star to each answer so that a good answer can be marked as favorites by users. That way one can know ...
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Answers which are not quite answers, but still could be useful to stimulate learning.

Is there some way to treat faulty answers or ones which do not address the specific question, but which could be of merit. For instance something that is related which could help the person creating ...
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Declined flags on answers

I recently passed the threshold of $2000$ points and hence have access to more review queues (Low Quality Posts and others). Some of those posts are answers, which I am asked to "judge". Sometimes I ...
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Should we find 5 downvotes on an answer from a user with 13,721 reputation suspicious?

This answer in a basic calculus exercise given by a user with 13,721 reputation has at least 5 downvotes. I think it has some sense, if it is not right. At the very least, I would expect someone would ...
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OP doesn't mark question as answered [duplicate]

I realize it is the poster's prerogative whether or not to mark a question as answered, but what of the situation in where the OP acknowledges an answer as correct in the comments but does not mark ...
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How to handle answers which are only CAS output?

I'm quite uncomfortable with the fact that there are many answers by specific users (especially in the "integration"-tag where I spent most of my time here) which are clearly pure CAS output. On top ...
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Do proof verification questions fit the website- evade duplicate tag - sometimes answer for them is just 'yes'

What to do when a question just wants a yes/no answer. In the case of this question of mine, the answer was a 'yes' or a 'no - and here's why'. In the case of questions with the proof verification ...
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Can I try to tell experienced users not to answer bad questions?

I have recently started using the website and I am trying to do my best with moderation. I flag questions very often, I edit posts when they can be improved, I have written a few of those "What have ...
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How to deal with a case where one answer says “there is no solution possible” and another answer shows one?

In this question the OP asks for a solution for the problem: Find all $f(x)$ satisfying $ f(f(x)) = x^2-2$. One answer squarely states, that no solution exists (and even gives a reference to a ...
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Post new answer or significantly edit old wrong answer?

Here's the situation I ran into: I posted an answer to Maximum $C$ such that every shape in $\Bbb R^2$ with area $<C$ can be placed to avoid $\Bbb Z^2$ and it garnered a few upvotes before I ...
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Combining two correct answers

I have this question which asks for both the real and non-real solutions of an equation and the methods I could use for them. Problem is however, there is one correct answer on the real part, and ...
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I want to be notified when a question is answered [duplicate]

Sometimes I like a question but I don't want to keep that page open for all eternity. Is there a way to make sure I get notified when the question is answered?
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Why does the person who is downvoting an answer get a downvote himself? [duplicate]

Why is that the person who downvotes an answer get a downvote himself? Isn't this unfair. I mean that the answer is not right or up to the standards so I downvote it but I also get a downvote but I ...
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How do I get to know if my question has been commented or answered?

I'm new here and I don't know how things work here and don't have any knowledge about commenting or answering questions. How do I get to know if my question has been commented or answered?
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Why do people answer the question in the comment section?

I am wondering why many answers are posted in the comment section of the question? Why not post as an answer?
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Downvoting answers because question is bad?

I have seen that sometimes answers which are not bad get downvoted because they answer low-quality posts. Is this activity supported? If yes then perhaps we should make it official by automatically ...
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Overboard editing of answers?

After reading a question and providing an answer on math stack exchange, I often find myself thinking about it from time to time and making more progress on a fuller understanding of the issues/...
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Not marking question as duplicate?

An example This question was asked earlier today. The accepted answer by the user "mathlove" was posted within minutes of asking. Now consider this question. The user "mathlove" also has a very ...
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Answers with links or references

When reviewing first answers or late answers, I fairly often come across answers along the following format: See this link for the answer: [link] or A proof of this can be found in book X. A ...
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Replying to an answer with a picture

I would like to reply to an answer I got on my question with a few pictures, essentially discussing the answer I got, as I don't know if it's wrong or I'm using the equations provided wrong. First ...
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May I elaborate?

I have seen some answers which are correct in the concept required by the question asked by OP, but which lack some explanation. Now, if the OP is quite acquainted with the concept which his question ...
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Is this an answer only site for people who just started here?

I'm a new user. I don't understand why I can't tell users what is wrong with their work. You can only do that when you have reached reputation=50? I also don't understand anymore what is meant by ...
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I want to help but I cannot because the questions are already answered by high-level users

Whenever I browse the QUESTIONS tab in math.stackexchange, I notice that all the questions, even the very basic ones, are already answered. And I also notice that even elementary questions are ...
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How to deal with ignored answers

In some situations, I have experienced the following: I have answered a question. Then, after a couple of days (say a week for example), there has still been no feedback to the answer (no comments, no ...
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Joke answer to a joke question?

I came across this question recently. This guy was literally asking what is $1+1$. I knew this was a joke question so I returned the joke by answering $42^{0}+42^{0}$. I thought that this is not ...
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Questions which are answered through comments only [duplicate]

I have seen some questions (generally on the harder side of the spectrum) that seem to get answers which are only comments. For example in the form of a link to a paper, or someone just mentioning an ...
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Proving that $e^\pi-\pi<20$ Without Using a Calculator

No, I did not mistake the meta for the main site. :-) I'm just curious how you would recommend to approach such utterly intractable questions. Apparently, simply answering them in the negative is not ...
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'Yes' and 'No' answers to questions without explanations, acceptable?

Are 'Yes' and 'No' answers to questions (that ask only for a yes or no answer, even if that's a bad type of questions according to the SE model) without any explanations acceptable?
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Why is this not a comment, but an answer?

This answer here: https://math.stackexchange.com/a/1083253/1102 I flagged it as 'not an answer', as it ought to be a comment, but the flag was declined disputed. I believe there were a few delete ...
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On a certain answer of mine

I provided an answer (whether it really is one or not is a matter of dispute) to the following question: Where does the proof for commutative rings break down in the non-commutative ring when showing ...
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What to do if there are two contradicting answers?

I got two seemingly good but contradicting answers to this question about order in bases of vector spaces. I don't know what to do because they both seem plausible and they do not agree. What can I ...
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Mistakes in own answers

I found a mistaken statement in own answer, but the answer is usable (covers most cases). The mistake can be fixed either by considering special cases or by a change (not radical) in the proof that ...
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Voting on answers that do not explain how to solve the problem

Is it standard on math exchange to downvote people who answer the question instead of telling the original poster how to solve it? (In cases where the original poster asked for the answer).
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Is it okay to post solutions without using $\LaTeX$

Following question Now has two answers both written by same user, one of them without $\LaTeX$ Using an Integral to Solve for a Variable a I've also commented about using $\LaTeX$ and I got ...
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Why are questions answered in the comments? [duplicate]

There seems to be an unusual trend going on. Even in the meta, I am seeing answers posted in the comments sections that could very fittingly have been in the answers section (meaning someone simply ...
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Including an image as an answer [duplicate]

Say the OP asks for the proof of a particular theorem, the answer to which I have in one of my books, but which is really lengthy and requires lot of math formatting. Is it OK if I just take snapshots ...
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Closed questions fully answered into the comments

I don't think it is appropriate to answer closed questions into the comments as it happens here. Can (or should) we do something with such things?
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Most upvoted answers

How to get the list of top $N$ answers that have been upvoted the most? For questions it is very easy, but not for answers. I don't expect some hidden web page, but a database query would be perfect....
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Every answer I gave on math stackexchange has downvotes, and I just joined. Is this typical for the site?

https://math.stackexchange.com/users/181915/terrence-town I guess I was wrong with some of my answers like the absolute value one but they seemed harsh.
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Is it okay to comment on others' answers for asking for explanation?

I often find myself waiting on the homepage of math.stackexchange.com, searching if there's a question I can answer. However, if I find a question (not posted by me), which is interesting for me, then ...
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Someone with more rep than you is wrong?

What is the correct and polite thing to do when someone who has more than 100 times your reputation has posted an answer you feel is incorrect? Someone who doubles your output per year in one week? ...
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Answers to basic questions which are too detailed

Often, users on this site ask very basic mathematical questions (in the order of what is the integral of a polynomial, or maybe a trigonometric equation which can be solved by looking up the ...