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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 ...
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What to do when other users answer low-quality questions?

This question is related to many I've seen on here about "low-quality posts," so I apologize in advance if it's an exact duplicate of one I haven't found, or simply too close to others. My question is ...
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Deleting Wrong Answers in “Low Quality” Queue

It is decided[1] that deleting answers just because they're wrong/incorrect is not condoned in StackExchange-land. However, I feel it is a different situation when the answer is a borderline low-...
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Self-answering a “suggested” question on comments?

Thinking about what happened to me yesterday while answering a question, I was wondering whether the following would be considered acceptable for MsE policy or not. Suppose that user A (the OP) asks ...
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Answers which don't answer a question

I recently came across an "answer" to a question which didn't actually answer it. The question is genuinely difficult, and the "answer" merely got rid of a large number of counter-examples, and so was ...
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Questions that have been answered in comments [duplicate]

I have noticed an abundance of questions on the main site that have no answers, but have been answered in comments, often "accepted" with a comment such as "Thanks a lot!". Such questions bog down the ...
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How to deal with users padding their answers with custom signatures?

I'd like to start by clarifying that this is not a question about whether custom signatures in posts should be allowed. That issue has been discussed before, and the SE policy on the matter is pretty ...
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Answers which should be comments

Today in the review queue I stumbled across an "answer" by a new user (1rep) which should be a comment. However, I was asked if it should be "deleted" or not. But it shouldn't be deleted - it should ...
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What should I do when my question do not have any answer.. [duplicate]

This Question is not intended to grab answers.. http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/3478/how-to-grab-users-attention-on-an-old-question is not a duplicate of this My Question is.. I have ...
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Many Questions versus Many Answers [duplicate]

I have noticed at times that there are some users who have never asked a single question, yet (very skillfully) answered hundreds (or thousands) of questions. By so doing they naturally accrue a great ...
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What is the etiquette for reposting one's own answer?

At one point I wrote a fairly detailed explanation of why equivalence relations on a set and partitions of that set are essentially the same thing. The issue came up in a new question again. The new ...
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Accepting comments as answers

Sometimes a comment will suffice to answer a person's question. This may be because they are only missing one small step in the argument, or because they can be pointed to a resource that answers ...
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Converting comment to answer

Is this done by just writing the answer and deleting the comment? Can you delete a comment that has been there for a while? (I ask this because I think you can't edit a comment after a few minutes--...
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Answering my own question, but also kind of changing it

I asked this troubling question a few weeks ago, ever since then, and talking with other people, turns out that the problem is salvageable, but it has to be change to make sense. So I was wondering, ...
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Answer later shown to be wrong

I recently answered a question Open Sets Boundary question and I later discovered my answer was incorrect(I edited in a proof that it was incorrect into the answer). Is it best to just leave it as it ...
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Deleting a post

Today I encountered a person writing his comment as an answer as because he only have 35 bounties. So is there anyway by which you can delete such kind of answers OR any other user who is capable of ...
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Why isn't there any option for favourite ANSWER?

I notice that there is no option of favourite answers. What I have to do now is to favourite the question containing the answer. I think that it is a little unfair that the question SEEMS to be "...
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Should I delete my answer if it is identical to others

I found a couple of similar questions. But don't think any of it answers my query. But if this is a duplicate I apologise and please point me towards the original. On a couple of occasions now I ...
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Is highlighting text in bold considered rude?

I was wondering whether it is considered impolite to highlight sections of one's questions or answers in boldface. In my opinion, suitably applied, it can increase the readability of an answer, but I'...
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Human checks for answers made quickly

This is just a small feature request. I understand that it's necessary to check that a poster is human when they're giving an answer if they submit the answer within a short period of time after ...
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Answers with $0$ votes.

Is there any good to keep the your answers with $0$ votes or it's better to delete them? I've answered some questions lately and some are left without a comment or anything. What's your experience ...
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Is this a really bad answer?

Edit: I can't delete this because it has an answer, so I'll just say that I'm pretty embarrassed by this whole epsidode. I was quite unfamiliar with the site at the time. OP: I don't know whether ...
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comment / answer dilemma from the commentator point of view

My question is related to What should one do when one's question has been answered in the comments? but asked from the commenter point of view. If you are the user who left the comment and there ...
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Browsing the answers by deleted users

Over the lifetime of the site, several high profile users had their profiles deleted (two such deletions were recently discussed on meta). As a result, over 8000 answers, many of them valuable, are ...
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Courtesy/Etiquette: Writing an Almost-Identical Answer just After the Previous.

I'm curious as to whether there is some implicit/explicit etiquette re writing an almost-identical answer just a few minutes after a previous one. I'm thinking about the issue in general, but the ...
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Should I delete my answer containing a result and a hint, if a complete answer is posted later?

I'm asking about this question. I posted my answer a while ago, containing only the final result and a hint about where to search for a proof. I intended that I would post the full proof later, but ...
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Hide comments section [duplicate]

I want to bring up this discussion again with a possible solution, since nothing has happenend since July. If a 'hide comments'-button is not available, it would be pretty nice to have the answer box ...
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Can an answer be confusing?

By answering the question Does $\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{1}{n}$ diverge using an argument of Cauchy sequence I received several downvotes (and of course my question isn't about the downvote but just to ...
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Are answers that have no explanations useful?

As those of you who have been participants in the integration debates over the last few days (see here, for example) may know, we have been essentially debating over the nature of the content we ...
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Is it OK to answer a question with a higher level of mathematics than I expect the OP to know?

I saw this post, and I am pretty sure that it comes from a setting of a first year student. I wanted to answer this question by using Galois theory (though an overkill I think its more elegant since ...
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A step-by-step unhiding “tutorial mode” for equations

One very nice MathJax example shows means to only show parts of a formula (e.g. as hints) and unveil them one by one (see $\ref{screenshot}$ below). I think a similar feature (not restricted to ...
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I answered a question that was on hold

I was reading this question, and I had started writing my answer, but then once I posted it I noticed the question had been put on hold, and was wondering: Why can you still answer on hold questions? ...
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How should we deal with old questions by users who have left the site?

None of the Meta questions I could find (I did a search and then trawled through the "bumping" tag) seemed to answer this. What's the etiquette on answering a question with no posted answers that's ...
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LaTeX between dollar signs does not work in editing answer

I tried to edit this answer: Steve Awodey "Category Theory" - possible error After clicking "Edit" button I went to https://math.stackexchange.com/posts/526343/edit In preview I see dollar ...
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Problems with homework questions

This is the first time I post a question here, but sometimes I do read posts here. My question is concerned (again) with homework questions. My objectives in this site has been always the followings: ...
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Should I delete my question or answer my question?

I am pretty new to this forum and I was wondering what the proper custom would be in my situation. I posted a question a few days ago and last night, after some fiddling with the problem some more I ...