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Is it allowed and encouraged to post non-answer joke to low-quality questions?

Posting joke non-answers is not within the scope of the site, so we will delete them(1) when they come to our attention. Typically, they don't do much harm, though, so usually the poster faces no ...
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Is it allowed and encouraged to post non-answer joke to low-quality questions?

$$\huge{\color{red}{\text{ABSOLUTELY}}}\tiny{\text{not}}$$
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Why did this answer get an upvote?

Unless the upvoter chooses to come and answer this question you're asking people here to read minds -- it's unlikely anyone can do that for you. People upvote wrong answers for a variety of reasons: ...
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Rude and disrespectful behaviour - user complaining about deletion

Let me briefly answer your two questions, without dealing with the story around them. When the situation is complex, avoid flagging comments. When we see a comment flag, it is easy to take it out of ...
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Is my joke offensive?

I deleted your answer. I didn't find it offensive. Rather, it was completely irrelevant to the question at hand.
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Adding an entirely different construction to someone else’s answer

It is appropriate to rollback if you think that it conflicts with your intent. Obviously if you want to keep it you can keep it, too. While in principle it is possible to find out who added what it ...
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Why is this answer “spam or offensive”?

The answer was flagged by several users as spam, and that caused the answer to be deleted as spam by Community♦. These flags were of course incorrectly used, since the post is not spam according to ...
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How could such a rhetorical answer get so many up votes?

The internet is dominated by cats. Anything with cats pictures or involving cats gets lots of votes or likes. Sorry gotta go, my feline master demands my attention.
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Why does this "answer" contain a conversation transcript?

There's little sense determining why some user did this. They obviously felt that they should do that. They probably also had no reason to think that "Your Answer" meant something other than "Post ...
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Why was this useful answer deleted?

It was flagged as not an answer and I had the impression the flag had merit; being on hold had nothing to do with it. But rethinking the decision, I had made a mistake. The answer is undeleted now.
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Is it possible that a high reputation user post a completely wrong answer?

Yes. That is possible, and it certainly happens. This is why you should usually be critical and vote after reading and understanding an answer. And yes, sometimes people will vote a wrong answer ...
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Reason for downvoting the answer.

People are downvoting your answer because the question called for a proof and you posted a picture. While it is a nice illustration of the concept, it is inadequate on its own. You might improve your ...
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Self-Answer, or Delete my Question?

I disagree that this is only a simple yes/no question. Well the ultimate answer is either yes or no, but you do need justifications. Think, for example, if some user posted another answer saying &...
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How could such a rhetorical answer get so many up votes?

How could such a rhetorical answer get so many up votes? To answer a question with another question $($yet again$)$: how come that all those countless tricky integrals I've solved brought me no more ...
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Reason for Downvotes

There are likely two non-related issues: The answer you gave uses a development of $\tan(x)$, at least initially without much comment, which is in a way stronger than what is asked in the question. ...
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Short answer turned into a comment by moderator

This meta post is tagged "specific answer", so I'll frame my remarks accordingly. The posting of very short "hint" answers has come up a few dozen times here, for example "Is ...
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Why did my answer get downvoted?

Generally only the downvoter can explain their actions to you, but having looked at your answer I would say: your answer isn't "worthy" of a negative score; it happens to have one now. That may ...
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Is it allowed and encouraged to post non-answer joke to low-quality questions?

Allowed, maybe, but discouraged, I hope. If someone has the time to post a joke non-answer, don't they also have the time to post a bona fide answer? I think that if the question is so bad it doesn't ...
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Useless crankpot answers

In addition to Pedro's answer, I would like to point out that moderators should be very circumspect with their delete votes. This is because, unlike deletions by regular users, when a moderator ...
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Rude and disrespectful behaviour - user complaining about deletion

This case highlighted for me a limitation of the review queue process that might be worth bringing to the attention of the redesign project. The Answer posted (and deleted from Review) was quite ...
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Reference Request not a request for a reference?

Such an answer should at least say something like: The Wikipedia article on {subject} is a good reference, see {link}. If this is the intended meaning, since it is not clear if it is meant that ...
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Useless crankpot answers

It is not clear to me what your question is. At any rate, the team of moderators is comprised of various people from very different parts of the world with different views on how moderation is to be ...
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My answer was deleted...

Since it's one way of describing a root of a polynomial with Maple's RootOf (see the documentation, for instance ...
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Why was my edit rejected?

It may be more common to write $\int A(x) {\rm d}x$ especially when we learn about integrals in school. Yet some disciplines prefer the notation $\int {\rm d}x A(x)$, emphasizing on the fact that $\...
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Why this my upvoted answer has been deleted by moderator with no explanation?

The answer was a duplicate of this answer. The general policy across SE is to delete duplicate answers. DO NOT post the same answer to multiple questions. If one answer adequately addresses more ...
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Deleting meaningless answers?

Personally, I am not a complex analysis pro. It took me a minute to figure out why $\delta(x-i)$ was no good. If I encountered a problem like this, I may have made the same misstep. It's the type of ...
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Why was my self-answer deleted?

I guess it was deleted because it's just an assertion without any elaboration or reasoning. Thus it's not a very good answer. Still, the assertion does answer the question, and I think the reviewers ...
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Upvotes on Misleading Comment

Instead of being offended by the comments, here's another way to think about it: The comment is feedback - If so many people misunderstood your point, perhaps the problem isn't with their reading ...
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