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In what cases is it acceptable to add multiple answers to same question?

So I recently noticed that I can add more than one answers for same question! Does each answer act separately when it comes to vote count? Meaning, if both of my answer gets up votes, will I get rep ...
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How do we improve the signal to noise ratio?

I'm admittedly relatively new to Writing.se. However one thing I have noticed is that unlike other stack site there are a lot more opinion based questions that generate lots of answer of varying value....
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Posted an answer to an on-hold question

This question has been put on hold at 18:36 server time. I have posted an answer to it at 18:59 server time. Which should not be possible. I have started writing an answer when the question was still ...
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Answers that add nothing

Recently I'm seeing answers from new users, that don't add anything to the discussion. That is, some answers have already been posted, and the new answer says only what has been said before, without ...
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What to do with an obvious standout answer that I hate?

So, I asked this question. The first answer is an obvious standout, with three times the vote total of all the others combined. Problem is, I don't like any of the answers much, and this one less ...
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When discussing fiction, should there be more effort to clarify and/or acknowledge the writer's overall goals?

I've noticed that quite a few fiction-related questions are asked here without a clear indication of the writer's ambitions for the work in question. For example, are they trying to produce: ...
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Is it okay not to accept an answer?

In my recent question I have had seven absolutely fantastic answers. Everyone's contributions to the question were outstanding, and I'm proud to have asked something which could have sparked such ...
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Questions about how to write

I noticed some questions that were at the bottom line a 'how to write' or 'instead of using my imagination should I ...' questions. I would have to guess that these questions are on topic so not ...
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Does it matter if I have more questions than answers?

I really want to ask a question, except I'll have more questions than answers. I don't want to appear like I'm not adding to the community in any way. However, there is no questions that haven't ...
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How do I choose the best answer?

I recently asked this question and got six answers that seem pretty reasonable. I didn't have a specific answer in mind and there probably won't be many results from the advice for a while. How do I ...
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Is there a place for critiquing book proposals within stack exchange?

Is there a place in Stack Exchange where you can share an excerpt of a story or proposed book and receive feedback?
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What to do with questions from writers who cannot write?

I see a lot of questions on Writers Stack Exchange that contain basic errors of grammar and punctuation, or consist of one long rambling run-on sentence, or discuss an intended translation into ...
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Answers that are off-topic

I have noticed this problem occur repeatedly within Writers. Whether it extends to other SE sites, I don't know (I would guess it does, but I haven't watched them closely). This problem concerns ...
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How should Writers encourage broad (but not too broad) answers?

One difficulty for the Writers Stack Exchange is that writing questions tend to be more subjective (requiring greater length for a good answer) and often address a specific problem the asker has (...
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What advice should be given with respect to autobiographical information?

In the "Style/Tone" portion of the What makes a good answer? FAQ, Lauren Ipsum rightly indicates that advice about excluding autobiographical content from an answer needs to be discussed to establish ...
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Is there a way to link to content within a post?

While the ability to link to footnotes would be helpful, being at the end of the post makes such notes relatively easy to find. (Returning to the place one was reading could still be a bit of a ...
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What guidelines help make an answer “good”? [duplicate]

Writing can be a vague and subjective subject, and it's not always easy to see what makes a "good" Stack Exchange answer, compared to a "less good" one. What guidelines will help me write better ...
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Providing better “What makes a good answer?” resources

At least a few Stack Exchange sites have meta questions about what makes a good answer (and some suggestions that such a question should be included in the FAQ [now Help Center]). When a new poster ...
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Comment, edit, or answer

For this question, I ended up leaving three comments (one on the question and two on different answers). Some content might be reasonably edited into an answer (e.g., replacing "moonless" with "...
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Answer keeps getting turned into a comment; help?

I tried to add a community-wiki answer to this week's challenge topic to start a list of questions asked during the challenge week, but it turned my answer into a comment on the question instead. (...