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Is it okay not to accept an answer?

You can always wait. Perhaps some time will give you different perspective, or an even better, more canonical answer will come along. You're right that questions here tend to be more subjective than ...
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Why is my answer getting me reputation even though it's not getting more upvotes?

Your answer has 4 upvotes. And 1 downvote. Each upvote gains you 10 points. Each downvote loses you 2 points. If you get one of each since the last time you checked, the system will tell you you ...
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Best way to connect existing answers to new questions?

There is a preferred way to handle this. First, if you can copy-paste an answer from one question to add it to another. The second question is probably a duplicate and should be flagged as such. That ...
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Etiquette for suggesting changes unrelated to the direct question

There are no private messages for normal users and normal circumstances. Mods can send private messages, but that's reserved for important stuff. It's hard to know what exactly you are talking about ...
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What to do with an obvious standout answer that I hate?

There is no requirement to accept an answer. There is no requirement not to accept an answer. There is no requirement that, if you accept an answer, that you do so within any particular predefined ...
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Posted an answer to an on-hold question

That actually is intended behavior. Think about how aggravating it would be to spend half an hour writing a long, thorough answer with plenty of examples and external links and whatnot, only to get ...
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What to do with questions from writers who cannot write?

The ultimate point of Stack Exchange is to produce canonical, well-written questions and answers. Nathan is correct: Improving questions is exactly the point of the edit function. This site is ...
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In what cases is it acceptable to add multiple answers to same question?

You can write multiple answers and each answer can gain its own reputation for you. You will of course be limited by the rep cap of 200 per day. As for when it is appropriate, two such situations ...
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Is it okay not to accept an answer?

Technically, choosing a response as an answer does two things: It recognizes a particular answer as particularly helpful or worthwhile. It marks the question as one which has been answered. If you'...
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How do I choose the best answer?

Accepting an answer is meant to say that the answer was the most useful to you personally; it's okay to leave it unchecked if you don't have a preference. Accepting an answer also doesn't mean you can'...
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Questions about how to write

Generally speaking, the reason the community has decided that "how do I write X" is off-topic is that they are "what to write" questions. "How do I write a family of knights with minimal servants" (...
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Does it matter if I have more questions than answers?

This community is has much more of a lack of good questions than of good answers. So having more questions than answers is actually a net gain for the community.
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Is there a place for critiquing book proposals within stack exchange?

No, there's currently no site (or other formal process) where you can get critiques on Stack Exchange. The closest I know of is the mid-week group chat at writers where we freewrite and discuss, but ...
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What to do with questions from writers who cannot write?

This forum is a less formal format than proper publishing. First, I would argue that if a post is especially egregious, that is the intended purpose of the edit functionality. The goal of this forum ...
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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 Aside from questions that depend on a specific style manual, or very basic technical writing ...
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Answers that add nothing

When we're presented with an answer marked as low-quality, we can see the original question and comments on that particular answer, but we can not see other answers. We can click on the link in the ...
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When discussing fiction, should there be more effort to clarify and/or acknowledge the writer's overall goals?

I think this is valuable advice, and we can certainly link to this meta post when applicable. Keeping one's audience in mind is always a good idea.
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