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Proposing answer endorsement badge

Update: A version of this was posted in mother meta exchange in case you want to cast your agreement/disagreement there. Ironically, it being at +3/-3 here is so positively surprising to me that I ...
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Are accepted answers generally good answers?

This question is different from Do we want accepted answers to be pinned to the top?. I read the accepted answer to Why do ice cubes come out easier from top trays?. I understand what it's saying. I ...
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Why am I being downvoted in various posts?

So I received several notifications at the same time indicating "-2" in different answers of mine (old and new). I never understand why this happens. Is it that somebody is skimming at my ...
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My answer got me -15 points! Why?

My answer got me -15 points. Was the OP booted off the site, or what? I am just wondering.
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Do we want accepted answers to be pinned to the top?

SE is making the way accepted answers behave configurable per-site and is looking for input from our side what our preference is. Currently, accepted answers - answers that the asker of the question ...
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Do we have a policy or guidance for questions with no one right answer?

This question does not seem to have a single correct answer posted. Which of the following are true: Assume that there will never be one right answer posted (i.e. because there is not in principle a ...
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Sudden appearance of a -15 reputation loss on one of my old answers

Regarding What does negative time mean or what does it show?, this morning my answer got a 15 points reputation loss. what happened?
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What to do when you have multiple good answers?

Alright, this is probably a weird question but sometimes I get two competing answers to a question both of which I think are very good. So, in case of a tie, how do I choose the answers?
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What differently can I do to be helpful to the community by answering?

When I joined Stack Exchange I started answering questions and gained a positive response from the community. But these days, I don't feel like my answers help anyone anymore. If you look into my ...
Vamsi Krishna's user avatar
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Which of several disagreeing answers to accept?

Last week, I asked a question about an everyday physical phenomenon (In aluminum, how does electricity travel through the surface oxide layer?). I was fortunate enough to get two answers and some ...
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Should I prefer the most up-voted answer or the accepted answer?

I came across this question, where the accepted answer had a score of $-7$, but there was also an answer with a score of $31$. As a student who has absolutely no idea about quantum mechanics, or the"...
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A "Requires Expertise" Notice?

The Problem I was going to write a question here asking what the appropriate response is to incorrect upvoted answers, but I realized that I'm far from the first person to ask this, e.g. How should ...
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How to delete a wrong answer after it has been accepted?

On those occasions where I have furnished a wrong answer to a question on one of the SE sites and that answer has been accepted, I find I cannot go back and delete the answer. I instead edit the ...
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Which answer should we accept if multiple answers address the question?

If a question I asked gets answered by multiple users. And all of them solve the question satisfactorily, which answer should I accept? Should it be the one that was posted first (first come first ...
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Should we keep a list of wrong top/accepted answers?

Sometimes a wrong answer is the accepted answer, sometimes a wrong answer is the most voted answer, sometimes a wrong answer is both at once. Should we make a list of those? The purpose would be that ...
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Giving newbies time to think

Maybe it’s just me, however, there are some questions where there exist much better answers somewhere which are not the accepted one. I understand that for an answer to be accepted, it just need to "...
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Change accepted answer of my question if a better one appears

The title pretty much sums it up. Should I change the accepted answer of my question if someone answers the question "better" or more extensively? Even though the accepted answer is right?
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Chosen answers with many negative votes

I am bothered by answers chosen by OP questions which are evidently wrong within standard peer reviewed physics , this is an example Since one of the aims of the site is to be searchable and be a ...
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No marked answer when user found it usefull [duplicate]

I have seen several questions, already inactive, for which an answer was given which was useful to the user asking, but not marked as the answer. It was easy to see they were useful from the comments ...
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Questions with no accepted answers?

I am a new user and I have already answered 19 questions. What annoys me is that in most cases the person who has asked the question does not revert back to accept an answer. I am pretty sure that if ...
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Soliciting Selected Answers

Is it appropriate to ask the OP of a question to select your answer as the selected answer when you know that s/he has entirely understood your answer and that s/he is satisifed by it in the comments? ...
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How to get the only answer marked as correct

I have answered a question here. It is the only answer to a reasonably up-voted question (+7), but it has not been selected as the correct one. Short of tracking down the original poster, is there any ...
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A distinctive mark for the most voted answer

Yes, the most voted answer floats to the top. But somehow the green mark is indirectly telling the (specially casual, unregistered) reader something like "this one is better". I think it would be ...
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Option to arrange answers according to vote

It's really frustrating to have -1 and -3 voted answers sit on top of a +99 voted answer. (this question). Please provide individual users the option to automatically arrange answers according to ...
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When does it make sense to add an additional answer to a question which has already an accepted answer?

Today I've spotted once again a question, that I thought I could write an answer to, but now it has already an accepted answer (which I quite like and +1ed by the way). So I am again thinking about ...
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Voting to change correct answer

I was going through some old questions, where the accepted answers aren't usually the most thorough/best ones (in my opinion), which leads me to my suggestion - Would it be possible for other users ...
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The problem with community wiki

This is not a great problem. While poking into a question yesterday, I thought I might answer (as it didn't get a lot of attention though). Today (I mean, NOW) I see my post under "community wiki". I ...
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Why not make it possible to accept 2 answers instead of 1?

In many occasions, one find more than one correct answer, or that 2 answers complete each others in such a way that both answer the question posted. In such situations one tend to mark both of them ...
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old questions with incorrect answers

What is the best way to handle a case where a question was asked a long time ago and received several incorrect answers but no correct ones? To be more concrete, this was the situation with this ...
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Citations are the 'source code' of physics stackexchange

The Stack Overflow faq says: We feel the best Stack Overflow questions have a bit of source code I think the Physics Stack Exchange faq should say: We feel the best Physics Stack Exchange ...
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What do you do when an accepted answer is changed from correct to incorrect?

I'm more than 99% sure the wrong answer was accepted here: Rotation angle of a giant lily when a child crawls on its rim (Of course, I'm subject to significant bias saying this, since I submitted a ...
Mark Eichenlaub's user avatar
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Best Qualitative Answer vs. Best Mathematical Answer - Choose Both?

I was reading this question - Why is the nucleus of an Iron atom so stable? There are two good answers. One explains in words, in a way that might be satisfying to those who have been wondering and ...
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