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Asking questions with out answering any one else’s question

It's fine in my opinion just to ask and not answer questions, and conversely I think it's fine just to answer and and not ask questions. In time you will probably acquire enough knowledge to feel ...
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My question has already been asked, but not really answered? What should I do?

I recommend posting your version $Q$ of the question, linking to $P$, and stating explicitly why the accepted answer is not what you want. I don't like the scenario of editing question $P$ because I ...
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What to do with a question answered in pieces?

One thing I've seen done in this situation -- and it may be the best option under the circumstances -- is to summarize all the answers in one master answer yourself. I would write it anew (without ...
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Is universal public visibility of up-votes/reputation/badges really beneficial?

What is the benefit to later readers in seeing the vote counts on answers A and B? Questions on ME sites are supposed to be interesting for non-expert readers as well. A layperson benefits from ...
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How do I link to a MO answer?

Below each question and answer, you will see a 'share' button. Click on it and get this: The url you need is right there, already selected to cut and paste.
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Is universal public visibility of up-votes/reputation/badges really beneficial?

What is the benefit to have such a system at all? For each question, there are many perspectives on it. Various presentations can reach wider audiences, if they are on topic, well written, and show ...
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Is it a bad practise to add details (limited) to some one's answer?

I think so. The detail is all there, even if spread into the comments; it's what they are for. If further expansion is needed, why not just ask the person who wrote the answer to expand it? But, as ...
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What to do with a question answered in pieces?

This is somewhat not-an-answer, as it is just advice/thoughts that cannot be used in this instance, since that horse has already left the barn. But it is something to consider in the future. I think ...
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Delete wrong answers or leave them for instructional purposes

I think many wrong answers should be kept for the reason you stated. But this only applies to answers that have mistakes that are interesting or easy to do; it is only worthwhile to keep answers if ...
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The largest number of answers

This is a perfect task for the Stack Exchange Data Explorer, which allows you to make SQL queries to the database of any network site. Here is a query that gives the top 50 questions sorted by answer ...
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Is it a bad practise to add details (limited) to some one's answer?

My personal opinion is that there are two options, depending on the situation: You could post a separate answer, clearly explaining that this is a more detailed elaboration of the other answer - both ...
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Should we allow link-only answers that point to stable, well known and respectable sites?

I propose to adopt this policy: link-only answers should not be deleted, as a general practice. They are at least a partial attempt to answer, and contain useful information that should not go lost. ...
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Undo accepting the answer

Here is a comprehensive description of actions which lead to reputation change, and by how much: https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/269653/why-did-i-gain-lose-reputation-can-i-audit-my-...
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Is it a bad practise to add details (limited) to some one's answer?

I did this once, here. I was going to answer the question, but Andy did it first. I still felt there was some value in the remarks I was going to add, but it felt strange to do it in a new answer, and ...
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Does the number of answers really drop over years?

I do not really have an answer, but let me at least provide some further SEDE queries, so that we have more data. (I only know very basics of SQL, but I hope that somebody more knowledgeable might ...
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Edit history lost on migration

When a thread is migrated from one site to another, only the latest revision of each post in the thread is moved over. To find the original revisions of a post on a migrated thread, you can do the ...
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My question has already been asked, but not really answered? What should I do?

I'm a little late with this one. I think a tighter question is a fine idea, especially if you put in some effort as far as improving the background. That is what happened with Can a positive binary ...
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The "Oldest" answer

oldest does sort by the answer time, however, the accepted answer will still be on top, even if it is not the oldest; the same applies to the other sort options.
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Not accepting answers

Because this is a publicly viewed forum, in my opinion, there is no moral obligation of the original poster to do anything with the question after it is presented. (Private forums are a different ...
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Is it a bad practise to add details (limited) to some one's answer?

It is ok but the extra material should be separated from the original material and clearly labelled as written by someone else.
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Does the number of answers really drop over years?

Just for ease of reference, here is @MartinSleziak's graph of answers/questions:                     Ratio of answers posted to questions posted.
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How do I link to a MO answer?

I have noticed that this was discussed in the comments to this question: Privacy of software-generated links to questions and answers. (Which was bumped not too long ago. The linked discussion mostly ...
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How do I link to a MO answer?

Go to the answerer's page and find the answer there.
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Does the number of answers really drop over years?

If this reflects all questions asked, I am then unsurprised. I think the query should be changed to reflect only answered questions plus those questions which are unanswered but not closed. There ...
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Feature request: displaying all answers of a given user

This isn't exactly about the feature you asked for, but let me leave here a brief comment. (Hopefully, some of the information here might be useful.) One possibility to get list of all your answers (...
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Asking questions with out answering any one else’s question

You have mentioned that you answer some questions on Mathematics. Already this can be considered as giving back to community, even though it is on another site. This should be mentioned with the ...

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