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How can I add backup for an "obvious" answer?

This is an excellent question. To answer how you'd add backup for something "obvious," I'd like to walk you through my writing process when answering a question on IPS. It usually looks like: Read ...
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Is Enforcement of Backup Requirement in Answers Consistently Enforced?

The answer you mentioned is invalid indeed and should be edited/deleted accordingly. Now, you need to know that on IPS mods seldomly delete answers on their own (because our vote is binding and we can ...
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Why was this video considered inappropriate for an answer?

UPDATE: As the problems mentioned weren't addressed by the latest edit, which changed the question substantially and the comment implied an even different question, the moderator team has decided to ...
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2nd party supplying backup in an answer?

While there's exceptions - typically you don't want to make substantial changes in the content of another user's answer. You prune, and wordscape, not rearrange the rock garden, so to speak. In ...
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Old post, no valid answer, what to do with it?

One option that hasn't been mentioned in the other answers is using post notices. Full disclosure: I'm not convinced this is the right way to go, but since some early responses here seem to be against ...
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Old post, no valid answer, what to do with it?

For now, we should flag and comment but leave the answers. Serious problem answers can be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Calling them "bad" answers seems like a mistake to me. Standards ...
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Clarification on Subjective Answer Backup Requirements

For a long period, answers with 'reasoning' were indeed not moderated on IPS for 'lack of back up'. Also, from basically the first days of the site people have noted problems with posts with no ...
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2nd party supplying backup in an answer?

Long and overdue as usual, here's my take ... (whew) Yes, it's okay for anyone to edit in external references for backup If you want to put in the effort to provide sources, go for it! However, do ...
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How can I add backup for an "obvious" answer?

First off, let's start with this: there is no such thing as a universally obvious answer Some answers are just so bleeding obvious To you, yes the answers seem obvious, but they may not seem ...
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Is this anwer wrong in the terms of back up policty?

I want to start by saying that to my eye, this looks like a perfectly fine backed-up answer. If I saw it in the queue, I'd flag at is "Lookin' alright." That being said, if you really want to get ...
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Is this anwer wrong in the terms of back up policty?

The biggest problem I see with your answer is that you have said that you were in a similar situation and that you have said that you have experience using the skills you listed in your answer, but ...
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Old post, no valid answer, what to do with it?

I don't think we should delete answers that were considered of good quality at the time just because they don't follow today's guidelines. Besides that, people that answered took the time and effort ...
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Old post, no valid answer, what to do with it?

Warning: This is not a complete answer. I don't think we lose anything by commenting in order to ask people to improve their answers (ie: provide back up to it). So, as a first step, I do believe ...
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How can I add backup for an "obvious" answer?

Some answers are just so bleeding obvious I couldn't provide backup as I have no idea if I have ever done this, could you quote a time you asked a friend to use the toilet in their house? Sure - the "...
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How can I add backup for an "obvious" answer?

I those cases where you use the technic fairly often, I believe it would be okay to just say: I do that often in my other people' house and they always reacted well to it, even the ones that I don'...
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2nd party supplying backup in an answer?

I am not sure if it is ok for me to answer this since I didn't do the rollback or anything but in my opinion if you just added backup it shouldn't be deleted out by anyone other than the person that ...
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