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How do you tell an answerer that you think their answer needs work?

See here's the thing about that... It wasn't a bad answer, or a wrong answer, it was just an answer that you happened to personally disagree with. That's about it. Your disagreement doesn't make the ...
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How do you tell an answerer that you think their answer needs work?

Don't argue in the comments on the main site. You can read more about this here. This isn't a discussion site. It is a question and answer site. The only reason the main site has comments is to ...
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How do you tell an answerer that you think their answer needs work?

Comments are great for nit-picking. "You stated that nutria were released into the wild in the 1940s, but in fact this was first done in the 1930s..." - that kind of thing. When the entire answer is ...
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Why was my answer deleted last night?

Your answer fails the most important test: Answers must answer the question What's the question: Title: How do I effectively get people to look past my age when considering my abilities, if they know ...
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How do you tell an answerer that you think their answer needs work?

I think the point here is that there is a clear divide in how the community thinks this situation should be approached. The fact is though; this site operates on community consensus; not what you ...
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How do you tell an answerer that you think their answer needs work?

Vote If you disagree with a post, you can also downvote it. Comment If you have specific suggestions for an answer, leave a comment. This is not an answer to the question. That comment does not make ...
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How do you tell an answerer that you think their answer needs work?

Generally speaking, comments are for requesting improvement or clarification. So, if you think someone's answer needs work, you should probably stick to improvement suggestions. Meaning, do not ...
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How can we politely communicate to users that ignoring IPS' policy about answering is hurting the site?

TL;DR Use your downvotes Be consistent Leave clear comments with meta links to policy, and try to give concrete suggestions for improvement In more detail... (sorry, this ended up way longer than I ...
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What's the best way to deal with VLQ "answers" when you can't flag them appropriately?

Use Your Downvotes If you see a bad answer, step 1 is to downvote it. The way to fight bad content is to delete it. The community can only delete posts if they have a negative score. That will only ...
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When is an answer 'not an answer'?

Here is what happens when you flag something as "Not an Answer": It goes through the Low-Quality Posts review queue. The community reviews it. Depending on the result of the review, the ...
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What's the best way to deal with VLQ "answers" when you can't flag them appropriately?

This post explains how we've been dealing with unsupported answers on IPS. TL;DR, flag as "not an answer" (often shortened to "NAA"). So here's what I'd propose as a strategy for everyone using the ...
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How do you tell an answerer that you think their answer needs work?

Uh-oh, someone on the internet is wrong! So what do we do now? Assuming that the post in question was written in good faith and you just think it needs some T.L.C. or maybe a warning to future ...
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How do you tell an answerer that you think their answer needs work?

Leave a comment. You must be careful to abide by the rules here, but you can still make your opinion heard if you phrase your disagreement as a suggestion to improve. Instead of It seems like saying ...
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Should this answer have been deleted?

Speaking as the author of the answer being discussed I can only say the following: I gave the answer in good faith, it is based on my own experience I could back that up with specific incidents and ...
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What happens after using the "recommend deletion" option, when doing reviews?

What actually happens to the answers that I recommend deleting? When it gets six Recommend Deletion clicks, this answer will be deleted and will be shown as Deleted from review by [users' names ...
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Should this answer have been deleted?

I've answered the OP I can't say I've liked this particular answer. I've seen this answer in the review queue and skipped it. . #1 : to me, there's no real difference in the ideas behind our 2 ...
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How can we politely communicate to users that ignoring IPS' policy about answering is hurting the site?

I think most of the problem here is that we've yet to come to consensus, or in cases where we have come to a consensus, as soon as policy is enforced the consensus shifts. Basically there aren't ...
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How can we politely communicate to users that ignoring IPS' policy about answering is hurting the site?

I'm not that good at politeness, so I will leave this for others but here are my suggestions. First, start leaving a comment under every old user with bad answer explaining how bad answers are ...
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How do you tell an answerer that you think their answer needs work?

One way to have that discussion is to create a question on meta about that post. That creates a place where the topic is that specific post, so the discussion can be properly focused. Another way is ...
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