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Is it wrong for someone to post an answer that does not meet their own up-vote standard?

A user could have two standards: A standard by which we think someone else's answer is good enough to up-vote. A standard by which we think our own answers are good enough to post. Question: Is it ...
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For multi-part questions, are both partial and complete answers encouraged?

If a question has multiple parts A, B, and C, then how to the pros and cons balance out for partial answers vs. complete answers? Obviously an excellent answer that covers A, B, and C is most likely ...
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Is "But really you would do better to ask your teacher. They are paid to answer this kind of question." in an answer the wrong message and anti-SE?

This answer to When can Moon occult Venus? feels to me to be the worst possible message. To me it looks like "you are wrong, you used the wrong number, here's the right number, and instead of ...
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Why don't question-askers accept answers?

Out of idle curiosity, I was looking through some of my (old) answers to questions which have been reasonably upvoted, were often the only answer, but have not been accepted. Fair enough, you could ...
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Threshold for site graduation?

We've been in beta for almost 8 years. A look at Astronomy's vitals on Area 51 shows this: Our beloved Astronomy SE can't graduate until these issues have been resolved: We only have 5.3 questions ...
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What are "recent hot answers"?

I just saw a reference to "recent hot answers" when checking out the newly coined csst tag. Are hot answers in general, and recent hot answers in particular new SE things? If I wanted to go ...
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999 questions with no answers and counting (downwards)

Recently I started focusing on older unanswered questions, and I realized that today we reached 999 questions with no answers and I find this repdigit number (German: Schnapszahl) worth mentioning or ...
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Why was this answer deleted? Is it possible to re-open and this link added to it?

This answer (viewable to those with rep > 10k on "alpha sites", 2k on beta) to the question Which star did Uranus occult in 1977 when the planet's rings were discovered? seems useful. The author never ...
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Non-expert questions

Specifically, mine. As you would know, I am not a professional nor expert in astronomy (am an applied atmospheric physicist and a teacher and as I often say in chat, I am as dumb as a box of rocks), ...
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Attribution of sources used in questions and answers

Any and all sources, particularly when we are quoting from another website, journal article, book etc. must be properly attributed to the source. Attributions can take the following forms (and folks ...
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Balance between professional and enthusiast questions

Something that just occurred to me and probably needs to be discussed - the balance needed between professional and enthusiast questions. There hasn't really been any problems here thus far, but this ...
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