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Are we too quick in answering “no, it's impossible”

Many questions ask if something is possible (or where can I do x in y). Often the answer is hard to find out and in a good part of these cases the answer might be "no, that is impossible, you can not ...
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How much snark is allowed in answers and, when too much, what to do about it?

In the recent question regarding Carrying a handgun in other countries with a US concealed carry permit, a couple of the (highly-upvoted) answers contained a slightly snarky sentence at the end: From ...
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Using Timatic to answer visa questions

For many visa questions, the answer is a simple Timatic search. I'm not suggesting closing and let the OP search himself, but it would be useful to have guidelines for writing a good Timatic based ...
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Clarification on conflict of interests of moderators

If an elected moderator participates as a principal in a given thread by either asking a question or providing an answer... And then subsequently uses mod powers in the same thread to either delete, ...
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What do we do with answers that are just (one time) anecdotes?

The question Is it true that Canada doesn't stamp foreign passports by default? currently has three 'answers' that are only anecdotes about one-time incidents: ...I recently drove into Canada and I ...
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Why was this highly upvoted answer deleted?

This answer got a score of 134 (10k users can see the deleted answer), only handful of answers reached that in travel.SE, yet it was deleted by a mod. Some might think of the answer as a sarcastic ...
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Should we be encouraging others to break the law?

What are the options to travel to Mecca or Jabal al-Nour as a non-Muslim? I feel needs broader discussion. This answer encourages a traveler to break the law saying: What's the maximum that can ...
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Almost all the 'answer' content on this driving question does not actually answer the question asked. What's to be done?

"Are drivers from mainland Europe likely to end up in an accident when driving in the UK?", asks the question, quite unambiguously. However, at the time I write this, there are eight answers of which ...
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Down memory lane: Please nominate the best answers of 2011?

We've been running for over 6 years now, and I thought we should take the opportunity to look back at the best answers. Please post an answer nominating your favourite / the best answer of 2011 (don'...
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how do you know if a site is being spammed for “what's a good site for” type questions?

Sometimes in the LQP queue there'll be link-only answers to questions like this: Travel site that found the lowest-price tickets from your current location Problem is... for a question like that I'm ...
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Competition idea - thoughts?

I was wondering if we could get some more competition style activity into the site without affecting quality. Was thinking about a last-man-out-wins style comp where basically each day you have to ...
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Any point in answering “unanswered” questions where comments have solved OPs problem?

I'm probably a little OCD with the unanswered questions. Is there any point in answering questions where the comments seem to have been good enough for the OP and that haven't received any further ...
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CEO promoting his own company's paid app in two answers without disclosing his affiliation

Zach Lipton recently flagged this answer. OP has also posted another answer with the same content. I asked chief prosecutor Lipton to provide the evidence. Turns out the CEO of the company which ...
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Too short? But there's nothing to say

So https://travel.stackexchange.com/a/43694/4188 is marked for deletion for being too short. However a) it's not a comment, it's a complete, standalone, little known answer b) there's nothing more to ...
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When the answer to a question has changed

We have a question on the longest flight. This week, a new flight, QF8, from Sydney to Dallas 'took flight'. It's the new longest in the world, according to the linked wiki and news reports. I went ...
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Answers consisting only of quote of whole of external source

There's at least a couple of occasions like I've been denied entry to the UK 22 years ago. What's the best strategy for applying for a new visa? Where an answer consists wholly of someone ...
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Canonical Baggage Transfer question?

We seem to be getting a lot of "will my bag be tranferred" type questions at the moment. Some do actually come with enough detail (around airlines and tickets) to answer, but many are very specific ...
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Removing / editing / closing / obsoleting out of date questions?

Doc raised an interesting point about questions which are out of date (eg law changes for electronics on airplanes, visa rule changes) which google will still find on here. This has come up before ...
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If an answer works for two different questions, should we mark the new question as a duplicate?

Sometimes, an answer for a question A also works for a question B. While question A & B are different questions and are not really duplicates (as questions), but the answer is an answer for both. ...
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Can I accept an answer after some lenghty period of time?

I have recently asked this question: Tips to avoid forgetting a bag It received quite a few good answers, however I am really not in a position yet to accept any one of them - these are tips that I ...
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How 'Canonical' Should an Answer Be In Order to Be Canonical?

I have become interested in composing a question about refusals that cite the insufficient funds / lack of funds formulae. Then after that, providing an answer that could be used as a so-called '...
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New goal - show some love - 3200 answers by Valentine's Day!

We reached our goal of 1000 questions AND 1100 questions by New Years. Now show those questions some love - let's try for a big goal of 3200 answers by February 14th, 2012! Don't forget to do at ...
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Halloween answer-a-thon

I created an event: http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/info/591/you-are-here?tab=schedule for an answer marathon, after Martin commented in 'You Are Here' that it'd worked on the TeX site. ...
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Should we be recommending other niche travel sites?

Based on this question about resources/communities for travelling to remote islands - Should we really be recommending other travel sites? The most upvoted answer links to two of the largest travel ...
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When should answers be deleted?

So, obviously when answers clearly don't answer the question (like actual comments or new questions, often from people who think SE is a forum) they should obviously be deleted. However, what if ...
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Is this too much quoting?

I found this answer on Twitter: Are there Italian customs that a North American should be aware of? It's a great answer, but.. it's two brief lines of intro text, followed by 9 long paragraphs of ...
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I'm answering a question for the first time

Why am I getting an error that says "this looks like spam?" It's certainly not!! Edit: First of all, I realized I should be on the Meta board, but I was prevented from posting here as I hadn't yet ...
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How much do I cut and how much do I leave

https://travel.stackexchange.com/a/131096/4188 this is a highly upvoted answer but it is now outdated because DT 564 / 565 now exists between Lagos and Luanda M/W/F. This makes most / all of the ...
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What to do about large number of questions posted as answers

In relation to all other (15+) SE sites that I'm active on, this one has a very large number of (follow-up, me-too) questions posted as an answer. (I'm not proficient with SEDE, so I cannot give ...
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Where's my silver air-travel?

412 air-travel × 81 and no silver tag badge :( Here https://travel.stackexchange.com/help/badges?tab=tags&filter=silver Earn at least 400 total score for at least 80 non-community wiki ...
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Should links to shopping websites be allowed?

Not picking on any contributor. This question... Where can I buy “blocking” stickers for my left-hand drive car's headlights so I can drive in the right-hand drive UK? ...is fairly valid, as it ...
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How is this not a link-only answer?

I flagged this answer as NAA. The answer seems like a classic "your answer is in another castle" answer. The question asked about whether a certain country was safe and whether there was anything that ...
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How did the Community user end up editing an answer?

I noticed an interesting string of comments on an answer to a question about TrueCrypt and US Customs, and I went to investigate to see who had made the edit to the answer that sparked off all the ...
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What should we do with questions that are already covered by Google/Wikipedia?

I came across some questions lately which could have easily been answered by searching Google/Wikipedia. Examples: Are there low cost airlines to travel within the US? Which airlines fly from ...
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Is one answer per country acceptable?

As I was commenting on a question about international travel, I mentioned to the OP that it would have been easier if he or she have had added country information (in the question or in the tags). I ...
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Is it okay to copy-paste answers from other questions?

Often I see paragraphs (or even whole answers) from one question which can perfectly fit a different question. E.g. this answer by Joel could be easily copy-pasted to the linked master question on ...
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Is it inappropriate here to encourage someone to accept an answer?

We have a recent user who is asking very nice questions almost everyday. I say nice because they are being received well by the community and attract answers that also receive quite some up-votes. ...
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Netiquette for summarizing other answers in a new answer

This question is the go-to duplicate thread for any flight-search engine question on Travel SE. It has 10+ answers and at least for me (and I guess fresh users as well) that is too much scrolling down ...
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I know I'm biased, but isn't this just a bad answer?

My recent question has prompted a rather controversial answer with (current) votes of +4/-3, and comments (each with multiple up-votes) to the effect that it is harsh, and doesn't address the question....
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What can we do for more answers on each question?

I've spotted what many questions asked last days has only 1 answer (and some have it accepted). How can we try to solve this? More peoples? Rephrasing the questions? Your ideas are welcome. Edit: how ...
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Should answers about 'other countries/cultures' be downvoted/removed?

Under the question Is it offensive to the chef/host to finish all food on your plate in Italy? there is an answer about Thailand. I have downvoted it and feel we should avoid such answers. It is ...
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Answering a question privately (or send a private message to the OP)

Based on this question, I may be able to help the OP, as I have a personal recommendation for somebody that specialises in this. Yet this is a private person, not a company or agency, and I wouldn't ...
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New…answer-a-thon! First for 2012!

So another year, and we have our fantastic 100% answered questions flagging a bit recently. We have two ways of handling this: 1) Answering them. Of course ;) 2) Putting bounties on them and hoping ...
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Should we answer every “can X be a problem at USA border” with…?

"Yes, if you are not white. This is the new reality in 2017. Sorry." I was downvoted and told it's political but I fail to see how the truth is political. A Canadian citizen who regularly visits the ...
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Why not just fix this answer instead of trying to nuke it?

https://travel.stackexchange.com/a/139204/4188 took me about ten seconds to copy-paste Victorinox Spectra into Google Images and drop an image into the answer. There are four upvotes on the mod's ...
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Answer advocating breaking laws in a foreign country

This answer to "UAE now banning VPN access - fines of up to $545,000? Any workarounds?" advocates breaking the law in a foreign country. Does it require deletion or a disclaimer stating it is not ...