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How much snark is allowed in answers and, when too much, what to do about it?

I'm a bit peeved my answer was edited actually. The OP specifically asked whether being a US citizen meant he could still carry a gun, and I addressed that directly, with a wink as well. But ...
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Any point in answering "unanswered" questions where comments have solved OPs problem?

Your links point to questions that were asked and then answered by comments. The OP (presumably satisfied) abandoned the question. These questions should be answered. This can be done by taking the ...
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Should we be encouraging others to break the law?

Travel is coming in contact to other cultures and that means respecting how other cultures work and behave accordingly while visiting it. Behaving accordingly is not identical to obey the law and ...
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Are we too quick in answering "no, it's impossible"

As we all know from Cunningham's Law: The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, it's to post the wrong answer. Hence, I wouldn't worry too much about this. If ...
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CEO promoting his own company's paid app in two answers without disclosing his affiliation

As "chief prosecutor" here, I'm in the delete camp, and wanted to explain why. Ordinarily, disclosure is great. If someone comes and provides a useful answer, and says "btw, this is my app; let me ...
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CEO promoting his own company's paid app in two answers without disclosing his affiliation

Delete both answers as spam We should send a clear message that advertising one's own products without disclosing one's affiliation is not alright. In this case the problem has been left unresolved ...
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Clarification on conflict of interests of moderators

Generally moderators are trusted as experienced members of the community to clear up arguments / comments when appropriate. IF they feel they have concerns, or are under attack, they could opt to ...
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Answer advocating breaking laws in a foreign country

I am sorry that you feel my answer is "advocating breaking the law", that was not my intention. The principle of "law" is quite different from one community to another, as a person from the middle ...
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Too short? But there's nothing to say

there's nothing more to say Truth is: there's always something more to say. In my opinion the current answer provides no added value, although it has the potential to do so. As it stands it's more of ...
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Should we answer every "can X be a problem at USA border" with...?

You wrote... If she is not white, the flimsiest pretext could be used to be turned back from the border. I am the one who told you in chat that your answer betrayed a political sentiment, so it ...
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Clarification on conflict of interests of moderators

I think the conflict-of-interest situation is undeniable and it would be best for the moderators to let others deal with comments, etc. on their own questions/answers or discussions/comment threads in ...
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What do we do with answers that are just (one time) anecdotes?

Doing nothing is also a completely reasonable option. The question got other more comprehensive answers, which got more votes than short anecdotal answers, the system worked. Now, looking at the ...
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Down memory lane: Please nominate the best answers of 2011?

I nominate: the answer from October 28, 2011 by Phelios, in response to : OK we're all adults here, so really, how on earth should I use a squat toilet?
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Why was this highly upvoted answer deleted?

It's a correct and valid answer -- that's for sure. Just not very helpful. The problem I have with such non-answering answers is that they can be applied to many air-travel questions. Problems with ...
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Should we be encouraging others to break the law?

I don't have any issues with it simply because the laws around the world vary and there are many topics that we may accidentally fall afoul of because of legal issues if there's such a hard and fast ...
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Should we be encouraging others to break the law?

Often times it is the locals who answer law-related questions with a "it's possible" and "there are no (severe) consequences. However, travellers who often do not speak the language might get into ...
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Are we too quick in answering "no, it's impossible"

My take is that "no" answers should usually be based on more than the mere absence of information online. So if I was a paragliding operator in Lake Toba (using that as an unfortunate example, sorry ...
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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?

As a matter of fact, you are misreading the question. Disregarding the introduction, it reads Are there any statistics showing the likelihood of mainland Europeans crashing in the UK? Or is it just ...
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Why not just fix this answer instead of trying to nuke it?

Besides the teaching part, as well written in the answer by @JoErNanO, it is not always possible to search for and edit in photos. I do handle a lot of moderator work on the small screen of my phone ...
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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?

Author of that question here. Formulating the question as 'are there statistics?' was intentionally done to avoid opinion-based answers such as 'I drove there last week and I was fine!'. However ...
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Are we too quick in answering "no, it's impossible"

This is a very valid concern, and one that I share too. I also came to this realization mainly after seeing the Lake Toba one, however, I think this is a side effect of people wanting to answer ...
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how do you know if a site is being spammed for "what's a good site for" type questions?

Link-Only or Spam? Two cases come to mind: A new member registers and posts a link-only answer A known member posts a link-only answer We've had both cases on TSE. So here are a few examples. 1. New ...
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How much snark is allowed in answers and, when too much, what to do about it?

I'm sorry this question was posted here and not at a site-wide board. I say this because each board seem to have its own level of tolerance. I am a mod and high rated member of Money.SE, and run ...
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Using Timatic to answer visa questions

The best interfaces are those both displaying requirements for a given nationality and Destination (henceforth individual requirements), on one hand, and the generalised rules for a given Country (...
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Using Timatic to answer visa questions

The Emirates web site has an accessible and easy tool, linked to IATA Timatic, available not just to those flying the carrier but to all:
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How is this not a link-only answer?

I don't think it's one of our best answers on the site by any stretch, but it's somewhat more than just the bare links given as examples in "your answer is in another castle." It is, at least, a ...
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Answers consisting only of quote of whole of external source

There is always a thin line between fair use and copyright violation. In general quoting a couple of paragraphs is okay, as long as proper attribution is given. Likewise it's okay to only quote ...
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How much do I cut and how much do I leave

You should update the answer with the most recent information, so that it becomes accurate, factual, and complete. Hence, you should cut out the outdated parts, insert the updated ones, and re-write ...
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How much snark is allowed in answers and, when too much, what to do about it?

My two cents: A slight bit of snark or sarcasm (such as I perceived, perhaps incorrectly, to be intended in the sentences quoted in the question when I first read them) is fine and can lighten the ...
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When should answers be deleted?

I'd say this is a "Flag as not an answer, then convert to comment" one. It's not a good answer, but it does have a little value: it helps confirm that the asker (or in this case, the asker's friend) ...

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