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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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What do we do with answers that are just (one time) anecdotes?

Drawing on the sorts of comments I often see on English.SE I'd suggest something along the lines of: We're looking for detailed well-researched answers drawing on authoritative sources. While ...
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Down memory lane: Please nominate the best answers of 2011?

I nominate: Yousf's answer to How to use sinks with separate hot/cold taps? because I would have paid solid dobloons to know this trick back when I lived in the UK.
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Can I accept an answer after some lenghty period of time?

Would it be ok to postpone ticking a single answer for quite some time, perhaps even a month or two? Yes, it's okay. You don't have to accept an answer if you're not sure which one is the most ...
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Why was this highly upvoted answer deleted?

I think this is still an answer to the question, so I'll put it here rather than a comment. Irrespective of whether people thought I was being sarcastic or not, there was and still is both up and ...
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Where's my silver air-travel?

Community wiki answers don't count towards tag badges since they are group effort. Who would you award the tag to? Everyone on the site? Whomever edited the CW? Me because I deserve it more than pnuts?...
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Is one answer per country acceptable?

No. StackExchange encourages as many questions as possible so that it's easy to find a solution to the exact problem you're trying to solve on Google. Therefore OP would need to create a separate ...
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Clarification on conflict of interests of moderators

It would seem to me that it would depend on what the moderator's contribution to the Q/A was and what moderating actions in question are. For example, the following situations seem fine to me: A ...
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What do we do with answers that are just (one time) anecdotes?

For many questions about immigration-related issues, such as this one about passport stamping, it's not possible to provide canonical answers because the canonical rules are not published to the ...
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Is it inappropriate here to encourage someone to accept an answer?

Questioners who never accept answers are a chronic complaint all across SE, not far behind unexplained downvotes and answers placed in comments. Early on, there was the broad question How do you react ...
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What to do about large number of questions posted as answers

Still, I wonder, would there be anything else we could do to reduce the noise? There's probably something that could be done, but in any case it is beyond the authority of Travel.SE users or mods as ...
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Why not just fix this answer instead of trying to nuke it?

Sometimes it makes sense to teach new users how to do things rather than doing those things ourselves. It helps shape the site and preserve the quality standards we aim for. In this specific case ...
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