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Here is my proposal: We do not want hint-only answers. If a question does not deserve a full answer (now), don't answer (now). Use the comment feature for providing hints. Down- and/or close-vote the question if and as appropriate, i.e. in accordance with current policy. If you happen upon a hint-only answer, kindly refer the author to this ...


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Many, even most, of the questions on this site are homework questions. Despite the homework policy, in practice the site is used mainly to help students with their homework, and indeed traffic varies predictably with the academic year. If you discourage such questions, traffic would decrease dramatically. While the homework policy suggests that we do ...


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The maximum length of a post is 30000 characters (in the Markdown source). You can browse the longest answers on a site on the Data Explorer to see examples of long answers. The data explorer only provides the rendered HTML, not the Markdown source, so there will be a (usually small) discrepancy. Please keep your answer as complete as possible. Thank you ...


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This phenomenon is well-known on Stack Overflow. When a question has an obvious solution, it's common that several people post near-identical questions at nearly the same time. The accepted moderation behavior is to leave these answers alone. Moderators would intervene only if a redundant answer was posted markedly later than the others. If the answers are ...


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I think the issue can be resolved through rigorous semantics. A "question" in the form "I don't know where to even start, please help!" Isn't really a question at all. It's a request for help. Bad questions in this form can be edited into the form "What are the initial steps for starting to solve the problem...". This form has two advantages: 1) it is ...


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