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Sometimes, "don't try to do what you're trying to do" is the only valid answer, see e.g. XY problem.


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You raise an interesting issue that swerves into the very purpose of having a Stack Exchange site. Here is the actual guidance that went with the removal of that post: Thank you for answering, unfortunately links sending users elsewhere to find that information aren't really considered an "answer" in the context of this site. The folks here will work ...


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I believe you more or less answered your own question here! In the post, Tom van der Zanden commented: Perhaps you could edit your answer to make it self contained (by giving brief instructions on how to resize in sketchup). You responded that this would be an very simple answer, and that you would have to explain the OP how to "press the resize icon ...


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The ultimate goal of any answer should be to solve the problem that the asker is facing. Sometimes that involves not going to what they directly wrote, because sometimes that's not the most effective way to go about it. For much the same as there are people who can't use alternatives, there are people who didn't think about the alternative options in the ...


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If it tries to answer the question, it's still an answer... But it doesn't mean it's always a good one. Generally, in these cases, you would be able to flag such an answer as Very Low Quality, especially if they would fit better in the comment space. The reason why you can't here however, is because the answer has a positive score. So what can we do? ...


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I like the points raised in this question as well as the ordering/organisation of the fixes/tasks, but it would really depend on the user and where they are coming from (as @0scar says "the level of expertise of the tinkerer"). As a case in point, (as well as playing devil's advocate) seeing as I still (rather embarrassingly) haven't got around to actually ...


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I have the feeling that a lot of the questions with non-accepted answers are users that came in for one or two questions and then left for good without ever accepting an answer. They might even have forgotten about this place. For the note: we have (according to Area 51) 11,291 users that have joined (probably including spammers). Of these only 168 have ...


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