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Where do we stand with users asking for monetary incentives before providing an answer / idea?

This site is about free exchange of question and answers. However, sometimes the person asking a question could clearly benefit from some professional help that would go well beyond writing a answer ...
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Why do people answer in comments?

Question is opinion based and should be closed. Question is too broad and should be closed. The question is a good one and deserves a complete answer, but I only have time to give a brief answer. I ...
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What is the right amount of information in an answer?

Always err on the side of too much rather than too little information. Remember, the information you post here isn't just for the benefit of the person asking the question; it's also for the benefit ...
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Why do people answer in comments?

I can see me and other people doing it, despite being discouraged, because: the answer is only a partial one there is only time for me to write a bit to nudge things into the right direction there ...
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Answering an old question that has an accepted answer

As long as you are adding something new, it's not really a problem to make a new answer. You can also mention why other answers are incorrect in your answer, though try to avoid phrases like "The ...
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Why do people answer in comments?

I use both the mobile website and the regular desktop website, depending on where I am and what device I'm using. When I browse questions during my lunch break, I can easily upvote interesting ...
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Asking questions that you will eventually self-answer

It is acceptable on SE to answer your own question. However, the issues you mention do apply. You might edit the question by adding a section at the bottom called something like "Solution Eventually ...
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Do I need to include a target-audience disclaimer in this disputed answer?

Due to third-party intervention, the post has now been unlocked. Further, after reflection, I felt the moderator in question had some good criticisms about my answer. I have edited it accordingly, ...
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Where do we stand with users asking for monetary incentives before providing an answer / idea?

No, any help given or gotten here is for free. As Olin correctly points out, sometimes the question is asking for a full design, and in some cases it may trigger an offer for a full consultancy ...
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What is the acceptable level of hostility towards questions?

EDIT: To actually answer the question - I, personally, think a little bit of good-natured ribbing is ok. I really hate the "OMG, that's not even a proper MCU", or "You call that a circuit diagram - ...
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Is encouragement of bad questions tolerable?

Personally, I often answer questions that are a bit vague, or possibly would be 'more on-topic' on another SE site, provided that: I feel I have an accurate view of what the OP meant to ask The ...
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What to do with wrong accepted answers on old posts?

This question comes up quite a bit on Stack Overflow and I don't think there's a 100% "right" way but I thought I'd repeat this answer by assylias that seems to cover the options pretty well: upvote ...
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Should 'I think' answers be allowed?

I will point out that this question is not to do with this question and its answers in particular. It is in general across the whole site. We shouldn't enforce a general rule against "I think" and "I ...
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Should 'I think' answers be allowed?

There is little reason to call for a mechanism not already baked in to the SE interface. If the "I think" answers are wrong, downvote them and note why in a comment. There are reasons why answers ...
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Should we do anything with this multi-part answer?

You're right, they definitely should be four separate answers.
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Should 'I think' answers be allowed?

"I think" answer can be useful. It can give the asker something to look into more. That's a lot better then not knowing what to look into at all. Maybe it won't work out, but it should be a lot ...
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What is the acceptable level of hostility towards questions?

I thought about posting something similar to this just a few days ago. I'm a newcomer to EE.SE and also a youngling in the EE field (graduating in May.) I've only been a member for around a year but ...
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Can I ask About Blynk in Electrical Engineering

Questions about an app will probably get closed as off-topic → not about electronics design. Microcontroller questions should be alright. Arduino questions should be posted to the Arduino stack.
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Question about question links

You should not have to follow any links to understand a good answer. That said, links to pages explaining details or alternatives usually makes an answer better and more complete. Therefore, it does ...
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Why do people answer in comments?

I wanted to say that as a comment (again) on Olin's answer, but it's actually too long to fit. Technically, that is right, there are questions, answers, and that's all. This is if we consider, as ...
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Why do people answer in comments?

Usually users don't come up with a question can be answered, because they don't read any info on how to use the site, don't care about being part of the community and just want\expect an answer. I'm ...
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What is the right amount of information in an answer?

A newby here but hopefully I can add a bit of what I feel is the prevailing atmosphere here. Personally I would agree with David Tweed who is a regular here but would add the two following points. ...
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Is encouragement of bad questions tolerable?

I believe my comment actually answers the question, so I'll post it as such. The truth is, StackOverflow rules encourage people to answer bad questions, and requests to change this situation are ...
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Should we do anything with this multi-part answer?

I've split it into four new answers and deleted the old one.
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Should 'I think' answers be allowed?

Questions that call for "I guess..." answers (because there's no way to know the correct answer), should be closed as "Opinion based". For example, common questions in this category are Why didn't [...
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May comments be used to answer old unanswered questions?

Absolutely! If people choose to write answers in comments, that's on them. There's no reason for you not to put the same information into an actual answer.
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What is the acceptable level of hostility towards questions?

I have noticed this pretty much every time I have asked a question here. As an Electrical Engineer you do see this mentality in real life in colleges and from many others in the professional world as ...
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What to do with wrong accepted answers on old posts?

Would it be good practice to edit it myself and use the strikeout style for the part that is wrong (still leaving it here so the comments and context still make sense)? Absolutely not. That's ...
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Why do people answer in comments?

Sometimes I know an answer or a helpful suggestion, but I don't have the time nor inclination to make a full-fledged answer post. In those cases I may add it as a comment, reasoning that a comment is ...
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Why do people answer in comments?

Rep is not an issue for me. It is sometimes easier and faster to throw a few (or even many) thoughts into a comment that I expect to be useful to a seeker who cares. This saves formatting etc while ...
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