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Please put your answers in the answers section, even if they're short

When someone insists on continually answering question after question in the comments to the question it comes across to me this way: I'm too important to be expected to submit an answer and have the ...
Michael C's user avatar
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Can we please disallow (or at least strongly discourage) answers which consist of screenshots of other websites?

100% agreed on the motivation for this meta question. Textual information stored in non-searchable image form is just wrong on so many levels (bandwidth, accessibility, text flow & responsive ...
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Criteria for determining if a post should be a comment or an answer

The Comment Everywhere Privilege page has guidance on when and when not to comment: When should I comment? You should submit a comment if you want to: Request clarification from the author; Leave ...
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Is it okay to post non-answers to bad questions?

It is completely fine to answer in a way that is not just spoon feeding the straight answer but instead helping the user to understand and gain context. Many novice hobbyist simply don't know how to ...
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Should we kill the old "DoF with a kit lens" question due to its accepted wrong answer?

I think the thing to do is downvote the accepted answer. I wouldn't kill the question.
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How to discuss the technical accuracy of an answer?

The first thing to do if you think existing answers are incorrect is to write your own answer. You can even explicitly state why XXX doesn't apply, and the correct answer is therefore YYY. However, ...
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How to discuss the technical accuracy of an answer?

In the comments to the answer. That's the best, most direct place, because it's implied to pertain to that answer. If the back-and-forth comment discussion gets long enough, the SE system will ...
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Why are most answers always so technical in this Photography section?

The basic answer to the question you reference was "Increase the Depth of Field". The OP insisted that was not the solution when it clearly is the issue that needed to be solved. So the answer not ...
Michael C's user avatar
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Can we please disallow (or at least strongly discourage) answers which consist of screenshots of other websites?

The reason for the decline is that the answer is not only a screenshot. Without the screenshot, the answer is fine. It may be worth editing out the screenshot as it isn't a good way to access the ...
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Criteria for determining if a post should be a comment or an answer

Any attempt to sufficiently answer the question, should be posted as an answer rather than a comment, regardless of whether it's a good answer or not. In the latter case, the better course of action ...
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Should we kill the old "DoF with a kit lens" question due to its accepted wrong answer?

I get your frustration, but due to the large amount of good answers and analysis at the question, I think it should stay as the "++DoF with kit lens" question. There are lots of examples of questions ...
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answers order is not point-based?

Because you have "active" clicked instead of "votes." @mattdm's answer is the most recent (written or edited) so it will appear at the top of the page when "active" is selected. For answers to be ...
Michael C's user avatar
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Why are most answers always so technical in this Photography section?

It seems the basic problem is that there are considerable technical aspects to photography, but you find discussing them annoying since you don't understand them and apparently don't want to. Your ...
Olin Lathrop's user avatar
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Why are most answers always so technical in this Photography section?

TL;DR — the StackExchange format was build by, attracts, and retains knowitalls and 'splainers. Understand that Photo.SE is part of the StackExchange network of Q&A sites, that all started from ...
scottbb's user avatar
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Why are most answers always so technical in this Photography section?

Photography is certainly technical, yes. However, it is our jobs as educators to present our answers so that they are consumable not only by PhDs, but by regular laypeople who do not necessarily need ...
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Are animated gifs as the primary source of information acceptable?

No. This is somewhat similar to "Your answer is in another castle", at least from a searchability standpoint. Without descriptive text that summarizes or restates the actions described in the ...
scottbb's user avatar
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Criteria for determining if a post should be a comment or an answer

I think we should be more flexible in allowing and encouraging under-developed answers for a variety of reasons. For example, so much usage is moving to mobile - and few will be typing out thesis ...
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Criteria for determining if a post should be a comment or an answer

I think this is straightforward. This is a question and answer site, and we should focus on questions and answers. Comments should be treated as transient. They should seek to clarify or otherwise ...
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Criteria for determining if a post should be a comment or an answer

I don't personally have a better idea than "if it can be posted as a meaningful answer that covers the majority of the question being asked, then it should be an answer". That is, however, still ...
AJ Henderson's user avatar
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Should we kill the old "DoF with a kit lens" question due to its accepted wrong answer?

Your suggested "replacement question" is the one that I was pondering about when shooting with a kit lens, and not really knowing much about system cameras. I knew enough of the mechanics of DoF and ...
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