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It hasn't been a problem (in fact I'm not sure I've ever seen it done). It should be fine as long as it's completely relevant to the answer/question (like any image)and it's not overly distracting. I would only use it when it is useful in answering the question and displays some form of interaction or whatever that can't be easily/effectively expressed in ...


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Both problems are seen on StackExchange sites: Some answers are written as comments. Some things that should be comments are written as answers. The benefit of commenting vs using the answers StackExchange sites are not fora: if every single little comment is at the same level in the thread, how do you find the relevant answer? Thanks to votes, maybe. ...


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Posting a question is like being on a journey, but stuck at a crossroads. There may be many possible roads for the traveler (that's the OP) to take. They may feel they're lost and not sure they're even on the right road. They may simply not be where they thought they were. Or maybe it's foggy and they can't even see the way forward. A good answer A good ...


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In my opinion the "You could call it X" answers (with no other information) don't provide value. At the least an answer to a terminology question should explain why the term makes sense to the target audience, and more ideally it should explain why that term is used. All posts should have some explanation, hence the post notice we have for "Insufficient ...


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From the Comments privilege page: What are comments? Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer. They can be up-voted (but not down-voted) and flagged, but do not generate reputation. There's no revision history, and when they are deleted they're gone for good. Please note that you can always comment on your own posts, ...


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I've been noticing some patterns in which you can predict the number of answers provided based on the type of question that's been asked. Basically anything that's "hard to answer" tends to be unanswered. This is really unfortunate because some of these are gems. Here are two types I find are legit UX questions with poor answer rates. Questions with ...


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Research Citations In programming, opinions are fine because we can test them in milliseconds to see if they "work" correctly. Testing opinion-based answers is expensive for UX practitioners. A method to reduce the risk/cost of incorrect answers is helpful. Research citations enable practitioners to verify answer correctness without having to conduct ...


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That question has been set to Protected, the details around this are: This question is protected to prevent "thanks!", "me too!", or spam answers by new users. To answer it, you must have earned at least 10 reputation on this site. It was myself who protected that question because it had hit the top of the Stackexchange Hot Questions list and had started ...


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Only if they have exactly 7 words.


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It's a visual cue to show the answered state. It's black with no background to show unanswered questions, green text no background to show answered ones, and green text with a green background image to show questions with an accepted answer.


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The least we can do, given the current infrastructure, is be more diligent in posting a comment to any answers that have desired qualities and calling that quality out. Something like "+1 for citing references". There's possibly also something at Designing Social Interfaces that could help, and tangentially also Yahoo Reputation Patterns. <insert here ...


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What are Accepted Answers and how are they different on User Experience? Accepting an answer basically marks it as "This works for me!" and gives the accepted answer a green check mark to note it as accepted, and also gives a 15 rep bonus to the answerer. Unlike many sites, on User Experience there's often no one acceptable answer however. Some users ...


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There is nothing incorrect about <hr> in HTML. It would, indeed, be invalid XHTML, but this site does not output XHTML; nor does it claim to.


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I tend to answer many more questions than I ask. It's not that I have no questions, but many questions have already been asked and answered. New users tend to not know the questions exist and don't bother searching for them. When I do have a question that hasn't clearly already been asked and answered, I usually eventually answer it myself. Once I have an ...


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I’ll split the question into two answer sections, since I feel that they are related but needs different answers. Answer in collaborative fashion There is always the possibility to mark an answer as community wiki. That way anyone can contribute to the answer, without restrictions. The problem is that community wikis doesn’t give reputation score to anyone,...


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I believe this is not true. So experienced UX designers know so much that they have no questions? I can't answer for UX.SE but I see it all the time in GD.SE: high-rep users asking great questions. Of course it's not daily, since the volume of lower rep users is much higher.


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Funny I was just thinking this as I scrolled through the list of questions and read the answers. I've been away from UX stack exchange for a while and it does feel like it has changed somewhat. There seem to be less experts involved. Wondering if there are things we can do to attract them back?


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I think you would want to ask your question and provide the two answers you mentioned as possible solutions. Then ask the community what they think would be the best solution and why. And maybe even ask if they might know of an even better solution. If other people agree with the answer provided by someone else, they'll upvote it. This will be a good ...


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I would agree that it's good practice, but next to impossible to enforce. I don't necessarily know where your conflict of interest is or isn't, so I can do little about it if you don't declare one.


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To put it in more correct technical terms than TRiG: 6: Then, if the element is one of the void elements, or if the element is a foreign element, then there may be a single U+002F SOLIDUS character (/). This character has no effect on void elements, but on foreign elements it marks the start tag as self-closing. (Source: http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec-...


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I think a lot of question will be left unanswered as soon as they leave the front page. The solution to that is to put a bounty on the question, but not all people have the privilege to do so, or the term is not clear for some people. Other than that, losing reputation could be a steep price. I don't know what implications lowering the amount of reputation ...


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So UX.SE is in good shape comparing to SharePoint.SE with 5k of 31k unanswered and almost 10k with no upvoted answers. This leads to that on SharePoint.SE we don't know what we're talking about since we can't answer, but we're to ignorant to notice :-) But seriously folks, on SP.SE we try to build a community, before we can rule on anything. We got a lot of ...


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Not without using the Data Explorer to query the Stack Exchange data; there's no in-site list at the moment. There's a premade query you can run, Top 200 bounties by bounty amount which currently shows all past bounties for UX


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While I think this would be great to have, I would worry that it might encourage the sorts of "giv3 me teh c0dez" that Stack Overflow deals with. I'm also not too sure how much it would get used, since I know I don't typically have the time, as an answerer, to put that much effort into an answer most of the time. As an asker, however, it would be a great ...


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Simplify linking to authoritative sources. There have often been requests for simple ways to link to, e.g., a wikipedia article.


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I agree with ChrisF; while it's desirable to encourage acceptance (especially in cases where there really is a 'best'/'right' answer), we shouldn't be overly concerned with it. One other thing I wanted to address: When people arrive at question pages from Google, does ensuring a higher ratio of accepted answers improve immediate scannability of answers ...


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