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Commenting vs. Answering

I'm new to StackExchange, and trying to get a good feel for the difference between commenting and answering, but there are a few points still confusing me and I'd appreciate feedback from the ...
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A question was just asked on ELL, and it needs a lot of work. Here's a screen shot. There are two problems with this question: first, the way the initial question was asked; second, the way a follow-...
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Submitting Answers that merely answer the question

Lately I've noticed quite a few answers that provide an answer to the O.P.'s question, but provide no supporting information. Sometimes, comments are left, asking for more information; other times, ...
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So many answers in comments

I can see previous meta discussions on what should be a comment and what should be an answer, but what I'm wondering is, why are so many users posting answers, sometimes quite in-depth (if compact) ...
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Lack of Accepted Answers

This is my first time participating in a public beta, so I apologize if this question has an obvious answer or if the behavior I mention is the norm. What I seem to be noticing, as I page through our ...
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How can a native English speaker with no experience teaching or learning English help, if at all?

I want to answer questions and I know English pretty well. However I don't have experience learning, or teaching, English. Most of my thought process is "that sounds wrong". People say words like ...
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Stop answering close-worthy questions!

Call to stop answering off-topic questions seems not to have reached the goals it aimed to achieve. Out of the most recent 100 questions that were closed for any other reason than "duplicate", 76 ...
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Are answers which consist only of block quotes acceptable

This is related to this question on ELL meta about EL&U quoting. This ELL question has an answer consisting only of a quote from quora. Is this appropriate? I edited it to make it clear that it ...
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Should we use only the best ten hundred words in our answers?

For the best learning of our friends in this place, should we attempt to write all or our answers in up goer five words? This would help people who do not have a lot of words that they know ...
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Are answers that merely quote an existing answer on EL&U acceptable?

If somebody asks a question that is similar to a question asked on EL&U, for which the same answer applies to both the questions, is it acceptable to quote the EL&U answer, and use only that ...
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Do answers need to be in English?

I'm pretty sure answers need to be in English, and I was going to recommend an answer for deletion that is mixed English and something else, but I can't actually find a meta question or help center ...
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Proposal: Encourage new users to accept the correct answer

Scrolling down the ell feed, one can see that the majority of questions do not have accepted answers. StackExchange as a website has a strong emphasis on accepting a useful and/or correct answer and I ...
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Lesser of evils on ELL: comment vs. LQ answer

There is endless Q&A here and on SE Meta on comments vs. answers. Some things are clearly comments (e.g., requests for clarification, critique of a post). We have guidance on what constitutes a ...
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How useful are "Here, say this instead" answers, when the OP isn't asking for them?

Imagine three scenarios in Q/A: Q1: How can I say that "foo bars the baz"? A1: Just say "the foo bars" instead. Q2: Is "foo bars the baz" grammatically correct? A2: Just say "the foo bars" ...
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What is the preferred way to answer a question about the pronunciation of a word?

Suppose that somebody who is a native speaker of a language where the h is always silent asks a question about the pronunciation of house, explaining that her/his problem is the pronunciation of ho. ...
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What is the recommended action when the top-voted answer is incorrect significantly?

In this question (Is this rule "If" specific?), the top-voted answer has several up-votes and only a few down votes, but the entire second half is incorrect (plus one or two other more minor ...
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Am I right? No, you're wrong!

The problem: I've recently seen questions in this form: Some title that might need polishing < a lot of background that usually doesn't add to the question >< a question that the OP ...
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Answering: correctness vs. practicality

I am a native AmE speaker, and have been wondering if my answers are on-topic here. This thread brought up a good point, but didn't quite address my question. I am wondering if it is appropriate to ...
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If there is more than one right answer can I summarize the answers?

If there is more than one right answer to a question can I accept one and summarize the answers under the question description with an edit note? For example, a previous question I asked: What is the ...
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Answering old questions

Is it a good practice to answer old unanswered questions? I've seen some old questions with no answers and am assuming it is fine to answer them. Also, is it bad to do so a lot?
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Cite your sources!

I've noticed something recently on this site. It's a weird thing, but it appears to be becoming common. Answers are seen as only being reliable if they have a source. This isn't the case where ...
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