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I started out by commenting on the answers that came before me about the on/off topic guidelines -- I've put that part of the answer below the line, so I can focus on answering the question. I think this part of the question is spot-on: But the fact that there's an answer (that has been accepted or upvoted) leaves us with a question that: ...


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As the answerer-offender to (I think) the question that inspired this post, my thoughts: I agree with just about everything you said ;) However, it is far from clear what is on-topic vs off-topic. We have a little incomplete list of on-topic topics in the help pages. The question alluded to was in general about ancestry, even if the underlying question had ...


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I notice the focus here has evolved a bit since this meta question was first posted. I think where you’ve landed, with PolyGeo’s approach of letting the answer stand but asking for info to support their claim, is rather sound. For the sake of balancing long and short term priorities, I recommend adding one more condition -- if a bit of time, say 48 hours, ...


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One argument for leaving the answer as an answer, rather then converting it to a comment, is that conversion takes away an opportunity for newcomers to earn reputation points -- the immediate problem being that it takes 20 reputation to be able to talk in chat (and 50 to comment everywhere -- see most recent update at bottom of this answer). This means that ...


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I dislike closing questions if there are other options. If it is a poorly written question, attempts should be made to get the original poster to improve it. If it is an off-topic question, then likely there is another Stack Exchange site that might be more appropriate for it, and first thought should be given to migrate it. But if the question cannot ...


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Most Stack Exchange sites frown heavily on answering off-topic and/or bad questions but most Stack Exchange sites receive more questions per day than our current 1.1 - see http://stackexchange.com/sites#questionsperday. The 15 or so sites that receive less questions are all Beta sites (except StackApps, which is a highly atypical site). I agree with you ...


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At the moment I think we all recognise that more questions and answers are likely to lead to more visits and users, and in turn to more questions and answers, and a quicker graduation from Beta. Consequently, while we are in this phase, I think we need to try and keep the bar as low as possible for new users. The answer which was converted to a comment was:...


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