I am a new user on the site. I recently answered a puzzle by addressing the dead giveaway clue in the puzzle, here. There is nothing else it could have been.

Another user, downvoted the answer saying, I quote

First of all, nothing else could have been the answer.

Second of all, if someone presents a clue like that, you don't need anything else to solve the riddle.

So my question is,

Am I supposed to address each and every single clue even though one clue gives away the answer?

Or am I supposed to present a different (although wrong) answer to the same riddle, as another user did in the same question?

• Might want to use blockquotes for that quote from another user. (place > before a paragraph, and use >! for spoiler blockquotes) – haykam Aug 20 '16 at 1:20
• Here is a direct link to that user's comment. – haykam Aug 20 '16 at 1:21

First of all, nothing else could have been the answer.

First, something else could have been the answer : it is not because you have found the right one that it is necessarily easy for every other user. Many 'easy' riddles (or not very puzzling) can lead to several valid answers (see for example this post).

Am I supposed to address each and every single clue even though one clue gives away the answer?

On this site, when answering a riddle, you are encouraged to address most of the clues, to show that your answer fits the puzzle.

• @Emrakul Yes, that's what I was trying to say when I wrote that users are encouraged to address all the clues. Replacing the all by most of! – IAmInPLS Aug 20 '16 at 9:24