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Do we want to keep the accepted answer pinned to the top?

Yes, absolutely yes. So much yes. On Puzzling specifically, due to the nature of our site and the fact that bestowing a checkmark is an implicit message of "this is my puzzle's intended answer ...
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Answers not in the spirit of the question

Categorizing answers as "clearly not in the spirit of the puzzle" or as "troll" answers seems subjective, no matter how obvious the categorization may be to you. Votes help quantify users' subjective ...
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Why choose this as accepted answer?

Only the user who asked a question can accept an answer. A "community-accepted" feature is not currently planned. If you believe the accepted answer is low quality, simply downvote it like you would ...
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Spoiler markup: ____________________

I like spoiler blocks. I have a large monitor, I enjoy solving most puzzles instead of simply looking at the answers, and spoiler blocks greatly facilitate my use of the site. I can read through ...
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Can the answer be a photo taken of a written paper?

That is certainly allowable, but it's not an ideal solution. If there is a picture or diagram you want to include as part of your answer, then definitely insert it as an image, but I would encourage ...
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Should we delete very late duplicate answers?

Most such answers are by newcomers. Silent downvoting is a great way to make them feel unwanted. So I would suggest a polite comment and perhaps deletion after a few days.
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Should my answer be deleted if there is a similar/identical answer?

Just for the sake of having an answer to address in general (not just your case) the issue of two answers saying the same thing ... Don't post a duplicate answer long after the fact. If someone posts ...
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My question was answered with "creative" answers

I think an appropriate concept here is "contra proferentem". Essentially, where there is ambiguity this counts against the author, not the reader. If you want a unique, "correct" answer, then you ...
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My puzzle was answered credibly: correctly but not as intended

FWIW, here's what I've done in the past: Upvote the answer. Thank the answerer for their great contribution and acknowledge that the answer does fit the problem as stated. Explain that while you ...
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Partial Answers and "List-of-Clues" puzzles

In my opinion, answering only a small part of a large puzzle should not be a "partial answer", particularly if these answers are unconfirmed. What counts as a "small part" will of course vary from ...
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Is it compulsory to hide all answers in spoiler blocks?

Spoilers are not necessary for answers. As far as I know, there has never been a site policy requiring spoiler-marked answers. However, it is generally polite to spoiler answers if any of the ...
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Answers not in the spirit of the question

Downvote them. They are answers, and they're not really (necessarily) VLQ. As the tooltip says, a downvote means "this answer is not useful," which is exactly the problem.
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Do we want to keep the accepted answer pinned to the top?

Let's look at some real examples from PSE. (Note: Potential spoilers ahead!) Ghotiy spelling (score of accepted answer currently +39, top answer +173) This is our most "extreme" example at ...
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Content on site slowly becoming more and more like Y! Answers

I blame the questions. If “solve this riddle” is a valid question, then those are decent answers. These puzzles are officially off-topic, but pretty much nobody appears to be enforcing this.
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Edit ruined my puzzle!

No.
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About NON-open-ended puzzles with multiple answers working towards an optimum

Having written a lengthy meta post on this same subject myself, I took a deep breath, rethought the matter, erased my post, and here's my final policy suggestion: Let's not have a policy on this. ...
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I just joined Puzzling, but can't post an answer

The association bonus doesn't count for protected questions (or "highly active questions", as they're now called). You need to earn 10 reputation on this site before that block disappears. See also ...
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Spoiler markup: ____________________

I think that answers should break their spoiler into multiple labelled parts if possible, like my answers here and here. That way, readers can control what they're spoiled on. Someone who just wants a ...
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Attention on bountied question

If you know any people who might be interested in the puzzle elsewhere, there's a handy "share" button under every post which provides a link for sharing the puzzle in your favourite medium. ...
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Should we delete very late duplicate answers?

I believe that in most cases we should comment and down-vote rather than simply delete. The presence of a publicly visible answer with many down-votes and comments about it's redundancy seems a ...
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Is a handful of solutions that don't work considered a partial answer?

I say: Yes, establishing that a bunch of plausible things don't work is a perfectly cromulent form of partial answer. What's the point of a partial answer? Either to save work for other people, or ...
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About NON-open-ended puzzles with multiple answers working towards an optimum

First of all, I'd like to apologize: I vastly misinterpreted the community consensus on this issue, and I didn't realize that I had inadequately communicated my "open-ended" proposal's ...
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How to choose the answer to accept in a multi-question puzzle?

You choose whichever answer you think most deserves the glorious green checkmark. You can use whatever criteria you find appropriate. First to answer anything. First to answer everything. First to ...
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Standard Loopholes

"The oracle is lying" If a question introduces facts through a party who is implied to be infallible, stating that they are not will almost never be an appropriate answer. This is especially true if ...
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Where to put puzzle feedback?

In order to promote an environment of expertise, we need feedback answers. First, this includes those members of our community that dislike the "puzzle challenge" format and are upset that it seems ...
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Content on site slowly becoming more and more like Y! Answers

One reason for this is the way the 'hotness' scores are calculated. Questions with high 'hotness' can reach the SE home page and the multi-collider-thingy, which gives them a big boost in visitors ...
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Why choose this as accepted answer?

To quote @JoeZ. "I'm sorry; this is a bad question given the answer you've accepted as correct". As the community cannot change the accepted answer, the question is as much of the issue as the answer ...
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Can the answer be a photo taken of a written paper?

You can of course click a picture of a handmade diagram to explain the answer well. But you need to type the plain text. You cannot post the picture of a plain text because: some users might not be ...
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Spoiler markup: ____________________

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