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Strategies for lengthy answers and questions (like this one)

Concerning answers TL;DR what : It would be interesting to have a template/format/guidelines for presenting lengthy answers. TL;DR why : To increase the general quality of answers, to guide newcomers ...
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The rule of 5 for accepting answers

There are some users who never accept any answers no matter how good the replies are. I am sure you all know that and it's not difficult to compile a list based on previous behaviors. What's even ...
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In search of a lost question

A while ago (don't remember when) I gave an answer to a question about constructing Archimedean spiral using NDSolve for a differential equation on curvature as the function of the arclength. It so ...
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Why is Mathematica at StackExchange so much better than Wolfram Community for finding answers?

I've noticed that you must wait sometimes days to find halfway decent answers at Wolfram Community but when posting similar questions at StackExchange Mathematica answers sometimes come within minutes ...
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How do you find the link for an answer

I am trying to give a link to an answer generated by Daniel Lichtblau. However, looking at his page he has so many answers that I could not find it and there is no search box to help. I know the name ...
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Protocol - Is it OK to write a long Comment as an Answer?

Comment space is very short. Sometimes I have a very long comment where I would like to have the same capabilities as are available for Answers (e.g., paste long lists, show code, figures, ...) in ...
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Why are many answers posted as comments? [duplicate]

I have noted that many questions appear to have 0 answers, when there are several answers given as comments. What is the exact protocol for when an answer should be posted as an answer (or not)?
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Is it okay to answer old "fun" questions?

There are a bunch of questions on this site which one might call "fun" questions: ones that ask for different ways of creating pretty pictures of a particular style in Mathematica. You know the ones. ...
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Is posting an incomplete answer then immediately improving it helpful or aggravating?

Recently I have been posting an answer that is not yet complete and then continuing to make additions over the next few minutes. Undeniably I enjoy getting first post, but there is another reason ...
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