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I'm not going to present data - just a personal anecdote. If someone else has done a systematic analysis, it would be a much better answer. Are standards rising? Here is a brief history of Skeptics.SE. In the early days of the site, we were still exploring what our internal standards for answers should be. For example, This discussion about references ...


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Your question eliminates all the possible situations which would deal with a good answer that has some flaws. Here is what one should do if they find a good answer which has some flaws. Let's start with: Upvoting the answer has a clear downside. Downvoting the answer is not terribly fair. Ideally, a good question (even if it flaws) should be upvoted and ...


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The problem here is balancing out what a user think is wrong, and another thinks is right. If there are no references, moderators can intervene. If it's a grey area, I'd say leave a comment. Yeah, it won't work, but it doesn't matter. Your correction is there with the answer now. Comments do influence votes, and sometimes authors actually... correct their ...


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I think the second-last suggestion is best. You can write a small new answer which says something like, One detail that X didn't mention in their otherwise-excellent answer was Foo. Foo is referenced at Bar and it's relevant because of Baz. I disagree with Oddthinking's answer and recommend not reworking X's answer, because: It does readers a ...


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While I didn't find the argument very convincing, I gave you the benefit of the doubt (given the stakes are pretty low). I added the "current event" post notice. I also added some comments and downvoted some of the competing answers that don't follow our standards. I don't understand though why this question is particularly special. The theory behind Stack ...


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