This site is turning into a xda clone. Most of the questions I have observed result in a discussion. I rarely see any definite answers.

This is my experience. Is that yours as well?

Edited: These are a few examples, I could fetch. Examples:

How to get Waze alerts in Google Navigation?

Why does my Nexus 5 keep forgetting all wifi passwords after a reboot?


  • Could you share some links to example Qs you are talking about?
    – Flow
    Feb 20, 2014 at 14:50
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    If you go round asking, "Is that yours as well?" no wonder everything turns into a discussion.
    – Dan Hulme
    Feb 20, 2014 at 15:00

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Comments are the second class citizens of Stack Exchange - discussion in comments to help clarify the meaning and intentions of a question are absolutely acceptable with the intention that once the question has been clarified, the comments get cleaned up.

The "questions" in each instance you've linked ask for a focussed answer relating to a specific problem. Most of the answers are a bit low quality and could probably be converted into comments in the instances that you've linked, but you must keep in mind that there is no guarantee when dealing with a third party platform (like this site is - Android) that there is actually an answer to every question.

Since the Stack Exchange platform is a community driven engine, if you feel that some of the answers are not really answers, there are tools at your disposal to rectify this:

  • You can flag answers that are not an answer but should probably be kept (since they give good, workable advice) with a "flag for moderator attention" so that they can be converted into comments
    • This doesn't apply to answers that attempt to answer the question, even if they're wrong
    • It also doesn't apply to answers that attempt to provide a workaround
  • If the answer doesn't answer the question, you can flag it as "not an answer" which will place it in a queue to be reviewed and acted on
    • This is the correct flag to use if you feel the answer is actually a discussion
    • Don't use these flags if the answer is an attempt to answer the question but is ultimately wrong (that's what downvotes are for)
  • I agree about not having an answer to every question. that's the reason I mention that this site is turning into a discussion forum rather than Q & A.
    – abhi
    Feb 20, 2014 at 15:48
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    So what would you propose, making questions that don't have a answer off topic? That's certainly not the right way to approach this kind of problem. If a question doesn't have an answer - that's pretty much how it should be presented within the Stack Exchange engine - a question that doesn't have an answer.
    – Flyk
    Feb 20, 2014 at 15:50
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    And just because a question doesn't have an answer at the moment doesn't mean it will never have an answer. The Waze question you linked to is a good example of this.
    – bmdixon
    Feb 20, 2014 at 16:00

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