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Why are we challenging the premise rather than answering the question (question on potential sexist remarks)?

Should we ignore the premise? Let us consider the following, exaggerated, cases: In the first, a question is posted, reading If someone's life is in imminent danger due to a threat of a third ...
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Does Academia.SE welcome answers from laymen who are not active in Academia?

Excellent question! Thank you for taking the time to ask it. Academia is a subculture. Like almost every other subculture, it has its own social mores and norms. Many of the questions here are asking ...
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Why are we challenging the premise rather than answering the question (question on potential sexist remarks)?

For future similar questions, in my opinion we should put the question on hold immediately (with reason "unclear what you are asking"), so that it can be edited and improved by the OP without ...
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Why are we challenging the premise rather than answering the question (question on potential sexist remarks)?

@RQM's answer (and my guess as well) in a nutshell: people were questioning the premise because they were worried that if they were to answer the question literally, their answer would be misapplied ...
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Why are we challenging the premise rather than answering the question (question on potential sexist remarks)?

You should challenge the premise because that is what intelligent people do. The OP gave background to a situation. She had nothing more to add when questioned about this background. So to those ...
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Should I remove my answer which has been invalidated by an edit to the question?

I don't think you should delete your answer. Even though it doesn't address the OP's situation exactly, it's a good answer that can be useful to others experiencing a similar situation within their ...
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Removal of answer content by moderator --- edit detracts from the answer

Obviously I agree with Massimo's answer, but let me add my own reasoning. Your answer included a 1500 word (!!) monograph describing your views on the distinction between racism and concern about ...
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Should the answer that appears on "top" be the OP's "accepted answer" or the answer with most votes?

The top-voted answer should appear on top, even if a different answer has been accepted (this is the new behavior on Stack Overflow).
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I notice that if I downvote an answer, I lose reputation points - how come?

Here's the FAQ on how reputation works. The one-point cost is simply to discourage massive downvote campaigns. Honestly, you should ignore it... it's more worthwhile to both yourself and the community ...
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Why are we challenging the premise rather than answering the question (question on potential sexist remarks)?

I think the answers to the original question were appropriate to the specific situation presented: it would be a bad idea to assume sexism was the reason for the student's actions. Now the OP has a ...
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Should the answer that appears on "top" be the OP's "accepted answer" or the answer with most votes?

The accepted answer should appear on top (this is the status quo).
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Mass downvoting of a well referenced pertinent answer: Why is an answer that is a complement to others considered so bad?

Your answer seems well-supported (though I haven't gone through the references in detail) and you make a good point: some crazy ideas today may well be accepted science tomorrow. The question, however,...
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Frame-challenge guidelines – idea collection

Using my own questions as examples. Frame challenges are fine if the frame shift answers the question. E.g. Why do academics drink so much coffee? Showing that academics don't drink more coffee than ...
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Does Academia.SE welcome answers from laymen who are not active in Academia?

I have a pet peeve about nonacademics answering questions on this site. But not with all of them; only with those evincing a certain kind of behavior. Namely, what irks me tremendously is those who ...
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Should we focus on having more objective answers?

I don’t think we can be much more objective in answers than we currently are. Many of our questions are about problems that are far beyond the reach of studies or are far too individual for somebody ...
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On answers to reference requests that do not provide references

Downvote and add a comment to make it clear what the problem with that answer is.
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Does Academia.SE welcome answers from laymen who are not active in Academia?

Just in peeking through your answers on the site so far, although you've gotten a lot of upvotes on some (likely through the HNQ bloat, as others have pointed out), lots of your answers don't answer ...
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Frame-challenge guidelines – idea collection

I would add another criterion to Allure's useful list: If most of the answer is about issues that are different from that of the question, the frame-challenge is probably not helpful but off-topic. A ...
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How to lift an "answer ban" / why banned at all?

See What can I do when getting "We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account"? which answers your questions about how this happened and how to undo it. This is an automated ...
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Does Academia.SE welcome answers from laymen who are not active in Academia?

Well, I'm just a Masters' student, so most of my academia knowledge is very basic. However, note that all answers are judged by their content (and form), not their creator. Hence, as long as an ...
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Do the answers and opinions on Academia Stack Exchange reflect the opinion of whole academic community?

In other words, do the answers here necessarily reflect the accepted answers to questions or problems of whole academic community? No. There's no reason or evidence to believe that this community ...
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Frame-challenge guidelines – idea collection

To add to Allure's great answer: If the question states that the asker personally experienced a traumatic event, claiming that the traumatic event did not occur, or claiming that the event was not ...
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Why are we challenging the premise rather than answering the question (question on potential sexist remarks)?

As originally written, the question was: So I am not necessarily soliciting an answer specific to my situation, but in a more general setting. If you witness a student engaging in a sexist behavior, ...
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What to do about posts that don't answer the rewritten question?

(takes off moderator hat, puts on regular user hat.) I support the following, as an approach that helps people keep their contributed content roughly as they intend it to look: Keep the question as ...
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Why can't I answer question about gender pronouns?

Sorry for the inconvenience; Protected questions should now show up as such: Protection banner missing when I don't have enough rep to answer; closed and locked banners appear in wrong spot
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Removal of answer content by moderator --- edit detracts from the answer

First, let me remark that controversial cases like this one are always first discussed internally by the moderators' team, sometimes with further advice from the Stack Exchange Community Managers, and ...
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How to deal with a question that contains a false premise? How do I make a frame challenge?

General rules of thumb Before you write a frame challenge, see whether you can answer all of the following with yes: Is the misconception central to the question? If the question can be asked as well ...

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