This should probably be added to the FAQ at some point, but I think it merits a bit of discussion first. What should we expect for answers to be regarded as great answers on this site?
This is a list of some of the qualities that a great answer should have
- Correct – if the proposed solution does not work, its value is limited.
- Concise – answers should strive to quickly get to the point, without lengthy explanations or unnecessary details.
- Complete – although we value brevity, a great answer should still provide enough information so that even an inexperienced (but diligent and motivated) user can reproduce the solution just by reading the answer, and possibly following some instructions.
- Instructive – whenever possible, answers should teach users the rationale behind a solution: why does it work? This is most valuable when the question suggests that the user misunderstands some of the basics of TeX/LaTeX.
- Hosted in the site – the solution should be entered in the text of the answer itself. Attributions to external sources are fine – and encouraged! – but just linking to solutions posted elsewhere outside of the site should be discouraged.
- Considerate and sensitive – the answer should not be harsh. No matter how obvious it may seem to you, the questioner is here because they want to learn the answer.
This is a community wiki so feel free to edit the list above to expand or clarify these items as consensus among the community is built. If you think some particular quality merits further discussion please also open a new answer bellow so that we can discuss specifically about it.