Looking into unanswered questions section, I stumbled upon a few that have already been answered on other sites of the StackExchange network. There is one answered on Skeptics.SE In Japan, the official average body temperature is 36.0 °C. Why so different from that of Europe? and there is this one answered on CogSci.SE Does our brain really "flip" images perceived by our eyes?. The links to answers are posted as comments.

What should we do with these questions?

  • answer them? Duplicate questions/answers across different SE sites?
  • flag for closing? We're still in beta, and we haven't reach the 15 questions per day threshold...
  • leave them as they are? We didn't reach the answer ratio threshold either...

Update: Here's another one:

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    $\begingroup$ This is ultimately up to this community, but I would say it's perfectly reasonable to provide a summary of the answer from the other site (if it is sufficiently scientifically rigorous) and link to it. $\endgroup$
    – hairboat
    Commented Jul 29, 2014 at 16:45
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    $\begingroup$ I suggest that the answer from the other site can be linked + quoted verbatim and posted as community wiki. $\endgroup$
    Commented Jul 30, 2014 at 5:59

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I would do similar to what WYSIWYG suggested, and quote the parts you want verbatim, of course linking it back to the source. I would also add my own touches, going over details more carefully, add my own section if the other answer missed something, etc.

It is similar to using information from non-related sites. It's okay to quote them, but don't forget to reveal your sources. Always give credit where credit is due.


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