Recently I got a notice on this. This is the first time I have received a notice. I understand comments. Now I am wondering what this "notice on answer" is? I am also interested to know who gives these notices to the answers, because no name is displayed as there would be if someone made a comment. Are the notices used for answers only or are they applicable to questions as well?


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You are referring to a "Post notice." These can be added to posts for various reasons:

  • Citation needed

    This post does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this post by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. current event

  • Post is related to a rapidly changing event.

  • Insufficient explanation

    We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer; explain why your answer is right, ideally with citations. Answers that don't include explanations may be removed.

Only moderators can add these notices. I added one to your original post because it was brief and telegraphic: it clearly did not meet our site standards and was at risk of being downvoted and even deleted.

When you amplified your answer, and I observed that you had done that, I removed the notice. Unfortunately, there is no notification mechanism to let me (or other moderators) know that a change has been made to such an answer. Consequently, you can still find a few answers on our site that now look great but still have post notices. If you come across anything like that, then just flag it for moderator attention.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the answer. Now I understand the difference between comment and notice.Also I will flag answer if I see great answer with post notice. $\endgroup$
    – A.D
    Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 19:45
  • $\begingroup$ Do all such notices come manually from moderators? I was under the impression that there is an algorithm in the background that adds them automatically. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 22:44
  • $\begingroup$ @gung Sometimes the "Community" bot might add such notices; I cannot recall whether it does or not. Pretty obviously it cannot add the "rapidly changing event" notice or the "citation" notice. $\endgroup$
    – whuber Mod
    Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 23:44
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, I was thinking of the "insufficient explanation" one. There may be (or may used to have been) other notices that seemed automatic as well. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 14, 2015 at 1:09

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