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Trying to help a little and reading some meta (hot) posts, I went across this question.

It's a general way to convey some doubts like this one: replying to someone is often a dialectic process, not merely giving a solution. In other words, it's driving the OP to find a solution with questions and tests suggestions in comments (not in answers). What to do when done (when the OP tells "Hurray, thanks a lot" and so on). Most often, the answer exists not, or could be rewritten and elaborated.

  • Not important if AU is more a hotline, because the important thing is to unlock the user problem.
  • Important if AU is more a knowledge base. Then editing the answers to make them more general and accurate, tagging correctly and so on is important. But this takes time, so is it really useful ?

What's you opinion on this ?

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    "this question"? What question? – Braiam Sep 17 '14 at 13:57
  • The title itself is the question (mark the question mark). – Pyrophorus Sep 17 '14 at 14:01
  • When you say "I went across this question" you don't mean another question, but the question "is AU a hotline?"? – Braiam Sep 17 '14 at 14:05
  • That's right... BTW, the links you quoted pinpoint problems, and tell what should be done (in OP opinion). I don't, I only ask if there is a general opinion about this. – Pyrophorus Sep 17 '14 at 14:07
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    "But this takes time, so is it really useful ?"- Yes, editing and cleaning up posts is very useful. – user327729 Sep 17 '14 at 14:11
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    Why does it have to be one or the other? – Rinzwind Sep 17 '14 at 14:11
  • @Rinzwind: I think I had explained why it's a practical problem to me. – Pyrophorus Sep 17 '14 at 14:14
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    Thing is: answers need to be correct. Nothing more. Some questions need long knowledge base looking answers and others need a quick short answer. Why can't AU be both? – Rinzwind Sep 17 '14 at 14:22

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