I had a flag declined for this reason:

This answer does not add anything constructive to existing answers. – muru 22 hours ago declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer

As I understand, late answers which don't add anything constructive are deleted, and this answer does not add anything (gksudo gedit /etc/environment is already present in the accepted answer). I used a moderator flag because a low-quality one was already declined. I believe I am right in flagging that answer. Do we no longer delete such answers?

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Yes we do - and should - delete answers that are a mirror of existing ones.

In this case, the answer is actually an answer. Its a step-by-step guide. Important for a new person to understand. Agreed, it may seemingly be superfluous to someone more confident with what the top answer has said in an abbreviated form.

The top answer - yes it conveys similar information. But to my eyes, not in a user-friendly step-by-step guide.

Why has it got negative votes - probably because of the reference to "777". There is no reason really why this answer could not just be tidied up by just removing this bit.

Alternatively - we can thank the OP - drop a comment. Add the step-by-step guide into the top answer and then we can clean-up.

  • Ok, cleaning it up now.
    – muru
    Commented Dec 8, 2014 at 13:36

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