It's a bit convoluted, please bear with me.
Recently I was going through a bunch of old questions seemingly asking the same thing:
- Dell Vostro 3568 model ubuntu 17.04 touch-pad left and right click behaving same way
- Laptop touchpad right-click problem Ubuntu 16.04 [Dell Vostro 3568]
- Right click is working same as left click?
- Right click and two finger srolling not working in dell touchpad
They all have a few things in common:
- first posts from new users
- specific to a certain (set of) hardware
- not off-topic or low quality
(Please don't be too pedantic, these may not be 100% accurate)
This made me think of a hypothetical situation. Suppose I discover these four old questions just now and the only difference is none of them is answered (and not even a single comment on any them). But I know a foolproof solution.
I could post an answer to any one of the questions and wait for it to get upvoted and/or accepted so that I can mark the other three as duplicates. This plan can go horribly wrong as
- OP, who was a new user, might have moved on and won't possibly bother to come back and check for answers.
- As it's a niche question (hardware specific) others may not be able to verify (my answer's validity) and upvote.
So I now hatch a "genius" plan. I post the same answer to all the four questions with the hope that at least one of the OPs will notice and will upvote and/or accept the answer. As soon as one of the answers gets upvoted/accepted I will delete the other three answers and raise duplicate flags on all of the questions. I know it will be trickier if more than one answers get upvoted and/or accepted at the exact same time.
Will the system even allow me to post the exact same answer to different questions in the first place? If yes, will my action be judged unethical? If so, what are the possible consequences?