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Another “why was my answer deleted” looking for advice to be better

I am new to posting questions and answers on SE, although not new to using the various SE resources. I also get the need for questions and answers to be concise and accurate, we all need answers and ...
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6answers
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When do comments become answers?

I find myself solving someone's problem step by step through the comments. When I finally find the solution, should I move the final solution to an answer and delete the comment or leave the comment ...
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Revealing bug report considered answer?

I've seen this a few times, where an answer is given, and all it says is "This is a bug, see this link...", etc. This post is an example (at least one of the answers is, it came up in a review). Is ...
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1answer
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Please do not use links as entire answers!

I have recently noticed a trend going around, and to be perfectly honest it's pissing me off. What new users (and some experience users,) do nowadays is go to the main page, find a question that's ...
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How far an explanation should go / does it legitimate double posts / answers?

Often questions are very easy to answer if the asker would search a few minutes in the internet and has the right search terms handy. The latter one is the key, the askers often didn't know what to ...
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1answer
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Best method to deal with one user copy/pasting/plagiarising another's answers

I found a user is copying an answer given to them (I mean word for word copy/paste, no changes or anything!) by another user as their own answer on two question less than ten minuets apart and I bet ...
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3answers
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Comments in the answer section from new users

This addresses all the new users out there: Every day here I see new users commenting in the answer section and saying things like I don't have the rep to comment but.... It seems redundant that ...
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0answers
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Retract a flag? [duplicate]

Is there any way to retract a flag on an answer? Here is an example of why I would like to retract flags. I flagged this answer as "not an answer" because in its original state it was just a request ...
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1answer
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Can you just point someone in the right direction and how vague are you allowed to be with this?

I recently asked this question, and this was one of the answers I got: I'm running Ubuntu 14.04.03, so YMMV. Investigate some of these packages: $ apt-cache search ssh | grep multiple byobu - ...
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3answers
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How to deal with users that won't mark duplicate but instead copy-paste their answers agan and again

I have found some users are just copy-pasting same answers again and again instead of marking them duplicates. Is this allowed on Ask Ubuntu? If not, how to deal with such users?
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2answers
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What to do with potentially dangerous answers?

I was just wondering, what should one do with potentially dangerous answers? I mean I have read before on Meta that I should just flag them up, however when I did so for this one I just got this: ...
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1answer
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Should an answer which no longer answers the question, but may help others, be kept or deleted?

I recently asked this question Why is my system suddenly not allowing upper case letters?, but I changed a lot when I figured out part of the problem, however someone had already given an answer which ...
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4answers
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What to do with stolen answers?

I sometimes see people answering a question in the comments and then being asked to convert their comment into an answer, however in some of those cases someone comes along and sees that answer and in ...
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How different is the answer's OS allowed to be?

I sometimes see Windows answers which are removed because they are not helpful to Ubuntu users, even Mac answers, but what about answers that explain how to do something on Mint (and it is clear that ...
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1answer
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A user wrongly accepted my answer, what can I do?

On this question today I was helping a user and after multiple attempts they fixed it there self and my answers did not work, however the user (I guess just to say thanks for helping me) accepted a ...
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1answer
176 views

Should almost identical answers be deleted?

Today I asked a question, and I got this answer, however in a few minutes another answer was posted: Now this answer is almost identical to the first: Except for the fact that it does not give an ...
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1answer
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What to do with this specific answer variation in the question?

The following question has an accepted answer and open bounty that will be awarded to it as soon as the delay is over. Bind Alt+Tab to a Logitech mouse button on Kubuntu Now the OP decided to edit ...
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1answer
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Is there a rule which states that all questions and answers have to be in English on this site? [duplicate]

I know that people often tell others that it is a rule here, but I am have never actually seen it written anywhere, so is it a rule that all questions and answers on this site have to be written in ...
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2answers
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How to deal with potentioaly illigal / hacking software reccomendations?

I was checking out this answer today, when I clicked the link given, Firefox reported an untrusted site, so I left the OP a comment "Firefox says the link you provided is untrusted" and the OP replied ...
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Is this answer an answer or comment?

I was just presented with this as a Late Answers review. Screenshot in case it is removed: It this a valid answer, or is it someone commenting? They're offering a solution (format first) but seem to ...
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0answers
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User spoils his answers

I just noticed that a user Mudit Kapil is spoiling good answers. Just look at edit history. https://askubuntu.com/a/576229/167850 and others. You can just search his last edits. Not removing them, ...
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2answers
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Sorting out SOLVED for good

I came across this question whilst rapidly browsing earlier - the OP added "SOLVED: " to the title, but did add vaguely how they got the answer but did not accept it. Searching for other people doing ...
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5answers
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What to do with answers that should be comments, but get deleted?

As the reputation requirement to comment is pretty high (50), many new users who want to contribute to the site use answers to leave a comment on questions, e.g. to request additional information ...
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4answers
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Why is my answer being downvoted?

I've posted an answer that I think that is as valid (or more) than it's companions. It was downvoted 2 times and up voted zero times. Why is happening this? Link: https://askubuntu.com/a/609136/...
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4answers
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What happens if I think that my answer is more valid than the accepted one?

What happens if I think that my answer is more valid than the accepted one? I don't know if this is my perception, or, effectively, my answer is better. What should I do?
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0answers
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Can I ask a for a “technical quality control” on answers of mine? Where do I ask for that?

I've received 2 downvotes on this answer of mine. None of the two users who casted the downvote bothered to explain why they downvoted it. You can judge this better than me, but the answer is in my ...
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2answers
246 views

Leaving easier questions for less experienced users

I'm still fairly new to Ask Ubuntu, and trying to build my rep steadily. I have a bit of solid knowledge in some areas, and try to apply that to answering questions (only if I know what I'm talking ...
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1answer
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Is there an accepted definition of “future proof”?

I was reviewing a question where I noticed that it was recommended to "future proof" older answers. I must admit that even after searching https://meta.askubuntu.com/search?q=future+proof I'm baffled ...
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3answers
521 views

If my answer does not solve the OP's question, should I delete it?

I have posted an answer to a question and linked to my own method for solving it on Ubuntu Forums. The OP has subsequently commented that it does not work for his laptop. Should I delete my answer or ...
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1answer
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Moderators should be able to mark questions as answered

I know about similar requests, but after stumbling over this question (just an example; question poster answered himself using edits instead of an answer) I thought you should at least add an option ...
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1answer
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Restoring a Deleted Answer

A new user responded to my question on installing Ubuntu on an Asus X205 with an answer about installing on a very similar, closely related, machine. This info is very useful and I did give him/her ...
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2answers
227 views

What should I do when answering a question that has already been answered correctly?

I came across a good question the other day and I would like to answer it. However, somebody else already answered it (and has received upvotes). However, the answer is very general and does not give ...
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3answers
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What do we do about answers which propose to introduce a blatant security risk?

So, scanning recently edited things, I found an answer to this question here which is accepted but introduces a massive security risk of storing a keyring with no password. To that end, I have a ...
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1answer
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What can be done with duplication of answer

Sometimes I found out on single question One answered and after some time another answer which is very similar to 1st (may with negligible too-minor edit), say duplication of 1st answer! Which seems ...
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1answer
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Why was my “not an answer” flag denied?

A little while ago I flagged this answer as "Not an answer", as it is just a bunch of seemingly random screenshots posted by someone who was neither the OP nor the author of the other answer to the ...
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2answers
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Should I consider the timeline while accepting an answer?

Assume that, I get an answer to my question that is OK, and i accept it. After a while I get another answer that is seemed to be more OK. Now what should I do? Should I accept the new answer? If I ...
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1answer
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Short, pragmatic answer deleted?

Why was this answer deleted on this question? It was a bit short, but remember that some (think SO) of the best answers are short ones. It does answer the OP's question, How can I make suspend work?...
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1answer
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I asked a question, and would like to give an answer that which advocates against a possible solution

Here is the question: https://askubuntu.com/questions/504413/what-is-the-fastest-two-way-sync-framework-available-on-ubuntu I would like to post as an answer, WHY rsync should NOT be considered. The ...
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2answers
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From when it is possible to answer to a closed question?

As far as I know if a question will be closed and in the same time someone write an answer, then a message will appear to that person telling him that he can't answer anymore and everything what he ...
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1answer
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Why nobody answers my latest questions?

It's obviously that my latest questions received low views, no votes and nobody answered. I use to mark the correct answers, so if you find good answers for these questions, post them. Here you ...
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4answers
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What should I do for comment answer

I asked a question: Error libx264 not found. And I got a comment which is good answer. After I got the correct answer, I want to see what community thinks I should do: Vote up the comment only. ...
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2answers
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Q&A style within answer

I've seen several answers lately that are using an FAQ-style Q&A-format within the answer. The answer ends up as a set of Q&A's within a Q&A. Examples: Thinking of switching to Ubuntu! ...
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0answers
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Can I search for my draft answers?

I googled to know how to get my draft answers. But I couldn't find a way. I know I can find my draft if I know the question. In my case I don't remember the question. Any idea?
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Is there a way to deal with people who repost other people's comments as answers?

When users see a question, they often write comments like “did you try x?” to clarify if a novice user has already tried some trivial steps before posting the question. Now there's almost always some (...
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1answer
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When is a possible answer a comment?

Most probably this is a duplicate but I looked for some guidance on this in both help and meta and I was not able to find. When someone is asking a question on which the answer is not directly clear, ...
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3answers
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Is there any waiting time for getting answer?

I am just wondering for answer for my question. Is there any waiting time average for a question to be answered in this forum? It would be helpful because we can make a decision to ask to another ...
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1answer
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Is boot-repair becoming our jQuery?

For those that do not know the jQuery meme, please read it or you will not be able to know what I'm going to talk about. Well, as all of you know, boot-repair do wonders in modern days helping users ...
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1answer
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how to add code with comments in it? Such as “#some comment”?

I am trying to add code to an answer and have tried using the < code> tag. But every line that has a # becomes bold. Is this a bug or am I missing something? Example: a line of commenting with a #...
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1answer
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What should be done to useful posts posted by new users as answer but should be comments?

I am refering to this post, which was posted as an answer, but should have been a comment to the accepted answer. The user did not have enough rep(50) to post a comment, so he posted it as comment, ...
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2answers
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Are we making overly extensive answers, that could somehow make afraid the users?

I've seen questions lately that only ask about how to upgrade from one version to the next (not LTS, not skipping releases) that are even getting upvoted (for godness sake). I don't see where is the ...