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What should we do with answers that include contact details for relevant support services?

I have no idea what to do about this answer I came across while reviewing. How do I fix the APT error "The following packages have unmet dependencies"?. Editor's note: The post in ...
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What should I do when I find an answer that damages my system but I don't have enough reputation to comment on it?

I found an answer that not only didn't work for me, but it also removed a whole bunch of unrelated stuff that now I now need to find a way to reinstall. I just want to add a comment under the ...
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Is it bad practice to ask for an improved answer by asking a new question?

How to set folder icons of multiple folders automatically? In the question above I asked for a little improvement to the answer on an existing question: How to set the first picture of every folder ...
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Ask Ubuntu isn't Code Golf. . . or is it?

There's something that has been bothering me for some time about the response to some answers here on Ask Ubuntu, and came to my attention again on this post. My answer, while working and achieving ...
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What is a Work in Progress Answer?

I've posted a Question about thumbnailers and even found a half baked answer, the answer that doesn't work, and then I updated my question with the half baked answer that I found asking to fix the ...
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On what basis is the position of an answer decided?

Consider a situation where there are multiple answers on a single question. By how much do these factors weigh in when deciding the position of an answer in top to bottom order? Number of up votes ...
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Selecting one answer among many when all answer the question [duplicate]

In this question How can I organize files based on their filename first letter into A-Z folders almost all the answers are correct. Is there any criteria in place in selecting one of them when all ...
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Can a workaround count as an answer?

Some time ago I wrote this post HP Color LaserJet MFP M277dw: previews and prints in colour instead of grayscale. Today I came back to the topic after a while and made some new research. I haven't ...
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Add a feature for similarity comparison

It'd be nice if answers which are an exact copy of an existing (possibly upvoted) answer or contain large substring of such an answer and few own text - which should be a comment on the copied answer -...
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Please consider leaving feedback on votes for new users [duplicate]

I came across this question where two new users had answered and both of them got downvoted. Now I get why not everyone comments on their votes but I really think if you are dealing with rep 1 users ...
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Answering a question using an answer from another post

It occurs to me that I find an answer to one question among the answers to another question, sometimes in the way of hidden gems. I believe that creating the linkage between the two questions is ...
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Accepted Netflix answer is incorrect

IMO we should remove the accepted answer, from How can I use Netflix on Ubuntu?. The 2nd most-voted answer is clearly more correct and supported by Google/Netflix. Right now the only supported way ...
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Two answers on one question by the same user

What is the correct thing to do when someone posts two different answers to the same question? Here is my example, I am not trying to say "This user did this wrong!", we have only had a couple of ...
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What should I (or we) do about answers that obviously miss the point of the question entirely?

I came across this answer to “Adobe PDF for Ubuntu 64 bit 15.10” recently. The question is about installing Adobe Reader on recent Ubuntu releases. The answer explains the whole story with the ...
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Is it okay to ask the OP inside your answer to accept and upvote it?

Title says it all. See this answer. I have bolded the questionable part of the quote. Burn Ubuntu to a DVD and you won't have any trouble booting it... glad that worked for you. Please rate and ...
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Users strange behaviour

I noticed something about this user, almost all questions they ask are answered for them in comments or by other users and they take this information and create there own answers with it and accept it,...
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What should I do if someone makes a bad edit to my post?

I've been searching to see if this was already asked; sorry if it's a duplicate, couldn't find an answer. I've been wondering what I should do if someone bad edits my post? For example, I explain ...
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Delete own answer if somebody posts a more thorough answer later?

Lets say I answer a question and a few minutes or hours later I notice that somebody else also answered it after me. That other answer includes all the information given in mine plus additional ways ...
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Is it ok to comment and see if it works before answer?

Is it ok to comment an answer to the OP because you can't test it, and then you answer if it works? Or should you just answer?
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Are we being too generous to (incorrect) answers?

For quite sometime now, I am seeing a very alarming trend here. Wrong/incorrect answers are being upvoted, quite a lot. I have seen some answers lately, that deserve downvotes without any doubt, but ...
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Accepted answer that you don't agree with during review audit

As I was going through and reviewing posts, I saw this one. I downvoted it and then got this message: STOP! Look and Listen. This was an audit, designed to see if you were paying attention. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...