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What should we do with new answers to old questions of EOL versions, with an already accepted answer?

So here is the scenario: a new item at the review queue of a new answer to an old question, about a problem occurred in an EOL version (was asked when it was not EOL) and has an accepted answer. ...
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What is the appropriate action on the answers by the original developer/author of the project regardless of the content?

I'm in little confusion today. While reviewing Low Quality Posts, I encountered this post. I was curious that why the answerer is so confident. So, I just viewed their profile and this site and found ...
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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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How to post follow-up to answer

Where should I post a lengthy follow-up to an answer to my question? My comment ran to too many characters. Should I answer my own question, although it's really a response to one particular answer?
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An answer I provided has been edited and approved. Do I need to do anything?

An edit has been made to my answer to this question. It has already been approved by Jorge Castro and I agree with the edits. Do I need to do anything more?
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Is creating a community wiki answer with summary of all posted tiny answers welcome?

At times I see questions with single-line answers, that are perhaps more useful as an aggregate. Can I combine all such answers into one, and mark the answer community wiki? The particular question ...
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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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How should answers which basically equate to "give up and use x instead" be handled?

Let's say we have a question of the form "How can I make X do Y?" and it is a perfectly valid, on-topic question. Now suppose someone then posts an answer which basically says "Forget X and just ...
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Should I elaborate a low quality answer or should I post a new one?

This question is wired to the topic: When to add another answer instead of updating my current one? - but is slightly different. Here is the story: A few days ago I created an answer that provides a ...
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Feature request: retracting delete vote on answers

When I vote to close a question it's possible to retract close vote. When I press delete(1) to remove my vote on an answer, it only asks for confirmation if I want to vote to delete, not retract. Can ...
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Mentioning sources in answers

Sometimes it happens that while writing an answer, we get some help from other answers posted on AskUbuntu. In such cases, should we cite the sources?
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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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Are there some decisive ways of signaling an answer to somebody else's question as definitive?

Beside commenting and voting are there some other means to signal an answer as definitive when the author did not mark it so? There are some older questions like this that are useful and actual, and ...
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How to find ID from an answer on askubuntu

I would like to know how to find the post ID of an answer on askubuntu.com. An example: I want to get the post ID of l0b0's answer on How can I change my own user ID?. I need it because I want to ...
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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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Should I flag answers which only suggest "install a different OS"?

I've seen a few answers which are essentially saying "install a different Linux distro, and you won't have this problem". Even if the answerer is acting in good faith, trying to be helpful, but the ...
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Is it right to edit an answer so that it's almost identical to an existing one?

Today I realized that someone had edited another person's answer so that it is now the same as my pre-existing answer. Jordanka's answer to this question was edited by another user (as you can see, ...
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Does "convert to edit" let moderators move comments?

When moderators convert an answer to and edit--which deletes the answer and places its content at the end of the question--do they have the ability to move the comments from that answer to the ...
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How do I give credit for someone elses answer to a question?

I have just a answered a question because I knew where the information was (it was part of a response to another question authored by someone else). I gave the credit to that user by creating a link....
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What to do when an answer is just a (very good) request for information?

What should I do when I come upon a question that's missing some information, which has been requested...but only in an answer that does not actually attempt to answer the question, nor even to ...
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What is the best way to update a question when something changes?

Ok, maybe it's not the best title... There is a question that was really about a bug. Some person answered with a good work-around that solved the problem, it gets up-voted to the top spot, it could ...
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What to do if several answers to a question are edited, making them all very similar?

In one particular case I answered a question, which already had an accepted answer because I felt my answer more exactly addressed the OP's question. After a while, my answer was voted second highest. ...
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Handling questions when the answer is no

Some questions from a literal perspective only have a no answer. I've answered some of these by explaining how one can create a compromise solution that brings them closer to what the OP wants. These ...
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Should redirections to other questions / answers be comments or answers ?

A part of the answer to this question is, in my opinion, answering another "new" question. I wanted to redirect the person asking the "new" question to the existing answer and posted it as an answer. ...
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Is it OK to post, and how should we deal with, non-English (or partly non-English) answers intended for translation? [duplicate]

Questions in languages other than English, or which contain non-English text and translated text, have been discussed before on meta. But what about answers that are written in other languages? How ...
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Why am I not getting email notification to new answers to my question?

I have checked "Notify" check box with my email id in my question but I don't get any notification even though I get answers to that question. Why is it so? Is there problem in "AskUbuntu"'s part?
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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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Should one edit answer to own question?

Is it good practice to edit answer to ones own question? Suppose some one gives a good answer to an OP's question and the OP edits that answer. Is it considered a good practice?
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I can't add an answer to indicate that I'm having the same problem as a previous poster

I can't seem to add an "answer" to indicate I'm having the same problem as a previous poster; e.g.: to question---> External USB drive keeps unmounting and remounting using different UUID ...
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What is the KP+ key?

I don't know how to reply directly to the answer.. https://askubuntu.com/a/7186 What is this person talking about? When I press Ctrl + Alt + K + P + '+'(Shift + '=') nothing happens. It's all in one ...
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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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Deleting Older Posts

I tried deleting some of the older answers which I had posted but could not delete more than five. These were the ones which were wrong or out of context or had something wrong with them. Why is this ...
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Should really good/detailed "me too" answers have their content merged into the question?

Usually "me too" answers don't contribute much to working on the problem, but sometimes they do, as when they present details that are subtly different than (or more detailed than) what is provided by ...
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Should I edit my Answer to this question?

Yesterday I answered this question. Today I noticed the question has been edited and now my answer only makes partial sense. Should I edit it accordingly? Secondly, if it was a decision by a ...
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Should the question on Application Indicators be updated to include whether they work with 12.04?

I request that What Application Indicators are available? be "refreshed" to show which indicators are still being maintained and usable in 12.04.
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When reviewing answers, how can I view other answers for the post?

I was clearing the late posts, and there was an answer that was a correct answer to the question, so I hit "no action needed". Turns out it was one of the "test" reviews. This question was already ...
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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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If people have put answers as comments, is it OK for me to copy their comment to an answer myself? [duplicate]

I encountered a question where a person had put an answer in the comments, then the OP had commented again saying that answer worked, and thanks. Here was the specific question, but I am asking in a ...
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Allow answers to be shared on Identi.ca [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Share Link via identi.ca I've noticed that your own answers on AskUbuntu can be shared via Facebook and Twitter currently: However, some of us might prefer not to sign our ...
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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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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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Is it appropriate to Ask question and provide an Answer to topic which is not mentioned?

Hi, My question is about when somebody have a solution (e.g., specific problem which affect a couple of people), but nobody ask for different reasons. This question is similar as Should we seed the ...
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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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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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When should I answer and when should I comment?

I enjoy helping out on this forum. Recently I have become more active in that. Can someone tell me when I should comment and when I should answer? How do you know which one to use? In the answer ...
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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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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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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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I'm not experienced enough to know if an answer is correct or not. Should I accept it?

The following question illustrates my point very well: Can going into “suspend” have negative effects on applications? I'm not familiar enough with the CPU and how the kernel works under the hood to ...
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What is better: Answering questions from OPs edit by a contributor or motivating OP to write his own answer?

Just a moment ago I came across this question Ubuntu 18.04, complex network configuration with Netplan. OP solved his problem on his own and added that in the question body. However, Thomas Ward added ...
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