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Trim them down. Ask Ubuntu (and Stack Exchange) wants questions and answers without distractions. Like a FAQ. If you see too much noise unrelated to the solution of the question, just remove it.


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If it's helpful and good quality, it's fine. If the answer that recommends a different distro is high quality and contributes in some significant way to the question, leave it alone. This may occasionally occur; sometimes one operating system really is far better suited to a particular task than some other operating system. The hallmark of good, acceptable ...


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Were these simplest of the simplest answers that got a lot of votes posted for questions that made it to the Hot Network Questions list? It's a common enough event that simple answers to HNQs get massively upvoted because $RANDOM_USER from $RANDOM_OTHER_SE_SITE sees it and upvotes it. Why do some very simple questions get lots of upvotes? As for high-rep ...


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First really check the question isn't duplicate. Not knowing about something (so not being able to use the right words) does not mean that somebody might not be explaining exactly the same problem. If it's not, no problem: Answer it. Quote where appropriate (might be the whole post). Give credit as required. I would have no problem +1ing an answer that ...


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The danger with answering an abstract issue like this is it gives (or revokes) a licence to butcher verbose posts regardless of actual quality. A post can be both long and clear and the best possible post often isn't the shortest or most direct. A great post will spend time explaining itself. But if you feel the core answer is lost, rearranging can often ...


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I have posted what I considered well-founded, well-researched answers that gathered not one point. I have posted two line answers that I considered trivial that got many points. AU giveth and AU taketh away. Although reputation points are nice validation, I believe that if we answer in order to help rather than to gather points, the points will come to us ...


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This answer is not an answer(!) but a comment on your answer that is too long for the comment character limit. Users with more than 10k reputation are able to see deleted posts. Those users see something like this: Users with more than 20k are able to vote to delete negatively scored answers, or answers with a score of zero when reviewing them in the Low ...


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I don't think it's an inappropriate or unhelpful answer and it does our users no benefit to remove it. It could certainly be better. Ideas: An explanation that they're the co-owner of the company that makes this thing A link to something at their end showing that they're fixing it (eg public bug tracker) That is all to say, your actions here have been ...


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High-rep users are more likely to be longer around and much more likely to answer the easy questions that many users run into and thus get more attention and upvotes. Well-researched answers are often solutions to intricate problems that get much less attention and thus less upvotes.


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It's hard to talk about "what users want" when none of the cited past discussions seem to end in agreement. The "accepted" answer on this question is not the popular favourite... By a very long way. It appears to be a battle between: A small, tight band of Deletionists. People who would uphold every single founding rule of SE, regardless ...


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I think the best thing to do is: First figure out if you think the questions are duplicates. If you believe so, flag one of them as a duplicate of the other. As Seth says, this is most often the case. Typically you will be flagging the question you considered posting an answer on (as the duplicate target should almost always have one or more answers that ...


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There's a concept all users needs to be very clear of, and they usually get them wrong: Question A Question B Requeriment 1 Requeriment 1 Requeriment 2 Requeriment 3 Requeriment 4 Requeriment 5 Requeriment 6 A is a subset of B, yes; they are related, yes; some of the answers of B can apply to A, yes; but ultimately they are not duplicates. A is ...


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Ctrl+C Ctrl+V the big answer or it's relevant part -- feels both wrong and stupid. Not at all. You can reference other answers of other questions that are related but not quite the same. For example How to specify root for installing Ubuntu, seems like a "How to install Ubuntu?" question, yet it's asking for a small part of the process that the OP is not ...


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Essentially, we do nothing. The issue isn't the community, it's the infrastructure system we have in place and the reputation/voting/scoring system. Firstly, we can't unaccept answers. Only the original post owner can who made the question. Because a lot of old questions have posters who have moved on and are no longer active, there's nothing we can do ...


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It's human nature to reward the popular. I know that's not the technical or preferred answer but it's just the way the cookie crumbles.


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It might be also due to errors in the system because for example I get this particular post in my feed as "featured Meta post" and this is the second time this happens in a week. In my opinion this is wrong both times because the question is not very important and also not high traffic. That being said, I do understand why this question is asked and actually ...


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Every time I see one of those, I'm tempted to answer: "Boot live and enter the following: sudo dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sda" Then start over how ever you like.


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This is a much more reasonable solution that simply deleting them, true. However, there are still quite a few problems with it: You are still moving this content off-site which is part of why we don't want to delete them in the first place. Many users will be scared off by github. This is AU not SO. This means that your stated goal of allowing edits to ...


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Overall I don't think so unless it is an issue that can be easily resolved somehow else. If they are asking how to install all the hacking and penetration testing tools you can recommend kali but if it simply isn't detecting their wifi card don't recommend they get LMint. Or if they have a full ubuntu install and want kde, don't recommend they install ...


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