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There are few things more frustrating —from a site management point of view— than seeing somebody write an short answer as a comment, the OP say "Thanks that worked" and then everybody just walk away. Various elements in the system (that are there to help other people get help and answer the right things) require that answers go in the answers section. So ...


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I'm afraid this is something that simply isn't up for discussion. Yes, we want to build a resource of useful knowledge and technical help. However, just as importantly, we want t build a civil and friendly resource. If you can't ask or answer politely, then don't ask or answer at all. If you find this too restrictive, this might not be the right place for ...


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If people aren't posting answers properly, do it for them. From the stackoverflow announcement: Want to know an easy way to earn reputation? Find a question somewhere with several good, but incomplete, answers. Steal all the answers and write one long, complete, detailed answer which is better than the incomplete ones. Sit back and earn points while ...


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It's an occasional practice for users to post two or more answers to the same question. It may be done for several reasons: To split specific use-cases into separate posts, which may require specific approach. To decrease noise/distraction in the original/first answer. Lengthy answers may get tedious to read for users. Shorter posts may win in clarity To ...


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In this case, I would recommend asking a new question about the troubles you've had with that answer, and include a link. This has three purposes: It will draw the attention of more senior Ask Ubuntu users, who may comment on the "bad" answer, and possibly edit it to correct mistakes or make the procedure clearer -- that is, things that might have led to ...


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This is the comment used to inform users that "Me too" is not a valid answer: If you have a NEW question, please ask it by clicking the Ask Question button. If you have sufficient reputation, you may upvote the question. Alternatively, "star" it as a favorite and you will be notified of any new answers. If you have a NEW question, please ask it by ...


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We should absolutely not be recommending the use of gedit as root (through gksu or worse, sudo) to any user, professional or otherwise. See my answer here for reasoning, as well as a similar thread regarding the "dropping" of gksudo. Anything that requires the use of root is probably something that requires caution to be exercised. Therefore, it would be ...


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IANAL but, Material posted on Stack Exchange sites is owned by its author (you) and made available under the CC BY-SA Creative Commons license. As the owner of the material, you are free to do anything you want with it elsewhere. You do not have to provide attribution to yourself or mention SE or the CC license when you republish this material. You are the ...


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The system will consider a question as "answered" after one of the answers has at least one up vote. While it won't reward you rep as "the accepted answer", or mark it as accepted, it will remove the question from the unanswered queue. As for nudging the user, there is nothing wrong with leaving a comment on the question requesting the author select an ...


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Usually, nothing. If the other answer is flat out wrong, downvote it and leave a comment explaining why. You can also leave a comment for the OP informing them of why it's wrong. If the other answer is just less correct than yours but not wrong, do nothing. The OP is free to accept whichever answer they prefer. If your answer is considered better by the ...


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It's up to the person who asked to determine the best answer, and many times the person never comes back to check to see if newer answers get better. I wouldn't worry about it, the community will vote the good answers to the top and I would think that most people reading a question will look at a few of the answers instead of quitting at the first one, ...


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It was flagged and subsequently deleted for not being "an answer". I think that was fair. It was clear you were only trying to be helpful but what was posted would have been better suited as a comment. I know, I know. You can't post comments yet. The answer section really is (with very mild exceptions) for posts that attempt to fix the problem directly. Or ...


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Try to accept whatever has helped you the most. That's what it's supposed to mean but it's really down to your interpretation. Timeliness could well be part of that utility and I know —from painful experience— that there are a lot of very good answers that haven't been accepted because they're an hour or two late to the pack. But if we're talking minutes ...


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Let's go over three of the main scenarios involving duplicate answers (these are the ones I see the most). User A posts an answer "You need to foo the bar". User B comes along and posts an answer "You need to foo the bar" and then goes on to explain why he needs to foo the bar, and how to foo the bar. I upvote user B's answer and move on (sometimes I ...


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We "high rep" users very much love to see good answers coming from low rep users or users new to the site. Consider this: all our rep comes from times we also were beginners to the site, and we tried to write answers to the best of our knowledge to help. Not all our answers are outstanding, some of our posts don't even get noticed much, but over the time ...


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Yeah some things look right (so attract votes for effort) but are technically incorrect. It happens to anybody who answers enough on the site. There are things you can do that are genuinely useful: Leave a comment. Explain what is wrong and why. Be technical. This lets the poster and other potential voters know. They can fix it, or even explain why they ...


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Here's how I see it. There are a few situations. Exact Duplicate If the questions are asking the same thing, and you see one question has a proper solution, then it would be better to use the duplicate flag rather than clone the answer. When you flag, users with at least 3,000 reputation will see the flag in one of the review queues and vote to close it as ...


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No, it's not considered abuse. You're encouraged to post useful content on the site: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2012/05/encyclopedia-stack-exchange/ http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2011/07/its-ok-to-ask-and-answer-your-own-questions/ To be crystal clear, it is not merely OK to ask and answer your own question, it is explicitly encouraged. Though you ...


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If user A comes along and answers your question, and you accept it, he gets 15 reputation. If user B then adds an answer and you accept his answer instead, user A will lose 15 reputation and user B will gain 15 reputation. This can cause hard feelings (it is amazing how much people care about stupid internet points!) so what I recommend is waiting awhile ...


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Here's what I do: Try to be generic instead of mentioning specific versions of things. (This can be hard). Concentrate on the "teaching to fish" part of the answer. That is, instead of saying "oh yeah, do foo, then bar, then baz", try to explain why things are, this teaches the person how to learn to learn. So even if an answer is out of date, the context ...


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The only way to disagree is to downvote the answer. Personally, I think it is an excellent answer that gives the only reasonable solution to a rather silly question. It is certainly the simplest, most obvious and most foolproof solution even if it isn't technical. The fact that it's a hardware solution (so to speak) and not a software one doesn't make it a ...


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Functionally speaking Zanna's answer is good... Although I would beg you avoid rollback wars. That is to say if they rollback your rollback, don't rollback again. Raise a flag for a moderators on your post. Explain the problem and we'll find the rustiest spoon available to "deal with" the problem. We're good at wet work. Use us. On a slightly different ...


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It's not the end of the world, but it's definitely noise, so you can edit it out. Thank you for reading my answer. Please like, rate, share, and subscribe.


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No, that is not acceptable. What I would find perfectly fine and acceptable is a comment asking for acceptance if the OP said the solution works but they didn't bother to accept any answer. That is as much noise as "Please help" in a question, with the added "fault" that it might even imply begging for rep. Edit: besides, that's not even an answer. The OP ...


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Low rep people may post great, and useful answers, however I tend to find that people with higher reputation tend to format their posts better and this makes their posts easier to understand. It is because they know the site better and how to better convey their solution to the asker. There is a daily reputation limit on this site for a reason; to stop ...


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Personally I don't upvote answers to questions which are clearly duplicates ("clearly" = I can find an almost exact duplicate in the first three pages using the search function or in the first page using Google), because that encourages answering duplicate questions instead of closing them, which is the Right Thing(TM). That being said if I catch an user ...


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Keep the answer there. Deleting should be done when your content is entirely wrong. If your answer provides valid content, then keep it. Let the OP decide what is the better answer. The other answer may have more examples, but it may not be what OP wants , or perhaps OP wants a clear answer. "Better explanation" sometimes is too technical and the answer ...


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"Do workarounds qualify as answers or rather as comments?" Answer. When nothing else works it is an answer... But ... "install the driver of a sibling printer " ... is not a workaround but actually a solution. It is a well known fact lots of drivers work for more devices than they officially support. Printers get newer versions and you can follow the ...


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Honestly? Just don't do it. The OP gets notified about every new answer to their question, so you can assume they've either seen it already or they have no interest in checking their notifications. Promoting your answer to them, however politely, is likely to come across as unnecessary hassling. They might feel it would be rude to unaccept an answer and ...


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