27 votes
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When do comments become answers?

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. ...
Oli's user avatar
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I'm probably going to get skewered for this -- You can be rude and still provide a perfectly suitable answer to a question

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 ...
terdon's user avatar
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23 votes
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Two answers on one question by the same user

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 ...
Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy's user avatar
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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?

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 ...
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20 votes
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Answering a question using an answer from another post

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 ...
TheWanderer's user avatar
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Editor wars aside, can we use sudo nano when talking to non-experts?

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 ...
Kaz Wolfe's user avatar
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Can I reuse my own answers outside of Ask Ubuntu?

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 ...
Zanna's user avatar
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Another "why was my answer deleted" looking for advice to be better

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....
Oli's user avatar
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19 votes
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Are we being too generous to (incorrect) answers?

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: ...
Oli's user avatar
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19 votes

Should we unpin the accepted answer from the top of the list?

Accepts are a way to indicate what worked best for the OP or which answer they personally liked. Sometimes the OP's choice isn't the best one - after all, many people ask questions because they don't ...
Zanna's user avatar
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18 votes
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Is it okay to ask the OP inside your answer to accept and upvote it?

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 ...
Andrea Lazzarotto's user avatar
18 votes

Is it okay to ask the OP inside your answer to accept and upvote it?

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.
Stefano Palazzo's user avatar
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Accepted answer that you don't agree with during review audit

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 ...
terdon's user avatar
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What should I do if someone makes a bad edit to my post?

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 ...
Oli's user avatar
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16 votes
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Delete own answer if somebody posts a more thorough answer later?

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 ...
Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy's user avatar
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Can a workaround count as an answer?

"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 ...
Rinzwind's user avatar
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How do you ask OP to reconsider accepted answer and award yours?

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. ...
Zanna's user avatar
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What if someone just thanked answerer instead of accepting that answer?

For the general case, accepting an answer is a privilege that is enjoyed only by the OP (original poster) of the question. If OP is a new user and presumably unaware of how accepting works, you may ...
pomsky's user avatar
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15 votes
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Save an answer as a draft

This feature already exists. Try writing an answer. Wait for about 30-45 seconds. Draft Saved will appear and a Discard button too. A secret: From waffles' answer on What are the details/...
Kulfy's user avatar
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14 votes
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What should I do if someone makes a bad edit to my post?

You should "rollback" the edit if someone damages your post. Click on the 'edited * ago' link under the post then find the revision you want to go back to and click 'rollback' (By the way, this ...
Zanna's user avatar
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14 votes

What to do with copy-pasted answers by a new user?

This happens quite often. If I'm not wrong, the system automatically flags identical posts, so it's likely to be looked into by mods. In my opinion, there's no automatic conclusion to be drawn. ...
Zanna's user avatar
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Can I reuse my own answers outside of Ask Ubuntu?

Yes. Content you create is yours. There was briefly a clause in the Terms and Conditions that —by my reading— had the inadvertent impact of demanding attribution. I also occasionally write technical ...
Oli's user avatar
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Re-working another user's answer?

The question is a bit unclear on the specific situation, so it depends. If an answer is undoubtedly harmful, I'd say edit! Fix, if you can without changing the concept, or include a warning if not. ...
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13 votes
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Is it ok to comment and see if it works before answer?

I'm a bit more relaxed about this than Jacob, mostly because I agree with the last sentence. Comment answers are a real pain because people trip over themselves in politeness to not transcribe it out ...
Oli's user avatar
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13 votes

Ask Ubuntu isn't Code Golf. . . or is it?

Every case is different but broadly speaking I tend to like and upvote answers I can understand and test or verify myself. Clarity and not brevity is what I care about, because ease of understanding ...
Zanna's user avatar
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13 votes
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What should we do with answers that include contact details for relevant support services?

My own two cents is that support should never be pushed off-site by anyone, no matter if they're an official representative or a Canonical employee. Part of the function of Ask Ubuntu is to build a ...
Kaz Wolfe's user avatar
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Comments in the answer section from new users

Another solution - If you see an new user with a good question, upvote it. We, the community, can solve the problem very easily, no need to force users to read FAQ or change the way the site works, we ...
Panther's user avatar
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How do you research for answers?

I use Firefox, which has 2 features that really help with those issues, one of which most browsers have: Reopen tabs on restart (This is what most browsers have) Awesome Bar (i.e. where we input the ...
Dan's user avatar
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Should we unpin the accepted answer from the top of the list?

Obsolete Answer Flag In many cases the answer with the most upvotes is simply the one that has been here longest. Often these high vote answers are totally obsolete and no longer work. It was much ...
C.S.Cameron's user avatar
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11 votes
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When to add another answer instead of updating my current one?

It's up to you where exactly you draw the line for yourself and write a separate second answer instead of adding to your first one, but I can give you some questions that may help you to decide: How ...
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