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Of course you should provide the best answer you can, even if it isn't the one the OP was thinking of. And of course people are free to downvote you for that. Personally, I would upvote you instead, but everyone is free to vote as they like. There's nothing new here. We've been doing this (providing better solutions than the OP asked for) for years and ...


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If you provide contact details, you should expect people to contact you. The site deliberately omits a lot of social features, making chasing an individual down annoyingly hard. I have been on both sides of the scenario you have been in. There are lots of times I would have liked to quickly ask somebody to reconsider a decision they've made. A DM/PM would ...


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Questions at askubuntu are answered from a voluntary community, so there is no ticket system that reminds people to answer questions. It happens that questions are replaced by newer ones and people will oversee them even if they are good, because most wont scroll down a lot or even visit the next page(s). That happens e.g. if they are posted on Sunday ...


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Typically, I prefer using comments as well. Voting up/down sort of sends the wrong message to new users, even though as Zanna explained it is not intended to be a form of punishment/reward, but people see it that way. Well, OK, maybe it actually is intended. Stack Exchange is sort of built on the game principle to retain users; to quote Jeff Atwood - one of ...


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Voting is really important on Stack Exchange sites and its purpose is often misunderstood. The purpose of voting is not to reward users with unicorn dollars1 to punish users by taking their unicorn dollars away to encourage users to discourage users Votes have the above effects and we should not ignore those effects. But the primary purpose of voting is to ...


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I suspect the question was put on hold by the community due to the scarcity of information that the initial post had. You have correctly now added much more info to it - so thanks! Keep on editing as and when clarifications to comments are made. Hopefully the community can help with the extra info added. As such I have hit the reopen button for you.


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No, tags should not be used for this. A spam tag should be something to do with handling/removing/creating/etc spam (eg email) on Ubuntu, and not coerced to a meta-tag for doing something that is infinitely better done through flags. Edit: It was only created an hour ago, apparently for purpose. I think the justification is far too weak (no, spammers are ...


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I suppose the ideal answer would have been a combination of the two answers in this case. Present the script, then explain there is a better - more elegant - way to solve the problem, and then let the OP choose. But I agree, downvoting any answer that actually solves the OP's problem is ridiculous, especially if the OP has already accepted that answer! ...


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Update: synonyms were added. Thanks to everyone who voted Considering that the tag multiple-monitors has 3096 questions tagged right now, we may want to make all of those synonyms of this tag. Back to the topic.Ubuntu Wiki articule and Arch Wiki article on this topic use "Multihead" and "multi-monitor" terminology. Gentoo Wiki as well. So these two are ...


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Let’s burminate it! (but I need 30 chars here)


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Short answer: it depends on the question and OP's requirements. In cases of scripting or making small applications, like in the question you've linked, we have some room for interpretation, and often there are better or more practical ways to approach a problem. For instance, OP may want to make a shell script to parse a text file, but an awk or grep ...


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As always, it depends Looking at a question like: PLZ HELP ME ASAP error: some-error another error -> some totally unclear error .... 50-lines-of-crap .... some-unclear-result I'd say Shoot on sight!. In such a post is no effort whatsoever to even write down a decent question. It shouts DO MY JOB! On the other hand, we've got plenty of unclear ...


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Answers to unclear questions rely on guesswork. This can lead to answerers barking up the wrong tree, bad answers, good answers to the wrong question, and a host of confusion. It's best that unclear questions are closed immediately, until they can be clarified. Once they're clarified, they should be reopened, also as fast as possible. Closing unclear ...


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Closing questions is well, even when it is too fast. But it would be preferable to leave a comment explaining what they can do to improve it. Let's take an example here: Environment still acting up I tried running some code to reset my proxy, and it messed with my desktop environment. I had to put the permissions back, but even after that, my ...


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We get a lot of questions on AU, so aside from giving as much information as you can which is nicely covered by the help page How do I ask a good question? it’s also very important to present your question in the right way – through proper formatting: How do I format my posts using Markdown or HTML? Markdown help These help pages shows how you can format ...


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I don't believe there are strict/written rules on the subject, and below is nothing more than just my experience and opinion. The principle Is that we should not contact users and moderators directly, unless there is a good reason to make an exception to the rule. Having said that I have both been contacted by users (and once a moderator, not for ...


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There is no such thing as closing bad questions too fast. If a question is not a good fit for the site, it should be closed to both indicate that it is off-topic or a duplicate and to prevent it from being answered. Suppose in some country there is a user who posted a question and slept. Meanwhile his question was put on hold after, say, 6 hours of ...


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As this edit is OP’s reaction and feedback to your answer, it should be an edit to the question. There are three steps to take: Reject the edit as “Attempt to reply” Write a comment to OP asking them to update their question with the new information – I just did that now and shortened the citations to avoid unnecessarily redundant information. Edit your ...


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I would accept it if it adds to the answer (but it does not ;) ). It is the person that asked the question so his -intent- is to add to your question what he thinks makes it a perfect answer. He is adding things that are related to the question. So reject it and leave a comment


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I would add that, especially on older versions of the mobile app for StackExchange, the UI presented various hot questions from multiple communities in a way that a new user might have thought that he or she was being polled. That could have encouraged people to respond beyond their actual knowledge base. Newer app versions have addressed this by presenting ...


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On a lighter note, would it be rude to post something like the following comment? Please provide more information. As it stands your question provides insufficient data.


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If you helped the OP pinpoint their problem more specifically than they had before, it would probably be best to leave your answer as stands (since it does answer the real question), but also to edit the original question to clarify the actual issue. Though I wasn't following the exact post, this seems like a nice hybrid; the answer answers both the real ...


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I'm a new user, and here's my experience. I asked a carefully written question on stackoverflow, and it promptly got downvoted and, eventually, automatically deleted as a result, all without explanation. In the original (now deleted) question I had an exchange with a user who had left comments on my question, where I asked them if they knew why it was ...


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