- Can we re-open this question ASAHP so that a well-funded answer can be posted? (or a duplicate found?). NRN to this one: if you have the rep, please re-open and leave a comment.
(Thank you) :-)
a. Let it slide, tough luck?
b. Complain and post your own answer?
c. Refer to your original comment, answer and let the community decide?
d. Something else entirely?
Kind of baffled as to why that question was closed; I went into the history thinking "it must've been massively edited after it was closed" only to find the closure was the most recent event. Reopened it now.
As for the comment: first, I'd avoid phrases like "blatantly plagiarizing". Once the
smartctl output was posted, it became very obvious what the problem was, so anyone that looked at the question would've thought "oh, I know this".
Generally in cases where somebody thinks they know the answer but isn't certain, I recommend posting it as an answer. If you're wrong you can always delete it, but when the question gets solved in the comments somebody has to go back and convert that comment thread to an answer. A lot of times that never happens, and a lot of times it does happen but the asker has already moved on and the question sits "unresolved" forever. I see 0-answer questions that have been solved in the comments a lot on this site.
There's really no downside to just posting an answer upfront -- discussion about that answer can be in the answer's comments instead of mixed in with the question's comments, the answer can be edited as the problem is better understood, and as soon as the answer is right the asker can skip the "It worked!" comment and just mark the answer correct immediately.