Few days ago I answered a question. It had been downvoted. So, I just deleted it. However, today I am feeling curious (so I undeleted it). Can anyone please check and let me know what is wrong with this answer (original revision, updated answer is here).

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First of all, consider the fact that only one person downvoted. As a general rule, you shouldn't read too much into solitary downvotes. That said, I can see some problems with your answer:

  1. It is just a command. There is no explanation of what this is, or what it is supposed to be doing.

  2. inxi isn't installed by default, so it is very likely not to be present in the target machine.

  3. As far as I know, inxi is a Linux thing (although there seems to be some limited BSD support as well), so it isn't very portable.

  4. In addition to the above limitations of inxi, the only thing that inxi -S would give that isn't already provided by the uname -a command mentioned in the top answer is the name of the Desktop environment, which is very unlikely to be relevant given that the question was about sshing to a new machine. So even in the case where inxi is available, there's very little benefit over the very portable uname -a.

  • I have updated the answer as per your suggestion. Dec 6, 2020 at 19:00

A downvote does not mean the answer is wrong. It just means someone was willing to spend a few reputation points to give it a lower priority, for whatever reason. (On the flip side of that is that an upvoted answer does not need to be correct, but that's another story).

As for the answer: You just show a command an its output. What is inxi? Where can one find it? Is it only for Linux (what distributions?) or does it work on BSD systems and other Unices too? (the question mentions "Unix/Linux", possibly indicating that they are interested in non-Linux systems too) Is it likely that it is installed, or can easily be installed, on a random client's system that the user in the question is accessing? Why do you suggest the -S option specifically? Is the output that you show self explanatory, or does it need a bit of explanation?

Those are just a few things you could address to make it a fuller answer.

Also, as this is an old question with a very upvoted accepted answer, you may want to address the benefits of your approach over the approach in the accepted answer (if there were none, why answer?)

  • I have updated the answer as per your suggestion. Dec 6, 2020 at 19:00
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    @blueray The answer looks really good now.
    – Kusalananda Mod
    Dec 6, 2020 at 19:20
  • You could extend the argument to "not even the accepted answer need to be correct" ... but again, another story ;)
    – AdminBee
    Dec 7, 2020 at 13:15

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