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How can I improve my answer?

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 ...
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Answers that add information but don't solve the problem

I would like to know whether answers like the following one, should get deleted. On the one hand, it does provide relevant information on the problem, but on the other hand, it doesn't solve the issue....
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Can someone explain why I can’t post?

I’m guessing I either had answers deleted a long time ago to the point of me not being able to pull them up & not knowing I might be able to revise them & not have them count against me. Also ...
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How to tackle the gray area in reviewing low-quality answers?

It is not infrequent to see controversial reviews of specific kinds of answers in the Low Quality Posts review queue. Those answers are often short, made at most of a few commands or links with few to ...
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Should I clean up my answer?

I've written an answer that became very long. First, the info in the question was a bit general and I wanted to cover general cases by example. Then, inspired by another answer I extended the answer ...
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Questions about malware and compromised or hacked servers

This is not really a question but more of a request. I've noticed a few questions about compromised servers running malware (usually cryptocurrency miners) but also other things. When answering ...
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How far should I go when answering?

Someone complained to me recently that my answer was too difficult to implement. I was very conscious when putting together my answer of giving it in general terms as opposed to being super specific. ...
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What are the reasons for this answer being deleted?

A couple of days ago I left an answer to a question. The question was not a good one. It was extremely broad and non specific. However, the core of it boiled down to two things: how do I use GNU/Linux,...
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What to do about poor quality answers?

I recently asked a question and spent a long time wordsmithing it before submitting. The entire idea was to demonstrate that there were many things I had checked and save time from people suggesting ...
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What can we (normal users) can do with an accepted answer that contains dead links?

I came across this post: How can I move files and view the progress (e.g. with a progress bar)? I think its a very interesting question, and the OP criteria for marking the accepted answer makes ...
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A disagreement about the rules on non-answer answers

Context The following discussion happened in the comment thread on the answer https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/118428/5197, which began with the question "Is udev working properly on your server?" ...
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Can a user be notified when his post hits low quality queue?

From time to time I review Low-Quality-Posts which are in fact very high quality from technical point of view, but lack the explanation. These kind of answers usually come from higher reputation users....
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Are answers comparing existing answers acceptable?

A "not an answer" flag was raised against this answer. As you can see, it is not actually providing any new solutions, just comparing the ones already provided by other answers and showing which one ...
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How to handle link only answers that occured in the past?

I encountered an answer which was basically just a link to another external source. It was an old question asked some 2 years back. The answer in discussion is this one. I added the relevant details ...
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Placeholder answers

I have noticed that this practice, which is discouraged, has started to occur here. I'd be interested to hear some of the moderators' takes on this. Personally, I would hope that it does not take ...
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Low quality posts from high rep users

Why do posts from people with >50k reputation show up in the Low Quality queue? Would it not make sense to have a filter where answers from users with more than $arbitrary_high_number reputation do ...
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What's our status in voting?

The most upvoted answer in the questionnaire in the recent moderator election, pointed out two issues: U&L is way below average among SE sites when it comes to questions with at least one upvoted ...
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Why are we answering how to accomplish a task with X, we are answering with Y? [duplicate]

I've seen this couple of times: How to foo the bar with X? X being a requirement of the asker. Now, maybe I'm biased by my participation in Software Recommendations where all requirements of OP should ...
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Should answers adding no new information be flagged?

I am aware of this similar question on Meta Stack Overflow, but it mostly deals with duplicate answers that come about due to the race to answer, which is outside of the scope of my question (which ...
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Is it appropriate to "cross post" (parts of) answers?

Sometimes multiple questions can relate to the same topic from different angles. I've considered linking the questions, but sometimes the angles are so different that the answer to one question can ...
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Will someone tell me if this answer (mine) is too "cheeky"?

Recently I answered a question that I came across while browsing the unanswered list. Basically I said that the tool that the user was using was now deprecated (even though it wasn't when he asked the ...
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What should I do when an answer is only telling me to do something else?

I asked a question recently, and the only answer only says "yes, why not", questions why I wanted an answer to my question, and told me to do something else instead. It's not helpful at all, and worse,...
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Are answers using alternative tools not welcome?

Often there are questions of the form "How can I do this with x?" where x is some tool such as bash, sed, awk or perl. Are answers to such question based on another tool than x not welcome, e.g. are ...