12 votes

How far should I go when answering?

Having seen the link, I'm not sure there is anything here that requires fixing. The answer looks reasonable - it gives a general sketch of an approach to solve a problem. You certainly shouldn't feel ...
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10 votes
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Are answers comparing existing answers acceptable?

I observe two things about that answer: Even if you've read every other answer, that one still offers additional information regarding the solutions proposed elsewhere. Even if every other answer ...
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9 votes

Should I clean up my answer?

I've had similar situations happen to me as well. I've taken a similar approach and kept most or portions of my original answers in the bottom portion of my answer and put a header above it stating as ...
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8 votes
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How far should I go when answering?

It's a big question, and so I think it's a little unreasonable to expect a pile of working code in an Answer. The Question would like an iptables-based answer, but does say: If this can't be done ...
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8 votes
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How can I improve my answer?

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: It is just ...
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7 votes

How can I improve my answer?

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 ...
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7 votes

How to tackle the gray area in reviewing low-quality answers?

For me the line in the grey area is drawn depending on the effort a user puts into their answer. If the answer is (1) clearly factually wrong or misinterprets the question and (2) it's a one-liner, I ...
7 votes
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How to handle link only answers that occured in the past?

If you feel like adding the relevant details, that's great, please go ahead and do so. If the details are hard to find or you don't have the time or the inclination to fix it, then flag. The only ...
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6 votes

Low quality posts from high rep users

Whenever you are in the Low Quality Review Queue, you are evaluating the quality of the post, not of the user. If the post needs improvements and you can improve it, please do so. If only the author ...
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6 votes
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Low quality posts from high rep users

They show up there purely due to their length (being too short). His answers are often just code with no explanations, so they often fall into this category, and I regularly have to approve them as OK ...
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5 votes

Should I clean up my answer?

Personally, I would edit my already submitted answers to fit an update question, if necessary. If any part of the old answer is definitely no longer relevant, I would remove it. In some cases, this ...
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5 votes

Are answers comparing existing answers acceptable?

Does it answer the question? Clearly; in fact, it gives four solutions. That alone makes it an answer (i.e. not not-an-answer). So, the question is, should it be downvoted? Does it add value ...
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5 votes

What are the reasons for this answer being deleted?

I didn't delete your answer, but I would have done the same thing if I had seen it. Your answer wasn't answering the question. The only relevant bits were the links and links are not answers. This is ...
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4 votes

What can we (normal users) can do with an accepted answer that contains dead links?

Step 2 ... ... is to take the content of the page in the Wayback Machine and search for it (e.g., in Google or whatever other search engine you prefer).  Often you can find a new site that has taken ...
3 votes

What can we (normal users) can do with an accepted answer that contains dead links?

In general, if an answer fundamentally depends on an external link and is completely unusable if the link dies, this is not a proper answer and it should be deleted. This is a question and answer site,...
3 votes
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Placeholder answers

One of the good things about this site is that we tend to vote for long, comprehensive answers. The most voted answer is often not the first posted. With that in mind, placeholder answers are even ...
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3 votes

Are answers comparing existing answers acceptable?

I think that enhancements or clarifications to existing solutions are Ok, as long as long as the resulting post is itself an answer. Case in point, some years ago I added the following answer: “...
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3 votes

Can someone explain why I can’t post?

It sounds to me like you've hit Why are answers no longer being accepted from my account?, so I would recommend following its advice. Looking at your account, I do see evidence that a couple of your ...
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3 votes

How to tackle the gray area in reviewing low-quality answers?

apparently there is strong consensus that we should avoid deleting poor and wrong answers, as stated on Meta Stack Exchange I want to address this point specifically. The "consensus" doesn't exist. ...
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2 votes
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Answers that add information but don't solve the problem

Yes, Answers that don't answer the question should be flagged as "not an answer" (or spam/rude/etc as appropriate). They'll then go to a queue for further review. Users with higher-level ...
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2 votes
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Can a user be notified when his post hits low quality queue?

You make an interesting point, but there are a few things to keep in mind: If the answer is useful even though it could be improved by an explanation, it shouldn't be deleted—but you should add a ...
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2 votes

Questions about malware and compromised or hacked servers

As some have pointed out in comments, it may be a good idea to write a canonical Q/A on the topic of "I have been hacked, what do I do?" (or similar) that is specific to U&L (in the same manner as ...
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2 votes
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What to do about poor quality answers?

I would go and downvote the answer along with a comment, to educate the user. In addition to that, I would also flag the question as "Very Low Quality" if it is really that bad. This way community ...
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1 vote
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What can we (normal users) can do with an accepted answer that contains dead links?

In looking at that answer, someone has already tended to it by linking to the Wayback Machine's website where a backup of the original page is being maintained, so I don't see what the issue is there. ...
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1 vote

Are answers comparing existing answers acceptable?

Are answers comparing existing answers acceptable? No. Those answers are essentially regurgitating someone else words. They do not give anything novel back (frankly, I don't trust any Joe Doe ...
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