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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 compelled to fill in routine details. And I don't see where the poster complained to you. If you mean Thanks, however, this seems like alot of nontrivial ...


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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 was deleted, that answer would still allow a reader to solve the problem presented in the question. Therefore, it isn't completely redundant and it can stand ...


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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 such, and then put the revised, more specific answer/details on the upper portion of the answer. I think this is a completely appropriate way to deal with ...


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To give some more background, this is the text I got to review: Is udev running in your server? This and only this version of the post by Alvaro is of interest. Because the discussion was about whether I should have flagged this or not. This was in the Low Quality Post queue (at the bottom of the list). I flagged it at 14:34. The above text has to be ...


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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 at the iptables level, is there some way to do it? Based on How do I write a good answer? -- Any answer that gets the asker going in the right direction ...


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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: It is just a command. There is no explanation of what this is, or what it is supposed to be doing. inxi isn't installed by default, so it is very likely not to be ...


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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 ...


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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 don't feel there's a point in keeping it. If the one-line answer looks wrong but you're not 100% certain, comment, downvote, but click on "Looks OK". Give ...


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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 thing you shouldn't do is ignore it. Time is irrelevant, a link only answer is always bad and always a problem.


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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 can do those improvements, you should comment asking for elaboration and select recommend deletion. If you are not sure, just hit skip. Reputation should not be ...


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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 too. I agree that it seems ridiculous, but I'm not sure how well received making a change to that automated audit will be. We can ask the higher ups to see ...


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I don't understand the problem here. An answer is something that offers a solution to the problem, explaining how that solution can be implemented. Even in its latest incarnation, the answer in question does not do so: Is udev working properly on your server? Clearly not an answer but a request for more information. udev is the device mapper in charge ...


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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 has lead to removal of bits of answers that I've spent significant time on. If any part of the old answer is no longer relevant but if it still may be ...


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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 compared to the other solutions? Yes, it gives objective benchmarks. Those can be very helpful in figuring out which solution to use for in and similar situations. ...


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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 the entire text of your answer (with the links removed): This style of question is not a good fit for this site. This question is very broad and open ended....


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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 over hosting the desired content.  By searching for "Advanced Copy is a mod for the GNU cp and GNU mv tools" in Google, I found SlackBuilds Repository ...


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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: “unpacking” a tuple to call a matching function pointer. This formally adds absolutely nothing new to the answer by Johanne, but it has 24 upvotes and no downvotes at ...


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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 sillier here than on larger sites like SO. Just take your time, write up a good answer and post it. Apart from being unnecessary, it is also a bad habit to get ...


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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 answers were flagged as spam, since they linked to a project without much more explanation or claim of affiliation; an excerpt from the Help Center's How to not ...


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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. The network, as it works (and you can ask users that use several sites) will delete those answers. That specific post had been heavily edited by Stack Overflow ...


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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, not a link collection. This goes whether the link is already dead or not. That being said, many legitimate answers on this site say “use this software”, and ...


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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 moderation privileges can then cast votes for deletion. It's easier when the answer starts with "Not an answer per say [sic]" Sometimes such not-an-...


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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 e.g. Gilles' Kali Linux Q/A or any of Stéphane's many questions). To be honest I didn't actually think about this as I thought that the ServerFault Q/A seemed ...


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Good question. I've seen this pattern quite a lot here: sometimes to constructive ends, sometimes not. The worst are when the resulting answers are just code one-liners. Double ouch! I would suggest a nuanced approach rather different from Software Recommendations: This can be done but it needs to be justified. The justification does not have to be ...


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I'm on the fence with this as well. I find that when I'm searching via Google for solutions that I'll invariably find answers to questions on one of the Stack Exchange sites, that provides a solution that I was looking for, even though the original question may have specified only a particular X be used. As to answering the original question that wanted a ...


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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 comment requesting that it be expanded to explain it better. If the answer truly isn't clear and is too short to be useful, it should be deleted no matter who ...


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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 knows about the questions poor state and with the flagging others, with responsability are being informed of it.


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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. In general Moderators do not possess the ability to unmark an accepted answer. The best I can think of is to edit the answer and put a message at the top, ...


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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 performance tests, not even mines), and just serve to clutter the answers further with the information already available somewhere else. If someone considers that one ...


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