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Generally speaking, yes, alternative ways of accomplishing the same task seem not only welcome, but often rewarded. In the case you point to, there are a couple of mitigating issues: The question specifically, and repeatedly, asks for a sed response. This means the questioner is clearly seeking to improve their sed knowledge as much as they are trying to ...


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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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Those are, I find, hard to deal with because: The answers are answers, so flagging as not an answer isn't appropriate at all. The answers aren't wrong, misleading or otherwise technically/factually incorrect, so a downvote doesn't necessarily seem appropriate. Very low quality doesn't necessarily apply either, they're often "salvageable" with an ...


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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 would not have down-voted your answer but I would never upvote "that kind of thing" either. Here's why... Having participated in a lot of different tech and programming related forums over the years, it seems to me that stack exchange has a degree of formality that makes it distinct, in keeping with the goal of producing canonical answers to canonical ...


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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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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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I generally delete answers that are duplicates of existing answers, but only if the answer was way later (usually it's days or months later, but at least an hour at minimum). I don't really agree with mattdm's endorsement of multiple answers presenting the same information phrased differently; I'd rather each answer be a different point, so somebody ...


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Post the exact same answer to multiple questions is generally bad. If the answers have partial overlap and you're tailoring them to fit each particular question, go for it


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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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I think it is fine. The date on your answer matches with the advice you provided, that for me is more important than giving an outdated answer to an old question about a rolling release distro...


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Don't vote that answer up, don't mark it as accepted. If it's really really wrong and not just trying to help you solve your problem in a way you might not have anticipated, vote it down. In general, people answer questions because they think that the answer they have is "superior". If you don't agree, that's fine and there's no reason to escalate. If it's ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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WRT your example, I would have linked to the original with a brief explanation of why. This makes things easier to maintain if you or someone else decides to edit something at some point. Sometimes this might require you to flesh out and edit the original answer, which may produce a better overall result. On the other hand, some people might consider an ...


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Hmm, I've got some thoughts that won't answer the exact questions you've asked here, but, ah, might be relevant? I'll try and keep it clean. A couple asides 'first' *. In the backwards order I'm writing this, I've laid out some things that are fairly case specific. Let me sum up some points that will hopefully be useful to a broader audience, and ...


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