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You're always encouraged to answer questions as actual answers and not simply as comments. But it's really up to the individual users of the site to put in whatever effort they are most comfortable with. I would encourage you, or anyone that may come across this situation, to look at these comments as an opportunity to write them up as more complete ...


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People might be using old kernel version, and for many reasons be unwilling or unable to update. just update your answer with something like: Kernel version 3.14.15.927 released on July 18, 2016 fixed this issue. With older versions, [the existing answer]


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Both questions and answers should be voted on purely on their own merits. If someone writes a comprehensive answer to a marginally asked question, it's not appropriate to downvote such an answer, IMO. In all cases, the question should be edited if possible to improve it as much as possible and the answer should be voted on based on their own independent ...


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I am very opposed to answers as comments. Using the comments robs us of the ability to vote up or down or suggest edits, and basically defeats the functioning of the Stack Exchange engine. And since comments on the question go above real answers, it's a way to get in a first word, which is unfair to the real answers. I've seen many people say "But, I did ...


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I think it would be best to have accepted answers unpinned on U&L. I see no reason to treat accepted answers specially.


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I think it's entirely OK to do this and would in fact encourage it. Each site should have their own collections of questions and answers, and often times I find bits to solutions on one of the other SE sites, but then take it over here and either expand it since now I feel it's more appropriate to do so, or take it in an entirely different direction. I ...


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It is not acceptable to post identical answers to multiple questions. This has been brought up on the main StackExchange Meta site as a FAQ: Is it acceptable to add a duplicate answer to several questions? The reply to that question is "No". This is an established policy. Copying and pasting the same answer to multiple questions can cause ...


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Sometimes a question basically asks, "I think there is a command that does X, but I don't remember which one. Which is it?" In that case, an answer consisting of the command is a full answer to the question. Maybe it could be improved by a usage example, common flags, etc., but the answer is still fine. A comment (suggesting how the author can make the ...


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I agree with improving existing answers; so does the help center: When should I edit posts? Any time you feel you can make the post better, and are inclined to do so. Editing is encouraged! Some common reasons to edit are: to fix grammatical or spelling mistakes to clarify the meaning of a post without changing it to correct minor ...


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I would suggest that unpinning is the better behaviour. Two situations come to mind: When a question is answered by a quick&dirty solution, that may work for the OP, and may therefore be accepted. If a more robust, less error prone or just more elegant solution is posted later, that will (probably) be upvoted, pushing the inferior, but accepted, solution ...


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I'll refer to our Help Center's section on the "Comment" privilege, in part: When should I comment? You should submit a comment if you want to: Request clarification from the author; Leave constructive criticism that guides the author in improving the post; Add relevant but minor or transient information to a post (e.g. a link to a ...


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Writing answers that are well received takes practice. Before I started answering questions here I looked at answers that I thought were good and tried to emulate them in my approach until I found what worked for me. For the 1st answer: “GLIBC” can not be used when I have installed the gcc 5.1.0, I'd restructure it so that the solution is at the top and not ...


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The description for answer vote reads "this answer is/is not useful". If the question isn't great but the answer is clearly useful, the answer should not be down voted. If the question is too vague, it becomes hard to write useful and meaningful answers. If you find an answer to such question to be not useful, it is the reason down vote is there.


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First off, thank you for taking the discussion to Meta instead of in comments! This is the right place to hash out "meta" level discussions like this one. Second, sorry to hear about your troubles with the disk! To tackle your questions here: Was I wrong in flagging it as not an answer? Or better, why was i wrong to flag it as not an answer? I ...


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My approach to "when to post multiple answers..." (something I've done myself a few times) is as follows: When I have multiple approaches that tackle the problem in different ways and all of the various approaches have pros and cons. Then I post the multiple answers and let the community vote and comment on the approaches. This has proved effective in ...


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I don't think it's automatically a bad thing to use a link with the explicit date (as long as it's current at the time!). The answer written here will probably be based on that particular version anyway, and if the standard changes, the answer itself is going to be wrong too, not just the link. Other than noting any changes, and updating the answers, there'...


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The premise is that Stack's goal is to build a library of high-quality answers, thus in general I think alternative answers are welcome, as long as they fit the site's scope — here, they should employ tools typical of a Unix system. In your particular case: The question at hand nicely asks "Some ideas?" at the end, complying with the keep an open ...


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I think you are perhaps being a little hard on yourself. Even as an expert, sometimes the most useful thing you can provide is the knowledge of what to type into google and which sources of information to piece together. Searching and filtering information are learned skills and often require a lot of personal experience to get right. Often having good ...


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People can read man pages. Sometimes all you need is to be pointed to the right command and see an example, and then you can read up on the command and learn what you need. That's at least helpful and no way should it be downvoted or deleted. It's more helpful of course if people provide more guidance, but most people aren't going to do better than a man ...


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If it's a dupe, flag it as a dupe (i.e. Vote To Close). In many cases, this will also apply to trivial or minor variations of previously asked questions. If it's an extremely common FAQ (like whitespace issues in sh or parsing ls), flag it as a dupe to one of the canonical Q&As (e.g. Why not parse ls (and what to do instead)? or Why does my shell ...


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When a user posts identical answers to different questions, the system raises an automatic moderator flag. That is already a pretty strong hint that this behavior isn't welcome. Also, in the more than 7 years I've been a mod, I believe I have seen exactly one example where the questions were indeed substantially different and yet the same exact answer did ...


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I think it is commendable where people in the community have the knowledge—and the willingness to share it—to include multiple approaches to solving a problem; for example, by providing solutions in more than one language. Not only does this provide the original question asker with more options for them in addressing their specific issue, but it ...


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I think this is perfectly fine to do and would encourage you to do so. So long as your Q&A is not viewed as a duplicate of some other question that already exists, I can't really think of any reasons why this would be a bad thing. NOTE: I've actually done this myself on a few occasions when a question has moved away from what it was originally asking, ...


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I vote to reject your edit for two reasons: the first part of your edit doesn’t add any substantive content, it’s a variation on the existing last -x | less command and an example; the second part of your edit is incorrect: the X server error message doesn’t give any clue regarding the reason of the shutdown. I’m not saying the post you edited can’t be ...


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I think that Answers-in-comments are not a good use-case for a community-wiki Answer. I would give the commenter an opportunity to answer on their own, perhaps by asking them directly to answer; if they decline or don't respond within a reasonable period of time (24 hours?), then please feel free to create your own Answer. Take the feeling of goodwill and ...


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IMO: If you take the trouble to collect canned answers to post, you could instead take the trouble of collecting links to earlier questions about the same thing, and vote to close as duplicate. (of course, that's easier to say if you have the gold badge in bash, since it lets you single-handedly close a disproportionate amount of Qs on the site, but hey, ...


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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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I believe there are legit reasons to provide an answer (or sometimes a hint) in a comment if: the question should not be answered (it's silly, duplicate, off-topic etc.) and either the question lacks basic understanding but is asked in good faith and deserves at least a hint, or the question asks about something dangerous and a quick warning is in order ...


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Well, lets just say that Gilles is willing to have a thanks each time someone finds one of his answers helpful. You know what would happen? Not very useful, right? How can he find what needs his attention vs everything else? He can't. His inbox effectively becomes useless for all purposes. That's why noise (any kind) is actively discouraged and on some ...


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If harmonized file names are really useful to follow the question and answers, then please do harmonize them. Pick a sensible set, preferably the one in the question, failing that one used in an answer. Which answer doesn't really matter. Harmonized file names don't always matter. If there's just one input file and one output file, it's easy enough to ...


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