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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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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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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 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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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'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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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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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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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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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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If it's clear that the asker is satisfied with the answer, and it looks like they are new to Stack Exchange and don't know about this feature, then it's a good idea to explain in a comment that they should mark the answer as accepted. Basically, if the asker has left a comment under an answer saying something like “thanks, it worked”, then reply to this ...


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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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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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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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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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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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No, the only mechanisms are to vote the better answer(s) up above the one that's marked as the accepted answer. It's not a huge deal, IMO, so long as the answers are basically the 1st 2 a user coming in via Google will see. The marked one and the best answer that's voted with more upvotes than the accepted. It may take time for a better answer to get ...


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It does seem like search just ignores code blocks; I can't find any mention of if this is intentional, it seems like an odd decision, and the meta thread about the new search engine implies that it should work: Quoted phrases are exact matches except for case-sensitivity, for example, you can search for code or symbols. There is a way to search ...


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This is the difference between bare unadorned URLs and proper citations. Bare URLs suffer from link rot, are often undecipherable from the actual URL path once rotten, and are of no Earthly use to (say) people who actually own a copy of the standard on DVD. Proper citations do not suffer from these problems. A reader should be able to discount the ...


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Even if your edit is correct, if it fundamentally changes the answer it should not be an edit but a new answer. From the help center on editing (emphasis mine): Edits are expected to be substantial and to leave the post better than you found it. Common reasons for edits include: To fix grammar and spelling mistakes To clarify the meaning of the post (...


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You don't directly get or lose any reputation from deleting posts, but it does cancel out the reputation those posts gave. One of the answers was at +1/-0 upvotes/downvotes, and the other was +1/-1, so you'd received 18 rep total from those posts. You lose that rep when they're deleted, I assume because it would be odd to give credit for something that was ...


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The type of links you are referring to are constructed using the name attribute to the HTML <a> tag. The general idea is that you set an anchor like this: <a name="foo"></a> You can then link to that part of the page by linking to the anchor: <a href="#foo">link to foo</a> The only way of knowing whether a particular page's ...


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My opinion for this situation: Leave a comment on the question to the effect of "please open a new/separate Question with your actual question". Flag (or, if you have the Close Privilege, Vote to Close) the question as "Off-topic: problem went away on its own".


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If you search thru meta for "ratio" you'll find various Q&A and proposals around all kinds of ratios. The consensus is that they all kind of don't do what ppl want and just become a distraction. Should we have a policy about "too much downvoting"? Healthy ratios for asking:answering and up:down voting Add a question/answer ratio below the % ...


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I understand where you're coming from, this kind of edit can seem aggressive and impolite. In the defense of this particular user, it is true that on this site we tend to try and make answers as general and applicable to as many *nix flavors as possible. The specific edit in question changed this: find . -maxdepth 1 -exec grep foo {} \; to find . ! -...


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