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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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If you have taken the time and effort to produce a sourced answer, then it is an answer. It should be posted. Your research may well be better than anything the OP achieved before asking. After all, if they had found a solution they may well not have asked. You are not simply posting a LMGTFY response that may go to the VLQ list. If you feel your answer ...


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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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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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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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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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