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You can make many improvements to questions, but you should leave the intent of the OP as is. And diversity can be of interest as well. What you might consider as "The OP doesn't know what their problem is" might be because of you and the OP having a different background. I, e.g., tend to use the word directory and tend to think of Folder as some beginner (...


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Definitely post your own questions and answers. Not sure what you mean by 'wiki', the only 'wikis' here would be the tags and that is not what they're for. The 'community wiki' is not that clearly defined anymore and is usually used when someone does not want to take credit for other people's work. Posting and answering your own question is both accepted ...


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Community wiki is not an excuse to post a bad question. (It used to be back when Stack Overflow started, but this is no longer the case.) Either your question calls for answers, and it doesn't need CW, or it calls for items or is otherwise inappropriate, in which case the question should not be open at all. See The Future of Community Wiki on the Stack ...


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Because there's no incentive to update them, community wiki lists generally turn into an unmaintained wasteland of good intentions. Therefore, I'd rather see questions closed when they tend towards discussion or list making. Or better yet if possible, edited to focus the answers. (I'm going to take a stab at this one momentarily.)


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Yes, it can be appropriate to make questions more general so as to bring them to a wider audience, and use them as duplicate targets. As it says in the Stack Overflow blog post “The Wikipedia of Long Tail Programming Questions”: It is OK to edit a question to make it more general. However, don't go overboard. Sometimes it's difficult to make questions ...


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I think you need to be very very careful in doing these kinds of edits. I would suggest the default be to create a new question. The reason is pretty simple. Looking at your example, Kali Linux and Linux Mint may have different methods for recovering GRUB. One OP may have efi the other BIOS. Sure you can (and should) make a general question (like "What do I ...


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Renaming the definitive question strikes me as a good idea; not only does it make it a better search target, but when someone finds their question closed as a duplicate, it makes a lot more sense if the title of the duplicate is generic enough so that the connection is immediately apparent.


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