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No, if the OP is using the "wrong" approach, giving the "right" approach is absolutely fine. Also, if the OP happens to mention one tool and you answer with another tool, that's also fine. However, that's not really what you did. You answered this question in which the OP had a list of target directories and wanted to limit grep to search in those ...


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I deleted your answer as not-an-answer because the question said, in part: To save time and typing, I would like to store the names of the subdirectories to be searched in a file and use that when I run the find command next time while your answer said: While not an answer to the exact question, if you can reverse this to have a list of files not to ...


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Personally, I flagged that one as "not an answer", since it is really a comment, and also voted to delete it. The post is not answering the question, it's just asking the OP for more information: There's no limit on the hard disk - the limit is set on the filesystem you've applied to it. In order for me to explain further you'll have to tell us ...


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It appears to me as if your specific issue was quite different from the issue in the question. Both the code and the error message in the question is different from what you had, so I'm not quite sure how your answer is relevant to the question as it doesn't actually provide a solution to it. Note that similar error messages can have very different causes. ...


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I don't know the reasoning behind it; What does deletion mean for a post? simply mentions the nuts and bolts of it: Deleted posts are usually not physically deleted (that is, removed from the system); they're just hidden (AKA soft-deleted). Since this is generic Stack Exchange functionality, you'd probably have to ask on Meta.SE to get the reasoning. ...


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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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Deleted items are only soft deleted. You can still see them, we moderators can still see them, but it is not visible to the general public.


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Those comments come from reviewing: Flagging them is fine. I generally add a post notice: And give the author (or somebody) a few days to fix it. If it stays unedited I delete it.


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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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As is virtually always the case in the "why did you delete one bad post but not the other bad posts right next to it", it's because your post got flagged and the others didn't, so it's the only one we actually looked at (it showed up in the review queue and another user checked it). The others were non-answers, so I would delete them, but since one of them ...


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As the comment explains, these A's can become useless if the link becomes broken so they should be flagged for deletion, or at the very least, a comment should be left to the user letting them know that they should put the relevant info into their A. So I typically flag these as such and leave this comment. As to your Q about the comments, most of us use a ...


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It is already permanently deleted. You can just still see it because you are the post's owner, but other users cannot see it. "Deleted" content on these sites isn't really deleted, it is simply not shown to users unless they have at least 10,000 reputation or, as in this case, if they are the post's author. So don't worry about it, it is deleted, it isn't ...


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I deleted my answer since a better one was posted and it did not add anything useful to the debate. I have now undeleted it and it should be accessible to you again. I guess you're looking for the parted magic isos.


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If an answer contains no information whatsoever and only says “you can find an answer at <link>”, then it should be deleted. As Shog9 puts it: If the link looks useful, it may be worth preserving as a comment on the question. In this case, use a custom flag and explain the situation. If the linked page doesn't seem to contain an answer to the question,...


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I deleted it because it wasn't actually an answer. Perhaps I should have let another mod do this since this was my own question but it seemed like a very clear-cut case. Your answer was: What are you trying to achieve by executing variables? It's simply impossible to write a run_this function which correctly handles all the edge cases, like ...


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I'm the culprit here. I deleted your answer because it wasn't really answering the question. It was a comment rather than an answer and wasn't really providing something that could be used by the OP. If you really want to post that as an answer, include an example of an fstab file with that option set, or at least an explanation of how fstab options can be ...


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Maybe it's wrong of me, but when I come across such link-only answers, I tend to go read the linked content, quote the relevant part(s) and change the link to [source](//link-here). If there's nothing relevant, then I'll flag the answer appropriately.


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