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If you don't have the time to do that, then you don't have the answer. Correct. So leaving a comment may be an acceptable approach. I mention this because I have been chastised for leaving an "answer" as a comment. There are a couple of reasons why I do this: There isn't sufficient detail in the question for me to be sure that my answer will, in fact, ...


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Resisting the temptation to answer this in a comment... But yes, please, let’s write answers instead of comments (of course the users most likely to answer questions in comments are unlikely to read this). This is probably included in the “peer reviewed” part of your question, I think it’s worth expanding on: comments are not peer reviewed, and I see lots ...


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I would add this a comment but.... I have a general rule: If a question is worth typing up an answer, then it is likely worth an up vote. So I will often up vote a question before I provide an answer. Don't know that it will slow down deletions, but it can not hurt.


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IMO, the comments are a valuable part of the ecosystem and of helping users. Making comments is a part of the game and the interactive process of interacting with the OP and community at large to define and refine the process of writing a proper answer. The comments also allow for people without time or when mobile at that particular moment to add their ...


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The one situation where it would seem to make sense to reward that behaviour would be where you recognize, either through the passage of time or the careful probing in comments from other community members, that your question is not really answerable because you have either: framed it incorrectly as you did not really understand the issue, or it turns out ...


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Overall agreed. However, here is a case where it is appropriate: When the "answer" is to point out the typo in the code in the question that is causing it not to work. This should be accompanied by a flag "off topic for describing a problem that cannot be reproduced, or which went away when a typo was fixed." I did this just now: Selecting two sets of ...


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There should be a delete link under your question. If you do nothing (and the question does not have any up-votes, nor any answers with upvotes), the system will delete it automatically after 9 days. From the FAQ: The system will automatically delete closed (not as a duplicate), unlocked questions with zero or negative score having no positively scored ...


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I'm afraid mods cannot convert a question into an answer. Because you posted it as a question, the only choice I had was to delete. I couldn't close it since, beacuse it isn't a question at all, I don't see how you could possibly edit it to fix it. If you did, it would end up as a duplicate of the question you are trying to answer so, again, not useful to ...


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You made it sound like you get this badge all the time; it should only be awardable once. You got it when '403 Forbidden' error only appears on Linux system; other devices connect fine from same IP address was automatically deleted as part of a daily cleanup routine (it falls under the last category). I think this might actually be a bug, since Peer Pressure ...


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Deleting questions only requires 10k, not 20k (that's for deleting answers), so there's actually 54 users that can do it. It also only requires 3 votes by default; it scales up based on question popularity, but is capped at 10. I'm not sure where you got 15 from, but if you mouseover the "delete" link on a post it will say how many more votes are needed:


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The question is here. It was closed pretty fast as being opinion-based, and was categorized as abandoned by the system and automatically deleted. Questions aren't really supposed to hang around closed; in theory they either get fixed and reopened, or eventually deleted. There weren't any answers, and the only place the comments linked to was the Perl ...


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In cases when a question must be deleted now, maybe because it contains sensitive information that shouldn't have gone into the text in the first place, flag the question with "in need of moderator intervention" as the reason and explain what has happened.


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Clicking on your name is the easiest way to access your stats page, from there you can click the "Questions" link towards the bottom to get the list of all the questions you've asked on a given SE site.


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You're right that the phrasing is awkward, but technically they mean different things. "Deleted recent questions" are questions posted recently that have been deleted. "Recently deleted questions" are questions that were deleted recently, no matter how old they were. I think the former is how the page actually works, so "recently deleted questions" would be ...


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Given the user account doesn't show up in the system any longer I would assume that this account was linked to a spam/troller and was deleted. I would be doubly cautious when answering Q's from new users at least for while, we've had a rash of seemingly valid questions posted that have turned out to be from a troll. I hate to have to do this myself but it ...


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