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That's a rather old Meta post; five years later, in 2016, URL shorteners were banned on Stack Overflow. I'm not sure why this hasn't been made a networkwide policy, maybe because of a lower post volume and hence URL shorteners not being used that much, but the same reasons apply: they can break without leaving any useful artifact they are often used to ...


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I can't repro this, and as only one user is reporting this issue, I can't justify the opportunity cost on spending more time on this. That said, I am kind of baffled as to how this is happening, so will explain some of the code logic, and maybe you will see something on your client side that could help to debug this (or force a repro). When the follow ...


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There is a slight overlap between the sites, most so between U&L and AskUbuntu. If your question is primarily about programming (not shell scripting) or if it requires specialist programming knowledge to solve, then use StackOverflow. If your question is primarily about Ubuntu and if the issue is exclusive to Ubuntu (i.e., it would not apply to any ...


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If your existing answer had received votes (up- or down-), I would restrict edits to improvements on that answer. If it had not yet received any votes, I say go ahead and change it completely if you want to. I believe that edits within the first few minutes of posting are absorbed into the "initial" version of the posting. After that, there's an edit history....


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If anything, downvotes on answers are more important than upvotes. Downvotes are the only way we have of indicating that an answer is bad. "Bad" could mean anything from inelegant, through not actually working and all the way to actively dangerous. Without downvotes, we would have no way of pushing such bad answers down, without downvotes, upvotes would be ...


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A point, that @terdon (+1) alludes to, but that doesn't across clear enough: Down-votes are essential to make some answers disappear, (imho) Especially among the older questions there are some really terrible answers, with consequences ranging from wasted time (already bad) to actual data loss (very bad). Granted, the really super-destructive answers get ...


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