44 votes

Is it acceptable to transcribe images?

Absolutely. Yes indeedy. Thank you kindly. Editing a post to convert a non-editable image into malleable text is very helpful. Even if all the edit does is transcribe, it is absolutely a helpful edit. ...
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38 votes
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Has something happened to shift keys recently?

It's the downside of success: this site is growing, and that means we're attracting more and more people who don't necessarily know what they're doing. Seeing a sloppily-worded question lowers my ...
30 votes
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Better answer after accepting?

It is not an obligation, but it is in the spirit of the site. Think of future readers; you want to signpost the answer that you, the question asker, deemed most helpful so that it will be evident to ...
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26 votes

Helping a user break local rules?

There are two reasons why you shouldn't worry about “breaking rules”. One reason is that the assertion that the user wants to “break local rule” is an assumption on your part. You have no way to know ...
15 votes
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Is it deemed decent practice to post a comment on someone's answer to invite him/her to answer my own question?

I would prefer that people not do this. Questions are already "linked" in that they are, or should be, tagged appropriately. People who are interested in specific topics tend to follow those tags, so ...
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15 votes

Better answer after accepting?

The solution to that situation is to not accept so quickly... That sounds a bit simplistic, but consider that not everyone gets to see the question right when it's posted. There will be answers that ...
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15 votes

Has something happened to shift keys recently?

I have been doing my share of i -> I changes and I feel your pain. We all make mistakes, especially if English is not the first language, but consistency in spelling is something one can expect IMO. (...
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13 votes
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Reconsider "no improvement whatsoever" rejection

You may have a point in general, but I fear your example is a bad one. That edit was absolutely harmful! It changed a correct grammatical question ("How can I?") into something that is ...
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11 votes

Has something happened to shift keys recently?

Maybe not an answer for the exact situations you're encountering, but from the little German I've learned, I know Germans capitalize nouns. So, maybe they would have a tendency to write something like ...
11 votes

Is it acceptable to transcribe images?

Acceptable? Sure, why not, it makes the question easier to read, search and use. Should you be expected to spend your time on that? I don't think so. The original asker is quite likely to already ...
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7 votes
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Helping a user break local rules?

This is an interesting question. I believe the key to the situation is that Stack Exchange is not geared to handle individuals, but individuals' questions, with a preference for questions applicable ...
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7 votes
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Is a question really a duplicate if specifically asked about one tool but suggested duplicate is for another?

In general I don't like to give answers that ignore part of the question; nobody would answer a question about Chrome with "here's how you do it in Firefox". But text-processing is turning into rather ...
7 votes

Reconsider "no improvement whatsoever" rejection

On the reviewer side, there's a meaningful difference between the current message: This edit does not make the post even a little bit easier to read, easier to find, more accurate or more accessible. ...
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7 votes

Is it deemed decent practice to post a comment on someone's answer to invite him/her to answer my own question?

I think it’s OK.  I’m somewhat able to answer questions about shell scripts, awk and sed (among other things), but I don’t always monitor the corresponding tags.  If somebody sees from one of my ...
5 votes

what if i disagree with my question being put on hold

Is it appropriate for me to contact each of the listed users, stating my reasons for disagreeing? No, please don't do that. If you edit a recently closed post to try and improve it, it's ...
5 votes

Is a question really a duplicate if specifically asked about one tool but suggested duplicate is for another?

Yes. That's one of the consequences of the XY problem. Users tend to name out tools which they think might solve the current problem using the current approach. I have often seen people tag a ...
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2 votes

Has something happened to shift keys recently?

Most modern keyboards are garbage for touch typists, no matter the brand or expense. Every keyboard I've had in the last 15 years has developed problems such as sticking keys, unreliable keys, and yes ...
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2 votes
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Is it appropriate to suggest another community in a tag wiki to help get answer quicker and/or avoid a migration?

Quick answer: no, not really. There are two issues here: Each site has a different scope. Yes, there is overlap. Everything on Unix & Linux (U&L) is also on topic on Super User (SU). ...
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2 votes

When should I post multiple answers to a question?

I once posted multiple answers on a question and was downvoted numerous times until I combined them. I think that was a different stack Exchange, so the climate might have been different there. ...
1 vote

Is a question really a duplicate if specifically asked about one tool but suggested duplicate is for another?

My opinions: It's not a duplicate question, however: It should be noted in the question very clearly (by the asker) that (a) he knows how to do it using other tools and is aware of those other tools,...
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