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How should we deal with question answered in the comments?

Answers posted as comments are fair game. Here's what Tim Post, the Director of Stack Overflow Communities has to say about it: You don't have anything to feel guilty about. If the person was ...
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When is it appropriate, if at all, to encourage OP to post an answer they found themselves?

Q1) is it appropriate at unix.sx to ask OPs to post answers once they found them by themselves, and to mark them as accepted? Sure we do this all the time. Many of us often will also fill in gaps ...
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Windows installer using GRUB - is on topic?

My first instinct is that it wouldn't really be on topic, no. GRUB isn't a *nix thing, as such, it acts before the operating system so isn't really a part of any OS. Yes, it is a tool more commonly ...
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12 votes
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Should a self-answer be accepted if the best answer doesn't paint the whole picture?

The metaSO site has this Q&A on the subject: How does accepting an answer work?. Within a bullet list there in the accepted answer (ironically) is this: The bottom line is that you should ...
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10 votes
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Post a series of self answered questions

Self-answered questions are ok in general, but: the Stack Exchange format is not the best for "blog"-type posts. Questions should be questions that have answers. If you can imagine more than one ...
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When is it appropriate, if at all, to encourage OP to post an answer they found themselves?

It's always appropriate. If a user expects to get free answers and give none when they figure it out, well I'll let you finish the sentence. More specifically: 1) Absolutely. 2) I've fixed quite a ...
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When is it appropriate, if at all, to encourage OP to post an answer they found themselves?

An answer is an answer. It doesn't matter the source. The purpose of stack exchange is the collation of good questions and answers to them. The individual poster getting their question answered is a ...
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Community Wiki or Answer to my own Question (gcc-doc non free)

Both, although there's no need to make it a wiki. Post a question along the lines of "Why can't I fetch the gcc-doc package on Debian?" with a description of what goes wrong when you try without the ...
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When is it appropriate, if at all, to encourage OP to post an answer they found themselves?

It's always appropriate to answer your own question if you have the answer. If the asker signals that they have solved their problem, it's appropriate to encourage them to post an answer. The answer ...
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How should we deal with question answered in the comments?

Simple: poach them with no mercy! I am going to make it my business to poach each and every question I find that has been answered in the comments. If the commenter doesn't like it, tough - they ...
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Should a self-answer be accepted if the best answer doesn't paint the whole picture?

I agree with part of @slm's answer, specifically: The metaSO site has this Q&A on the subject: How does accepting an answer work?. Within a bullet list there in the accepted answer (...
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