27 votes
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Is this cross-post against site rules?

My take here is slightly different. I don't consider that question to be cross-posted at all. While it is true that posting the same question on multiple sites of the network is frowned upon, posting ...
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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 ...
17 votes

"That is not possible" is a valid answer

I agree with you. "You can't" is a valid answer -- and one that I've used! I agree also that such a claim should be backed up by evidence of some kind (a demonstration, documentation, or as in this ...
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16 votes

Why did I get down-voted for the first question that I posted and what can I do to improve

Downvotes are by design anonymous and do not require comments. Some people will leave a comment anyway, out of the kindness of their hearts, but it's not required or expected. However, when you hover ...
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11 votes
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Question and accepted answer got lot of upvotes despite easily googlable

That question made the "Hot Network Questions" list: This is shown on the right hand sidebar on every site on the Stack Exchange network. That's why the question and answer got so many votes: people ...
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11 votes
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Is it me or is it strange for this question to have blown up so much?

In this case, part of the reason was that the question was listed on the Hot Network Questions on the right sidebar. Presumably there must have been reasons for the initial interest (as ÃŁŁǫǛȉЖΦΤїҪ ...
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11 votes

Why my question was put on hold?

The question was put on hold as "unclear" (and later automatically deleted as it was never updated). It is unclear because you failed to include information about the message that you saw on screen. ...
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10 votes

Is it me or is it strange for this question to have blown up so much?

It's very common on question and answer sites for questions to "blow up" when everyone knows the answer (or thinks they do). Whether or not the answers are controversial/debatable doesn't seem to ...
9 votes
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Should I write a new answer for p7zip to open RAR file?

Since you have a question that's slightly more specific than How to open rar file in linux?, my suggestion would be open your own Question with a self-Answer. You could provide a link back to the ...
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8 votes

How to take a question off "on hold"?

Your question seems to have very little to do with Linux. It doesn't matter that you're developing on a Linux machine; the question is about how something in C# works. As explained in the Help Center: ...
8 votes
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What to do with a misleading part of the question?

That would indeed have been a good edit to make but you're quite right that it would have looked strange at first glance. I have now removed the second, misleading question from the post. Thanks for ...
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8 votes
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In what way my question is actually too broad

I was one of the close voters on your question. Let me respond to a few of the things you have said: I am asking how to debug that. The word debug does not appear in your question. In fact there ...
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

Is this cross-post against site rules?

Will close when the bounty ends, and potentially migrate to AU depending on what happens on their end in the meantime There's less consensus on migrating it than I expected; sounds like we're going ...
6 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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6 votes

Senior Moderator Intervention Requested

Your question seems fine to me, but as the close message (and FAQ) explained, we don't generally want the same question posted on multiple sites, since it leads to duplication of effort. We want to ...
6 votes

How can I improve a question on history?

Well, IMHO, it’s still a little short of crystal-clear.  I still don’t see a single sentence that says, I’m looking for historical references that describe the decision-making process that led ...
6 votes
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How can I tell if my question has been reviewed and left closed?

The timeline of the question will include completed review events. You can visit the timeline by noting the question id and going to https://unix.stackexchange.com/posts/<id>/timeline. The id is ...
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6 votes
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How to delete specific question version that included my privacy due my mistake?

I started the redaction; it's pending now waiting for another mod to approve it, but it should be done soon. If this happens again in the future, you can flag the post for mod attention and explain ...
6 votes

How/where do I ask how to maintain a package with separate patches?

I can’t answer for the users who voted to close that question; however I think at least part of the problem comes from the way you’ve framed the question, which doesn’t quite match what you’re saying ...
6 votes

"That is not possible" is a valid answer

Of course it is a valid answer. Not everything is possible to do. If the person wants to know how to do something, but that thing is impossible, they're better off knowing that it's impossible so they ...
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5 votes

How to reopen my "on hold" question?

When you edit your closed question, it's automatically put into a list for other users to review and possibly vote to reopen. This has already happened twice with your question (you edited, it was ...
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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4 votes

Question and accepted answer got lot of upvotes despite easily googlable

My attitude is twofold: For myself, I don't bother asking a question until either (a) I have done some serious googling, or (b) I have a question so interesting that I think it should be here ...
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4 votes

How to merge my own duplicate question?

Since the question has already been marked as a duplicate, you can simply click on the button to accept the dupe target: For more information on this feature, see: New UI encourages askers to confirm ...
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4 votes
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Question downvoted with no comments as to why

This comes up from time to time. The best advice I can give you is to look at how other questions are structured on the site that are popular and possibly related to the area you're asking your ...
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4 votes

Closed too early

I reopened your question, you can just edit it to say that you tried the solution mentioned in the other question but it didn't solve your problem.
4 votes

In what way my question is actually too broad

There is no specific question in your question. It might be interpreted as "How do I fix my problem" type of question, for which it is too broad as Stephen Rauch explained. I think I voted "unclear ...
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4 votes

Is"How to stop running e4defrag without damage my data?" as unclear?

Well, you've told us absolutely nothing about what you are doing. I suggest you edit your question and add details such as: The operating system you are using Explain exactly what you're doing. Are ...
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4 votes
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Trivial answer converted to comment

If you want to write an answer, then flesh it out a little. What you are showing here is indeed a comment. A simple way to do it would be to quote the more relevant parts of the link in your answer ...
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