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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 ...
Gilles 'SO- stop being evil''s user avatar
18 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 ...
Jeff Schaller's user avatar
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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 ...
Jenny D's user avatar
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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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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 ...
Jeff Schaller's user avatar
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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 ...
Stephen Rauch's user avatar
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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 ...
Wildcard's user avatar
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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 ...
Michael Mrozek's user avatar
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 ...
Stephen Kitt's user avatar
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 ...
muru's user avatar
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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 ...
G-Man Says 'Reinstate Monica''s user avatar
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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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 ...
Michael Mrozek's user avatar
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.
Michael Mrozek's user avatar
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 ...
terdon's user avatar
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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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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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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 ...
terdon's user avatar
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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 ...
terdon's user avatar
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Requesting constructive criticism for a question

This is, of course, my personal opinion. I didn't vote on any of your questions. The main issue I see is that you seem to be asking why a person is using two specific commands in a 50+ minutes ...
fra-san's user avatar
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Example: The number of lines matching the pattern G in file and Example: The number of matches in the same file, but counting each match individually

Thank you for posting here, this is the right way of bringing this sort of thing up. Now, your original question, posted on Oct 6th asked: The basic design philosophy of UNIX is to provide simple, ...
terdon's user avatar
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How do I handle my posted XY question?

While I didn't vote on your question, it does seem unclear to me in the following ways: you've asked multiple distinct questions: What do “ACard AHCI SATA low-level driver” meaning? What is “ACard”?...
Jeff Schaller's user avatar
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Is it really that bad?

What Mr. Mrozek said; it's only one downvote. You may or may not find someone else that thinks the same way you do. I think you've done the right thing to add an explanation so people have a better ...
Jeff Schaller's user avatar
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Duplicate answer to duplicate question deleted - Have improved answer - please reconsider

Your answer was deleted because it was exactly the same as the answer you'd already given elsewhere. We try to avoid repeating information. You have since edited the answer so that it isn't the same ...
terdon's user avatar
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How was this question inadequate

I'm afraid you were unlucky. The close reason that people picked is wrong: you definitely weren't requesting learning materials. Kusalananda argues that your question is too broad, but I can't agree ...
Gilles 'SO- stop being evil''s user avatar
3 votes

How was this question inadequate

The question does not look off-topic to me, but it is certainly quite broad. It says "copy the entire server" which could be divided up into "replicating the installed software" (you got an answer ...
Kusalananda's user avatar
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Should I undelete my question that deleted due "RemoveAbandonedQuestions"?

My suggestion would be to follow the existing StackExchange advice, link to via the deleted link on your question, which describes the conditions under which questions are roomba'd. That page further ...
Jeff Schaller's user avatar
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In what way my question is actually too broad

Adding to what Stephen Rauch and jasonwryan already said, “Too broad” is the close reason we use when we mean, “There are so many things that could possibly have happened, it’s infeasible to debug ...
G-Man Says 'Reinstate Monica''s user avatar
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How do I handle my posted XY question?

Why would that be too broad? Just edit your existing question, add more detail and explain what you need to do and it will be entered in the reopen queue. Then, when 4 users vote for reopening, it can ...
terdon's user avatar
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Disable ssh remote login using tcp wrapper

After looking at that question, it would seem that the reason it received so many downvotes is that it was originally very unclear – and the question was closed for that reason. After it was closed, ...
Anthony Geoghegan's user avatar

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