I was wondering how to improve this (my) answer: https://superuser.com/a/1342178/201818

Unfortunately the down voter did not leave any comments. Thanks!

PS. Note sure I'm should ask this question here since it's rather an open question

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    It looks ok to me
    – Burgi
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 15:56
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    Over time - you'll realise people leave downvotes for all sorts of reasons - there's even a meme about it . Its not really the best use of meta to complain every time something dosen't quite go your way.
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    Commented Jul 25, 2018 at 5:28
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    @JourneymanGeek sorry, I don't mean to "complain". I know I still might do a lot of mistakes so I like to learn how to do it "right". If I have no idea how to correct them I'll ask, is that OK, or shouldn't I ask at all or should I just ask differently? Again, I don't care about "being" write or wrong, I'd just like to know "why" a person thinks I'm wrong, so I can improve on it the next time, by incorporating his views into my question/answer/edit etc. It's just about learning myself and being able to explain it to other user that experience the same problem.
    – Albin
    Commented Jul 25, 2018 at 9:20

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I wasn't the downvoter, but it seems like the key combination you suggest might not produce the correct character. When I tried it in the Windows 10 password prompt (which has a button to show the password as typed so far), I got , U+25CB WHITE CIRCLE, which is not the character the question author wanted. Many downvotes are because the voter believes the answer to be technically incorrect; that seems the most likely explanation to me here.

When setting a new account's password in the process of testing your answer, make sure to copy-paste the character from somewhere you can see it (not using a key combination into a hidden password field). Then try to log into that account using the key combination you propose. If login still works, you might try it under a different system code page. I'm not certain that the code page makes a difference, but it's worth a shot. Consider editing your answer with any interesting findings.

  • Hi Ben, thanks for you're answer. I did the test as you described, otherwise I would have kept my statement that I used the same input method for creating and using the password. I thought it is obvious but I added this to my answer now, thanks for the suggestion!!! I haven't considered the system code page. Haven't really worked with that before. Is there a default code page for Windows 7?
    – Albin
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 17:38
  • @Albin Here's an article on how to view/change the code page for non-Unicode programs. Again, I'm not sure if this affects your answer, but for what it's worth, the Windows 10 machine I tested on has the system locale set to "Spanish (United States)." Also keep in mind that single random downvotes are sometimes inexplicable.
    – Ben N
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 17:44
  • Thanks, I will look into that.
    – Albin
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 17:50

I was wondering how to improve my answer:

As I issued the downvote, perhaps I should have explained my reason, for the vote I issued. To be clear, I issued a downvote against the revision 8 of your answer, any other improvements you made to your answer I wasn't aware of.

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I then saw that within a very short amount of time the author submitted their own answer to their question.

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So I am looking at two different answers at this point, and they both suggest a similar method, but entirely different character codes are suggested. So only one of those is actually the correct answer, and only one worked for the author, and so I went with the author's solution.

As to how to improve the question, even in its current revision, I would expect not only the correct character code to be suggested (in the context of the author), but an explanation and perhaps a resource to determine the character code for the font being used.

As for other reasons like "it is incorrect from a technical point of view", didn't really play a part, it was entirely based on the fact you suggested the incorrect character code to the author. The fact your answer was accepted does not play any factor in my determination when I try to put myself in the author's shoes and decide if I believe the question would be helpful to me.

When I am trying to determine if an answer is helpful, I attempt to determine if the answer, solves the author's question (first and foremost). I am not (personally) interested in what works for the person writing the answer (unless it's the same user who asked the question).

Unfortunately, the downvoter did not leave any comments.

You asked me not to interact with you, so I avoided leaving a comment, and hoped you would improve the answer on your own. Which brings me to an additional point, I actually downvoted the author's answer, instead of upvoting it. If the character code depends on the font being used, I would expect at the very least, to be told which font to use. So if I were to have the same problem, I could switch my system font to that font, and be able to input the password that contained that character into the password field.

It wouldn't be difficult to tell me which font, it appears it only requires a Unicode font, based on my own research. So based on the research I performed, it appears the answer that indicated that ALT+2309 while correct, actually requires even more steps to perform to actually use it.

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Source: Unicode Character 'RIGHT CEILING' (U+2309)

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So I was wondering how to improve answer?

You already did improve it. When I issued the vote I believe it to be incorrect, having done additional research to write this answer, I determined the answer in its current form is correct.

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Not sure I'm should ask this question here since it's rather an open question

I personally wouldn't waste my time asking for the reason you received a downvote. If you receive a downvote in the future, take it upon yourself, to improve the quality whatever you submitted. This also goes for asking the reason a flag or an edit proposal was declined, just accept the feedback that is provided (typically canned responses) the best you can and move on.

As for the reason, I am submitting this feedback, you asked nicely (by asking this question instead of submitting a comment) that the downvote is explained, so I am doing that exactly.


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