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Two long answers disagreeing with each other - how to canonicalize?

Optimally, voting is how the correct answer is recognized. In practice, though, sometimes people vote up answers that are long just because they look thorough. I notice that, in this case, neither ...
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User tries to do something forbidden by license. Is explaining why it's illegal an answer?

As pointed out in a comment to this answer, a software license is a contract, as opposed to a law. The contract is, or isn't, enforceable, depending on the law(s) that apply where the user who asked ...
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Old questions - system discourages answering them?

I skimmed through your answering history, and I noticed that many of your answers that still have zero votes are in response to questions that are either already answered or posted by very-low-rep ...
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Old posts and answers need protection?

I've occasionally noticed, and commented on and downvoted lower quality, link-only answers, and you've definitely got a lot of rep - and well, if I thought one of your answers wasn't good, I'd ...
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Old "link-only answers" by a former moderator

Without context, you could interpret the response like you did. But let's be clear: moderators are not exempt from any rules we have here—whether it's about quality or behavior in general. Feel free ...
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Promotional text in answer

Some spammers are getting into the habit of posting almost useful answers in order to disguise their spam. This is a difficult call though. 99% of the time these types of answer are spam but ...
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Should answers suggesting a tool that is no longer available be flagged?

Leave a comment under the answer That would be enough to inform future reader who is interested in the tool that it is no longer available. That would be enough to inform the community to downvote ...
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Can someone write another answer for our canonical malware question?

The new ransomware answer I just hammered out the above answer, which overviews how ransomware works, what to do, and how to avoid it in the future. Most importantly, I linked to this Google Doc (...
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Can an answer be backed up only by personal experience?

It depends. If the answer is nothing but personal experience, but results in it completely solving the original problem then it is definitely an answer. I've seen this before. When I last used ...
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Do Mods get Rep for Deleting Downvoted Answers?

No. Moderators get no reputation bonus for their actions in any way. The only way moderators get rep is the same ways that normal users get rep, by getting upvotes on questions and answers, deleting ...
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How do I recommend software in my answers?

The existing wiki answer has great discussion and comments, but I believe the embedded example conflicts with current site standards. The example would be a response to a request for a software list, ...
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Old posts and answers need protection?

If you want to retain the reputation previously earned and, after all, you did earn it, then making the answer Community Wiki would protect it and the answer would remain for posterity. Wouldn't that ...
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User tries to do something forbidden by license. Is explaining why it's illegal an answer?

The replies here just discuss whether to give actual information on a question if that might be illegal. Regardless of that debate - I don't believe that saying you shouldn't do this is an answer, ...
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Old posts and answers need protection?

Making any change without knowing the intention of the downvoter seems pointless. Maybe they just downvoted you because they don't like you simply for being the user with the most reputation on the ...
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Should I answer my own question? Was I wrong to post it?

It's a matter of politeness more than 'is it right'. I'm encouraging ramhound to post an answer since he comments lots and answers less than he should ;p. However, it should be entirely fine, most of ...
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Link-only answer - but already self-explanatory

If the answer is software or drivers published by a reputable source (manufacturer, OEM, etc) with an established web presence then telling people what they need and how to get them and then providing ...
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Answer copied and filled up with spam

The timeline of the answer suggests that this didn't happen in the review queue. Apart from that, it's pretty obvious that this is spam, so it shouldn't have been edited out, even if the answer weren'...
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Is this kind of "non-answer" appropriate?

I think it's an excellent answer. It is an answer because it does explain what the OP needs to know to be able to answer it for himself. give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man ...
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Undelete an answer on a closed post that was deleted before it was closed

I'm fairly confident that the ability to delete and undelete answers is independent of the question's closure status, so the strategy you describe could work. But doing this knowingly (i.e. with ...
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What should we do with answers that are low quality but otherwise legitimate attempts to answer the question?

One criterion that may be a useful distinction is whether it actually, directly answers the question/solves the problem, or just provides a starting point for the OP to research their own answer. ...
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Show your Excel results

Users who ask questions that require complex scripts/formulae should have included some example input and the desired output. I find it highly likely that a user who went to the trouble of writing a ...
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Question in close queue is marked as duplicate, but the duplicate is terrible!

As comments have noted, the criteria I would use when judging which of two otherwise duplicate questions to be marked duplicate is based on quality, not time. If one of the questions is very recent ...
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Same answer from different users on different questions

As far as I know, excerpts of already posted answers are ok as long as they respect original authorship, e.g. including a link to the original answer. If the newer answers are blatant copies (which ...
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Should I take question quality into account when answering questions?

Two parts to this answer The fact that he made this comment openly on someone's question is fairly rude and sets the wrong tone for the site. I don't condone it. The practice of not answering ...
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User tries to do something forbidden by license. Is explaining why it's illegal an answer?

I'm just going to put an answer in here regarding legal vs possible. Take for instance travel.stackexchange.com: Leaving Thailand after months long overstay - not once does an answer point out that ...
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My answer keeps getting suggested edits from spambots

Spammers work in mysterious ways - I guess your answer has certain keywords their bots love and it keeps attempting to edit. Frustratingly enough - there's not much to do - just let our lovely ...
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How can I post an answer to this question on SuperUser?

The question you're referred to has been protected due lot of drive-by "answers" which doesn't really answer the question but are some sort of "I have this too" or "this is ...
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How is one sentence of unsubstantiated opinion the best answer?

Depends on the question, but upvotes to an extent is a popularity contest. Unlikely No, pick what you consider to be the best answer. That said, that's a pretty odd question, and I'm waffling on ...
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Should every answer involving registry edits contain a warning to back up the registry?

No, I don't think this should be enforced. There are several reasons: "The registry" isn't some mythical beast, and any changes there are really no more dangerous than changing arbitrary (system?) ...
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Why was my comment mod flag declined?

Your flag detail stated This should really be converted to an answer as it solved the asker's problem. There was a couple of reasons here. The first is that Moderators cannot convert comments to ...
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