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Some things are simply impossible - however, it's useful to say why not (or better yet, how it could be done, but how incredibly difficult it is). If we had a question like I need to alter my turbo enfrobulator using the degobulation widget on frobster 2.0 - how do I do this? You can say Or you can explain that you can't enfrobulate from the ...


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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 answer has even a single link. The information might be true, but at the moment it's not backed up by credible sources. In many cases, links aren't necessary ...


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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 the question is located. While it is technically feasible to determine where a connection from a user to this website originated from, it is impossible to be ...


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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 users. Sometimes owners of already-solved questions will only upvote new answers that significantly help them in their situations. If the situation has long been ...


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Link-only answers are never fine. If you need to link to a SuperUser question or answer in order to answer a question, vote or flag to close the question as a duplicate of that question. If linking to the other question does not provide enough information, but you want to provide the same type of answer to express that it's one possible way of doing that, ...


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If what the OP asked for is clearly impossible, it is acceptable to state so in a full answer, as long as a reasonable explanation is provided. If you just want to say that it's impossible, it's not worthy of an answer as it is little more than noise. At Stack Exchange, we want to keep the quality of answers high, so an answer that states that the desired ...


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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 to flag a post when you see something wrong. We occasionally have to delete (older) posts of other moderators for quality problems or other issues. And we try ...


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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 consider downvoting and commenting. Not everyone might do the latter. In your case these would be link-only answers, with some older, bountied questions if I recall ...


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Answers should be quality. Things like references, proper formatting, etc. should be included to aim for quality (goes for Questions too IMO). Sometimes I'm not inclined to leave a quality answer, so I just leave (what has turned out to be) an answer in the comments alone. I helped, the user likes it. If someone else wants to come along and write a ...


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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 occasionally it is someone just trying to be helpful while getting a little exposure. The difference between the two is that a spammer tends to almost hide the link ...


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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 the answer as in current state the answer is wrong That would be enough to inform the answerer that the link gone broken, and whether they want to fix it or not ...


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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 (from this Reddit thread), which is a list of ransomware variants, their characteristics, and (when available) links to the decryptors. Feel free to suggest ...


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I would say post better answers, but I honestly can't find any answers that I'd take offense with. I just guess you answered questions which are low visibility, and where the user hasn't bothered to test the answers.


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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 FlugelBinder3000 software I had to ratchet the wurzle and everything just worked. Is definitely an answer. It solves the problem. What more could you want? It ...


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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 answers is not one of those ways.


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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, which would be off-topic (it is a long general description of features and benefits that is not specific to the question and does not provide an actual ...


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Its definitely fine if you know it gets migrated. As for against the FAQ, I usually tend to hint at an answer when I comment to why I am close voting a post. Some questions are actually interesting enough that I post an answer, then ask, and occasionally when I really KNOW I ought to comment, but it's too long, I've been guilty of posting it as a community ...


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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, however you certainly can post it as a comment to warn the poster that he might be asking to break the law (as he may not know such 'illegal' actions that are ...


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Those are always edge cases. I would be hesitant to provide a simple rule on how to deal with these kinds of answers, although one thing should be clear: "You cannot do it" can be a valid answer. However in this particular instance it's clearly this: It doesn't solve the real problem. If OP asks "Is possible", he really means "How do I do <XYZ>". ...


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Your answer may be correct, because of your ability to clearly interpret the language used in the question as it applies to the program, but it's far from guaranteed that a local expert of the program under discussion will come along and be able to answer the question in one fell swoop. In case you didn't notice, there are many questions on this site which ...


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There really isn't any policy on this. Just note that content is licensed under cc-by-sa, but Stack Exchange additionally requires you to: (…) attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (…) So if you quote (or copy without using visual indication of a quote) content from a Stack Exchange site, you should at the very least ...


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I can imagine a few reasons: High reputation users have acquired a lot of knowledge—not only in a technical sense, but knowledge that helps them find an answer to their own problems more quickly. Writing good answers requires thorough research, and after contributing hundreds of answers you might be more efficient at solving your own problems, hence no need ...


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If you don't have a lot of time but want to be helpful: Comment on the question, leaving a link to the older question Otherwise, I'd go for: Quote that answer (or reword it, possibly making it more valuable) and flag older (more specific) question as a duplicate Generally, links to other posts on Super User are not as prone to link rot as external ...


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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 site. I also get downvotes all the time on different sites, it doesn't bother me at all and I never even had the thought that this needs to be prevented. Who ...


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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 be the simplest way? Especially if a caveat were added to the answer stating that it may no longer be applicable to new systems.


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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 the time to post your own, detailed correct answer.


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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 a link for convenience is best. If the link goes dead, knowing what they're looking for and how to get them can allow a corrected link to be added later if ...


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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't copied. It's good that you worry about this happening to you in the review queue. While showing other answers there may sometimes help, often spammers copy ...


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When I leave a comment that allows the OP to resolve the problem, great, but that wasn't my intention. I usually do this when I don't have the time (or simply don't want) to write a proper answer. I still want to leave the hint for the author of the question. Now when the author follows that hint, it was actually useful and it allowed the author to resolve ...


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This encourages others to post alternative solutions (or at least doesn't discourage them like an already accepted answer would). Source: Wait 48 hours. You must wait 2 days from the time you originally asked your question before you can accept your own answer. This gives other users a chance to answer the question in good faith, and earn the accepted ...


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