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Absolutely! Posting self-answered questions is encouraged and there is even a built-in provision to simplify doing it. Just don't fill up the site with trivial stuff. And if you start posting tons of threads that are useful only to you, people may get annoyed (it's happened). But if you have had a serious question, yourself, and found the solution, and ...


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Vote to close the posts. Soon enough the low-quality filter will catch up and prevent the user from posting.


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As a sentiment, 'RTFM' isn't acceptable in a comment Back in the days of yore on a certain popular website 'RTFA' was somewhat playfully assumed to stand for "Read The Fine Article"†. Even if we assume a different word in 'RTFM', the sentiment is not what we want in comments here on Super User. The user in question had an opportunity to omit that part, or ...


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I see that you tried again, and your suggestion was approved this time.  But, please, when you see a non-inlined image like [enter image description here][1] don’t change it to![image description](image URL) change it to[![image description][1]][1] so a user can click on the image displayed in the Super User page and go directly to the image on i.stack....


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Questions about local tools for downloading from YouTube should be, prima facie, on topic: questions should be judged on technical merits Back in 2011, the question arose with regards to removing DRM. I believe the situation is analogous. From the question: I just asked a question about how to remove DRM from Kindle books that I had purchased and it was ...


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I noticed a question which was apparently spam but was answered by a high profile user The spammer edited his question 17 minutes after it was posted and replaced a valid question with spam. Screenshot of original question as posted: The original question was answered 4 minutes before it was edited.


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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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No, there is no difference. If the answer is wrong, doesn't work or whatever else in terms of not being helpful, it warrants a downvote. Being set as community wiki, or even being old, is not a guard against a downvote.


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I would argue that the version is actually often important - there have been significant changes through the versions and I certainly would not expect any but the most generic (as in, "would apply to any Linux distro") answers for a ten year old version to work perfectly on a recent release. Just major changes off the top of my head, there's the recent ...


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I think there's nothing left to do at this point. It has been flagged to oblivion. Amusingly even if it wasn't spam, IIRC google take out files are only available for a limited amount of time, I don't think you can split them... so... it would not have been that useful anyway. In future though. On the books? Spam flag it. Reporting it to the smoke ...


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Just write the question and answer There was some lengthy discussion back in January about creating bootable Windows 10 installation media. The first comment by DavidPostill reads: Great idea! Feel free to write the canonical question/answer pair based on the info provided in your post. Going ahead and doing it got us the frequently-referred-to What can ...


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I've deleted said comment. It was rather snippy and yeah... in most cases RTFM isn't the right way to put it, COC or not. Its gotten a little reflexive, sadly I'll leave a note, and check up on what happened.


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Part of your concern about the handling of your question is the way you're viewing it. You consider it your question about your own problem, and you should be free to do with it what you want if the situation changes. There's a lot of leeway for you to control your question as long as nobody else is affected, but it's not entirely your question. It's ...


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Before I start, let's get something out of the way: So long as they have the appropriate privilege, a user can downvote a post for whatever reason.1 Though you haven't explicitly stated all of them, I am going to address a few of what I presume are your concerns:2 What is Super User supposed to be about? I asked if something was possible and my ...


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It's not just this site; MathOverflow, Stack Apps and Ask Ubuntu are under attack as well. Here is a list of those posts. SmokeDetector will cast four spam flags on all these posts (so only two by 'real' users are necessary to destroy the spam), but unfortunately it has a bit of a backlog right now so it might take a while to kick in. ♦ moderators can'...


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Cause people who have earned a privilege have shown some ability to understand how things work. People with lower rep have not yet. SE fundamentally runs as a meritocracy


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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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Spelling and grammar edits are always useful and should be encouraged, not rejected for not being more substantive. If someone is willing to take the time to make the content here more readable, we shouldn't throw away their effort just because there is more that could have been done to the post. I do understand the impulse of the reviewer. Because low-rep ...


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Its not one question - you have about 4 deleted questions as well, automatically deleted because they are zero or negative scored and have no answer. Question bans are automatic. Mods can't question ban you or lift it, though you get a chance after 6 months to post a question. While there are ways to appeal a moderator decision, literally zero moderators ...


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Just flag them as no longer needed. Assuming the commenter dosen't catch on and delete it first, a mod will.


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Agree, this is done A tag synonym mapping vscode → visual-studio-code will be created. updating post history, 120 rows affected (pipe delimited) updating posts, 117 rows affected (pipe delimited) updating PostTags associations, 100 rows affected destroying 'vscode': [vscode] removed from (0 post, 0 history, 1 tag) total: 1 tags deleted, 0 posts modified, ...


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To answer the implied question of "why?" when you say: And now I cant ask a serious question! You have what is known colloquially as "history". Specifically you have a history of asking bad or off-topic questions. You have asked, in total, 10 questions on this site. 5 of those questions were closed, deleted and/or downvoted. For your information those ...


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Isn't that contradictory? If accepting doesn't mean to mark the best answer, why do you need to wait until you accept your own answer because someone might come up with "an even better solution"? You need to wait because someone might come up with a solution that works even better for you.


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Some PC based applications such as the built-in calendar, mail and other applications can connect to web-apps in order to show your online calendars in a system native, and therefore more intuitive, view. Those applications would definitely be on-topic on Super User and to help narrow down where the problem lies it can be beneficial to know where those ...


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Ubuntu versions don't differ much. I am by far not an Ubuntu expert and even I know that there are significant differences between a Ubuntu version released in 2009 and one released in 2019. Having used older versions in a VM I can think of several problems that stem from using an older version, when attempting to upgrade the installation, to a newer ...


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Now we do. Bob created a userscript, SEReopenReviewWarning, which does that. When a question has been through the review queue, it produces a message under the Close message that looks like this example: When I started using it, the results were surprising. I was used to seeing a lot of closed questions with some reopen votes, and naturally assumed ...


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Tbh, in this case I don't think the domain is particularly critical to a more general answer. Practically - the question involves Having an MX record. Any domain can have an MX record. The appropriate port not being open, which is critical and useful, and not domain dependent. That's a spam site.... This got more fun. I've changed the link to example....


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You can't. Comments don't have the same formatting structure as answers. You can make links using [text](url), you can bold &/or italic using asterisks and use code backticks, but that's about it. This links to the entirety of the format spec for comments - https://meta.stackoverflow.com/editing-help#comment-formatting If you want to play with ...


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Seems reasonable. It's done. I've merged and synonymized them, though the lack of tag wiki content both made this painless and made me sad.


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