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This is 100% status-bydesign. In fact, it's a core part of how Stack Exchange works. The sort of questions you're seeing are what we call "canonical answers." It's an effort to build a knowledge base of information that's likely to be useful for many different people. Self-answering is encouraged. If you figure out something cool that other people might ...


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While giving and receiving a "thank you" is fine as far as comments go they are, in the long term, little more than noise. In the long term the best "this helped"/"thank you" is an accepted tick or an upvote as it is a very definite "this is a good answer" from whoever gave the upvote. If instead of upvotes we just said for people to comment then we ...


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I would ask, good sir, that you do not crosspost the same post with minor changes to multiple sites. Or, well, as the commenter above pointed out blatantly copy the same posts. I'd challenge you to a duel, but it's painfully hard to find a white glove, and I am told shooting someone, even politely, is bad manners these days. Now, that we have politeness out ...


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Personally I would advocate removing the "please help me soon, I'm dying" comments. The more we allow these style of comments then the more potential it has for being abused. Instead of giving favourable treatment to the elderly/ill/soon to be deceased we should be looking to be completely neutral and fair to every user. We are not a medical support group ...


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I wouldn't consider such a question fundamentally exceptional - with regards to the eventual mortality of the poster. There's a few aspects I'd consider - I'm sorry if some of these points sound harsh, but I'd rather consider cold hard logic before emotions. Question/Post not people Besides the fact that the OP is terminally ill, does the post have ...


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I’ve noticed recently that numerous users (including high-rep users and even moderators) have been posting generic, hypothetical questions, followed immediately by an answer and accepting it. Any examples, you're leaving us guessing to which type of those questions you're actually referring. Like nhinkle outlines; we've had community-faq questions, an ...


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Yes, writing a self-answer post is a great way to import information to the SE ecosystem. You should still make sure to write a proper question to give others the chance to provide alternative solutions to the same problem. Your answer should be clear about where the information is coming from and the source should be linked.


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Keep in mind that what follows below is just my opinion, and you may agree/disagree with parts of it. Feel free to comment or provide your own answer. I don't think there is any way we can (or should) treat questions differently based on the user asking it, or their situation. Recall that this site's primary goal is to build a repository of knowledge in the ...


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There's no crying on the intertubes Anyone actually interested in actually learning about the site/community will take the time to familiarize themselves with the norms, expectations, and FAQ. Whether that happens before their first post, after their first downvote, or somewhere in between, you're either interested in participating in the community or you ...


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