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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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Why might 50% of reviewers consider this as content that should be deleted?

The automatic comment used indicates that the reviewers thought you were asking a question to get clarification. I can understand why they would think that - if it's unclear what a question is asking, ...
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Should I have flagged this question?

Yes, you should - Its definitely spam, and you should flag it. Well, if I hadn't deleted the user anyway.
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What should we do if the question is duplicate (is already answered) in other site?

What should we do about these questions? Answer them. Don't delete questions just because they have an answer somewhere else. Some advice: We don't generally migrate questions to other sites if ...
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Why my "too broad" flag was declined in this question?

It was declined automatically by the system after 3 users reviewed it stating that it should be left open. While there are indeed two problems listed in the question they appear, at a glance, to be ...
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Why was my question about attempting to stop USB viruses downvoted?

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, ...
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Why was my question about attempting to stop USB viruses downvoted?

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 ...
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Is compiler bootstrapping on-topic?

Well, I disagree it's off-topic for Super User. Per our Help Center Super User is for computer enthusiasts and power users. If you have a question about … computer software And ...
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Should we edit out potentially inappropriate content if they might be an important part of a question?

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 ...
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Why is this simple, straightforward question on a standard Windows feature closed as "Needs details"?

The reason given in the comments for closing was that the OP didn't list any files in the directory, which I maintain was not necessary information for answering the question. Without examples of ...
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Is it even possible to reword my question to be relevant?

Though I would like to point out that I am not asking for a product recommendation, service or learning material, though I can see why it seems like I am. (Although granted, learning material may/does ...
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How do you deal with edits that strip personal details of the author from a question, ultimately graveyarding the question?

Since I wrote the original question very badly, contextually and structurally, of course, everybody assumed I am not very sophisticated with technology or put zero to no effort into researching the ...
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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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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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PSA: Just because *you* don't understand a question doesn't automatically make it unclear

Some thoughts/recommendations on voting-to-close for "Needs details or clarity": Does the perceived lack of clarity in the question lower Super User's quality as a question-and-answer site ...
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Why has this question been downvoted?

Someone felt it lacked research. A few folks apparently get annoyed by quick self answers (which I would add, is silly! Its an excellent way to document odd things). A few folks go "Why is he ...
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Should this question be closed as unclear for not having a question sentence?

If it were an active question I would request clarification, but the question has been abandoned by the author, so there really isn't a point in doing so now. However, I want to know if other users ...
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Why is the question about knowing which window manager too broad?

It is not something that you, as a user, can do anything about, nor should you need to care. There are too many window frameworks with too many styles that all can look very different or very similar ...
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PSA: Just because *you* don't understand a question doesn't automatically make it unclear

I don't have much to add, but I've said it before and I'll say it again: Questions (not spam/obvious duplicates/completely incomprehensible walls of copy/pasted text) should not be closable unless it ...
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Why was this Nushell question closed?

From the comments, @DavidPostill reopened the question. The reason given for it being "unclear" was that there was no information on where the "record" referenced in the question ...
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Is popularity a criterion on which to decide whether or not to keep a question open?

In general, the Stack Exchange communities (including SU) try to avoid making sweeping generalizations about topicality or acceptable questions. The rule goes something like: in general popularity ...
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How do you lose -5 rep?

Looking at the "time" view of your reputation tab, I see that this happened yesterday: The question owner removed the accept mark on your answer (removing 15 reputation points from you), but a few ...
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Would this question be on-topic for this site?

It's definitely off-topic here. But there is an Android.SE site that would happily take it.
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Internet Security on Super User

Well, internet security, in the context of your computer is quite often on topic. Lets talk about your question first - Its really not about computers. Its about people, and the mindsets behind ...
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Is my question about Netbeans more suitable for Stack Overflow or SuperUser?

While there might not strictly be any programming happening in the question, it is definitely about a software tool used primarily by programmers. Stack Overflow's on-topic page includes this guidance,...
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Do I need to prove the accepted answer is correct? AKA is my question unclear?

I'll focus first on your question here and then on the question on the main site that prompted it. Meta Question Your question here asks if you need to prove an accepted answer works, and then ...
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Why might 50% of reviewers consider this as content that should be deleted?

As one of the reviewers that recommended the removal of your answer I can give you a breakdown of my reasoning. Firstly I did not judge it on the technical merit of your suggestion. I felt that you ...
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Why this question is still open and not migrated?

Questions older than 60 days simply cannot be migrated, migration for these questions is disabled. Other than that we don't go hunting for old questions to close because it would be a long and nearly ...
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Question in close queue is marked as duplicate, but the duplicate is terrible!

I answered this here: Should we post a duplicate when no answer given. Saying that different phrasings of questions can reach different listeners -- ESPECIALLY for questions that have remained open ...
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Should a question be closed if the asker mentions they might end up using other software?

Intended non-use of software may have an impact on question applicability The help centre notes: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. A ...
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