As I was about to ask this question, I noticed this relevant question had just been bumped too - Should we make this question about downgrading iOS more generic?

There was a Question recently involving a water-spill on a Macbook. We do see a lot of these & linking them is not particularly easy as the symptoms tend to be different.

This Question -
No sound (speakers/jack) + microphone's dead after spilling water
has a great answer, a little harsh, but really hitting the spot on "what to do after a water spill"

I'm aware that to just leap right in & completely change the OP's post wouldn't really be right, but this feels like one occasion where the answer is canonical enough that it's worth looking at.

I'm not sure, even with consensus, it's one I'd like to tackle myself, but if a mod were to point it in the right direction that would feel more acceptable.

Or am I on the wrong track?

Opinions most welcome.

  • We could ask and answer a "General Water Damage Solutions" question that has the answer you linked above, and then link subsequent water damage questions to the general question. As you said, every case is different, and I think it would be best if we left the old ones as is.
    – Kisa Ayano
    Commented Mar 2, 2016 at 2:42

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I guess the best thing to do is comment to the OP. Explain you'd like to make a substantial edit to make this a general question so we can point lots of people to this issue and get the best answers collected under this one post.

They can say yes - now we have a willing participant in editing. The chance of an edit war or second thoughts is low. If they don't answer - we'll know in a week they might not care or even notice if it's edited.

If they say no - we can then ask the question we wanted to have as a canonical candidate and move on - possibly voting to close the "original" if the canonical post has better answers.

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