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I would say just answer it. I would put more content in an answer than your comment, but if the other person wants to answer it they can too. That's how SE is supposed to work. People answer the questions and other people vote those answers up or down.


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From the FAQ: Yes! Stack Exchange has always explicitly encouraged users to answer their own questions. If you have a question that you already know the answer to, and you would like to document that knowledge in public so that others (including yourself) can find it later, it's perfectly okay to ask and answer your own question on a Stack Exchange site. ...


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Thanks for bringing your question here to discuss. As I commented on your question (done after your screenshot above), it wasn't that I "wasn't very happy", it's that the answer you added and marked as correct didn't appear to answer your own question. Since your question was asked, you've been able to use Workflow/Shortcuts to set timers to make ...


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This kind of thing is very common on Ask Different when a change occurs with something within the scope of the site. It begins with a reasonable question on the subject, and thanks to SE's very high SERP rank, is the #1 result for many search queries. People then post 'me too' answers, either because they want to participate in the question so that they ...


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I'm a strong believer in asking simple questions simply. Even if your question can be found by a google search, I feel it's totally on topic here. What versions of OS X are affected by Heartbleed? Isn't Inactive memory a waste of resources? How to simulate slow internet connections on the mac The links above are gold-standard simple questions. Short, ...


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It seems to be the case that the bounty starter did not award the +50 bounty. But your answer has two upvotes nonetheless. As What is a bounty? How can I start one? explains: If you do not award your bounty within 7 days (plus the grace period), the highest voted answer created after the bounty started with a minimum score of 2 will be awarded half the ...


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Mass deletion of posts is something that will generally get you suspended. That being said, the SEDE (Stack Exchange Data Explorer) is the place to go if you want assistance in crafting such a query so you can study your acceptance rate and your scoring / ability to get the "check" which are all excellent and fine goals to have. http://data.stackexchange....


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In short, don't sweat it. I have used both methods. Sometimes I choose which is most appropriate based on the particular wording of the question, so in this instance is says "What's the fastest way", well if I have two ways, only one can be fastest to me, but someone else may find the other one faster. In this case I might present multiple answers. If it ...


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In general I probably would put a "insufficient explanation" notice on the answer and add a comment explaining that "I'm from $COMPANY" doesn't add value to the answer and asking for verifiable sources for the claims/explanations provided in the answer. PS: In this case the question itself needs some rework first.


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I think the part about being from the Flipd teamis irrelevant. On SE credibility is NOT based on your age, experience, or position in a company. It is based on your reputation. The user in question (as of this writing) has 1 reputation. Their answer should be interpreted and treated as such. (Not to say that low rep users can't write good answers, they can &...


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I see several reasons why people come to Ask Different instead of searching via Google/Bing/Duckduckgo> not everybody is very used to doing Google searches, especially for more complex topics. Searching for "OS X error code -36" will not give you anything useful because the - omits the 36 from the search people do get overwhelmed by the various search ...


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So long as your answer contains a real and genuine answer, then provided the more fluffy bits round the edges are just extra information, and do not form the primary answer, then they will read better and your post will seem more complete than if you include bits in the answer and bits in comments. Plus, comments invite further comments, which soon clutter ...


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I've cleaned up most of them now. If you run into more, just flag them as usual. As for the reason, I can only guess. Maybe there was a change of rules on CoC server side which triggered some changes in the app.


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It doesn't answer the question so flagging/deleting definitively is in order. In this case it does have some merits as a comment.


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"Accepted" basically means that the asker was happy with the answer (which doesn't necessarily mean it's correct). Usually votes are a better indicator on answer quality/correctness because more eyeballs are involved. So if you run into such a situation you can downvote wrong answers (even if they are accepted) upvote correct answers (or provide the correct ...


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"It's not possible" type of answers are always tricky, even though in this case you are right. But even then it might be better to back up your answer with facts and references to give the answer more weight: This is currently not possible as access to the Lightening/USB port in an iOS device is highly limited, see ref1 and ref2. Apple proposes to use the ...


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Tell the OP it isn’t possible in an answer and get downvoted I'm not sure why you're operating under the presumption that saying "No" and/or giving a short answer automatically means a down vote. This is not the case and I can site you several personal examples: Will two charging cables charge my laptop twice as quickly? How can I mirror my mouse and ...


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Nothing can be done, although you can downvote the answer (and either answer with the correct answer, providing some reference to the accepted answer, or comment underneath the accepted answer). Mods cannot override, remove, or nominate accepted answers, only the OP can do that.


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The important step in these cases is to flag the post so the moderator team is aware of it. Flagging gives you several options. In cases like the one mentioned in the question "it is not an answer" "it is very low quality" seem to be appropriate (and you can always use the "other" option of course).


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This is a modified version of my answer on I think system specifications should show as signature?. I've seen similar systems implemented on other sites (like the Apple Discussions). The current system is to specify the OS in the body of the question and/or in a tag. I think that way works pretty well; it gives users an easy way to include the info and ...


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Please always use an answer as comments are (sometimes) pretty pointless. An answer is something I read at first when I open a new question.


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This answer is referred to as a low quality answer. The answer (in its original revision) provides no additional detail than a link. If this link were removed, the answer would not be an answer to the question, therefore it is a very low quality answer. Also, there is value to showing the actual URL - so when you edit a post with a link or insufficient ...


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I’ve had a quick look and it seems you’ve effectively (though unintentionally) created two accounts on Ask Different. I suspect when you first visited the site to ask your first question you created an unregistered account and then when you came back to ask the other question you ended up completing your registration which carried over an association bonus ...


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If the intention of the asker are unclear, clarification can be requested through comments. In the mentioned case the OP didn’t come back with more details which would have helped to reopen the question. So for all we know right now the linked question helped the OP. If somebody else is looking for a solution to block cookies without blocking a site, or to ...


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Protected questions require 10 reputation to have been earned on the site itself, thus this is status-bydesign. The 100 reputation association bonus is purposefully removed from the calculation used to determine if you have sufficient reputation to answer a protected question, and as such you have 6 reputation which is below the 10 threshold. If you found ...


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As you haven't added any more information to your answer beyond what was obtained from the link, I would have edited the existing answer rather than adding a new one, but what you did is not wrong either. If there had been other content in the existing answer then I would have added another answer as you did, but as it was just the link I would have added a ...


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The entire Q&A is unfortunate since there already exists a duplicate question (which this question is now closed and points towards). However, ignoring that, if I had caught the duplicate answer when it had less votes, I would have deleted it, with a comment for the poster to edit your answer to improve it. Unfortunately the number of votes all the ...


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Your linked answer is a community wiki post. One of the effects of this is that you receive no reputation for the post, positive or negative. This is indicated by the different style of author link at the bottom of the post.                                                               Answers can be made community wiki specifically using the community ...


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Thanks for reporting this, it was a false positive in the method that removes greetings from the beginning of the post. I see you've already found a workaround for this issue. Anyway, fix is rolling out with build rev 2014.1.13.1297.


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Different iterations of iOS and Mac OS X have more in common than they have differences. While OS versions are sometimes very relevant to the answer to a program, frequently they are not. I see no reason whatsoever to require questions to be more specific than necessary. It is not rare for a question to omit important information. Occasionally, that missing ...


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