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After 3 years I posted an up-to-date answer and got some bad feedback — What should I do?

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 ...
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Is asking a “list-like” question regarding incompatible 32-bit apps in macOS Catalina off-topic?

Thanks for bringing this up in Meta first! IMHO such questions are a bad fit for Ask Different even as a community wiki Compatibility information people post in Ask Different may get outdated, with ...
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Restore from backup?

I disagree with creating a canonical question for this. With each one of those cases, whilst ‘restore from backup’ is a suitable answer, there are other answers which apply to specific cases. For ...
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Restore from backup?

Meta hat? Quite possibly. Would be diabolical to make you self Ask anD self answer on meta and on main for a pixel overlay. I endorse the clear canonical question - especially if it helps get people ...
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Thoughts on OPs deleting questions

The main countermeasure against this is that Stack Exchange prevents the asker from deleting their question if it has an upvoted answer or if it has multiple answers. Unfortunately, due to the low ...
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App to lock phone

Here is general guidance. How should I ask about getting a software recommendation? What exactly is a recommendation question on Ask Different? So absolutely you can ask one or both questions. They ...
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How should we manage questions that have very different answers per version of macOS?

I think finding a solution for somebody is more relevant than hunting all (possible) duplicates down. I'd rather find two complete different answers for a quite similar question than finding a closed ...
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Migration rejection followed by repost on original site closed as duplicate, how do I proceed?

Sorry, the locking was my mistake. I was handling the flag while on the commute back home and didn't realize that the question was both deleted and locked. It's unlocked now.
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Could my question(s) be reopened?

These questions will, unfortunately, remain closed, for two reasons: Both are shopping questions and shopping questions are off topic for Ask Different. You're asking for a purchase recommendation in ...
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What's a 'wall of text' question here?

The Wall of Text The (official?) definition of a Wall of Text as per Wikipedia is as follows: A wall of text is an excessively long post to a noticeboard or talk page discussion, which can often be ...
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How can I get more answers to my question?

Since you didn’t link to your question in the body, I’ll assume you want general advice. The people that have been here for a long time have assembled our collective wisdom in the help section on ...
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I posted a long question. Part of it is Apple-specific; part is not. Should it be kept open, or should it be closed?

Just throwing in my 2¢ so there can be a clear understanding of my reasoning for the initial close vote, the subsequent editing and the close retraction. There was two main problems with the question:...
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Accidentally submitting comments by tapping the return button on iPad

I’m not aware of any automated penalty, but I find I like to do editing of things that are needing thought in another app like drafts or notepad and then past it in here when I don’t have the full ...
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Cross-post to Apple Developers forums - what should I do?

We can‘t hinder people from posting their question all over the Internet, discuss it with friends, ask their dog about it etc., so basically there is nothing to do. What we sometimes see are questions ...
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Dupe question... but answers are extremely different

I don't have a Touch Bar model, so using the menu bar as equivalent. Your question has a mismatch between the title and the concluding question. The title invites questions in "Linked" items which ...
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Should a Question Ever be Removed from Hot Network Questions

I hold the strong opinion that policy should be defined based on experience. And as we don‘t have any experience with that new functionality yet it‘s too early to define a policy. I probably would ...
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How should we manage questions that have very different answers per version of macOS?

we should have all the answers for all the versions in one question, rather than a separate question for each version of macOS In short, yes. TL;DR Apple changes things with each revision of their ...
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New filter control for questions?

Yes, this is the so-called Custom Filters feature, which has been released today after being alpha-/beta-tested for almost a year as Custom Question Lists. You can find most information you're looking ...
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Sales Figures are Off Topic?

I thought I voted to put a hold on this - but others beat me to the punch. My initial thinking combines two reasons we close questions: Asking about how Apple does it's business isn't the core ...
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I can't answer anything on Apple.SE so there is no way to gain reputation now

You can answer questions, except for a tiny percentage which are protected. The question in your screenshot was protected automatically since there were many answers posted to that question which did ...
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How to get a question migrated?

You can use the ‘flag’ link under the question, choose ‘in need of moderator intervention’, then describe the problem including which site you would like the question migrated to and why. In general ...
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Is the preferred SE site for AppleScript questions Ask Different (as opposed to Stack Overflow)?

I wouldn't want to choose a best site or speak for a different set of moderators and pool of people that could answer AppleScript questions (a.k.a. Stack Overflow). Clearly, Apple designed the ...
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Why was this question not closed?

To my reading and understanding, the OP was asking a hypothetical question I agree that the situation could be hypothetical, but the implications are real. I voted to close the question as 'too ...
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My question was closed, but it was asked and answered first and has been helping many people

Questions get closed as duplicates if the problem they describe can be resolved by the same answers. This helps to keep the answers in one place to avoid/reduce the risk of duplicated answers. The ...
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I posted a long question. Part of it is Apple-specific; part is not. Should it be kept open, or should it be closed?

Just to reiterate, this isn’t really a good question as shown by how many comments it has generated and no answers whatsoever. Let’s get up some answers to the question or close it in favor of a much ...
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What's a 'wall of text' question here?

Writing good questions is hard, probably even harder than writing good answers. So thanks for bringing this up on Meta. For me a „wall of text“ question is a post which requires me to read a lot ...
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Dealing with repetitive spam

There is actually already an automated way to identify/remove spam when it hits our site. It's a bot called Smoke Detector that currently has an accuracy threshold of 99.75%. So, most spam is dealt ...
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Guidance Needed on Question re Network Location & Preferred Networks

The answer below is intended to provide, as you asked for, guidance on how to go about getting an answer to your question/problem. It's scope goes beyond the stated question itself and hopefully ...
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My question was closed as duplicate

When we close as a duplicate it doesn't really matter which question was asked first but which question got the "better"/more helpful answer. I know that the "on hold" reason implies otherwise, but as ...
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Why was this question not closed?

It’s one of those “looks really bad questions” that might really turn useful so I didn’t cast a binding vote to close on it. I don’t think I’d override a community close, though without getting ...
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