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I can't answer for every moderator, and the closest thing I found to an official policy is this question on meta.SE, but I can tell you my perspective. In the case you describe, where a user has written a new answer that isn't the exact same text as an old one but has the same information, typically I'll leave a comment telling the new user that their ...


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N.B. I'm posting this answer to explain what happened with Izzy's first example, in case any non-moderators are confused. It's not meant as an authoritative statement of policy, and I'd love to hear (agreeing or differing) reasoning from the rest of the community. In the case of the first example you posted, I started editing the question in the way you ...


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One factor nobody has mentioned yet: an answer that says, "you have to modify the ROM to do it" could well lead someone (the questioner, or someone else who sees the answer) who has never tried making ROMs to start doing it. Or it could lead to a ROM developer adding that feature to their ROM. Or, in this particular case, someone might see it and realise ...


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On SE sites, you don't mark the question as solved – but you mark the answer as solution, so it stands out and can easily be identified by other people with a similar problem. The exact details are described in our help center: What should I do when someone answers my question? with a link to accept the answer and How to accept an answer.


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There are four "hey, that worked for me! thanks!" answers from unregistered users.


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That particular answer has my vote (and the only vote as of now). The reason I voted (in past I successfully sought moderator attention for deletion of similar posts) is because it doesn't serve what we consider an end-user here by any metric. In any general post, I do not find it objectionable if its author explains how some code is the cause of the problem,...


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I'm not an Android programmer and thus cannot evaluate whether it's solving the issue. But if it does, I agree: it might not address our "main target group", but that doesn't make it invalid. Specifically: it solves the issue it is an answer (not a comment, not "NAA") it's not "offensive" or spam So I see no reason for action – as long as we don't get ...


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There's no point flagging such comments. Flags are seen by moderators, not the comment author, and moderators don't have any special power to make comments into answers. I think it would be really useful to have a special kind of "this comment should be an answer" flag, which goes straight to the comment author, but we don't have such a thing. The only ...


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See Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really "good answers"? I have nothing to say that devinb's answer doesn't as far as link-only answers being bad. As for what to do with them, see the FAQ: Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be removed. This includes answers that are [..] barely more than a link to an external site ...


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While I can follow Firelord's argumentation, it still seems rather a comment than an answer. As a comment, it would be very acceptable: "It may be … Could you try …". Then, with the OP having tried and approved, it would be a good answer: solving the issue as proven. Or it would stay a comment when not proven. My approach thus would have been: Flag NAA, ...


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It seems to me that the answer you refer to is trying to answer the question behind your question. It is, at least, an attempt to answer some aspect of your question. By and large, Moderators are going to be conservative about deleting answers; they'll only do so if it is an obvious non-answer. Frankly, I think your question is off-topic. Certainly it's not ...


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I wouldn't bother. If you can use AppBrain's information to find a legal download for the app, then replace the link with a download link. (For example, apps which have been removed from Google Play but still available through F-Droid or the publisher's site.) If you can't legally download and use the app any more, then information about the app doesn't help ...


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There is a precedent here, a programmatic answer to one of my questions that guided me to flag this answer as NAA ( flag history reveals this as disputed) Simply put, the point here is usefulness of answer Vs Site Guidelines. Making exceptions based on utility of answer invites setting up a precedent. Hypothetically, if one knew a better way to code and ...


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I agree with Al's point. Of course the natural mechanism of the system takes care of such bad/strange answers. However, in some cases, it can be hard giving a very specific answer, thus resorting to using "I think..." or "Your best bet probably is..." or "I haven't tried this app so I don't know but..." "I think" at this point, "your best bet probably ...


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It just came to my mind, what would be our reaction if it is written as: "Go to Google app which use your location to personalize it. Go to app and disable it. Hope it helps." It is still a hypothesis because it isn't proved how Google app is related to the question, but since in my made up answer the user wrote with confidence, we wouldn't be having ...


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My proposal for such would be: Flags. Mods can convert answers to comments – and all those mentioned above IMHO should be comments rather than answers. Thus the info doesn't get lost, but quality isn't "downgraded". Additionally, a comment could be placed encouraging to make it a "full fledged answer, elaborating on the background and include missing details"...


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What is a duplicate answer? A duplicate answer is an answer that does not add any information not alerady in an older answer. What should I do about that? Be sure to be on the duplicate answer, not the original one. Leave a comment kindly saying that the answer doesn't add anything new to the question, and thus should be appropriately edited or deleted. ...


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Why hasn't anyone suggested this till now? Mod-Lock the post with the message that this post is important for historical reasons but it is not a good fit for the site (I guess that can be done for answers too?) - SO does this for questions which are popular/informative but technically off-topic.


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Izzy flagged this asking for a canonical answer, and I just declined a couple flags on such posts so I thought I would weigh in again. The length of a post does not determine its quality as an answer. Yes, it's strongly correlated with poor answers. But some questions only require short answers. Your concern should be whether it answers the question &...


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