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Even if it is by a small amount, corrections like these still improve the clarity of the post. However, I would encourage you to follow the advice of the help page, and look to see if there are any other problems you can correct while you are editing.


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One problem with answer-comments you seem to not have considered is that they can be wrong. Answers can be downvoted, but comments can only be upvoted, so there is no proper mechanism to show that an answer-comment is considered wrong and the one-sided upvote mechanism may make it look more authoritative than it is. We do leave comments like "Please ...


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It's really just personal preference in how one chooses to construct the answer. Sometimes people will put a "TL;DR" at the top, or the bottom, to summarize things which is kind of what you're looking for. Not everybody does though. The "issue" you describe, where you get a lot of extra information and details before the punchline, is a ...


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Is making a large number of edits to old questions in a short time frame encouraged, NO. Editing old questions is indeed encouraged, in the understanding that if the thread was inactive and editing bumps it to the front page, the edit is expected to be comprehensive and fix all the stuff there is to fix, in both the question and the answers; and mass edits ...


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Yes, please do. Such changes make the site easier to use for all readers.


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Stack Exchange isn't a social network, and tools to contact specific users have been intentionally left limited. Write interesting questions and answers, and active users who share your interests will find their way to you. Note that the algorithm which restricts users with "negative contribution records" from asking or answering questions considers a ...


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I don't think there is much you can do beyond what you have discussed and what is already in place. You just have to trust the users looking at the question to be responsible to look for duplicates first (this one is hard to trust at times), give good answers, vote appropriately, and go through the close vote queues to agree on duplicate votes already cast. ...


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Should we flag all comments that are no longer needed? Yes. Comments are intended to ask for clarification and provide feedback to questions and answers; they are not intended to help anyone keep track of anything. Once those clarifications and feedback have been incorporated into the post, the comments should be deleted. SE is a Q&A site, not a ...


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The general rule of thumb is to that changes should make the post objectively better, while preserving its original intent. For example, while a massive block of all-caps text with no punctuation could arguably be called a stylistic choice, it is objectively harder to read than properly formatted text. On the other hand, things like adding two spaces after a ...


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I think the situation you mention is best described by the idiom "If you can't beat it, lead it". People who would be able to find a duplicate, or downvote a poor answer, are confronted with a crowd of new users coming from the HNQ link, who typically have 101 rep and for this reason cannot downvote or VTC, even if they agree. All they can do is upvote. ...


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Almost identical questions should be flagged and closed as duplicates. Users asking a lot of questions that are then closed are already subject to automated and/or manual restrictions on asking further questions, so no need to do anything else. If you feel strongly about the pattern of contributions of a particular user, you can raise a custom mod flag on ...


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While I agree that comments are not for answering questions (they can be used, for example...giving hints). No, comments should not be used to give hints. If you have an answer, then just post an answer. If you are giving hints for something like a homework question, then it is likely that the question isn't on topic anyway. Instead of leaving a hint, just ...


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Full disclosure: I did vote to close that post as being "not focused" for asking many questions, even though the main closure reason indicated is the homework / check my work reason. should i answer a question with multiple parts... I would say no. Questions that do not follow the site policy should not be answered. Supplying an answer indicates ...


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Since I declined the flag, I'll answer why -- "spam" takes the definition that the post is intended to drive traffic somewhere else and does not disclose the authors affiliation with the post. "Rude and abusive" is for something that is offensive. Both of these are flags that will lead to IP addresses being rate limited or blocked outright, and so they ...


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Questions should not be edited in a way that invalidates existing answers. I have rolled back the edit in this particular case, and all users should roll back such edits when they see them.


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Should they be warned or somehow restricted for a time? Not by you, as you don't have the power to restrict users, and you don't have enough authority to issue a warning. The best to can do is flag/close as a duplicate and/or raise a custom flag on the post(s) for moderators to review. They are receiving similar answers, but don't agree with or accept ...


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Personally I am inclined to reject edits to old posts if they only make trivial improvements, precisely because it is not encouraged to bump them to the front page without good reason. I think it would be better if trivial edits to old posts were actively discouraged so that we did not have the bother of voting on them.


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According to our general guidance on flags, "very low quality" is the most appropriate flag type to choose for this kind of post. It would also be valid to flag it as "not an answer" (for obvious reasons), or "rude or abusive" (under the theory that this is abuse of the system, though that's really a theory that came from the higher-ups at SE; I think the ...


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