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Absolutely not. If an answer does not address your question, then you do not have to accept it. People may upvote answers because they like it, or because they agree with the statements made, or whatever. If you are asking about the answer I think you are asking about, in my opinion, it does not address your question at all, it only picks apart an example ...


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This is the joy of Hot Network Questions. All of the questions you mentioned were recently featured in the Hot Network Questions sidebar, which is shown on all sites. Many Stack Exchange users (including lots of people who are not members of the Security.SE community) see those questions and click on them. This exposure has advantages and disadvantages. ...


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Please, just use the flag tool to notify moderators when you see non-answers or anything else flag-worthy. And if something is not an answer, please don't upvote it. I have deleted the post as it was not an answer, and have closed the question as it is off topic here. You are right that HNQs can cause issues as votes happen quickly, and come from people ...


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Sometimes people add pictures because they are trying to get the stress out of a situation, and their sense of humour tells them that a picture is the way to go. In general, a bit of humour is not only acceptable but often welcome. The danger is in overdoing it. I.e., being funny is good as long as you are funny. In your two linked example, I would say that ...


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I will stop contributing answers to this subforum This may be the source of your confusion and bad experience - back in the day we used to say this is not a forum. In particular, there are no threads. If you notice (try refreshing the page) answers appear in a random order if they have equal votes with top-voted answers moving to the top. Answers accepted ...


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Ok, let's look at your 3 answers in question: Hacker from China: You conclude what every other answer did, that the hack could come from anywhere. You then talk about why you don't like software or web sites from certain countries. Then you re-phrase the question to something you want to talk about, and end with "No excuses, email vendors. You know who the ...


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I disagree and believe it does matter - for the same reason that "thanks" and "hi" are removed from post across the network: adding pointless images that do not convey any message directly related to the post they're contained within is noise that doesn't improve (or actively decreases) the quality of the content. The purpose of Stack Exchange to make ...


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It's your question and you should choose the answer that you think is best. From the help page "What should I do when someone answers my question?": As the author of the question, you have an additional option: accepting an answer that you believe is the best solution to your problem. The key words being you believe. If SE wanted the top-voted answer to ...


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As a complement to Rorys answer I would like to add: Comment! Engage with posters in a constructive manner! In a nice way, point out errors and suggest solutions. A highly upvoted accepted answer is unlikely to go away from the top spot, but that does not mean it can not be fixed.


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The simple answer is to use your votes and flags. Yep - that's pretty much it. This has been discussed at length on various site metas (especially on DIY, where a mistake could be life threatening) and the general consensus is to use votes and flags. Enough flags gets things removed (and individuals with high rep in a particular tag can also expedite ...


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I agree that the wrong things get upvotes. Look at my profile: +167 for a banal answer on chip & pin, while a pile of more interesting answers get only a vote or two. And it's not just because of hot network questions. I would love to see a site more aimed at Infosec professionals, but I think this is unlikely to happen. A flow of more basic questions ...


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A Wikipedia link should never stand in place for an answer. I find the best uses of it are much like within Wikipedia itself; words within an otherwise complete answer that might raise questions or be beyond the scope of the explanation should be linked to Wikipedia articles. With regard to references, I believe Wikipedia is a perfectly acceptable source to ...


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I don't think this is, in fact, a significant enough issue to require a change. In the vanishingly rare case were there's clear and present danger of substantial real world harm due to an answer, flagging for deletion is probably the correct mechanism, and that works just fine as is. For anything less, the perception of the potential for harm to some ...


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In general, I think it is good practice to give references. Of course the quality of references varies a lot. Wikipedia is obviously better than some random website. But a website from someone with a high reputation in the security context may be better. Ideally the reference goes to a peer reviewed research paper. Often Wikipedia articles have a ...


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the 'duplicate answers' flag is automated, so the mods get notified any time this happens. I reacted to the flag first - at the time you hadn't deleted the wrong one, so I quickly looked them over, left you the comment and deleted them both, expecting you to review and post as needed - deciding which one you wanted to answer if any? Hadn't seen that you ...


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MathOverflow and Math SE are a special case. For those who are unfamiliar: anyone can create an account on MO, but in practice, the community is largely restricted to research mathematicians (think people who have doctorates in mathematics and work at universities); on the other hand, Math SE is more of a "typical" SE site. MO was originally started as a ...


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Unfortunately "we" do not accept answers. The person asking the question does. That's not where the community has its leverage. What we can do to maintain the quality of answers on this site is to comment (which you've done) and to vote. So, yes, we should ask people to provide sources and references when it is suitable. "Every time" is a little much, but ...


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Bottom line: it doesn't really matter. Some people like to spice up their wall'o'text with some eye candy. Some people will be 100% verbal until it kills them. Either way, people are free to stylize and spice their posts as they wish (within certain bounds of decency), much as they would their own blog. It takes a village, you know. As long as the ...


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It is perfectly fine to post bare links when the link is to a tangent or to secondary information. No need to fill the answer with text that is only indirectly relevant. If the link is meant to answer the main question, then the links should be quoted, else the meat of the answer is lost if the link dies. In the answer you linked, there is no clear ...


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Deleting immediately can be a hit to morale. I tend to wait at least 12 hours after suggestions have been made for improvement or at least until I know the user has had a chance to read and respond. This is a personal choice. I do like the "grace period" button, though. Flagging for undeletion aside, I think it is ok to let post linger in the review queue ...


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Since you requested comments from more people: I've read through all of the three deleted answers, and I agree with the assessment of the moderator. The judgement the moderator made is the same as any other moderator would (and should) have made, or most users for that matter. Hence there is no one that is harassing you, and there is no need for new control ...


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The obvious answer: those with the highest reputation score But in addition to that, you can be even more specific - who has the highest rep in the tag you are interested in, or the highest rep per post That's really the only way to answer your headline question :-)


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Next time if the situation happens again, I will try to proceed as follow: Replace the wrong answer by some text telling it is a mistake to be deleted, "Delete" it, Then paste the answer under the right question. This should avoid useless notifications, provide a better view over what is going on, and avoid any misunderstanding.


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Upvotes on wrong but nice-looking answers tend to accumulate because they come from people who are not site regulars, and are not experts themselves, but have been attracted to the question because it was linked outside the site (in the Stack Exchange “hot questions”, on Reddit, on Hacker News, …). An answer that is well-written and looks convincing to a non-...


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