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 ...
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'd definitely recommend Robert's answer in many cases, however if the separate parts of a question are very disparate, don't make separate answers - split them off into separate questions.
In your example given, it makes perfect sense to create 2 questions and not just that single broad one.
Then you can answer each question precisely.
I'd recommend against it. We have formatting tools for a reason. Often times it's better to find an article(or write one), post a link to it, and give bullet points with enough information that they could read the bullet points and get the general idea. There have been some lengthy answers before, but if split up properly, correctly, and in a good manner a ...
From a purely technical point-of-view, too long answers are answers containing more than 30,000 characters (meaning around 5000 English words!). Yes they are bad things and are actually truncated according to this Meta SE discussion.
But this remains an exceptional situation.
When one flags a question as too broad, the issue is not really that the answer ...
I think this depends on the time between them - I have tried to check but I think the notifier runs reasonably frequently but not continuously, so assuming you changed it back before the next check there should be no notification.
If you are wanting to reward two answers, you have earned the Set Bounty privilege, which will allow you to give some of your ...
No - this is by design.
If you have a reply to something a commenter has asked, respond to them. For another commenter, reply to them separately.
Remember, though, comments are supposed to be brief and temporary, and used to gain clarification of a point - plan for having them deleted.
The model I have been using is based on the fact that this is a site for Information Security professionals (yes, not only them, but that's the basis). If an acronym is within the standard Body of Knowledge of an Information Security professional, then we need not expand for the community.
Or if the acronym is used so ubiquitously that the acronym is ...
I suggest the other side in that it's a good faith answer and editing it is close enough to staying in the bounds of the intent for the tools you've got. On the moderator side, I'm now getting a lot more flags for "not an answer" on the old one.
I suppose you can make a new one and flag the old one to be removed as we can certainly override the accepted ...
I think the problem is that you state a clear assertion at the beginning without qualification. You appear to make a conclusion that really isn't backed up by anything. Only further down do you state your assumptions.
But then your answer really doesn't say anything different than the accepted answer, which was posted several hours before yours.
So, with ...
I once looked for a solution to a problem and found various Unix StackExchange, SuperUser and StackOverflow answers to variants of the question, or straight-out the same question. To assist future googlers, I posted the answer to four or five questions, saying something like "I answered this here before [link]: [citation]", editing slightly depending on ...
I agree that straight duplication of content does not help anybody, not even the OP because they lose all the context of the original answer (comment threads, vote count, etc), in addition to gumming up the search algorithms, misrepresenting votes counts, etc.
Is it possible to simplify the situation into four broad categories?
A duplicate answer indicates ...
The preferred mechanism for this is the Bounty. Once you have enough rep you can set a bounty on your question (or other people's questions.)
This highlights the question, and generates interest.
Publishing the question again is definitely frowned upon - this will get closed very quickly, and will likely get you down votes.
As @paj28 commented, editing a ...
If you need to do this, the contact us link at the foot of the page will let you contact Stack Exchange, however you need to remember that once you post an answer it is effectively owned by the community so if it it useful to others it may be that we need to keep it.
As Avid confirmed in comments, self answers does not get bumped to the top when they are accepted. While there is nothing wrong with self answers - on the conrary, they are encouraged - this sort of makes sense. At least it explains your example.
Create a second answer. There is nothing wrong with submitting more than one answer to the same question, if they take fundamentally different approaches with no broad overlap or commonality. Then, the OP could choose one or the other approach. I have rarely done this, but I have done at least once (edit: on StackOverflow)
If your old answer is ...
Answers that do not answer the question get removed.
Closed questions eventually get deleted by the system if there are no answers after about 2 weeks to allow for the question to be altered.
There is no similar grace period for answers in the StackExchange system, but answerers are free to post an altered answer.
Acronyms don't have to be spelled out in full, the explanation can be done subtly without degrading the reading experience for those who know them. This is true for even most common acronyms like CVE (or, if you prefer, cve).
Therefore, I would argue that if you write a new question/answer and have to ask yourself "should I explain this acronym", then you ...
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 ...
Some of my personal thoughts:
As far as I know, converting answers to comments and vice versa is allowed to 10k rep. users.
Ok, this is false - thanks @grawity.
Personally, I think that merging this privilege with 3k rep. (close and reopen votes) or 10k tools could help solve problems quicker.
New users cannot post ...