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Should a question be marked as duplicate, even if the new one is better?

If a newer question encompasses a wider and a more detailed field of view, then I think it could be the core question and the older one made a dupe. In your example, the older question really only ...
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Being repeatedly targeted and harassed with disputable/arbitrary deletions of answers by a specific moderator

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....
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Being repeatedly targeted and harassed with disputable/arbitrary deletions of answers by a specific moderator

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 ...
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Is not having an answer publicly available a good reason to close a question?

"When will a vendor implement a new feature?" is not a great question, even if the answer has security implications. Until the information is made public, all we can do is opine. If there was a ...
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Would this question be accepted here?

Unfortunately, questions asking for resources, links, sources, etc. are off-topic because the answers would just keep growing without end. They are "open-ended" by default.
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8 votes

Tamper data in Chrome question closed

Could you please explain me... how a question about an extension, used for tampering data by many of security experts, is not related to a QA site on Information Security. If that question has to ...
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Is this Q as fishy as it looks to me?

I closed it under Questions asking us to break the security of a specific system for you are off-topic unless they demonstrate an understanding of the concepts involved and clearly identify a ...
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Mention 2 names in one comment

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 ...
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What is wrong with this legal question? Are legal questions on topic at all?

Questions that relate to various laws, where the law is the subject, can be on topic (if about security). Questions asking for legal interpretations or applications of the law are off-topic. Straight ...
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Why it is opinion based to ask for possible pitfalls of an concept?

The Security.SE Help Center specifically says: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of ...
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Why is this question a bad one?

The "difficulty" is entirely up to how the application was designed and what resources they have to analyse player behavior. That makes the question too broad and up to interpretation. One game will ...
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Where to ask this security-related question?

We get a lot of these types of career questions. Unfortunately, they are all far too opinion-based to be a good fit on the site. In addition, they tend to be hyper-specific to the individual and the ...
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Is this Q as fishy as it looks to me?

Do we support such questions at all? In the linked question, OP just dropped some code and asked if it's vulnerable. This sounds to me like a blatant request for code review and definitely didn't ...
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Is a question on how to evaluate anomalies in SOC reports on topic for this site?

I think one of the reasons why you are getting poor responses is that your question is not very focused. You might get the same type of responses here. This is what you have said: Prospective ...
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What caused this post to bump to the front page?

Yes, that user made an edit to his answer on that question. This is how StackExchange works.
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Undeletion followed by lock -- communication denied

I noticed the answer was deleted but had a high score and was a good answer, which I felt would still be useful. After asking what should be done in the chat, I flagged the post for moderator ...
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Being repeatedly targeted and harassed with disputable/arbitrary deletions of answers by a specific moderator

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 ...
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Can we use information gathering questions

The problem is that this is not a discussion site but a Q&A forum with a specific format. That format sets us apart, but yes, it also introduces limitations. Take a look at the other highly-...
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Duplicate question with different focus

Not an expert on networking, so I can not say a lot about the specifics of your question. Someone with better knowledge of that area could probably give you a more useful answer. But I think the ...
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Is this question about doing damage on a system ethical and on-topic?

I think the question is on topic, ethical and useful. If you find a vulnerability on your system you need to do these things: Make a decision if you should take down the app immediately. Figure out ...
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Practical security question only results in more questions and downvoting

Your original question had no info. There was no context, and it was not something we could help with. Slowly, you've added some information, but it is still unclear. For example, it took 3 days of ...
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Relevant category for questions about the hardware

It really depends on the specifics, but there is a hardware tag. But note that not all of what you mentioned would fit there - e.g. routers is typically not about the hardware (but I dunno, you might ...
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Why it is opinion based to ask for possible pitfalls of an concept?

Then I got complains about it being a "what if" kind of question. That's kind of the case. But still just not because I wanted to create a hypothetical case but a question about "What wouldn't work ...
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Is there a way to upload a virus to find out what it does?

You want the code de-obfuscated? And then reviewed to give you a summary? I'm afraid there is no such StackExchange site for that.
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Updated "how to hash passwords" question

I'd like to propose yet another option. Add some text (formatted as quote to stand out) to the top of the top voted answer, explaining the situation: This answer was written in 2013. Since then, ...
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Can I ask a high-level / overview question?

It does look sensible as a question, until the question itself. You did some research and you summarized it, that's very good. But then you start asking things that are completely subjective. No ...
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Why was my question closed and where can I ask it?

I think the reasons that has already been given in comments explain why the question was closed. There is nothing in the question to indicate that the site would be a "hacksite" (whatever that means) ...
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Why is the question about suddent large traffic on a GitHub repo off-topic?

Because there is nothing in the question that is about security. This falls under the category of "I see this weird thing in the logs; what is it?" The question of "why is this being ...
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My question was labeled Off-Topic. Why?

As I explained, this is a legal matter at best, or the question is unnecessary, at worst. If the explanations are not helpful, then your question is not "clear enough".
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Why my question was moved to another stackexchange site?

Your question wasn't at all about disk encryption. Your question was about what Windows is doing outside of disk encryption. That's a Windows-internals question, not a security question.
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