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If you must recommend a product in answers, what details are required?

Questions that solicit product recommendations are off-topic on Server Fault. However, there are legitimate cases where a good answer may include a product recommendation. What details about the ...
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How high should the bar be for the OP answering his own question?

I guess none of us like to see questions where the OP disappears once the problem has been resolved, without leaving any clues as to what exactly worked to solve the problem. For this reason, I tend ...
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About bad questions, is answering them a way to encourage them?

I just answered a question about somebody trying to circumvent some network restrictions, I understand that that kind of questions fall under the "system misuse" category, however, I answered because ...
Gabriel Talavera's user avatar
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Continuing an already-answered question

Let's say I find a question which is similar to one I already have, but I don't understand the answer, even though the OP got it. What's the best way to ask my question? e.g. Should I post a reply ...
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Feature Request: Cancel Button for Answers

There have been a few situations where I began to answer a question and realized that my answer was more of a comment. I copied that info into the comment feature and posted that way. However, when ...
Ben Campbell's user avatar
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What are the canonical answers we've discovered over the years?

We've created, appointed, or otherwise identified certain question/answer pairs that are the canonical answer for certain problems. These are answers where the community has said all it is going to ...
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Rep threshold for answering your own question?

According to the asker of this question (see the last couple of comments), he doesn't have enough rep to answer his own question. However, I can't see any mention of a rep threshold for self-...
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Removing popular answer if potentially a duplicate

Hi, I'm fairly new to SF and have used the site mostly to get answers for my questions and provide answers to questions I know (read: the basic point of the site). I recently posted an answer on ...
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What Should I do About An Answer I Can't Verify

Several months ago I asked a question on server fault. Someone just answered it but we replaced our 10.4 deployment with a 10.5 deployment earlier this year and I now have no way to verify the ...
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Giving Answers or Helping to Learn?

I answered this question on Serverfault earlier today, a user wanted to know how he could redirect from a subdomain to an application. I gave the user a number of options, one of which was URL ...
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