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Don't assume: the original poster is not the only one reading the answer I would not want to assume that a stranger is aware of how to handle high-voltage circuits. A key feature of Stack Exchange is that the Q-and-A's are intended to be kept available for the benefit of future readers. Even if the original poster shows awareness of the hazards, one cannot ...


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I think we should try to minimise our site's casualty rate. Scary bold warnings at the top of answers, and just before dangerous parts of how-tos is within our ability, so I think we'd be stupid not to use them. Modern people probably aren't used to televisions and monitors being deadly weapons of deathly death.


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I think in this case it's a rare occasion where two answers from one person do make sense as they tackle the subject in different ways, but they could easily be rolled together into one. A good reason to keep them separate in this case is that one answer has been accepted and upvoted a lot more than the other: it's allowing the community to come to ...


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Although it hasn't happened on this site, there have been times when I answered a question and only later after some thought decided to vote to close it. What's more common is that I write an answer and later find out that the question is a duplicate, in which case I vote to close it as a duplicate. I think it is not an issue to close questions that you've ...


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I would suggest a separate question so that various possible answers to each can be demarcated clearly. I would though edit each of the questions, Kernal / non-Kernal, to have links to each other with a note explaining this demarcation.


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Disclaimer: This is an official answer (at least, as much as I can make it) because having an opinion is hard and I'm lazy. Technically, no. You wrote an answer that took from multiple sources, and provided attribution. This is allowed. You accepted an answer of your choosing. That's your right; not even moderators have the authority to change it. Whether ...


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It is worth looking at the long-standing advice on Meta.SE What is the official etiquette on answering a question twice? and more recently Is it OK to post multiple answers to a question? . In summary, if you have two different answers to a question, post them separately. The community will select the better one by voting. If you have just a variation ...


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TL;DR: This was not a stance; merely a misremembering of what I assumed to be network-wide consensus. There was also some confusion as to where the comment originated from. Can I get a better understanding of why the mods don't think this is acceptable use of the Community Wiki? s/the mods/wizzwizz4/g. Just like real humans, I can't hold every piece of ...


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This was, in fact, A/B testing: To quote Adam Lear on Meta Stack Exchange: We're currently running an experiment with different versions of a call to action on questions. The original version is Know someone who can answer? Share a link to this question via email, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook. The new copy being tested is ...


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I am the OP of the question you're talking about, and I concur with Chenmunka. I look forward to reading the new question! Actually I went ahead and wrote it.


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Look again at the question. That message has gone away and the usual box has returned. I can confirm that the message you describe was there just after the question was posted, A very similar message box is visible on some questions on other sites too. Although I've only seen it on beta sites so far. No, it isn't a moderator message. StackExchange ...


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I've had some sour feedback about it and it seems one of the other answerers resented that. For one, as it was me, I would prefer to be called by name, not some vague wording. Especially if it's quite clear whom you're talking about (*1). Equaly important, unlike you seam to belive, my remark wasn't in any way related to me writing an answer as well. I may ...


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I think this is an alternative message to the "Know someone who can answer?" message. I see a different banner both when logged in and not, so I assume this is not specific to this question. EDIT 2016/01/11: Now I see this banner too. Post notices added by moderators appear above the question's comments, and there is no option that I can find that allows ...


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I believe this mixes two separate issues: Closing a question and Answering a question Separate but they are tied in a non trivial relation, as both are commanded by two imperatives: Questions that do not fit the site (*1) should be closed. Questions one knows an answer for should be answered. The result is that both actions are equally appropriate and ...


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