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This is an excellent question. To answer how you'd add backup for something "obvious," I'd like to walk you through my writing process when answering a question on IPS. It usually looks like: Read the question. Be struck with inspiration to give certain advice. Write the advice: "Do this!" Ask myself, why am I suggesting this advice? Why do I think that ...


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The answer you mentioned is invalid indeed and should be edited/deleted accordingly. Now, you need to know that on IPS mods seldomly delete answers on their own (because our vote is binding and we can single-handedly delete them, and we want to act as a community rather than make decision as individuals). When we do delete answers it's because it has many ...


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UPDATE: As the problems mentioned weren't addressed by the latest edit, which changed the question substantially and the comment implied an even different question, the moderator team has decided to delete the entire question until such time where we can work with OP in the Sandbox or chat to get to the essence of their question First off: The question so ...


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While there's exceptions - typically you don't want to make substantial changes in the content of another user's answer. You prune, and wordscape, not rearrange the rock garden, so to speak. In situations like this the safest option is to add a comment - suggesting that the link would be relevant. I've had a few users do substantial edits to my own posts ...


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One option that hasn't been mentioned in the other answers is using post notices. Full disclosure: I'm not convinced this is the right way to go, but since some early responses here seem to be against deleting content, it might be a good compromise. So, I'm posting it for discussion. As you noted we don't currently have a custom post notice, but there's ...


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For now, we should flag and comment but leave the answers. Serious problem answers can be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Calling them "bad" answers seems like a mistake to me. Standards change, but it seems unrealistic to me that we can have all of: Standards which we can change/refine/improve over time A long-standing record of questions and ...


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For a long period, answers with 'reasoning' were indeed not moderated on IPS for 'lack of back up'. Also, from basically the first days of the site people have noted problems with posts with no explanations (like one line answers) and wrong explanations (e.g. cultural differences). Even our earliest question on implementing a back-up policy already mentions ...


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Long and overdue as usual, here's my take ... (whew) Yes, it's okay for anyone to edit in external references for backup If you want to put in the effort to provide sources, go for it! However, do this sparingly: only when you're certain you're supporting the author's intent. This Meta.SO post talks about a similar conundrum, where one user basically ...


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First off, let's start with this: there is no such thing as a universally obvious answer Some answers are just so bleeding obvious To you, yes the answers seem obvious, but they may not seem obvious to others. You have to remember the diversity of the people who come to IPS. We have people here from different cultures all over the world, where social ...


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I want to start by saying that to my eye, this looks like a perfectly fine backed-up answer. If I saw it in the queue, I'd flag at is "Lookin' alright." That being said, if you really want to get nitpicky, I see a couple things here that you could change to make this a better answer... Reading your answer pre-edit (the big bold "Note:"), I see the following:...


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The biggest problem I see with your answer is that you have said that you were in a similar situation and that you have said that you have experience using the skills you listed in your answer, but you haven't really demonstrated it. To quote from your answer I had a friend that behaved this way in certain topic and I tried similar steps to the ones ...


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I don't think we should delete answers that were considered of good quality at the time just because they don't follow today's guidelines. Besides that, people that answered took the time and effort to write the answer. We should value that in the first place. Asking for backup in the comments is the right way to do it if we wanna keep it on today's ...


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Warning: This is not a complete answer. I don't think we lose anything by commenting in order to ask people to improve their answers (ie: provide back up to it). So, as a first step, I do believe that flagging as "NAA" and commenting under the answers is what we should do. If one of the answerers improves their post, then we can proceed as we usually do (...


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Some answers are just so bleeding obvious I couldn't provide backup as I have no idea if I have ever done this, could you quote a time you asked a friend to use the toilet in their house? Sure - the "personal experience" does not need to be identical! Saying "this worked for my situation [insert short description of what happened], so I think it would work ...


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I those cases where you use the technic fairly often, I believe it would be okay to just say: I do that often in my other people' house and they always reacted well to it, even the ones that I don't really know. However, you still need to provide enough details about the interaction (what exactly do you say, in what manner, etc..) PS: Also, please, don'...


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I am not sure if it is ok for me to answer this since I didn't do the rollback or anything but in my opinion if you just added backup it shouldn't be deleted out by anyone other than the person that posted the answer. However you need to make sure it is clear that you are just adding back-up. For example if the answer was something like: Text of original ...


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