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First of all, I really appreciate you taking the time to write this up! I know that getting answers that don't actually address the question you're trying to ask is frustrating, but I can't really think of a proper solution to this. You reference a similar problem on Stack Overflow, in which overzealous users close questions as duplicates of questions that ...


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The comment by thesecretmaster is spot on. If your answers cannot stand separately, they should be edits. Otherwise, it's fine to post two answers, to allow the community to vote separately and the best answer to rise to the top. Ultimately, your decision; as long as the two answers are valid solutions to the problem asked, I can't see any real problems with ...


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Note that not everyone who asks a question on this site has the same deep understanding that you do. Sometimes a question is motivated by a serious and unrecognized misunderstanding of either teaching or the subject matter at hand, often programming. So, some such "answers" are an attempt to get the OP to look orthogonally at the problem or to ...


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While short answers might not be useful to future readers, it's hard to be sure. A post notice seems extreme, though warranted in some cases. I can't say I've seen very many post notices thus far. However, I also don't recall ever thinking it was misplaced when I have seen one. More often I'd hope that comments would be sufficient to get the OP to update ...


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