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Is it acceptable to edit in "This answer is wrong" header into a wrong but upvoted answer?

No. Adding a note to their answer saying "THIS IS WRONG, SEE MY ANSWER BELOW" would be a form of vandalism. The correct procedure is to add a comment explaining why the answer is wrong. The answer ...
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What's going on with this question?

This is " Zalgo text". Basically a way of misusing unicode characters. ...
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Can anything be done about prolific blind question bashing?

I've noticed that you have a strong tendency to go on the offensive when anyone makes a comment that you disagree with. You comment-flood them with multiple responses explaining why they're wrong, and ...
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Does this question comply with the site's policy regarding explicit content?

While I agree with the answers posted by our moderators with regards to the general flaws in the question, and am not opposed to the question being closed on those grounds, neither actually answers ...
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Why was this 'not an answer' flag on a rant about US declined?

There is an answer buried in that wall of text: So back to question, why would a Jedi serve a corrupt democracy? well why are our leaders doing the same thing in real life? because generations of ...
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Why is fandom information treated as if it weren't on topic?

Historically, (and incorrectly) because a number of people believe that since the question does not have anything to do with a SF/F element of the work, it is off-topic. However, every time the ...
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Is it acceptable to edit in "This answer is wrong" header into a wrong but upvoted answer?

No. Commenting and voting are the tools we have for “correcting” the balance if an answer is incorrect. Inserting chunks of text into other people’s post because you don’t like their answer is an ...
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Why was this 'not an answer' flag on a rant about US declined?

Although I can't comment on the particular moderator's reasons for declining the NAA flags, I agree with the decision; despite all the noise, there is an answer in there: why would a Jedi serve a ...
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Why did a moderator delete this question about a paradox?

Update #2 The question has now been mod-hammered open by moderator Thaddeus Howze. Update #1 The question, having initially been deleted by moderator Thaddeus Howze, has now been undeleted by ...
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Why does the community continue re-opening this particular question?

I can't speak for those who voted to reopen, but my personal opinion is that your argument is fundamentally flawed. What you seem to be saying is that there's simply no objective way to determine that ...
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User changed their question into a completely different question. Is this allowed?

It's entirely inappropriate for OP to completely rewrite their question into an entirely different question, especially when the existing question had upvotes. It invalidates the comment-chain It ...
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Is this an unpopular type of question?

“Any” questions generally receive a few downvotes and there certainly is a group of users that don’t like them, myself included. The problem is whilst they were ruled to be on topic they are ...
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Who founded Science Fiction and Fantasy?

Users did in essence. Sites on Stack Exchange are created by going through Area 51 (or at least were). If enough users like the proposal and participate on the site that it gets enough content and ...
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Why is this question (71065) closed?

In its original form, the question was quite poorly written. It wasn't immediately clear what the questioner was asking, nor was it apparent what was being asked and it was rightly closed as being "...
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Why can't I use the word "mudblood"?

Even though it is a made up word, it does not follow the Be Nice policy. This policy also applies to public figures. In specific I think this hits the nail on the head: Don't be a jerk. These are ...
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Do we still need to keep this thread locked?

The reason rejected spam edits used to be a problem is because even when rejected they were still publicly visible and spammers would use that as proof to their clients they had successfully spammed ...
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Story identification without possible answer

Yes, it's fine. Good answers explain themselves. Often our story ID answers omit this bit, but that's a fault of existing answers, not a justification for future ones. A good answer to this question ...
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Closed as asking for a list when I said I don't want a list

Dislcaimer: I left the first comment mentioned in the Meta question, and cast the first close vote. In hindsight, I'd rather have VTC'd as "Too broad," which is a slight nuance on essentially the ...
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What's going on with this question?

A pair of accounts were created to post this mess. As @Richard states, it's "Zalgo text" (Stack Overflow has an explanation here). I've deleted both accounts. From this SE meta post, the ability to ...
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Is "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" on-topic?

Yes. in this instance the song (and its source-poem) are thoroughly on-topic given that they're a fantasy that merely happens to have a christmassy setting. Robert L. May created Rudolph in 1939, ...
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What's the problem with this question?

Let's start with the good. The question itself is perfectly well written in high quality English, is correctly tagged and has a sensible title which matches the body question, all of which are why I ...
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Why it's so hard to please the admins here on this site?

The question wasn't put on hold by any admins (they're called moderators on Stack Exchange) — it was voted so by regular users. How The Stack Exchange Theory of Moderation is that the users moderate....
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Duplicates: “Yesterday Was Monday” versus “A Matter of Minutes”

You're not wrong. This question (1) is asking about the short story. The other two questions (2, 3) are asking about the TV episode. 2 and 3 are clearly duplicates of each other. 1 isn't, so I've un-...
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Why was the quasar question migrated to Physics.SE instead of Astronomy.SE?

Keen's choice may have been arbitrary, but in general, migrating to beta sites isn't encouraged: Anna Lear: Migrating to beta sites isn't something we encourage because beta should be all about a ...
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Follow-up to Deleted Questions and Answers

There’s a problem with your premise: The user does not have sufficient reputation to view deleted questions and answers This is not the case. Quoting from Meta.se: Deleted questions will be ...
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Why was this flag disputed?

Arguably this lump of text "if like I said elves have dominant traits that would have a higher chance to pass through each generation instead of the human ones then technically Aragon would ...
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Why was the question "Why was Jake and the Never Land Pirates cancelled?" migrated to Movies?

I'm not a mod so I can't speak for the exact reasons this happened but looking at it, it does makes sense. Consensus appears to be do not cross post 99% of the time with the only times being ...
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Can anything be done about prolific blind question bashing?

I've downvoted some of your questions but not the ones you mention here. I rarely comment when I downvote because the purpose of downvotes is not primarily to give the OP feedback, it's to give ...
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Is it acceptable to edit in "This answer is wrong" header into a wrong but upvoted answer?

I agree with Alexwlchan and Richard. The nice thing to do, the thing that would most encourage community building, in my opinion, is to either try and salvage the answer in the most minimalist way ...

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