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It seems that the order of events was the question was posted, a comment was made on it that said it was racist, the author deleted it themselves. Also possibly, around the same time, the question was flagged and the question then marked by a mod as rude or abusive. Taboo, pejorative, and offensive words are fair game on ELU, but as MrShiny mentioned, the ...


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For the particular example you give: Allow the OP about 24 hours to respond to your comment; this takes into account differing time zones and the fact that the OP may have a life apart from ELU. Then post your answer, acknowledging the earlier answer and explaining why you are posting your answer. I would like to see a full answer to this question.


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There will be divided opinion on how best to handle this. Some feel that editing the missing info into the OP's answer is spoon-feeding them and not our job. Some feel the appropriate response is to down vote as not useful and move on. Or leave some kind of comment. Your comment is perfect (imo). It's helpful, polite, and encouraging. It indirectly ...


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Disclaimer - I'm answering this from the ELL perspective, so this answer says nothing about how the ELU community would like to handle these sorts of situations. If you're aware that there is a question on ELL that might answer the question on ELU, I would suggest that you link it in a comment as was done for the example here. There are lots of questions on ...


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Personally, I don't think this question needs to be split up. It is phrased as one question: Should it be risk or risks? I see no reason to interfere with the OP's choice of phrasing that as one question. Splitting it into multiple posts could become confusing, and some of those sub-questions might wind up being closed as duplicates of other existing ...


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I reviewed the post history. I believe it is true to say: There is nothing wrong with asking about offensive words. You can verify that by searching the site for questions about offensive words. The question was flagged, but not for being offensive. The question was flagged for rude comments. The question was flagged offensive. Rude and otherwise ...


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I don't think you can define X for all situations. It partly depends on a few factors, such as: How many other people have answered the question? (If only one or two people have answered the question, I think an O.P. has every right to wait awhile before accepting an answer.) How much does your answer definitively answer the question? (A question asking "...


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Write your own answer. You may think your answer is better, and you may be correct. Alternatively, you might be wrong. The other poster may have very good reasons not to include the information that you think should be in there. Writing a more comprehensive answer is just giving a different answer. Do it. If it's better it will be upvoted and this will be a ...


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As an answerer, I'd be happy to see a comment of appreciation in that situation, with a note to indicate whatever period of time the OP thinks is reasonable to keep the question open. At this point, it's mostly a matter of setting and managing expectations. You can probably wait up to a day or so without posting a comment, though an immediate up-vote would ...


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In the case you linked to, the basic question is simple: at risk vs at risks. Since you've found nuances that the OP wasn't asking about, you can either note the nuances when you post an answer, or ask one or more new questions of your own. Regarding editing: Any time you see a post that needs improvement and are inclined to suggest an edit, you are ...


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You did research then come back to find new shitty answer To take a narrow look at your premise that you basically dug up some research and then came back to the question to find a shitty answer I would very likely answer myself. There's two simple reasons for that. Firstly, when the research wasn't that extensive, meaning the answers are likely posted ...


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