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I found the moderator edits of the two questions to be surprising and uncomfortable to see. I'm not used to seeing edits that materially change the content of answers on SE. (In particular, in the second case, it even forced an answer with 4 bullet-points to only have 3, and wind up renumbering everything.) I find it to be a compelling observation that it's ...


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Chris, I was really sorry to hear about your retirement. I know it has been a long and arduous road for you and Personal Finance & Money — waiting for your four-year anniversary is a touching gesture — but know that all the hard work has really paid off. With about 5,000 visitors per day (and quality better than ever), you have really ...


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Chris, it was your personal invitation that brought me here. And my own compulsive nature that's made me the highest scoring poster. This is a great site you've created and a place where we can really make a difference. The idea of 'making the world a better place one person at a time' is pretty real for me, as I know that the help we offer is both free and ...


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From English Language and Usage - Is “I'm screwed” a rude expression? - The first answer is It's something you wouldn't say to your grandmother, perhaps, but it is a very common euphemism people use to avoid saying something stronger. It's used in everything from pop songs to commentaries by TV talk show hosts. Seriously, in most walks of society screwed is ...


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I think you misunderstand the term "straight question of fact". When it comes to laws, especially the US tax laws, there's not really such thing in many cases. Even in this answer, you yourself were not able to chase down some of the terms defined in the statutes we linked. I keep mentioning this all the time in many answers - in taxes a lot of things are ...


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In the case where a answer is clearly wrong as a matter of fact, are the moderators expected and/or obligated to delete it? The system is not designed for moderators or Stack Exchange to delete incorrect answers. The correct way to handle an incorrect answer is to downvote it, preferably with an explanation why. If there is an existing explanatory comment ...


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Can we all be satisfied enough with getting a little bit our way and not being totally satisfied? I upvoted the answer by "GS - Apologise to Monica", despite that I disagree with the actions taken, and might not even like the answer. But, the answer is useful (which is supposed to be the criteria for upvoting, according to the tooltips), as the ...


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The "other side" is a high "rep" user and a moderator, who have essentially called Chris stupid ("I'm not here to teach you to read, if you're more than 3 years old that ship has sailed.") and have told Chris that he must be wrong because high rep users on this site haven't heard of this ("I guess what I am stuck on is the idea that if this were true, wouldn'...


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Member @Brick has left. To the question here, SE expectation is the voting system will most often rank the best answers with upvotes and incorrect ones down. That's the nature of crowdsourcing. Part of the system is that anyone can edit anything. So when I make a mistake, I expect to get a comment or suggested edit that makes the answer correct. There ...


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There is misinformation everywhere on the internet, and our site is not immune. Stack Exchange is written by people, and as a result, it is not perfect. Having said that, I think Stack Exchange, and our site in particular, has a lot of good features that make the information here more reliable than many other sites. The voting system, the editing system,...


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The question here should be a straight question of fact. There's no real opinion involved - Either the law requires plan sponsors to allow participants to get out or it doesn't. There are two answers that differ on which is allowed. For sure, one or the other is factually wrong. "Voting" is not going to resolve this in general. I think voting does resolve ...


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I'm not a mod here, but I have been a mod at one site or another on SE for several years now. I absolutely would have made the same edit. Answers should not make personal judgements, and in particular not attack anyone's character. "Be nice" applies not only to the original poster, but to everyone - including the poster's mother. Unless it's ...


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We didn't reply because we didn't have much to say. You were clearly unhappy with a number of aspects of the site and we didn't see much point in debating that.


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If this is too offensive, good, that's the point. This is why I strongly feel that "your girlfriend is a scammer" is a straw man argument.* It's common to use Google translate to communicate. I frequently get emails intended for a business in Europe, and to be kind, I reply in French or Spanish to let the writer know they have the wrong guy. To use ...


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