When new users click in the answer text area for the first time they're greeted with the following message:
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After reading A life ban from Stackoverflow (and after deleting dozens of duplicates of What can I do when getting “Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account”? over the past year) I thought it might be a good idea to amend this message to explicitly warn users not to post clarifying follow-up questions in the answer text area.
Can we change the second sentence in the warning message to something like the following?
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