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I am relatively new in Stackoverflow and this situation happened a few times. I'm not sure how to handle them in order to keep the quality of the post (question & answer).

PHP headers not working

The original PHP error was Cannot modify header information - headers already sent, which as far as I know only have one cause. HTTP headers are modified after content was already sent. And in my opinion, the best way to fix is to move the header() call before output is actually sent. That was my original answer, and in my opinion the only valid answer. But the discussion started shifting in the comments, and I lost control of it. At the end my answer got down-voted and the post was abandoned.

Should I delete my answer, as it is clearly not valid for the question author? Should I edit my answer to reflect the conversation in the comments and offer another alternative that I don't feel is right? Or should I also abandon this post even if the question was perfectly valid and my answer was in my opinion perfectly valid too? Should I down-vote the question to release my frustration?

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Why answer it at all? This question is one of the most duplicated ones in SO. I usually delete my answer when the OP gets help vampiric in the comments when he can't understand me to implement my solution correctly. –  Esailija Aug 8 '12 at 21:42
    
@Esailija I understand your point. But I'm interested to know how to handle that in general. –  Mathieu Imbert Aug 8 '12 at 21:43
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If there's a comment discussion spiralling out of control in one of your posts, you can flag for moderation attention and ask for the post to be locked (for an hour, or even a day). Locking will prevent any further comments (and votes, edits). –  Yannis Aug 8 '12 at 21:48
    
From what I see it has turned into a customer support/help desk session... the only way out of it is deletion :D –  Esailija Aug 8 '12 at 21:48
    
@YannisRizos I didn't know there was such thing as a temporary lock. That sounds like a great idea! –  Mathieu Imbert Aug 8 '12 at 21:56
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Should I down-vote the question to release my frustration? of course not –  ajax333221 Aug 9 '12 at 1:31

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If there's a comment discussion spiralling out of control in one of your posts, you can flag for moderation attention and ask for the post to be locked for a short while - your options are an hour, a day and a week. Locking will prevent any further comments, but also voting, edits and flags on your post. In my experience as a moderator on Programmers, locking for an hour is quite effective in stopping comment wars.

Obviously, locking would be overkill if we are talking about a handful of comments. If that's the case, your best option is to flag those that you feel are flag worthy, stop responding and walk away. If a user keeps pestering you after a while, flag your own post for moderation attention and explain the situation.

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Great post. Thanks! –  Mathieu Imbert Aug 9 '12 at 13:00

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