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  • @Won't I'm doing that a bit now, but yes, things that are user-specific should be removed unless it's something that is overwhelmingly relevant to a moderator. – casperOne Jan 13 '12 at 16:46
  • @MichaelMrozek we have to probably create some self-answered questions just to provide a more useful bullet point or linking to existing stuff – Ivo Flipse Jan 13 '12 at 16:52
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    @IvoFlipse That's fine, but we really don't need to cover (picking the first one I see) "What is the etiquette for modifying posts?". That isn't a diamond moderator issue -- editing posts is a normal user action – Michael Mrozek Jan 13 '12 at 16:54
  • @Aarthi I suggest you simply ask a new question and we write up the canonical answer for it, without it looking like some feature request. – Ivo Flipse Jan 13 '12 at 19:01
  • @Aarthi This is by no means definitive or comprehensive; the idea is that we evolve this as we come across the content or get the canonical answers to it. The meta FAQ didn't evolve overnight, nor did this (although this will be epic). – casperOne Jan 13 '12 at 19:08
  • @RobertHarvey Do we want to change the format? When discussed, we wanted to keep the spirit of the FAQ, which does not have an answer. If we put answers in, then we become a little like Mark's cheat sheet, and we're duplicating effort. – casperOne Jan 20 '12 at 18:12
  • @casperOne Are you saying it needs its own question? I'm OK with that, I guess. I just thought it would be nice if it stayed here, but became a first-class citizen. It doesn't seem to merit its own question. – user102937 Jan 20 '12 at 18:19
  • @RobertHarvey It would be nice, since there were also comments that we should create canonical Q&A to fit this and this would be defined as "good canonical". – casperOne Jan 20 '12 at 18:22
  • I wanted to know if in any of the Stack Exchange sites will I get a reduction in reputation points for putting a comment or up voting an answer or a question? – whatthefish Feb 14 '18 at 19:24

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