Re. How do I robustly parse malformed CSV?

This question is not an exact duplicate of the one linked. That one assumes that all fields are quoted, that quoting is consistent, that there are no within-field linebreaks, etc. I read that question before posting this, and it was inadequate.

However, I don't see any way to appeal the close. :-/

  • It's also not currently closed, but this itself is a fairly generic question. Although, I think this question might be a duplicate.
    – ale
    Aug 1, 2012 at 18:45
  • @TartLevee Looks like someone edited it (as well as my comment directed at the closing mod).
    – Sai
    Aug 2, 2012 at 22:08
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  1. Edit the question with more information to clearly show that it's not a duplicate. You'll probably want to provide a link to the not-a-duplicate
  2. Leave a comment to the effect of "I've edited my question to show why it's not a duplicate of X"
  3. Vote to Re-Open
  4. (optional) flag for Moderator attention and use the "Other" option to explain that it's not a duplicate

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If you've looked up a similar question before posting yours, it's a good idea to mention that in your question and explain why it's different. That way people know you've researched first. Say something like:

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