I just steered the person who asked What does the ampersand do in a print statement? to an example that appears to satisfy him.

How does a question like this get closed (and preferably hidden, as I don't think they add much value to the site)?

  • You could flag that question as a duplicate
    – rene
    Mar 8, 2014 at 20:57
  • his question wasn't a duplicate (I didn't check) - but an answer to another question contained enough information to answer his question. I'm not taking credit for the answer - but to see the answer a new user would have to find the comment and follow the link... not ideal...
    – db9dreamer
    Mar 8, 2014 at 21:04
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    Sometimes I'd really like to flag comments as "Not a comment; it's an answer"... Mar 9, 2014 at 0:52

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As you know the answer is "bitwise and" then finding duplicates will likely be easier working backwards. Just Google "java bitwise and site:stackoverflow.com" and select an appropriate duplicate.

If you can't find one then it is up to you whether or not you want to rewrite the comment as a fuller answer.

Personally I've voted to close as duplicate of How Does The Bitwise & (AND) Work In Java?. The stuff about the print statement isn't really relevant they just want to understand why 10 & 7 == 2

  • I'll have to relax my criteria for duplicates to include "close enough to provide an answer"
    – db9dreamer
    Mar 8, 2014 at 21:43

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