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I don't think this is a problem at all… medically or otherwise. Our self-imposed moratorium against "medical advice" is often overdone — It is really geared towards users requesting or dispensing personalized medical courses of action/treatment where the situation really requires someone trained in diagnosing your situation specifically to ...


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Many thanks for doing this - the two options are to comment to the OP to add the attribution themself or to add it in for them. I commend you on doing it yourself - it helps us avoid outright plagiarism. With this individual, I have left some comments, and I'd suggest in future just flagging if they continue to avoid attribution - then a mod can deal with ...


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There is a word for quoting from a source without attribution. The word is plagiarism From Merriam Webster transitive verb: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source intransitive verb: to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or ...


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It depends. You have answered it yourself here. I can understand why sometimes "satellite phone" seems like a good answer In regards with examples you have cited, I strongly believe that there is always a better way to handle an emergency situation than one can think. Rescuers are capable of pulling off the task with utmost safety because they have ...


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I agree in the main. There are the odd exceptions, where the collation of data that forms the answer is not easily searchable, but as Shem says, we should write our own answers, quoting where necessary. Otherwise we are just a slight improvement over a search engine - I personally would prefer us to be much more than that.


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In summary I think phones, beacons, and other electronics can be an important part of a comprehensive safety plan. Of course they can be abused, but just because a knife can cut you doesn't mean it should be banned. I agree an answer like "call for help, and if the phone is broke just start singing your death song" aren't helpful. That being said, sometimes ...


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I'd have to agree 100%. I think one of the reasons this happens is that there are a few individuals here who are obviously very experienced in a particular area, so the answers they post are rather good: complete, well thought out and covering the question well. This can put off other answerers as they may feel their answer may look bad by comparison, and ...


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I would say that it is fine to recommend having a Satellite phone, but I would say that answers that consist only of recommending a Satellite phone should be discouraged. A satellite phone would not be a bad thing to have. On the other hand electronics can fail and depending on them is never a good thing. Also, they can be rather expensive and ...


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I agree. Answers with not much more than blocks of text copy/pasted from other sites can take away from the quality of the site. The SE model is designed to bring people in to see our work. Using outside sources is integral to that, but not at the cost of our originality. We want people to find our answers when they do an online search, not copies of things ...


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The answer has 44 upvotes and 6 down votes currently. Obviously not everyone agrees with your assessment of the quality of the answer. TGO is a community of individuals, we are never all going to agree on somethings. If you don't like a post give it a down vote. If most people in the community tend to agree with you that the post is not good, it will ...


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Certainly we should not discourage such answers. Bringing emergency communication equipment into The Great Outdoors is a good idea. Not bringing any is a bad idea unless you have a sufficiently large group size (4 people at the very least). Certainly we should not discourage answers that recommend safe behaviour. If I am 50 km from civilisation and I ...


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The post as it stands only answers the question in the final sentence - If I had spotted that it was on HNQ I would have immediately removed it/deleted it until the flurry was over. Votes on HNQ answers are really not indicative of a community. @Valorum - I'd appreciate it if you edited the post to focus on the actual answer, not the titillating content you ...


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Did you look at the tomato-slicing video at the bottom of the answer? Even if the many, many upvotes came because of the first part of the answer, the video validated the answer, made it worth keeping, and elevated it far above the two deleted answers. The OP asked for a simple test, and the answer provided a simple, inexpensive test with a video ...


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I think this is similar to Questions about 1 time event in that it is an important question but the example is not good. The OP and his friends are clearly not capable of mounting a cliff-side rescue in this particular case, and even if they did take the training and gain the experience you suggest, they might not be at expert level. Would you want them ...


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