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Neither. All normal betas go through a growth phase, where someone has to be the first one to gain each badge. We are still a small site, with only two 10k'ers, and only four of us over 5k, so consider this early days. StackOverflow is most definitely not a good comparison to this site. The big-3 sites are massive and have their own quirks. ...


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The comments were flagged up for a mod, so I had a look. I left you the comment, and deleted the entire thread, because I agreed with it. Graham's answer was appropriate based on the information you had originally given in your question. It was not condescending in any way, even for a new walker - but if it provided information you didn't need because you ...


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The short answer is no, we have no way of verifying medical qualifications or limiting answers to qualified health professionals. As with other types of answers, if you believe an answer is incorrect or dangerous, downvote it and post a comment explaining (preferably with citation) why. We (moderators) generally do not evaluate the correctness of answers, ...


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As the author of that answer... As a long-time walker, I see too many people hit the hills who are completely unprepared. Most mountain rescue calls are for those people. If you'd said in your question that you've already done a fair bit of day-walking and you wanted to move onto longer trails, I would have replied with that in mind - and it would have been ...


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If it is close-worthy, but the OP could maybe edit it into a better question, I'd suggest commenting and voting to close - exactly as you did. Remember, even if it is closed, the OP can still edit and request it be reopened. If you can edit, and have the time, I'd heartily encourage it. Especially if it is just to improve clarity, spelling or the formatting ...


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I flagged the whole thing as needing moderator attention. There wasn't one comment or any single action that made me do it. I can see how one can take the answer as condescending, even though it was intended to be helpful. From there, the comments just seemed to spiral towards being not nice. I thought it was helpful for a mod to step in and remind people to ...


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Without seeing the comment, it is impossible to say what was "not nice" about it. I read the answer and I found absolutely nothing rude about it. Was it condescending? It assumed you were a neophyte, and if you are a highly experienced hiker and backpacker, I can see that you might find all those caveats condescending. A better remedy would have been ...


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