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I actively encourage the editing of any of my Question, Answer, and Tag Wiki content on all StackExchange sites except for meta sites. In other words, if you spot an inaccuracy or wish to clarify or improve a post of mine, add sources, etc., PLEASE do so! It will greatly benefit the net welfare and knowledge capital of the community. I am writing this here just in case you are of the misconception that answers are like forum posts, indelible articles authored by a single person.

The edit function is there for a reason, folks. I promise to never lash out at someone for substantially editing content originally authored by me, as long as your edit is constructive. If you don't yet have the site privilege to make instantaneous edits and I see your edit in the suggestion queue, I will do my best to either accept your edit outright, or incorporate the most useful parts of your edit into my post by "editing your edit".

If you have been told before that you shouldn't substantially edit others' answers, or if you've been the victim of polemic as a result of doing so, I'd like to apologize for that behavior. I think it's very counterproductive; our community is much worse-off for that kind of attitude.

Future visitors are best served by being able to read one cohesive, well-edited answer with sources to get the sum-total of the community's best knowledge in a single answer. A string of answers or comments each with their own nuggets of truth is much harder to decipher than one cohesive text. With the edit function, thanks to the fact that we each bring our own perspectives and unique knowledge, it is possible for us to author one cohesive text that eliminates the natural tendency of comment strings, replacing it with high-quality works that rival those of Wikipedia.

BTW, I don't approve of most edits on meta sites because I very rarely find questions on meta sites which deal purely in factual matters, so my answers are generally just my personal feelings on the matter.


Feb
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comment Should A Formal Test Plan For Dynamic String Testing Include All Combinations?
Very detailed answer, thanks -- I had no idea that "allpairs" existed! In one of my real-life examples, I was able to take a truth table of 16 conditions down to 10 by eliminating impossible situations (sometimes the predicates are made up of conjunctions or other boolean logic that would lead to a contradiction), then down to 6 by using the allpairs tool to eliminate a few combinations. No, they aren't life-critical, but will lead to user confusion or support calls if it's wrong.
Feb
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asked Should A Formal Test Plan For Dynamic String Testing Include All Combinations?
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Aug
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comment How is the QA org chart across organisations?
You're unlikely to get many good answers without reading a management textbook. Actual management / organizational procedures that are in place at companies are often considered to be sensitive proprietary information and should not be disclosed. After all, if a company financially benefits from having a good organizational practice, why should they share it with you for free?
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awarded  Revival
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answered What are some authoritative sources for smart phone market share for helping to determine test device purchases?
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comment Analysis of test steps in HP ALM
If you found my answer helpful, you could +1 it or mark it as the answer... just a thought... (welcome to SQA by the way).
Jul
19
comment Analysis of test steps in HP ALM
...enable it and that is the reason why they don't want to turn it on. OR they think it's a security risk to allow regular ALM users to directly query the SQL, but I don't see how read-only access can be destructive, so... they have no problem enabling it here, at least. The admin's reaction was "Oh, you actually NEED that?! Nice, ok... no problem, it's on now, let me know if it works."
Jul
19
comment Analysis of test steps in HP ALM
I am not sure about whether this feature requires specific licensing, because I am not an ALM Administrator myself; I am simply a regular user of a very large ALM installation at a large enterprise. However, I have previously been a victim of having the Excel Report option grayed out. I was able to get it resolved by calling my ALM Administrator support team and they had to change permissions in the entire ALM Project. Apparently this setting is controlled at the project level. My guess is, it's either disabled by default and the Admin didn't change the default; or it costs money/licenses to..
Jul
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answered Analysis of test steps in HP ALM
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awarded  Organizer
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revised Analysis of test steps in HP ALM
Added tag for QC (doesn't seem to be a tag for ALM11 but different version of same product)
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suggested approved edit on Analysis of test steps in HP ALM
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comment How to change status of all test cases in QC test lab
This is great! Very useful even in ALM 11. +1.