I just posted this question:

how to remove malware htaccess redirects without access to file system

It was quickly closed as off-topic because "recovering from hacks" is listed in the FAQ as something that shouldn't be posted here. However, that prohibition is listed under the sub-heading "[do not post things] that require professional hands-on involvement".

If recovering from this hack required professional hands-on involvement, I certainly would have avoided asking it, and instead sought professional hands-on involvement. However, I really don't see how this is a case where professional hands-on involvement is required. I'm just looking for a way to edit the .htaccess file. What if I had re-phrased the question, just asking for this without mentioning that it was for the purpose was to recover from a hack? That seems like the same question to me, except with less back story.

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It was a mistake case of different interpretations. I reopened the question already before you asked this question here. :)

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I'm just looking for a way to edit the .htaccess file. What if I had re-phrased the question, just asking for this without mentioning that it was for the purpose was to recover from a hack?

In that case, your question would still be off topic. .htaccess is not WordPress-specific, and editing it using raw PHP on your server is not WordPress-specific either.

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Creating or deleting files per plugin is on topic in my opinion. We should find a consensus. –  toscho Jul 11 '12 at 18:40
    
If you want to revisit the original question and rewrite it to reflect adding/removing files via a plugin I would agree. But as it stands now, the question is not on topic for this site. –  EAMann Jul 11 '12 at 18:42
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Okay, I’ll do that. –  toscho Jul 11 '12 at 18:42
    
Ok, I also edited the questions on top of the edits @toscho made to hopefully make the question stand more on-topic. –  Ben Lee Jul 11 '12 at 19:08
    
Fantastic edits. Now it is, indeed, on-topic :-) –  EAMann Jul 11 '12 at 20:04
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Even as edited, I still question whether it is on-topic. It also appears to be too localized. –  Chip Bennett Aug 2 '12 at 13:56
    
The only reason it gets around the recovering-from-hacks question restriction is the narrow tailoring to using a Plugin to modify .htaccess rather than using direct file access. (Tried to edit my original comment, but I let more than 5 minutes pass.) –  Chip Bennett Aug 2 '12 at 14:02
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