In the spirit of all these common mistake questions...

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I think people are going to ding you for posting this on StackOverflow instead of Meta.stackoverflow.com :( –  JaredPar Jul 27 '09 at 22:25
    
Apparently no one caught the joke. Oh well. –  Spencer Ruport Jul 27 '09 at 22:26
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We caught on, it was just off topic, the solution to having crap on the front page, is not adding more crap :p –  waffles Jul 27 '09 at 22:36
    
Asking 'what's your favourite hidden feature in...' questions is definitely a common mistake. –  ajm Jul 27 '09 at 22:37
    
possible duplicate of Question title that doesn't describe the problem –  Adam Davis Mar 7 '11 at 3:36
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Don't post "common mistake" or "hidden feature" questions.

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Why not? They're perfectly valid questions. I don't see why learning from others' mistakes should be discouraged. –  Bill the Lizard Jul 28 '09 at 1:12
    
I'm quite annoyed by all of the "Common Mistakes in SQL" (instead, ask a specific question about a particular common mistake and how to avoid it, perhaps tagging it "common-mistake") and "Hidden Features in C" (C is a standard...there are no hidden features). –  Thomas Owens Jul 28 '09 at 10:27
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I disagree. Someone just learning a language would benefit a great deal by reading about the common pitfalls in that language. They're also not likely to know of a common mistake to post, or whether or not their own recent blunder was common or not. I do see why it's annoying when the same person posts eight "common mistake" or "hidden feature" questions in an hour, but I don't think that's reason to get rid of that class of question altogether. –  Bill the Lizard Aug 5 '09 at 1:01
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Don't ask duplicate questions...

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Associating reputation with skill

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Hi All, this is my third stack overflow answer/question.

I love answering and asking questions because we're a smart bunch.

Thanks a lot!

-dlamblin

P.S. Don't answer with any of the obvious answers.

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"Why was my question closed when the favorite programmer cartoon* question is still open?"... wah wah wah etc.

*Or replace the favorite programmer cartoon question with any other question that has been around since the dawn of SO and happens to be open at the moment.

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