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How can I determine if the question I'm about to ask is a good and valid one? Are there guidelines I need to follow or a checklist I can go through?

Also what's the best way to make sure that I'm not accidentally asking a duplicate question?

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Possible Duplicate: How to ask a smart question? Related: How do I write a good title? – Time Traveling Bobby Jan 10 '12 at 13:09
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how can i know that question asked by me is a good question or not ?

  • Does it follow the guidelines in the FAQ?
  • Does it follow the ones from this blog post by Jon Skeet?
  • Does it follow the guidelines in this blog series? (full disclosure - this is my blog)

If the answer is yes to most or all of the above, the question is good.

how can i find that it is not duplicate ?

Search. Look at the questions that come up after you finish typing up the title of your question.

When searching, use the relevant tags in [].

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where can i find guidelines of FAQ and blog post – Code Lღver Jan 10 '12 at 12:54
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@GauravVashishtha - I have posted them as links. – Oded Jan 10 '12 at 12:55
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@Oded: Your site won't load for me: Fatal error: Maximum execution time of 30 seconds exceeded in {different file every time} on line n Just a heads up in case something's wrong. – Wesley Murch Jan 10 '12 at 13:03
    
@Oded Yeap, max exec time for me too. – Yannis Jan 10 '12 at 13:10
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Teach me to use godaddy :( – Oded Jan 10 '12 at 13:50

You can search for the key terms, and when you start asking, it will show you possible duplicates - check them to make sure your question has not been asked.

And if it is a duplicate, then someone will pick it up, and point you to the duplicate version. As long as you have taken care, this should not be considered a criticism.

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