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I asked this a second ago and was a little aggrieved to have a bunch of people jump on an question it's validity.

C#. Fastest Regex to match any string.

I know there are a million other ways I could do it but surely even academic questions have value. Are there any tips for how I could have framed the question differently to avoid the snarky remarks and the bad karma from down votes?

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You were veering away from the instruction

You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face.

from the FAQ, but you didn't ask any of the explicitly barred questions:

  • every answer is equally valid: “What’s your favorite ______?”
  • your answer is provided along with the question, and you expect more answers: “I use ______ for ______, what do you use?”
  • there is no actual problem to be solved: “I’m curious if other people feel like I do.”
  • we are being asked an open-ended, hypothetical question: “What if ______ happened?”
  • it is a rant disguised as a question: “______ sucks, am I right?”

I think your wording just made it seem a little bit like a subjective joke question. You only got a single downvote and your question has not been closed. Maybe you could provide some insight as to what led to you asking the question?

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Thanks, I'll bear those points in mind. – chillitom Feb 28 '11 at 21:23
This is a good answer. It's good to provide background when asking questions that will pique people's curiosity as to why you would be doing something that most would consider odd. – Tim Post Feb 28 '11 at 21:32
"there is no actual problem to be solved" sounds like a winner; why would you actually need this? – Michael Mrozek Feb 28 '11 at 22:20

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