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I am maintaining a PHP UI framework. When downloaded it comes with a couple of default pages. One of those pages is dedicated to explain to users how they can ask questions about the framework.

  1. Is that's OK to developers to stackoverflow for asking questions here?
  2. I would like to have a link which will automatically fill in keyword suggestion. Is there a way to embed keyword into this url: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/ask.

Thank you.

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Do any questions about this framework already exist on Stack Overflow? –  Bill the Lizard Apr 7 '11 at 20:47
    
Not yet, it's been published only recently. World is yet to discover it. –  romaninsh Apr 7 '11 at 20:48
    
OH actually there are couple! yay –  romaninsh Apr 7 '11 at 20:51
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See the answers to Is it okay to use Stack Overflow as the support forum for a product or project? for your first question. –  Bill the Lizard Apr 7 '11 at 20:54
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And see Can I have a link to the “ask as question” page with the tag field pre-filled? for your second question. Combined with the link @Bill posted above, I think this proves that direct linking to the Ask page is not such a good idea. Linking to Search or specific tags would be better, if you'd ask me. –  Arjan Apr 7 '11 at 21:08
    
I suppose it is fine then as long as those are questions. –  romaninsh Apr 7 '11 at 21:10
    
(I don't know what you mean, @romaninsh.) –  Arjan Apr 7 '11 at 21:15
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From those links I understand that for an open-source projects it's permitted to suggest to ask questions here, as long as they are not support or feature requests and can be valuable for others. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I'm simply trying to make it easier for others to find answers. –  romaninsh Apr 7 '11 at 23:02

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You can just append ?tags=php (for example) to the URL to prepopulate the tags field.

Appending &title=title%20goes%20here will prepopulate the title tag as well.

Here's an example link.

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Awesome. That answers one of my questions. –  romaninsh Apr 7 '11 at 20:48
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Nice, but shouldn't users first search if their question has already been asked, @romaninsh and Bill? –  Arjan Apr 7 '11 at 20:52
    
@Arjan shouldn't that be handled by the search done when they type the question title? That seems to be the current amount of effort people put into searching for questions on Stack Overflow anyway. –  user149432 Apr 7 '11 at 20:56
    
@Arjan: That would be my preference. They will still get a list of suggestions when they type in a title, so that will get used as much as it ever does. –  Bill the Lizard Apr 7 '11 at 20:56
    
True, sad as it is, @Mark. But though technically supported: does this mean we really want hotlinking to the Ask page? Unregistered users will go through How to Ask first when following such direct link, but even then I'd like them to at least browse through some questions first. Just to get a feeling of the site... –  Arjan Apr 7 '11 at 21:01
    
I'm certainly integrate the stackapps API for searches and will have bundled search UI sometime in the future, but for now I think providing link is just enough. –  romaninsh Apr 7 '11 at 21:08

Be very careful that you have followed the guideline here:

Is it okay to use Stack Overflow as the support forum for a product or project?

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