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How to ask questions the smart way

How do I ask a good question?

I am asking this because sometimes when I ask a question, I get down votes. Even if it is a simple issue

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marked as duplicate by fretje, Arjan, jzd, Pops, John Saunders May 2 '11 at 18:46

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jjj, apart from that FAQ, please note the difference between your original question and @John's edits. A title that actually summarizes your question would even make things better. Success! –  Arjan May 2 '11 at 11:15
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Although this is a dupe, I +1 you for giving a crap. Thank you! –  Won't May 2 '11 at 14:00

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  • Don't ask a question that you can Google and find an answer easily.

  • Make sure your question is not a duplicate

  • Give enough context (read your question to make sure it's "understandable" by others, don't just click submit)

  • Add code samples, if applicable.

  • Re-read your question before submitting it for both grammatical and spelling mistakes as not all the audience are good English speakers (error might lead to wrong understanding pretty easily)

  • Use tags that describe your question, but don't over use them

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I always post this link when questions are poorly worded : http://msmvps.com/blogs/jon_skeet/archive/2010/08/29/writing-the-perfect-question.aspx

I think the main thing here is to have a clear problem statement and supporting code/examples to back it up. People have to understand you if they are to help you.

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