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Meta is a little bit different from our main Q&A sites. Here's how:


Ask questions about issues that affect all Stack Exchange sites

The guidance on all our Q&A sites explicitly disallows meta-discussion, to reduce clutter and noise. There's no chit-chat; just questions and answers.

In order to keep improving our sites, though, we need a space to talk about how the sites themselves work.

So each community has a meta to discuss site-specific issues, and Meta Stack Exchange is for conversations about problems and ideas that affect the whole network.

This site is all about getting answers. It's not a discussion forum. There's no chit-chat.

Just questions...

...and answers.

up vote

Good answers are voted up and rise to the top.

The best answers show up first so that they are always easy to find.

accept

The person who asked can mark one answer as "accepted".

Accepting doesn't mean it's the best answer, it just means that it worked for the person who asked.

How to refresh a question on Stack Exchange sites?

up vote 14 down vote favorite

Is it acceptable to refresh/re-ask a question if you have some new details?

If so, what would be an acceptable way?

Do I just edit the post by adding details (let's assume I don't want to put up a bounty)?

If there is no answer at all, is it OK to bump a question via a minor edit? If so, what would be the time limit - a day, a week, never?

2 Answers

up vote 4 down vote accept

Re-asking a question is not acceptable. It will get closed as the exact duplicate it would be.

If you want to "bump" a question, edit it - adding detail is almost always a good thing.

In regards to time limits - there are none that I am aware of.

up vote 3 down vote

It's perfectly fine to edit an existing question of yours if you have new information.

Editing it just to bump it to the front page is frowned upon.

If you want to draw attention to an old question, you'll have to sacrifice some rep and offer a bounty.


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While we discourage opinions on our main sites, questions here are likely to generate discussion and involve opinions. That's okay!

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  • Questions that require the expertise of a specific Stack Exchange community - these should be asked on that site's meta instead

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On meta sites, every question must contain one of the following tags:

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How to refresh a question on Stack Exchange sites?

up vote 14 down vote

Is it acceptable to refresh/re-ask a question if you have some new details?

If so, what would be an acceptable way?

Do I just edit the post by adding details (let's assume I don't want to put up a bounty)?

If there is no answer at all, is it OK to bump a question via a minor edit? If so, what would be the time limit - a day, a week, never?


Voting is different on meta sites

Your Meta Stack Exchange account functions like an account on any other Stack Exchange Q&A site: your reputation score goes up when others vote up your questions and answers, and you earn badges for your activity here.

For most posts, votes reflect the perceived usefulness: well-written, well-reasoned, and well-researched posts tend to get more attention and more upvotes.

Unlike normal Stack Exchange sites, meta invites the community to discuss, debate, and propose changes to the way the community itself behaves, as well as how the software works. On posts tagged , voting can indicate agreement or disagreement with the proposed change rather than just the quality or usefulness of the post itself.


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 Good Answer Answer score of 25 or more
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