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Recently there's been a shift in attitude in the way we deal with common question problems ("plz give me teh codez", "what is the best CPU to buy?", "what is better for coding, jquery or lisp?", "what should I specialize in, DBA or mobile app development?"), especially with the deletion of the What Stack Overflow is Not post. I admit to posting snarky, unfriendly comments in the past, but with a lack of community guidelines on how best to respond to these questions, I fear most current stack overflow users will continue to tackle these problems inefficiently. However, if we were to come together as a community and write these responses ahead of time, make them helpful, clear, and friendly, we can use these responses to better acquaint new users with the expectations of the Stack Overflow community. So....

What are some clear, friendly responses to common question problems that we can use as comments to help new users understand the community expectations for Stack Overflow?

marked as duplicate by Michael Petrotta, Brad Larson Jul 23 '12 at 17:06

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  • Not an answer to your question, but remember that downvoting and closevoting always remain valid options. Nicely educating the user is optional. (And everyone knows jQuery is better than lisp, man!) – Pëkka Jul 23 '12 at 16:55
  • Being a member of StackOverflow for 60 days is a bit soon to be busting out links to What Stack Overflow is Not (let alone lamenting its demise). Rather than leaving comments encouraging users to use Google: answer/downvote/flag or move on. – user7116 Jul 23 '12 at 17:40

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