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Is it wrong to ask the same question elsewhere?

Is it considered rude to ask a question at the same time at SO and for example a Zend Framework mailinglist? Should I maybe post it first at one place and wait a few days for a good answer to come and then post it at the other place?

I will provide a link/summary to the good answer at the other location, wherever the best comes.


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I've done so before now, when asking Code Contracts questions.

I would only do this if I had a reasonable expectation that it might take quite a while to get a response on either of them - so I wouldn't do it for "easy" questions.

In two questions I ended up accepting my own answer, having copied it from the MSDN forum. In the other one I accepted someone else's answer but still added an answer posted in the MSDN forum.

I think it would cause problems if this were done a lot, but on occasion it makes sense.

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    yes, I would advise this for the "call in the specialists" type niche questions. Oct 11, 2009 at 8:46
  • on occasion it makes sense -- agreed, but please only in combination with, when the problem is solved, copying results from one source to the other if applicable (like you did, kudos).
    – Arjan
    Oct 11, 2009 at 11:35

Similar questions have been asked before (most similarly here), and it's fine - as long as the answer(s) you get are cross-posted back to the other locale, so that folks can see you've found an answer.


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