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FAQ for Stack Exchange sites

Community FAQ For sites in the Stack Exchange 2.0 network To see a list of commonly used words and phrases, see the glossary. For official guidance from Stack Exchange, visit the Help Center. Asking ...
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Formatting Sandbox

Notes: Answers will occasionally be moved to the Sandbox archive when there are too many of them. When using them to report bugs, keep an eye on the post. This site, Meta Stack Exchange, is usually ...
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How do I format my code blocks?

How do I post text so that it is formatted as code? What do I need to do so that my code shows up properly — not escaped or removed — when posted? And how to get the correct syntax ...
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What can I do when getting “This question body does not meet our quality standards”?

While trying to ask a question, I got the error message This question body does not meet our quality standards. Please make sure that it completely describes your problem - including what you have ...
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How to get initial reputation on Stack Overflow with the new-user restrictions in place?

I understand that reputation can be gained by answering questions. However, it seems that more often than not the questions do not contain all the required information to give an answer. Since new ...
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How do you formulate your question when you don't even know what it is?

This isn't meant to be nonconstructive or flippant. This genuinely bugs me. 98% of the time, when I know the question, then I can find an answer, and the other 2% of the time I can ask a question ...
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What are some Question Smells for detecting good/bad questions?

As programmers we talk about code smells, little cues that indicate we should be worried about a section of code. What are some Question Smells? Are there flags in questions that make you less ...
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How can a student ask better questions on Stack Exchange sites? [duplicate]

I usually ask learning-related questions on Stack Exchange sites and unintentionally get myself voted down with bad questions. When checking my questions like a year or so later, I see that the ...
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Why do I feel like I need to be an expert first before asking questions on Stack Overflow?

I've been a member of Stack Overflow for more than a month now and I've been browsing it almost everyday. Somehow, most questions/answers that I see on SO are either too simple or too complex for me ...
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please help me to ask my question

I would very much like to be able to ask my question properly, but I do not know how to be "clearer" like @Hank Hoterman told me I should be. Kindly, could you direct me to a place for beginner ...
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Some broad|O/T questions on StackOverflow belong on Programmers, but P.SE is prohibitive [duplicate]

I began reading through much of the Meta.SO posts on the subject, notably this one. On a daily basis, questions such as the ones below are asked on StackOverflow, many of which are are (for good ...
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How to ask questions on Stack Overflow [closed]

In reply to the question "help pls fast need help with C++ Code [closed]", I answered in a comment, while the question was being closed: See How To Ask Questions The Smart Way and/or Writing ...
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How to improve a downvoted post

I have a few questions on various SE sites that have received a few downvotes quite quickly, but no upvotes. So I went back and corrected what I thought the problem was. On some questions the ...
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How can I know which question should be asked on which Stack Exchange site?

I have asked some questions on stackoverflow.com and programmers.stackexchange.com and they closed and down-voted due to off topic. Now how can I consider that which is the best network site to ask my ...
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Do we display any specific guidance to new users when their questions are closed?

After seeing a new user's question closed less than two minutes after being opened for "not a real question" (when all it really needed was a reword), I can't help but wonder - do we actually give any ...

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