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Should answers to bad-code questions be downvoted? [duplicate]

Let us assume that someone posted a question about allocating a 2D array in C++, his code doesn't compile because he has errors in it. Now after you read the question, you see that he should use std::...
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Is it okay to dispute the premise of a question? [duplicate]

In the limited number of questions I have asked on Stack Exchange, I have had several comments and answers that are not answering my question, but are instead saying that I should be asking something ...
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What should I do when I want to add additional questions or scenario to my question? [duplicate]

For example, let's say I've asked a question like this: "If I've broken my arms, what should I do?" Someone answered "If you have money, you may go to the clinic." In fact, the answer-er have ...
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Answering OP's situation vs. actual question? [duplicate]

We get a fair number of questions here that are something like this: How to do X While trying to create/do Y I tried doing X and couldn't figure out how to do it. I tried various ways ...
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How to send users in the right direction before they post asking for the wrong technique? [duplicate]

I often see users asking for batch programming on Windows and they try to solve rather complex tasks. A lot of these tasks would be better solved with a different technique that is also built-in to ...
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Should Stack Exchange in general be awarding “A”s for Effort?

This just came up again: homework is not acceptable if the asker has made no effort whatsoever I'm developing a bit of an involuntary twitch that manifests itself when I encounter the word "effort"...
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Let's hold language in comments to the same standard as posts

Through his never-ending sense of wonder and curiosity, my colleague Jon Ericson recently posted some findings on his exploration into the possibility of ...hastily written... questions essentially ...
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Exit strategies for “chameleon questions”

I'm not sure if there's already an existing term for this, so I'm inventing my own. (tl;dr: I call them "chameleon questions" because they change every time you submit or edit an answer. If you're ...
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Make comment flags less stupid

Update: declining this in favor of Drop "not constructive", combine "noisy", reword "rude" and "other" comment flags I'm sick of comment flags, and I'm pretty ...
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Stack Exchange Glossary - Dictionary of Commonly-Used Terms

What are the common phrases, words, abbreviations that are used on Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Super User, Meta Stack Overflow, and the other Stack Exchange sites? This is meant to be a very quick ...
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How can I get answers fast?

How do I ask a question so that it can get a quick response? I see some of the questions are very old and still not answered, but some others get a very quick response. Return to FAQ index
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Why are “shopping list” questions bad?

My question was closed for being a "shopping list question", even though it was very much related to the topic of the site. Why?
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When is it acceptable to answer a question that wasn't asked?

I, personally, am a fan of answering the question asked verbatim, whether or not it seems to be the best approach to the implied problem. For example, a question asked for a regular expression to ...
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Do I have to explain why I am asking a question on SO?

Do I have to explain why I need some code related advice? Do I need to explain why I don't want or can't use some technology or part of framework when in my question I specifically seek advice on ...
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Is it acceptable to add a duplicate answer to several questions?

Let's say there is a user who has found a satisfactory answer to a common question asked on Stack Overflow (or other Stack Exchange website). This answer may be a snippet of code, or an addon, or a ...

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