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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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The Help Vampire problem

What is the best long-term solution for the Help Vampire problem? Adapted from the above article: Identifying Help Vampires can be tricky, because they look like any ordinary person (or Internet user,...
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How about making it possible to set up bounty on someone else's question?

My sad story: few months ago I was looking for a solution to my problem and was about to ask a question on Stack Overflow when I found an already existing question with slightly different wording. ...
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Should I vote to close a duplicate question, even though it's much newer, and has more up to date answers?

I have seen this many times, a question is being asked because a previous, duplicate question was asked and answered a few years ago and has no longer relevant answers. The recommendation is to edit ...
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"Abusing" bounties for unlimited profit

Six days ago I put a +50 bounty on Why doesn't jQuery work in Chrome user scripts (Greasemonkey)? which wasn't asked by me, but to which I'd previously posted a pretty decent answer. Since then I'...
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Please add a way to 'bump' questions back to the front page

I've noticed quite a few questions cropping up on MetaSO (here, here, and here, for example) concerning the desire to increase visibility for old questions that may not have any answers, or just not ...
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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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What if my question is technically a duplicate, but the original question was never answered? [duplicate]

I'm wondering what the generally accepted/community-endorsed etiquette is in this situation. Ideally I would like to push the original question back onto the front page, as if it were a new question (...
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How to draw attention to a question without creating a bounty [duplicate]

I have a question that was asked on a low traffic window (you can see it in the views) and was not answered yet. This is my first experience with a question not being answered almost immediately. I ...
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What to do when your question has an old, stale, unanswered duplicate?

What do you do when you want to ask a question, but find an exact duplicate that doesn't actually have a useful answer? This has happened to me multiple times in the past, so I figure it probably ...
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Can I re-ask a question if it hasn't been answered? [duplicate]

So I notice that some questions simply go unanswered. Due to the volume of questions asked, sometimes these questions go away from the front page fairly quickly, and then they are never seen or heard ...
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Should I avoid deleting my questions?

My Stack Overflow account is blocked. When I try to ask a question it shows me the error below. Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account. I did some research and found that ...
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Avoiding asking a question that's already been asked [duplicate]

Someone else has already asked a question about the exact same problem that I am having. Unfortunately, the question does not have an answer yet. Follow-on questions to the original poster have gone ...
Chuck Doucette's user avatar
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How should we handle questions that have been reposted after being deleted due to one downvote + SE's automated process to remove questions?

How should we handle questions that: have been reposted after being deleted due to one downvote + Stack Exchange's automated process to remove questions? received no comments (or all comments were ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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How to handle a deliberate duplicate question

I got this question in review. First sentence is: I know there is a same question, but no answers. And indeed the two questions are virtually identical. I started to flag as duplicate - but the ...
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