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Can I tattoo the Stack Overflow 404 polyglot?

There is a polyglot on the Stack Overflow page 404, as described here. I'm just asking if it is okay, for me to make a tattoo of the polyglot.
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3answers
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Is there some built-in feature to repel trolls?

The (long) story The question is below, you don't have to read "the story" to get the question. The more popular SE sites are the more trolls they attract. I cannot (and others too) ask civilized ...
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2answers
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As long as answer contains some code?

The OP on the question is having problems with jQuery & opacity in IE 9. jQuery, Internet Explorer 9 gets wrong opacity The answer here is a chunk of code that merely tells IE visitors to switch ...
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3answers
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How do I tell a user that they are out of their depth?

I came across this question today, in which the asker was clearly out of their depth. What bothers me more than anything is that they said "I have to give a presentation to client that wants such a ...
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4answers
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Is it appropriate to answer with a critique, feedback or advice that does not answer the question?

A question is asked by a newbie that contains some code that is a long way from 'best practice' code; it'll probably work but is inefficient, maybe buggy, or isn't going to work as well as it could. ...
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4answers
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How to answer “do my work for me” questions

Sometimes I see questions that make me think the Original Poster hasn't even attempted to figure it out on their own. Often this overlaps with homework questions, but that's not really the core issue. ...
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3answers
625 views

Condescension on StackOverflow? [closed]

I just asked this question recently. The questions that I wanted to be addressed were quite clear. I even said that I understand the downside to my current approach. However, this is my own personal ...
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3answers
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Answering the 'actual question' as opposed to the 'real question'

I notice a lot of answers that are somewhat tangential to the question in hand, especially when the answer goes against best practice. For example, if somebody asks "Why can't I do something in my ...
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The way questions are answered on Stack Overflow

Here is a very typical case: Select from all tables Everyone answers it direct and straightforward, not even trying to step aside from how it phrased or even ask the OP of the background of their ...
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1answer
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Is “there's no answer” an answer?

As simple as that: Are questions objectively having no valid answers, valid by themselves? I'm not considering workarounds that are popular on the main SO site. In other scientific disciplines "no ...
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5answers
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Philosophical thought: The question as asked vs. the question as meant [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Answering a Question Vs. Solving a Problem People don’t always say what they mean. I’ve run into cases that go something like this. The question was quite clear on what it ...
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Should my answer cover every last possibility given the question?

I just noticed on different places that some answers are quite specific to the question that was asked and they have been downvoted because of not covering the more detailed part. For example, an ...
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Is the answer “Don't do that” an acceptable response to a “how do I” question? [duplicate]

Hold up! before you click that button to report this question as a duplicate of this, consider that not only is that question 10 years old, but is also fairly non-specific, and doesn't make good use ...
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1answer
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Asking questions / Giving advice which may break the law?

So a user asks: How do I minimize the chances of TSA agents confisticating liquids larger than 3 ounces? on Travel.SE. Now, if the TSA rules are legally binding, aren't they essentially asking ...
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3answers
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Automatically warn against the use of mysql_* functions on Stack Overflow [closed]

Would it be possible to put a small warning on all questions that get tagged with mysql warning against the use of mysql_* functions in their code? It seems that every single time a PHP/MySQL ...

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