Skip to main content

Questions tagged [asking-questions]

For questions specifically about the process of asking questions on a Stack Exchange site.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1 vote
0 answers
82 views

Is "required" tooltip on required fields legend required?

Recently the new "required" icon (a red star symbol) was added next to Title, Body, Tags words on Ask New Question page around all SE network. I think it's a good change for site UX. But do ...
αλεχολυτ's user avatar
3 votes
0 answers
42 views

Browser issues workaround for the "Review Question" button not working? [duplicate]

Every so often on Safari (v16.2 - haven't tried other versions, and yes, I'm due for an update), the "Review Question" button doesn't do anything. Surprisingly, a page reload doesn't fix it ...
hepcat72's user avatar
  • 189
-11 votes
2 answers
237 views

Stack Exchange's stance on using AI to write questions

I have read Stack Overflow's current stance on AI generated content and understand the decision making process that went into deciding that AI generated content was not suitable for answering ...
35308's user avatar
  • 113
-5 votes
3 answers
183 views

How should ask a question about involving a knowledge gap? [closed]

How should I post a question asking for help to identify a knowledge gap? Currently, I have an issue related to database design. In the legacy database that I am now in charge of maintaining, I've ...
Tolure's user avatar
  • 99
2 votes
1 answer
84 views

Could users still get “This question body does not meet our quality standards”?

We have a faq for a system message: What can I do when getting “This question body does not meet our quality standards”? As of October 2023, can the users get this message? I'm asking because recently,...
Rubén's user avatar
  • 15.8k
6 votes
2 answers
204 views

How do I get help with an issue involving an image which is meant to be confidential?

I was going to ask a question on a Stack Exchange website about why my website's SVG logo was appearing pixelated on my HiDPI screen in the Safari browser. The logo in question is an original graphic ...
AcinonX's user avatar
  • 177
12 votes
1 answer
236 views

Request for new user limitation: minimum character count to ask a question

Over at Worldbuilding we periodically receive new users who (not surprisingly) don't believe they need to take the tour or read the Help Center pages before they use the site. Call it being human... ...
JBH's user avatar
  • 3,031
9 votes
1 answer
161 views

Tags should be markable as obsolete, and opted out of being suggested for new questions

I don't know what algorithm is being used to come up with tag suggestions, but it probably wouldn't be too hard to add a simple filter that blocks it from suggesting "obsolete" tags. I ...
Elements In Space's user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
64 views

How do I as moderator of beta community change content of top right block on our Ask a Question page? [duplicate]

We are a community still in beta after many years. Long ago I created a block on the top right of our Ask a Question page. How do I edit the content of that block as a moderator?
Joe Murray's user avatar
4 votes
0 answers
90 views

The "Ask Question" page shows a "question ban" page to suspended users instead of showing that the user is suspended [duplicate]

When I was suspended on MSE, I tried to ask question while being suspended. The page showed: I think it should show the "You are suspended" page or something like that. Currently this page ...
Petəíŕd the Wizard's user avatar
1 vote
5 answers
474 views

On which sites is off-site research strongly encouraged or required, and for what types of questions?

My understanding has been that off-site research to find answers to a question before posting is generally not required to ask a question on a Stack Exchange site. Searching for duplicate questions ...
starball's user avatar
  • 26.1k
8 votes
3 answers
744 views

Should I ask questions if I am on strike?

Recently, I've come upon a really interesting question and would like to see it answered. However, I have signed the strike letter which says Until this matter is resolved satisfactorily, we will be ...
bobeyt6's user avatar
  • 3,661
2 votes
0 answers
88 views

Request layout change ("ready to post" on asking page)

Many Stack Exchange sites (not all) have a quality check when you try to post.  It jumps to the top of the page and puts a box saying it is ready to post (or not).  Then you have to scroll back down ...
WGroleau's user avatar
  • 1,267
-14 votes
2 answers
293 views

When should I ask why a question I asked was downvoted?

Once on Meta, I asked a quite badly received question and then asked why it was downvoted. My question: Why was my question - Why does downvoting mean 'no?' - downvoted? about why my other ...
user1345541's user avatar
  • 1,267
0 votes
1 answer
75 views

Is there a way to "flatten" a search across Stack Exchange sites without going to an external search engine (not that that's bad)? [duplicate]

Watching the Vsauce short The Only Element You Can Chew Like Gum I was intrigued by This is indium, the only element in the universe that is safe, and soft enough to chew like bubble gum... it ...
uhoh's user avatar
  • 6,436
7 votes
0 answers
39 views

Meaningless placeholder for tags on new sites

When asking a question on a new private beta, the input field for tags has a rather meaningless placeholder: e.g. () I understand no tags can be recommended, but wouldn't it be better to just omit ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
  • 252k
-1 votes
1 answer
90 views

"This looks like spam" error message when attempting to ask a non-spam question on tor [duplicate]

I'm trying to ask in the "Tor Stack Exchange Q&A Site" about Signaled readiness to systemd... but always count my question as spam while it is not... my question body : https://pastebin....
Zorono's user avatar
  • 19
3 votes
0 answers
47 views

What are the exact conditions for the /questions/ask/advice ("interstitial") page to show to a user?

Ex. the page on Stack Overflow: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/ask/advice What are the exact conditions for such pages to show to a user? On what sites? With what history/conditions of the user'...
starball's user avatar
  • 26.1k
22 votes
0 answers
233 views

How exactly do people (accidentally) end up here on MSE? [duplicate]

On a daily basis, MSE gets a few (sometimes more than a few) off-topic questions that are posted here by accident. This is when a user intends to post the question on a specific site on the network ...
41686d6564's user avatar
  • 15.2k
-10 votes
1 answer
151 views

Preparing a better question: large data file (JSON from a SVG) on Pastebin.com to be run through JavaScript, AWK, and sed:

I have a task that will benefit from writing a good question on Stack Exchange - in that I think the results will be instructive in general. Of course. There is a large SVG file already on Pastebin....
Bryan-StackExchange's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
103 views

Asking for any/"best" program for X vs. asking how to do X with specific program, and the "X/Y Problem"

I can find myself struggling to write a question about doing Y with any of the usual GNU/*nix tools like awk, sed, tr, .. perl (not sure that's GNU/*nix..), or perhaps others I do not know of. I saw ...
Bryan-StackExchange's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
70 views

What is the proper way to emphasize the central sentence of a question (if there is any)?

It's quite common for authors, in the post body, to emphasize a sentence which is 'central' to their question. It's often similar to the title, and for well-written questions with some introduction, ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
  • 252k
-6 votes
2 answers
236 views

Is it allowed on SE to include AI (ChatGPT) generated output in the question post? [duplicate]

My initial understanding is that Stack Exchange currently bans ChatGPT generated answers. But is it allowed to include text that ChatGPT has generated as part of a question? As an example: Suppose I ...
user270124's user avatar
11 votes
1 answer
255 views

Ask a "public" question… as opposed to what?

When I clicked "Ask Question", the next page shows "Ask a public question". I heard that Stack Exchange can be purchased for use within a company through the Stack Overflow for ...
Tim's user avatar
  • 1,740
1 vote
2 answers
123 views

How to put alternative / synonym words (phrases) in questions?

Alternative question: When multiple known cases will match answer for your question, what's the best way to pack them in the question title (or body)? Additionally to this question itself, an example ...
halt9k's user avatar
  • 118
-4 votes
1 answer
97 views

Does Meta SE automatically remove signatures?

This is derived from finding What is the right site for asking a question about how to configure a browser, such as Firefox, Firefox ESR?. The original revision, included THX. This word looks that ...
Rubén's user avatar
  • 15.8k
2 votes
1 answer
732 views

Imgur link fails to render while adding an image in question: "Failed to upload image; an error occurred on the server"

I have faced this issue 2-3 times. Whenever I paste an Imgur link in an image upload window, it gives an error: Failed to upload image; an error occurred on the server
xkeshav's user avatar
  • 439
-24 votes
2 answers
275 views

GPT-generated "search as you type" responses

There is a current hot meta post on SO regarding banning ChatGPT answers, which I fully agree with (plus some). However, I still think GPT bots themselves have a lot of value. They're trained on ...
Jason C's user avatar
  • 26k
-33 votes
1 answer
271 views

Should we require users to check ChatGPT before posting their question? [closed]

With the release of ChatGPT, a large majority of simple coding questions can be answered by ChatGPT. Should we thus require that users check ChatGPT before posting their question, to avoid trivial ...
JonathanReez's user avatar
  • 2,846
6 votes
0 answers
71 views

Editor heartbeat gives a 409 - Conflict sometimes

Yesterday, while writing a question, I saw errors in the console. They were caused by a failed heartbeat call by the editor, which returned a 409: I'm not sure under which circumstances they happen, ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
  • 252k
4 votes
0 answers
98 views

Linking "Similar questions" suggestions from every Stack Exchange website

Suggestions for an addition to the "Similar questions" feature Each Stack Exchange site has a "Similar questions" list under which the user generates the title for their question. ...
leguchi's user avatar
  • 480
11 votes
0 answers
115 views

"Asking a good question" starter sentence sounds off

This is what the popup says when you attempt to ask your first question here on Meta Stack Exchange: Asking a good question This is NOT Stack Overflow - Ask your question on Stack Overflow What is ...
Lakshya Raj's user avatar
  • 1,031
8 votes
0 answers
204 views

Stack Overflow forbids usage of the word `help` in question about CLI `--help` option

A question title I wanted to submit got rejected because it ended with help?: How do I get typer to accept the short `-h` as well as the long `--help` for help? I was told: Your question couldn't be ...
Cornelius Roemer's user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
129 views

Users with 10 reputation points hop the fence of protected questions while one with less than 15 can't even upvote an answer

Users with 10 reputation points hop the fence of protected questions while one with less than 15 can't even upvote an answer "Questions should be protected when they are attracting poor answers ...
Cheresneysh's user avatar
9 votes
2 answers
194 views

Where can I ask questions related to Sociology?

Apparently, there's no SE site that is specifically for Sociology or the Social Sciences in general, hence this question. I recently asked a question on Economics stack exchange, summarized here: A ...
whoisit's user avatar
  • 493
7 votes
0 answers
170 views

What can and cannot be implemented in the advice guideline for new users? [duplicate]

Context: Chemistry SE is going through changing their interface shown to new users When a new user decides to write their first question, they are greeted with this pop up, My question, is what can ...
Safdar Faisal's user avatar
10 votes
3 answers
343 views

The "you shouldn't want to do that" response

This question is mostly about the broader Stack Exchange network, rather than Stack Overflow. I have a recurring issue when I asking questions on Stack Exchange, across the whole network: very often, ...
N. Virgo's user avatar
  • 491
1 vote
0 answers
157 views

Getting a code formatting error when I try to post this question on Stack Overflow

When I try to post this question to Stack Overflow I get the following error: Your post appears to contain code that is not properly formatted as code. Please indent all code by 4 spaces using the ...
Karessa Manning's user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
165 views

Where should a user post to ask for help bridging the knowledge / communication gap between experts in a field and themselves?

Is there a location where someone can post a potential question so that experts in the fields could help insert/correct the jargon used within it. Jargon being terminology that an amateur in the field ...
Mandelbrotter's user avatar
-4 votes
1 answer
162 views

A gallery for a project which will involve multiple Stack Exchange questions

My project is fixing up an old bicycle, but I think the question could apply to lots of sites, not just bicycles. I am starting a project which is probably going to require (and be worthy of) several ...
pateksan's user avatar
  • 297
59 votes
12 answers
20k views

How might the Staging Ground & the new Ask Wizard work on the Stack Exchange network?

We have been working for some time now researching ways to improve the new user onboarding process while also addressing issues with question quality from new question askers. Based on our user ...
Yaakov Ellis's user avatar
  • 63.3k
5 votes
0 answers
78 views

When I try to post a question on Stack Overflow, I get the error message "Comments must be at least 15 characters in length." [closed]

When I click the "Post Your Question" button, an error "Comments must be at least 15 characters in length." I am confused since I am creating a question, not a comment.
Elle's user avatar
  • 51
9 votes
2 answers
512 views

So many sites won't let me post. How can I fix this?

I have a good question. But then it says,  Your question is ready to publish! Our automated system checked for ways to improve your question and found none. When I click post, it just scrolls up and ...
DaCuteRaccoon's user avatar
10 votes
0 answers
87 views

Link to per-site meta in the sidebar/dropdown "Step 1: Draft your question" is not HTTPS and has the old format meta.*.stackexchange.com

Similar to: Link to parent site is not HTTPS in the sidebar/dropdown "Step 1: Draft your question" on any per-site Meta. When asking a question on some SE sites, such as Mathematics the ...
The Amplitwist's user avatar
25 votes
4 answers
663 views

What site-specific changes can be made to the Ask Question page to help askers on that site write better questions?

I've seen that some sites have customized content on their Ask Question page. For example, here's some custom content on the English Language & Usage ask Question page. They have extra information ...
Catija's user avatar
  • 109k
-6 votes
1 answer
94 views

Add option "ask a new question" to page not found

The page "Page not found [newline] This question was removed from Stack Overflow for reasons of moderation." list various options how to continue but fails to list the option to ask the same ...
Joachim Wagner's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
84 views

Contact page provides weak guidance on providing feedback and making feature requests

https://stackoverflow.com/contact mentions "Feedback" only under the unclear heading "Jobs Support" near the end and there is no mention of "feature requests" or "...
Joachim Wagner's user avatar
-2 votes
1 answer
130 views

What do we do when we don't have any prior research that we can share?

Yesterday, I asked this question on the Biology SE. Shortly after posting, I received a comment saying that a close vote has been posted and stating the ways in which I can improve the post. The main ...
Zo-Bro-23's user avatar
  • 123
13 votes
1 answer
191 views

Can't create my question, because it looks like spam

I have read a lot about this theme now and I don't get why my question looks like a spam... Question:
Alv LocoKopf's user avatar
18 votes
2 answers
225 views

Top network askers?

This is probably very easy for anyone who knows how Data.SE and whatever programming language it uses, but beyond my non-existent programming knowledge. Is there a way to get a list of who has asked ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
  • 33.4k

1
2 3 4 5
25