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Questions tagged [asking-questions]

This tag is for questions specifically about the process of asking questions on a Stack Exchange site.

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Add a reminder to search near the list of “Questions that may already have your answer”

We can often see that basically the same question is asked again and again. (Especially on bigger sites and most often by new inexperienced users.) This naturally leads to closing as duplicates, ...
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Can the advice page be customizable on each site?

The advice page seems like it could be a pretty powerful tool. When it is enabled (available by request), it is shown to new users. It also forces them to check a checkbox before proceeding (which you ...
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Minor alignment issue in the Ask Question page

In the bottom of the Ask Question page, there is a checkbox option as Answer your own question – share your knowledge, Q&A-style In the text content, the link "share your knowledge, Q&A-...
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Why is the “Ask a question” page still so unhelpful in 2018?

It seems to me that almost all of the drama on SO/SE is the result of "bad questions". Many thousands of programmer-hours, I'm sure, have been poured into moderation tools, voting tools, queues, tags, ...
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Pleading in the alternative when asking - Encouraged?

Before I came to SE, I haunted a more traditional, less strictly moderated forum in which it was common to plead in the alternative (if I may borrow a legal term) when asking questions. That is, ...
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If I enter the Stack Overflow site as a new person and I search for “How do I ask a question” that yields no real help in doing so

It might seem obvious to a new person to the Stack Overflow site to simply search for "How do I ask a question?" or "How do I ask a great question?" or "How do I use this site?" yet none of those ...
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No error handling for posting as a guest

Trying to post as a guest when all fields are empty shows me an error: But if I fill at least one field (title, body, tags) I see no error message, but infinite processing indicator (I set only ...
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Question ban algorithm formula [duplicate]

Recently we received new question about question ban: Не разблокируется возможность задавать вопросы Member can't ask new questions, the system shows the message: We are no longer accepting ...
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What should I do if I don't want a question to be associated with this account? [duplicate]

I have several questions that I want to ask that I don't want to be linked back to me by the people about whom I'm asking*, who might recognize my username. There are others that would require ...
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Why won't people respond to their own answers? [closed]

I asked multiple questions on Stack Overflow and people comment on the questions, but are very vague about it, When I respond back (making sure to @ them) asking if they can give more detail or tell ...
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Where to ask for an explanation about a code puzzle answer? [closed]

Where can I ask for an explanation about this answer to a Code Golf puzzle? I understand what the code does, but I just cannot figure out the logic/reasoning behind it, despite having read several ...
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Countdown for the message “you can ask once in 40 minutes”

Instead of the static message, "you can ask only once in 40 minutes", maybe display a countdown? 40 minutes are quite long; what I do I left the tab open and retry submitting after a time I feel the ...
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Add feature to sort similar question suggestions by matching tags

Feature On the 'Ask a question' pages, there should be a setting to the right of 'Questions that may already have your answer' that, when enabled (disabled by default), would sort the list based on ...
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As a new user on a site, what's the best way to ensure your question will be positively received?

I am primarily involved with Stack Overflow, but I occasionally need help with other things in my life and correspondingly ask questions on other sites in the Stack Exchange network. However, the ...
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Unable to ask new questions or edit questions from Internet Explorer 11

A very recent change that has been deployed is preventing me from asking new questions or editing existing questions using Internet Explorer 11. (Yes, it is a supported browser.) When asking a new ...
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Questionnaire for standard or common question types

I'm a core user on MusicFans, where we often get very low quality identification questions. We usually have to give the same comment over and over again, asking the querents to provide certain ...
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When asking a new question, seeing last question in the text input

I had asked a question today around 8 PM, which is this, Now after 4 hours, when I click to ask a new question from the home page of stackoverflow, I see the same question I asked in the Title and ...
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Asking more concise questions?

I have a tendency (which I'm fighting now as we speak, but this whole parenthesis thing is a good example of it) try to way over explain myself when I ask or respond to anything pretty much. Online or ...
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“This looks like spam” error message when attempting to ask a non-spam question

I realize that similar questions have been asked, but through all of the ones I've seen, the answers seem to be specific, normally asking the author about the specific question. I'm trying to ask in ...
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When should I avoid mentioning a seemingly relevant person or company by name?

The wording of this question on Cryptography Stack Exchange raises an interesting question on how to write questions (no pun intended): [...] the manufacturer of a RSA key generation gizmo ...
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Is an open-ended (but concrete) question OK? [duplicate]

Is it OK to ask a question on a Stack Exchange site that could have several different answers (like a brainstorm) or must all questions have a single, correct answer? The help section said not to ask ...
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Cannot post another question after recently posting a question [duplicate]

I just posted a question on Stack Overflow dealing with a specific AWS Data Pipeline configuration question. I have a second unrelated AWS Data Pipeline question I also need help with, but when I ...
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Why do I lose my privilege to ask questions so easily, even though I'm putting in my time and effort into them? [closed]

When I ask questions on blender stack exchange, they're always very clear (at least to my understanding), but I'm new to it and have no choice because I'm taking a computer class, which I have a C in ...
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Can I create two questions on a similar topic in a row?

I just created this question, asking basically for "How to do X in a table cell". I also would like to know, "How to do X in a table column". (Mentioned it in the comments) The answers could be very ...
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What are the extraneous numbers appearing on the 'Questions that may already have your answer' feature?

When posting a new question, in the 'Questions that may already have your answer' section the question titles have an integer attached to the actual title. I've attached screenshots to clarify: ...
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How to post a question when wanting to pass on information as opposed to ask a question?

When wanting to post on meta to facilitate communication for example: Educating people to flag spam and not vote to close It can be a challenge creating a question and in some instances, the answer ...
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Bug: Can't post or access my questions on Android Enthusiasts [duplicate]

So I asked a question on Android Enthusiasts and when it loaded, I had a different very long username, only on that site, and I am not the only one experiencing this bug, this is another one with the ...
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No button to ask a question on Stack Exchange?

I want to post a riddle (or rather, a paradox I cannot seem to explain) to Stack Exchange – yet, there is no button for me to ask a question: This is by far not the first time posting anything ...
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Would not the XY Problem be void for Feature-Request tagged questions?

I recently posted a question for a feature-request here on meta, in which I offered a possible solution to a problem (I've deleted the post, since I missed seeing a clear duplicate question). However, ...
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Stack Exchange site for asking questions about how to do something?

Please suggest a Stack Exchange site where I can ask questions such as: How do I install the Sublime Text editor from tar.bz2? How do I run multiple commands at once in a Linux terminal? I wish to ...
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Is it possible to search for posts where the OP self-answered?

Looking at this page, I don't see any shortcuts for searching questions where the OP self-answered. I'm trying to search specifically where the OP added details to the original question by adding an ...
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Why am I being rate-limited when my last post was 15 hours ago? [duplicate]

A few minutes ago, while trying to post a question on User Experience, I was shown the dreaded error "You can only post once every 40 minutes" According to my network profile, my last post for any ...
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A bit of feedback regarding whether my questions are considered good or bad [closed]

If I ask a question; Will I get an answer? Will I get many answers? Will I get ignored (no answers, no comments, no votes)? Will the question appear among Hot Network Questions? Will it get a ton of ...
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How do I expand someone else's question?

Sometimes I find a question which is very similar to one I want to ask on a Stack Exchange sub-site. The background and situation are the same. However, there are still some points I need to ask about,...
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How should I ask 'is there a better way' type questions, with a known answer?

Generally I try hard enough to answer my own questions before asking that I have at least a partial or clumsy solution to my problem. I sometimes think it would still be worth asking the question, if ...
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“They don't need to be questions”?

From time to time on various meta sites, I see someone reminding folks that posts on meta sites are not required to be questions. Would it be too difficult to change the text in the buttons for "...
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When I try to ask a question, the submit button freezes

I was trying to ask a question about photo-electric effect on the Physics.SE (one of the choices mentioned in the list of sites). I tried multiple times, but the submit button didn't work. The preview ...
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Does posting questions on weekends reduce the chance of getting an answer? [duplicate]

Or point me to some statistics page that could help me answer my own question. Does posting questions on weekends reduce the chance of getting an answer? It obviously doesn't count if the answers are ...
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Why I can't ask my question from the correct community?

Update2: When I asked this question I was really unfamiliar with the community, Tool recommendation is opinion based that's why my question would not fit to SO. Anyway I leave this question here ...
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Can't ask question on Arqade because I've asked too many recently [duplicate]

I've just recently posted a question on Arqade, and I was going to post another one about a separate topic, when I got a message that I've "asked 2 questions recently." The last time I asked another ...
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Why can't I submit my question on Stack Overflow?

I am trying to submit a question to Stack Overflow - but the "Post" button is doing nothing. I just posted a question two hours ago; is there a time limit? The odd thing is that there is no ...
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How do I protest a duplicate question? [duplicate]

I feel that two people incorrectly marked my question as a duplicate. How to write large binary data fast in Java? On its face, my question is about large amounts of binary data, not just opening a ...
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Add detailed help for Stack Snippets to the editor's “Code” section and the advanced help

Stack Snippets are markedly under-documented. Please update the "Code" section of the help you get when you click the (?) icon in the editor, as well as the advanced help, to provide detailed ...
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Are there any negative effects of asking many questions that get no answers at all?

Disclaimer: I did try to search for an existing question on meta but have not found one. I am planning on asking a series of questions on Stack Exchange platform, more specifically -- on Code Review....
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I subsequently realised that I asked a duplicate question

That's because I stumbled upon the original question; at the time my question was not shown to be under suspicion or anything. What's the right thing to do in that case? It happened recently: I ...
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How to cooperate in order to build good questions before asking them?

I have some questions in my mind (history questions in this case) but I'm not really sure they would be very welcomed in the form I got them at this moment so I don't think it's a good idea to ask ...
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If I worked out a problem I coudn't find answered directly, how do I post my solution?

I had a MySQL problem I was trying to solve, had a hard time figuring out how to frame a question, got close, but never asked a question and I never did find my exact situation addressed. After a ...
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Make “What's on topic for this site?” visible

Often, when I want to ask a question (such as now on tex.stackexchange.com), I wonder: "Is it on topic or not for this specific SE site?" then, I'm parsing the page visually, trying to find if ...
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About publishing proofs and some interesting tricks about subject at concern [closed]

Can we publish interesting proofs and helpful tricks on XYZ.stackexchange.com which we know? How do we do it. How to do it correctly? How to stop it from getting downvotes based on it "not being a ...
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Where to discuss family/relatives/people related problems about their behavior

Where can I discuss family related problems, dealing with certain situations among relatives about their behavior and my actions?