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What can I do when getting "We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account"?

If you are reading this, you may have been affected by one of our post quality bans. If so, it is important that you read the following information to understand what has happened and how to regain ...
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Can I answer my own questions, even if I knew the answer before asking?

I might want to answer my own question because: I arrived at a solution before there were any other correct answers or I like mine better, can I still answer my own question? I have a folder with ...
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What is the XY problem?

What is the XY problem? When asking questions, how do I recognize when I'm falling into it? How do I avoid it? Return to FAQ index Other languages: ES, JA, PT, RU
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How do I write a good title?

A good title helps your question get the attention it deserves. What goes into a good title? Return to FAQ index
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Allow questions to be saved as drafts prior to posting

Many times it takes me a while to properly compose my question before posting. Sometimes it's just a jumble of ideas and concepts, and is not something I'd want seen immediately. However, there is no ...
Joel Coehoorn's user avatar
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What is this "answer your own question" jazz?

I showed up here to write a perfectly normal rant about misaligned pixels, and there's a big fat checkbox cluttering up the "Ask" page, labeled: Answer your own question – share your ...
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The new ask page is now live on the network!

After rolling it out to the International Stack Overflow sites last week, we're rolling out the new ask page to the whole network today. The new page was designed with the goal of helping new askers ...
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How to ask a smart question

The title of the oldest revision of this SO question is, "Is it posible [sic]?" This doesn't provide any information at all. It should be mandatory for everyone asking questions on the Internet to ...
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Related questions in "Ask Question" page is better than the search tool

When I search for similar questions that I am going to ask, I usually can't find anything through the search box on Stack Overflow. But when I enter my question on the "Ask Question" page, ...
Mert Nuhoglu's user avatar
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Where do I ask where to ask?

If I have a specific question I want to ask about, but I don't know which Stack Exchange site would be on topic for asking that question, where can I ask where to ask that question? Is there any ...
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Rolling question rate limits are now network-wide

When you think of Q&A sites, you think of a place where you come to get answers to your questions. But, where do those answers come from? What doesn't immediately stand out for many folks is that ...
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What is the best time to ask questions?

What's the best time of day, or weekday, to ask questions on Stack Overflow? I'd like to know if there might be a way to maximize the exposure or the amount/quality of responses. At the very least, ...
SurroundedByFish's user avatar
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Why is asking a question on "best practice" a bad thing?

I've written a few questions on Stack Overflow before that have been closed due to being "not constructive" or "not a real question". Now, after scanning the FAQ for the site a few times, I ...
cereallarceny's user avatar
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Is it OK to leave "What have you tried?" comments?

Some questions boil down to "how can/do I do X?" Here's an example. Sometimes, people leave comments under such questions that ask "what have you tried?" Is it OK to leave comments like that? Should ...
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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 ...
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Should we require minimum reputation to continue asking questions?

We are reevaluating this based on community feedback. The new heuristic to prevent questions being asked will probably be based on a combination of question closes, question deletes, question flags, ...
Jeff Atwood's user avatar
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Usability issues for first-time Stack Exchange users - a micro-study

I come from lands afar, also known as Hardware Recommendations Stack Exchange. Over there, we have a serious problem with first-time Stack Exchange users coming along and asking off-topic questions - ...
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Question banning should work differently on Meta

I just wanted to report a problem with Data Explorer and realized I was banned from asking questions on meta. Probably because I asked 3 questions with a score <= -10. Reading through the reasons ...
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A way for "new users" to ask about their post specifically

We currently require that new users have 5+ reputation to participate in meta support discussions (bugs, feedback, governance, etc). This is primarily because the use case for meta is not ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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Should we cap reputation gained from questions at +2000?

Please disregard. This proposal has been abandoned in favor of a new proposal. Please disregard. The new proposal has been abandoned in favor of just plain not doing it. Based on: Could we put a ...
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Clarify "no longer accepting questions from this account" error [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Better explanation when account is blocked A few months ago SO started blocking questions from users with a history of poor questions; users get the error message: Sorry, ...
Michael Mrozek's user avatar
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Can (and should) more be done to encourage users to search first and ask only if they don't find an existing answer?

Or, to put it another way: is it a problem that people keep asking question that have multiple, obvious duplicates? I do not intend to address the problem of hard to search for questions, nor of ...
dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten's user avatar
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50 questions / 30 days limit with only 2 questions posted

I have only asked 2 questions ever; when I now try to ask a question, it says that I have exceeeded the limit of 50 questions/30 days. What's going on? How can I fix it?
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Feedback requested: Similar Questions displayed in sidebar on /ask

In order to help people find duplicate questions as they ask, we are now showing Similar Questions in the right hand sidebar on the /ask page. This is deployed to all sites right now. Here's how it ...
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When to mark the 'community wiki' checkbox on a new question?

When someone asks a new question people sometimes comment, "This should be a community wiki". The FAQ about CW isn't explicit about which new question should be CW; it says that: CW makes it easier ...
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What is the reasoning behind limiting "recidivists" to post one question per week?

Anti-Recidivism System currently restricts recreated accounts to "posting only one question per week..." I would like to understand why this rate was picked, and not, say, once a day or once a month? ...
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Stack Overflow duplicated layer bug

Originally posted on Stack Overflow: Requirements to reproduce: Windows 7 x64 Firefox 71.0 x64 Steps to reproduce: ...
Random Dude's user avatar
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Why are unregistered users not allowed to post questions on some sites?

I know this isn't a big deal for me but why do guests get to post answers but not post questions?
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How to ask great questions

As programmers we are daily faced with having to get requirements, test things out, etc. It's practically half our job to know what questions to ask, and how to ask them to get the most concise, ...
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How can you know that you are quite close to losing your account? [duplicate]

I just came to know about this new policy of Stack Overflow. Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account. Initially it was funny that people are losing their accounts :-D. ...
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Getting "can only post questions every 20 minutes" but did not post recently

Trying to post a question (on StackOverflow), and get the message: Oops! Your question couldn't be submitted because: users with less than 125 reputation can only post questions every 20 minutes; ...
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Function to convert an answer to a new question [duplicate]

My apologies if this is a repeat, I searched, but I couldn't find anything quite like this. There are times when users (particularly very new users) post a question as an answer to an existing ...
Chris S's user avatar
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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
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Sometimes, two or more identical copies of the same question get posted at the same time despite only submitting once

I've noticed that with the new question asking form, sometimes, attempting to submit a question will post two, or rarely more than two, identical copies of the same question with identical timestamps ...
Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog's user avatar
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I only ask questions. Am I unwanted? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it considered rude if you only ask Questions but almost never answer one yourself I've been using Stack Overflow for maybe a year to get answers to questions I couldn't ...
John Fitzpatrick's user avatar
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What would make a question popular with high views?

I was wondering what might be making my questions less attractive to users? I get very low views most of the time. What should be done to increase a question's popularity?
Alaa Jabre's user avatar
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How can we get more people to make their title a question?

Seems strange (and not in a good way) to me that when I click "Questions" and very few (about 1 in 8) of the titles end in question marks. So I'm curious to get some opinions: Is there some simple ...
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Should question titles be phrased as questions? (A straw poll)

Should the titles of questions be phrased as questions? For example, if I would like to learn good ways to "foo" a "bar", which is a better question title: How do I foo a bar? ...
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What to do if an out of date question+answers already exists?

What should you do if a question has already been asked and answered, but both the question and the answer are now out of date? (in this case due to updates to jQuery). Is it okay to make a new ...
Acorn's user avatar
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One post with multiple questions or multiple posts?

I want to ask several questions about the same problem domain but each question is independent from the others. Should I put all the questions in a single post or should I split them and send multiple ...
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Revisiting question templates

This question suggested to have templates for tags. Their example was with the regex tag on Stack Overflow. I'm suggesting a more general approach: Templates, Mark II I suggest that each site will ...
Madara's Ghost's user avatar
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Should "Title Says It All" questions be edited or closed?

I see many questions with really long titles and bodies with nothing more than: "Title says it all" "See title. ~thanks~" "In PHP. thanks!" Examples (a couple I already edited): How can I ...
ThinkingStiff's user avatar
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Increase the limit of 6 questions in 24 hours

Is there a way to augment the limit of 6 questions in 24 hours ?
MEM's user avatar
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Stack Overflow is not accepting questions from my account anymore [duplicate]

I can't post a question when logged in via OpenID on Stack Overflow. How can I do it?
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Can't ask a question when IE Tracking Protection is enabled

I am registered on Stack Overflow, and when I click "Ask a question", I get the "make sure you are asking a good question" screen. At the bottom is the checkbox to tell you I read it. However, even ...
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Let's re-evaluate the Question Timer

I know this seems like a good idea, but this far into the game you should be able to tell from network behavior that I'm not a spammer… I had a compound question. I broke it up because breaking it up ...
Evan Carroll's user avatar
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Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account [duplicate]

When I am posting my question I am getting the following error: Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account. What can I do?
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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 ...
David Lalo's user avatar
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Where to post questions asking for expert opinion?

After my lie down, I posted this question on SO. As I suspected would happen, it got moved to programmers. Unfortunately, the kind of people I'm interested in getting answers from (litb,skeet et al - ...
Neil Butterworth's user avatar
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Allow cross-posting of questions to more than one SO site

There is much overlap between the SO, SF and SU sites. For instance, questions about shell programming are programming related (since they are about programming), about system administration (because ...
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