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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 ...
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Please include the title in the question preview

It would be really swell if the question title was included right above the preview of the body of the question. Every so often, I'll be asking about something and the very act of composing a good ...
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Include the chosen tags in the search criteria for "Questions that may already have your answer."

In order to improve the question asking page, it would be prevalent to include the tags in the search results. Many users seem to type their question as their title. However, even with a clear title ...
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Good Subjective and Knowledge Questions vs Problems You Face

Currently the Don't Ask page of SE sites indicates "You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face" however Good Subjective, Bad Subjective, as well as a ...
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Which automatic improvement checks are performed when writing a question?

Before posting a question on a Stack Exchange site, I hit the "Review your question" button. Then, on the right side bar, a message is displayed: Step 2: Review your question ✅  Your ...
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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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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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Why do some "Ask Question" buttons on some sites not stand out and aren't attractive

I have this question after reading an article of Dmitry Fadeyev, the designer of ux.SE (Designing UX Exchange) (I was linked to his blog in this question). In his blog, he wrote: Because it’s a ...
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How to ask about the 'halting problem' on StackOverflow, regarding the title filter

At the time of this question, the word 'problem' is disallowed as a title word in StackOverflow. Some problems have been mentioned about it, ex. here. This is a question about accepted/acceptable ...
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Add a "magic link" markdown shortcut to Ask a New Question

I notice often enough that I or someone else has to suggest asking a new question (especially to newer users) when discussion in comment threads gets too off topic. I request an addition to the ...
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Remove Punctuation When Checking for Duplicate Titled Questions

I recently saw a question titled "Jquery vs Javascript" (10k+ users only). I thought, "surely someone has asked this question before", and began looking for a duplicate. What I found is a question ...
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When you get the "Your question is ready to publish", allow submitting it from that modal instead of moving to the bottom of the page

As described in The new ask page is now live on the network!, all new questions now go through a workflow that finally leads to the pleasant announcement "Your question is ready to publish!": I would ...
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Improve "Similar questions" results when writing a question: prevent/limit it from returning questions by the same author

I've noticed recently that when I write a new question such as this one on Stats.SE, the "Similar questions" box just above the Body text entry box shows results that are similar, but they'...
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Customize the How To Ask page

While the extant How-To-Ask page is useful, in that it provides good guidelines in general for asking questions on the network, I believe that it can be improved by allowing community (or, more likely ...
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Error message saying that a moderator tag must be present when asking a question

When asking a question on Meta, I've encountered a bug which consists in an error message saying that a moderator tag must be present. Here is an example: Steps to reproduce this bug: Ask a question ...
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Please tell people not to use Hi / Thanks on the Ask Question page

Please can this section mention no Hi / Thanks taglines? Something like this: Almost every single new question has to have "Thanks in advance" edited out.
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New "Similar questions" widget is not responsive enough

When I ask a question in a small browser window, the question titles aren't visible, so I can't really determine if my question has already been asked before:
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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, ...
Clement Cherlin's user avatar
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When a suspended user tries to ask a question, the screen looks the exact same as an automatic question ban

When an account has been manually suspended by a moderator and the user is trying to post a question via /questions/ask, it says: You have reached your question limit. Sorry, we are no longer ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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When asking, don't show already selected tags

It's a minor issue, but I think it's good to be reported. When a user asks a new question he has to select tags for his question. For example, he selects discussion tag. If he write again discussion ...
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"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 ...
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How do the tag warnings work in the "Review your question" sidebar?

About a year ago, the new ask question page was rolled out. The meta post states that sites can customize the review pane in various ways. Some of those ways include warnings for the body of the post ...
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Getting opaque submission error when putting a `mailto:` in code part of question

My question I had problems submitting is here: What are the valid characters in the domain part of e-mail address? The submit button gave me an opaque error when I had this line in my question: ...
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How did this user pass the quality filter by using the same title twice?

Just see these two questions: First: How to retrieve yahoo contact in Android? and Second: https://stackoverflow.com/q/16373262/1369235 A same user asked two questions with the same title. Title of ...
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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 ...
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Is the algorithm which reviews questions when one clicks "review your question" customizable on a per-site basis?

Since at least a few years ago (I cannot locate the announcement of this feature's introduction) most SE sites require at least two clicks to post a question -- first, one clicks the "Review your ...
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'How to ask questions' guidelines are not visible on android mobile page

The desktop page version of Stack Exchange sites has very clear 'how to ask' guidelines on the right of screen but the same are not seen when a user is ready to type in their question on the android ...
English Student's user avatar
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Can't submit Ask Question Captcha

I'm not quite sure why, but I was stuck with a Captcha when asking a new question on Arqade. That's normally fine, but I'm not sure how I can submit it. I typed in the needed text, and copy-pasted ...
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Questions that may... flickers when you change your title

There is a problem I have every time I want to post a new question on SO. The "Questions that may already have your answer" section is good but when you edit your title it's resizes multiple time. It'...
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Tag wikis and info should be more prominent, especially when asking questions

I often find myself asking more questions about a topic that is new to me and many of the questions I have are already answered in other questions about that topic. Many of this existing knowledge ...
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User managed to post a question twice within the same second of each other

Somehow a user managed to accidentally post a question twice: I may be missing something, but this shouldn't be able to happen, should it? They should be subjected to a 45 minute cooldown between ...
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Alert users of question ban on iOS before asking a new question

When using the web version of Stack Exchange, if a user has reached their account's question limit, (aka: their account has been question banned), they will see an error message before they can type ...
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Require to add content to a bug report using the (Android) app

It seems some users experience trouble, specifically with the Android app. They fail making a good bug report here since they just hit the Report an Issue button in the app and then Post Your Question ...
Patrick Hofman's user avatar
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Revisit Putting Tags box under Title box on Asking Question Form

There was a request over four years ago to have the Related Questions ("Questions that may already have your answer") key off of the tags and not just the title. It was requested in that post that to ...
Lance Roberts's user avatar
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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
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Stay on question edit page after the actual posting

Several times while posting a question (while clicking on the "Post your question" button) here on MSE I got weird behavior with the page. The browser asks me if I should leave the page or ...
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The /help/how-to-ask page should link to more external resources under "Search, and research"

The current Help Center /help/how-to-ask page reads: Search, and research Have you thoroughly searched for an answer before asking your question? Sharing your research helps everyone. Tell us what ...
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Make Tags even more helpful

I noticed that on SO many users would ask a question but forget or don't know that they need to provide more info (e.g. about setting, environment, etc.). To better elaborate my point here is an ...
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Provide new users with specific, context-sensitive guidance when writing questions

I spend more time on Stack Overflow than I should, and I really getting sick of one thing: Questions on certain tags, for programming languages which are familiar to many (like JavaScript or PHP), it ...
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Incorporate off-topic migration route content into Ask Question page

I don't think I need to dig around to find links to back me up when I say that some people just have trouble asking their question in the right place, regardless of there being info to the right ...
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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 ...
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Could the search link in the modal window be customizable?

As announced in March 2020, there is now a modal window which is displayed for the first-time askers. Some parts are customizable per-site: The "welcome modal" for new askers (seen with the ...
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"You can only post once every 20 minutes" validation does not work

The validation Posting a new question after 20 minutes is not working. You can compare the time this current question was posted with the time the previous question was posted. One may compare these ...
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Title Parameter Double-Encoded in "How to Ask" Screen's Search Box

If a title is provided for the "How to Ask" screen, it will be double-encoded in the search box.    /questions/ask/advice?title=This'%20a%20test.
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Have "Questions that may already have your answer" on other meta sites show results from MSE as well

The following question appeared on meta.webmasters: Accepted answer appearing below most voted answer However, it's already covered multiple times here on Meta Stack Exchange e.g. Vote ordering of ...
codewaggle's user avatar
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"body is missing" error while body is not missing

I've tried to post a question and have filled body, clicked on Submit and get an error: body is missing As you can see body is not missing. I think it is because of encoding, but here is my ...
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Problem submitting questions

I am getting "an error occurred while submitting the question" whenever I try to submit questions today. I checked the whole, there are no specific errors in any of my question area. Otherwise it ...
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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, ...
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Asking a question being on mobile view broke some style

When using a mobile web asking a question redirects you to the full site version but it seems that some styles are not applied correctly. In particular for inbox and achievements popups:
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Drafting a question on new SE site, then linking accounts, does not recover the full draft

I was composing a question on DBA without realising that as a new user there I would need to link my network account. The post editor automatically saves post drafts, but when I linked my account to ...
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