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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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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 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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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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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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Comprehensive question quality blocks now enabled everywhere

Questions are the lifeblood of any Stack Exchange site. But asking good questions can be difficult, and while most people start off doing it poorly, some never get better. For years now, when sites ...
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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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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's StackExchange-ese for "OP"?

As in "Original Poster". How do I refer to the user who asked the question in the third person, other than by account name?
Seva Alekseyev'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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Pre-fill question-box with text for new users (A/B study proposal)

Problem statement Many new users are unaware of how to formulate a good question, particularly for the technical sites like Stack Overflow, Super User (OK, all of SE). This leads to many new ...
enderland'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 ...
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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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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, ...
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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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Please show tags in the list of suggested questions that may already have your answer

Over on Arqade we've had a meta discussion recently regarding the inclusion of game names in question titles due to an issue where the 'Questions that may already have your answer' suggestions when ...
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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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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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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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Breaking down question blocks - let's talk about rate limits

I've been quite vocal about the fact that we're overhauling post blocks, and dropped some hints as to how we're contemplating improving them. The last few weeks of my professional existence has gone ...
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Change "What's your Programming question, Be Specific" to "What would someone search for if they had your issue?"

I've seen a lot of issues recently where users put in a half-baked title, like: What is the difference between these two lines of code? (About 1 Million Results) Since I believe in organic titles, ...
George Stocker's user avatar
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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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A question having a single word in the body passed the quality filter (spoiler: the body contains HTML entities) [duplicate]

Despite that the question is off-topic in Web Applications, this question having a single visible word on the body was able to be posted by a new contributor Body markdown Title&#173;&#8203;&...
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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 ...
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Tags: Adding tags before title of the question

As of now, the user has to enter a title, question, and then the tags. When the user enters the title and tabs out, we see a list of similar questions. However, I could be asking a question related to ...
iHeartDucks's user avatar
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I'm a moderator dealing with a user asking a question in an answer, what do I do?

In the moderator queue I see a lot of not an answer flags. Mostly, these are users (mostly new ones) writing questions as answers. How can I best handle this when it's a good question? I want to ...
Nick Craver'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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Please warn about exceeding 50 question limit prior to asking a new question

It's a shame to type out an entire question, press post and then: Sorry, you are only allowed to ask 50 questions in a 30 day period Could you put some sort of notice on the page itself before ...
Tom's user avatar
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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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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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Make "What's on topic for this site?" visible

Often, when I want to ask a question (such as now on, 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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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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How did this question bypass the dupe-title filter and the question rate-limit?

Here are the two questions: (10k only - since both are now deleted) DVD Sorting Program for C++ Beginners (Help Needed) DVD Sorting Program for C++ Beginners (Help Needed) The titles are exactly the ...
Mysticial's user avatar
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Can we get a preview for titles when writing questions?

On sites like Physics SE or Mathematics SE, it is not uncommon that you have to write formulas in the question title. I know this is discouraged because most people don't search for: "How can it ...
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Is it bad to ask questions on Stack Overflow that are easily searchable on Google?

I recently posted a question that got downvoted by a user who added a comment which said "couldn't you have spent 15 minutes and looked this up on Google?". My answer is "yes, I could ...
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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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Let question-banned users know that they're banned even if their 6-month limit has opened up

When a user is banned from asking questions, they are still allowed to ask one question every six months, in order to try and get their ban lifted in case they're unable to improve their existing ...
Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog's user avatar
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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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Update the SO FAQ to reflect the new account requirement for asking questions

As first noted by Daniel Hilgarth here, the Do I have to log in or create an account? section of the Stack Overflow FAQ needs to be updated to reflect the fact that anonymous users can no longer ask ...
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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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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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Encyclopedia Stack Exchange vs. commercial products

We are having a discussion over on Stack Overflow about whether or not people representing a commercial product can answer their own questions about their own product. To make it more concrete, just ...
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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 ...
38 votes
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What algorithm does Stack Exchange use to determine if a question may be subjective?

I was asking a question in and this message warned me (correctly!): The question you're asking appears subjective and is likely to be closed So, I'm curious if there any ...
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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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How do you get people to answer the question, rather than argue the premise?

I've noticed a sizable number of questions here where the petitioner asks something like "I'm trying to flange my dichromatic howitzer, but I can't defibrillate the metacarpus. Any suggestions?" ......
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"Questions that may already have your answer" on Ask Questions page is no longer very useful?

I always glance through the "Questions that may already have your answer" section on the Ask Question page before posting since it frequently contains a post that already answers my question, and is a ...
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