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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How to ask a good question if you don't know the subject very well?

How can one ask a good question in a subject he doesn't know much about? For example, I'm a developer. Even though I may not know Java, I know how to ask a good question about Java because it's my ...
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Where can I ask questions about math in MATLAB?

Currently, I'm looking for some sites or forums that suitable to asking about math problems like differential equations, numerical methods in MATLAB. I've tried the MATLAB Community to ask about it, ...
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Stack Overflow duplicated layer bug

Originally posted on Stack Overflow: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/59320473/stackoverflow-duplicated-layer-bug Requirements to reproduce: Windows 7 x64 Firefox 71.0 x64 Steps to reproduce: ...
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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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How can a student ask better questions on Stack Exchange sites? [duplicate]

I usually ask learning-related questions on Stack Exchange sites and unintentionally get myself voted down with bad questions. When checking my questions like a year or so later, I see that the ...
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Are questions that talk about “today”, “recently”, etc. considered harmful?

Across many SE, but especially 'current events' sorts of SE like Politics, I find myself seeing questions that start with "Today..." or "Recently..." or "This morning..." or whatnot, and it always ...
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Where can I ask about consumption of iron?

I'm wondering where to ask about the consumption of iron and Daily Value. My question: If 150% RDV (Recommend Daily Value) of iron is consumed in a day, from foods, is that bad?
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Am I using SE for the wrong purpose? [closed]

This is how I tend to use SE sites: I work. I run into a problem I cannot solve myself (at least not easily, without devoting very substantial time or effort I cannot now devote). For example: I ...
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First view when posting a question [duplicate]

I noticed that when I post a question, there's always at least one view Asked today Viewed 1 times Is the 1st view always the OP?
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Answer Without Qualification [closed]

I've read the FAQs on both sites and I'm still not sure where to ask this, so I'll start here. The amount of information regarding both sites is overwhelming for sure. Anyway, I'd like to ask a ...
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Proving that questions are based on actual problems

The Help Center of many SE sites (example) states that you should only ask questions "based on actual problems that you face". Are askers required to prove that their question is based on actual ...
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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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How can I successfully ask a question in Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

It's weird; I have asked a few questions on this website, but when I login, they're all gone. What's wrong? What should I do to post successfully? Any guidance?
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Tooltip on the Similar questions suggestion box in the ask question page

In the Ask Question page, when hover on the answer box for the post in the Similar questions suggestion box, the tooltip is not understandable. For example: When hover on the answer count it is ...
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Is it acceptable to ask questions that have content from multiple subjects?

I want to ask a question on the 'Mythology and Folklore' site, pertaining to world ending entities in mythology. In the description I am including the inspiration for the question, which is the lore ...
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How can one avoid the 40 min compulsory break in between two questions? [duplicate]

If someone has an account on Stack Overflow and also on Mathematics Stack Exchange and Physics Stack Exchange and if that person asks a question on Stack Overflow at 11am, they will have to wait until ...
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Asking a question that *must* have been asked before but I can't find

I have a question I'd like to pose on the Stack Overflow site, but I'm sure it's been asked before - I've not seen it before, but it's so fundamentally useful to the specific thing I'm doing (that ...
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Is there an SE site where asking about the format of a 2D barcode is on topic?

I have a 2D barcode that I don't recognize the format of. Is there a site on the Stack Exchange network where that question would be suitable? If so, which one?
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How was this new user able to post two questions less than 40 minutes apart?

New users who have less than 125 reputation are subject to a 40-minute time limit between asking questions, network-wide. Today, however, this 1-rep user was able to post two questions within 8 ...
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Ask question interstitial on Meta Stack Exchange links to incorrect website

If you go to the ask question interstitial page shown to new users on this site: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/ask/advice? And click on the hyperlink that the arrow points to, it will go ...
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Keep Ask Question button to the right on smaller screens [duplicate]

On smaller screens, the 'Ask Question' button is now sandwiched between the question title and the statistics. This is rather illogical, as it will move you away from the question page. Can we move it ...
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Better advertising for the chat rooms

There are about three or four people regularly in the ASP.NET MVC chat room every weekday but few others seem to even know it exists. Can Stack Overflow advertise the chat rooms on specific tags? ...
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MathJax in the list of similar questions (when asking questions)

As I learned from some more experienced users, there is A-B testing with different display of similar questions (which used to be called "Questions that may already have your answer"). This was ...
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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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I can't ask a question on Stack Overflow

I feel very stressful when I enter Stack Overflow because it is not useful for me. When I submit my question, it gives me this: If you need to do something that Markdown can't handle, use HTML. Note ...
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Cannot ask question because tag not working? [duplicate]

At this question just click tag blank or type something show option But at Stack Overflow nothing appear, so I can't click Next. What should I do?
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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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Why is “Post Your Question” button in Ask Question grayed out? [closed]

Why when I try to ask a question on Stack Overflow, the "Post Your Question" button is grayed out? But when I go to DBA Stack Exchange, or here (Meta Stack Exchange), the button is not grayed out?
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How does this question not meet your quality standards? [closed]

given an array of objects that have an attribute count and an index n, how can objects after n be removed if their count is 0? Please explain what is lacking in this question?
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Fast scrolling speed when selecting part of question

Sometimes, when I am asking a question on Stack Overflow/Stack Exchange, I want to select part of my question or code I am writing in the 'Body' block, the frame where you type your question. But the ...
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Preview question is not working via the Stack Exchange Android app [closed]

When I tried to add a question on Android Enthusiasts via the Stack Exchange Android app, I clicked on the preview button to get the preview of question, but it showed nothing. Android version: 5.0.2
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Cannot add tags via the Stack Exchange Android app [closed]

When I try to add a question on the "Android Enthusiasts" site via the Stack Exchange Android app, it doesn't allow me to add any tags. There is a text field within which to add tags on the "Ask ...
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What are the benefits of chatrooms for asking questions?

What are the benefits of using a chatroom instead of asking a question directly on a Stack Exchange site?
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Ask question - Tags - partial placeholder text truncated

On the Ask a question page, in the Tags textbox, the placeholder width is set to 19px, so a part of the placeholder text is truncated.
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Should I repost a question if the first edition was bad, has been fixed, and is still open?

I asked a bad question. After many comments from other users and many edits on my part, it is now a good question. However, the comments are littered with corrections to older versions. Should I ...
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Is there an appeals process for the automatic question rate limit? [duplicate]

I get this message: It looks like you might need a break - take a breather and come back soon! You've asked 4 questions recently, some of which have not been received very well by the ...
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Don't show how to format code when I'm not on a programming site [duplicate]

Instructions on how to format code are the first thing you see under "How to Format" when asking a question, which is great, except when you're on a site that isn't about programming: ► create code ...
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Make error message if a new user removes or misplaces the mandatory header text of meta questions about their own post more clear

Currently, when a new user makes a meta question about their own post specifically, they are prompted to enter a link to their post, and then they are given access to the per-site meta's question ...
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What to do when you put two days of formulating a question and it still gets downvoted? [duplicate]

I have spent hours reading, formulating practice questions, using grammar check, and studying research papers. I have taken a break from Stack Exchange for probably 4 days, hoping that this will ...
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Guide new users away from Meta [duplicate]

There are a lot of blatantly off-topic posts put here on Meta. These are apparently people who somehow got to this site without realizing their questions about things like programming aren't supposed ...
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No “back” to translate

On the ask question page for the responsive view the word "back" is not available to translate for use on international sites. Here is the screenshot of English based site to clarify: To see this ...
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The question wizard might be useful for Meta Stack Exchange too; should we give it a try?

tl;dr Due to the special nature of Meta and the high rate of "lost souls", should we try out the Ask a Question Wizard here on Meta Stack Exchange too? General idea In case anyone doesn't know yet, ...
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Help new users with *effectively placed* guidance

(I wrote this and was pointed here to Meta.) At Network Engineering we get very many questions which are off-topic, typically for being homework, repeats, or not fulfilling the non-obvious but quite ...
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The help center and sidebar on Meta don't indicate that site-specific questions are off-topic

On this site, we routinely get questions that are about one specific site. Oftentimes, it happens that users search for things related to their meta question, and end up discovering our site. After ...
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Some guidance tips as a brand new user to Stack Exchange [duplicate]

I'm a brand new user to Stack Exchange and I was wondering if I could get some guidance on how this site works and how to ask questions. I have been told by my friends I need to be clear and ...
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A main-page question that can also be interpreted as a meta question. What to prepare before asking it?

(An alternative title for this question is: Is it fine to give meta advice on the main page?) In one site, there is a question (let's call it question 1) in the form "how do I achieve X?". I give ...
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Stack of questions to ask in future [duplicate]

Sometimes I have several questions simultaneously (for example, I'm reading a paragraph and I don't understand two parts of it) and I want to ask them in this site. However, Stack Exchange just ...
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Stats about askers and answerers in Stack Exchange

How can I get the statistics data of how many people ask questions and how many answer here? I'm curious about the distributions and seeing if more people ask than answer.
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The “suggested tags” and “similar questions” on ask question page doesn't disappear on clicking discard button

While posting a question by Ask Question, after filling title and body, based on the content there is a "suggested tags" which suggesting few tags related to the post. In case if I want to remove the ...
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Can I ask a very specific question that can be answered with just “yes” or “no”? [duplicate]

Can I ask a very specific question whose answer only needs "yes" or "no"? For example, I am learning a kind of knowledge, I find that there seems to be a mistake in the book (1+1=3), and I propose my ...