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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Does the new user rate limit apply even when you are a new user on only one site?

I am registered on about 80 SE sites, am an "avid user"(>200 rep) on about 30, and a modest user (103-199 rep) on about 20 more. Once when I tried to ask a question on Open Data (my "new user" site), ...
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40 minute re-post limit bug

I signed up for Video.SE with two questions to ask. Asked my first, no problem. Tried to ask my second about 15 minutes later, but it informed me that: You can only post once every 40 minutes. ...
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What's the consensus on asking questions phrased to fit the scope, but invites answers outside the scope?

Basically, the title is the whole question here, but let's break it down just to clarify my intention. Is this considered acceptable when a question is unintentionally inviting answers outside the ...
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How do I determine the best Stack Exchange site for my question before posting? [duplicate]

I'm not sure where to ask my question. What would be the best protocol to follow to find out which Stack Exchange community would be best for my question? Should I just make an educated guess and ...
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1 rep users can ask on Meta again

For some time, 1 rep users are banned from MSE. Today, a 1 rep user posted a coding question again (https://meta.stackexchange.com/q/280712/245360). Has the ban been lifted or is it broken (again)?
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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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Add the “one question per post” rule to the Help center [duplicate]

I just asked a user to separate his two (otherwise good) questions (real-world use) into two separate questions (stack-exchange use). That is, he was doing a single task, and was wondering about two ...
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Is it okay to post the same question on both Quora and Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

Assuming the question is sufficiently specific and answerable to be on Stack Exchange too.
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Should I 'seed' questions, particularly on beta sites, when I don't necessarily have that question myself? [duplicate]

I've come across this a few times: an opportunity to help 'seed' an SE site (particularly a beta site) by asking a question that seems to be a good question, but isn't asked yet on the site. It might ...
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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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How can I focus attention on the intent of a question rather than details?

I asked what seemed a reasonable, understandable question on an SE site and got two good answers so far. Commenters focused on details that were not the point of the question. Please help me know how ...
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Ask page gives error for 1 rep users

The question page gives an oops error page when trying to ask a new question with 1 rep user:
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Tag field can be input freely when editing a question on Android app

When editing a question, the tag field can be focused, and freely input after pressing "next" on some keyboards when the text cursor is on "Edit summary" Steps to reproduce: Suggest edit a question (...
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How to post PDF for reproducing a bug?

I'm working on an issue that involves PDFs created in Foxit having problems being read in Adobe Reader, and creating a Foxit->Adobe converter app to solve this problem. For posting questions about ...
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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 ...
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How to leave body of question empty?

What if the whole question is contained in the title? What should I place in the body?
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What to do when I know my question would be a duplicate? [duplicate]

I'm searching for a solution for a problem/question I'm almost 100% sure was asked before but I can't find it. It is a generic question, no way that it wasn't asked before but no matter how many ways ...
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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 ...
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If I see an valuable question that's old and off-topic on one site, should I re-ask it on the correct site?

I just came across an interesting question, What is the etymology of 'slug' (a 'slug' being the sequence of characters in URLs like "what-is-the-etymology-of-slug"), and it's fairly well-answered, but ...
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How to respond to “but I don't want to do it that way”?

What is the right way to respond to "I don't want to do it that way"? It happens like this: OP asks a question to achieve X. I supply an answer to solve X within the boundaries stated in the question....
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Turn off auto-refresh in suggested/linked questions while mouse is over that area

Diligently while writing a question I read the suggestions for already-asked questions. It frustrates me quite a lot that I see a question listed that looks relevant, try to click it and the darn ...
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Search does not work on “How To Ask” page

On the How To Ask page the search box does not do anything. This looks like a bug.
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Why does Stack Exchange allow fake email addresses for registration? [closed]

I don't understand, Stack Exchange is a huge, spam-less site. On the major part of the sites (not Stack Overflow though) anyone can post a question as a "guest" by just typing any email: By ...
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Specifying the answer you are looking for

Problem When asking a question, I sometimes find that I do not receive an answer to the extent I was looking for. For example: I ask for an explanation of the difference between a pen and pencil. In ...
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Resource request questions vs Tag wikis?

I have come across a discussion in the Meta site of WorkPlace about resource/reference request questions. Are such questions actually on-topic in a site? I think they are either opinion based and/or ...
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How should I present a common Minimal Working Example for multiple questions?

I have several questions for the same piece of code. Should I present the Minimal Working Example in a question and provide a link to it from the other questions, or it is better to copy the MWE to ...
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I'd like a tag dictionary or tag-search function

Just a few seconds ago, I posted a question on UX SE. However, being fairly new to the site, I had no clue what tags would best fit my question. What would be nice is if there was a link next to the ...
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Asking a large number of questions?

I have a number of questions I want to ask, but I wanted to know what is the best way to do this. All my questions are DIY related, and some fit into a few categories, but are still separate ...
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What to do with an old question that may receive better answers on a different SE? [duplicate]

(Note: I have a specific question in mind but I'm asking this one in the general case as it may apply to others. I've added an explanation for the specific case at the end.) It can happen that a ...
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Is it OK to post as new an improved version of a question that was already deleted for being low quality?

Sometimes, really interesting questions surface that end up getting quickly and heavily downvoted and close-voted, simply because they were so poorly written, showed no evidence of research, etc. Then ...
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Set Minimum required plain text in a question?

These days I keep coming over questions containing only code like this one - https://stackoverflow.com/questions/32844182/suggestions-for-e-commerce - which will clearly be closed soon after posting ...
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Should I ask a question on SO that's essentially “Where's this at?” [closed]

I'm looking for a pretty difficult to search for resource (in this case, a "machine parsable dictionary" which google answers by showing me "machine parsable" definitions from decidedly un-machine ...
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Occasionally cannot add tags

To reproduce: Ask a new question Give the question a title Click in body and try to scroll down to tags The tags box keeps hiding under the quick action buttons (Bold, Italics, etc.) If you try to ...
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CSS bug on Ask Question page on Programmers and Meta site [duplicate]

I just came across a CSS issue. When I scroll down on the Ask Question page on Programmers, Meta Programmers, Workplace, Meta Workplace, and Meta Stack Exchange site, I see text overlapping the footer,...
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User with all questions deleted (and no answers) is blocked from answering but not asking

On Android we recently suspended a user for asking 6 low quality and off topic questions, with no other contribution at all. All those questions have been flagged and deleted, and some were closed, ...
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After deleting question, how many days are required to ask a question in Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

I am new to this site, and I have asked some questions. Some questions I got a reply to and some of them no replies at all. For one question I was down-voted to -2. After that I was getting message ...
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Suggested questions order in “Ask Question” [duplicate]

In "Ask Question" page of SE sites displays list of question already asked based on the title of the current question, it would be helpful if the questions are ordered based on the tags if tags are ...
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“Command + L” when creating question overrides browser hotkey [duplicate]

When the focus is within the text box when writing a new question, and the user presses Command + L the Insert Hyperlink box comes up. This overrides the functionality of chrome, which is to switch ...
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Where can I ask about something I don't know anything about?

Maybe this is too general a question, but I really get confused when I have a question and don't know in what site of "The Stack Exchange Network" I should ask this question. I'm now searching for a ...
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There was a better answer but mine got chosen as the correct one [duplicate]

I recently answered a question on Stack Overflow and although mine was selected as the accepted answer, I could clearly see that it isn't the best answer. How do I essentially compel the person that ...
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Flowchart to help decide which site a question is more suitable for

It's not even remotely uncommon for people to be confused about which site their question goes on. I like to think of myself as a rather seasoned user, and even I have to frequently check the help > ...
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Cannot post question due to some false time constraint [duplicate]

I am using Stack Overflow. I just logged in and am trying to post a question by clicking the "Post Your Question" button, but it gives a pop-up saying "You can only post once every 90 minutes." I didn'...
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Updating your question to add a solution

Occasionally, I see people who have updated their question, to add the solution that they ended up using. In some cases, this edit is a summarized version of whatever is the top voted (or accepted) ...
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Discouraging deliberately asking bad questions

I recently posted a question which I wasn't sure whether it was good quality or not, but I decided to post it anyway because I really needed some advice. It turns out it was not a good question - it ...
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Indicate beforehand required tag(s) when posting

On Meta Stack Exchange, questions need to be tagged with at least 1 from discussion, bug, feature-request, or support. It would be nice to the user to select one of these tags when asking a question, ...
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“An error occurred submitting the question” in Stack Overflow

For a few weeks now since I registered my account on Stack Overflow I have not been able to post questions or answers. I have gone through similar/duplicate questions here on Meta about this issue, ...
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Give more specific guidance on question ban questions

For the past few years, since they started the question ban, we've been getting lots of questions from users (usually new) asking why they can't ask questions, and what the error dialog means. ...
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New users should be redirected to the proper site instead of being downvoted

New users (like me) use to post questions on any Stack Exchange site, and sometimes they are closed as off-topic and get lots of down votes which is quite demotivating for those users, causing them to ...
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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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What do you do if you have only a question title?

And no need to fill in the question body? Do you just repeat the title in the body?

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