Questions tagged [best-practices]

Questions about the best way to do something on a Stack Exchange site, not for questions about questions about best practices.

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Poor answers and accept rate [duplicate]

What's the recommended approach when you ask a question and you don't actually get valid answers? It'd normally leave the question as unanswered but, of course, that leads to getting a low acceptance ...
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Best Practices when editing your own answer

What are the best practices when editing your own answer (for whatever reason, the question became clearer, a comment made you realize a mistake, you had a new idea, did some testing, etc). Here are ...
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Closing questions just because the OP knows the answer: good or bad?

It seems some think if an OP knows the answer to their own question, it should be closed as "Not a real question." I disagree. Here is an example. The OP posted some C# trivia. The question was ...
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Re-asking a question

There have been a few cases where I've asked a question on StackOverflow, and received a number of good responses which then made me realize that there was a much better/clearer/more concise way to to ...
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Best-Practices versus Subjective

What does it take for something to go from being merely subjective to a "best practice"? Is a "best practice" no longer subjective? It seems like something becomes a best practice when a lot of ...
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You've selected an answer, but a better one comes along. What to do? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What answer to accept? This questions the intensions of SO. What if someone comes up with a great, insightful answer for your question and you select it as the best answer, ...
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Where should I put code that implements the answer to my question?

I asked a question and received an answer that I accepted as the best one. The guy who gave that answer said that if I were to write the code he had suggested, he'd like to see it as he would find it ...
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Is it bad behavior to edit and answer a question?

From time to time I notice questions that could be improved (in style, punctuation, clarity of thought, tags, etc.) But I also have the answer to them. I just feel wrong editing a question (even for ...
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What is accepted practice for explaining your answer?

This is something that I've noticed is especially prevalent on SQL-related questions but applies to any kind of code question. I'll see a new user, and their question illustrates that they're new to ...
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How do I discourage bad programming practice in SO questions?

This question can apply to any computer language, but my example is C++. Many questions (quite helpfully) supply sample code (which I can paste into an IDE and try), but use using namespace std; ...
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Editing questions with short titles (< 15 char)

The minimum question title length was recently increased from 10 to 15 characters. Some older questions have titles that are considered too short under the new rules. These cannot be edited unless ...
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Should you guess or make assumptions in your answer?

Sometime I'm in situations where I'm not 100% sure of my answer: Let's say a user asks for the best lib to do X. I know that the lib A is great because I've heard people telling me that it is. Should ...
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Is it better for SEO for question titles to actually be questions (grammatically speaking)?

When asking or editing a question, is it better (from SEO or user perspective) for the title of the question to be an actual question? Do we even care? If the preference is for questions, is there ...
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Please don't warn about subjectivity when asking about best practices

When you ask a question like: What's the best way to do "X" The preview/editing engine in SO warns you that this is a subjective question and is likely to be closed. Which makes sense. My guess is ...
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How long do you wait before re-flagging a post for moderator review?

Since there is no way to tell if a moderator did something other than to see it done (no email notification), how long do I wait for the fix before flagging the post again? In the specific case that ...
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No responses after responding to own question symptom

Not a request per se but more of an observation. As Joel said in one of the podcasts he'd prefer to keep the question generic enough to be of maximum use and to add possibly solutions (that didn't ...
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What and Who is the community for stackoverflow?

We all know that stackoverflow is pretty much self policed and that the community will enforce rules etc. I would like to actually define WHO the community is and also define what is NOT considered ...
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Is there a convention for accepting my own answer to my own question?

I asked this question in SO. Non of the answers I got over time satisfied me, and it wasn't that important for me to start a bounty. Eventually I resolved the problem by myself, and it wasn't exactly ...
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Should most feature-requests be discussions first?

I'm thinking about a Best Practices approach to suggesting feature requests. Perhaps they should always be general brainstorming discussions and re-tagged to feature request only when they get enough ...