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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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Should Meta questions be duplicated to draw more attention to issues? [duplicate]

An assertion that "several users told you that having more questions about the same topic is actually better" caught my eye as a point for meta discussion. My response was a few comments below but ...
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Are questions about best practices bad?

I was looking at asking for some help from the SO community in relation to best practices for ASP.NET MVC. I planned on making it a Community Wiki as well. But, when I was typing my title, I was told ...
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Basic Exchange Site [duplicate]

I am a junior computer science major at Western Kentucky University. I want to make use of Stack Exchange and sites like it to let my future employers know that I know what I'm doing. Unfortunately I ...
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Under which circumstances should I delete my own question or answer

While I was searching through meta I've found several postings about deleting. How it works, who can do it and so on. But I never saw a comprehensive list, in which cases someone should delete their ...
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How much time is too much to spend answering a question?

I'm getting frustrated when I'll spend 30 minutes writing and expanding upon an answer, only to have a worse answer get enough of a head-start that no one even reads past it. Most recently was on ...
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What should I do if I don't want a question to be associated with this account? [duplicate]

I have several questions that I want to ask that I don't want to be linked back to me by the people about whom I'm asking*, who might recognize my username. There are others that would require ...
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Should 'click' be used with <kbd>?

When denoting a key combination, for example Ctrl+Shift+click, should click be shown as a button as well for better readability? (as such: Ctrl+Shift+click)
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When should I avoid mentioning a seemingly relevant person or company by name?

The wording of this question on Cryptography Stack Exchange raises an interesting question on how to write questions (no pun intended): [...] the manufacturer of a RSA key generation gizmo ...
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Should off-topic or poor quality posts be deleted immediately?

I often encounter an off-topic or otherwise unsuitable post, and comment so on the post. The OP might immediately reply asking for the best course of action. Should I tell the OP to delete the ...
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When to ask multiple questions in a single post ? (Revisited) [duplicate]

This question has been asked several times in similar (yet often slightly different) ways. The general consensus seems to be that it's best to ask multiple questions individually in multiple Question ...
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What’s the best way to ask a question if English isn't your first language?

First, I really like Stack Overflow and appreciate it. I always get useful answers and information from it. Now, English is my second language. So, when I submit any question, some people can't ...
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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 ...
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Why is linking bad?

I've seen many people refer to linking to pages on SO and even other sites as being bad and saying things like "I hope they don't mind". Why is linking a bad thing? I did just read all about Google ...
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Answering a Question Vs. Solving a Problem [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is “Don’t do it” a valid answer? As long I'm airing my grievances, I thought I'd throw out another point that drives me crazy. This actually is something I'...
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Is there a good way to represent file structure in a question/answer?

I'm always looking for the best way to represent a file structure on my posts. I generally use this one: Project | +-- file 1 | +-- dir 2 | | | +-- file 2.1 | +-- dir 3 | | |...
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Should I award a bounty to a potentially correct answer?

This is more of a moral question. I've asked a question here. I ended up solving with my own solution. However, there is 100 bounty points still up in the air and I'm debating whether to give it to ...
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How do I write a good edit summary?

As a user, I don't often ask questions (in fact, I believe I have only asked two questions in total across the entire network, excluding meta). However I do a lot of answering, flagging, commenting ...
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Why is the best-practices tag not allowed on SO any more? [closed]

I have nothing to add to the title: Why is the [best-practices] tag not allowed on SO any more?
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How to write a good question? [duplicate]

I face the problem of writing a good question in Stack-overflow sites. What is the best way to write a good question?
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What is desired practice for deriving answers from comments?

If I ask a question on SO and someone comments on it, not solving the problem, but leading to my solution nonetheless, what is the best way to handle assigning the correct answer? I could just answer ...
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What is the best practice template for textifying a link not in the middle of a sentence?

I often find myself replacing plain text links in the middle of articles to make them more readable. For example some markdown might have an answer about bespin and added a link at the end or in the ...
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Countering downvotes with upvotes [duplicate]

I've seen many SE users (even high-reputation and experienced users) upvoting to counter a previous downvote. This mean many up-votes are being cast based on the fact that someone else dislikes the ...
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Should I delete accounts I'm no longer active on?

I used to take part in the Earth Science SE actively, but now my focus has turned to StackOverflow and Arqade. I could delete my account to show my inactivity. But I have over 200 reputation on that ...
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Is it good practice to label edits as “Edit”? [duplicate]

Is it recommended to write post edits to the bottom of a question and start them with "EDIT"? Example: EDIT: I tried to do x, y, and z, but they didn't work.
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Is it bad to include in answers content that is relevant to the question but off-topic for the site?

The following text from an answer on the German Language Stack Exchange brings up an interesting question: [...] To explain what happened thereafter to the translation into English is not the aim ...
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Should ♦ mods be spending significant time in ordinary review queues?

On a site I review¹, I notice one or two of the ♦ mods (especially newly elected) seem to be spending a fair amount of time in the review queues (FP, LA, SE, LQP, CV, etc). But those queues are almost ...
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Is it better to accept correct answers or thorough answers? [duplicate]

A little back-story -- Recently I saw a question SO (with a bounty of +50 rep) where I knew the answer. Someone had already attempted to answer the question both in comments and with an official ...
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How Could Stack Overflow Support “What's the Best X” Questions? [duplicate]

I've noticed that "What's the best..." questions are both popular and against the rules on Stack Exchange sites. I've also noticed that getting the pulse of the brilliant tech community that uses ...
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Should I accept the answer I like most, or the one that is most useful for others? [duplicate]

I've asked a question, which has a number of answers. One of them has 16 upvotes, big answer, very complete, and is probably going to be the most useful for other visitors in the future. On the other ...
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Asking questions not of personal interest [duplicate]

There are sometimes questions that come to mind, to ask on the site. They could be very general, or relate to common examples. However, I personally may not be interested in knowing the answer, or I ...
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How/Where to discuss a best design strategy? [duplicate]

I'm primarily a web developer (Cold Fusion / HTML, JS, CSS etc). I want to develop a part of my application that will be written in coldfusion. It's a scoring system and, much like this site (...
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Series of questions - yes or no - how to do it properly

I have recently tried to solve programming problems using questions on stackoverflow and database-administrators sites. I have observed following pattern in my behavior: Simplier questions are ...
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Adding someone else's answer to your own to make a better answer

If you have answered a question and then later read another answer that is also correct, or another way of doing it, is it good/fair/bad to edit your answer to incorporate the other answer, so there ...
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Correct procedure for dealing with adf.ly links (shortening service that pays poster)

What's the recommended approach to dealing with posts that include links shortened using AdFly. Should it the link be edited away or replaced, flagged, downvoted, or simply ignored? Unless I've ...
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How and when should we use the “invalid flag” flag? [closed]

I found the "invalid flag" option, and have used it a few times. Mostly where someone's flagged a post as "very low quality", but it's either been fixed or it was never really that bad. But it seems ...
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Posting Responses to Code Golf Questions in a Nonexistent Language [closed]

I'm working on a general-purpose programming language. In order to practice using it, gain a bit of recognition, and work out kinks in the design, I'd like to use it to solve some code golf questions ...
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Acceptable to group together many answers into a new one, explaining when each is appropriate?

I read this question when only this answer was present. I knew of other answers, but since there are so many possible answers I chose to give several of them giving use cases for each (e.g. the first ...
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One single best answer or multiple answers in community wiki style questions?

Is it considered good practice to accumulate multiple answers into one or should one provide multiple answers in questions where no single correct answer could be defined? I am asking because it ...
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Should pictures be linked to, or embedded?

What are the general guidelines on when to embed a picture in an answer and when to link it? F.e. If you post a pictured guide on how to solve a question, should you embed the pictures or just link ...
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better to post question with separate answers or a question with answers in the main body? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Etiquette for answering your own question Should I answer my own question, or not? I want to post a question on which I've done already quite a lot of research. I want to ...
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Acceptable solution for 'answer copying'?

I am sure this scenario is familiar to all of you. You click an unanswered question and after reading the question, you want to help and answer. After you answered, you remain the first and only ...
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Formatting for comprehension tips

While I'm certain that I pay more attention to this than average, I still believe every user should, at least periodically, remember that judicious text formatting aids reading comprehension. And as ...
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How to correct trivial mistakes in answers?

What is the proper way to correct trivial mistakes in answers? Correctness of even small details is desirable, but especially important when programming. Examples: Case A: Use the FooBra library....
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Comment conventions

This evening I commented on an answer before I left the office and later I found that I might have been too hasty in my efforts. It was pointed out to me, in a comment to my comment that I didnt ...
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Is this answer worthy of redemption?

Patient: It hurts when I bang my head against the wall. Doctor 1: The reason for that is [lengthy technical discussion]. But try again at 5pm on a Tuesday. Doctor 2: Don't bang your head on the ...
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Answer homework questions literally or best practice

This question sparked a short debate about whether it's best to answer homework questions in terms of best practice, or if it's better to answer literally. In this case, the practice of subclassing ...
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Best practices for asking a question inside another thread

Is it considered bad form to post an answer inside another thread asking a related question to the OP's original question? Sometimes I would like to leave a question as a comment, but being a Stack ...
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On one question, is it best to send one edit request with different kinds of edits or one edit for each kind?

I expected this question to be already asked, but couldn't find it, most probably my search-fu is weak, so here it is. As the title mentions, what is the best practice when you find a question that ...
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Do metaphors make the best answers?

My style of answering questions has always about clear, easy-to-understand explanations that describe the problem and solution in detail without relying primarily on metaphors. However, the community ...
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For search effectiveness, shouldn't SO tags be as generic as possible?

I ask this question because I believe it has ramifications on the effectiveness of search on stack overflow, and also will serve as a guide on my future editing activities on SO (generally geared ...