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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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What is the best way to learn new things on Stack Exchange?

I am trying to figure out the best way to learn new things on Stack Exchange, and ultimately design a study plan to help myself and others. To this end, I'd like to hear how others use these websites ...
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What are some good tips for searching Stack Overflow?

I have found that the best way to search on Stack Overflow is to start to ask a question and use the suggestions it gives me. I do this since I have found the search textbox to be mostly useless. ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...