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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are good practices really that opinion based? [duplicate]

I asked this question and it was put on hold as opinion based in less than an hour. A few months ago, I asked another question about good practices and it got squashed quickly as well. I didn't ...
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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 ...
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Question of type: “What is the best…” ==> Why not, where to go? [duplicate]

I recently had one question put on "Hold" on Stack Overflow and was really sad, shocked and confused. It turns out that I modified my question, another user also improved it a lot and it was reopened. ...
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Should I edit tags of a question to what the answer consists of? [duplicate]

As an example, see this question. This is probably a bad example, but should I edit the question to include a tag like timespan, because it is relevant to the solution but did not get mentioned by ...
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Where is the best place to ask a subjective programming question? [duplicate]

I have a question that is a mix of system management, security and the Python language. In short, I want to ask the best way to maintain a production Python environment. This is something hundreds (if ...
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Linking to answers - possible “self promotion”?

Let's say a new question is posted, and I've answered that question before in depth. If I link to my answer in my comment, would that be considered "promoting" that answer - an attempt to gain more ...
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Forward progress answers

I recently read a question I found very interesting. It's here, if it matters I put some effort into helping the person get a good answer, and when I was done I had made forward progress on solving ...
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Are answers that just contain a regular expression pattern really “good answers”?

I have noticed an abundance of regex answers that consist of nothing but a pattern. Obviously, not explaining the patterns will lead the (often clueless) OPs to just copy and paste the solutions. ...
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How does one make a question go 'viral'

Some questions get tremendous amounts of views in a short time, such as this one which got 36k views in the first day, but the questions before and after it (that weren't closed) didn't even squeak ...
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Dealing with old questions whose answers have changed?

This answer to this question was in the review queue just now. The current best answer to this question is no longer completely correct. I now have a problem: I should draw the focus to this answer, ...
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Best practice or behavior on duplicates

If I ask a question, and somebody points out it's a duplicate, say I go and check the answers there and accept the fact that it is a duplicate (not necessarily an exact one, but it helps solve the ...
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Questions with no background and lots of answers

I was recently looking at some of the answers to the question Where does PostgreSQL store the database? The user didn't give any context in terms of what environment he was working under which ...
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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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Is it a good practice to add code brackets to technical terms? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Highlighting technical words? Is it a good practice to add code brackets to Classes or Technical terms when asking or answering questions? Ex: "Put the String in the end of ...
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Is refferencing on comments allowed?

Can I write on a comment on SO: you can insert the link of the new question here (on the comments) if you want my attention there?
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Is it OK to ask for acceptance? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Asking for someone to accept your answer I hope this is the right place to ask. Sometimes on Stackoverflow, you give a good answer, many upvotes, but the asker does not ...
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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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How to ask best practice questions?

Somewhat extension of: How can I ask a question that can be answered with a better approach? In a related question there was a comment saying it was possible to ask "concretly about pros and cons". ...
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How can I ask a question that can be answered with a better approach?

I asked this question: How can I retrieve JSONdata from ASP.NET and send it to jQuery? (implementing FullCalendar) The heart-breaking story is: I'm trying to implement the FullCalendar-jQuery-plugin ...
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How to approach a major grammar edit?

The text of this question is written with broken English and very little grammar. I understand it is completely acceptable for me to go in and edit specific grammar issues, but what are the rules ...
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Responding to new posts containing deprecated code

It is not uncommon for new posts to contain deprecated code: whilst there may well be good reasons for it in a legacy project, it's usually discouraged in new projects. Some users no doubt end up ...
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Asking for help to “push” a question into community wiki mode

With the advent of the new weaker wiki, and the inability to mark a question as community wiki, I've felt a little weird about one of my questions (since removed) which I felt deserved a wiki spot, ...
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Syntax Highlight sometimes not working [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why isn't syntax highlighting working in a question? Why isn't code coloured as it should be? I do not get it. If you look at this answer, you can see that the ...
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What to do when people take your arguments and use them in their answers?

There are certain type of questions which typically generate multiple diverging answers in a relatively short time, all posted in the same time window. These questions, for example: What is the ...
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Is flagging to close old questions best practice?

Related: How to get attention required to close old posts? Every once in a while, I stumble upon an old (usually subjective) question that would have been closed before it left the front page if it ...