Questions tagged [discussion]

Questions that may not necessarily have a clear-cut right or wrong answer and are often subjective. If your question isn't a bug report, feature request, or request for assistance, or question with a concrete answer, it's probably a discussion.

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Why the bias against subjective questions? [duplicate]

It seems more and more lately that people on this site dislike subjective questions, as opposed to ones about narrow, technical topics. I don't understand this. I see two reasons as to why subjective ...
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How should I deal with questions from people who don't know enough to ask?

I've been hanging around C/C++ questions mostly, and I am seeing some questions where the only useful answer is "go take computer science 101" or "go read K&R, and don't come back till you ...
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When to drink when listening to Stack Overflow?

It's the holidays, what could be more fun than kicking back with your programming relatives, a few drinks and the Stack Overflow podcast? Don't answer that, instead suggest rules for the Stack ...
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Why do Stackers consistently vote down humorous responses?

I've noticed that humorous responses tend to get voted down quickly and regularly. Typically software developers have a keen sense of humor, and nurture it as a survival instinct. It does not make ...
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When should correct answers get downvoted?

Lately, I've seen quite a few correct answers get downvoted simply because someone didn't think they were the best answer. For example: someone asks for a regular expression to parse a url in their ...
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How to get over 200 reputation points every day [duplicate]

I was watching the top users and saw the honourable Jon Skeet profile with his 136k+ 558k+ 1M reputation. This man has a lot of quality posts and I respect him a lot. He deserves the reputation he has,...
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How to refer to your blog when answering? [duplicate]

I know that putting a link to your blog in a signature is frowned upon and rightly so. Is it okay to link to your blog in an answer if that blog post answers the question? Are there other situations ...
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Is Tactical Down-Voting ever valid?

Has anyone noticed any tactical downvoting of their, or other people, answers? For example, in a recent answer to a question, my answer described a possible solution. Shortly afterwards, another ...
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How does a stack overflow?

The stackoverflow.com logo suggests a certain description of a stack overflow. I don't mean to say that logos must be correct in what they depict. The logo is perfectly all right as a logo. But how ...
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When do YOU post a question to Stack Overflow?

At the risk of suggesting a topic (such as politics, religion or sex) that is better left discussed in a private forum... When do you post a question to Stack Overflow? Do you RTFM first? ...
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“Community Wiki” and SO meta-discussion

As of 12:30 EST on November 15th, there were 30,658 registered users of Stack Overflow, of whom 1,458 had at least a 750 reputation and could therefore edit Community Wiki posts. I suggest that if ...
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What's the incentive to answer questions?

I am still new to this website but I am curious, what is the incentive for people to answer questions? It seems like there is a much higher time effort of people to answering versus asking, which ...
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Has SO become Cliffs Notes/Do My homework site for CS students [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to ask and answer homework questions? I started to answer a question, then stopped because it looks like a homework assignment. What is the proper etiquette/response? ...
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Why do incorrect answers keep getting “accepted”?

Seeing incorrect answers get "accepted" makes me seriously doubt the value of Stack Overflow. For example, this answer about Perl's symbolic references was accepted - but any competent Perl programmer ...
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Using Stack Overflow to track language popularity

I thought it would be a good idea to track a programming language's popularity by looking at Stack Overflow. I took 20 languages and counted the number of questions per language and put the results up ...
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What's the incentive to answer old/inactive questions?

I find myself going back through old questions periodically, and I occasionally come across questions on which I feel I can share some insight. My question is: why bother? If the question is old and ...
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Stack Overflow as a reference in a professional paper/presentation

Suppose I'm doing an academic paper, journal article, or other professional presentation. Would you say that it would be possible to use Stack Overflow as a reference? Of course I'm pretty sure ...
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Is Stack Overflow reputation marketable? [closed]

So far Stack Overflow seems like a great place to help out fellow programmers and get excellent answers. Is the reputation one earns from this process marketable? Would you as a potential employer ...
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What is the policy on signatures and links in answers? [duplicate]

This is a general policy/netiquette question for the sites? Some people like to include 'signatures' in their answers But signatures are redundant, since the poster's gravatar is already on each ...
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Why are non-programming related questions being voted down? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why the bias against subjective questions? I think it's kind of silly to vote down a non-programming question when it is still highly technical in nature. This seems like a ...
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What to do when a user deletes all their questions and answers?

A Stack Overflow user seems to have deleted all his questions and answers. He had more than 100 answers to other people's questions. Some of his answers had more than 10 upvotes. I already recovered ...
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Criteria for up-voting

In what seems to be a blatant violation of Sturgeon's Law, most of the answers on StackOverflow are clear, thoughtful, polite and accurate. This may be largely due to the self-correcting nature of ...
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What is the point of voting up a question?

I totally get how upvoting good answers makes the whole site work. But what is the point of upvoting a question? Relatedly, for what criteria are we meant to vote a question up? Is a well written ...
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How much total time and resources did it take to develop stackoverflow.com?

How much total time and resources did it take to develop stackoverflow.com? This is a great application that sets the bar for the rest of is.
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Localized versions of Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

I don't think Stack Overflow should allow questions in other languages, do they? I often hear comments like "I wish we had Stack Overflow in our language". Are there any plans to make Stack Overflow ...
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What does the Strunk & White badge mean?

I understand what it takes to earn the Strunk & White badge, but where does the name of the badge come from? What does the name mean or refer to?
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How should a questioner respond to answers?

What's the right protocol to engage in discussion with people answering your question? If someone asks for more details (or posts a suggestion which you've already tried), should you: Edit your ...
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Any legal exposure from answering questions?

I'm pretty sure I have no contractual obligation to readers, but are there other grounds, such as negligence, on which I could be liable for posting an answer that ends up costing someone? If I ...
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Why are there voting limits?

Similar to this, but I'm interested in why. Why am I limited to identifying 40 useful questions and answers per day? It seems strange that a website dedicated to community editing would limit that ...
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How reasonable is it to correct terminology in questions and tags?

I've come across various questions with incorrect use of terminology in them. The primary abuses (in C# questions) are: Referring to "C# 3.5" (which doesn't exist) instead of "C# 3.0" or ".NET 3.5" ...
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Which answer do I accept if I have multiple correct answers?

I asked a question that turned out to have multiple correct answers. How do I pick between them to determine which to accept? All of the answers were different. They were not the same answer given ...
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Reputation statistics and chaos theory

After a few hours here on Stack Overflow, I began to ask myself some theoretical questions related to reputation scores and total number of reputation points distributed by the system. It seems that ...
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Stack Overflow on social networks (LinkedIn, Facebook, hi5, Orkut)

We now have groups for promoting Stack Overflow on some social networking sites. They are quasi-official. Everyone's welcome to join any of them. LinkedIn --- promote your Stack Overflow ...
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Should StackOverflow reward unoriginal research/verifiability?

I've been asking and answering several questions so far, and I often don't like what I see. There is too much ignorance in the answers, even the ones chosen to be correct. Do you think StackOverflow ...
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How much can people deduce from my project(s) by looking at my posts?

I post some of my issues to Stack Overflow and other places on the web. Should I be concerned about what people can deduce from these posts about my projects?
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StackOverflow Windows Taskbar Notifier

I've created a simple windows taskbar application that checks a user's reputation on SO. The input is the user's url (http://stackoverflow.com/users/...) and notifies the user of changes in his ...
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How do I combine two answers to create the best answer on stackoverflow?

I just asked my first question on stackoverflow and I'm really impressed that my question seems to be answered sufficiently already! See: Width of an element accounting for quirks mode in javascript? ...
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How do you track what caused a move in your reputation?

Being a rep addict (and just waiting for this one to be voted down by the "not programming related" police), but also being a keen participant, the more questions I answer the less I know what causes ...
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With regards to Stack Overflow, why and what is the philosophy behind tagging?

Sorry if this counts as "navelgazing meta-discussion", but I'm actually wondering because part of a system I'm building for a tool of mine will be intimately driven by user tagging, so I'd like to ...
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When should I delete my posts? [duplicate]

I have posted a few times and answered my own questions. Normally it was because I was overlooking something or just plain doing something stupid. So I deleted the post thinking it would not benefit ...
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Firefox StackOverflow Toolbar

You can follow development progress on Twitter: @stack_o_bar There's a Google Groups in place for discussion. New Developments: The StackOverflow Bar has been accepted into the public as of 24 ...
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Should wrong but funny answers be posted?

I saw a question and thought of some answers that were completely ridiculous, but funny. I decided not to post them, but wondered if they would be appreciated by the community, or just voted down.
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Why should the FAQ be community owned?

I have noticed a lot of comments indicating that FAQs should be community owned. Why is this a good practice?
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On SO - how much do I have to know before I ask a programming question?

When asking a programming question on SO, how much homework (i.e. searching both inside and outside SO, reading materials/books/papers, attempting hacks on own, etc.) should be done prior to posting ...
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When voting an answer down, is it polite to add a comment giving a reason? [duplicate]

When you vote down an answer to a question, do you leave a comment to explain why? Personally I think this is very useful, since if someone has written something that is wrong they can be set straight....
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Should I not answer my own questions? [duplicate]

I asked a question recently, looking for examples of an online tool. Per the FAQ, I answered my own question with a few examples that I had already found. I did this so that these examples would be ...
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When you accept an answer should you also vote it up? [duplicate]

By accepting an answer you're obviously already saying that it was useful. Should an additional up-vote be reserved for answers that are particularly useful, or do people always tend to use the two in ...
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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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How can we make good answers to old questions float to the top?

Occasionally, a great answer is added to an old question. Too often, simply because of the age of the question and the lack of public visibility, that answer will not get any votes. Thus as it stands, ...
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When or should you delete your incorrect answer?

I just deleted an answer I had left to a question because it had been proven to be wrong. It seems that this would be the proper thing to do, since the purpose of the site is to provide correct ...