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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 ...
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Is humor allowed in answers?

Sometimes I see a question and a humorous answer to it. Sometimes it makes me laugh, and I'm tempted to up-vote it, even if it doesn't really solve the problem stated by the question. But, I have ...
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How can I network with other developers on Stack Overflow?

So let's say I get an answer from someone who seems like a nice guy to have around and is open to contact after answering a question. How can I start networking with other developers who use Stack ...
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What does reputation really mean and do you pay attention to anyone's but your own?

I haven't been here very long, but it seems to me that I frequently see people with lots of badges and hundreds, if not thousands, of reputation points asking pretty simple questions. I don't want to ...
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What are the hidden features of Stack Exchange?

What features of Stack Exchange sites do you consider "hidden"?
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How long should I keep trying to solve my own problem before asking?

I'm just wondering what an appropriate period is for looking for an answer to a particular problem (both here and elsewhere) before asking on an SO site? Usually the questions I've asked have been ...
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What is proper etiquette when someone posts copyrighted material?

I just ran into an answer in which the author included a link to a PDF book that was licensed only to them. I'm pretty sure this is copyrighted material and the author does not want copies of the book ...
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StackOverflow User Statistics [closed]

A few days ago I had a post that provided data scraped from the profile pages of over 23,000 StackOverflow users with the intention of having the community mine the database and produce interesting ...
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Is simply upvoting the best answers to old questions the best way to get them off the unanswered list?

While the answers might not be the best or the question really doesn't have an answer, if none are upvoted or the person doesn't accept an answer, they sit and sit in the unanswered page. In cases ...
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Why do you lose reputation for downvoting?

It is incredibly rare that I downvote on this or any other community site. I would rather just ignore the item. However, occasionally some very bad advice is given that is worthy of a downvote. Why ...
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When should you edit tags?

Tag editing appears to be fairly random. It seems to me that the point of tags is to help me find stuff. For instance, I use the [c#] tag to find questions on C# - one of my specialities. Why do ...
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Should I upvote “bad” questions?

Sorry, I haven't been paying much attention to the meta-discussions here lately, so I'm not sure if this is appropriate or not, but I just had something on my mind I wanted to share with you. Anyway, ...
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Does my inability to answer questions reflect badly upon me?

I really enjoy browsing Stack Overflow. I've learned quite a few things just from perusing the questions. But, I have to admit, it's really bruising my confidence when I realize how much I don't know. ...
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How can we ask something specific to a region on Stackoverflow?

There are some topics that are specific to certain regions. For instance; in Brazil there is a specific technology called "Nota Fiscal Eletrônica NFe" (something like electronic invoice), which is ...
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How do I request further information on an answer?

I have asked a question and received a good response. But I want more information about it. How am I supposed to go about asking it? Just a create a new question?
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What do I do when my joke non-answer is accepted?

It appears my joke non-answer was accepted by the questioner for some reason. Obviously, this does a disservice to anyone who might run across the question later on. Obviously, I voted up the other, ...
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Should I remove tags which don't seem appropriate?

For example, I was just reading a question on "What's the best WTF you've seen?" and it was tagged as "assembler c c++ c#". Similarly you often see questions about a particular algorithm where the ...
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Is it useful to post questions I already know the answer to on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I ask a question I know the answer to? I have a log of problems I've encountered over the years with the solution at the particular time. What's the etiquette for ...
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What answer to accept?

There are so many good answers to my questions that it's sometimes hard to decide what answer to designate as accepted. I really feel that more than one is "accepted." What should one do in this ...
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What is the best way to find questions to old answers?

Dyslexic I am not. I just want to know the best way to find previous questions that may answer mine (on SO). I try to search but I tend to get too many irrelevant results. What's your best method ...
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Can I answer a question multiple times? [duplicate]

If I have two separate answers to a question, should I put both in the same post or should I post first one and then the other? For instance: Q: Can I eat honey and locusts? A: Both are ...
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Aren't questions about “best” going to end up having answers reflecting only popularity?

Which is not the same thing at all. E.g. "what's the best book?" - people will vote up the books they've read. This might be useful but won't answer the (possibly unanswerable) question "what's the ...
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SEO in Stack Overflow

We've been out of private beta for only two days, and stackoverflow.com is already ranking high in Google Search. Are there any specific techniques applied in the site? I've been researching the ...
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Wat gebeurt er met een vraag die niet in het engels wordt gesteld? / What happens to questions that aren't in English?

I will translate: What will happen to questions that aren't in english? What are the consequences for questions that aren't in English? Eventually there could be a storm of people that populate ...
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Is it okay to answer a Stack Overflow question with a link? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? Just wondering what the etiquette for posting links should be. Let’s say you find a post or ...
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Could we please be a bit nicer to new users?

There is a distinct decline in the level of civility on all the sites here. Some of this is due to new users coming in and posting spam and other nonsense, but the off-topic and downvote buttons are ...
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How do I move extra-informative answer to a different question?

A question I asked (link) has an answer that's important, but answers a different question (link). How can I move the answer to a proper question without copy-pasting it? It is important to me that ...
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Is stackoverflow.com written in Ruby on Rails? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which tools and technologies build the Stack Exchange Network? I know this is kind of off-topic, but just curious.
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Co-petition with PerlMonks?

What is the ideal stance to take with regard to other similar resources, such as PerlMonks?
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Editing versus answering?

If you want to expand on someone's existing answer (add more detail, provide an example or code snippet, etc.) and have the ability to edit other folks' answers, is it better to add your own answer, ...
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I keep getting lame answers on SO

I was under the impression that SO was for those that have already tried Google and have not found a suitable answer. However, about 90% of the time, I just get people giving me links from Google ...
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How to ask great questions

As programmers we are daily faced with having to get requirements, test things out, etc. It's practically half our job to know what questions to ask, and how to ask them to get the most concise, ...
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Fastest Gun in the West Problem

I feel like there's a problem with Stack Overflow, as the number of people prowling it increases. Each question's answers are sorted by descending score. This means that if a person sits down and ...
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Where should I post follow-up questions?

I recently posted a question that quite promptly got a number of decent answers. One of those answers led me to a closely related but slightly different question. What's the best way to bring up that ...
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Will reputation spiral out of all control? [duplicate]

Since reputation is relatively 'cheap' to gain, it can be awarded to others 'for free', and can only seldom be lowered, does this mean overall reputation scores will get higher and higher and, ...
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Is reputation important?

I'm wondering how much a reputation score would make people trust an answer or not? Does my current (167) make it more likely that you believe me or distrust me?
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What is the policy here on homework?

I am not a student, but I know other avenues have had problems in the past with students trying to get others to do their work for them. I am sure most of the people on this site right now would not ...
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Etiquette for selecting answers

I'm kind of curious what kinds of criteria other people go through when selecting the correct answer to their questions. Here's what I consider when selecting the answer to my question: Is the ...
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Do you delete your own answer when it's a duplicate?

When I post an answer to a brand new question I usually find that someone else has submitted that same answer just moments before. (Matt Hamilton, usually ;-) ) What I've started to do lately is (I ...
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Is it acceptable to edit broken English?

I've seen (and written) plenty of posts which have been edited by others to correct typos, broken URLs and so on. I think everyone can agree this is a good thing. How about editing for poor/broken ...
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What formula should be used to determine “hot” questions?

Right now the front page Popular tab is fairly broken -- it's a simple descending sort by views. As Joel said in podcast #18, it is "a self-fulfilling prophecy." But this is not intentional, it's only ...
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Are “pingback” answers to Stack Overflow questions OK?

After playing around with the site for a few days I already see many topics I may write about on my blog in the future. Some are directly related to questions here while others may only use the ...
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What's the best way to contribute to Stack Overflow if you don't have a ton of technical knowledge? [closed]

So far I love what I see from Stack Overflow, and I find myself visiting quite often during my work day. My areas of expertise are J2EE and Spring Framework, and I'm starting to get a little ...
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Is accepting an answer discouraging more answers?

Sometimes I read a question that has an accepted answer, and I feel I won't add any value if I answer. Should one wait to accept an answer in order not to discourage a potentially better answer?