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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 and then by descending time of posting. This ...
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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? [closed]

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 ...
Mike Wills's user avatar
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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 ...
Leon Bambrick's user avatar
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18 answers

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 ...
Orion Edwards's user avatar
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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, ...
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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 ...
Anders Sandvig's user avatar
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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?
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Do you ever not upvote a question that you answer? [duplicate]

Whenever I submit an answer (a real answer, not some @someone comment) I upvote the question. I generally do this because if the question is good enough to take time to answer it, it's good enough to ...
Mark Harrison's user avatar
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Would it be a problem if all Amazon links were converted to affiliate links? [duplicate]

I'm thinking that one way Jeff and the Stack Overflow team could squeeze some extra money out of this site would be to automatically convert all Amazon links posted here into affiliate links, e.g. ...
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How can I indicate that I am a "cooperative" questioner?

I pretty regularly scan my asked questions and upvote good answers. I figure if somebody's going to take the trouble to answer one of my questions, it's the least I can do. I'd like to be able to ...
Mark Harrison's user avatar
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Is the Stack Overflow source code available? [duplicate]

Do the SO admins have any plans to release the underlying code for SO at all? I appreciate that the code may be part of their competitive advantage, but it strikes me that the underlying system would ...
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Should Stack Overflow be Inclusionist or Deletionist? [closed]

Inclusionism vs. Deletionism has been a philosophical debate at Wikipedia for some time, and has already started to be discussed on this site during Stack Overflow's very short life (see here, here, ...
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Why aren't people voting for questions?

While at least some answers from every question seem to have been up-voted as a "helpful" answer: about 49% of questions have score of 0 or 1. another 21% of questions have a score of 2. Most ...

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