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Questions tagged [ethics]

Questions that involve systematizing, suggesting, defending and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct on Stack Exchange

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How can I remove a (down)vote that I accidentaly made [duplicate]

I noticed that I have accidentally casted a down-vote, and now it is locked for removal. I noticed this by my reputation gain not being equal to a multiple of 5 and when I looked it up (I thought ...
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Ethics of editing Title, and/or tags

Often times I see posts for which the asker has filled in the maximum number of tags, and although the concepts for each tag exist in the content of the post, the question asked is really only about 1 ...
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Ethics of repeating/bumping previously asked question [duplicate]

TLDR: OK to repeat someone else's old, unanswered question if (as a creditless newbie) I can't vote it up or comment or otherwise help bring it to attention? Details: I encountered an issue and ...
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Can we delete comments efficiently without causing legitimate mental issues for their authors?

Recently, a conversation I was engaged in was deleted. Confused, I asked about that and it was explained to me (politely and helpfully). But I'm concerned that this is a frequent occurrence, that ...
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What is the Stack Exchange community's stance on digital anonymity?

Although I understand the site hosts information and that information in itself should not be censored, looking at tor.stackexchange.com it seems that a sizeable number of questions are related to ...
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Should Mods be allowed to affect questions they are related to?

I saw an instance where I voted to flag a question as off topic. Now, I am not sure, but I think that a Moderator, who might have asked/answered/commented on the question, stopped/removed(?) the flag. ...
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Is it allowed to explicitly ask for upvotes in the body of a post? [duplicate]

← Vote up if you think this post is helpful. That's an example. I often see such requests in comments, but not sure if it's suitable in post body.
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Is it OK to write a new answer after I deleted a downvoted one earlier on?

I answered a question in a rush recently. For good or bad, the answer received a downvote quickly. I deleted the answer soon thereafter... but kept thinking about the question during the weekend. Now ...
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Answer is likely to be used for objectionable purposes

Should I answer a question if the information I am about to publish can be useful for others but also can and is very likely to be used for some dark business? For instance - I was going to make a ...
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Serial voting reversed and recidivism prevention [duplicate]

I recently seen a message called serial voting reversed. In my "reputation" in my user profile on Mi Yodeia, there was 62 downvotes canceled and 5 of my downvote canceled. There was also 8 upvotes ...
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Avoid being banned when introducing others to SE

In order to get my girlfriend to join Stack Exchange, I sometimes write questions using her account and upvote these question with my own account. I'm not doing this because she is my girlfriend and ...
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Is it legit to edit tags then answer if it boosts my tag score?

Suppose I edit a question's tags, and then answer the question, thus boosting my tag score. Is this legit? The question is: Unlock the code! The puzzle could reasonably be tagged 'math' in my ...
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Should I be using content from deleted posts on the Stack Exchange network?

If someone makes a post on any site on the Stack Exchange Network, they grant Stack Exchange a license to (among other things) display and store the work. This license is irrevocable, even if the ...
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Is it unethical and/or against rules to offer a solution for a fee, when the question is invalid? [duplicate]

I recently saw a question where someone asked for StackOverflow users to convert some Javascript code to PHP, since he didn't know how. Unsurprisingly, this questions was downvoted and flagged, as it'...
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Ethics of participating on Stack Overflow being not 100% altruist

This question appeared in my mind with relation to another my question (Yet another question about Tenacious badge), but I think this one is worth being asked separately. I made some analysis of my ...
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Priority of grammar, spelling and punctuation in questions [duplicate]

How much priority should be given to grammar, spelling and punctuation when editing a question? How relevant are those? Should questions and answers be edited because of the sole reason there are ...
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Is it ethical to ask people to downvote

I see the accepted answer here is definitely wrong- What is the difference between %d and %*d in c language? Should I encourage people (who might come across my blog) to downvote this answer? I think ...
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Is it ethical for me to post answers from some other source under my account on Stack Exchange?

I asked a question on Ask Ubuntu and also shared that question on Facebook. After that, some comments on Facebook gave me the answer I needed! But the users who gave me the answer have only Facebook ...
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Is it wrong to lie when asking a question?

I asked What metric to imperial conversions should I know for traveling to the US? on Travel Stack Exchange. But I'm not really going on holiday. Was it okay to ask this, considering I'm making up ...
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Posting a question, which “Can be a duplicate” but not an EXACT DUPLICATE

I have a programming question which is similar to some posts in SO, but neither an exact match to my scenario nor providing adequate information. Although some posts were helpful and I povided upvotes ...
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How does the site handle old questions with 0 answers, and won't be deleted under current policy?

From the "How can a post be deleted?" faq answer: The system will automatically delete unlocked, unanswered questions with score of zero (or one if the owner is deleted), fewer than 1.5 views per ...
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Should one down-vote a question because one disagrees with the questioner's views expressed on a past occasion not mentioned in the question?

Is it appropriate to down-vote a question because one disagrees with beliefs of the poster that are not mentioned in the question? Is it appropriate to characterize as a "rant" a paper one has not ...
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Is it inappropriate to give users you admire gold badges?

It is very easy in some SE sites to obtain a gold Publicist badge by sharing a link on popular sites such as reddit. Such links contains your user number; by changing the user number, you can ...
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Is mass-accepting answers from the same user to drive up rep acceptable?

Similar questions have been asked, for instance: Is there some mechanism for preventing a two-person team from farming rep? This situation, however, is a little different: I ran this query for "true ...
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Voting and high rep users

I mostly like to browse the Stack Exchange sites, flagging, down/upvoting, and commenting. Sometimes, when I am looking at a question, I find an answer that is code-only or is just a link with one ...
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Is an edit that changes mobile links to desktop links a meaningful edit?

Some websites, like Wikipedia, use an m. prefix to distinguish between the mobile and the desktop version. Mobile users often automatically get the mobile version when navigating to the desktop ...
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Is it ethical according to SO to ask the questions of a site of area51 in its existing parent SE site?

There is a site in making named "Coffee" in Area51. There is a successful cooking site already active. I am a newbie coffee drinker and am curious about coffee. I am finding those questions of "...
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Is it ok to upvote or downvote all the posts of one person regardless of their content?

I was wondering if it was ok to downvote or upvote all the threads made by one person for personal reasons regardless of the threads content ?
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Bad English from non-native speakers [duplicate]

I've been recently coming across questions with poor English; questions that are grammatically incorrect, not properly capitalised and whatnot. What should we do about it? Should we downvote or edit ...
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Is it OK to make a bounty to draw attention to my answer?

I posted a late answer to a featured Meta.SE question last week, and was really interested in getting feedback on it. Because it was posted late, and the question was featured on SO before I posted, ...
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Is it acceptable to upvote one answer and downvote several/all of others?

I have just run across a question that had several (4 or 5) answers, of which 1 was correct, and 3 incorrect (for different reasons). I upvoted and downvoted accordingly. Is there any moral reason ...
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Is it okay to borrow information from other answers? [duplicate]

Say there are several answers to a question, and I realize that if I borrow some information from other answers all the information addressing the question will be in one place. What should I do? Do ...
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Open Bounty (get reputation back) [duplicate]

I noticed this behavior on SO, this is the case: A user opens a bounty for a question (let's say 300 points) This questions tends to be more difficult compared to a regular question The user get a ...
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OP has edited his question and completely changed it

This question was asked today. The OP posted a lengthy assignment and asked for clarification on his course. I indicated that I thought this was off topic and voted to close. Later, I found the OP has ...
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Question does not belong to SO but has been answered on SO, what to do with the answer?

One of the first (naive) questions I posted on SO actually belongs to Super User: I wanted to ship the question over there despite it being already answered on SO; it received more upvotes than ...
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Are “polite” comments discouraged? [duplicate]

In this question someone thanked me for an edit, and I could have sworn that I responded. Later, I could not find my own comment, which only said "You're welcome." So I posted it (again?). Then I was ...
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Teammates upvoting your question. Is it considered cheating?

Here is a hypothetical situation. I am working with a small team (less than 5 people) on a project. While the project progress, we have some questions that we tried to solve, but for some reason ...
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Can moderators spam members' email? [duplicate]

Can a Moderator view our personal email and other private information? If they can, then how can Stack Exchange make sure that they will not abuse using it by selling members' info or for any other ...
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What if two different users post nearly identical answers to a question at the same time?

Yesterday on Stack Overflow, another user and I posted the same answer at the same time co-incidentally. Today he has commented below my answer that I have copied him and he voted me down as well. - ...
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Is it ethical to vote to delete someone else's answer to my question?

Should someone with the privilege vote to delete an answer to their own question? For instance, if someone has answered my question, in good faith, by talking around the point giving confusing advice ...
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treading on somebody's toes - dealing with mischievous tormentor [duplicate]

I think I might anger someone recently, because in just a few seconds someone downvoted all my answers that I've ever posted on SO. Can I defend myself somehow from such behaviour? I know it's ...
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Should I write my comment as an answer if it appears to be true answer? [duplicate]

I know comments are for getting details about question and so but some questions have little answer like "you forgot to put a ',' in here". When i wrote this and then it solves the problem should i ...
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What's the rule regarding scripting which violates a program's EULA

In the main SO site, I have seen a few questions about botting for various games - something that is generally frowned upon by members of the online communities surrounding these games. For example, ...
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Ethics of Profile Picture Fraud?

I've noticed that very few people on Stack Overflow have an actual picture of themselves as their profile picture. Which makes it very suspicious when I see a user ask a question and they have a ...
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Report errors not asked by the user [duplicate]

A user posted his/her code and asked a question regarding a specific section. However, it is clear from whatsoever code he/she posted that the program inherently has several other bugs. However, the ...
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It is fun to have fun but you have to know how: answer the question!

I noticed this question on SO: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/20360181/how-can-you-programmatically-simulate-a-keypress-mousemove (removed for moderation, available to 10k users). The question ...
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Be extra helpful to new users

I generally don't participate much on SO or Meta. This is not a new case but I can't just prevent myself from posting this. Let's look at this question: PHP CURL not loading in WAMP after upgrading ...
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How to Ask a question which is a continuation [duplicate]

How to ask a question if it is a continuation of a question I asked before? Should I edit my question and ask, or ask that as a new question?
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Cheat for `Unsung hero` badge? [duplicate]

Here's the description of the badge: Zero score accepted answers: more than 10 and 25% of total Is it possible delete my answers with positive points, and then undelete them? What will happen if ...
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Commenting to recommend deletion

So I just saw a question that asked for a recommendation. These questions are almost always closed because they require opinions. Is it a good idea to comment and tell the OP they may want to delete ...