Questions tagged [ethics]

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

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Is my Chrome extension unethically circumventing SE privileges?

I built a Google Chrome extension that queries the SE API for the up/down vote count for a question or answer and then plugs that information into the appropriate vote score. Really, it looks and ...
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Question with answers deleted without discussion after like 20 minutes? [closed]

I've responded to this question (the link is for 10k users; the cached version before removal is here), and put quite some effort into my answer that received 2 votes. I wanted to look at it again and,...
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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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A question from an online programming exam I was partly responsible for conducting was asked here

This question was asked, which is identical to this problem from an online exam, the (Indian) Zonal Computing Olympiad 2013. This exam is one of the preliminary rounds which leads to the selection of ...
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Stack Overflow: the cheating tool for programming contests? [duplicate]

See this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/16447693/how-many-trees-are-possible This is a question from the ongoing CodeChef contest. The OP should not ask about it here. However, there ...
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Is it okay to mark an answer as 'Accepted' when I can't test it?

I asked a technical question on dba.stackexchange.com. I got a very good answer, but because I made many technical changes to my environment before I read the answer, I'm no longer in a position where ...
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Copy-paste answers: fair use? [duplicate]

Question : Is it considered ОК to copy-paste someone else's answer to an earlier question as your own, as long as you provide a link back to the original answer? Background : A question has been ...
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Should sarcasm be acceptable?

Branching from the lmgtfy-question, I'm curious if sarcastic responses in general should be tolerated on Stack Overflow. This is the nasty cousin of the LMGTFY responses. I'm afraid these types ...
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How to deal with an accepted answer that is not answering the question? [duplicate]

I recently came across a question in Workplace SE where the accepted answer does not provide a solution to the question. From the most upvoted comment on the answer, I'm curious how this is the ...
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Making valid use of comments containing "-1"

I am trying to check if there are good/valid uses of "-1" comments. I know this is not valid: -1: Bad post. But is this okay? With all due respect, I don't think this is a very helpful ...
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Helping a Phisher? [closed]

I'm commenting on this question about parsing data in a BrowserField on Blackberry. I was suspicious about why someone would do this, and tried to persuade the questioner to use other methods of ...
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Soft question: code of ethics of using answers in writing an academic paper

Do we have any code of ethics about using the answers in Stack Exchange for writing the academic paper? Situation 1. Someone is writing a paper, but stuck. He found several answers in the Stack ...
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Is it ethical to downvote answers so my question is unanswered again?

Is it ethical to downvote answers so my question is unanswered again? In my specific example here, I have two answers, each with one upvote, neither of which seem to get the point of the question (if ...
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Does Stack Exchange need a formal code of ethics that applies to users when using the site?

There are numerous questions asking whether a specific behavior is "ethical" on Stack Exchange sites. Such questions are difficult (well, impossible) to answer without a code of ethics or a set of ...
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Is down-voting an answer, because the question was not a good fit, justified?

A few minutes ago, a person downvoted my answer on Stack Overflow to one question, because the actual question is not suitable for the site. I've never seen anybody downvoting an answer because such ...
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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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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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Is it OK to use a hidden HTML hack to circumvent minimum answer length?

I've followed the advice of this possible duplicate so far: Is it ok to flog people for circumventing the minimum answer size? There may be other similar questions asked, but I've seen none that ...
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Can or should we delete an answer that violates online course honor code? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should moderators enforce NDAs for software vendors? Due to the rise of online courses such as Coursera, the number of questions paired with these courses is on the rise as ...
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Lack of down voting, and the public image of a down vote

While searching for similar topics I found several discussions which mainly discuss whether or not to down vote in a particular situation. Typically, I agree with the accepted answers. It seems that (...
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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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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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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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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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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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Recommended course of action if you see users attempting to game the rep system?

Just wondering what the recommended course of action is if you see a user attempting to game the reputation system? (In this instance, they were asking someone to hold off/remove an existing upvote ...
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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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Dealing with questions of nefarious intent

How should we treat questions that are, or have seeds of, evil or malicious purposes and actions, such as writing spambots and malware? Should they be answered like regular "everybody keeps their ...
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Do we answer questions that may have malicious intent? [duplicate]

What do we do if we come across a question that could have malicious intent behind it. I found one such question and don't know what the normal practice regarding these questions is. Do we flag them? ...
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Sporadic, explicitly shuffled page loads

On a question that has a lot of answers, it's possible that a very good but late-coming answer gets buried near the bottom: few people may scroll down that far, and so the answer never attains the ...
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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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When is it appropriate to link to your own paywalled website from your answers? [duplicate]

I've encountered this answer on SO. At the end of the answer the user has placed a link to his article on a 3rd party site that requires paid subscription before reading articles. This makes the link ...
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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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Does Stack Exchange prevent cheating with "fake" accounts?

I've been thinking how easily a user could create a fake account to upvote all his own questions/answers. I didn't think of doing it myself; I like to win my reputation the right way, but I'm sure ...
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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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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 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 "...
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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 ...