Questions tagged [etiquette]

Etiquette is the norms and standards of accepted behavior and politeness in our community. The golden rule is "Think before you post."

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Is "the community" an arbiter or an authority of "belonging" on the site?

tl;dr version: Is "the community" a legislative body or a judicial one? In What topics can I ask about here? there are a few guidelines right at the top that ostensibly inform you whether or ...
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Should comments that only serve to self-deprecate be flagged? If so, how?

For example, "I'm such a X", or "I feel like such a X", where "X" is often "idiot", "moron", or some other words I don't like to see or say. Such ...
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Is there stigma associated with self-answers on certain network sites? Or different etiquette? If so, why?

Background I was told in chat that some sites don't / might not see self-answers in a positive light, which I found surprising, having read the (fairly old) "It’s OK to Ask and Answer Your Own ...
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Is there a list of ChatGPT discussions and policies for our sites?

Lately, the use of ChatGPT on the network has become controversial, with Stack Overflow completely banning using generated text for content and several other sites considering bans. Could we get a ...
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Would anyone support a feature request to give users a "no comments" option when posting a question?

Who would support this idea of a "comments off" toggle on your own questions when you post a question? Requests for clarification would be submitted, and publicly displayed after approval - ...
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How do Stack Exchange sites that do not require professionals work?

This is just from assumption, but the Stack Exchange websites such as Movies & TV or Anime & Manga are most likely having their questions answered by similar viewers and readers, rather than ...
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Reversing and redownvoting to force reputation loss

Background I am aware of the reasons reputation has a floor of 1, and I think that's just fine. Occasionally I will downvote a post whose OP has a reputation of 1. I'm OK with how the downvote will ...
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Is it ok for a moderator to join a private WhatsApp or Telegram group with users from the same site they moderate?

All SE sites already have chat rooms and meta sites to discuss things related to the main site. However, some like-minded users can sometimes create parallel groups on WhatsApp, Facebook, Telegram, ...
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Where in my cross-posted question should I mention that the question is cross-posted?

What I understand about cross-posting: Usually, don't. But whenever you do (like if it's really justified to do so), then mention it. Ok, assuming for the sake of argument that something is allowed to ...
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Can the recommendation to ask a new question when it's closed be removed everywhere? It never works [duplicate]

Since my previous question was closed as a duplicate but the issue wasn't resolved, I'm asking a new one as the close reason recommends me to. It either demonstrates the issue or should stand based ...
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Having 'nice' text - are we too strict? [duplicate]

I recently posted an answer and also have posted questions as well with text like "Thanks for your help" "I hope this helps you" "I hope this is helpful" These types of ...
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Posting questions on different Stack Exchange sites [duplicate]

I asked a question on unix.stackexchange and after not getting an answer for two days I asked the same question on Ask Ubuntu. There I got an answer immediately. Should I now delete my first question, ...
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On using SE as a sort of survey of perspectives on hypothetical issues. Also, on posting same questions in different SE sites to do so [closed]

I am writing a science fiction novel. It is my first time trying to write sci-fi. My knowledge of science is rather amateur. I have, somewhat seriously, taught myself physics and chemistry. On ...
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How to ask a question when self-answering?

I've been researching lots of questions in the game World of Warcraft (WoW), and usually the answers to practical questions such as "Where is an item located?" are buried in the comment ...
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Is it good etiquette to stall accepting an answer just to raise the visibility or advertise your question?

I am a user in several SE sites and I regularly observe the following situation. There are posts with many good answers and the OP stalls to accept any of them. First of all I am aware that: When I ...
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Does the Age Eligibility section of ToS apply to biological or mental age? [closed]

Current version of the Public Network Terms of Service (accessed 2021-02-13) includes a section about underage users: 3. Age Eligibility You must be at least 13 years old to access or use the Network ...
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What constitutes an affiliation disclosure?

The guidelines for expected behavior state: The community tends to vote down overt self-promotion and flag it as spam. Post good, relevant answers, and if some (but not all) happen to be about your ...
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Is it acceptable to edit old posts to change ASCII-styled tables to the new table syntax?

Before the introduction of table support, there were various posts across the network that used ASCII-styled (or other similar) tables as a workaround. An example of this is this answer. Is it ...
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Dealing with a question you've answered, but have partially / completely misunderstood?

I'm pretty sure this happens to someone out there now and then: You've read a question, done the work with writing a pretty decent answer, at least you think you have, then you find some detail in the ...
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Preempting inadequate answers and the ‘XY problem problem’

A number of times I have asked a certain kind of ‘attractive nuisance’ question – that is, one in which I anticipate a certain kind of answer would be given that I already know I am going to find ...
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Challenge delete policy for a question with a low quality answer

On my first question on a specific Stack Exchange site, someone basically answered: "You can find the answer online". Since they're top 2%, and the answer has upvotes, it's not my place to ...
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Appropriate way to refer to your own Feature Request from a related post?

I recently made the feature request Support browser "reader views" to allow user-controlled formatting This is a standalone FR, but it is also a relevant as a potential solution (and at ...
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Could we describe what we think two questions have in common, when claiming that one question is possiblely a duplicate of another?

I know that when someone claims that a question is a duplicate there is an option to edit the question to make it more clear how it's different from the other question. Sometimes it can be clear how ...
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Is there an etiquette for answering questions originally intended to be self-answered?

This question is inspired by Is there an etiquette for asking questions originally intended to be self-answered?. A few times, I have encountered a self-answered question with a question that seems to ...
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Dropping a question, and then just logging out and leaving [duplicate]

This is an etiquette and maybe even rules question. I take the questions I ask seriously over at StackExchange. I form my question in an editor, I check for clarity and make edits, I take care to ...
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What is the etiquette for extending my question?

I've recently asked a question, then thought about it more, and now I want to add to my question something like "I've tried A and it didn't work. Might B work?" What is the etiquette for this kind of ...
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What is the opposite of the XY problem?

There is the XY problem, where a solution for X is wanted, but a question about Y is asked. I think there's also the problem of the assumed XY problem, where a question about Y is asked, but X is ...
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How can I prevent wholesale changes to my question? [duplicate]

I have a question on Stack Overflow which some one has taken the liberty of editing massively. I reverted the question, and in my re-revision stated, among other things, that I felt the edits missed ...
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How to handle situation when another community member has a different view?

Yesterday, I get into an interesting conversation which I don't know how should it be handled. I had a question regarding enabling and disabling a functionality in Laravel Nova, after some hours, I ...
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Is the use of "Disclaimer" to disclose existent affiliation correct?

We all know that on Stack Exchange users are required to disclose affiliation with links and potential promotions they post. In case of being unaffiliated, one often writes a "disclaimer". Searching ...
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Educating users gently about pronoun usage

This is a follow up to Can a user use neopronouns for any third party? where the community response has been "don't use neopronouns that are uncalled for". It seems to me that certain people ...
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Is it considered poor form to answer old and inactive questions? (thread resurrection) [duplicate]

I think the title says it all. On some support boards and forums it is considered poor form because it causes activity that bothers some. Especially to those that monitors that site's "newest changes" ...
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Pinging etiquette

Say somebody gets annoyed and writes, "Don't ping me again." (In a discussion below a post.) I'll try to reconstruct the approximate situation (this part of the comment discussion was removed). A:...
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If someone is hurt by a literary reference, should it be removed?

Today I submitted an answer supporting Monica, using a reference to a famous short poem First they came .... The reference itself incurred quite some dispute that drove me into asking this question. ...
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To reach out: on Monica, the Lavender community, and the future of the Stack Exchange network

Over the past weeks, the uproar has been vast, spanning the new Code of Conduct, Stack Exchange's conduct over the years, and more. Gallons of internet ink have been spilled by everyone involved, ...
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Directly editing or leaving a comment instead? [duplicate]

I tried to find a faq post about that, but couldn't find one. When should one directly edit a post and when should one just suggest improvement in comments instead? So far, I have been using my "gut ...
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How to (or request feature to) designate the answer you submit as partial or diverging? [duplicate]

Beware! This is my first SE post, so some of what follows may be seen as taboo by more experienced or professional community members. I wrote as clearly & well-formatted as I could. For TL;DR, ...
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Does Stack Exchange insist on a special language for posts? Please describe

Reading a bit about recent Monica Cellio related posts, I am afraid that I may be using a language that is a lot like English, but might not be the Stack-Exchange-approved version of English. For ...
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NSFW video and annoying animated advertising on Music SE

I'm seeing this annoying animated advertisement on Music SE. Somehow saving the gif was impossible, so I recreated it as well as I could from screenshots (first image). The actual thing is even more ...
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If a different question contains the correct answer, should the question be marked as a duplicate? [duplicate]

The situation I am referring to is this recent question on the Worldbuilding Stack Exchange. The situation is as follows: Question A is created with a certain question. Question B is an older, ...
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What would be the best way to advocate for real change in the culture of Stack Exchange? [closed]

While this is only my third question on SE, I've used the site for years. As an amateur science enthusiast, I Google frequently for answers to science questions and often find myself on one of the SE ...
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Is cross-posting the same question in different languages allowed?

I saw the question Is cross-posting permitted and I am wondering: What's the deal with multiple languages? For example asking something on the the German TeXWelt (of course written in German) and on ...
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Should I remove my comment that became irrelevant after an edit?

Someone posted an incorrect answer, I pointed it out, they edited the answer so it is now correct and my comment is no longer relevant. What is the etiquette: should I remove my comment or post a ...
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What are our options for safeguarding a minor asking about potentially dangerous activities?

I saw a post on Travel Stack Exchange by a minor and tried to respond as best I could, but I'm concerned it may be something beyond the remit of the Q&A format here. If any admins could take a ...
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What is the right place to ask about web applications' desktop software?

Google Backup and Sync is completely undocumented software, so Stack Exchange seems like a good place to ask questions especially strictly like "what happens when you tick this option?". The problem ...
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Is there any correlation between the reputation and the politeness?

I'm thinking that it would be interesting to investigate the correlation between the user's reputation and its politeness. Here are some simple investigation directions: Whether high-reputation users ...
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Is it OK to edit others' posts based on (extreme) personal feeling?

From time to time I come across posts that contain content that makes me feel uneasy in a way. This time I just saw this post which contains an image of snake. I used to be extremely afraid of snake ...
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Is it against rules to add a closing statement to an answer or question? [duplicate]

Whenever I answer a question I would always conclude it with what I feel to be a proper closing such as "I hope this helped you. You have a wonderful day!". However on certain sites people of a much ...
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Is it OK to notify that I'll not be answering or commenting for some time?

I've got an active question, but I will be away until the new year. Is it OK to add a comment saying I'll be away or is it rude?
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Etiquette of accepting answers

I ask some questions and get answers on the Stack Exchange network as usual. But I am biased towards accepting answers late because of the following reasons: Waiting for better answers Checking ...
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