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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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Answering etiquette

I'm wondering if there is an etiquette or rule to follow regarding answers. Say someone answers a question, then someone else answers with a near duplicate of the first answer and that one is ...
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Code of Conduct - PROs and CONs [closed]

It seems to me that the "Code of Conduct" tramps down on freedom of expression. It also undermines what being friendly represents. And all this to no real benefit to the community as far as the ...
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What is the etiquette on voting for an answer which is a copy of another user's comment on the same question?

Today I asked this question and one user (I'll call them UserA for differentiation) in the comments helped me get through my issue and gave me the answer to fix my issue, but it was left as a comment. ...
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Should I create a new question that has the same (or very similar) answer as another question?

This relates to this android question and the very useful answer. The dilemma for me is that the question here was effectively 'what's the point of being able to set a receiver to enabled:false' and ...
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Answering your own question, but don't accept answer

Is it bad etiquette to answer your own question, but then not accept that answer? I realize there have been numerous questions about answering one's own question, but I'm specifically wondering about ...
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How many of you agree that at SE, “We don't help people. We help the Internet by creating useful information.” [closed]

Much to my dismay, I read this comment on Meta: "We don't help people. We help the Internet by creating useful information." I need to know what portion of SE users feel this way. Then I must ...
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Greeting new users under their first question with a comment

I often see in the comments of a question (often by a new user) the following: Welcome to xy SE. Take a tour around ... I always feel like I have done something wrong when I read those under my ...
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What's the etiquette when a comment leads me to an answer? [duplicate]

I posted a question on Stack Overflow and another user's ("User Y") comment led me to a solution. I replied to User Y and asked them to submit their comment as an answer, in which case I'll happily ...
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Is it bad form to cross post to Stack Overflow and GitHub? [duplicate]

If I have a question about an open source project on GitHub, is it considered good or bad etiquette to open a new issue for that project on GitHub and post the same question on Stack Overflow (or ...
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How to deal with defamations perpetrated through public chat rooms?

I must premise that the present OP, albeit motivated by a personal experience on Mathematical Stack Exchange, aims to solicit an open discussion about an important general issue concerning the common ...
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Inclusion project - Emphasize Stack Exchange's culture of inclusion

One of the more common defenses I've seen for rude/descriminating behavior is justifying it with multiculturalism. I know that sounds odd on its face, so let me explain... Users seem to be ...
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Can we address the pile on of comments in our help section?

We've come under public scrutiny for not being welcoming at times and actually being hostile on Stack Overflow. This screenshot is one post of many. While these points pertain mostly to Stack ...
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Is it appropriate to completely rework a bad question?

Why can’t we figure out what a polyamide does? is a poorly worded question which I assume is trying to ask about why it's hard to determine biological function from chemistry/primary structure. Would ...
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Is SE inclusive of young users?

tl;dr: propositions in bold italics On the one hand, quality control is paramount for SE success, so posting guidelines need to be adhered to. New users are often unfamiliar with SE rules. This can ...
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What should the policy be about mock profanity?

By "mock profanity", I am referring to using the top keyboard row with the shift in place of where profanity would have been. The relevant question I asked started: !@#&%!@$# spammers are ...
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Is it considered good practice to edit region based spellings? [duplicate]

Recently I've noticed that some of my questions/answers on various communities have been edited for reasons such as "spelling mistakes". They've included things such as changing "initialise" to "...
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What to do if I find an answer, but I don't have permission to post from the author?

Last month I asked a question on Arqade about the luck-based Mario Party 2 minigame "Day at the Races". I wanted to know if each of the 4 selectable racers had an equal chance of winning. A few days ...
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Is it polite to “plagiarize” content that you contributed to others' answers?

I could have posted this question earlier but thanks to by bad memory I can finally ask it. Here's my answer and a competing answer under the same question. At first glance, the first paragraph looks ...
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How should we respond to questionable language in otherwise great comments?

This is a very personally opinionated question. I am not asking you to agree with me, I want your personal opinion. I have found that the questionable language people use in comments, particularly on ...
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Style guide to avoid condescension in answers

I've had two suggested edits rejected by the author, which attempted to make an answer more accessible by amending its condescending opening paragraph. The use of words such as "simply", "just", "...
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Let's be nice to other SE communities

I've noticed a bit of inter-site or intercommunity conflict going on. I understand that people are inclined to believe that their corner of the network is the best and they should think that to a ...
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Should we let people know that their actions are being discussed on meta, if so what's the best way?

Whenever I post something on SO meta about a particular post or review, I ping the people involved with that post or review. It seems to be the equitable thing to do, allow people to speak up, if ...
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Does the “Be Nice” policy apply when you are referring to a group of people, without naming names? [duplicate]

Edit regarding duplicate: This question is not about SE users vs. people without an account on SE. Rather, it is about actual individuals that are named, vs. loosely defined groups of people defined ...
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Commenting on questions - knowing the difference between constructive criticism and just being rude and unhelpful [closed]

Referring to the following post concerning moderating comments - A guide to moderating comments Commenting is one of the unsung heroes of Stack Exchange. The help center suggestions that you should ...
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Is it okay if I don't accept an answer even though the answer is correct? [duplicate]

For example: I have a question that I posted before. It didn't get much attention from other users. I put a bounty on my question. Many users viewed my question and someone gave me a solution. I ...
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Should I include a partial solution in my question? Or should I post it as an answer?

I posted a question What wildcard operators are supported in Kronos WFC searches? on SO. The question includes an incomplete list of wildcard operators I was able to find through my own ...
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A protocol for handling very graphic on topic images

This question was asked here: How to handle potentially NSFW yet valid images I'm looking to provide a formalised protocol that may be added to the FAQ for Stack Exchange sites. I've asked ...
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Is it appropriate to use an example taken from a NSFW website in an answer?

This answer on the UX Stack Exchange site uses part of a screenshot from a NSFW (pornography) website to answer the question: Like/Dislike display order. The image itself is obviously not of a sexual ...
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What should I do if I find a better solution to a question I've already answered? [duplicate]

Three months ago, I posted an answer to How to unlink my Documents folder from my OneDrive account?. My answer was upvoted, and is currently marked as the accepted answer. In the past week, I've ...
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Is putting advertisement in user profile allowed? [duplicate]

I just came up with the idea to put some kind of an advertisement (although I am not getting paid for it) in my profile. Is it allowed? If not, I will remove it.
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I found a question's answer posted on an external forum. What should I do?

While browsing questions on Stack Overflow, I managed to find the answer to well-received unanswered question on the AutoHotkey Forums. The answer is fairly well written, and includes both a code-...
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How should we handle a post with NSFW contents that was deleted by owner right after posting it?

I just saw an answer with highly NSFW content, that was deleted by its owner shortly after being posted, before it even gathered any downvotes. Of course that while not deleted we should flag those ...
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Just found an answer to my own question. What to do? [duplicate]

I posted a question. After messing around on my machine for about an hour, I found a solution. Would it be more appropriate to remove the question, or to add the answer to it just to save some other ...
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Etiquette for answering your own question with an answer inspired by another answer

This will probably get closed immediately as a duplicate, but I have read Etiquette for answering your own question and other similar questions, but didn't see this get addressed directly (though I ...
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Is it acceptable to rename a question if it improves SEO?

On Google, the first result for "blur image text" is Tool to quickly hide/blur/redact text in screenshot? on Ask Different. The question has over 100,000 views. The accepted answer recommends using ...
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Including other people's comments in your answers [duplicate]

Related to this question I'm wondering if it's okay to include another person's comments in your answer. See this: If the person answering the question were to get their answer accepted because of ...
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Show your work: one simple trick to make meta effective

Every day, good-hearted people come to these sites and run into serious problems. And then you come here or to another meta site, seeking to propose a solution to the problem you've encountered... And ...
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Is it acceptable to select your own answer to a question if similar answers exist? [closed]

This pertains to this RPG SE question. I have used a passage from the source book cited by another poster to answer the question in a different way, with a greater degree of concision. However, the ...
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Non-neutral political phrases and terms in user profile and messages

1. Example user @bytebuster Stack Exchange profile (archive copy): Since February 2014, Ukraine is suffering from Russia's armed invasion. If we fail to stop the Russian tanks in Ukraine, we would ...
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How to ask a question when you want to answer yourself? [duplicate]

I have seen a few times that this website encourages asking questions for which you already have an answer and to post this answer also. I did exactly this on stack overflow providing the code for a ...
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Should I upvote complimentary comments on my answer?

I'm a frequent reader/lurker but an infrequent contributer on several SE sites. Occasionally I craft an answer to a question which is better-received than usual, and one or two kind users add a ...
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Changing an incorrect answer

I recently answered a question which I had misinterpreted on my first read-through. My answer was dead wrong, and, rightfully, it was downvoted and comments were added that explained my error. In ...
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How to handle editors who edit the post wrong

I shared a piece of code in my question, that apparently had some characters missing that were causing the root of my problem. Telling me this would have solved my problem. However, a user chose to ...
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Is it acceptable to answer the title of a question instead of the text of the question?

So, every once in a while I'll find a question where the title is of a much larger scope than the actual question. A good example is this question where the title is "How to keep light switches “...
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Reminding experienced but un-Informed users via comment that Tour contains important information?

When: an experienced user posts a question that suggests they may be unaware of a site's Tour content (which can be customized per-site at its beginning); and the user's public profile shows that ...
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Edit unanswered old question or ask my own?

Sometimes when I search for some answer I find an old post that is pretty close to my problem, but with very little attention and little to no answers and comments. Where is the balance between: - ...
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If you're gonna talk Politics, you must respect those who disagree

This is sort of a follow-up to two past discussions: Toward a philosophy of Chat Does the Be Nice policy require SE users to "be nice" to people who are not SE users (e.g. public figures)? ...
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In what situation can I post a similar question without it being closed as a duplicate? [duplicate]

I came across two different situations which seem to require a reasonable duplication of a question: Is it allowed to post the same question related to the same issue, but in two different languages? ...
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Is offensive and rude language directed at you allowed in your profile?

I happened to find one user's profile and it has the following words: I flagged a post by this OP on two different sites. One site accepted my flag as being helpful and the other declined my flag ...
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Does the Be Nice policy require SE users to “be nice” to people who are not SE users (e.g. public figures)?

I've seen users remark that it is not a violation of the Be Nice policy to insult people who are not SE users -- i.e. that users are only required to "be nice" to other SE users. Usually this is ...