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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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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 ...
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Is cross-posting allowed on multiple sites if they use a different language? [duplicate]

I understand that simultaneously cross-posting on multiple SE sites is considered inappropriate. What about simultaneously cross-posting to two SE sites in a different language? e.g., a user posts ...
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Is submitting edits for a question multiple times until it is considered acceptable okay?

I recently encountered a question I think could be useful to others if it were phrased better. The question had been flagged as off-topic originally, but I submitted an edit to nudge it into asking ...
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Can I omit “[Emphasis mine]”?

Do I have to state "[Emphasis mine]" every time I highlight the relevant part of a quote with formatting? Can I omit it at all? For example:
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How to be more polite and accommodating? [duplicate]

Here's my beef. I've noticed over the past couple of days, and even before I joined this (the StackExchange) community that most of you aren't kind to your fellow user. I'm not trying to get up on a ...
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What's the consensus on asking questions phrased to fit the scope, but invites answers outside the scope?

Basically, the title is the whole question here, but let's break it down just to clarify my intention. Is this considered acceptable when a question is unintentionally inviting answers outside the ...
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Are thankful announcements allowed in meta sites?

The SE network has a "protected question" feature that is justified by saying "this question is protected to avoid 'me too', 'thanks' and similar responses. It is perfectly understandable. It is ...
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Favorite etiquette (and hot questions) [duplicate]

I am well aware of how the Favorite button on the questions works and where I go to find my or anyone else's favorite questions. I am also well aware of the fact that adding a question to the ...
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Should I revise my answers based on comments? If so, how to properly attribute?

Sometimes, I will post an answer which works relatively well but then a comment suggests a slightly better, more concise, etc. approach (e.g. julia select all but one element in array/matrix). What ...
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Is Swastika really treated as offensive even when it's used for religious purpose in Profile pictures or chat?

I have heard many controversies regarding the use of a swastika in Stack Exchange network. But all the cases I noticed were clearly using a Nazi swastika. To make it clear swastika are of different ...
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Images in blockquotes [duplicate]

Is there any official etiquette for placing images in blockquotes? I usually just put them in the post without blockquotes. Also, sometimes edits are just made to add blockquotes to images. This image ...
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Can we increase the filters of what is posted on these sites to prevent extreme NSFW?

This isn't a regular, let's stop curse words post. Please read on. This post was precipitated by a report that came to my attention from the Smoke Detector in Charcoal HQ which is a bot that, I am ...
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Should I be mentioning people in separate comments or a unified comment? [duplicate]

If two people happen to comment on a question or answer, do I have to reply to them in separate comments (as below) @ExampleGuy no, I do not have one. and: @ExampleGirl I can do that. Or ...
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What if someone substantially edits your answer, removing several key pieces of information, while admittedly improving some typos?

A question requested multiple answers to problems upgrading to Ubuntu 16.04, "Please list your experiences". Since my experience was not represented, I added an answer of medium quality. Since then, ...
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Considerate collective name for stackexchange sites [closed]

Apparently there is a strong belief that StackOverflow is not a forum. I don't buy that sort of things but some individuals are very sensitive about this. What is an accurate and civil one-word ...
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Mentioning an answerer or commenter name in the question

When amending a question to address a point made in an answer or a comment, is it OK to mentioning the answerer name? (e.g., at the end of the question, "To answer Bob's comment: blah blah blah")
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What should you do when you realize that the question you asked wasn't really the question you meant to ask?

On Writers Stack Exchange, I wrote about whether or not it was plagiarism to heavily borrow from a single nonfiction writer when you write a piece of fiction. I was quickly corrected and told I should ...
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Making small edits to my posts all the time bumps them to top; I need to stop, right? [duplicate]

I have a habit of repeatedly editing my own posts. I like to aim for perfection. Partly since the site encourages answering my own questions and treating that like a blog post. I notice this bumps ...
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Can I be successful using Stack Exchange?

Recently, I was talking with a friend I had attended school with and I had mentioned to him that I had joined the Stack Overflow community. He is a more experienced programmer than myself and said he ...
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Can I re-accept a question with my own answer?

I have a question with an accepted answer. Recently, I found another solution to the question that works better than the one I accepted. Is it acceptable to post this as my own answer and re-accept ...
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How to handle potentially NSFW yet valid images

This question (https://stackoverflow.com/questions/34283074/identify-cervix-region-from-cervicogram) contains a link to a medical image of a cervix that users might not want to show up at work. ...
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Wait a time before to delete a question is right or wrong?

I made this question in StackOverflow (it's now deleted) and just after I posted it, I found a typo that solved my problem and decided delete the question. In the meantime, someone commented my ...
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Are there Common Conventions or Etiquette for Referencing Stack Exchange, and Users? [closed]

Question When writing about Stack Exchange, or citing from Stack Exchange, in research papers, citations, bibliographies, etc.: Is there a Common Convention or Etiquette suggested when referring ...
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Is it okay to suggest posting to a different Stack Exchange community/tag in a Tag Wiki Excerpt?

I have seen a few cases where the tag excerpts suggest not using the tag, or trying a more specific tag, but I have not come across the case where a tag suggests using a different Stack Exchange ...
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Is it frowned upon to not manage my own Area 51 proposal?

I want to propose a site on Area 51, but I don't have the time to manage it, or at least to manage it effectively. Would it be bad etiquette to create my proposal, participate in the discussion on ...
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Etiquette for awarding bounty if none of the answers address the question completely but found to be equally useful [duplicate]

This may be a too-localized question but I still request an answer. I offered a bounty on the question “Show notifications” is greyed out for some apps. What's causing it and how do I change it? ...
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Site etiquette re: posting code and why doesn't Stack Overflow have a text editor? [closed]

I am having a little trouble knowing how to proceed on the site. When my questions were math-based I had less trouble, but now that I have moved to programming questions I have run into problems. My ...
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Should profane user names be prohibited? [duplicate]

I know that profanity is discouraged in SO posts. However I recently saw a user with the F-word in his name. Just out of curiosity, I searched for other users with the same word and found many hits -...
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Etiquette for username changes

I'm thinking of changing my username to my real name. Given that I have a presence on some of the sites here (mostly codegolf), what etiquette should I follow when choosing my new name? As my ...
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What is the etiquette about recommending sites in comments?

There are many cases where a user posts a question on site A that either isn't on-topic or seems to be better suited to, say, Site B. Quite often, there is a comment posted that runs along these lines:...
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When someone upvotes your question, do you vote/accept their answer more? [closed]

Not everyone upvotes questions they answer. On quiet questions, it's easy to tell how the user who answers has (not) voted on the question. Do your reactions to an answer vary when you can tell that ...
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Is it acceptable to wait until the grace period to award a bounty?

I've posted a bounty on a question, and someone's posted a good answer in response. Is it socially acceptable to wait until the grace period starts, to see if someone posts an even better answer?
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Code Cleaning Etiquette

I understand and support the rules and etiquette for asking questions. The guidelines have increased the efficiency and quality of my own problem solving. However I have not found much on the subject ...
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It is good practice to use deleted post as a draft?

I'm aware there are drafts which are auto-saved, but I don't want to risk of losing my half-finished answer. Some SE sites even created special sandboxes on meta for that reason. Therefore it is a ...
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Should we discourage abbreviations and short-forms?

I have seen a lot of questions that uses abbreviations, like "idk", "u", "imo", as well as some short forms of site names like "SO". I tend to edit them to full forms when I see any, as I feel that it ...
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How should I behave when I see a feature request I consider unnecessary/useless?

When you think that a feature request in a question should not be implemented (e.g. because you do not agree with the motivations provided) should you do either/both: Downvote the question, so that ...
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Ground rules for creating GitHub repos from SE content?

What are the ground rules applicable to forking over community wiki content from StackExchange to GitHub? I surmise that License CC-by-SA 3.0 Unported should be kept at all times. Need more ...
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Etiquette for Merged Question: What to do with obsolete parts in answer?

Recently one of the questions to which I had answered got merged with another question (as it was a duplicate). The problem is that only a part of it was duplicate. There was an original part (about ...
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Is it good practice to delete my own comment after assimilated into the question / answer?

When I comment suggesting a change to the question or answer, and the author uses it, is it good form to then delete my comment? Sometimes the author leaves a "yes-thanks" comment which is then ...
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Helping a user who asks multiple questions? [duplicate]

A brand new user asked two very unrelated questions in a single post. Both had sufficient detail to become their own post. See the revision history here: Two Pokemon Questions What is the best way ...
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Etiquette on How to Respond to False Accusations

I recently answered a question in biology.stackexchange.com here. In that one of the answerer seems to keep commenting on why my answer is wrong. Initially I tried to explain why my answer is correct....
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How quickly should I try to accept an answer? [duplicate]

It seems clear to me that when I'm in a community with "hard questions" (ie. ones that have clear answer) it makes sense to me that I should accept the best and fastest answer. However, for a ...
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Countering downvotes with upvotes [duplicate]

I've seen many SE users (even high-reputation and experienced users) upvoting to counter a previous downvote. This mean many up-votes are being cast based on the fact that someone else dislikes the ...
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What is the etiquette on re-raising dismissed comment flags?

I am a moderator on Academia.SE. I just dismissed a comment flag that looked familiar. On closer inspection, I saw that I had previously dismissed that exact flag twice, and it had also been dismissed ...
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What is the policy on quotes with profanity?

Are expletives (cursing, swear words or vulgar language) allowed on SE sites? states No. Expletives are not acceptable behavior on meta or any other Stack Exchange site. If you can't ...
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Voting patterns indicate users seem to like bashing users when they make conceptual mistakes

An extension of this question. When a user shows some some major conceptual mistake in his or her question, I often see users post answers and comments that are only marginally helpful and are often ...