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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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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Is there any etiquette for moderators when closing a question? [closed]

If a moderator force-closes a question, is there any etiquette that they should say something rather than just jump in and close it? I had an unusual case where a moderator commented (more than once) ...
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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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Is it rude to point out the questioner couldn't possibly have checked existing answers before asking their question?

Should we post comments pointing out how easily other existing questions and answers were found? How about making fun of the questioner? I often want to do both of these things, and in fact just ...
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Do not delete good duplicates!

This question (currently deleted (visible only to 10kers)) is a great example of a duplicate question that should not be deleted. [Note: this question was later merged into this one, which resulted in ...
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Proposed new code of conduct for all Stack Exchange sites

UPDATE: We've incorporated lots of the feedback below into what we think is a much better version than the one we proposed originally. Thanks a ton for all the input, and let us know if you like the ...
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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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Are expletives (cursing, swear words or vulgar language) allowed on SE sites?

Can I use salty, expletive-laden language on Stack Exchange sites, like Q*Bert? For more information, see "What kind of behavior is expected of users?" in the Help Center. Return to FAQ index
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How should I refer to the OP? [closed]

Numerous times I want to refer to the OP, and I found myself writing (s)he or his/her. What is the right way to do so? Maybe the answer is that I should continue using the (s)he, but it would be ...
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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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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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Can I post “how to” articles here?

I would like to ask everyone if it is appropriate to post a solution to a "problem" in my web development projects. It would be in a format such as "Needed a way to solve (insert problem here) and ...
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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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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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What to do if an out of date question+answers already exists?

What should you do if a question has already been asked and answered, but both the question and the answer are now out of date? (in this case due to updates to jQuery). Is it okay to make a new ...
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Can I answer my own questions, even if I knew the answer before asking?

I might want to answer my own question because: I arrived at a solution before there were any other correct answers or I like mine better, can I still answer my own question? I have a folder with ...
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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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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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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 are ...
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How should we deal with duplicate answers?

Duplicate questions are "solved" — it's clear what to do with them, there're tools to deal with them... but what happens when two users post the same answer? This happens a fair bit, ...
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Reviving old questions [duplicate]

Is it frowned upon to revive old questions if it's not that important? I keep finding really old questions that I could answer, but most of the time my answer is rather trivial and it feels silly to ...
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What is the etiquette for modifying posts?

I'm getting pretty close to the reputation where I can start to edit others' posts, and I'm wondering what the etiquette for when (and when not) to do so. I figure that I should edit in the following ...
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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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Should we downvote duplicates?

Should duplicates be downvoted as a punishment for not searching first, or is just closing enough?
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I've narrowed my question down substantially. Should I edit the original or create a new one?

I asked a general question to which I received some answers that were ok, but not really a solution. I narrowed the problem down to one very specific thing, which is much narrower than the original ...
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Rephrase someone else's main question text

I wonder if it's acceptable to rephrase someone else's main question text. My English is far from being perfect, and I'm quite a noob at Stack Overflow, but today I've almost totally rewritten someone ...
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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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Is it acceptable to insult god in a user profile?

Like always I hang around in Stack Overflow's chatrooms. Today, someone posted a link to his new "reloaded" user profile. Along the lines I read in Arabic "god is a pig". So I asked him to remove it: ...
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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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Closing Etiquette: Why Do Some Answer *and* Close?

I've noticed quite a few cases (here's a recent one) where people not only vote to close a question, but then also answer said question. At best this is just silly, and at worst it is totally ...
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Conduct and Culture

I am new to Stack Overflow and to coding; I am learning my way. This morning, I spent well over an hour composing a question so as to make it as clear and concise as possible before posting onto ...
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Should 'Hi', 'thanks', taglines, and salutations be removed from posts?

I edit a lot of posts every day. I often run across posts with 'Hi' and 'Thanks' on the top and the bottom of the post respectively. I also run across things like: --User Should these items be ...
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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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Can we ban the term “Stacker”?

I am a user of Stack Overflow. It is perfectly appropriate to refer to me as a SO user. However, I am not a "stacker". I do not stack anything, unstack anything, or restack anything as a career. I ...
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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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Is it bad etiquette to leave comments about my answer on newly answered questions ?

Let's say I post a new answer to an old question, and that my answer is objectively better (imagine for the sake of the question) than any of the other answers. Is it considered bad etiquette to ...
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How much experience does SE staff have on diversity issues?

Stack Exchange sites are used by people all around the world, from a vast number of cultures. A very large percentage of the users do not have English as a first language. That’s a lot of diversity ...
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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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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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Could we please be a bit nicer to new users?

There is a distinct decline in the level of civility on all the sites here. Some of this is due to new users coming in and posting spam and other nonsense, but the off-topic and downvote buttons are ...
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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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Policy regarding questions related to unethical or “shady” practices

I recently saw a question on Stack Overflow relating to the iPhone Unlock Process. The guy wasn't asking for code at all, meerly asking what the process involved. It was immediately slapped with a ...
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Reusing other people's past responses

Is it permissible to link to other people's past responses in your answer? Is it rude? What about reusing bits and pieces from other people's answers (e.g. to create the "perfect answer" over time)? ...
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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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When someone answers my question correctly and completely, what should I do? [duplicate]

Good manners says to say thank you when somebody answers your question. E-mail load control suggests not replying "thanks" because it's too much e-mail and people would rather have less. I'm not sure ...
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How to deal with this behavior?

How do we deal with this behavior, and what is the term for it? [POSTSCRIPT: this post is not about any one individual question, or answer, or comment, or downvote, all of which are irrelevant, as am ...
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Is it acceptable to ask for upvote/accept in an answer when submitting it?

I searched duplicates, and my impression was that requests may be acceptable, or at least tolerated, after questioner has indicated the answer solved his problem, and with the request for points via a ...
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What are the unwritten rules and social norms of using Stack Overflow or any other SE site for that matter? [closed]

I wrote a question a while back that mentioned (in passing) the relative merits of a particular software framework... and wow I got flamed! Someone said I was argumentative, and someone else called me ...
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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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