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 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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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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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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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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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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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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F**k you, f**k you, and f**k you - who's next

First of all, please don't get offended from the title, and if you don't know what this is look at this video (Warning: NSFW). I have seen online communities over the years, and the amount of foul ...
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The NEW new “Be Nice” Policy (“Code of Conduct”) — Updated with your feedback [duplicate]

Update: Thanks for all the additional feedback below. We incorporated a lot of your suggestions, and this is going live (as https://meta.stackexchange.com/help/be-nice). We're also looking at ways ...
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What is the preferred approach regarding “I'm new to …” [duplicate]

There are many questions opening with I am new to this and that. It seems very meta and irrelevant. It's not like I'll you will act differently to a noob question according to the faq: Etiquette ...
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Should I delete asker background/experience? [duplicate]

I'm tempted to delete the first paragraph of this question: Structuring multiple pages within DOM for JavaScript web app I'm about to dive in head first to creating a Javascript web app. I'm not a ...
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How should disputes be handled on Stack Overflow?

Update: See Jeff Atwood's blog post: The Great Edit Wars. As well as the usual close wars we're all familiar with I'm aware that there have been several edit / rollback and tag wars recently, some ...
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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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Etiquette for answering your own question

Often you have a question, you can't find the answer on Stack Overflow so you search for it (or think a bit more). Having found the answer you'd like to keep a record so you can find it again later. ...
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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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Relative friendliness of developers by language on SO? [closed]

Doing a bit of C++ recently has exposed me to the C++ community on StackOverflow and, though I might be imagining this, they strike me as being generally a bit more friendly, a bit less spikey (...
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If a question is modified is it proper to respond to the essentially new question with a new answer [duplicate]

There is a question that was clarified by the asker enough so that putting a comment to my question may not be the best approach. If the clarification substantially changes the question is there any ...
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Are taglines & signatures disallowed?

I recently had a number of my valid answers voted down because people objected to the fact that I added a tagline to the end. The answers were correct for the questions asked and the downvotes were ...
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Is cross-posting a question on multiple Stack Exchange sites permitted if the question is on-topic for each site?

It is possible to migrate a question from one Stack Exchange site to another by closing, but if I have a question that I think is on-topic for multiple Stack Exchange sites, is it OK to post it on ...
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What is the official etiquette on answering a question twice?

When is it okay to post two answers to one question?
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What to do when the correct answer to a question changes over time?

My question concerns how to perform boost::filesystem copy_file with overwrite. I asked the question, and at the time selected the correct answer. However, time passes and libraries get updated, and ...
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Questions on Formal Education

Is it acceptable to ask questions about formal education on stackoverflow? These are not technically "programming related" but it would seem to be a good for forum as long as they were restricted to ...
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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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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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What is the etiquette for answering questions?

Maybe it's me, or maybe it's an issue with this site. But it seems there is a problem. How should you attempt to answer questions, when you see a question that takes some time to respond to, it seems ...
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What can we do to stop the critical, sarcastic, 'elitist' attitudes that persist on this website? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should downvoting be allowed on comments? I see zero value in people being critical or sarcastic in their answers to questions. Why can't people simply accept the fact that we ...
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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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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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Duplicate question etiquette: to delete or not to delete? [duplicate]

Let's say I'm a good Stack Overflow citizen: I have a question, I search on SO and on google to see if someone's asked the same thing, and I can't find anything that shows up, so I go ahead and post a ...
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Is it OK to leave “What have you tried?” comments?

Some questions boil down to "how can/do I do X?" Here's an example. Sometimes, people leave comments under such questions that ask "what have you tried?" Is it OK to leave comments like that? Should ...
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Any value to a “deleted because” comment?

A few minutes ago, I asked a stupid question on Meta - or rather made a mistaken bug report. A few seconds later, I realised it was stupid and deleted it. So far so good - but I couldn't help ...
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Removing zero upvoted and possibly repetitive answer

There are situations in which a user gave an answer that receives zero votes even for a correct answer, probably because there are others which are explained better. I was wondering, if I gave a ...
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Reminding user(s) not to spam when asking about promoting SE content. rude?

On Area 51 meta someone asked a question about promoting his proposal which I answered here. Now on Stack Exchange since we don't like spam I don't like the idea of someone spamming something from ...
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Are there jealous people within Stack Overflow? [closed]

It's not the first time that happened, but for example yesterday I answered a question. It was accepted with 3 upvotes. Someone ask to get some explanation so he can learn from it. I edit my post and ...
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How should a user's death be handled?

It is a bit of a morbid concept, but having recently had a friend die unexpectedly and having to deal with the online repercussions of this event has gotten me to thinking about what should happen to ...
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Etiquette on removing wrong answer after a downvote [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Should I remove a wrong answer (Peer Pressure)? When or should you delete your incorrect answer? What's the etiquette on removing your wrong answer after a downvote? Say, ...
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Editing to change someone's brackets style?

Some people like to put the open { bracket on a separated line, e.g: if(...) { //... } Is editing this code by merging the first two lines into single one rude?
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Inclusion project - Emphasize Stack Exchange's culture of inclusion

One of the more common defenses I've seen for rude/discriminating 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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Should I add a parent tag if I already use the child one?

For example: when I already added the responsive-design tag, should I add the design tag as well?
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How can I provide a utility on sites without Stack Snippets in an appropriate manner?

I just wrote this answer and in the last paragraph I decided to create a small utility as part of the answer. The utility is needed for the process. After submitting, I found that Android Enthusiasts ...
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Would adding more examples to a post be acceptable?

For example, in this question, the OP lists two examples of the model. I know another one, and think that it doesn't change the meaning of it. But as it's also out of the author's awareness/intention, ...
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Regarding the acedemic elitism or 'rule' by small intellectual 'oligarchies' that seems to be present in these sites [closed]

I asked a simple question Science Fiction & Fantasy about why the majority of science fiction stories make references to supernatural or psychic phenomena and the few that responded did seem to ...
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About asking questions [duplicate]

I signed up to Stack Exchange to get help from this community and asked a question. Nobody answered and it was down-voted 10 times by this community. I was wondering what could have I done wrong? Have ...