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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Okay for Moderators to Email People with Unaccepted Questions?

Just curious on moderator etiquette here. In reviewing "unanswered" questions that appear to have been answered but for which an answer has not been accepted I'm wondering if it is appropriate for a ...
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Why can people edit my stuff, and why can't I delete comments on my question?

I asked a question on a Stack Exchange site. I edited it after a while, thinking that I might have given too much information away. This one guy checked out the edits to my question and posted the ...
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Who do I mark as giving the correct answer? (Etiquette question) [duplicate]

Given a series of almost identical answers, what is the proposed etiquette on which one to accept? Do I go for the user with the lower rep, or do I award it based on who answered first (of course ...
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Is it fine if I post a link to a question as a question?

So I have seen this question on google groups and I think is a good question. Now without going through the trouble of copy pasting the entire question, is it okay if I just post the link to the ...
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Why are questions off-topic for Super User being migrated from other trilogy sites?

Question stolen in it's entirety from meta SuperUser. But I thought it needed a bigger audience. It's unbelievable that Super User is still being used as a dumping ground especially for questions not ...
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How can you just copy an answer posted by another user and mark the copy as accepted?

retrieve value inside certain pattern I don't know why the person who asked the question is allowed to do this.
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What should I know to be a polite member of this site?

After a question has been answered, should I change the title and put [answered] in it? What is the proper procedure on this site? Are there any basic things I should know to be a polite member of ...
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Is there an established etiquette for asking someone to 'select' your answer if they've effectively done so in the comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do you feel dirty if you nudge new users to accept your answer when they indicate you've answered their question? So, in reference to this question: web page layout issue ...
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Accept an answer where the actual answer is located in the comments? [duplicate]

I got a rather unsatisfactory answer on Stack Overflow but the subsequent discussion with the answerer (in the comments below) was helpful. Should I accept his answer? Or is there a way to accept a ...
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Is writing “will upvote…” appropriate?

Some questions contain statements like "will upvote everyone who provide valid code". When hovering over the upvote icon of an answer, I see that SO believes it should be pressed for a "useful" answer....
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What is the protocol with regard to piggybacking questions

Here is the scenario: I have a question and that I want to post on SO. So I type in the question and very carefully parse the similar questions list. The exact (or near-exact) question comes up in the ...
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Is it bad form to include information from other answers in your own answer (with references)?

Sometimes I find that I'll post an answer on an SO question that, for whatever reason -- probably luck, most of the time -- climbs to the top by votes, beating out other answers with equally (...
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Is it in bad form to answer a question with another user's comment

Sometimes I find questions where another user has made a comment on the question that I think would be a perfectly acceptable answer to the question. Would it be in bad form to copy the comment ...
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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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Are bugtest questions okay?

Is it okay to ask bugtest questions on Meta Stack Overflow once in a while? By "bugtest questions," I'm referring to posts that only exist for the purpose of attempting to reproduce a bug, like this ...
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What's the proper way to respond to an author-deleted question?

A user had recently asked a question about having relative paths in visual studio build events. He came to the conclusion that it just simply wasn't possible after an answer offered by another. That'...
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How to Give Credit for An Answer in the Comments

I asked a question on SO and someone gave me the answer as a comment to the question. Subsequently, someone else gave the same answer as an answer. I would like to give credit to the poster who made ...
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What's an “answer” in Stack Overflow culture?

This is a question about Stack Overflow culture: What's an "answer"? I recently got dinged by someone because my "accept rate" was so low. So I went back and clicked the Accept checkmark on a couple ...
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Where to ask: “How to explain to business people that SQL Server thinks for itself”

i need to figure out how to explain to business people that Oracle and SQL Server very complex, one might like to say intelligent creatures, that decide on their own how to run queries. And while we ...
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How can I improve my questions so that they are answered?

Hello everyone, I've been using/contributing to SO for over a year now, and recently, I noticed that my questions are getting exceptionally low views (like 5 in the first 24 hours) and I usually only ...
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Is it poor form to switch accepted answers?

I had a question of the form "does something like X exist?" Someone wrote a response to say that, No, X does not exist, but I could write it if I liked. I had suspected as much, so I marked his answer ...
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Should derogatory terms for software be edited away by others?

Should derogatory terms for software such as "Internet Exploder" be edited by others? I know that such terms are generally discouraged, but would editing them away be seen as "disrespecting the author"...
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If there are 2 tags that are the same thing is it ok to retag all posts with them to use only 1 tag

I'm specifically thinking of the tags lwp and perl-lwp these both mean exactly the same thing and as far as google is concerned lwp has only one meaning. I'm wondering if it would be appropriate to ...
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Should you thank comment answers to your comment questions with a comment or just up vote?

I understand that a separate thanks isn't useful for answers to your questions, but in comments, you're often asking a specific question of one particular person (as opposed to anyone who reads your ...
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Should I incorporate useful comments into my answer, or just upvote them?

Let's say I have provided an answer to some question, and then another user comes and provides a comment which looks something like: "you should also add to your answer that X can often lead to Y" ...
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When and how should a question be retagged?

Hi, sorry I'm sure this has been asked before but I'm having trouble finding it. I just got over 500 rep so I can retag questions now, and I was just wondering when/how to go about this. To get ...
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Is it valid to edit a post specifically to downvote it?

I just had somebody edit my answer specifically so they could change their upvote to a downvote. Is this a valid tactic? It seems incredibly disrespectful and rude. This has seriously pissed me off....
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Limits for self-promotion in answers

It's been covered before that posting links to your own website is ok, but should there be a line drawn? There were several spam flags today for Ira Baxter's recent posts, presumably because they all ...
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Posting a question from another Meta - is this pseudo-migration acceptable?

Did you ever realize that you can't flag an answer that you've accepted? If not, don't worry, neither did SO and Meta veteran (Metaran?) ChrisF, who positted a question about a missing flag link on ...
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What is the SO/SE strategy for correcting inaccurate but popular answers?

I don't want to pre-judge the new Cooking SE that just entered private beta, but looking over some of the questions and especially the answers, there are going to be a lot of answers that are based on ...
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Should I delete my answers that duplicate other users' answers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do you delete your own answer when it’s a duplicate? When answering a question on Stack Overflow, I'll often find that in the time it took me to write out my response ...
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Is atrocious English a possible sign of rudeness?

Can atrocious English in a question be a potential sign of rudeness? Background: I'm wondering because of this question, but I'm not certain if the atrocious English is because the person isn't a ...
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Is it appropriate to bump an old question for getting public evaluation of its tags?

When preparing for a retag request, especially one that would require a merging, I think it is more comfortable to get rid of some of the outlier questions that would not match the merge. For example, ...
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Are we “allowed” to edit Community Wiki answers? [duplicate]

Suppose you come across a community wiki answer and feel you have something to expand/change/correct. What is the accepted etiquette for editing community wiki answers? Is there a strong sense of "...
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Can I post a question with an answer? [duplicate]

Sometimes I will face a problem and either figure out the answer myself, or find the answer on a site other than StackOverflow, but I think it might be helpful to other people. Is it acceptable (or ...
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Proper reasons to downvote a question?

Coming to the site, it seemed that downvotes are obvious for questions that are wildly off-topic or simply a mess (no effort in writing, badly written, unclear question, pretentious assumptions, clear ...
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What protocol to follow when a user edits his question to “Please delete”?

Just happened across this question, where the user edited his reasonably well-written question to say "Please delete please delete please delete" in the title and body. By the time I'd got there the ...
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Responding to comments from the OP

So sometimes I answer a question and the OP responds in comments asking for further clarification. When I update the answer, I'd like to notify the OP that I've changed my answer. I like to respond ...
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Is it okay to modify a bunch of CW posts to make them more uniform?

I was looking at the question What are those little Xcode tips & tricks you wish you knew 2 years ago?, the problem is that it's hard to read all the answers to this post. Mainly because they are ...
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Can we followup and offer freelance work?

If I asked a question, and then learn the answer is more difficult than I can handle, I may instead want to hire a freelancer to implement an algorithm for me rather than write it on my own and screw ...
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How should I handle follow-on questions to a bounty question?

In What kind of computer is being used in “Workin on ur problemz”?, the question I actually asked has been answered (V-Tech Talking Whiz Kid Mouse PRO Deluxe), but there's something else that I'd ...
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Is it appropriate to tag someone else's question urgent help needed?

Should [Urgent] PHP has encountered an Access Violation at 16B357F9 receive the urgent-help-needed tag to reflect the question title? Or should I take the boring option and explain why "Urgent" isn't ...
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Serving the social aspects of StackOverflow [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Any way to send a personal message to another user? One of the side-effects of SO is that I can have great conversations with many developers. While I think SO would ...
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Etiquette for enormous hand-sorted retagging jobs

We already have general guidelines for when you should just ask a moderator for help in retagging. A system for handling soft retags is already proposed, as well. The first will not help with large ...
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Healthy ratios for asking:answering and up:down voting [duplicate]

Is there a rule or guideline for a good relation between the answer to question ratio? I mean to be a reasonable SO-user and be accepted by others. Should good SO-users give (answer) more than take (...
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The practice of completely changing a post title, is it OK? [duplicate]

The text of one of my posts' titles was completely changed. From "Asking the wrong questions vs. asking at the wrong site" to "Why we don't accept shopping questions". (The latter could be a little ...
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Retagging/Bumping Etiquette

(Semi-related to Too much retagging) I have been going through a bunch of single-use tags on Super User (misspellings, tag synonyms etc.) and retagging them with proper, commonly-used tags. However, ...
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Ads that contains erotic images [closed]

Hi, recently when I use stack overflow I started to see the "Show us yours" ad, a women with very short skirt siting with a laptop in a sexy way. What a distraction, when I try to answer or read a ...
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Retagging etiquette and options for discussing retag issues

I have a specific experience where I retagged a question about bourne shell syntax on Server Fault. The specific tags started as "linux" "commands" and "test". None of these tags seemed ...
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Is it appropriate to downvote questions that aren't going to be re-opened?

The question nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing (closed) is continuing to be downvoted even though it's (rightfully) closed, and is going to stay closed (and hopefully will be deleted soon). Is ...