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 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 ...
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How to handle duplicates that are not accumulating enough close-votes?

If a question is a clear duplicate but is not accumulating enough close votes (e.g. due to the short list of close nominations), how do we handle these? Flagging for moderator attention? Ignore it ...
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Is it OK to add links or images for new users who cannot?

it's my understanding that new users can't post more than one link, in order to avoid SPAM. I assume the same is true for images. Can/should we as editors override these restrictions for in cases ...
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Is the following a good example of editing for grammar, or is it overboard?

This may very well get closed as a duplicate. I've read Editing for broken english: Acceptable?, and I believe that my edits are OK, but I wanted some clarification. I want to make sure I'm not "...
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Answer etiquette on older questions

In relation to this question I came across this myself. There were several answers saying "it doesn't work because its a bug" or "try this" (and it doesn't work.) To be honest I just didn't believe ...
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Should asking about going the opposite direction be a separate question?

I asked a question recently, How can I create an Image in GDI+ from a Base64-Encoded string in C++?, which got a response that led me to the answer. I accepted the leading response and posted the code ...
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Etiquette Question: Is There A Way to Contact Moderators for Specific Reputation/Badge Questions?

Sometimes I wonder if if the badge system is working properly. But also I could just be confused and it could very well be me not remembering what I did, i.e., how many consecutive days visiting ...
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Etiquette for duplicate, yet unanswered questions [duplicate]

I've seen before where some questions get closed as duplicates of unanswered(or even closed) questions. Is this behavior that should be encouraged? For instance, there has been a few times where I ...
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Is it kosher to ask a question that you plan to try to answer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Should I not answer my own questions? Should I ask a question I know the answer to? For instance, it occurred to me that the question "what's the difference between using '...
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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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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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Allowed to request a move?

I asked this question on superuser It hasn't gotten what I'd consider to be an actual answer. Can I ask for it to be moved for serverfault? where it might have more luck. I'm not sure that It's more ...
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Is it good etiquette to upvote answers to questions already marked answered?

Just curious, when I find a particular answer (not necessarily the accepted answer) to an old question which has already been answered (say one year ago), is it good etiquette to upvote it? I ask ...
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Regarding questions and the relevance of tags to the actual content

I originally titled this as "How much coverage over the question's content should your tag choice revolve around?", and similar variants, all of which could be very confusing so I went with a less ...
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How should modifications to official FAQ questions be handled?

I was just thinking that the official FAQ on Community Wiki questions should explain how and why the "author info" space of CW questions — e.g. "community wiki / 14 revs, 13 users..." — ...
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Is it wrong for me to edit posts/titles for proper grammar, punctuation and capitalization? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should users edit other users' posts to correct grammar and spelling problems? I'm a bit of a stickler for properly formatted titles and questions. Nothing irks me more than ...
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What is the best way to update your status on a question?

When progress is made after asking a question I have been editing my original post and adding progress at the bottom. Is this the best practice or is there a better way? Would comments be better? -...
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What's the etiquette on downvoting every wrong answer to a given question?

This question on SO elicited a host of answers which missed a basic point - the OP was asking about integer math with overflow. Fortunately, someone answered correctly, and I upvoted that answer. ...
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Down-voting questions that belong elsewhere. Do or don't? [duplicate]

I frequently see questions on Stackoverflow.com that belong on Superuser or here on Meta. Prior to being moved or migrated, they are frequently down-voted. Should they be down-voted for such a ...
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OP changing question entirely - voting policy [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Do you down vote answers that become wrong after a question is changed? What to do when people with very high rep are completely changing the meaning of a question? ...
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Is it okay to link to gist code pastes?

I have an issue that I detailed with code pastes on http://gist.github.com. Would it be okay to provide a written description and link to the code pastes, or should I paste them in my question body ...
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Someone other than OP edits question, then comments that accepted answer is wrong. Is this OK?

Something I ran into on SO today: OP asked a question, and got and accepted an answer (mine). Then 14 hours later a different user (not the OP) edits the question, so that now it is asking for ...
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Can folks that edit tags make sure they preserve the information that they would be editing away?

I have noticed that some folks edit the tags associated with questions to make the tag more generic, like converting netbeans6.8 to netbeans. I think this is a good thing. BUT, most users/askers do ...
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Should I edit out an offer of financial reward?

https://serverfault.com/questions/124057/how-to-remove-extensions-from-and-force-the-trailing-slash-at-the-end-of-urls I would very much appreciate any help. And to first person that gives me the ...
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Should we edit “Noob” out of titles?

I understand that the term "Noob" is used in many cases to illustrate the experience of the OP, but isn't the experience-level of the OP irrelevant to the topic of the question? Should we remove these ...
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Strategies for handling recurring homework questions

Every now and again, you get a homework question that recurs. The question itself varies, but it's the same poster and the same code snippets and there really doesn't seem to be any progress being ...
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Why is asking homeworkish questions a bad thing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Homework on StackOverflow On SO, people sometimes treat questions differently because they are homeworkish. However, SO is a place to learn. Thus, whether questions are ...
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Are posting questions on SO about code improvement or “refactor this” valid?

Hi, Just wondering whether it's valid to ask questions (on SO etc) about working code e.g. "How can I improve this?", "How would you do this differently"...I'm not sure whether it seems right to ask ...
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Editing other people's questions - what is advisable and what is not? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the etiquette for modifying posts? I recently got some editing powers on SO. I wanted to know to what extents is it advisable to go while editing other people's ...
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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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Revealing a 3rd party's IP / FQDN in a question

I'm about to ask a question about some anomalous activity in my IIS logs. Would it poor form to mention the IP addresses that I'm seeing the requests from? They reverse lookup to what looks like ...
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Is it okay to post answers using libraries/frameworks/extensions not already mentioned?

I see this mostly as people asking pure JavaScript questions and getting JQuery answers -- yes, I know about the meme, but I'm talking about serious answers here -- but I would guess that it happens ...
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Better example from front-page SO users?

Just to show that I'm not only getting upset by newbie users, I've noticed that a lot of "front-page" users don't seem to be particularly bothered about posting answers to duplicate posts. Now, ...
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Should 'do it for me' questions be discouraged?

I just saw the question Javascript if box checked and it bothers me when I see this and similar questions that are simply expecting people to do it for the poster. And they usually get it done, too. ...
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Drawing the line between helping out and doing other people's jobs

It happens often on stackoverflow or other forums that someone asks a question that is too specific of the app he/she is currently developing. Regardless of the "too localized" close reason (which ...
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Guide for Upvoting and Downvoting

I've read the FAQs on SO and meta SO, and still am not fully clear on what deserves upvotes and downvotes. Could someone point to a guide for these things? Here are some examples of questions and ...
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Does an answer that ignores major details in a question deserve a downvote?

In this answer to my question on SO, the answerer completely ignored the fact that there are two keys involved, which was VERY clear in my question (though I edited the title after that to add the ...
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Is there any way to anonymously censure users for anti-social behavior?

I really hope I'm not the only one that feels this way. On StackOverflow, there are some, but thankfully a small number, of users that are rude or seem to be actively trying to make the site a ...
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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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Is adding a signature considered spamming? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Should ‘Hi’, ‘thanks’ and taglines and salutations be removed from posts? What is the policy on signatures and links in answers for Stack Overflow ...
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What if my question is technically a duplicate, but the original question was never answered? [duplicate]

I'm wondering what the generally accepted/community-endorsed etiquette is in this situation. Ideally I would like to push the original question back onto the front page, as if it were a new question (...
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Proper way to correct a mistaken answer

I should have known better, but I answered a question too quickly and without fully thinking -- a silly mistake -- and I provided the wrong answer. I realized my mistake moments later and deleted my ...
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Statistics: Current Ratio of “Link-And-Run” on the Stack Exchange Network

I am personally starting to be a bit fed up with the prevalence of what I call "linking hit-and-runs" answers (Example). The major problems with these types of answer are that: They require the ...
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Reduce posting of “linking hit-and-runs” answers

For a background of the problem, see this other question. Feature Proposal This feature proposal is reduce posting of "linking hit-and-runs" answers. An answer is a "linking hit-and-run" if links ...
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Question-asking etiquette for less popular tags

I'm currently hacking my way into C++ because I want to learn about using the JUCE library to create some basic software. The C++ community is much smaller than, say, that of PHP or Flash, where ...
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Deleting your own answers without upvotes?

Is it a good practice to delete your own answer, if it's not upvoted? Sometimes someone has rephrased my answer. Sometimes it is correct, but users consider it irrelevant.
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Editing for Brevity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should ‘Hi’, ‘thanks’ and taglines and salutations be removed from posts? When I see a question like Hi everyone! In C, how do I compute the ...
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Is-there-an-x-for-y questions permissible?

I just got a question closed as "not programming related". The question boils down to, "What good APIs are available for accessing information related to politics in the US?" Commenters speculated ...
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Fixing an incorrect answer?

I just saw a (very...) common question on SO, so I copied an answer from the PHP documentation with link. Trouble is, I misremembered what the example did (remove excess whitespace vs. removing all ...
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Multiple Retagging Etiquette

I've noticed that when it comes to straight-up programming concepts, questions are generally either tagged pretty well in the first place or retagged fairly quickly by someone with the privilege. We'...