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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What's the policy about having multiple user accounts? [duplicate]

Take this example: all SO user accounts of user known as "icepax". I can imagine of any human reasons to create a new user account at SO, e.g. willing to restart with a clean (reputation) history. ...
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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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Etiquette of answering a question in anticipation of it being moved

I've just answered a question on SO after voting for it to be closed as "belongs on meta". It was moved to meta very shortly afterwards, as anticipated. Does anyone have a problem with my behaviour ...
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How to politely respond to a fluffy question

So, once upon a time, the fashion was to post comments that threatened a question with closure if not marked community wiki. That fashion seems to have been discouraged in the interests of lowering ...
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Force users to comment after they edit a question

A lot of times as I read through questions, I see that someone else has edited it. This being a pseudo-wiki, maybe the system should "force" a user to comment on why said question was edited? I ...
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Publicizing S[O/F/U] API wrappers?

Under the assumption that an API is forthcoming (there certainly have been alot of questions about it) what's the proper way to "announce" a wrapper library for it? I threw one together* (prompted by ...
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Linking to other web pages through stack overflow questions

Thinking of a title for this question was difficult, but I here is the scenario, Someone asks a question, and the answer to said question is in an article that is linked to in another stackoverflow ...
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Is it appropriate to delete my comment?

I commented on an answer because the author of that answer made a spelling error that impinged on the meaning of the answer. The author later saw my comment, corrected his spelling error, and then ...
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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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Is it a good etiquette to mark your answer on a poll question community-wiki, even if the question isn't?

Like this question: Which ‘super shell scripting’ language should I learn, perl, ruby or tcl? The question is closed now, but it had several answers before it's been closed. The top answer is merely ...
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What's the appropriate etiquette when two people correctly answer a question at the same time?

I have run into this several times: I answer a question and someone else provides the same answer with roughly the same amount of quality within a few seconds. What's the appropriate thing to do at ...
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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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How to correct trivial mistakes in answers?

What is the proper way to correct trivial mistakes in answers? Correctness of even small details is desirable, but especially important when programming. Examples: Case A: Use the FooBra library....
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Should authors of a code-golf question not refer to the sources for their entries? [closed]

I (as a lot of people) enjoy the high-quality code-golf questions posted by user LiraNuna, I've even participated a few times. I interpreted those questions as 'completely new/original' entries but ...
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Etiquette for explaining removed comments?

If you delete a comment, should you leave a new comment to explain it? If there are already other comments referencing it, I usually see something like "I've deleted my earlier comment that @whoever ...
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etiquette of translating comments in a post

Here's an issue that isn't addressed by What is the etiquette for modifying posts?. This question is well written and nicely formatted. It includes some code too. The comments for the code are ...
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Should you argue with the Expert?

This question is about how people should behave on Stack Overflow? More specifically, when you ask a question, do you have any right to argue (in writing) against the people that answer your question? ...
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Shouldn't a user who “favorite”s a question up-vote it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: If you bookmark a question, shouldn’t you also be encouraged to upvote it? Why not get reputation when your question is marked a favorite by somebody? I see it quite ...
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Editing others' posts - general etiquette [duplicate]

I just crossed 2K reps in SO and hence gained edit access to others' posts. Straightaway I edited a couple of posts to correct spelling mistakes and code errors (and to test my 'editing powers', of ...
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Suggestion: block edits by others in the 5 minute window after creating a post or doing an edit

Usually I'm not done editing so all they're doing is creating unnecessary revisions that I just clobber anyway. I don't care if I put "it's" when I meant to put "its". Leave it alone, at least until I'...
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Is text in a gravatar frowned upon?

I've just updated my gravatar to reflect the logo for my new Stack Exchange site (the cache hasn't updated yet). I don't see anywhere that there are rules for what is allowed in the gravatar, but I ...
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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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Am I allowed to be (at least a little) ignorant on SO? [closed]

I asked a question that apparently offended a number of c++ programmers, and made me realize that there are some things I didn't know about C++. Here is a link: How do you program safely outside of ...
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How to handle a question where a feature is now possible?

In May I asked this question How to specify the location a MVC view will be created for a MVC controller? on SO. At the time the answer required a hack to be done since the feature was not supported ...
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What is the etiquette for posting an article?

I'm new to StackOverflow. I have a detailed article on a particular topic (How WinSxS works - around 5000 words), which I would like to post somewhere where it can be discussed and people can edit it ...
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Would it be out of place to ask a user to use an online translator for a question?

There's been a few times that I've seen nearly unreadable questions from obviously non-native English speakers. I'm pretty certain the actual question would have been more clear if they had used an ...
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User seems unable to receive criticism. What can you do?

A user has posted up to 10 comments to his own answer defending his position. I'm specifically asking about this behavior. Please not that I had to remove my downvote plus some of the comments ...
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Is it appropriate to comment on people's accept rate? [closed]

I've seen a lot of comments on SO, of the kind (paraphrasing brutally): (on questions) if you start accepting some answers, I might deign to post a reply (on answers) good answer, but perhaps too ...
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Answering etiquette with 'google' [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to deal with google questions? If this is a duplicate, sorry for not finding it :) When someone asks a question, and the answers provided are from a google search, the ...
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Is it wrong to ask the same question elsewhere? [duplicate]

I just posted a question to superuser.com and afterward realized that it might not be answered very quickly due to how specific it was. So I also posted it on the Ubuntu forums I plan to update both ...
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What can be done about an increasing impatience with poorly expressed questions?

I've only been using SO for about a month, but I think I've noticed an increase in impatient responses to poorly-worded questions. I may even have been guilty of it myself. Of course 'poorly-worded ...
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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 there too much “user meta”?

It seems like half the questions I click on these days are full of comments or even "answers"* that don't relate to the question, but instead are complaints about the poster's other questions, demands ...
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Would a question exporting from SQL Server 2008 -> SQL Server 2000 go on serverfault or stackoverflow?

Basically my question is in the title. I desire to ask a question to get some help on moving data from one database to another, but I am not certain where the question should go. Thank you.
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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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Cleaning up comments from migrated questions

Is there any reason not to clean up comments on migrated questions? "This belongs on ServerFault" "Delete this as dupe" "Duplicate question here [link]" So the question's been migrated, and the ...
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Accepting a duplicate answer etiquette

I've just answered this question about copying arrays in Java. Approximately half an hour later someone else piped up with what was essentially a complete clone of my answer even down to formatting ...
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Is it OK to edit a correct answer for fullness instead of answering?

So I went to a question I had an answer for and noticed that the op had already voted an answer as being correct. The particular answer had a list of links. So I thought to myself, wouldn't it be ...
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Downvoting Discussion

What would justify downvoting a [discussion] (Questions marked discussion on MSO)? Recently, a user was directed here by a moderator to ask a question about which subjects are appropriate for ...
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What's the correct response to poorly-phrased questions?

What should we do when faced by a question which looks like it may have been translated (very poorly) from a language other than English? Example: thread-and-control The OP may have asked this in ...
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Should we edit to simplify?

Stackoverflow enjoys a diverse community coming from different walks of life, and different academic backgrounds. Many of us are used to using abbreviations for various technologies and practices. ...
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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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Make migration of questions less brutal

I asked a question on Stack Overflow, it got a few up-votes and one answer. I wrote a comment in response to the answer but couldn't submit it because my question had been migrated to Super User (the ...
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What to do when there was no problem at all?

Aftering getting slightly annoyed with what seemed to be a simple problem, I decided to consult the minds here at Stackoverflow. So I asked a question. Immediately, a few people flooded in their ...
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Deleting Comments After A Fix

Occasionally I make a mistake or leave out some detail in an answer or a question. Usually someone will politely point out the error in a comment. Then there may be a little back and forth ...
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Etiquette: When is it ok to edit your answer to include information from someone else's?

I have been following this question with interest - History of public/private/protected - and noticed that shortly after a new answer was posted by Neil Butterworth, one of the original answers was ...
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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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Asking a previous question again. Isn't it useful?

It seems to me that asking a question that had been previously asked isn't very welcome in forums like stackoverflow. The logic behind this is clear: DRY (don't repeat yourself). In general I agree to ...
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Going easy on new users [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Could we please be a bit nicer to the noobs? Should we go a bit easy on new users to SOFU? Regularly I've come across an answer posted by someone with only 1 rep, and it ...
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Asking questions for feedback on your own programming techniques

I worked on an algorithm as part of my research back when I was doing a thesis and am curious how it would be received by the programming community at large (I already know how it was received ...