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 polite to “plagiarize” content that you contributed to others' answers?

I could have posted this question earlier but thanks to by bad memory I can finally ask it. Here's my answer and a competing answer under the same question. At first glance, the first paragraph looks ...
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How should we respond to questionable language in otherwise great comments?

This is a very personally opinionated question. I am not asking you to agree with me, I want your personal opinion. I have found that the questionable language people use in comments, particularly on ...
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Style guide to avoid condescension in answers

I've had two suggested edits rejected by the author, which attempted to make an answer more accessible by amending its condescending opening paragraph. The use of words such as "simply", "just", "...
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Let's be nice to other SE communities

I've noticed a bit of inter-site or intercommunity conflict going on. I understand that people are inclined to believe that their corner of the network is the best and they should think that to a ...
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Should we let people know that their actions are being discussed on meta, if so what's the best way?

Whenever I post something on SO meta about a particular post or review, I ping the people involved with that post or review. It seems to be the equitable thing to do, allow people to speak up, if ...
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Does the “Be Nice” policy apply when you are referring to a group of people, without naming names? [duplicate]

Edit regarding duplicate: This question is not about SE users vs. people without an account on SE. Rather, it is about actual individuals that are named, vs. loosely defined groups of people defined ...
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Commenting on questions - knowing the difference between constructive criticism and just being rude and unhelpful [closed]

Referring to the following post concerning moderating comments - A guide to moderating comments Commenting is one of the unsung heroes of Stack Exchange. The help center suggestions that you should ...
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Is it okay if I don't accept an answer even though the answer is correct? [duplicate]

For example: I have a question that I posted before. It didn't get much attention from other users. I put a bounty on my question. Many users viewed my question and someone gave me a solution. I ...
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Should I include a partial solution in my question? Or should I post it as an answer?

I posted a question What wildcard operators are supported in Kronos WFC searches? on SO. The question includes an incomplete list of wildcard operators I was able to find through my own ...
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A protocol for handling very graphic on topic images

This question was asked here: How to handle potentially NSFW yet valid images I'm looking to provide a formalised protocol that may be added to the FAQ for Stack Exchange sites. I've asked ...
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Is it appropriate to use an example taken from a NSFW website in an answer?

This answer on the UX Stack Exchange site uses part of a screenshot from a NSFW (pornography) website to answer the question: Like/Dislike display order. The image itself is obviously not of a sexual ...
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What should I do if I find a better solution to a question I've already answered? [duplicate]

Three months ago, I posted an answer to How to unlink my Documents folder from my OneDrive account?. My answer was upvoted, and is currently marked as the accepted answer. In the past week, I've ...
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Is putting advertisement in user profile allowed? [duplicate]

I just came up with the idea to put some kind of an advertisement (although I am not getting paid for it) in my profile. Is it allowed? If not, I will remove it.
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I found a question's answer posted on an external forum. What should I do?

While browsing questions on Stack Overflow, I managed to find the answer to well-received unanswered question on the AutoHotkey Forums. The answer is fairly well written, and includes both a code-...
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How should we handle a post with NSFW contents that was deleted by owner right after posting it?

I just saw an answer with highly NSFW content, that was deleted by its owner shortly after being posted, before it even gathered any downvotes. Of course that while not deleted we should flag those ...
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Just found an answer to my own question. What to do? [duplicate]

I posted a question. After messing around on my machine for about an hour, I found a solution. Would it be more appropriate to remove the question, or to add the answer to it just to save some other ...
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Etiquette for answering your own question with an answer inspired by another answer

This will probably get closed immediately as a duplicate, but I have read Etiquette for answering your own question and other similar questions, but didn't see this get addressed directly (though I ...
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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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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 ...
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Including other people's comments in your answers [duplicate]

Related to this question I'm wondering if it's okay to include another person's comments in your answer. See this: If the person answering the question were to get their answer accepted because of ...
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Show your work: one simple trick to make meta effective

Every day, good-hearted people come to these sites and run into serious problems. And then you come here or to another meta site, seeking to propose a solution to the problem you've encountered... And ...
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Is it acceptable to select your own answer to a question if similar answers exist? [closed]

This pertains to this RPG SE question. I have used a passage from the source book cited by another poster to answer the question in a different way, with a greater degree of concision. However, the ...
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Non-neutral political phrases and terms in user profile and messages

1. Example user @bytebuster Stack Exchange profile (archive copy): Since February 2014, Ukraine is suffering from Russia's armed invasion. If we fail to stop the Russian tanks in Ukraine, we would ...
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How to ask a question when you want to answer yourself? [duplicate]

I have seen a few times that this website encourages asking questions for which you already have an answer and to post this answer also. I did exactly this on stack overflow providing the code for a ...
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Should I upvote complimentary comments on my answer?

I'm a frequent reader/lurker but an infrequent contributer on several SE sites. Occasionally I craft an answer to a question which is better-received than usual, and one or two kind users add a ...
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Changing an incorrect answer

I recently answered a question which I had misinterpreted on my first read-through. My answer was dead wrong, and, rightfully, it was downvoted and comments were added that explained my error. In ...
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How to handle editors who edit the post wrong

I shared a piece of code in my question, that apparently had some characters missing that were causing the root of my problem. Telling me this would have solved my problem. However, a user chose to ...
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Is it acceptable to answer the title of a question instead of the text of the question?

So, every once in a while I'll find a question where the title is of a much larger scope than the actual question. A good example is this question where the title is "How to keep light switches “...
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Reminding experienced but un-Informed users via comment that Tour contains important information?

When: an experienced user posts a question that suggests they may be unaware of a site's Tour content (which can be customized per-site at its beginning); and the user's public profile shows that ...
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Edit unanswered old question or ask my own?

Sometimes when I search for some answer I find an old post that is pretty close to my problem, but with very little attention and little to no answers and comments. Where is the balance between: - ...
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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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In what situation can I post a similar question without it being closed as a duplicate? [duplicate]

I came across two different situations which seem to require a reasonable duplication of a question: Is it allowed to post the same question related to the same issue, but in two different languages? ...
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Is offensive and rude language directed at you allowed in your profile?

I happened to find one user's profile and it has the following words: I flagged a post by this OP on two different sites. One site accepted my flag as being helpful and the other declined my flag ...
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Does the Be Nice policy require SE users to “be nice” to people who are not SE users (e.g. public figures)?

I've seen users remark that it is not a violation of the Be Nice policy to insult people who are not SE users -- i.e. that users are only required to "be nice" to other SE users. Usually this is ...
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Is cross-posting allowed on multiple sites if they use a different language? [duplicate]

I understand that simultaneously cross-posting on multiple SE sites is considered inappropriate. What about simultaneously cross-posting to two SE sites in a different language? e.g., a user posts ...
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Is submitting edits for a question multiple times until it is considered acceptable okay?

I recently encountered a question I think could be useful to others if it were phrased better. The question had been flagged as off-topic originally, but I submitted an edit to nudge it into asking ...
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Can I omit “[Emphasis mine]”?

Do I have to state "[Emphasis mine]" every time I highlight the relevant part of a quote with formatting? Can I omit it at all? For example:
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How to be more polite and accommodating? [duplicate]

Here's my beef. I've noticed over the past couple of days, and even before I joined this (the StackExchange) community that most of you aren't kind to your fellow user. I'm not trying to get up on a ...
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What's the consensus on asking questions phrased to fit the scope, but invites answers outside the scope?

Basically, the title is the whole question here, but let's break it down just to clarify my intention. Is this considered acceptable when a question is unintentionally inviting answers outside the ...
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Are thankful announcements allowed in meta sites?

The SE network has a "protected question" feature that is justified by saying "this question is protected to avoid 'me too', 'thanks' and similar responses. It is perfectly understandable. It is ...
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Favorite etiquette (and hot questions) [duplicate]

I am well aware of how the Favorite button on the questions works and where I go to find my or anyone else's favorite questions. I am also well aware of the fact that adding a question to the ...
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Should I revise my answers based on comments? If so, how to properly attribute?

Sometimes, I will post an answer which works relatively well but then a comment suggests a slightly better, more concise, etc. approach (e.g. julia select all but one element in array/matrix). What ...
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Is Swastika really treated as offensive even when it's used for religious purpose in Profile pictures or chat?

I have heard many controversies regarding the use of a swastika in Stack Exchange network. But all the cases I noticed were clearly using a Nazi swastika. To make it clear swastika are of different ...
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Images in blockquotes [duplicate]

Is there any official etiquette for placing images in blockquotes? I usually just put them in the post without blockquotes. Also, sometimes edits are just made to add blockquotes to images. This image ...
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Can we increase the filters of what is posted on these sites to prevent extreme NSFW?

This isn't a regular, let's stop curse words post. Please read on. This post was precipitated by a report that came to my attention from the Smoke Detector in Charcoal HQ which is a bot that, I am ...
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Should I be mentioning people in separate comments or a unified comment? [duplicate]

If two people happen to comment on a question or answer, do I have to reply to them in separate comments (as below) @ExampleGuy no, I do not have one. and: @ExampleGirl I can do that. Or ...
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What if someone substantially edits your answer, removing several key pieces of information, while admittedly improving some typos?

A question requested multiple answers to problems upgrading to Ubuntu 16.04, "Please list your experiences". Since my experience was not represented, I added an answer of medium quality. Since then, ...
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Considerate collective name for stackexchange sites [closed]

Apparently there is a strong belief that StackOverflow is not a forum. I don't buy that sort of things but some individuals are very sensitive about this. What is an accurate and civil one-word ...
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Mentioning an answerer or commenter name in the question

When amending a question to address a point made in an answer or a comment, is it OK to mentioning the answerer name? (e.g., at the end of the question, "To answer Bob's comment: blah blah blah")
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What should you do when you realize that the question you asked wasn't really the question you meant to ask?

On Writers Stack Exchange, I wrote about whether or not it was plagiarism to heavily borrow from a single nonfiction writer when you write a piece of fiction. I was quickly corrected and told I should ...

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