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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Helping a user who asks multiple questions? [duplicate]

A brand new user asked two very unrelated questions in a single post. Both had sufficient detail to become their own post. See the revision history here: Two Pokemon Questions What is the best way ...
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Etiquette on How to Respond to False Accusations

I recently answered a question in biology.stackexchange.com here. In that one of the answerer seems to keep commenting on why my answer is wrong. Initially I tried to explain why my answer is correct....
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How quickly should I try to accept an answer? [duplicate]

It seems clear to me that when I'm in a community with "hard questions" (ie. ones that have clear answer) it makes sense to me that I should accept the best and fastest answer. However, for a ...
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Countering downvotes with upvotes [duplicate]

I've seen many SE users (even high-reputation and experienced users) upvoting to counter a previous downvote. This mean many up-votes are being cast based on the fact that someone else dislikes the ...
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What is the etiquette on re-raising dismissed comment flags?

I am a moderator on Academia.SE. I just dismissed a comment flag that looked familiar. On closer inspection, I saw that I had previously dismissed that exact flag twice, and it had also been dismissed ...
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What is the policy on quotes with profanity?

Are expletives (cursing, swear words or vulgar language) allowed on SE sites? states No. Expletives are not acceptable behavior on meta or any other Stack Exchange site. If you can't ...
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Voting patterns indicate users seem to like bashing users when they make conceptual mistakes

An extension of this question. When a user shows some some major conceptual mistake in his or her question, I often see users post answers and comments that are only marginally helpful and are often ...
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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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When can I feel comfortable to ask a question? [duplicate]

I always have questions! I keep a notepad with me most all times to jot down sudden ideas and thoughts that I can delegate away. When I go to looking at my notepad of things I'd love to know more ...
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How should I vote?

This is the current FAQ for voting on Stack Exchange (long-windily mentioning what votes do and their importance, having little to say about how to conduct one's own voting habits. Plenty of questions ...
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The “Be Nice Policy” - and Chat

The revised "Be Nice Policy" states: Don't be a jerk. .... Inappropriate language or attention. Avoid vulgar terms and anything sexually suggestive. Also, this is so not a dating site. When a ...
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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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Do Stack Exchange users have the right to not be offended?

I've been following Laura's question and the many answers/comments: Proposed new code of conduct for all Stack Exchange sites There have been several reactions around the inclusion (or not) of a ...
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Proposed new code of conduct for all Stack Exchange sites

UPDATE: We've incorporated lots of the feedback below into what we think is a much better version than the one we proposed originally. Thanks a ton for all the input, and let us know if you like the ...
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What is the etiquette about including information that somebody else provided?

A while ago, I had a strange encounter on music.SO. I had posted an answer, then person A added a few comments with additional information. I edited my answer to add this information, clearly ...
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What is the etiquette for copying my own questions and answers from other QA sites to StackExchange?

I have been very active on Quora for about 5 months, but I'm very new to StackExchange. As such there's many questions and answers over on Quora relevant to questions on StackExchange. If I want to ...
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Etiquette for answering your own question when comments have been posted

If I post a question that is correctly answered in a comment to the question (i.e. no answer is posted, so nothing can be accepted as the correct answer) what is the correct thing to do? Submit a ...
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Best way to mass-apply a new tag to old questions

I am now in the following situation for the third time: I have detected a need for a new tag and I am sure about this (e.g., as I have successfully proposed this on the respective site meta) and ...
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Need Help to re-Frame my Question by complying with Programmer StackExchange's Etiquette [duplicate]

Initially, I am with the intention to Collect the notable misconceptions/errors/misperceptions One have faced during Programming (Mainly with Objective C Language). --Because:-- My First ...
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Is it wrong to take someone else's answer from a comment and post it yourself? [duplicate]

From the title, I imagine the obvious reaction would be "No, posting someone else's answer as your own is stealing," at least to me. But the question I'm looking at is interesting: someone left an ...
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Is it appropriate to move extra info from my answer to a blog post?

I have a answer to this question on Stack Overflow that has generated some good attention, but has grown rather large as I continue to update it and make modifications based on comments. The post ...
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How to deal with [faq] questions whose top answer is obsolete but is a useful opinion piece?

Consider a question like Do posts have to be in English on Stack Exchange?. It has the faq tag. Its top answer is for the most part an opinion piece. This opinion piece is solely about Stack Overflow;...
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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.demo Along the lines I read in Arabic "god is a pig". So I asked him to remove ...
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What is considered good etiquette for removing a down vote?

I realize that there are no hard rules surrounding whether a person shall, or shall not remove or cancel a vote on an answer. But often, while in the process of answering a question, or editing to ...
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A request to post a survey on nineteen meta sites

I'd like to post this on the per-site metas of nineteen beta sites in the Stack Exchange network: The Beta Phase: a survey Hey there, _____s and fellow Stack Exchangeians! I'm Doorknob, a ...
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How can Newbies Help [duplicate]

I realize I must earn privileges to participate, but how can I approach the situation below calmly and formulate the full answer when I get this type of response: A Recent post from SuperUser. See ...
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How to deal with inappropriate comments attached to edits?

I saw an edit comment being used as a general comment (see comments to the edit number four at this link). The edit itself was borderline OK - I wanted to reject it as too minor, but it got approved ...
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OP answers his/her own question without acknowledging the help

I've just learnt the existence of a certain behavior from this post: OP asks a question He gets help from an user He tell him it doesn't work as-is With the help of this user only (again), he get it ...
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Want to completely rewrite my question, but keep the intention: Should I start a new question instead?

By keeping the intention of the question, I mean that from my view, I still ask the same, just in a better way. Others would partly see it like that if they read the old and the new version, and good ...
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Where shall I post? [duplicate]

I am completely confused with meta. When I post a question people scream that it is duplicate and downvote. And they recommend me to comment the original post. If I do they downvote and scream it is ...
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How to handle OP who fails to post any, then posts irreproducible, data, complains in the comments, downvotes, and flags?

How to handle the following sequence of events which just happened to me here: The tl;dr is a cranky OP who can't get to the point, or post reproducible testcase, but wastes our time writing ...
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Why not to ask public about new features idea? e.g. unicorn and unicoins

Should there be a vote for this? Also some announcement with detailed description would be great to receive.
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What is the best way to ask a question when I believe I already know the answer?

Sometimes I have a question as to whether I am doing something correctly. So I have a question, and I think I have an answer, so I'm more or less just looking for confirmation. An example might be: ...
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How to deal with “serial” detracting commenters

Well as a search gave no direct advice I'll post, because I find myself at my wits end. I have a problem with one SO user who continually seems to seek out any answer I have submitted and post ...
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Answers with insults

I asked this question, and got some decent help in the comments. Unfortunately, that help came with a slew of insults hurled at me. Whenever I ask a question, I try really hard not to be wasting ...
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Is improving an answer (from incomplete to complete) a “change in meaning”? [duplicate]

So I've just tried to edit an answer for the first time, here: https://stackoverflow.com/review/suggested-edits/4244060 Rejected three to two. I'm not really trying to 'fight the decision'. I mean, I ...
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Editing questions: To remove or not to remove [duplicate]

I've recently started editing questions. While editing questions I almost always remove the Thanks in advance and Thanks for your help parts of the questions. I've read this question which is very ...
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Close Queue Etiquette: Accepted Answers and “Too Broad” and “Unclear what you're asking” Questions [duplicate]

Recently, during our whole push to burn down the close queue, I came around a good load of questions that were flagged for "Too broad" or "Unclear what you're asking" - but also already answered and ...
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I discovered the answer to my own unanswered bounty question

Should I answer it only after the bounty is lost?(especially since I think I may not have given enough info)
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Why did a user delete their own question? [duplicate]

I'm disappointed that a couple days ago I answered a reasonable question about git, only to have the user then delete the question instead up upvoting or accepting my answer. I had responded to ...
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What if six users conspire to nuke posts with spam flags?

From the guidance on spam and offensive flags: Additionally, any answer that accumulates enough offensive or spam flags will be automatically deleted. What if a bunch of lunatics simply cast ...
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Many aggressive or non helpful answers [duplicate]

Can I ask why a lot of the answers people give are quite aggressive on stack overflow. I do a lot of PHP development and I notice that people ask questions and the immediate answers are always ...
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Ask again on StackOverflow after no answer was provided on Programmers

Is it OK to ask on StackOverflow after a question got no answers on Programmers for about 24h? In my opinion the question fits the scope of this site as well.
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Can we be nicer to people (new and old) for whom programming is just a job? [duplicate]

Continuing in the spirit of being nice (with all the recent pushes to be nicer to new users), I want to share something that I see frequently (I am working to build a list of examples, as per comments ...
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Question downvote etiquette: can I still be helpful?

I've had a couple of circumstances where this moral dilemma has arisen: The asker's question is really off-topic by all counts and is already receiving downvotes. I can downvote now, but I also want ...
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Original author prefers code in their formatting style after I made edits to my style

I used to re-format script as part of my participation in Stack Overflow. I got surprised this morning with a comment reply under a recently edited answer (which I have formatted) saying: . . . ...
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Etiquette, rules, or advice on which site to pose a question? (Or, why are there so many StackExchange sites?)

Basically: I have a question I want to ask regarding using Apple's AppleScript/Objective-C bridge (Objective C wrapped in AppleScript, basically) to implement an HTML/WebKit-based pager (a drop-in for ...
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Ratio of answer types

Related to post: Etiquette for answering your own question As far as I can tell, Stack Overflow is semantically both of a) a place to share information and b) a nerd battleground. Users do not care ...
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Limits for self-promotion, round IV

Playing with the new SE app, I came across an old meta answer of mine, and getting curious I looked at the guy's latest answers. Of the 30 latest answers on his SO page (as of now all from the last ...
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Should I edit the whole question or just post an update, to address the comments?

Admittedly, I posted this question composed in a bad way, initially at least. As some people were asking for clarifications, I was posting updates one by one, to address each comment, marking each ...