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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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How to react when the poster of a neighbouring answer updates his version with your own answer [duplicate]

Here is another case which came as a bit of surprise to me: Get ReadyState from WebBrowser control without DoEvents There was initially one answer posted there, which I considered conceptually wrong,...
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What to do when OP copies and improves my answer?

In the question Insert Image (from URL) from Google Sheet Cell to Google Doc, OP posted an answer that extends mine. He even thanked me early in the answer. I don't disagree that the OP response is ...
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Is it good etiquette to refer folks to “asking good questions” essays?

Many of the newbie posters really need to read How To Ask Questions The Smart Way or one of the equivalent essays. Referring them to it would arguably be more useful than having to repeat all the ...
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Politely refusing to provide a laborious implementation of my detailed algorithmic answer

A user asked for a complex algorithm. I answered in detail, which took me some time. The user then mentioned (politely) in a comment that he would like me to provide code. Writing the code would take ...
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Can I answer my own question with another question?

I already read questions/answers here about answering your own question and already know it is okay to do so. But what actually happened is that I found the answer in another Stack Overflow question ...
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Should I digitally sign my posts?

I'd like to be able to sign my questions and comments digitally, as in an actual digital signature with, for example, GPG. Some posts I make may contain ideas that I want people to know came from me. ...
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Is this question a candidate to close or not? [closed]

I am having a difficult time deciding how to deal with questions like these with the new close options. Example question: Move element to X left when click button I have read through the related ...
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Is it bad etiquette to not remove a downvote on a question after the content of the question has been made better?

Is it bad etiquette to not remove a down-vote on a question after the content of the question has been made better? ~~~ Ref: The following form of the question was posted on Stack Overflow... ...
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Editing out the dramatics from a question that may have been upvoted because of the style

I saw this question, and while I'm sure it was a real question (I don't know c#), had some dramatic emphasis every line. For example: This appears to be impossible. And if I can't get around the ...
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What should I do with accusatory comments?

Recently, I posted an answer to a question on SO, about 5 seconds after another user posted a very similar answer. For some reason, that post was downvoted, but mine wasn't; they were almost the exact ...
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Reporting an inappropriate or offensive user name [duplicate]

On Stack Overflow we can raise a flag on an inappropriate comment or post. What if an user has an inappropriate user picture or name? "Inappropriate" being derogatory, rude, racially demeaning, ...
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Asking questions in the Answer just to get the first spot

I've seen this a few times now on StackOverflow, instead of using the comments to ask for additional information, a user will add an answer asking their questions. Then, when they get the information ...
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Is it OK to self-promote a package/library/tool you have developed as a Q/A?

I rarely mark questions or answers as spam because I actually find very few under the r where I'm most active, but I did do so the other day, and my flag was declined. This is the question, um... in ...
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Struggling to understand Stack Overflow's philosophy [closed]

I'm new here and find the prevailing attitude and tone of the site extremely authoritarian and offensive. It is certainly not encouraging one to participate and share opinions etc. I have just been ...
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When voting to close, is it best to choose the “better” reason or the more popular reason?

Reviewing Close Votes, I sometimes see close votes cast for reasons that seem to me not as appropriate as other reasons to close. In these cases, I am certain the post needs to be closed, so I feel ...
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On Stack Overflow if there is a question that addresses your problem, but there is no solution that works, should you repost a similar question?

There is a question on Stack Overflow that addresses an issue I am having, however after trying all of the posted answers, I am still encountering the issue. What should I do? Should I post a new ...
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Is there an appropriate way to ask? [duplicate]

I have been beating my head on a java project for a class for a bit. At the moment, the program runs and completes, but nothing as an output. It is error free and warning free, well as far as eclipse ...
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500 helpful flags hack

Once you're over 2K&3K(depending on the review queues eligible to you) your chances of earning the Marshal badge are lower because you're not flagging as much any more. There's a funny and very ...
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Is it bad form to answer a question and then immediately cast the final closing vote?

Just wonder if the community thinks this is "taking advantage".
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Answering with just code [duplicate]

Is it bad practice to answer with just code and no explanation? I had someone complain about this once but everyone seems to do it.
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When to credit someone else for an answer [duplicate]

When answering a question, is it appropriate to copy large amounts of content (from somewhere other than SO) and present that as your answer? For example, yesterday a poster asked for clarification ...
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Comment promoted to answer

I run into this question with rather simple solution which was placed as the first comment by SuperScript user. Two minutes after this, another user literally copied this single sentence comment into ...
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Giving Code for what is probably homework [duplicate]

I just answered this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/19909488/print-the-2-smallest-numbers-in-a-loop#comment29622280_19909488 If you look at the three answers we clearly have three ...
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What to do with 'looking for a good tutorial on X' questions?

Most of them are very straightforward candidates for lmgtfy-like answer, but sometimes it's not quite simple: even the search term to start with is difficult to guess (that's especially true with the ...
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Is there a better way to tag this question without 4 platform specific tags? [closed]

I've been a Delphi coder for quite a while now, using the delphi and delphi-xe2 tags quite often. Delphi XE2 and above versions (XE5 now) include a new platform called firemonkey, which allows for ...
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Policy on re-using your own past answers?

If you come across a question that can be answered with one of your old answers, what is the policy for re-using your old responses? (assuming the the question is different enough or too old to be ...
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Etiquette for encouraging users to vote on a related question

If I see the following in an answer... Also, please consider upvoting my answer to a [similar question here] and downvoting the approved answer which is not correct IMO. What should I do? ...
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What's the etiquette for rewarding an editor by offering a bounty on a question he's answered?

Background I strongly believe that in many cases a good edit provides more lasting value to SE than a good answer to a mediocre question. A good question will bring good answers that will be more ...
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Is it better to delete or to edit a downvoted answered question?

I have a question that shows poor research. Due to this and my first steps at Stack Overflow I got banned from asking questions. Ever since I'm trying to earn my way back to asking. Recently, I ...
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What is the etiquette on requesting an upvote? [duplicate]

What is the etiquette on asking for upvotes? i.e. I answered a question, and the person who asked wrote a comment saying my answer was very useful. I am also the only answer, on the question and yet ...
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Is it bad form to answer a question with a rhetorical question?

Today I noticed that this answer to a question is in the form of a questions. Now professors/teachers use this technique all the time to encourage the student to think a little more instead of spoon ...
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How to prevent tech providing companies from down-voting SO questions that reveal defects in their products or services?

Theoretically, technology companies can have employees systematically down-vote all questions that indirectly reveal their products' or services' defects knowing that this would help hide the ...
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Can we nuke spam/hate answers from orbit, instead of just marking them as deleted?

Every now and again, some troll comes along and posts a answer like: I hate xxx, xxx is <insert profanity here> I hate xxx, xxx is <insert profanity here> I hate xxx, xxx is <insert ...
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How much experience should a user have to use Stack Overflow?

As long as a question is clear and concise, can users of any level of experience ask questions? Or should only users of an intermediate and above level be allowed? What counts as too little or too ...
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Clarification needed on asking etiquette

Hello I am new to SO and I want to make as good an impression as possible. I asked a question and received a satisfactory response in the context for which it was asked. I have since discovered new ...
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How to deal with 'Convert this code from language A to language B' questions?

Each day I browse SO, there's a fair share of questions asking for a magnificent wonder of code conversion - from Java to JavaScript, from Perl to PHP, from SQL to Haskell etc. Usually it means the ...
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Is it OK to add to a correct answer (from someone else) for your own question?

I sometimes think of additional answers to my question after I see a good answer. But if there is a good answer, I'd rather add to the good answer than post another answer. But I'm not sure if that ...
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Expletives are not allowed on SE. But which ones?

According to Jeff Atwood, expletives/swearing is not acceptable behaviour, and can result in suspension. I'm fine with this, and completely condone this. One can still convey a rational point ...
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How to deal with rude comments (from the OP) that are not exactly “offensive”?

User A has provided an answer to user B's question. User B (the OP) responded to the answer: No, you CANNOT [do that thing suggested in your answer]. If you do [your suggested aproach] -- well ...
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Is it acceptable to ask for upvote/accept in an answer when submitting it?

I searched duplicates, and my impression was that requests may be acceptable, or at least tolerated, after questioner has indicated the answer solved his problem, and with the request for points via a ...
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Is it OK to retrospectively close as a duplicate? [duplicate]

Suppose a question is asked, answered and accepted, then at some later date another duplicate question is asked, also answered and accepted, but no one picks up the duplication. If the second ...
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What is the best practice 'etiquette' to tell an answer is outdated and should be updated?

Due to changes in technologies, many answers were outdated. However, these answers were very good for the past, and they might also be useful for the same cases, but not for most. An example is a ...
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Comments are still extremely rude. How can we get more people to flag these?

Edit: Okay, I think I get the point. I just got over 20 notifications overnight about this. You can stop commenting and answering now - I think I get the point that I may have made the question a ...
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OP getting me to do the work for them over time [duplicate]

I've answered this question for a new user that wasn't originally worded like a "do my work for me" type of question, but has since turned that way through discussion in the comments. They have ...
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Make community less hostile for beginners [duplicate]

Honestly, How many times do I see the true value of coming to stackoverflow only to ask a beginner question or something I am new at and literally get run off the site by rude and hostile users. ...
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Citation/Attribution etiquette

I can think of a few legitimate situations where a post might primarily contain another user's content: The classic "comment should be an answer" situation Another answer is half-correct, but needs ...
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Etiquette for Russian Doll Questions [duplicate]

I have seen several instances of this over the last week and wanted to get a viewpoint from the higher-ups. This question addresses the corollary to this enquiry Please consider the following ...
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Is it bad etiquette to leave comments about my answer on newly answered questions ?

Let's say I post a new answer to an old question, and that my answer is objectively better (imagine for the sake of the question) than any of the other answers. Is it considered bad etiquette to ...
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Stack Exchange Etiquette - Changing an accepted answer?

If I accept a correct answer but a more detailed and clearer answer comes along after the fact, should I change the accepted answer? Is it considered rude to the original answerer whose answer was ...
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I think I have offended a user, how did this happen and what do I do now?

I try to stay as constructive as possible when answering questions in StackOverflow. Especially ones that I think are worth answering. Recently, I've answered this question, discussing it in the ...