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 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 ...
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Etiquette for suggesting a user accept a different answer?

I'm wondering what the etiquette is for suggesting that a user accept a different answer to their question. A recent example: shortly after the OP posted the question, an answer was posted and ...
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Should acronyms be fully expanded words? [duplicate]

There are some acronyms which save time to those who write, but may not be known by few readers. For example AFAICT, AFAIK, FWIK, IMHO. I think these are really widely known. And also widely used. If ...
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Is down-voting really useful for Stack Exchange sites? An alternative solution

EDIT: Added my thoughts about "downvote as quality info"; removed the part about opinions (thank you Manishearth); explained better the proposal. The question is already in title: do you think that ...
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Guideline for votes is unclear

First of all: this question is not about reasons for downvotes (although it implicitly refers to this). The definition for votes on Stackoverflow is: Good answers are voted up and rise to the top. ...
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Is answering a question with “Your problem does not happen in an isolated environment” acceptable?

Sometimes we get questions where the problem can't be reproduced given the information OP mentioned. Sometimes we get questions where OP posts code and asks why the code doesn't work where in fact the ...
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/faq#benice redirects to /help

/faq#benice is currently redirecting to the main help page rather than to a specific one. It should re-direct to /help/behavior the same as /faq#etiquette does. The "be nice" part is the second ...
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Choosing not to accept a better answer when already satisfied with the first accepted answer?

In the case that I asked a question, waited a few days, and then accepted a great answer that told me exactly what I need to know. Afterwards someone adds an answer that gives the same important ...
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How can a noob ask questions about “how to start with this cool stuff”?

I want to express my doubts and disappointments that I get from Stack Overflow. I am a programming beginner, and I believe there are a lot of people out there who face the same problems as me. Often,...
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Duplicating an answer [duplicate]

I occasionally see this behavior on stackoverflow: a question is asked, someone provides an answer. A few minutes pass, and someone else provides the same answer with different words. Usually this ...
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Has the thinking on linking to external git repos (as an appendix to an answer) changed?

Is it ok to create public repos on git or svn to help illustrate answers for questions where the answer requires many steps? I had a look for questions relating to this. e.g. Share code related to ...
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I answered a possible duplicate question on Meta

I think I answered a duplicate, or perhaps its not a direct duplicate. The question is asking about a specific case, but the question has been answered in a more general/less localized way already. ...
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Edited question makes answers incorrect

Here's the situation- someone asks a question, accepts an answer, and then un-accepts the answer, and edits the question, making that answer and other existing answers incorrect... I've tried to ...
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Please assume good faith whenever reasonable when dealing with post-banned users

Note Please see my answer below. I have incorrectly applied my Wikipedia experience to Stack Exchange and based my assumptions on biased data, and I am deeply sorry for the controversy I have ...
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User quickly deletes own question once they have received an answer

I refer to: Flatten an iterable of iterables How to handle these situations? Myself and one other user, have posted an answer on his question and instead of upvoting or accepting an answer, I have ...
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Is civility and tolerance not required on meta sites?

The FAQ of all main sites and Meta Stack Overflow have a section which states: Etiquette Civility is required at all times; rudeness will not be tolerated. Be nice. Treat others ...
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Why is “plz” considered offensive?

Someone mentioned in a post I was reading that it is advisable to remove the word "plz" because it is offensive. Other posts here on meta seem to suggest the same thing, but I'm not entirely sure why. ...
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Should the “Socratic method” be discouraged?

Let's define the Socratic method in the context of StackOverflow as: a heavy use of questions, in answers, to teach people how to answer the question themselves (example). As far as I know, this goes ...
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Should we flag questions which are not been followed up?

Sometimes people ask questions and does not come back. Other people answer their questions, post comments to ask for other related things. But no reply from OP. If a question is asked and other people ...
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Is it bad form to answer a jquery question with a plugin?

When a question is asked relating to to jQuery to begin with, is recommending an existing plugin that does exactly what the OP is trying to do appropriate? Why re-invent the wheel for basic stuff? ...
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Accept an OK answer or write more complete answer?

I have a question over at Server Fault and it was been answered to my satisfaction. And I have two options as I see it Mark the given answer by David Schwartz as "the answer" Write up a summary ...
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Are code-only answers a good thing? [duplicate]

I just stumbled across this question. While the question itself is not perfect, both the answers to date have just been blocks of code. When I reply to a question, I usually (admittedly, not always) ...
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Is swearing in chat OK? [duplicate]

According to Jeff Atwood, "Expletives are not acceptable behavior on meta or any other Stack Overflow site." My question is: to what degree (if any) does this apply in chat as well as on meta or main?...
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Is it good etiquette to use bounty to 'raise awareness'/'advertise'?

I'm the author of a new open-source tool which disrupts the previous best answer to several StackOverflow questions (specifically, the author of The BFG, a faster & simpler alternative to the well-...
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Policy on potential troublemakers, nonconstructive or disruptive members? [closed]

community. I searched on the background of troublemakers and found the following questions so far: Add a moderator ability to watch troublemakers What's the SO policy for swearing? Bill the ...
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Is my CMS question appropriate for SO? Perhaps too localized

I'm not sure if this question is appropriate for SO, or if asking which questions are appropriate is bad form on Meta, but here it goes. My CMS seems to think that my front end: HTML, CSS, ...
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Etiquette for removing questions which turn out to be bugs

I asked a question on Stack Overflow but after researching it further I've found out that the problem is caused by a known bug (now resolved but not yet public). Should I delete my question or leave ...
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Is it bad etiquette to downvote a competing answer? [duplicate]

I answered a question second. I think the first answer is wrong - it will not misguide the OP, but it won't help either. Is it bad form to downvote said answer?
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Cross-posting to external sites? [duplicate]

I've just flagged this question for cross-posting (to/from an external site, not within the SE-framework), and indicated in a comment that I'd done so. I got a comment back, that there was nothing ...
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Is it considered in poor taste to post an entire short program to get feedback?

Is it considered in poor taste to post a short program in it's entirety to stackoverflow to get feedback from those with more experience?
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Should I delete my heavily-downvoted question?

I previously asked a question that got a lot of negative votes. I've read about rules on deleting posts, and it seems reasonable that I should delete my question since it is probably not useful to ...
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When is “use JavaScript” an appropriate answer to an HTML/CSS question

I recently browsed this question about changing the appearance of an HTML select with CSS and HTML. I was wondering when use JavaScript is an acceptable solution to a "how do I do X with HTML/CSS" ...
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Better to edit your wrong answer to your own question? Or create a new answer?

I am not sure what is the correct way to do this. I posed a question, thought I had found the answer, posted it, and marked it as the answer to my own question. After some more testing I found that my ...
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Close or delete your own too localised question?

A while ago I asked this question, and got an answer which I upvoted and accepted. Recently the thread about closing 'typo' questions made me realise that's essentially what my question is - no one ...
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Can I close my question after I accept?

Can I close my question only the answer remaining on the page that voters could not vote on the post?
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Single question thread with multiple questions, some duplicates

I've recently run into many questions where to author asks several related questions in one post, many of them asked before. I'm wondering what out policy is on such questions: Should I vote-close ...
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Should we raise flags for obviously garbage questions so they will be deleted by moderator?

Users in [10000, 15000 20000) reputation range have to wait 2 days before they can nominate question for deletion, but at the same time FAQ says Today I've used this option and flagged this question ...
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Is it bad form to edit question titles to remove obvious tags? [duplicate]

I am wondering if it it as the title suggests, it is bad form to suggest edits that remove the main tag from the title of a question. I am banned from suggesting edits, which is fine, but the accept/...
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Etiquette on Stack Overflow: Updating an answer

What's the right etiquette on Stack Overflow: Let's say someone adds an answer that has information addressing an answer I had posted to the same question previously. Then in the interest of having a ...
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Proper editing practices [duplicate]

After conducting a few searches, I failed to see this on MSO. When is it proper to edit someone else's post? And when is it going too far to edit, when a question should instead be closed? I am ...
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Should a question be downvoted if the OP flags to delete after realising their mistake?

I asked this question today and after seeing the answer, realised that I had made a mistake in asking the question. I quickly put up a comment that I had flagged the question to be deleted and ...
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Etiquette for editing info from comment into question

I just had this review rejected and would like to check on the general etiquette of this situation. After some back-and-forth in the comments, OP for this question responded in a comment with some ...
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Etiquette on “rush” answers [duplicate]

I've just been wondering what the etiquette or acceptable behaviour is on this - to be honest it stems from a minor irritation with seeing people do this, but here it is: I frequently see certain ...
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How many down-votes is enough for a user to understand their problem?

I am wondering what users should do if they encounter a question that has already been down-voted for a particular reason. If you agree with the down-vote, should you down-vote the question as well? ...
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Why is this a bad meta question? [closed]

I have used meta.stackoverflow.com to ask a question about another question. Now I'm getting down-voted to hell! This question was closed without any reasons, can anyone advise? I asked two fairly ...
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Comments asking for upvotes/accepts [duplicate]

I happened upon this question, where the questioner commented on every answer with "I'd love an up vote!" Is it correct to flag such clutter, perhaps as not constructive / off-topic, or is there a ...
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Should we remove function documentation from code blocks?

I don't have an example, but I have come across some code blocks from new people that contain documentation in their code sample. For example: /// <summary> /// TCP protocol handler /// </...
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How to deal with a pugnacious user who regularly answers incorrectly?

I have been regularly coming across a new user recently; let's call "him" Bob? Bob is absolutely convinced of his correctness on every topic. So convinced that he answers questions using completely ...