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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Should 'Hi', 'thanks', taglines, and salutations be removed from posts?

I edit a lot of posts every day. I often run across posts with 'Hi' and 'Thanks' on the top and the bottom of the post respectively. I also run across things like: --User Should these items be ...
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Can I answer my own questions, even if I knew the answer before asking?

I might want to answer my own question because: I arrived at a solution before there were any other correct answers or I like mine better, can I still answer my own question? I have a folder with ...
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Could we please be a bit nicer to new users?

There is a distinct decline in the level of civility on all the sites here. Some of this is due to new users coming in and posting spam and other nonsense, but the off-topic and downvote buttons are ...
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Is cross-posting a question on multiple Stack Exchange sites permitted if the question is on-topic for each site?

It is possible to migrate a question from one Stack Exchange site to another by closing, but if I have a question that I think is on-topic for multiple Stack Exchange sites, is it OK to post it on ...
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Limits for self-promotion in answers

It's been covered before that posting links to your own website is ok, but should there be a line drawn? There were several spam flags today for Ira Baxter's recent posts, presumably because they all ...
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Posting and answering questions you have already found the answer to [duplicate]

Sometimes you spend a day or more solving a technical problem, and when you finally solve it, you may want to post it on your blog (if you have one) to share with the community. However, most ...
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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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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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Etiquette for answering your own question

Often you have a question, you can't find the answer on Stack Overflow so you search for it (or think a bit more). Having found the answer you'd like to keep a record so you can find it again later. ...
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Do you feel dirty if you nudge new users to accept your answer when they indicate you've answered their question?

I've had a couple of answers today where the OP indicated via a comment that I solved their problem, but the question wasn't upvoted or accepted. In both cases the person probably wasn't able to ...
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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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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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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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What is the etiquette for modifying posts?

I'm getting pretty close to the reputation where I can start to edit others' posts, and I'm wondering what the etiquette for when (and when not) to do so. I figure that I should edit in the following ...
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Are taglines & signatures disallowed?

I recently had a number of my valid answers voted down because people objected to the fact that I added a tagline to the end. The answers were correct for the questions asked and the downvotes were ...
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Why “What Stack Overflow is Not” was deleted

I just deleted What Stack Overflow is Not, a collection of various explanations for things that Stack Overflow doesn't do, wasn't meant to do, or shouldn't be used to do. Several people put a fair bit ...
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Embrace the non-Googlers

There seems to be a knee-jerk reaction to "easy" questions that involve quickly answering by copy/pasting embarrassing links to lmgtfy.com (or similar responses in comments, which aren't downvotable) ...
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Closing Etiquette: Why Do Some Answer *and* Close?

I've noticed quite a few cases (here's a recent one) where people not only vote to close a question, but then also answer said question. At best this is just silly, and at worst it is totally ...
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Duplicate question etiquette: to delete or not to delete? [duplicate]

Let's say I'm a good Stack Overflow citizen: I have a question, I search on SO and on google to see if someone's asked the same thing, and I can't find anything that shows up, so I go ahead and post a ...
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How do I mention my own products in answers? [duplicate]

Twice now I've seen questions on Stack Overflow where one of my company's products might provide an answer to the question. One was a slightly vague connection about object-relational mapping, but ...
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Thanking users who answered my question

Quite often a number of users will give similar answers to one of my questions. Sometimes someone will give an answer that is interesting, but does not really help with my question. In all cases, I ...
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Asking for someone to accept your answer [duplicate]

Is it improper etiquette to, as long as you're certain, add a comment merely suggesting that they accept the answer? Do I sound like a reputation whore?
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Policy regarding questions related to unethical or “shady” practices

I recently saw a question on Stack Overflow relating to the iPhone Unlock Process. The guy wasn't asking for code at all, meerly asking what the process involved. It was immediately slapped with a ...
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Is voting to balance in the spirit of the site?

The other day I saw an answer which was ok. Not great but not bad. So no reason to upvote or downvote. However the answer already had a single downvote. I felt this was unfair so upvoted the answer to ...
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Is it OK to leave “What have you tried?” comments?

Some questions boil down to "how can/do I do X?" Here's an example. Sometimes, people leave comments under such questions that ask "what have you tried?" Is it OK to leave comments like that? Should ...
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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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Is it poor form to switch accepted answers?

I had a question of the form "does something like X exist?" Someone wrote a response to say that, No, X does not exist, but I could write it if I liked. I had suspected as much, so I marked his answer ...
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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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To reach out: on Monica, the Lavender community, and the future of the Stack Exchange network

Over the past weeks, the uproar has been vast, spanning the new Code of Conduct, Stack Exchange's conduct over the years, and more. Gallons of internet ink have been spilled by everyone involved, ...
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How should a user's death be handled?

It is a bit of a morbid concept, but having recently had a friend die unexpectedly and having to deal with the online repercussions of this event has gotten me to thinking about what should happen to ...
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Should users edit other users' posts to correct grammar and spelling problems?

Question says it all: Should users edit other users' posts to correct grammar and spelling problems? I've seen arguments both ways, and lean toward yes...but...
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Do you delete your own answer when it's a duplicate?

When I post an answer to a brand new question I usually find that someone else has submitted that same answer just moments before. (Matt Hamilton, usually ;-) ) What I've started to do lately is (I ...
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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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Deciding what answer to accept: the correct one-liner or the later elaborate one with code?

Lately I've been getting some good answers to some specific questions. However, I've been hesitating on what answer I should accept. Do I go with the short quick answer or do I accept a later answer ...
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What to do when the correct answer to a question changes over time?

My question concerns how to perform boost::filesystem copy_file with overwrite. I asked the question, and at the time selected the correct answer. However, time passes and libraries get updated, and ...
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Is the “down-voting most/all answers that aren't yours” pattern considered harmful?

Emphasis: This is not a why downvote, or when is it ok to downvote, or what to do when voted down. This question is about a particular pattern of downvoting. Recently, one of my answers was ...
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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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Should we downvote duplicates?

Should duplicates be downvoted as a punishment for not searching first, or is just closing enough?
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Etiquette for voting to close your own questions

For all of my questions I have received great answers. I have implemented the answers in code and they work. I now feel compelled to vote to close the questions because I don't believe there are more ...
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What to do if an out of date question+answers already exists?

What should you do if a question has already been asked and answered, but both the question and the answer are now out of date? (in this case due to updates to jQuery). Is it okay to make a new ...
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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. Along the lines I read in Arabic "god is a pig". So I asked him to remove it: ...
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NSFW video and annoying animated advertising on Music SE

I'm seeing this annoying animated advertisement on Music SE. Somehow saving the gif was impossible, so I recreated it as well as I could from screenshots (first image). The actual thing is even more ...
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Answer or comment: what's the etiquette?

I very often see comments about a question posted as answers, e.g., "format it this way" or "why don't you post it over here". I think this practice clogs up the answers and the comment feature is ...
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Editing to change someone's brackets style?

Some people like to put the open { bracket on a separated line, e.g: if(...) { //... } Is editing this code by merging the first two lines into single one rude?
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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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Should I answer off-topic questions?

Should I post an answer to an off-topic question after flagging it? I seem to find off-topic questions that I can give a good, useful and correct answer to. (The specific question tonight is this ...
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Flag Answer, duplicate

When flagging an answer there doesn't seem to be an option for duplicates. Is there an etiquette for this, or nothing in place? If there is nothing in place can I suggest a flag as duplicate option. ...
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How to “bump” a question that's the same as the one you wanted to ask [duplicate]

I wanted to ask a question about Hibernate and polymorphism, and before asking it I searched on Google, and lo and behold, there was already a question on SO about it. It's three weeks old and has ...
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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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Why is it considered rude to say 'thanks in advance'?

A high-rep member told the OP of this question that saying 'thanks in advance' is rude. Why is this so?

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