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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Mean ol' question answerers! [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Could we please be a bit nicer to the noobs? I'm not at all meaning to seem rude or arrogant or something like that to everyone here, but why must we all be so mean when ...
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What to do if a user is editing tags in a lot of my questions?

Recently I noticed that a user has deleted the tag microsoft-surface in a lot of my questions that are about Microsoft Surface: Path Markup Syntax in WPF How to find a Element in a Grid that is in ...
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What's the protocol for teaching people to ask better questions?

I'm relatively new to SO and there are a bunch of things you can't do on the site without reputation so I thought hey, I'll answer some questions and gain some reputation etc. So I started looking at ...
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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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What constitute acceptable edits? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Should 'Hi', 'thanks' and taglines and salutations be removed from posts? What is the etiquette for modifying posts? I see a lot of posts that begin with a ...
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Questions with once good answers that are now out of date and need updates

What is the endorsed way of requesting updated answers to an old question? Say I'd like to know the best GUI application for some command line tool. Of course this question already exists and has an ...
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What about downvoting SQL answer not using ANSI (inner) joins

In old releases inner joins where coded like this Select * from table_a, table_b where table_a.some_column = table_b.some_column and ... (further conditions) Using ansi standard joins you can ...
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Is it polite to switch to another answer to be marked as the solution? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it poor form to switch accepted answers? Assume I post a question and others answer it. I am waiting for serveral days, I choose the best one. As time goes, another ...
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Etiquette to follow when a question has two or more valid solutions/answers

What is the etiquette to follow when there are two or more valid solutions to a question when a solution is derived from two or more posted solutions To whom should I award the "answer"?
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Inexperienced but still want to be a good Stack Overflow citizen?

I actively participate on several other sites that maintain a high degree of decorum, post quality, and content accuracy. I appreciate those traits, and I would like to contribute to that end here. ...
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Avoid answering questions by users who have offended you

Has anyone ever avoided answering someones question because the asker had previously disrespected you? I am curious about this, I try to be as polite as possible, not just for this reason, I think we ...
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What to do with rude but correct (and valuable) answers?

I had a problem, so I searched for it on SO and found someone else had asked that question already. Several people answered incorrectly. One person answered correctly and solved my problem perfectly....
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questions that require significant time/effort to answer

Sometimes I want to answer a question that looks like it will take me a good amount of time to answer....it will involve a bit of research, writing some code, experimenting, etc. I'd like to make an ...
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Should the questions posted on Stack Overflow have “Hello ..” & “Thanks” statements? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should 'Hi', 'thanks' and taglines and salutations be removed from posts? Should the questions posted on Stack Overflow have "Hello Everyone" & "Thanks" ...
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how much time is polite for the asker to be 'outside' of Stack Overflow once a question was posted?

Considering that a lot of questions got good answers just a few minutes after the question, and that some people need more information for better understanding and better answers: how much time is ...
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What, if any, is the etiquette when you answer a question which turns out to be a duplicate?

Is there an etiquette for how to deal with (your own) answers in questions that later get identified as duplicates? For example, I answered Convert String 'ten' to Integer 10, which someone ...
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Etiquette: what to do if an accepted answer isn't rewarded with the bounty on that question?

I was wondering about the proper etiquette if an accepted answer (even if with no upvote) to a question with an open bounty isn't rewarded with the bounty reputation. In this particular case, I ...
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What is the proper way to ask CW questions now?

If you ask a question that you know should be CW, should you flag for a moderator immediately after asking? Remind me again why you removed the option for authors to mark new questions as CW.
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Should I delete a question?

I asked a question, that has only one answer with a couple of upvotes. Now I´d like to state it in a better way, but more like a new question than like an edit. Should I delete the old (worse) ...
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How to encourage people to edit answers instead of posting additional information in comments?

Two comments with useful information were added to my answer. I told users who posted them to feel free edit my answer and move this information there. It didn't happen and a third useful comment was ...
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Should the popular answer be accepted if you do not use/test it?

A while back, I asked this question. I did not test the answer because the project was abandoned shortly after asking it. There are good responses - they just are not useful to me. It feels rude ...
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Etiquette on answers that complement your answer?

So if another user adds an answer to complement your own answer, is it ok to incorporate the example into your answer? I don't want to steal the other user's thunder, but I could make my answer ...
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Interviewing Stack Overflow users about their use of Stack Overflow

I'm looking to interview a few Stack Overflow users for a study concerning the the process of answering questions online. Specifically, I'd like to hear about their experiences answering, editing and ...
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Is it okay to repost a question from another website that was never answered there?

Is it okay to repost a question from another Q&A website/forum that was never answered there? Is that plagiarism? I came across this question that is very similar to a problem I am currently ...
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Okay for Moderators to Email People with Unaccepted Questions?

Just curious on moderator etiquette here. In reviewing "unanswered" questions that appear to have been answered but for which an answer has not been accepted I'm wondering if it is appropriate for a ...
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Why can people edit my stuff, and why can't I delete comments on my question?

I asked a question on a Stack Exchange site. I edited it after a while, thinking that I might have given too much information away. This one guy checked out the edits to my question and posted the ...
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Who do I mark as giving the correct answer? (Etiquette question) [duplicate]

Given a series of almost identical answers, what is the proposed etiquette on which one to accept? Do I go for the user with the lower rep, or do I award it based on who answered first (of course ...
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Is it fine if I post a link to a question as a question?

So I have seen this question on google groups and I think is a good question. Now without going through the trouble of copy pasting the entire question, is it okay if I just post the link to the ...
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Why are questions off-topic for Super User being migrated from other trilogy sites?

Question stolen in it's entirety from meta SuperUser. But I thought it needed a bigger audience. It's unbelievable that Super User is still being used as a dumping ground especially for questions not ...
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How can you just copy an answer posted by another user and mark the copy as accepted?

retrieve value inside certain pattern I don't know why the person who asked the question is allowed to do this.
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What should I know to be a polite member of this site?

After a question has been answered, should I change the title and put [answered] in it? What is the proper procedure on this site? Are there any basic things I should know to be a polite member of ...
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Is there an established etiquette for asking someone to 'select' your answer if they've effectively done so in the comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do you feel dirty if you nudge new users to accept your answer when they indicate you've answered their question? So, in reference to this question: web page layout issue ...
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Accept an answer where the actual answer is located in the comments? [duplicate]

I got a rather unsatisfactory answer on Stack Overflow but the subsequent discussion with the answerer (in the comments below) was helpful. Should I accept his answer? Or is there a way to accept a ...
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Is writing “will upvote…” appropriate?

Some questions contain statements like "will upvote everyone who provide valid code". When hovering over the upvote icon of an answer, I see that SO believes it should be pressed for a "useful" answer....
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What is the protocol with regard to piggybacking questions

Here is the scenario: I have a question and that I want to post on SO. So I type in the question and very carefully parse the similar questions list. The exact (or near-exact) question comes up in the ...
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Is it bad form to include information from other answers in your own answer (with references)?

Sometimes I find that I'll post an answer on an SO question that, for whatever reason -- probably luck, most of the time -- climbs to the top by votes, beating out other answers with equally (...
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Is it in bad form to answer a question with another user's comment

Sometimes I find questions where another user has made a comment on the question that I think would be a perfectly acceptable answer to the question. Would it be in bad form to copy the comment ...
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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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Are bugtest questions okay?

Is it okay to ask bugtest questions on Meta Stack Overflow once in a while? By "bugtest questions," I'm referring to posts that only exist for the purpose of attempting to reproduce a bug, ...
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What's the proper way to respond to an author-deleted question?

A user had recently asked a question about having relative paths in visual studio build events. He came to the conclusion that it just simply wasn't possible after an answer offered by another. That'...
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How to Give Credit for An Answer in the Comments

I asked a question on SO and someone gave me the answer as a comment to the question. Subsequently, someone else gave the same answer as an answer. I would like to give credit to the poster who made ...
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What's an “answer” in Stack Overflow culture?

This is a question about Stack Overflow culture: What's an "answer"? I recently got dinged by someone because my "accept rate" was so low. So I went back and clicked the Accept checkmark on a couple ...
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Where to ask: “How to explain to business people that SQL Server thinks for itself”

i need to figure out how to explain to business people that Oracle and SQL Server very complex, one might like to say intelligent creatures, that decide on their own how to run queries. And while we ...
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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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How can I improve my questions so that they are answered?

Hello everyone, I've been using/contributing to SO for over a year now, and recently, I noticed that my questions are getting exceptionally low views (like 5 in the first 24 hours) and I usually only ...
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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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Should derogatory terms for software be edited away by others?

Should derogatory terms for software such as "Internet Exploder" be edited by others? I know that such terms are generally discouraged, but would editing them away be seen as "disrespecting the author"...
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If there are 2 tags that are the same thing is it ok to retag all posts with them to use only 1 tag

I'm specifically thinking of the tags lwp and perl-lwp these both mean exactly the same thing and as far as google is concerned lwp has only one meaning. I'm wondering if it would be appropriate to ...
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Should you thank comment answers to your comment questions with a comment or just up vote?

I understand that a separate thanks isn't useful for answers to your questions, but in comments, you're often asking a specific question of one particular person (as opposed to anyone who reads your ...
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Should I incorporate useful comments into my answer, or just upvote them?

Let's say I have provided an answer to some question, and then another user comes and provides a comment which looks something like: "you should also add to your answer that X can often lead to Y" ...

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