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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User seems unable to receive criticism. What can you do?

A user has posted up to 10 comments to his own answer defending his position. I'm specifically asking about this behavior. Please not that I had to remove my downvote plus some of the comments ...
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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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Answering etiquette with 'google' [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to deal with google questions? If this is a duplicate, sorry for not finding it :) When someone asks a question, and the answers provided are from a google search, the ...
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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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What can be done about an increasing impatience with poorly expressed questions?

I've only been using SO for about a month, but I think I've noticed an increase in impatient responses to poorly-worded questions. I may even have been guilty of it myself. Of course 'poorly-worded ...
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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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Is there too much “user meta”?

It seems like half the questions I click on these days are full of comments or even "answers"* that don't relate to the question, but instead are complaints about the poster's other questions, demands ...
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Would a question exporting from SQL Server 2008 -> SQL Server 2000 go on serverfault or stackoverflow?

Basically my question is in the title. I desire to ask a question to get some help on moving data from one database to another, but I am not certain where the question should go. Thank you.
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What are the unwritten rules and social norms of using Stack Overflow or any other SE site for that matter? [closed]

I wrote a question a while back that mentioned (in passing) the relative merits of a particular software framework... and wow I got flamed! Someone said I was argumentative, and someone else called me ...
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Cleaning up comments from migrated questions

Is there any reason not to clean up comments on migrated questions? "This belongs on ServerFault" "Delete this as dupe" "Duplicate question here [link]" So the question's been migrated, and the ...
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Accepting a duplicate answer etiquette

I've just answered this question about copying arrays in Java. Approximately half an hour later someone else piped up with what was essentially a complete clone of my answer even down to formatting ...
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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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Downvoting Discussion

What would justify downvoting a [discussion] (Questions marked discussion on MSO)? Recently, a user was directed here by a moderator to ask a question about which subjects are appropriate for ...
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What's the correct response to poorly-phrased questions?

What should we do when faced by a question which looks like it may have been translated (very poorly) from a language other than English? Example: thread-and-control The OP may have asked this in ...
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Should we edit to simplify?

Stackoverflow enjoys a diverse community coming from different walks of life, and different academic backgrounds. Many of us are used to using abbreviations for various technologies and practices. ...
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If a question is modified is it proper to respond to the essentially new question with a new answer [duplicate]

There is a question that was clarified by the asker enough so that putting a comment to my question may not be the best approach. If the clarification substantially changes the question is there any ...
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Make migration of questions less brutal

I asked a question on Stack Overflow, it got a few up-votes and one answer. I wrote a comment in response to the answer but couldn't submit it because my question had been migrated to Super User (the ...
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What to do when there was no problem at all?

Aftering getting slightly annoyed with what seemed to be a simple problem, I decided to consult the minds here at Stackoverflow. So I asked a question. Immediately, a few people flooded in their ...
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Deleting Comments After A Fix

Occasionally I make a mistake or leave out some detail in an answer or a question. Usually someone will politely point out the error in a comment. Then there may be a little back and forth ...
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Etiquette: When is it ok to edit your answer to include information from someone else's?

I have been following this question with interest - History of public/private/protected - and noticed that shortly after a new answer was posted by Neil Butterworth, one of the original answers was ...
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What is the etiquette for answering questions?

Maybe it's me, or maybe it's an issue with this site. But it seems there is a problem. How should you attempt to answer questions, when you see a question that takes some time to respond to, it seems ...
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Asking a previous question again. Isn't it useful?

It seems to me that asking a question that had been previously asked isn't very welcome in forums like stackoverflow. The logic behind this is clear: DRY (don't repeat yourself). In general I agree to ...
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Going easy on new users [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Could we please be a bit nicer to the noobs? Should we go a bit easy on new users to SOFU? Regularly I've come across an answer posted by someone with only 1 rep, and it ...
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Asking questions for feedback on your own programming techniques

I worked on an algorithm as part of my research back when I was doing a thesis and am curious how it would be received by the programming community at large (I already know how it was received ...
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Responsible use of animated images

Is it permissible to include an animated image if it is used responsibly and illustrates a point more efficiently than a written explanation? If so, are there any file size or dimension restrictions ...
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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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My improved answer based on another's accepted answer for my own question

Yesterday, I asked a question in which I stated a primary requirement but also asked for an optional improvement. The primary requirement was answered perfectly, and I upvoted it and accepted it. ...
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Discussion etiquette, Google factor

Stack Overflow sites can give good answers blazingly fast, I have asked questions which have been answered in minutes which no amount of Google-fu could help me with. This is makes it a great resource....
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What do I do with a question that's misleading once the answer has been found?

I asked this question yesterday on SU. Some sleep and few hours of investigation later, I know the actual issue and the solution, both of which I've posted in an answer. If you read the question now, ...
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May I share some useful code I wrote on StackOverflow?

I created a bookmarklet that I think other web developers would find useful. I don't have a blog, and it's not big enough for an open source project, so I figured I'd share it on Stack Overflow, in ...
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Is it ok to impersonate a public figure?

An answer to one of my questions has been commented on by the POTUS ... O RLY? While Jeff can't ask for the birth certificate of all the users, should suspected cases of impersonation be flagged by ...
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Do you fill in an edit summary? [closed]

Personally I really hate it when developers don't add a commit message in subversion. Here at stackoverflow I am guilty of the same crime. Usually I'm so involved in my answer that I just forget to ...
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Is it bad form to prompt new questioners to formally accept your answer?

Every so often I see questions with good or even clearly correct answers that go unaccepted because the questioner is a new user who hasn't quite grokked the mechanics of the site. They'll leave a ...
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Etiquette for thanking an editor

If someone provides a good edit to my post, what is the proper way to provide feedback or thank that person? Is it necessary? I do not yet have enough rep to edit other posts, and expect that I will ...
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What can a non moderator do when he sees an interesting question mangled by bad english?

I would be somewhat interested to see this question answered but as it is now I doubt it. It's really terrible. How can I create an animated e-mail / SMS notification on an Android phone?
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Is it acceptable for someone to move an author's comments into their answer?

In this question the real beauty of the accepted answer is in the detailed comments that the respondent left in response to probing questions (also in the comments). Would moving those responses (...
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Is it ok to edit other people's answers to add links?

Is it considered too invasive to edit someone else's answer to include some links to the suggestions they have already made. I'm specifically talking about this answer. I was quite interested in the ...
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Properly Releasing SO Tools onto SO, SF, and SU?

I'm wondering how I should go about informing the users of SO, SF, and SU of particular scripts/tools that can enhance their experience here on Stack Overflow. Considering the small portion of us who ...
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When someone answers my question correctly and completely, what should I do? [duplicate]

Good manners says to say thank you when somebody answers your question. E-mail load control suggests not replying "thanks" because it's too much e-mail and people would rather have less. I'm not sure ...
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Questions on Formal Education

Is it acceptable to ask questions about formal education on stackoverflow? These are not technically "programming related" but it would seem to be a good for forum as long as they were restricted to ...
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To close or not to close

I have posted a few questions on StackOverflow.com They weren't asnswered even though I let them simmer for a while. I found the answer because - hey.. I'm a real programmer. Now, my question is .. ...
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Using SO to petition support for [your favorite programming cause]

I just ran across this question on SO, and was completely thrown for a loop. I wanted to upvote it, downvote it, and close it all at the same time. It isn't truly a question - the poster is stating ...
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How does the reputation system actually work? [duplicate]

I seem to be confused about how the reputation system on these sites works precisely. I'm trying to advance so that I can make better use of these sites and provide more useful and valuable responses, ...
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Can we ban the term “Stacker”?

I am a user of Stack Overflow. It is perfectly appropriate to refer to me as a SO user. However, I am not a "stacker". I do not stack anything, unstack anything, or restack anything as a career. I ...
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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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Should one ask generic or specific question?

Let's assume that one has some problems with coding or designing specific project. Should one ask general question about techniques, algorithms, generic problem (anonymising the project references), ...
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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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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 downvoted....
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How long should I search for an answer before I ask on an SE site? [duplicate]

Naturally, before I ask a question on a forum or site like Stack Overflow, I'll first search the sites themselves and on Google for the answer. How long should I do so before I give up and post the ...
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Questions not having answers accepted or users not returning

I have noticed a few questions that I have answered, or that have answers, which do not have an accepted answer, mainly because the OP does not come back and flag these answers as accepted, or the OP ...