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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Spelling and Grammar Flag?

This question touched on it briefly but how should the spelling and grammar be handled by users who do not have enough rep to edit posts. I often come across posts where the spelling and grammar ...
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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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Should mass tag edits/removals be throttled or put to the community for voting?

Recently I watched the bcl tag disappear in one fell swoop (over a period of 3-4 hours). While there were only around 120 questions so tagged, it was a fairly valid tag when referring to the .NET ...
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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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Question/answer ratio etiquette in Stack Overflow?

I have been plagued by this strange feeling of abusing SO by asking too many questions and not answering nearly as many. I guess it takes both sorts, people who ask questions, people who answer them ...
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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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How should we deal with duplicate answers?

Duplicate questions are "solved" — it's clear what to do with them, there're tools to deal with them... but what happens when two users post the same answer? This happens a fair bit, ...
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How much/what kind of cursing can people get away with on SO? [duplicate]

I suggest people answer with a curse word/short phrase and if the votes on it are net positive then it should be acceptable on normal SO.
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When the answer to a question exists on another site, what is the proper way to respond

There was a small debate which took place in the comments for podcast #58 regarding linking to an answer (such as MSDN, php.net, or other definitive sources) versus providing it inline. What is the ...
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How do you react to an apparently uninterested questioner?

So you are camping (please excuse the MMO jargon, sometimes I just can't help myself) your own particular corner of Stack Overflow, hoping for a couple of upvotes before bed. It's freezing cold and ...
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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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Are people too miserly with up votes?

Personally I up vote questions I think are useful but not necessarily important to me (I only up vote answers I understand and agree with) and I ALWAYS up vote a question I answer. But it obvious ...
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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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Asking a question about a particular error in code [closed]

Well, I'm asking this because I have a particular nasty problem with some project I'm working on, but I'm unable to see what's going wrong. I have only been working for 2 years, so I'm quite tempeted ...
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Is it OK that I just posted my same answer to several related questions?

I had a question that was not perfectly answered. Several weeks later I figured it out myself. After finding related and duplicate questions I posted my answer to these other, existing questions. ...
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On posting outside links to the answer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? I'm new to Stack Overflow, but have been around on various forums for a while. I have noticed ...
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Reviving old questions [duplicate]

Is it frowned upon to revive old questions if it's not that important? I keep finding really old questions that I could answer, but most of the time my answer is rather trivial and it feels silly to ...
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Reusing other people's past responses

Is it permissible to link to other people's past responses in your answer? Is it rude? What about reusing bits and pieces from other people's answers (e.g. to create the "perfect answer" over time)? ...
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Should basic netiquette dictate that we post reasons for downvoting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Encouraging people to explain down-votes OK, I've just got downvoted for an answer that was previously upvoted. I'm pretty sure my answer wasn't the best, yet not the worst. ...
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How should disputes be handled on Stack Overflow?

Update: See Jeff Atwood's blog post: The Great Edit Wars. As well as the usual close wars we're all familiar with I'm aware that there have been several edit / rollback and tag wars recently, some ...
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Etiquette for providing a suggestion and not an answer

If you think you might know an answer, or have a good suggestion, should it be a comment or an answer? Say you don't have the time currently to test your idea, or you are 80% sure, should this be a ...
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Should non-questions be rewritten as questions?

Close this if it's too far OT, but I keep asking myself in a GOM* kind of way, why so few SO "questions" are actually questions. To take a random sample, only 20 of the 50 latest posts that I can see ...
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Can I post “how to” articles here?

I would like to ask everyone if it is appropriate to post a solution to a "problem" in my web development projects. It would be in a format such as "Needed a way to solve (insert problem here) and ...
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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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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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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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Is it appropriate to post questions requesting feedback on a piece of code?

I've got several pieces of code that I think are clever little things to do, but I'd love to see feedback from people with exponentially more experience coding than I've got. Is it appropriate to post ...
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Stack Overflow Etiquette for Sharing Files and Resources

What are the rules/etiquette for giving files to other users that relate to a post. I have not seen any ability to add attachments to a post, but sometimes to give help, external files are needed. I ...
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When do YOU post a question to Stack Overflow?

At the risk of suggesting a topic (such as politics, religion or sex) that is better left discussed in a private forum... When do you post a question to Stack Overflow? Do you RTFM first? ...
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Has SO become Cliffs Notes/Do My homework site for CS students [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to ask and answer homework questions? I started to answer a question, then stopped because it looks like a homework assignment. What is the proper etiquette/response? ...
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When voting an answer down, is it polite to add a comment giving a reason? [duplicate]

When you vote down an answer to a question, do you leave a comment to explain why? Personally I think this is very useful, since if someone has written something that is wrong they can be set straight....
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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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When should you edit tags?

Tag editing appears to be fairly random. It seems to me that the point of tags is to help me find stuff. For instance, I use the [c#] tag to find questions on C# - one of my specialities. Why do ...
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How can we ask something specific to a region on Stackoverflow?

There are some topics that are specific to certain regions. For instance; in Brazil there is a specific technology called "Nota Fiscal Eletrônica NFe" (something like electronic invoice), which is ...
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Is it okay to answer a Stack Overflow question with a link? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? Just wondering what the etiquette for posting links should be. Let’s say you find a post or ...
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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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Editing versus answering?

If you want to expand on someone's existing answer (add more detail, provide an example or code snippet, etc.) and have the ability to edit other folks' answers, is it better to add your own answer, ...
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Where should I post follow-up questions?

I recently posted a question that quite promptly got a number of decent answers. One of those answers led me to a closely related but slightly different question. What's the best way to bring up that ...
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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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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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Etiquette for selecting answers

I'm kind of curious what kinds of criteria other people go through when selecting the correct answer to their questions. Here's what I consider when selecting the answer to my question: Is the ...
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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 acceptable to edit broken English?

I've seen (and written) plenty of posts which have been edited by others to correct typos, broken URLs and so on. I think everyone can agree this is a good thing. How about editing for poor/broken ...
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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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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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