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Questions tagged [guidelines]

Apply this tag if your question is about the guidelines that are crafted by the community, moderators and/or SE Staff. The guidelines to be discussed need to be applicable to more then one site.

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How can I start being a useful member of this community? [duplicate]

I understand that the rules are very strict, and should be as such, so how can I start off successfully and become a useful member of the community? The advice of experienced members would be welcome....
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Guidelines for duplicating tag text in a question title [duplicate]

Suppose we have a question like: How to check if an object is a string in JavaScript? Obviously, we should tag the question with the javascript tag. But do we need that 'in JavaScript' part in ...
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Is it allowed to ask developers to complete a scientific survey on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

The title speaks for itself. We will be doing research on software documentation, part of this research consists of a survey targeted at software developers. We would like to reach the developer ...
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What are the guidelines to be followed to edit a closed question to make it eligible for reopening?

I have a set of questions which are much related to editing closed questions. When I asked one of the moderators on the site I participate for off-topic editing guidelines, He said: See meta SE ...
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What should we do if the OP tries to deny an answer from certain users?

The policy of Stack Exchange sites is Anybody can ask a question and Anybody can answer. This is displayed when someone joins a community. Now, What should we do if the OP of the question ask certain ...
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Looking for a place with all the rules and community guidelines

There doesn't seem to be a place within the stack exchange network for general questions, website support, or an FAQ, and the "rules" (the tour) are extremely vague and unhelpful. Users and mods can ...
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When to ask multiple questions in a single post ? (Revisited) [duplicate]

This question has been asked several times in similar (yet often slightly different) ways. The general consensus seems to be that it's best to ask multiple questions individually in multiple Question ...
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What are some guidelines for editing questions, and how to respond to massive edits?

Are there any official guidelines or rules for editing (others') questions? and/or What is your opinion on what is reasonable? If someone seriously changes my question in a way I don't like, (when) ...
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Is it acceptable to bend the question guidelines for a popular question?

I am trying to get this question re-opened: https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/141039/what-are-the-biggest-unsolved-problems-in-reinforcement-learning?noredirect=1#comment269588_141039 The ...
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Ideas to help new users to get involved in the community

I've come from a simple observation with some coworkers about how difficult it is to get enough reputation to be able to become part of the community, mostly when you use SO just to find the answer ...
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Repository of useful meta-questions

I recently noticed user gnat adding very helpful meta-links in comments on Programmers.SE, e.g. in this typical 'Where to start' question a link to the Where to start? meta post. These meta posts ...
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How (not why) do I migrate a question to another site as a moderator?

I've read the guidance on why and when I should migrate a question. It's pretty obvious when, and certainly when not to (if there's any doubt). But the guide doesn't tell me how I should do to migrate ...
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Where should a theoretic question about Eclipse (IDE) workspaces go? [duplicate]

Which SE site would be best to ask a theoretic question about workspace management in Eclipse? Question I intend to ask: What is the rule to create a workspace? Does everyone create a workspace ...
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Improve question management with GUI

Currently, we have to query in the search box. It would be handy there's a search feature in every question category (i.e. categories like summary, question, favourite,...). There should be a GUI to ...
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Guidelines for maintaining the set of tags on a site

Are there some more or less canonical guidelines for how to keep the tag set of a Stack Exchange site? I'm looking for a resource to be used by moderators, high rep regular users, people about to ...
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Should CSS vendor prefixes be used in answers?

I'm wondering if there's a guideline for answering CSS questions in regards to prefixing properties and values with vendor prefixes. I realize that vendor prefixes become unnecessary over time, and in ...
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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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Legal use of an inverted (altered) version of the Stack Overflow logo

I would like to put an inverted version of the Stack Overflow logo on a site with black background. Is this allowed? The trademark guidance states: Do not distort or alter our logo in any way. ...
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Approving/rejecting edits made by the OP to an accepted answer

I've just been presented with a suggested edit to an accepted answer - but the edit was proposed by the OP himself, in which he clarified that the answer was right, but with a few tweaks/revisions ...
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How to tell if you're making the right edits to your closed question?

I asked this question a few days ago which was recently closed: Is there a SE site where answers can consist of facts about Internet privacy, censoring the Internet and the consequences thereof to ...
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Do we have guidelines about quoting questions in answers?

I was searching yesterday for answers that contained the phrase "Thanks in advance" since this is often a marker of "I have the same problem" not-an-answers. I discovered that many of these hits are ...
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regex question and answer guidelines

I've noticed that there are many answers to regex questions that don't respect the language tag. For example, a question is tagged with python yet the answer's regex example isn't written in the ...
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First-answer guidelines message “Avoid asking for clarification to answers” is confusing

When a user posts his first answer, some brief guidelines are displayed: The message Avoid asking for clarification to answers confused a user on Mathematics, who inquired about it on Mathematics ...
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Similar tags: to use synonyms or just merge?

Consider for example, these two tags: ultragrid and ultrawingrid. One has 67 questions, the other 48. The first is a shorter, more popular name. It is the name of the class. The latter is the ...
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Is it okay to ask a question I know the answer to? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I answer my own questions, even those where I knew the answer before asking? Is it considered bad form to ask a question specifically for the purpose of answering it for a ...
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Is still within answering guidelines?

I have been answering on StackOverflow for some time, but recently ran into a situation where I might have been in the wrong. If I am wrong, I would like to correct it in the proper way. I posted ...
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Should I aware a user having low accept rates, system generated names and giving identical answers?

I know it's a hated post, but is a GENUINE question. I was unsure, that's why I asked on Meta Whenever I see a user with username as user2347894 I ask them to use proper names. Whenever I see a user ...
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Should we be flagging more comments? Or should the description be changed?

I'm just going to get straight to the point. The comment privilege page show us when to comment: When should I comment? You should submit a comment if you want to: Request ...
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Is there a community guide or FAQ for comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do comments work? I had a comment edited, and an apology to the moderator who I assume made the edit removed this afternoon. I assume that I crossed some kind of line with ...
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Algorithm for finding the correct site/determining the off-topicness?

Before asking the question I searched through Meta and found only this topic that seems to be a little bit outdated and not directly addressing my question. I am not new to StackOverflow, but ...
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How far can I refactor the code in someone else's question? [closed]

With a growing number of more or less inexperienced programmers on Stack Overflow, it is frequent to see the questions containing code not only badly formatted, but also badly written. While editing a ...
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Is there a community guideline for prefixes on questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: [Titles] Should the most relevant tag be included in the title? When a question is “very strongly” associated with a particular “tag”, I like it when that question's title is ...
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Is there a general recommendation on upvoting answers?

I have only been on SE for a short while (and I really only find Stack Overflow relevant at all, all the other sister sites I've checked so far are very low quality). What disturbs me on Stack ...
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Why is my question posted on apacheserver.net without any notification?

I placed a question on Stack Overflow, and I was searching the same topic on Google, and I discovered same duplicate question is also posted on apacheserver.net, and I did not receive any notification ...
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Is it okay to start (end) a question with a greeting (goodbye)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should 'Hi', 'thanks' and taglines and salutations be removed from posts? Is it okay to start a question on SO with: Hello Hi Hello everybody or end it with: ...
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Correcting typos on “meaningless” questions

I'm curious as to the community opinion from the exchange in the comments of this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4906396/rss-feed-in-java-liferay The crux of the question is: is it ...
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Can I post how-tos (questions with provided answer) to stackoverflow? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I answer my own question? Sometimes It happens to me that: I have a question/problem or I'd like to know how to do something in the proper way; I don't find the answer in ...
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When to vote-up guide and vote/reputation allocation algorithm/question acceptance

Hi, I'm not clear on correct SO etiquette--especially WRT when to vote-up. Here is a scenario: I asked a question. Two people responded with answers, and there was plenty of comments/discussion. ...
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Is there a roadmap/guide-lines to archieve the badges

I want to archieve the silver/gold badges but not sure how to. It would be lovely to have a roadmap/guid-lines for new users like me to follow. Are there ones?
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Is it OK for people to micro-edit my posts?

This is going to sound a little weird, but I was reading Stack Overflow's blog policy about big rep users' ability to edit other users' posts. One of my posts recently underwent a bad edit from ...
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Acceptable level of code golf questions? [closed]

As a forward, this is not about whether or not code golf is valid on Stack Overflow. If you argue against this, you're arguing against a mound of evidence, and you should be arguing in the other ...
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When is it ok to send a user to the penalty box?

I was wondering what's the etiquette about this. The comments in this question made me wonder if moderators had any guidelines regarding "boxing". I was under the impression that this measure was for ...