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What is the XY problem?

What is the XY problem? When asking questions, how do I recognize when I'm falling into it? How do I avoid it? Return to FAQ index Other languages: ES, JA, PT, RU
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What can I do when getting “This question body does not meet our quality standards”?

While trying to ask a question, I got the error message This question body does not meet our quality standards. Please make sure that it completely describes your problem - including what you have ...
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How is question quality measured in A/B tests?

As sites grow, there's a noticeable increase in community unhappiness with question quality. Quite a bit of the problem is simply a matter of scale, but sites sometimes optimize for extremes. Bad ...
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Should Stack Exchange in general be awarding "A"s for Effort?

This just came up again: homework is not acceptable if the asker has made no effort whatsoever I'm developing a bit of an involuntary twitch that manifests itself when I encounter the word "effort"...
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How can we discourage people from answering bad questions? Should we?

It happens all too often someone will post a question with no regard to how the system works. They put in no effort whatsoever, their accept rate is often low as well and they come up with a questions ...
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Why am I getting so many closed and deleted questions recently? [closed]

Am I really that bad in writing? Am I really getting worse and worse? I am a part of The Community (I am proud that I can write it in capitals; there is no sarcasm in here) for at least 10 years. I've ...
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Definition of a beginner-question (Spolsky-question)?

A beginner question has an obvious answer. A newbie could be stuck on it for hours and still blush when the answer is presented. There are couple of good reasons for this kind of question: Help ...
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Add recursive defenses to the quality standards

Or in less complex words: ignore the string It does not meet our quality standards when checking if something meets our quality standards. There are incidents across the network of users who simply ...
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How do we help people with bad questions?

This is a pretty general topic, so before I get started, I want to explain a couple things: For context, I primarily use Stack Overflow, so a lot of my opinions, examples, or rationalizations may be ...
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Is there an etiquette for asking questions originally intended to be self-answered?

According to Oded's answer to What are limitations on self-answered questions? self answered questions have the same quality requirements as "the other" questions. So if we found a question ...
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Is it good or bad that a question has more or fewer answers? [closed]

Can we relate the quality of a question with the number of answers? There might be a number of non-useful answers, on the other hand, there might be fewer useful answers. Therefore, is it wise to ...
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Make the "Sorry, we can't accept this question" message more helpful

Before succeeding in posting my last question, I got this error message: Sorry, we can't accept this question. There seems to be some filter for stopping bad questions, but it is apparently prone ...
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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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How do know what I got wrong when I ask a question

My grammar is poor because of learning disabilities. And my questions get auto flagged as poor a lot with no feedback on how to fix them. The quality standards are very unclear. What do I do? I do use ...
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Should I repost a question if the first edition was bad, has been fixed, and is still open?

I asked a bad question. After many comments from other users and many edits on my part, it is now a good question. However, the comments are littered with corrections to older versions. Should I ...
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Warn new users when they ask a question after a previous question is closed, downvoted, or deleted

Another "miséricorde": Can you please review my ban? Consider this comment (emphasis added): I think its okay, please dont take any efforts for me. I personally do not feel the system helps ...
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Not evaluating the quality of the question, rather evaluate the question per answers it provided

To quote Carl Sagan: "There are naïve questions, tedious questions, ill-phrased questions, questions put after inadequate self-criticism. But every question is a cry to understand the world. ...
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This post does not meet our quality standards

I am trying to post on stackoverflow site, but keep getting "This post does not meet our quality standards." Yes I am new. What am I doing wrong? I am starting learn Ruby, need some help with ...
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Multi-Question Questions: How Best to Handle Them?

Sometimes I come across a question on SO that is actually a number of questions all in one. If these "sub-questions" are closely related, it's not a problem. But if they are only weakly ...
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Why do some very simple questions get lots of upvotes?

Why do some very simple questions get lots of upvotes while some of the really logical questions get very few upvotes? On Stack Overflow I have seen dozens of simple questions (whose answers are ...
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Redirect new user to the help, 'How to ask' page. So that there are fewer bad questions

Redirect new user to the help, 'How to ask' page. So, that there are less bad questions. Me, myself made a bad mistake of asking non-security questions on https://security.stackexchange.com/. And, I ...
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Is there something similar to the quality filter for edits made by the OP?

I have found some recent questions that have by-passed the quality filter and doesn't show any revision. My guess is that the OP found a way to by-pass the quality filter in order to get their ...
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Is it harder to write a good question or a good answer?

I was wondering whether there's any evidence to be had as to whether it's harder to write good questions or good answers. For example, from the data available in SEDE or previous surveys. I suppose "...
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Should users be penalized for answering bad questions?

On a recent question, a user decided it was a bad question and downvoted all answers with the comment "-1 closevote, not answer!". I realize that the community doesn't want to reward help vampires, ...
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Can self-answered Q&As be broad or even duplicates?

With all the talk over self-answered "blog-like" Q&As, I thought about writing my own. The idea as I understand it is to share knowledge, but my planned approach conflicts with what I think are ...
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Is there a demonstrable correlation between question length and question quality?

This is just an idea I've been toying with , really. I'm curious about the correlation between question length and question quality. "Quality" here would be translated into "likelihood of not being ...
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Unicorn Meta Zoo #3: How do we grade questions?

Welcome to the Unicorn Meta Zoo, a podcast by members of the Stack Exchange community team. If you want to avoid spoilers, jump straight to the audio. Participants We're talking about whether or not ...
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Add a "don't migrate crap" migration 'path' to all sites

Don't Migrate Crap This is the golden rule of migrations. And we do it far too often. I'll even admit to it. It's sometimes difficult to justify to one's self to spend more time drafting a custom ...
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I suggest to consider adding a unified structure for asking questions to all STEM network sites

Humbly, I have 7 years experience in the network and have asked about 1,500 questions throughout different sites in it. I have recently joined Medical Sciences SE where I was managed to ask 37 ...
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What should I do if I am afraid to post for fear of downvote hell?

--- The General Question --- Should I avoid posting (writing questions or answers) unless I am willing (and able) to put forth the exorbitant effort required to produce "exceptional content". **Will ...
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The prompt for new users to write a good question

Is there any way on earth to get a Jeff Atwood replacement? Since February 6, 2012 I think the quality of the questions have gone down. IMHO the absence of Jeff is reflected on this site. I ...
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How are we supposed to define what makes a question better? [duplicate]

When reviewing Reopen votes on Stack Overflow this morning I stumbled across a case that was generating some heat: vote to close a question as duplicate, even though it's much older than the other. ...
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"Fix your own question" badge

As a design engineer, when I see major design changes that I don't understand, the question I usually ask of a team is "what problem are you trying to fix?" or "what user need are you trying to better ...
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Stack Overflow for the lazy (newbie) developer? [closed]

Would it be reasonable if I intend to learn a new language, to ask programming questions that are just "TOO SIMPLE" for anyone who has 6 months or so with the language but are not so obvious at the ...
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What are the top issues when it comes to low quality questions? [closed]

If a "How to ask a good question" FAQ were to be compiled, what do people here think are the top issues that it should address? On my list are: rudeness, vagueness, spelling and grammar. Edit ...
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Automatic quality control and their effects on participation and contribution

I am interested in studying how automatic quality control can affect participation and contribution in online discussion communities. Many content generation platforms are struggling with balancing ...
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Stack Exchange appears to be less suitable for inexperienced coders than it used to be before [duplicate]

In the past, the programming sites of Stack Exchange (e.g. Stack Overflow) used to accept fairly straightforward questions about HTML, CSS, JS and alike, scripting in powershell or BASH or simple ...
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Does SO need social networking features to improve the experience for expert users?

No, not like this: Hear me out! As Stack Overflow grows, it becomes increasingly ridden with extremely newbie and mediocre questions. It's just natural. The team are fighting hard to keep the crap ...
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Are code troubleshooting questions really what we want to encourage? [closed]

In an effort to more fully understand the gestalt of Stack Overflow, I offer this question for perusal: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/7513258/i-want-a-dialog-box-in-case-of-error#question ...
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Feeders, not help vampires, are the problem [duplicate]

It's all too easy to blame Help Vampires for problems in Stack Overflow. But it's not them, it's us. The people who feed them. If the question is an exact duplicate, let them know it's an exact ...
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Should limits be placed on new users who create paths of destruction? [duplicate]

Specifically this user: https://stackoverflow.com/users/688654/amol His questions are coming quickly and have problems: They require significant editing (which the SO community is stepping up, but ...
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What happened to the quality filter? [closed]

Look at my reputation graph. Look at the very beginning where I got more than 1500 reputation in less than a month of being here. I have just barely passed the 3000 mark after 3 months of trying. Why? ...
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Should I delete a post with no real answer?

I recently posted a question to Stack Overflow looking for a language translation utility. After a few days and a lot of searching, I believe there is no such utility. But, now I have to wonder ...
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auto-detect the phrase "it doesn't work" and ask user if enough info given

I get pretty peeved at questioners who say "it doesn't work" in their questions, without elaboration. Someone has to comment "It didn't work how? How do you know? What error message was ...
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Should I re-ask a question if I have edited it beyond recognition?

My question has a massive edit history, as I struggled to explain my idea (making this, yes... I know...) and how it was different from the proposed duplicate. Since editing my question to clearly ...
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Is Stack Exchange a place to get help? Or a resource for answers?

The more I use Stack Overflow the more I see people telling others to delete their questions afterwards for debugging help. A (recent) example of this, and what caused me to ask this question on meta,...
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Can we find a way make sure that new users acknowledge the on-topic page before being able to post?

Similar question / suggestion to Discovering on-topic rules of a new SE site, but a bit more specific. Over on Music.SE, when a new user asks a question, there is a 'How to Ask' sidebar that says ...
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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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What is wrong with single-paragraph questions?

Twice now I have asked a question in a single paragraph and have been told that it doesn't meet some mysterious standards. All I seem to need to do is split the sentence up (unnecessarily) into two ...
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Identify tags that tend to be associated with off-topic/problematic questions?

Anecdotally, I've noticed that a few tags on a site I frequently visit tend to be associated with questions that are off-topic (e.g., > 70% of questions with that tag have been closed). Is there a ...