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Are we requiring code too often?

Earlier today I posted a question which, I feel, doesn't require code. It's a general knowledge sort of question, rather than one specific to faulty code. Granted, the question came about because I ...
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When do you block new inexperienced users from asking questions?

Rationale: This is intended to address an issue with new users that have no reputation. If they are inexperienced, they are very unlikely to gain any reputation very quickly. This results in them ...
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How can I improve the wording for the following JavaScript question?

Title: What part of JavaScript syntax is involved when you encounter (code)()? I recently encountered a short piece of script for the BASE tag but it was in the form: (code)() By this ...
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Should 'Q:' be removed from question titles

The leading Q: seems redundant to me. Is there a reason I should not remove it from every question title I come across?
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Questions regarding a project — should I be making new questions or editing old ones?

I've been working on this tree project and I've been having a lot of trouble adapting to the d3 library. I'm learning very fast but I feel sometimes if I really can't figure it out (this is after ...
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Can we ask a question about programming but has no code to include? [closed]

Sometimes i can see people asking general programming questions about concepts. The answer to these question requires only theory and no code. Is stack overflow the right place to ask such questions ...
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Add a timer to the rate-limiting messages for asking questions [duplicate]

I'm getting this message: You can only ask 6 questions in a 24-hour period Could you add a timer, so that I know how much time I have to wait?
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Change “You can only ask 6 questions in a 24-hour period” to non-positive scoring questions only [duplicate]

I'm getting this message: You can only ask 6 questions in a 24-hour period I understand we don't want users flooding the stack. However, when these 6 questions are good, then why not allow the ...
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How to ask SQL questions with table definitions and example code?

I am always struggling when asking SQL questions. How are we supposed to ask questions related to SQL including table definitions and code examples? Is there a jsfiddle.net equivalent for sql that ...
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May I re-ask my closed question, and answer it myself?

Is it OK to re-ask question which has been closed for not being real question, if it's formed properly this time? (I'd prefer it over editing the original question, which might create confusion, ...
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Do you get penalized after a certain number of duplicate questions?

Is it possible to be penalized (e.g., be banned from asking future questions or have points deducted) after having a certain number of your questions closed as duplicates?
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What should I do if I have a sub-question to someone else's already existing question?

I didn't find the answer for a specific subquestion in a general question, so I asked the subquestion here, and it got closed as a duplicate. Since I already got the answer, I don't need to reopen it, ...
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Am I obligated to answer questions before asking one? [duplicate]

I am new here and I have a question. Can I just ask questions on this community or do I have to answer other peoples questions too? I feel awkward when I just ask but not being able to help anyone.
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Enabling asking non-questions on meta [duplicate]

Sometimes I simply want to notify moderators/administers of problems (e.g. synonym suggestion), and I think there should be "non-question" check-box when asking a question, and instead of accepting ...
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Is this question format valid? (Asking for system info from others)

I was originally drawn to this question while trying to clear up "forum-esque" questions where the OP replied using multiple answers. In short, it asks those who are willing, to run a snippet of code ...
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Why do so many of my carefully researched MSO questions turn out to be duplicates?

I seem to have a hard time finding good answers for my meta questions. I usually have an issue I'm curious about on SO, so I search MSO using appropriate keywords to see if there are any similar ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a question that is mainly about an apparent bug in existing software?

If one runs into a serious and/or annoying bug in a piece of commonly used (open source?) software, is it okay to ask a SO question asking others to verify the bug and/or suggest workarounds for it? ...
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Should we allow questions that are simple/obvious?

At the moment, members of the SO community are actively discouraging simple questions on the basis of what have you tried. If we do this, a question like What is the syntax for a SELECT statement ...
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Where can I ask for software suggestions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What Stack Exchange site would address software suggestion questions? Is there a Stack Exchange site where I can ask for software suggestions?
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Stuck at “How to Ask” page when trying to ask a question on Stack Overflow

I've gone through the FAQ on Stack Overflow but see what's written here We’d love to help you. But not every question on Stack Overflow gets answered. To improve your chances, here are some tips:...
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How to re-ask this question?

I asked a question PHP & SQL Server - field names truncated a little while ago and even put a bounty on it. I received an answer that was upvoted quite a bit but I didn't have a chance at the ...
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Where should I post a question regarding web design?

Is there a StackExchange site appropriate to ask a question about web design? I'm needing some suggestions about which colors to use for a very dark themed website, where should I ask this?
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Closing questions too soon [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Poorly formulated questions - close and re-open or delay closing? I have noticed that there have been some questions where it was a poorly worded question, but could have been ...
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Should we ask questions that may only be answered in the future?

Addressed briefly here my question is: Should we ask questions that might not have an answer at this date? One could interpret that as holding out for users, research or opinions of the future — ...
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Should we be asking difficult questions?

Should we pose questions that we know are difficult to answer? (But can be answered.) For closing posts on the Stack Exchange network, the reasoning often is: This question is ambiguous, vague, ...
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What are the underlying mechanisms that trigger an answer from the users on Stack Overflow?

Yesterday I posted a question about JavaScript on Stack Overflow. The question in my opinion was well formulated and right to the point. However, besides a couple of comments I haven't obtained ...
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Should we ask questions with duplicate question titles?

When I search for a solution, there is an exact question title but the user may ask a different question related to his/her own problem and that wouldn't solve ours. For example: How to detect OS ...
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How to reasonably split questions up?

I asked this question: No notification of reputation loss; Questions deleted - how can I check what I did wrong? I feel like it is actually more than one question, but when I tried splitting it up ...
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encouraging users to use more specific tags

When newcomers ask questions about delphi they usually specify no more details. They hardly read the Smart Questions essay and such. However frequently their question is specific to their Delphi ...
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How can I ask a question that can be answered with a better approach?

I asked this question: How can I retrieve JSONdata from ASP.NET and send it to jQuery? (implementing FullCalendar) The heart-breaking story is: I'm trying to implement the FullCalendar-jQuery-plugin ...
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Breaking up one question into 3 or 5 for generalizing

While composing my question I actually find out there are several questions of them. They are all about architecture design and follow the same line. However one is about declaring interfaces, another ...
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Can I edit a totally down-voted question to a good one without compromising the topic

Recently I encountered a question, which doesn't show any research work and was totally unclear. But I thought to help that guy in clearing the air. So, I wrote an answer, which triggered a thought ...
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Can I ask two related but distinct questions?

After I asked a question about SQL (Is there an embedded database protocol which is faster than SQLite for VERY large databases?), a more specific, but still related, question occurred to me: Do ...
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How to properly construct my question for Stack Overflow

I have a question regarding building a SaaS. I have researched the FAQ, looked at many other questions, and researched my topic thoroughly. The question currently resides on the start-up forum as ...
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Shouldn't I be un-question banned now [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What can I do when getting “Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account”? Please Unban My Account My name is Rohan Kapur. You can check ...
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How much research should be done before asking? [duplicate]

In the comments on this post, there is a discussion about how much research you should do before asking a question. My standpoint is, I'm asking the question as soon as: I did some basic check ...
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What can I do if my question does not receive any responses although viewed by like 20 people? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get attention for my old, unanswered questions? What are the general steps I can follow to get more attention to my question? I mean I think I have asked a smart ...
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Is it considered bad form to ask a rhetorical question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I answer my own questions, even those where I knew the answer before asking? I've seen some people asking a question that they clearly already know the answer to, in order ...
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Should “Title Says It All” questions be edited or closed?

I see many questions with really long titles and bodies with nothing more than: "Title says it all" "See title. ~thanks~" "In PHP. thanks!" Examples (a couple I already edited): How can I ...
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Can You Ask Questions In A Different Language? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is English required on Stack Overflow? Usually questions at SO are asked in English, and I thoroughly agree with English being encouraged since English is probably the most ...
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Slightly modified version of the same question by the same person

Is it valid that the same person asks slightly modified versions of the same question? 1, 2, 3 Wouldn't be better to edit the original question to get more accurate responses?
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Is there a way to get notification on iphone when i get any answer or comment on my question?

Is there any app or trick to get notification upon answer or comment on my question, on my iphone
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Will people who have answered my question automatically be notified of updates to the question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does StackOverflow currently notify all those who have answered a question when that question is edited? As the question states - Will people who have answered my question ...
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I want to feature an old question without a good answer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get attention for my old, unanswered questions? I a few times wanted to ask questions, but very similar question was already asked. The question was, however, quite ...
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Why am I hitting a question rate limit when I haven't posted all day? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Getting “can only post questions every 20 minutes” but did not post recently I only have 107 reputation on Stack Overflow. Often when I try posting a question I ...
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Canonical answers for repeated questions

I know this question I'm proposing has some variants, but none had an answer that could solve the problem. Some others like this one: Here and Here There are these questions (from newcomers who can ...
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“Questions with Similar Titles” Could Do Better

I'm all for removing tags from titles. However, the underlying point of "Question Titles - Removing Tags makes 'Questions with similar titles' useless" is valid. We need a better way to display actual ...
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What should I do if a question I wrote was inaccurate?

I wrote a question and after getting responses, I realized that didn't write it accurately. I updated the question, however the volume of views have drop drastically. I'm wondering if my question ...
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Posting answers through an iPhone

Which directives or symbols are used to format codes when posting answers and comments from an iPhone and Android?
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Are questions about licenses in the range of Stack Overflow acceptability? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are licensing questions on- or off-topic on SO? Maybe even more than sometimes, I see people asking if how they use a library or a software is inline with the license ...