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What to do when you answer your own question while writing it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Etiquette for answering your own question It just happened that my question didn't exist anymore (I found the answer) while writing it: git website update strategy - how to ...
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Is an “is this correct” question appropriate for StackOverflow?

A recent example: Extension Methods in C# - Is this correct? I don't necessarily have a problem per se, but it does strike as something out of bounds. The answer is either yes or no. In fact, if the ...
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Learning by asking

I'm not sure if this question is 'allowed' here, or if it even is a valid question. I'm a student of Interactive Multimedia Design; I don't learn a lot at school. I learn by reading, by doing, and by ...
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How can I add a diagram to a question on Stack Overflow?

I want to ask a question on Stack Overflow and to clearly demonstrate my situation I need to include a very simple diagram. How can I do that? I've tried diagrams created on MS Word inserting shapes, ...
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Questions fading into oblivion rather quickly?

Previously, it used to be that if you asked a question on Stack Overflow and didn't immediately get a good answer, you could leave the site and check back within 2-5 days, and chances were that you ...
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Compare open-endedness of two questions

Could you tell me why one question is closed and the other is not? https://stackoverflow.com/questions/5687421/features-that-vim-lacks What is your most productive shortcut with Vim? How can I ask "...
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How to approach the problem of low quality questions and/or too much moderator work [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should we require minimum reputation to continue asking questions? Per Jeff's comments indicating that this is going to be handled internally at Stack Exchange, Inc, there is ...
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Can bad question askers be forgiven?

There's been some proposals about how to (automatically) "stop" bad question askers. And already there is a "Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account" IP address/account ban, ...
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Is it “good” to ask a question whose answer you already know, and not to auto-answer it but rather let people think about it?

I got the SO virus a month ago or so, and now it is kind of a reflex for me to search the questions database when I am blocked or in doubt. There are also situations where i find and solve by myself ...
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Tips for getting really good answers on SO

The way the askers write questions is a factor in determining how good the answers we get are. Obviously, if you ask a clear, direct question it is easier for a someone to answer you. But, sometimes ...
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Has the traffic on this site changed, or have my questions changed?

I joined SO about 4 months ago. Over the first couple months, I asked about 13 questions, all related to iPhone development. I was impressed with how quickly I received responses, and without fail all ...
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Do “list of something and why” questions belong to SO?

I was told lately that in somebody opinion "list of something and why" does not belong to SO. Well in my opinion they do but that is up to community to decide so I'm asking: Do questions of type "...
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What's StackExchange-ese for “OP”?

As in "Original Poster". How do I refer to the user who asked the question in the third person, other than by account name?
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Delay before answers are published

Suggestion A questioner should have the option to setup a timeframe, which defers the publication of answers given to the question. Reason I'm very active on Stackoverflow when it comes to ...
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Asking Template [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Add requirements for a tag (maybe a template?) Is there any asking template for Stack Exchange websites? If there isn't, maybe we can create it? I think a good question must ...
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Updating question - Old answers out of date? What to do?

I often experience that the first answers to my question bring up important details that do not answer my question, but give important information that takes me another step forward. I then have the ...
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Encourage users to use question Title as a Title/Topic rather than an abbreviated question

I just answered this question: Should title of question be a question? A few days back I discovered this HOWTO: HOWTO: Writing Good Titles This article discourages the use of "How do I...?" ...
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What is a “BAD” question?

Hi there, I was wondering what is good question and what is bad question. I understand this is a subjective issue, but there must be some more details guidelines for that. E.g. if someone gives a ...
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Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account [duplicate]

When I am posting my question I am getting the following error: Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account. What can I do?
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Would it be possible to add a “difficulty-level” dimension to questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How about a difficulty rating for questions? Right now, we have a "title", which provides a summary of the problem or the key question being asked, a "question" which provides ...
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how can I get more users to view/answer my questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to get attention for your old, unanswered questions I sometimes find myself asking a question and it is only answered once... maybe twice... and I'm looking for a variety ...
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Posted questions should be visible on the main page immediately for the poster

Currently a posted question will appear on the main page after some short delay - something like 10 seconds. I suppose its due to some database caching or something similar intended to make the site ...
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Why was my post removed?

I posted a question about how to rotate a tile in BufferedImage. I did it in the morning and you removed it. Why have you removed it again? You have removed the post twice without informing/telling ...
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Regarding questions that belong on Stack Overflow family but also elsewhere

After discovering Stack Overflow, it's become to GOTO place for my programming questions. Whether I ask them, or I find that someone else did, my concerns always get answered, and I am very pleased. ...
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Is it getting harder to ask good questions?

Maybe it's just me, but is it getting harder to ask questions? My intermediate skills make me feel irresponsible for not figuring the answer out myself. It's a similar to a previous question, but I'd ...
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same question but not quite

Okay, so I found a question over on stackoverflow which would appear to be the same on the surface: subversion merge - "has different repository root than" But I know that the cause is ...
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One post with multiple questions or multiple posts?

I want to ask several questions about the same problem domain but each question is independent from the others. Should I put all the questions in a single post or should I split them and send multiple ...
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Does SO discourage questions like “this is my code, please find the bug”?

Is it all right to paste a long bit of source code and ask the community to find the bug in it? (Naturally also describing what is wrong with as well as possible and including any compiler errors etc.)...
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Questions on questions stemming from a read of Effective C++

On a journey toward glorious ascending enlightenment in C++, I have sailed my schooner along the river that is Meyer's Effective C++. Now, at the banks of rest and reflection, my mind is plump with ...
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How to get answers for long winded questions

Recently I have had to ask a very long question. The configuration involved is fairly extensive and will require any user to spend a decent amount of time investigating. Given that I would not ...
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Why do so many people ask basic questions instead of searching first?

I've never understood why for so many basic questions, the perfect answer can be found simply by taking the title, copying it to Google, and clicking "I'm Feeling Lucky". Why do some people have an ...
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Using SO to solve work project issues (Wholesale)

I did a deliberate search before posting this. There's a similar question regarding Homework on SO, but didn't find the anything close to a duplicate. Here's my concern. I can't help but to realize ...
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Is Ask Metafilter better than SO?

Do you have any experience with programming related questions in Ask Metafilter? Do you get more experts there and are your answers better? Do they reply quickly and does every question get answered,...
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How can we get more people to make their title a question?

Seems strange (and not in a good way) to me that when I click "Questions" and very few (about 1 in 8) of the titles end in question marks. So I'm curious to get some opinions: Is there some simple ...
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Related questions in “Ask Question” page is better than search tool

When I search for similar questions that I am going to ask, I usually can't find anything through search box in stackoverflow. But when I enter my question in "Ask Question" page, the questions ...
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Where should a question about LaTeX usage go?

My first instinct is Superusers, but on the other hand, you could say that writing stuff in LaTeX is programming in a DSL. But then you have questions about typography, styles, and you have questions ...
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Add “Your Question has been posted” notification

Problem In this question, the question asker brought up a good point: There's no external notification that your question was successfully posted. Feature Request: Add an orange bar to the top of ...
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How to ask a smart question

The title of the oldest revision of this SO question is, "Is it posible [sic]?" This doesn't provide any information at all. It should be mandatory for everyone asking questions on the Internet to ...