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I can't ask a question on Stack Overflow

I feel very stressful when I enter Stack Overflow because it is not useful for me. When I submit my question, it gives me this: If you need to do something that Markdown can't handle, use HTML. Note ...
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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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Some guidance tips as a brand new user to Stack Exchange [duplicate]

I'm a brand new user to Stack Exchange and I was wondering if I could get some guidance on how this site works and how to ask questions. I have been told by my friends I need to be clear and ...
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A main-page question that can also be interpreted as a meta question. What to prepare before asking it?

(An alternative title for this question is: Is it fine to give meta advice on the main page?) In one site, there is a question (let's call it question 1) in the form "how do I achieve X?". I give ...
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What is the new 'Question Wizard'? [closed]

Today as I was posting a question on StackOverflow, and clicked on Ask Question, it redirected me to a 'Question Wizard'. This has never happened before. Is this new? If so, then why is it not ...
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Pleading in the alternative when asking - Encouraged?

Before I came to SE, I haunted a more traditional, less strictly moderated forum in which it was common to plead in the alternative (if I may borrow a legal term) when asking questions. That is, ...
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Why won't people respond to their own answers? [closed]

I asked multiple questions on Stack Overflow and people comment on the questions, but are very vague about it, When I respond back (making sure to @ them) asking if they can give more detail or tell ...
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A bit of feedback regarding whether my questions are considered good or bad [closed]

If I ask a question; Will I get an answer? Will I get many answers? Will I get ignored (no answers, no comments, no votes)? Will the question appear among Hot Network Questions? Will it get a ton of ...
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Are there any negative effects of asking many questions that get no answers at all?

Disclaimer: I did try to search for an existing question on meta but have not found one. I am planning on asking a series of questions on Stack Exchange platform, more specifically -- on Code Review....
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About publishing proofs and some interesting tricks about subject at concern [closed]

Can we publish interesting proofs and helpful tricks on XYZ.stackexchange.com which we know? How do we do it. How to do it correctly? How to stop it from getting downvotes based on it "not being a ...
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Should post notice of unclear questions refers to some resources?

Note: This question may apply best to science sites. The current post notice on unclear questions currently says: Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight ...
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Where should multi-discipline questions go? [duplicate]

Some questions can be answered in more than one dimensions. For example, a social phenomena can be explained by mathematical modelling, sociology theories, and / or political / economic theories. ...
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Let's re-evaluate the Question Timer

I know this seems like a good idea, but this far into the game you should be able to tell from network behavior that I'm not a spammer… I had a compound question. I broke it up because ...
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What's the consensus on asking questions phrased to fit the scope, but invites answers outside the scope?

Basically, the title is the whole question here, but let's break it down just to clarify my intention. Is this considered acceptable when a question is unintentionally inviting answers outside the ...
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Pre-fill question-box with text for new users (A/B study proposal)

Problem statement Many new users are unaware of how to formulate a good question, particularly for the technical sites like Stack Overflow, Super User (OK, all of SE). This leads to many new ...
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How to leave body of question empty?

What if the whole question is contained in the title? What should I place in the body?
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What to do when I know my question would be a duplicate? [duplicate]

I'm searching for a solution for a problem/question I'm almost 100% sure was asked before but I can't find it. It is a generic question, no way that it wasn't asked before but no matter how many ways ...
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Is it OK to post as new an improved version of a question that was already deleted for being low quality?

Sometimes, really interesting questions surface that end up getting quickly and heavily downvoted and close-voted, simply because they were so poorly written, showed no evidence of research, etc. Then ...
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Should I ask a question on SO that's essentially “Where's this at?” [closed]

I'm looking for a pretty difficult to search for resource (in this case, a "machine parsable dictionary" which google answers by showing me "machine parsable" definitions from decidedly un-machine ...
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“An error occurred submitting the question” in Stack Overflow

For a few weeks now since I registered my account on Stack Overflow I have not been able to post questions or answers. I have gone through similar/duplicate questions here on Meta about this issue, ...
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Highlight the part of a question that leads with “My question is”

If a question contains "My question is ..." the paragraph should automatically be given a different visual cue. For example, giving it a nice blue or green background. Askers often put a lot of ...
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How to ask questions in a way that avoids answers that question/patronize the approach rather than address the question?

Sometimes I or others ask a question which causes the reader to think why would he want to do that?. There are reasons and the question is usually legitimate. I and others often seem to get a lot of ...
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Is StackOverflow for professional programmers or for newbiew too? [duplicate]

As stated in: https://stackoverflow.com/help/on-topic Stack Overflow is for professional and enthusiast programmers, people who write code because they love it. We feel the best Stack Overflow ...
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Does this question encourage plagiarism? [closed]

Question on Maths Stack exchange are often deleted or put on hold because the questioner doesn't provide thoughts about their attempt to solve the problem. An example is: https://math.stackexchange....
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Posting Questions with Answer [duplicate]

Can I post questions while immediately giving an answer, when I think it is important enough to share? I guess this is not the original spirit of Stack Exchange, though sometimes I think it would be ...
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Am I encouraged to ask my question on multiple SE QA Sites? [duplicate]

Simply put. Sometimes I have a question that fits on more than one QA site. Example: An applescript question could be asked in both Ask Different and Stack Overflow. Ask Different should be the ...
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How to deal with “iterative development by Stack Overflow spam”?

I have noticed a couple of times OPs who ask a series of questions, each one of which may have (albeit dubious) merit, but which overall are an attempt to develop software by asking a question for ...
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Help tooltips for new users asking their very first question

There are review tools for first posts but, I am talking about Ask Question screen tool-tips that will be shown when you are posting your very first question in a SX site... It may consist of 3 tool-...
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Implicit Questions?

Recently I have noticed a few cases of implicit questions. The intended question is obvious, clear, and meets Stack Overflow requirements, but never explicitly stated. Does a Stack Overflow post ...
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How can I salvage a question that, in retrospect, was a bit dumb?

A question I original thought was decent, in retrospect, looks like a bad question. The downvotes and subsequent closure made it pretty clear. Since the community has found the question to be of ...
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Asking questions is been blocked in stackoverflow [duplicate]

This account of mine is blocked form asking questions in Stack Overflow. I don't know why this happen when I am at reputation 10 and later because of my positive contributions i came till 165 yet it ...
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On Stack Overflow if there is a question that addresses your problem, but there is no solution that works, should you repost a similar question?

There is a question on Stack Overflow that addresses an issue I am having, however after trying all of the posted answers, I am still encountering the issue. What should I do? Should I post a new ...
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What should one do if they have a question that the answer is already on google?

I have a question about python naming conventions. The answer is readily available on the Python documentation, but I think it would make for a great Stack Overflow question. Is it ok to still ask it?
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Many Questions for a project

I am working on a project for work. I have a really hard time understanding the documentation for a software package. I have asked several questions on the tag. They all fit the tag but I have the ...
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“Search Before Asking”: A Four Year Update

A recent downvote drew my attention to my answer four years ago to "How to Add Smart Tags to my .net component?". I edited the answer to update the links and to (very slightly) change the tone of the ...
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Is there something under way to solve the topic intersection and mess of SO and sibling sites? Is there already a plan for this matter? [closed]

I had a situation, searched the web, found nothing, wanted to ask on SO, thought to ask on https://dba.stackexchange.com/ , but saw that on SO is also a huge community and 30 times more questions to ...
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Code comparison when asking

What if <Code Sample>s and formatted code will compare with existing questions' <Code Sample>s and formatted code and let the user (who asks) to know if there are similar question? For ...
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where to ask a question about a wrong suffix?

I wrote a text Under Libre Office and erroneously named the file with a .txt suffix. And closed it. When I tried to open it. it was said corrupt. And was displayed in non understandable characters. ...
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Change “What's your Programming question, Be Specific” to “What would someone search for if they had your issue?”

I've seen a lot of issues recently where users put in a half-baked title, like: What is the difference between these two lines of code? (About 1 Million Results) Since I believe in organic titles, ...
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Correcting askers who do not follow up

When I ask a question I always follow up with the answers that are arriving. I upvote good answers and I give feedback to answers which did not help me. I downvote answers missing the point. I always ...
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Is a “How To” question, considered to be the best type of question?

I asked: Would installing different versions of libssl cause problems? Then I thought about migrating it to Super User. I got this answer: The question should be fine for Super User. You ...
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Keep the body input field expanded in the android app

In the android app all the submit question fields shrink to one line each when the keyboard is showing. Pressing back to close the keyboard makes the body field expand so that it takes up the ...
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Why people are just not serious about my question? [closed]

When I am have considered some problem for days, and come here to see what other people may think. I get full bunch of negative answers and comments! Are SE sites the best place to ask my questions? ...
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Should I ask if there's a better way at the end of viable question?

So I just asked a question on SO (its subject isn't really relevant so I won't link it) where I ask if a different approach to my problem would be more efficient with large amounts of data. However, ...
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Putting someone's question on hold is ultimately generating load on Stack Overflow server [closed]

Suppose someone is a new user on this site. He asks a question that is not of good quality or he has not shown good effort/research work for whatever reason. I see that after a few hours someone has ...
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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 ...