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Questions tagged [rules]

Use this tag for questions about the enforced rules around the SE Network.

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Is rude or unfriendly language prohibited on all SE sites? [duplicate]

Is rude or unfriendly language prohibited on all SE sites? Or are some "dirtier" fields like politics and law exempt from the rules? I have had unfriendly comments posted on my questions about ...
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Moderators… on Cross Validated [duplicate]

Suppose there is a question, "How to get started with applying item response theory and what software to use?" Suppose the top-rated answer cites my name and work a couple of times. Suppose all ...
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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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Are highly upvoted answers, accepted answers posted here considered as rules?

On Hinduism Meta, I often find users citing answers posted on this site as if they are rules. I was of the impression though, that rules are the ones which are covered in the Help Center. So, are ...
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Where to find list of behaviours/rules of Stack Exchange [duplicate]

Well, I know this is weird question. Recently I upvoted some answers, and I get a tooltip saying "You haven't been upvoted a question for a while. Questions need upvote too". It was nice to get it. ...
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Does unaccepting violate site rules?

A few days ago, I unaccepted a lot of answers to my questions just to test if I could exceed the reputation cap by accepting more than 100 answers on the next day. But I couldn't ... because of ...
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Can we protect an answer from spam comments?

I had an answer on Stack Overflow that helped a few iOS souls. The question itself is protected from spam answers but my answer is filled with spam comments like Thank you Worked for me Me too ...
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Should I delete a wrong question? [duplicate]

I asked a question (and even got some answers) but then I realized that I'm an idiot, I have a typo in my source code and that's the reason it does not work, the question is irrelevant. (One of the ...
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Upload binary file as image to stackoverflow

I am having an idea, and I would like to know if it is complied with Stack Exchange sites license. I want to hide a file (binary file) withing an image, and upload the image to Stack Overflow. I can ...
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Is it OK for a user with a high enough reputation to ignore the rules in “how to ask”?

Is it OK for users with a high enough reputation to ignore the rules because maybe they think their reputation gives them some respect that lower-rep users don't have?
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What if we made this competition where we challenged people to make the coolest new rule?

What if we made this competition where we challenged people to make the coolest, most useful, helpful, innovative, good new rule? So the winner would get like 200 rep, second, third place would get ...
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Why are Stack Exchange site rules for each site not easily visible on the front page? [duplicate]

This is my usual experience: "I want to post a question but I don't know what kind of questions are within the rules on this site. And since I don't want a question that took me 10 minutes to write ...
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Are meta tags banned across the board on all Stack Exchange sites or can each site decide if it wants to allow meta tags?

I think it was now six years ago that Stack Exchange told us that meta tags are bad. They convinced me. Up till now we'd managed to keep them off the travel site. Though I suppose a couple of our ...
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Should Stack Apps ban apps which encourage ban-worthy behaviour?

Referencing This App in particular. (Update: the app post has now been removed. You need 10K on Stack Apps to see the deleted post.) It's an App that allows you to auto-downvote every downvote-able ...
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Is it inconsistent for an interdisciplinary question to be on topic in one site but not in another?

A religious question, "Christianity, Judaism, and Islam worship the same God?" is on topic in Islam but not Christianity or Judaism Is this seeming inconsistency common on Stack Exchange? I can ask ...
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Our words are too complicated. Let's make them simpler!

TL;DR: Our wording is complex, and hard for people from other languages to read. Let's make it simpler. Seriously, though, at least read my example at the bottom. For a long time, I've noticed a ...
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Can email addresses or phone numbers be exchanged over Stack Exchange?

When you have entered into a conversation with a person who asked a question, are you allowed to exchange email addresses or phone numbers? I apologize I did not know exactly how to tag this. I'm ...
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Which SE sites have agreed on enforceable rules/guidelines for editing posts? [closed]

Ideally (in my opinion of, Incnis Mrsi), it means: Community agreed upon which edits are good and which are bad (that doesn’t preclude some grey zone, of course). A user making too many non-...
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How can someone have 101 reputation on multiple SE sites? [duplicate]

I came across this account and noticed that it has got a reputation of exactly 101 points on more than 20 Stack Exchange platforms even without posting any question or answer (see image below). At ...
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Is there a way to post a guide on something without first asking a question? [duplicate]

I keep coming across bits of information throughout the internet and every so often, I collect enough data to do a solid write-up on that topic. It'd be nice if I could post that consolidated info in ...
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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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Are the rules of all sites on StackExchange the same?

Are the rules of all sites on StackExchange the same? I see their help centers are the same.
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Proposal against power abuse on stack sites and a more democratic voting system

Stack Exchange sites are fantastic and very useful. I have been using them for years but in the last time the management is getting bad, moderators abusing power, deleting posts and comments just ...
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Similar Rule for People with the Privilege of Closing Questions or Putting Them on Hold? [duplicate]

If a user has a certain number of questions that were closed or put on hold, that user cannot ask more questions for a certain time (or even prevented from asking at all). For those with close ...
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If trust cannot be had, then perhaps it should not be offered [closed]

I've read many of the recent posts and the rejection of one of my suggestions which used a common word (namely "nominal"). To me, this comes down to everything which requires human review and does ...
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Using comedic styles or Jokes in Answers

See this answer on Is the Stack Overflow source code available? Quite often, many StackExchange sites do have the occasional comedic style to a well written answers and comments. I have no problems ...
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Why does my reputation drop by a few points every Friday night?

For several weeks I have lost reputation points on the night between Friday and Saturday without explanation. Two weeks ago I lost 2 points, last week I lost 4 points and last night I lost 4 points. ...
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Double-edged sword of too strict community based website [closed]

I am being honest. This is how it goes. If you are banned, you use Tor or some other way to ask the similar question, because you need the answer. If the rules for banning people are too strict, ...
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Primarily Opinion Based - Wording

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or ...
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It is not right I can't ask for a library advice

I understand the basic motivation, you don't want programmers to give subjective response, it is right. And if the question would be simply "suggest me a library to parse xml" I would agree. ...
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Can SE codify or clarify sockpuppeteering in the Terms and Conditions and rules?

So as a moderator on Ask Ubuntu yesterday, I found a sockpuppet account and nuked it from orbit. I then suspended the puppeteer account through the standard moderator messages interface. Usually when ...
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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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Cross-posting between SE sites and 3rd party sites [duplicate]

I know one must not cross-post between SE sites. But am I allowed to post the same question, say, on AskDifferent and Apple Support Communities?
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The consequences of cheating on the badges? [duplicate]

For instance, the Enthusiast and Fanatic badges. Both are based on logging in daily. For an extended period, and I do check almost daily, but living in the real world means that there may be a day ...
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Clarification needed on asking etiquette

Hello I am new to SO and I want to make as good an impression as possible. I asked a question and received a satisfactory response in the context for which it was asked. I have since discovered new ...
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Since when is spoonfeeding not allowed? [closed]

I've probably missed some great debates in here, but I want a status report. What has happened with our rules over the past half a year in here? Spoonfeeding was always encouraged in here, as far as ...
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Stack Overflow's scope (on topic) changes over time make it more difficult for askers

In my limited experience with Stack Overflow, I have found it immensely helpful, the reward scheme for people to ask good questions and in turn answer said questions is the backbone to the success of ...
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Is it a right place for finding the reason of why my post removed? [duplicate]

is it a right place to get a comments on why the answer was removed? I posted a direct link to the product, which is exactly an answer to the question asked here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/...
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Removed post due to “company owner”

Recently I answered a question that was stated on stackoverflow regarding rest documentation. In my answer, I stated the following (quote): "you might also consider ..... It grew from a tool we use ...
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Does posting anonymously violate a site suspension or ban?

Pretty straightforward question, but some of the mods I've asked have been unsure of the answer. I know posting with a sockpuppet account does violate the rules of a site suspension, but what about ...
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Is there really such thing as being punished for “unnecessary down voting”?

Last I night I downvoted a guy's answer because I thought it was wrong and I commented why I thought it was wrong. The guy threatened to report me for "unnecessary down voting". Could I really be ...
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Is it a violation of the rules to ask a programming question that has a really easy answer?

Sometimes when I post questions on Stack Overflow, I think that the solution to the problem is more complicated only to discover that the solution to my problem was a simple error in syntax. Does it ...
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Question format in Stack Overflow [closed]

Are there rules or formats for questions in Stack Overflow? Which words should be avoided?
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Can I publish a copy of my answers in other websites?

I want to publish only and only my own answers (not others') in other websites and in my own website. Is there any site rule preventing this?
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Is commenting/linking “whathaveyoutried.com” spam? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it OK to leave “What have you tried?” comments? Often when someone posts a "Do this for me" question it receives a comment along the lines of What have you ...
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Policy enforcement: time for an SO site for all the things SO isn't? [duplicate]

Like the other "summer of love" posts, this recent SE blog post has elicited a lot of comments about the rules of SO. Reading through the comments, it's striking how divided opinions are, and the ...
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Will deleting a lot of your own answers get you answer banned?

I know that deleting a lot of your own questions will get you banned, but will deleting a lot of your own answers cause a ban? If so what type of ban would it be?
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Win points before asking policy anyone? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Require users to earn some minimum rep before asking questions Ive griped about this before but I'd like to perhaps be constructive: We have perhaps millions at the time of ...
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Can deleting a lot of your bad answers prevent you from being unbanned?

I know that deleting a lot of your bad questions can get you banned, but can deleting a lot of your bad answers prevent you from getting unbanned?
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Is it ok to ask questions about being banned on meta stack overflow?

From reading the faq, there does not seem to be much information on what is OK to talk about on meta Stack Overflow. If my question violates any of the rules here I will gladly delete it. Right now I ...