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Questions tagged [support]

A request for assistance with one of the site's features, or a question where you're expecting a concrete answer, and not discussion. If your question is not reporting a bug, requesting a new feature, or soliciting opinionated discussion, this tag is probably the right one.

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How does the SO voter fraud detection mechanism work? [duplicate]

A recent post on the Stack Overflow blog (Voter Fraud and You) states that the Stack Overflow team has implemented a voter fraud detection mechanism. I look at the user board and noticed at least one ...
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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 ...
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Do posts have to be in English on Stack Exchange?

Otherwise known as 必须用英语吗?(is English required?) Do I have to use English when posting a question or answer on a Stack Exchange site? Return to FAQ Index
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Denoting keyboard shortcuts in Stack Exchange posts

What is the recommended method/syntax for denoting keyboard shortcuts in Stack Exchange questions and answers? For example, how would you write the following in a less verbose manner? Press ctrl, ...
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How do I know what the down votes were for?

I notice that I have been hit by 3 down votes. Clearly some people do not like my ideas and I would like to know which ideas people did not like so I can learn from my mistakes. Is there a way to ...
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How do I close my own question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a “closed” question in Stack Overflow? How do they work? Motives aside, I want to close some of my questions. Many of which have answers. Could someone ...
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How can I see only my interesting tags in Stack Overflow's list of questions?

As you know, in your user preferences, you can hide ignored tags. This is good, but I don't want to put all the tags I am not interested in. Perhaps there are too many in total, or perhaps I am only ...
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Who gets the credit for modified posts?

I'm a new user of StackOverflow. I posted an answer to a question and then someone went in and modified my answer, cleaning it up and fixing a typo. That was very nice of them, not a problem. What I ...
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View or search for unanswered questions with a certain tag

How do I view unanswered questions with a certain tag? How do I search for unanswered questions with a specific tag (or tags)? Return to FAQ index
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How does accepting an answer work?

How does accepting an answer work? When should I do it? Why can't I accept my own answers right away? Which answer should I accept? For more information, see "What should I do when someone answers ...
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How is the default user avatar generated?

Is there a name for the default avatars that are generated for users who do not assign one themselves? Not the avatar of the blank user, but the one made up of shards, shapes, and colours: ...
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How do I format my code blocks?

How do I post text so that it is formatted as code? What do I need to do so that my code shows up properly — not escaped or removed — when posted? And how to get the correct syntax ...
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Who is the Community user?

I see the Community user on the user page. It seems to edit posts sometimes. What is it? And why has it downvoted over 1800 times? See also: What are “Community Wiki” posts? Return to FAQ Index
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Should tags use dashes camel case or underscores? Should they be singular or plural? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I correctly tag my questions? Have you looked at the state of tags lately? Multiple versions of the same tag that are camel cased, use underscores or dashes, with both ...
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How to earn the Self Learner badge?

We're encouraged to answer our own posts, yet we cannot answer our own questions. [At the time this question was asked, that second link said "You cannot accept your own answer to a question." –...
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Should I edit a question or answer with offensive content? [duplicate]

Occasionally, I will see a post that has PG (or even PG-13) rated content. The offensive flag can be applied to these posts. Should I wait for the community to declare it offensive and have the post ...
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What third-party tools are there for the trilogy websites?

What third-party tools, plugins, addons, widgets are there for the trilogy websites? Return to FAQ index
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How can we get rid of misspelled and unused (or “zombie”) tags?

During the re-tagging of questions, tags sometimes become orphaned from existing questions. Are these zombie tags ever removed from the tags list? What if a tag is misspelled and needs to be removed?...
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How do I correctly tag my questions?

Here are some tips for tagging questions. These guidelines will help you more accurately tag your questions, which in turn will help them get more attention and lead to better answers faster. For ...
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How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion?

What circumstances can cause a question or answer to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? How can a post be deleted? When can't I delete my own post? Can I still see my post even after it's ...
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What are the limits on how I can cast, change, and retract votes?

What limits are there on how I can vote? How often can I vote? How do my votes become locked/unlocked? Return to FAQ index
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Why does the “Unanswered Questions” tab show questions that have answers?

Why does the "Unanswered Questions" tab show questions that have answers? Return to FAQ index
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What do “watched tags” and “ignored tags” do?

What are watched tags and ignored tags? How do they work? What are tag subscriptions? What are interesting tags? On Stack Overflow, the content of the main page question list appears to be influenced ...
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How do I search for questions with (or without) specific tags?

How do I search for questions with specific tags? How do I search for questions that have specific tags? How do I search for questions that contain specific text, as well as specific tags? Are there ...
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Links to URLs containing parentheses

How do I add a link to a URL containing parentheses () (or "round brackets" by heathens)? For example: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa752574(VS.85).aspx The parentheses around "VS.85" ...
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What are the rules on using the Stack Overflow logo?

I want to use the Stack Overflow logo as an image on a blog post about this site. What are the rules on using it? Can I use it in any way? Can I chop the words out and just use the image, or must I ...
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Why did my reputation go up?

Is there a way to tell why my reputation has changed? Overnight I gained reputation, and I'm wondering how I could find out which answers and questions got down and upvoted.
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Should an answer that encourages illegal activity be marked as “Offensive”?

If I see an answer that involves some illegal activity, such as breaking license agreements, should I then mark this as Offensive or should I simply down-vote it?
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Answer or comment: what's the etiquette?

I very often see comments about a question posted as answers, e.g., "format it this way" or "why don't you post it over here". I think this practice clogs up the answers and the comment feature is ...
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If you are not satisfied with answers on someone else's question, should you ask your own?

Suppose you had a question, and you really want a good answer that would solve your problem, but noticed it was already asked by someone else. Now, a lot of answers had been posted and upvoted, and ...
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How should a SO answer be credited when used in an open-source project?

I've looked through a few of the questions about the licensing of posts on SO, but haven't found any really satisfactory answers. Can an answer be used in an open source project (with an MIT license)? ...
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Is there a way to contact another member of stack overflow? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Any way to send a personal message to another user? How do I contact other users? I've asked a very difficult question about javascript on IE, and haven't been able to get ...
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Creative Commons attribution and copycat sites

Using a Creative Commons license means anyone can take this content and republish it on the web. Will our usernames be also republished? (I guess the answer is yes!) What's to stop someone from ...
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How does the “rude or abusive” flag work? [duplicate]

It is possible to flag a post as “rude or abusive” (formerly “offensive”). What is the effect of the “rude or abusive” flag? When should the “rude or abusive” flag be used? Is there any way to remove ...
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How do “badges” work?

What are badges? How do users get badges? How can users get tag badges? What can cause a badge to be lost/revoked/taken away after it is awarded? How can I suggest a new badge? For more information,...
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How do comments work?

Across the Stack Exchange network you may leave comments on a question or answer. How do comments work? Who can post comments? Who can edit comments? How can I format and link in comments? Who can ...
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How does “Reputation” work?

On Stack Exchange, users may gain a certain level of reputation. What does reputation do? How can a user gain or lose reputation? See also What is reputation? How do I earn (and lose) it? ...
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How does editing work?

It is possible for users to edit an existing post. How do edits work? Who may edit a question or answer? How can you tell what has been changed between edits? For more information, see "Why can ...
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Flagging a post for moderator review

Suppose I want to have someone with moderator abilities review a post. What would be the best way to flag this? Is there already some standard way to do this that I don't know about? For more ...
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Do I have to worry about copyright issues for code posted on Stack Overflow?

I was wondering about the copyright of code snippets from answers. Let's say you ask a question and the solution consists of ten lines of code, which are given in an answer. Are there any restrictions ...
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What is a “locked” post?

A post can be locked. What does it mean to lock a post? Who can lock a post? When should a post be locked? Return to FAQ index
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What are “Community Wiki” posts?

Some questions and answers are marked Community Wiki and are owned by a community wiki user: (in fact, this very question is one of them) Why have Community Wiki posts? How do Community Wiki ...
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What is a “closed”, “on hold”, or “duplicate” question?

Questions can be put on hold, closed, or marked as duplicate. What does it mean for a question to be closed or “on hold”? What does it mean for a question to be "marked as duplicate"? Who can put a ...
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How should we deal with Google questions?

I've seen a lot of questions that can be answered with a simple Google search. For these questions, an answer can be found by just cut'n'pasting the question directly into the Google search field and ...
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Regenerate the automatic avatar

How do I regenerate the little random geometric avatar it produced for me? Mine is a bit ugly.
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Filtering questions by multiple tags

I know you can select a tag and then click on unanswered to view the unanswered questions for that tag. But is there a way to view questions only for a certain set of tags > 1 tag? Mainly I'd like ...
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How can one link / merge / combine / associate two accounts / users? (Anonymous / unregistered / cookie, or OpenID / registered)

I accidentally posted a question without being logged in. Is there a way to associate that question with my account? Return to FAQ Index For more information, visit "I accidentally created two ...
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How do I mention my own products in answers? [duplicate]

Twice now I've seen questions on Stack Overflow where one of my company's products might provide an answer to the question. One was a slightly vague connection about object-relational mapping, but ...
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Etiquette for voting to close your own questions

For all of my questions I have received great answers. I have implemented the answers in code and they work. I now feel compelled to vote to close the questions because I don't believe there are more ...
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How do I get attention for one of my own questions without a good answer?

I asked a question almost as soon as I got my account. I got a few decent answers, but none of them helped solve my problem. The question has long since become buried by newer questions, and there's ...