Questions tagged [support]

Use this tag for requests for assistance with tools and other features on the Stack Exchange Network. This includes understanding how features work and why they work that way, or how to better use them.

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How can I browse community wiki posts?

How can I browse all the questions that are of type 'community wiki'? There are great wiki questions, but it seems the only way to find these questions is to filter by highly voted questions, or ...
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Can I publish some of Stack Overflow's content on my personal blog?

I have a blog on posterous that I use as a bloc-notes-with-bookmarks, everythings I find usefull I put on it as an article. I didn't find this answer in the FAQ or in the privacy policy, so here I am:...
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How did people notice I edited my answer?

I posted an answer a week ago and got several upvotes for it, and it was marked accepted. Today I decided to add something to make it better, so I edited it. I received 2 more upvotes during the next ...
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How can I link to a specific answer?

Is there a permalink I can use for answers/comments?
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What does 'Closed' mean for a question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a “closed” question? How do they work? A recent question of mine was 'Closed' as 'not-programming-related'. I can't seem to find out what this means, and ...
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How do SE sites prevent text formatting/encoding errors from database results?

Stack Exchange sites display the text of questions and answers nicely (i.e. with formatting) from their databases. What technologies are used to display the formatted text? I program with C#; can ...
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Can I add a tag to ignored or interesting by selecting the tag shown below a question?

Can I send a tag shown below a question into the ignored or interesting tags set without having to type the tag into the appropriate text boxes? I can single-click eliminate a tag from either the ...
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How can I avoid the dreaded “Subjective” warning on ServerFault? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does the automatic subjective filter work? What algorithm does StackOverflow use to determine if a question may be subjective? The question you're asking appears ...
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How to search Stack Overflow for string containing < and > characters?

Is it possible to search Stack Overflow for a string containing < and > characters? I'm trying to find questions relating to Where<T> but get told there are no results for WhereT. This ...
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How does comment voting and flagging work?

Comments can now be upvoted and flagged. How do those features work? Do users get rep for their upvoted comments? Do upvoted comments have any effect on comment sorting? And can users see their own ...
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How can I recover a lost account?

How do I log in if my OpenID is not available, or maybe even no longer exists? Can I restore my lost account, or do I need to start over? See also: How can one link/merge/combine/associate two ...
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Which tools and technologies are used to build the Stack Exchange Network?

What tools and technologies are used to build the Stack Exchange Network? See also: Which tools and technologies are used to build Data Explorer? Return to FAQ index
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Reviving old questions [duplicate]

Is it frowned upon to revive old questions if it's not that important? I keep finding really old questions that I could answer, but most of the time my answer is rather trivial and it feels silly to ...
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How are “related” questions selected?

For almost every question there's a list of "related" questions on the right. How are those questions selected? Is it based solely on tags? Can I do anything if I see a question on the list that is ...
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How should duplicate questions be handled?

What should I do when I see a question that is a duplicate of another one? Should I answer it? Should I downvote it? Should I comment? Should I edit the question to indicate it's a duplicate? If I ...
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Answer gets upvoted, questioner thinks it's way off, what is the recourse?

I've asked a question, and an answer that does not address the question at all seems to be getting up voted. I don't understand why it keeps getting voted up. I voted it down and put a comment in ...
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What does Profile > Preferences > I'm open to employers (not recruiters) contacting me do?

In my profile, under the Preferences tab, I have the option: I'm open to employers (not recruiters) contacting me What does this do? What have I opted in to by checking this? What, if anything, ...
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Will editing a question push it back onto the top of the stack?

It seems logical that editing the title of a question (or the tags, by adding one) might push the question back on top of the stack, whereas editing the body of a question would not. Is that the ...
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Is Stack Overflow's content protected?

I mean, can I copy part of the content and put it in a website? Can questions be distributed or published?
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How and when do you decide to answer questions here?

I ask because I would like to start helping out others but when I look at the main page it's not usually something I know. I am a newbie but can answer some questions if I went searching for them but ...
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Etiquette for answering your own question

Often you have a question, you can't find the answer on Stack Overflow so you search for it (or think a bit more). Having found the answer you'd like to keep a record so you can find it again later. ...
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What is the etiquette for correcting old questions with incorrect answers?

What is the etiquette for fixing up questions which have an incorrect answer that is the highest voted answer, or a wrong answer is accepted? Related: Why do incorrect answers keep getting “accepted”?...
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How does the bounty system work?

It's possible to offer and award bounties of reputation on questions. What is a bounty? How can I find questions that have a bounty attached? How do I start a bounty? When can I start a bounty? Why ...
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How are Stack Exchange sites officially branded?

How are sites in the Stack Exchange network, including Stack Overflow, officially branded? How are their names abbreviated? What conventions should be used in the FAQ? Return to FAQ Index
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Are taglines & signatures disallowed?

I recently had a number of my valid answers voted down because people objected to the fact that I added a tagline to the end. The answers were correct for the questions asked and the downvotes were ...
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How do you challenge the closing of one of your questions? [duplicate]

As a newcomer to StackOverflow, I recently asked my first question. I wanted to start with a fairly safe general question, to get the feel for how the site worked. My question was intended to be ...
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Entering complex URLs in Markdown syntax?

Is the problem me, or Stack Overflow? If I post a comment or question with this named link, some text, and then an inline link the preview will show correctly but the actual result is strange. All ...
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Should questions include “tags” in their titles?

I've seen questions edited to remove the language name from the title. Won't search engines - and folks using search engines - have an easier time finding them if these "tags" are kept as part of the ...
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How do I remove an OpenID or login?

How do I remove login credentials (emails or OpenIDs) from my account? For more information, see "How do I add or move login credentials from my account?" in the Help Center. Return to FAQ Index
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RSS feed for responses to your posts

Jan 28 2009: Due to website changes these pipes no longer work, check out https://stackoverflow.com/users/recent/{user-id} (or write a pipe for it). Edit: Thanks to Beau Simensen's answer I've fixed ...
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Who owns the content I post?

Does Stack Exchange own the content that I post? What do I do if I want all of my posts and my user account deleted? Return to FAQ Index
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Browsing through more than one tag on Stack Overflow

I want to browse everything tagged with both [linux] and [performance] on Stack Overflow. How can I do that?
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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?) ¿Necesito hablar en inglés? ?האם אני חייב לכתוב באנגלית Muss ich auf Englisch schreiben? Do I have to use English when posting a question, an answer ...
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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?

What does it mean to accept an answer? How do I accept an answer, and what are the rules? Can I accept my own self-answer? What are the reputation benefits? Which answer should I accept? Should I ...
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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: Is ...
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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?...