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Is it OK to post multiple answers to a question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the official etiquette on answering a question twice? Example scenarios: I answer a question on Monday, then on Wednesday I come up with better, but completely ...
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Are there famous developers using Stack Overflow? [closed]

We know Jeff and Joel use Stack Overflow (obviously), but what other "famous" developers or at least working on popular projects, or important blogs do you know of that are using Stack Overflow? ...
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When is high reputation too high?

Stack Overflow is maturing very nicely. As many people are saying in a recent thread there are numerous good reasons for us all to be here and we're making the most of it. A few moments ago there ...
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Do you google before asking on StackOverflow? [closed]

Duplicate: How to deal with google questions? Do you google for answers to put on SO? There are a few posts which make me wonder if users google first before asking questions on StackOverflow. ...
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Stack Overflow Etiquette for Sharing Files and Resources

What are the rules/etiquette for giving files to other users that relate to a post. I have not seen any ability to add attachments to a post, but sometimes to give help, external files are needed. I ...
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What is the origin of your SO username? [closed]

What is the origin of the name you use on Stack Overflow or if you use your Real Name on Stack Overflow, what's the origin of any online handle you use? Most Popular Reasons Uncontrollable ...
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Do you use Google for answers to put on SO?

Just out of curiosity, for those with answers to mostly everything, are you guys just naturally experienced/talented/knowledgeble/etc.. (by heart and mind), or do you sometimes google for answers to ...
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What is an exact duplicate?

Lately, I've been seeing some pretty liberal definitions of "exact duplicate" in some people closing SO questions. If I recall correctly, Jeff had intended to make it so that there were loose rules ...
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What would you want to see in a Stack Overflow API?

Note: I'm aware of this question, but it's slightly different, and in my view is talking about the Stack Overflow folks coming up with an API themselves. I'm talking about a community-developed one, ...
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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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What Tools Are Used to Capture & Produce the Stack Overflow Podcasts?

First, the podcast content is improving. I'm finding it more and more intriguing in the more recent shows. I'm interested in how you are capturing and producing the casts. On one of the casts it ...
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Are there legitimate programming questions that cannot be answered by facts?

The stackoverflow FAQ says all questions should be: Programming questions, of course! As long as your question is: detailed and specific written clearly and simply of interest to at least one other ...
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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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Can Stack Overflow benefit from some pearls of perlmonk wisdom?

Overview Stack Overflow has just recently come onto my radar screen, but I've been an avid user of perlmonks for a while, as well as a reader and "fan" of many people behind this very site. Because ...
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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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Are Shakespeare's monkeys here?

We've all experienced this issue - we ask a question and immediately get inundated with Shakespeare's monkeys all trying to get the answer right in the shortest time (I swear 50% of Hamlet appeared in ...
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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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Should question titles be phrased as questions? (A straw poll)

Should the titles of Stack Overflow questions be phrased as questions? For example, if I would like to learn good ways to "foo" a "bar", which is a better question title: How do I foo a bar? Fooing ...
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Comments for comments, answers for answers, is it that hard?

I have came across to this situation a couple of times. One guy (or my self) ask something like: How can I delete the whole filesystem in LISP Or Is there a way I can shoot myself in the foot ...
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What is the minimum complexity required for a question in this community?

Here are the two scenarios: I'm too lazy to look up some easy reference online I don't want to bother looking up "all the usual" places before I present my question here. Can I, or should I still ...
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Posting Complete Solutions?

After posting 7 questions on Stack Overflow, and various searching on YouTube and other sites, as well as input from several colleagues, I've been able to solve my issues with PHP, Dreamweaver CS3, ...
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Vendors on Stack Overflow

What is the official policy for Vendors hawking their products as a solution to someones question? Is it encouraged? Discouraged? We have a vendor here: thomas-hansen. Hawking his stuff: aspnet-...
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Why the bias against subjective questions? [duplicate]

It seems more and more lately that people on this site dislike subjective questions, as opposed to ones about narrow, technical topics. I don't understand this. I see two reasons as to why subjective ...
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How should I deal with questions from people who don't know enough to ask?

I've been hanging around C/C++ questions mostly, and I am seeing some questions where the only useful answer is "go take computer science 101" or "go read K&R, and don't come back till you ...
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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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Why do Stackers consistently vote down humorous responses?

I've noticed that humorous responses tend to get voted down quickly and regularly. Typically software developers have a keen sense of humor, and nurture it as a survival instinct. It does not make ...
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When should correct answers get downvoted?

Lately, I've seen quite a few correct answers get downvoted simply because someone didn't think they were the best answer. For example: someone asks for a regular expression to parse a url in their ...
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How to get over 200 reputation points every day [duplicate]

I was watching the top users and saw the honourable Jon Skeet profile with his 136k+ 558k+ 1M reputation. This man has a lot of quality posts and I respect him a lot. He deserves the reputation he has,...
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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 to refer to your blog when answering? [duplicate]

I know that putting a link to your blog in a signature is frowned upon and rightly so. Is it okay to link to your blog in an answer if that blog post answers the question? Are there other situations ...
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Is Tactical Down-Voting ever valid?

Has anyone noticed any tactical downvoting of their, or other people, answers? For example, in a recent answer to a question, my answer described a possible solution. Shortly afterwards, another ...
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How does a stack overflow?

The stackoverflow.com logo suggests a certain description of a stack overflow. I don't mean to say that logos must be correct in what they depict. The logo is perfectly all right as a logo. But how ...
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When do YOU post a question to Stack Overflow?

At the risk of suggesting a topic (such as politics, religion or sex) that is better left discussed in a private forum... When do you post a question to Stack Overflow? Do you RTFM first? ...
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“Community Wiki” and SO meta-discussion

As of 12:30 EST on November 15th, there were 30,658 registered users of Stack Overflow, of whom 1,458 had at least a 750 reputation and could therefore edit Community Wiki posts. I suggest that if ...
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What's the incentive to answer questions?

I am still new to this website but I am curious, what is the incentive for people to answer questions? It seems like there is a much higher time effort of people to answering versus asking, which ...
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Has SO become Cliffs Notes/Do My homework site for CS students [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to ask and answer homework questions? I started to answer a question, then stopped because it looks like a homework assignment. What is the proper etiquette/response? ...
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Why do incorrect answers keep getting “accepted”?

Seeing incorrect answers get "accepted" makes me seriously doubt the value of Stack Overflow. For example, this answer about Perl's symbolic references was accepted - but any competent Perl programmer ...
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Using Stack Overflow to track language popularity

I thought it would be a good idea to track a programming language's popularity by looking at Stack Overflow. I took 20 languages and counted the number of questions per language and put the results up ...
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What's the incentive to answer old/inactive questions?

I find myself going back through old questions periodically, and I occasionally come across questions on which I feel I can share some insight. My question is: why bother? If the question is old and ...
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Stack Overflow as a reference in a professional paper/presentation

Suppose I'm doing an academic paper, journal article, or other professional presentation. Would you say that it would be possible to use Stack Overflow as a reference? Of course I'm pretty sure ...
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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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What is the policy on signatures and links in answers? [duplicate]

This is a general policy/netiquette question for the sites? Some people like to include 'signatures' in their answers But signatures are redundant, since the poster's gravatar is already on each ...
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Why are non-programming related questions being voted down? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why the bias against subjective questions? I think it's kind of silly to vote down a non-programming question when it is still highly technical in nature. This seems like a ...
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What to do when a user deletes all their questions and answers?

A Stack Overflow user seems to have deleted all his questions and answers. He had more than 100 answers to other people's questions. Some of his answers had more than 10 upvotes. I already recovered ...
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Criteria for up-voting

In what seems to be a blatant violation of Sturgeon's Law, most of the answers on StackOverflow are clear, thoughtful, polite and accurate. This may be largely due to the self-correcting nature of ...
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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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What is the point of voting up a question?

I totally get how upvoting good answers makes the whole site work. But what is the point of upvoting a question? Relatedly, for what criteria are we meant to vote a question up? Is a well written ...
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How much total time and resources did it take to develop stackoverflow.com?

How much total time and resources did it take to develop stackoverflow.com? This is a great application that sets the bar for the rest of 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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Localized versions of Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

I don't think Stack Overflow should allow questions in other languages, do they? I often hear comments like "I wish we had Stack Overflow in our language". Are there any plans to make Stack Overflow ...

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