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The primary goal/vision around here was (or is, depending on who you ask): to create high quality content for future readers on scale. Sure: the rules that were derived from to enable that goal make it hard for new users to ask "good" "on topic" questions. Even experienced users have problems with that (my personal two cent: I found it much harder to get to ...


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If a question can not be answered within site rules, it is more efficient to lock the question than deleting each individual answer. Locking the question also communicates to the question author why they are not getting an answer. And of course we have rules for answers. It's just they are not broken nearly as often (among other things because people ...


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These rules are mostly about protecting the question asker and to some extent the rest of the community as a whole. Other related issues are prohibitions on personal medical advice and homework help that would allow a student to complete an assignment without actually learning anything. Two related answers: If we allow these questions to remain open, they ...


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This is what the Help Center says: How do I ask a good question? We’d love to help you. To improve your chances of getting an answer, here are some tips: Search, and research Have you thoroughly searched for an answer before asking your question? Sharing your research helps everyone. Tell us what you found and why it didn’t meet your needs. ...


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In addition to the other answers, that all make fair points: ideally, ask for advice right there, with your specific question. You see, the theoretical rules and practices are all good to know (such as that neat refactor early, refactor often), but in the end, it is always a case by case thing. For example, sometimes a more experienced user might edit ...


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If there are existing answers, and not just comments, then whatever edits you make must not invalidate any of them that have a net upvote (i.e. answers deemed useful by the site’s community). If they do, then it would be fair to see them rolled back because those answerers have attempted to understand your question and provided an answer in good faith. If ...


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In such a case, would I start a completely new question "take #2", perhaps with a pointer to the old, confusing question? No, the edit feature exists for a reason. Or adding a comment and clarifying. One problem with comments is that they have a size limitation and only limited formatting (no math formulae etc.) and that it's hard to find in the cloud of ...


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Meta is not a...usual site. It's a little difficult to those uninitiated in its mysteries (but those are no secret), but fundamentally, it's a site for questions about the Stack Exchange network of sites. It's also, in a sense, a place for announcements, and other information that the community as a whole would be interested in. Considering the...less than ...


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The best way to thank someone for a good answer is to upvote it. The same for questions. Accepting a great answer to your question is also a good way to express gratitude. You can also assign bonuses if you've got enough rep. The reason we don't expect thanks in comment / questions is that they're a distraction from the main purpose of this site, which is ...


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What you linked to: "Thank you, Robert Cartaino" is a thank you to a departing employee. Technically (strictly) speaking thank you comments are against site policy; but many enjoy receiving them all the same. The correct procedure is an upvote, accept, or manually award a bounty to a specific answer. That post is quite different. Some have received an ...


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I will leave an answer here for others with the same question. Stack Exchange has a site for English language learners! If there is something in the answer to your question that you can't figure out, you can get help there. Also, if you aren't sure about a word or phrase, to get your question across, you can also ask for help with that at ELL. Stack ...


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