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This is my favorite time when it pops up. When I want to start an answer on SO with a code-block so I hit the built in button for creating a code-block and..... get an error message. I love SE but this is really, really annoying.


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Yes, foreign words/phrases should be edited out of all posts. This is an English-speaking site, and all content is expected to be in English—including comments! Please don't take it as an insult that someone has edited it out; it's not meant that way. We're not trying to disparage your culture or imply that the English language is somehow superior. But in ...


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The thing is, it's calculated on the fly, for performance reasons. We don't know in advance if we should disable the form. What might be a good compromise is waiting until you start typing, where the editor heartbeat / draft saving start kicking in, and quickly notifying you that we can't accept the answer. But that's better perhaps .. only marginally? ...


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Note that it takes only a very small reputation in order to post multiple links. It's pretty easy for any legit user to cross that threshold, but would be more difficult for someone signing up for throw-away accounts just to spray links around. I agree that it's an annoyance, but it's an annoyance which keeps spammers at bay.


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If you've gotten answers, definitely do not edit the question to change it like this. This is generally considered rude; it can completely wipe out all the work that people spent answering the question. Minor edits are fine, but if someone would have to substantially rewrite their answer to suit the new question, that's not okay. In this case, I would ...


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Stack Overflow (and all other sites in the SE network) are more strict because the goal of all these sites is to build up a collection of valuable knowledge for future visitors to read and learn from. For that reason the quality standards on the sites are rather high and content or behavior that is deemed not to be a good fit for that goal is moderated ...


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This function does not, as yet, exist in Stack Overflow. Nor can I imagine it ever will, mainly because I can't see any advantages to the submit-by-email approach. I do, however, see at least one large disadvantage to such a system in that when you present a question we expect it to be well-researched and, for research purposes, your browser is the better ...


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I don't think the problem is the German per se. It's just that phrases such as 'thanks in advance', 'hope that helps', 'hi everybody' are considered noise because they don't contain any information relevant to the question being asked/answered.


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The filter is intended only to encourage users to re-think their title. It is not intended to fully stop the use of the word "problem" in the title. Were we to fanatically pursue filter perfection in this regard, we would be working endlessly because we, as programmers, are pretty good at finding corner cases. It's not worth it, since the only time this ...


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I'm not sure this had anything to do with the phrase being German. "Useless" courtesies like "Please", "Thank you" and "Hope that helped" are often edited out of questions and answers. We don't tolerate politeness around here.


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I've tried that; it works, sort of… but it isn't really a good practice. The problem is that when you post a question or an answer, the question is listed or bumped to the top of the front page and question lists. However, when you delete that post, it continues to be listed on those pages, even though you deleted it, sometimes for hours (blame it on ...


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Most likely this is a case where the original author of the post asked to have the post disassociated with his account. Post dissociation is a right that every post author has under the CC-by-SA license.


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Tell me when I cannot post BEFORE I start typing and then click post I believe your main request has (understandably) frustrated words. Because there is a great deal of scope "before you start typing" to know what you mean: As soon as you load the post After X seconds When you hover over the post (even then you might just be moving the mouse with no ...


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The main issue is that Markdown parser can sometimes be a bit fragile when it comes to lists and block quotes, because the boundaries aren't as well-terminated as, say, code blocks. Barring a fix, the user-side resolution of the problem is to make the parser's job as easy as possible, which in your case would have involved the Markdown: - > does ...


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That's not a good idea. homework is the exception, not the rule. Ideally all questions should be held to the same standards, regardless of the level of expertise they have on the topics they are asking about. We do have a lower limit, if the answer can be found with a simple web search, it's not suitable for Stack Overflow. Other than that, if the question ...


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Drafts are auto-saved. Try this: Click Ask Question Write something into the question field Click outside the field to blur, and wait a few seconds (not sure this is needed) Close the window Open the site in a new window, and click ask question again. Your draft should be there.


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I think your problem might be the facsimile of the GUI. Single space line breaks do not function normally in the Stack Exchange editor. You need to either put 2 spaces after each line to get the single space line break or try putting it in a code block. It's not truly code, but it is close enough to code that no one should object. I'm suggesting changing:...


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For Stack Overflow, we should consider white-listing documentation websites such as MSDN as being exempt from the new user link limit. It is pretty obvious a link to MSDN can't be spam, and we already have other counter-measures for link only answers. Plus, from an implementation details perspective we sort of have a precedent: Stack Overflow has a list of "...


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One of your screenshots says how to fix the problem: Please indent all code by 4 spaces using the code toolbar button or the CTRL+K keyboard shortcut They look similar, but there's a difference between a blockquote, which starts with a >: blockquote and a code block, which starts with four spaces: code block If you need to add two spaces to the ...


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When you write an answer, Stack Exchange saves a draft after X minutes. When this happens, Stack Exchange gives you the "draft saved" message right under the text area used to enter the answer text; it is visible until you don't press a key on your keyboard to continue to write your answer. Then, the "discard" link is shown close to the "Post Your ...


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From the accepted answer to the question: If you start asking a question, but do not successfully submit, you will see your last saved question draft the next time you visit the ask a question page. The feature is not for multiple drafts, but a draft for the current (and only) question.


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My answer needs many links to the appropriate MSDN articles. Then that's your problem. If your answer needs that many links, then your answer isn't stand-alone. We like answers to be able to speak for themselves; answers that are nothing more than links to the appropriate documentation elsewhere don't qualify. Links as supplemental information is nice. But ...


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First, check whether the site you're posting on actually supports MathJax: Which Stack Exchange sites use MathJax? There's a tutorial/reference guide on Mathematics Meta; there you will find how to produce the right symbols and formatting: MathJax basic tutorial and quick reference. If MathJax is not enabled on the site, you can simulate a fraction of it ...


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In general, it happens almost immediately. This is probably not the problem you are seeing.


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This is fixed now. Error messages are now de-duped prior to display.


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The Ask Different site is a end user Q&A site. Questions about developing software for the Apple platform are on-topic for Stack Overflow, and not for Ask Different. You need to check out the FAQ for each individual site to see what is considered on topic there. There is no hard and fast rule. From the Ask Different FAQ for example: Ask Different is ...


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Instead of tackling your specific six questions (many of which are answered elsewhere), here are some things that I think will help overall. Lurk more, post less. When you're new to a community like SO, it's often a good idea to observe the members in action for a while before jumping into the fray yourself. Watching other people helps you to learn what ...


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I think it's reasonable of filter designers to expect that most users capable of exploiting advanced trick like that are also capable of finding better alternatives. Using your example, as a regular (non-moderator) user, I would prefer other, simpler and more straightforward way to handle this problem than messing with special characters: In my ...


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