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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The question should appear pretty much immediately. If you don't see it in any of the question lists, you can find it listed in your own question list on your profile page. It seems you don't have any (non-deleted) posts with that title. Are you sure you actually posted the question, and didn't get any kind of error when submitting 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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For a general answer, a good place to look for why your post might be tripping the "code formatting" filter is this Programmers.SE question: Simple method for reliably detecting code in text? That's a question Jeff Atwood (co-founder of Stack Exchange) asked when they were implementing this feature. It looks like your data (that you have in blockquote ...


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There is a visible error, it's just a little hard to see. This is what I assume your screen looked like: Turns out there actually is an error here. Somewhere. Good luck hunting for it. :-) It took me a while of staring at this screen to find the error. It's hidden on the right. Blended in with the Careers 2.0 ad. I think this error message ...


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One workaround when posting your first answer is to cite sources using something other than clickable hyperlinks. Cite the title, author, website name,[1] and other information sufficient to locate each source in plain text. This should help readers locate a particular page on MSDN[2] even after MSDN reorganizes its URLs as it does often.[3][4] Then after ...


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The easiest way is not to use HTML, but Markdown: [the title of the link](http://the.website.com/you-want-to-link-to) This will result in the title of the link HTML works as well, but is more complicated: <a href="http://the.website.com/you-want-to-link-to">the title of the link</a> results in the title of the link


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First, post a question on the site's own Meta to make sure the rest of the community agrees with you. Be sure to provide several examples from posts which would benefit from this feature. Second, enabling features like this comes with a performance penalty for all Q&A pages on the site, not just those with videos. Therefore, the Community Managers may ...


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The example you have shown uses a code block - that is, four spaces at the start of each line. From there, you can take advantage of the monospace font in the textarea to lay things out how you want, just make sure to double-check in the preview before posting!


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The proper response to this situation varies widely based on the circumstances and timing. Your premised is based on the idea that "X" copied the answer from "Y" and added it to his post, But how do you know that happened? Word-for-word copying is obviously a good sign, but what if the wording isn't exact or isn't similar at all? How do you know that "Y"...


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