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I'd suggest a few things. Firstly, remember the question and answer format and don't make it like an ad. So, ask a question as a confused, lost user would, and answer it likewise Secondly, make it clear you work for the company - I notice you have it in your profile, but including it in your answer as well. Third is a general thing. Answers that link to a ...


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I'm glad you asked! This option isn't for you. It's for people who know things. And want to share that knowledge with others. Maybe they've seen a lot of people asking similar questions on a thorny topic, or struggling to diagnose a complicated problem, or just spent hours fighting with a misbehaving hardware - and now they want to save you the trouble of ...


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I realize that downvoting the question because it is unclear, or closing the question because it is to vague is not only an option but Standard Operating Procedure... but does that really help people looking for an answer? Remember that in essence, this is the only kind of feedback we've got. It's often not as bad as you put it. Here on Super User, we don't ...


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On SU at least we expect questions to be answerable without resorting to speculation and wild guesses. This marks an entire area of questions as off-topic. Your question on Security of "How does hashing work?" is off topic here because it is vague and could easily be answered by reading wikipedia. We are not your research buddies, we're here to fix your ...


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I don't think we should act here and enforce one or the other. Considering the relative obscurity of binary prefixes (e.g. KiB for 1024 byte), and the fact that e.g. Windows uses the SI prefixes but means multiples of 1024, it wouldn't actually help any. Most users should be aware of there being a problem in the definition and use of these prefixes, ...


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To start with your initial question: Do you judge a question on the title or on the user's attempts to solve it? You should judge a question on its overall appearance (proper title, formatting, spelling, etc.) and its contents, i.e. showing research effort, being on-topic, reasonably scoped, etc. A good title on its own doesn't make a good question. ...


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The validity of your post is checked once you try to post it. There is no real reason to do the check at a different time and show you an indicator that might simply be incorrect at the time where the validity is actually checked (as it might simply no longer be true at that point). Assuming you wrote a lengthy post, just to be told "You can't post 6 ...


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You no longer can, because everyone can edit your post when necessary and it isn't supposed to be used as a loophole to allow questions that would otherwise be off-topic. Only moderators can manually change it to a community wiki if you insist on having it changed


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Let me quote the FAQ real quick: Super User is for computer enthusiasts and power users. If you have a question about … computer hardware computer software (emphasis mine) … so, yes, your question is on-topic :) And please, don't refrain from asking questions just because they are specific. Just make them good questions that can be useful ...


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There are already 242 notepad++ questions, so yes asking a software-specific question, even about Notepad++ is perfectly on-topic


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You keep hitting on the automatic limits we can't do anything about. No we cannot remove these limits and they are automatic and there's no way to undo them. The official line here is you'll just have to do 5 edits a day and make them good ones. I suspect the edit limit is to keep folk from vandalising their own posts. Fact is, there's no hard and fast ...


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Deleted question for the benefit of low rep users: Why is RAM so much faster? What is determining what data goes to RAM vs the Hard Drive. Such as, when working with a photoshop program, it uses a lot of RAM allowing the program to operate much faster. Secondly, RAM means Random Access Memory - therefore data must be input, stored, processed, then output. ...


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One thing that needs to be kept in mind is that questions need to be accessible for future users as well, so any logs should be put somewhere where it will be accessible for a very long time - thats one reason behind the use of stack.umgur for images. Taking this into view, text based logs are king - they can be read by anyone, they can be permanently ...


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If you want to get up-to-date answers for an old question, you can place a bounty on that question. See: How does the bounty system work? You can enter a message asking users to provide new answers with current information. The question will then appear in the "Featured" tab on the main site and is likely to be seen by more users. This is especially ...


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I like Zoredaches idea of keeping it simple, short and to the point. Get the most important points across quickly. With that in mind, I threw together this quick list of hints: Summary Summarize your whole problem in one sentence. This will be the title of your question. Don't put any OS names in front of the question or stuff like that, leave those ...


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Stackoverflow is for programming issues. One thing to remember though is that questions asking for product recommendations usually get closed, simply because they're off topic, too localized and not constructive. Part of the other SE etiquette is to not cross posts items across sites.


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Balancing between new user friendliness, and keeping our core userbase is one of those very tricky balancing acts for us. I'm not going to make this long - good answers are self contained and supported, and in every example you gave, your answers weren't quite. I'm going to assume a good chunk of your question is venting, and focus on the comments. Quite ...


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Why downvote a question? It causes the user to lose reputation. A question can be downvoted for any reason, or for no reason. However, keep in mind that if downvoting costs you rep, then it also costs rep to the person who did the downvote. So if someone just goes around spamming downvotes every day, they'll have a hard time getting much rep unless they are ...


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It's a perfectly fine question. It's asking how he can convert a video, without someone interrupting him. The top voted answer provided an alternative that didn't involve other software. The answerer just found another issue in the question, that helped him solve the problem. tl:dr The question is perfectly fine.


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It depends on if it's two questions that go hand in hand or really have nothing to do with each other. In the first case, leave it alone. In the second case, try to split it up. Often, when this happens, you have to be quick. Once there are answers, there's rarely a point in editing the question – in that case, vote to close or flag as not a real question. ...


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My personal opinion is that the tag wikis are not pushed hard enough (and this is across ALL the stack sites). If I had the time and the knowledge, I'd go through the tags and add a section marked This is what we need to know in order to answer your question with relevant log file locations, debugging options, etc. Consider, for instance, the plethora of ...


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I suggest that we encourage users to delete their own low quality questions or downvote, if doing so is the best thing for the community. No, what we really should do is getting users to improve their questions. We gain nothing from deleted posts. We do gain a lot from people asking good questions and others posting great answers. Looking at your latest ...


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You can ask and answer your own question. Please make sure you correctly reference any quoted material in your answer. See How to reference material written by others. You must block quote text that has been written by some else. See Markdown help.


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This topic has been done to death via the ask page, and the many other blog articles, meta.stackoverflow.com questions, and other similar meta posts on other sites. I suppose it wouldn't hurt to cover the issue again, but keep in mind that the people that need the the information in the post the most probably won't really read it before posting. So the ...


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Is it by e.g. adding "update sections", where new information is added at the bottom, so the progress is easy to follow, or is it better to just merge the progress into the question itself, keeping it concise and easier for newcomers to read, and returning people will see the markup of the changes anyway? Please do yourself and others a favor and don't add ...


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It's really not sure what the user is trying to ask - and as such I'd actually vote to close as Not a Real Question on Stack Overflow itself. At it's current state, it's definitely not for Super User and even if fixed to some shape, across the lines of how to share code across partitions it isn't really on-topic for Super User


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If you think a question would be more appropriate on another Stack Exchange site, and you've read the other site's help center to ensure it's on-topic, you can flag your post for moderator attention and select the "other" reason, then ask for it to be migrated. Note that posts older than 60 days cannot be migrated, even by moderators. Edit: It appears that ...


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It seems like you are mixing up comments from other users asking or clarification with feedback in the form of up votes or down votes. Rarely can I ask a question or provide some kind of input without someone having a problem with it and it’s getting on my nerves. To me, they all seem like great questions and answers, so I figured you guys must just ...


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For performance reasons, these kinds of checks are performed only at the time you submit a post. It would be too demanding on the servers to check whether you can post a question every time the "Ask Question" page loaded. Furthermore, the data you get don't make sense unless and until you submit your post. Also, try improving your existing questions. ...


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As far as I know, given the FAQ & rules of Super User, this is on-topic, given the use of the general "modern" editor. Personally, I take this to mean configurable, which would likely indicate it has a set of "modern"-esque key bindings (esp. the reference to Common User Access [CUA]). And really, if anyone can find a CLI-based editor which supports ...


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