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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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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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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. Quite ...


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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 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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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 a ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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You also have 8 deleted questions with downvotes, which count against the limit. Its automatic, and there's not much that can be done about it.


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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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You can start by taking the tour. It will show you how things work here. Then you should read the help centre. Specifically the following pages should be looked at: What topics can I ask here? What types of questions should I avoid asking? How do I ask a good question? How do I write a good answer?


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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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The bounty process is set up in the way it is and it will probably not be changed any time soon. If there is no new answer to the question you put a bounty on, then you will get the bounty refunded. If someone posts an answer and it receives at least 2 upvotes, then the author of that answer will receive half the bounty or the full bounty if you manually ...


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No, not really. I've actually had similar issues with an answer in the past - I ended up posting a low bounty, then promising a higher bounty once answered. Obviously its on a honour system, and you're going to have to follow up (and It was a special case) but thats one way to handle it.


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Well, it all boils down to site culture. There's two aspects at play here on the sites you've mentioned. The sites where you've had more success in asking question seem to be more domain specific - theoretical questions work better there. On the other hand SU is more general. As for specific questions - I've taken a look at the 3 questions on your profile. ...


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Posting lots of questions in a short time is an edge case. While its terribly exciting to find the stackexchange ecosystem, after a while a lot of users find that its also useful as a resource for looking up information, and that answering questions is a lot more fun and rewarding. I mean this without meaning any offence, but I notice you haven't read all ...


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If your question really is better or different, just ask it. You can reference the older question while explaining why yours is different/better. If you can make a good case, you'll likely be golden. You've already written up a new question? What's the worst that can happen :)


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Editing the original question to make it better (expanding, clarifying, etc., without changing it's intent) is another good way to get it more attention, and possibly more answers.


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Always provide LOTS of details when asking a question. No detail is irrelevant. Far too often I see questions with not enough detail to get a good answer, but never have I seen a question that includes too many details. (Example of "no detail is irrelevant": I heard about a video-processing system that would intermittently fail while in development. ...


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Put yourself into the position of a visitor who has the same problem as you and stumbles across your question on Super User. Now, in order for them to understand whom you're addressing, they would have to read all answers first. I guess it would make more sense if you simply stated what didn't work, without mentioning a particular user. It's not like they'...


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@Jody / user862589: In the unlikely event that you’re still monitoring this thread: Searching Super User’s knowledgebase would be an example of doing research.  When you post a question, you force people to take time to read it, understand it, and react to it.  People resent being asked to spend more time on a question than the asker (you) did. Super User ...


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