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I have to agree with Oliver there. Generally, those kinds of users who post egregriously low quality stuff are also the ones who skip past the guides you put in their way. The How to Ask page is not mandatory, so you'd have to actively click and read through it. Posts in all caps lock are very rarely found. And I would assume that any reasonable person ...


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Well, this is an exercise in futility, because users don’t read.  But, as an exercise, here’s a collection of some of my pet peeves: Questions should include any essential information about your problem – it helps others work out solutions to your problem.1 If you want help with something that failed, describe how it failed.  If you got an error message, ...


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Guess we forgot to update it.. I've set to a question from Super User now. Probably can change it to something else in required


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(My other post was closed as a duplicate, so I'm forced to copy it here.) Are on/off-topic rules not clear enough? The help page What topics can I ask about here? contains a vague list of subjects that are on- or off-topic. This list is the guide-line for us all, but it leaves many gray areas. For example: Electronic devices are off-topic, but then what ...


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You lose the bounty. In a practical sense, you're 'paying' for the attention with reputation. If there's no answers, the reputation gets awarded to no one. The automatic bounty is to make it fair for people who post good answers to get the bounty, and if the OP happens to not award the reputation. And well, sometimes you award a bounty because its a hard ...


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There are actually checks in place to block these. However, some still get through. Amazingly, folks who write ALL IN CAPS can be quite resistant to subtle hints that what they're writing is cripplingly bad and they should stop. We're working on systems to beef up some of these checks, and should start rolling them out in the next few weeks, but in any ...


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The "How to ask" pages are shared between all the SE sites, just branded differently with the site's colors, logos, etc. Private Beta refers to one of the stages a site suggested by the Area 51 process before it graduates to a full-fledged site. Super User is not in private beta, of course. Perhaps it's worth raising an improvement request on MSE to remove ...


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SU was always meant to be a bit of a broader site - but not overlapping with SO and not much with SF. Its worth remembering SU was always meant to be the "PC" site - we included tablets cause of windows 8 on arm (and modern windows on a tablet form factor isn't that different from windows on a PC) - there's a meta discussion on that. Phones have ...


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I like most of these, not all. I do think some wording changes may be nice. Apply appropriate tags as needed. This helps users who may specialize in that tag find them. If a question involves any hardware issues, provide relevant information (Eg: If your question is about a graphics issue, provide video card type, video drivers and anything related to it) ...


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While we're at it, here's a list of other things to add to the "How to Ask" page and reminder text: Don't type your question with alternating caps, like mY cOmPuTeR iS rUiNiNg My LiFe! HaLp! Don't use 0s for os, 1s for is, 3s for es, and 7s for ts, like 1 h4ve l1nux 7r0ubl3 guyz, 4 r34l Avoid using more than one exclamation point or question mark at ...


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We also need a description of the forum that is easily accessible. Its not clear where to find out the subject matter of a particular forum. Eg what is 'superuser'? Where do I quickly find out the official subject matter for the forum without having to guess by reading some random questions. If I wasn't a developer, I wouldn't know what 'stackoverflow' means....


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BTW in the case it's confirmed that I'll not get my rep back if no bounty is awarded, I'd be curious to get some explanation about this rule, which seems pretty hard and not really fair. You were told the reputation could not and would not be returned. When you clicked "start a bounty" this is what was displayed: offer 50 of my own reputation for an ...


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TL;DR: The site relies on discussion in Meta for clarification and detail. The help section sort of points people there for clarification, but new users rarely look at the Help Section let alone go searching Meta. Even many experienced users don't spend time researching what's available in Meta. To make matters worse, much of the Meta clarification isn't ...


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Someone ironically (or unironically?) our standard poor quality question mod message has a lot of what you need. An overview of how our system works A brief guide on how to ask questions A short summary of questions we permit Help on formatting your questions I'd start by saying a good question gives the person reading it enough information to make a ...


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If by "this app" you mean Stack Overflow, see: site tour: https://superuser.com/tour help pages: https://superuser.com/help/asking the meta forum: https://meta.superuser.com/ Note that Stack Overflow is a sub-site of the overall Stack Exchange site. Every sub-site has its own rules and guidelines, so visit their websites before posting.


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