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Two things - it's on the hot network question list, and it's on Hacker News. It's also the sort of thing that geeks find hilarious. I'd add it doesn't have one answer - we've occasionally had to shove a few bad answers out the airlock. These things just occasionally happen ;)


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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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You can go to http://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com and ask! Software Recommendations is a Stack Exchange QA site designed specifically for this type of questions. Questions should include as many requirements as possible, be sure to also describe exactly what you want to achieve, your final goal.


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What is "obvious" or "stupid" is really dependent on the reader. What might be obvious (and thus a stupid question) to you, might not be for me. Some people may say that a question is stupid only because the answer could be easily found by asking a search engine. Which is ridiculous, because we want people to find Super User through said search engine (...


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Your questions are relatively simple in the context of what the core content is but difficult to read and understand at first glance. I personally think the mixed formatting of your questions — with seemingly randomized bolding and italicization as well as unnecessary headers — makes me not even want to read the question. First off, I answer and participate ...


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Technically you can get the Tumbleweed badge for a number of reasons, not all of which are contingent upon you asking bad questions: Asking them at the wrong time, so they get pushed off the front-page and nobody sees them Tons of other editing/review activity goes on whenever your question gets promoted to the front page, so it doesn't get to stay there ...


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I posted the toaster question as I genuinely wanted to know what was going on with the toaster icon and was completely confused by it. I'd googled around a bunch for it but couldn't find anything about it at the time. About half an hour after posting it I found someone else with the same question on Microsoft's own support site but no proper answer as to ...


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I often ask niche or difficult questions, and I often get tumbleweed badges. Part of the formula is low views, so I see them mostly as a useful notification that very few people are looking at my question and that I might therefore need to do more to get it seen. Ways in which I've responded to Tumbleweed before: Migrating questions to a different site. ...


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From my experience on StackOverflow, and a bit on Bicycle Stack Exchange & Cryptography Stack Exchange, responses are unexpectedly fast and helpful. However, in spite of my best efforts with SU , I am having no such luck. My questions appear to be being ignored. Well, the most common response time to a question here is no more than 5 minutes: This is ...


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This question already has a couple of answers, and is closed as "too broad". If you later understood that the issue is different enough to invalidate the current answers, I'd post a new question. Additionally, I'd mention the current question in the new one - "I recently asked about X and was helped by the answers I've got, but recently understood the ...


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Source How do I write a good answer? Provide context for links Links to external resources are encouraged, but please add context around the link so your fellow users will have some idea what it is and why it’s there. Always quote the most relevant part of an important link, in case the target site is unreachable or goes permanently offline. ...


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For me, it comes down to how drastically the OP edited their question. Since the "spectrum" of possible edit-changeiness (how much the content of the question was edited) is infinite in a continuum, I'll break it down into three rough categories: A little tweak in the question that (one would hope) requires just a little tweak or added paragraph ...


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Do it if it gets the same information you were originally looking for: How to fix problem X. Looking at the comments, you mention something that is very crucial to addressing the original issue, and that should definitely be edited into your question. But yes, you are free to edit your question to add clarifying information that would help people look at ...


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After a lot of thinking - My opinion is that its actually going to be a lot simpler to have a canonical answer posted with a hypothetical or real case (I'm sure we can find one!) of someone needing to do this, picking it, and making it a community FAQ. While I do suppose we could use our decision on hackintoshes as precedent having a single answer that ...


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I see that there are already a few answers to this post, however, I think it is worth mentioning my opinion which, I admit, is very generous. First, realize that the internet is FILLED with all types of people and you will not believe the level of people that can stumble on a place like this, stumble through the account creation process and, 3 hours later, ...


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Unfortunately, they don't get removed unless there's a very good reason (i.e. obvious spam, sock puppet used for voting irregularities, etc). We appreciate content, and with the CC-WIKI license of all the stuff you post, it belongs to Stack Exchange Inc. and the world! If it is potentially helpful, it will stay on the site. If it's blatantly unuseful, then ...


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We like canonical and complete answers and I personally don't see any reason for it to be classed as off topic as such. Typically a question and answer should be short and to the point, but a canonical answer detailing how to do something properly and succinctly is always appreciated. One thing to keep in mind though is whether or not you need to update it ...


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In addition to those two sources mentioned by Journeyman Geek, this question has also appeared on reddit, under the /r/sysadmin sub amongst others. That subreddit alone drew at least 10,000 individual visits.


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Allquixotic's answer is good, but I would look at his middle case a little differently. These tend to fall in two categories: The original question was not worded well. The edit clarifies what was intended and is consistent with the original wording potentially having meant that. After getting some input, the OP decides he really should have asked a ...


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Primarily opinion based in my opinion, even as a CW. Its polling for reasons, which can range from "I want to run old games" to "I have old hardware that won't run on anything else" to its a running joke (like my OS/2 VM). The best place for this would be comments and/or chat. Digital obsolence on its own could be a better question if the question needed a ...


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I can imagine a few reasons: High reputation users have acquired a lot of knowledge—not only in a technical sense, but knowledge that helps them find an answer to their own problems more quickly. Writing good answers requires thorough research, and after contributing hundreds of answers you might be more efficient at solving your own problems, hence no need ...


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There really isn't any policy on this. Just note that content is licensed under cc-by-sa, but Stack Exchange additionally requires you to: (…) attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (…) So if you quote (or copy without using visual indication of a quote) content from a Stack Exchange site, you should at the very least ...


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No, it is absolutely possible to answer a whole lot of questions about advantages of X without resorting to opinion. See examples here: http://www.slf4j.org/faq.html#declared_static This is at least one order of magnitude more constructive than scouring the stack* for something that can be closed.


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It's a matter of politeness more than 'is it right'. I'm encouraging ramhound to post an answer since he comments lots and answers less than he should ;p. However, it should be entirely fine, most of the time to post your own, detailed correct answer.


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Some PC based applications such as the built-in calendar, mail and other applications can connect to web-apps in order to show your online calendars in a system native, and therefore more intuitive, view. Those applications would definitely be on-topic on Super User and to help narrow down where the problem lies it can be beneficial to know where those ...


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This encourages others to post alternative solutions (or at least doesn't discourage them like an already accepted answer would). Source: Wait 48 hours. You must wait 2 days from the time you originally asked your question before you can accept your own answer. This gives other users a chance to answer the question in good faith, and earn the accepted ...


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You have asked a total of 10 questions on Super User, 8 of which have been closed and/or deleted. Your deleted questions, from newest to oldest: Can you see me? [closed] Does SE have a webmaster? [closed] What is the best way to change my IP? [closed] Long distance with VR? [closed] Laptop Supercomputer via bluetooth/Wifi? PlayStation Super Computer Add a ...


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I'm fairly confident that the ability to delete and undelete answers is independent of the question's closure status, so the strategy you describe could work. But doing this knowingly (i.e. with intent to answer a close-worthy question) is likely to be considered abuse of the system and would be dealt with as such by moderators. There is a self-vandalism ...


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