Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

The tag has no usage guidance.

9
votes
1answer
149 views

Comment(s) or Speculative Answer?

Given a question asking for the original source of a quotation. Some digging around the 'net has thrown up an avenue for further exploration but not an answer. What I've found (and their links) would ...
4
votes
2answers
165 views

In relation to answers in the answer section, what is a “complete answer”?

I made the following partial answer a comment to the question "Word choice: to parent somebody?": One can certainly parent with tolerance (and love, and kindness, etc). But the verb parent isn't ...
27
votes
9answers
839 views

Answers in comments

There are quite a large number of Meta.ELU questions about answers in comments, but none which definitively settles community opinion, mainly because they are rather old now, but also because they don'...
2
votes
1answer
91 views

What to do with yes/no questions?

I'm sorry if this is a duplicate, but I can't find any prior guidance on this. Closest I could get was Asking questions with very short answers. Someone just posted this question: Possibility ...
7
votes
1answer
222 views

Can a newly constructed word answer a single word request?

When I searched for this question, I found questions regarding whether asking for people to coin words is on-topic. I have a little bit of a different question. Suppose if OP is making a single word ...
-6
votes
4answers
302 views

Should we discourage the use of argot such as AmE, BrE, ELU, …?

[With Addendum] Should we discourage the use of argot such as AmE and BrE—even ELU—[added:] in answers to nonspecialists' questions at ELU? Most visitors who find answers here come from ...
14
votes
0answers
271 views

What is our current position on these issues?

I’ve been noticing an increase in answers that, essentially, consist of nothing but a suggestion or bald assertion and that are often lacking any apparent effort to even format, punctuate, or spell ...
16
votes
6answers
6k views

Is Urban Dictionary an acceptable source?

The reason I ask this is because an answer I gave to a question quoted an Urban Dictionary definition and received 2 downvotes without any explanation as to why. Could anyone please tell me what (if ...
5
votes
3answers
223 views

If the answer I was going to submit has already been submitted what should I do?

Here's what occasions my question: I submitted an answer (the first answer) and in the course of the next 24 hours three other users provided essentially the same answer. Until now, my conduct has ...
-1
votes
2answers
179 views

What advice would you offer to a new EL&U user perplexed by the first downvote of an Answer they wrote?

I'm an earnest new user here at EL&U. I'm enjoying the site very much, and I'd like to make useful contributions. I'm perplexed as to why someone downvoted this Answer that I wrote the other day. ...
1
vote
2answers
182 views

Negativity on other people's EL&U answers

Is there a good way to handle people on EL&U who seem to thrive off of making others feel their opinions and explanations are inferior or "incorrect"? Is this a forum for constructive, respectful ...
10
votes
2answers
198 views

What's the best way to answer when there's a really good answer elsewhere?

In researching the question Which is correct, “buck naked” or “butt naked”?, I found a very thorough examination of this question at Language Log that I linked to in a comment under the OP. I feel ...
3
votes
1answer
77 views

How should I report the author of a quote on English.SE?

When I include a quote from a book, blog, or a site, how should I report who is the author and from where the quote comes from? Principia philosophiae, René Descartes René Descartes, Principia ...
6
votes
2answers
137 views

How should I report the origin of a word on English.SE?

When I report the origin of a word, how should I write the meaning of the word from which the word derives? I write it in quotes, after the word in that language: Latin minister "servant". I write it ...
27
votes
4answers
325 views

Is it OK to answer to old questions?

I was wondering—if we find an old question without an accepted answer, are we allowed to answer? Or should we expect down-votes for that? I don't know if it's a stupid question but I didn't find ...
2
votes
2answers
540 views

Exception to 30 character minimum for answers

Is there any way to create an exception for the minimum answer length for questions tagged "single-word request?" It seems wasteful and inconvenient and seems feasible from a coding perspective.
7
votes
2answers
244 views

What to do with repeated question types?

StackExchange is all about answering questions and spreading knowledge. However there comes a point where particular types of questions are getting asked repeatedly, despite being relatively easy to ...
8
votes
3answers
345 views

How to answer questions about acceptability

Relating to this question about what tag to use for questions about acceptability, I thought I would ask what is the best way to answer these kinds of questions, so as to address both prescriptive and ...