When you see spam posted on a Stack Exchange site, you should click on the "flag" link, and select "it is spam" from the dialog that appears.
When 6 users flag a post as spam, the post is automatically deleted, and the IP used from the spammer account automatically blocked. This means the spammer will not even be able to create new accounts using the IP ...
Identical questions: no
If questions are similar enough that the same answer fits them both, they should be marked duplicates. Answering questions that are duplicates could just give users an incentive to ask questions without verifying the question was already asked; in the long run, this is harmful to the site.
If questions are different enough not to be ...
Drupal Answers, as any other Stack Exchange sites is not built on Drupal, but using C#. It uses Microsoft ASP.NET version 4.0 and ASP.NET MVC 3 as frameworks, and Razor as view engine; the other used libraries include:
Cruise Control .NET
PageDown (the editor used for the posts)
Which tools and technologies ...
The block that is shown to the users who don't have the privilege of editing every post contains the following points:
Fix grammatical, or spelling errors
Clarify meaning without changing it
Correct minor mistakes
Add related resources or links
Always respect the original author
To this, I would add the following clarifications:
The first point doesn't ...
This was recently also discussed on Meta Stack Overflow and one of the answers there includes this handy chart.
Suppose the question is the following one, the chart describes if the answer should be an answer, a new question, a comment, or deleted.
How can I foo the bar in X?
I'm trying to foo the bar using qux. However, I get an error message <...
If you are able to write an exhaustive answer basing on what reported on that comment, you can write an answer. You should first comment suggesting to the user who wrote the comment to write it as answer; If that user doesn't add his own answer, then you can write the answer yourself, but:
You should give enough time for the user who wrote the comment to ...
The bounty is automatically offered to the answer that:
It is given after the bounty was started
It has a score of at least +2
It is not given from the user who offered the bounty
If two or more eligible answers have the same score, the oldest answer is awarded the bounty.
If no answers meet these criteria, the bounty ends without it being awarded to any ...
All edits to questions and answer should preserve the meaning and intent of the original writer. Edits to code are no exception to this.
Renaming variables should not be done, as this doesn't improve the post in any way, except the variable names are not appropriate or are offensive.
Changing brace style, altering minor spacing, and similar edits are ...
As reported on Stack Overflow Blog, in the New Per-Site Metas post, which talks of the Stack Exchange 2.0 meta sites:
Reputation is always inherited from the parent site. You cannot gain or lose reputation* on the per-site meta. This also means that some reputation related functions like the reputation graph, and bounties are not enabled on the per-site ...
A post should be flagged as "very low quality" when it's not clear what it means, at the point that editing it is not even possible. The flag should not be used, for example, when:
The OP doesn't capitalize I when referring to the first person singular.
The OP doesn't use the correct punctuation, and writes run-on sentences.
The OP writes a verb using the ...
When a question is closed, it means that in its current form the question is not a good question. It doesn't mean the question cannot be made better, and it will be never re-opened. Quite the opposite, the question can be edited to make it clear, or to make it a better suit for the site.
The question is immediately closed (as quick as possible) simply to ...
If you write "@dev" you don't get any error message. Differently, Stack Exchange will think you are referring to a user, and it doesn't allow you to refer to two different users in that way.
The problem is that the software doesn't check if what written after @ is a username, or not; this means that you get that error even if there aren't users who use "dev" ...
When a post has been edited after it has been created, the post shows the user who edited the question. The timestamp shown after "edited" is a link to the revision page, which shows all the revisions for that post.
It's not considered a new revision if the edit has been done in the 5-minute grace period; this means that if the user creates a post, and then ...
Tags are for the questions, not the answers a question receive.
If the question is "How do I create a table of data in Drupal?" and the answer suggests to use the Views module, then views should not be added to the question, as the question has nothing to do with the Views module; it is just one of the possible answers.
If you were adding tags basing on ...
The flags for closing a question, together other flags, are visible in a page to 10k users and moderators. The flag is automatically handled when the question is closed, or it is manually handled by a moderator.
It could also happen the question is voted to be closed from 5 different users, after the flag has been declined from a moderator. In that case, it ...
Instead of adding tags to the title, it would be better to make the title more descriptive, considering that tags are visible on any page listing questions.
Better titles should be similar to the following ones:
How do I create a list of OG groups for which the current user has edit privileges?
How do I disable the title field for content types?
In general, changing spelling from American to British or British to American isn't seen as an improvement because it implies that one is wrong, when in fact both are correct. Leave the original as-is.
What should the standard spelling be - British or US?
Community moderators cannot merge accounts anymore. You need to ask to Stack Exchange stuff to do it.
Click on contact us, the link you find on the footer.
On the next form, for What can we help you for? select I need to merge user profiles.
Fill the other fields, and click on submit.
Keep in mind that, to ask to merge two accounts, you need to be ...
Create the question, and tag using at least faq-proposed, and support; additional tags can be added. (support is one of the tags required on the meta sites, together bug, and discussion; any question on a meta tag needs at least one of these tags.)
Other users would see the tag, and should write an answer that is as much generic as possible, without any ...
What happens in those cases is that:
A user reviewed the suggested post, and (instead of choosing Approve, or Reject) selected Improve.
The same user improved the suggested edit, and selected "Suggested edit was helpful" (which is selected by default).
Stack Exchange software sees this as if:
The suggested edit has been approved
The post has been ...
Questions about PHP notices are of two kinds:
Questions asking what they did wrong when using/setting up a module
Since a PHP notice is a warning about code doing something wrong, there isn't anything the user did wrong. It's the code that needs to be re-written to initialize the variable it uses, check the variables it uses have the expected/correct type, ...
Programming questions are allowed, as long as are about Drupal and require specific Drupal knowledge to answer them. This means that a programming question is off-topic, even if it is about Drupal code, if:
The question is about code that is passing the wrong parameter to a PHP function not implemented by Drupal core or any third-party module
The question ...
In How do we want to handle questions with radically different answers for Drupal 7 (and lower) and Drupal 8 (and higher)?, we solicited thoughts on how we as a community want to handle the fact that some questions here can have radically different approaches depending on the version of Drupal being used, especially in Drupal 8.
Voting results for the ...
Why does this happen?
New users don't have the reputation necessary to add comments to every post, which actually needs to be at least 50. New users can add comments to the posts they wrote, or to the answers given to the questions they asked, but they cannot write a comment for an answer given to a question they didn't ask.
What should I do in these cases?...
It is by design. Meta sites don't allow users to suggest edits, even though there is a suggested edit queue; the only users who are allowed to edit every post are the ones that have that privilege on the main site, for whom the suggested edit queue is not used.
The reason for this is that, in the main sites, cleaning up posts is an important task, but it is ...
Tags that are not used from any question are deleted every 24 hours from a background process.
Tags that are used from a single question, and that have been created more than 6 months ago are automatically removed. When this happens, and the question used only a tag, the removed tag is replaced from untagged. See What is the "untagged" tag? for ...