S/O Resources

This page consists of a collection of resources that can be helpful in assisting new users with their questions and/or answers on StackOverflow. Keep in mind that this is in no way official, nor do I have any form of agreement with StackOverflow. I’m just another user like you!

Down-vote Reasoning

If you want to be helpful and explain to someone why you down-voted their question/answer, take a look at the link below. Simply find your reason, and copy/paste the link as a comment. However, keep in mind that an actual personalized explanation is seen as much better and less hostile than just a link.


Canned Responses

Below is a collection of canned responses that can be useful during review.


Wrong language

[StackOverflow generally works in English](http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/07/non-english-question-policy/); please make sure your post is as useful as possible to others by translating it.

For Questions

“Make this for me!” / Too broad

Please try posting what you have already tried and what the exact issue you're having is. While we are more than happy to help SO is not a project completion site.

Picture only

Images and screenshots can be a nice addition to a post, but please make sure the post is still clear and useful without them. Don't post images of code or error messages. Instead copy and paste or type the actual code/message into the post directly. Also Posting a [Minimal, Complete, Verifiable Example](https://stackoverflow.com/help/mcve) that demonstrates your problem would help you get better answers.

Linking to other sites

In the future, please include all relevant code in your post and [**don't** just include a link to a code hosting site](https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/94027/316262). Your post should stand alone from any other resource; [consider what would happen](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Link_rot) if that site went down in the future!

Missing details

This question is hard to answer, as there are a lot of important details missing. Try to put yourself in the shoes of those who know nothing about your problem. Make sure to [edit] your question to include all relevant content. Posting a [Minimal, Complete, Verifiable Example](https://stackoverflow.com/help/mcve) that demonstrates your problem would help you get better answers.

No code in question

Please [edit] to add meaningful code and a problem description here. Posting a [Minimal, Complete, Verifiable Example](https://stackoverflow.com/help/mcve) that demonstrates your problem would help you get better answers. Thanks!

Code/error as screenshot

Please, [don't post your code/error messages as images](https://meta.stackoverflow.com/a/285557/4298200). Firstly we want to copy/paste it and secondly search engines are unable to index that information. So please make sure that any textual information is actually provided in text form.

Generally bad question

Welcome to stackoverflow.com. Please take some time to read [the help pages](http://stackoverflow.com/help), especially the sections named ["What topics can I ask about here?"](http://stackoverflow.com/help/on-topic) and ["What types of questions should I avoid asking?"](http://stackoverflow.com/help/dont-ask). Also please [take the tour](http://stackoverflow.com/tour) and [read about how to ask good questions](http://stackoverflow.com/help/how-to-ask). Lastly please learn how to create a [mcve].


Stack Overflow is not intended as a free do-it-for-you homework completion device. Instead, illustrate a good faith effort on your behalf by sharing an attempt at solving the problem, along with a short explanation as to why the attempt doesn’t meet your requirements. (Please also consider the academic integrity implications of posting coursework for completion by the community on your behalf without at the very least making an attempt at completion.) See also: [How to Ask](https://stackoverflow.com/help/how-to-ask)

For Answers

Me too!

Please don't post "me too" as an answer. Instead, you may [star this question](https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/53580/316262) as a favorite to be notified of any new answers. Once you have sufficient reputation, [you may also upvote](https://stackoverflow.com/privileges/vote-up) this question, which will make it more likely to be answered.

Code only

Generally, answers are much more helpful if they include an explanation of what the code is intended to do, and why that solves the problem without introducing others.

Link to library or tool

Generally, links to a tool or library [should be accompanied by usage notes, a specific explanation of how the linked resource is applicable to the problem, or some sample code](http://meta.stackoverflow.com/a/251605), or if possible all of the above.

Attempts to clarify

This should have been a comment, not an answer. With a bit more rep, [you will be able to post comments](https://stackoverflow.com/privileges/comment).

Attempts to stir up drama

While your concern is appreciated, if you have issues with a question it's best to flag them.  Posting an answer should be reserved for resolutions to a problem that is being asked. It is also important that the [Code of Conduct](https://stackoverflow.com/conduct) is followed regardless of the content of the question.


Answers follow-up questions in comments

Thanks for answering follow-up questions to your question, but please instead [edit] your question to add any relevant information. Any question on SO should make sense on its own so that other users finding this question in the future won't have to dig through all the comments to understand your post. Also search engines will do a better job of finding your post if everything is at the right place.

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