Post questions that others can really answer. Your actual question needs to be a question, like "What's the best route to drive from Florida to New Jersey?" rather than a statement ("Best route from Florida to New Jersey) or a search query ("Directions Florida to New Jersey"). Also avoid questions that basically nobody could possibly know the answer to, such as “Does he like me?,” “Will I get a puppy for my birthday?,” or “Am I pregnant?” We could guess the answers all day long, but we'd rather focus on delivering useful, fact-based answers.
Avoid Poll/Survey Questions
Please refrain from posting chatty or "I'm bored" questions, such this vs. that, yes/no, and “What’s your favorite…” questions. That being said, we will allow questions of a survey nature when there's potential value in them for future reference, such as a question seeking buying advice ("Would you rather have a Canon Digital Rebel or a Nikon D30?") or some other question that may be a poll/survey, but has long-term value for others to gain.
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The Final Word on Questions and Answers
Yes, we know it's difficult to come up with one black-and-white set of guidelines and rules to live by. That's why we have an army of awesome Community Moderators who make judgment calls all day long based on the above guidelines, and sometimes the right decision in the best interests of our Community means removing a question or answer. It's not because they don't like you.
Personal Information and Privacy
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Bullying, Harassment and Stalking
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Forcing Views and Beliefs
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Profanity and Adult Content
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Spelling & Grammar
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Advertising and Spam
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Inappropriate Usernames and Images
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