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My list of Auto Comments for Stack Exchange sites

###[Q] More than one question asked It is preferred if you can post separate questions instead of combining your questions into one. That way, it helps the people answering your question and also others hunting for at least one of your questions. Thanks!

###[Q] Duplicate Closure This question will probably be closed as a duplicate soon. If the answers from the duplicates don't fully address your question please edit it to include why and flag this for re-opening. Thanks!

###[Q] Gimme teh codez Pure code-writing requests are off-topic on $SITENAME$ -- we expect questions here to relate to specific programming problems -- but we will happily help you write it yourself! Tell us what you've tried, and where you are stuck. This will also help us answer your question better.

###[Q] MCVE Questions seeking debugging help ("why isn't this code working?") must include the desired behavior, a specific problem or error and the shortest code necessary to reproduce it in the question itself. Questions without a clear problem statement are not useful to other readers. See: How to create a Minimal, Complete, and Verifiable example.

###[Q] Ask OP to edit question instead of adding info in comments Please [edit] your post to include any additional information you have to your question. Avoid adding this in the comments, as they are harder to read and can be deleted easier. The edit button for your post is just below the post's tags.

###[Q] Code as image Please don't post your code as an image.

###[Q] "It doesn't work" with no exception/error details Can you elaborate on how your code "doesn't work"? What were you expecting, and what actually happened? If you got an exception/error, post the line it occurred on and the exception/error details. Please [edit] these details in or we may not be able to help.

###[Q] Too many ways to solve the problem There are too many ways to approach this problem. The answers would just turn into a straw-poll for which one people liked. The best thing is to do some research on the topic yourself, find two or three, analyze them, determine if they work for you or not, and try them out. Come to us when you have a specific question about something you have attempted to do.

###[Q] "Why won't it work?" questions with no code It seems you have a problem with your code. However, we can't help unless we have code or information that can reproduce the problem. Otherwise, we are just blindly guessing.

###[Q] "Need to make program" but no question All that has been posted is a program description. However, we need you to ask a question. We can't be sure what you want from us. Please [edit] your post to include a valid question that we can answer. Reminder: make sure you know what is on-topic here, asking us to write the program for you and suggestions are off-topic.

###[Q] Need to make changes to existing (missing) code We won't know how to make the changes to your existing code base without seeing your original code. Please post a minimal example of what needs to change, and fully explain what needs to be modified.

###[Q] Wall of code You seem to have posted more code than what would be reasonable for your issue. Please read [ask] and how to make a [mcve], providing a MCVE helps users answer your question and future users relate to your issue.

###[Q] "Where do I start?" question Questions that ask "where do I start" are typically too broad and are not a good fit for this site. People have their own method for approaching the problem and because of this there cannot be a correct answer. Give a good read over Where to Start, then address your post.

###[Q] More than one question asked It is preferred if you can post separate questions instead of combining your questions into one. That way, it helps the people answering your question and also others hunting for at least one of your questions.

###[Q] Asking for code translation $SITENAME$ is a Question and Answer site, not a code translation service. Try to translate the code yourself first, then come to us when you are stuck, making sure to show us what you have tried.

###[Q] Only a fiddle Please include all relevant code in your post and don't just include a link. Your post should stand alone from any other resource; consider what would happen if the site went down in the future! (It would be terrible, we know.) Also, some people are behind corporate firewalls that forbid the use of code sharing websites.

###[Q] Code Review Asking if there's a "better way" or the "best way" of doing something is generally too broad of a question for Stack Overflow. It may also invite opinions as opposed to objective facts for answers. It appears as though you have written working code for your issue, however. As such, this might be a better fit for [codereview.se]. However, please do read A guide to Code Review for Stack Overflow users and their advice on how to ask a good question before posting.

###[A] Only a fiddle Please include all relevant code in your post and don't just include a link. Your post should stand alone from any other resource; consider what would happen if the site went down in the future! (It would be terrible, we know.) Also, some people are behind corporate firewalls that forbid the use of code sharing websites.

###[A] Answers just to say Thanks! Please don't add "thanks" as answers. Invest some time in the site and you will gain sufficient privileges to upvote answers you like, which is the $SITENAME$ way of saying thank you.

###[A] Nothing but a URL (and isn't spam) Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference.

###[A] Requests to OP for further information This is really a comment, not an answer. With a bit more rep, you will be able to post comments. For the moment I've added the comment for you, and I'm flagging this post for deletion.

###[A] OP using an answer for further information Please use the Post answer button only for actual answers. You should modify your original question to add additional information.

###[A] OP adding a new question as an answer If you have another question, please ask it by clicking the Ask Question button.

###[A] Another user adding a 'Me too!' If you have a NEW question, please ask it by clicking the Ask Question button. If you have sufficient reputation, you may upvote the question. Alternatively, "star" it as a favorite and you will be notified of any new answers.

###[A] Code only answer While this code snippet may solve the question, including an explanation really helps to improve the quality of your post. Remember that you are answering the question for readers in the future, and those people might not know the reasons for your code suggestion. Please also try not to crowd your code with explanatory comments, this reduces the readability of both the code and the explanations!

###[A] Question as answer This post isn't an actual attempt at answering the question. Please note $SITENAME$ doesn't work like a discussion forum, it is a Q&A site where every post is either a question or an answer to a question. Posts can also have comments - small sentences like this one - that can be used to critique or request clarification from an author. This should be either a comment or a new question.

###[A] Comment as answer This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post. If you earn sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post.

###[A] Many formatting issues Take a moment to read through the editing help in the help center. Formatting on $SITENAME$ is different than other sites.

###[A] Duplicate link only Please don't post link only answers to other $SITENAME$ questions. Instead, vote/flag to close as duplicate, or, if the question is not a duplicate, tailor the answer to this specific question.

###[A] Link only answer A link to a potential solution is always welcome, 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. Take into account that being barely more than a link to an external site is a possible reason as to Why and how are some answers deleted?.

###[A] Answering off-topic / bad question Please don't post answers on obviously off topic / bad questions! See: Should one advise on off topic questions?

###[A] Tool recommendation for a tool request Thank you for participating to $SITENAME$, however please note that the question you have answered is off-topic as per the [help/on-topic] since it is a tool request. Answers to such questions tend to be of poor quality and quickly become stale (what might have been a good resource two years ago may simply not exist anymore). You can flag this question as off-topic by clicking the "flag" link once you have sufficient reputation.

###[C] Too localized This question appears to be off-topic because it is too localized.

###[EQ] Improper tagging The tags you were using are not appropriate for this question. Please review What are tags, and how should I use them?

###[EQ] SOLVED! Please don't put the answer in your question; You can self-answer your question if you found the solution;

###[EQ] i capitalization Capitalize the 1. person sg pronoun;

###[EQ] it's / its it's and its are different;

###[EQ] Formatting See how you can format and intend your code correctly;

###[EQ] Hi, and thanks! Hi, thanks, ... are considered noise;

###[EQ] CAPS You don't have to scream;

###[EQ] New question If you have a new question, please don't edit it over your old one. Ask one here;

###[EQ] Destroying content Please don't destroy content on $SITENAME$;

###[EQ] Tags The tags you have been using are not appropriate for this question. Please take the [tour], review what are tags and how should I use them? and [edit] your post. Remember to at least read the mouse over on the tags you are using when asking a question. Thank you!

###[EQ] Angular/AngularJS The angular tag should be used for the Angular framework, versions 2 and above. The angularjs tag should be used only for the AngularJS framework, versions in the 1.x range.

###[EQ] MVC The model-view-controller tag should be used for questions about the pattern. The asp.net-mvc tag should be used for questions about the Microsoft framework.

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