COMP 105: Guidelines for asking questions on Stackoverflow
Stackoverflow is a web site
that is dedicated to answering any and all questions about
"Questions about programming" is not the same as "questions
Stackoverflow is a great resource, but please follow these
- Log in using your real name.
If you already have another login, put your real name in your
- Put your Tufts affiliation in your profile.
- Always search before posting a question:
- Questions about languages, tools, and error messages are OK.
- Clang gives you an error message you don't understand.
You Google the message and find nothing, or you don't understand the
explanation, or you don't understand how to make your code right.
Ask on Stackoverflow.
- Your use of the C stdio library isn't working out the way you
- You can't get your Standard ML code to compile.
- You've written some code that you think should be right, and you
can't understand why the compiler rejects it.
- Questions related to homework and problem-solving are
- How do I add local variables to an interpreter? (Not OK)
StackOverflow is a web site for questions about
Expertise is good.
Many people also ask questions about programming languages,
but expertise is poor and many of the answers are
You may safely trust any answers written by your course staff, but
other answers should be viewed with suspicion.
StackOverflow is not a good source of information
about programming languages.
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