Is the following unethical?

I want to refer new users on the website to questions that I have asked. I want to help them to ask better questions by providing my questions as examples.

I am asking this because I believe it would help them to see the questions of a user who has a positive question-record.

Put differently I was wondering if it was ok that when a new user asks a question that is of low quality that I refer them to my questions as a reference of how questions are asked since I have a positive question record?

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    $\begingroup$ I am not sure I understand what you mean. Do you want to know if it is allowed to give your questions as examples to other users to help them understand how to ask questions? $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    May 31, 2020 at 23:29
  • $\begingroup$ @quid Yes, sorry I am answering questions but yes. $\endgroup$ May 31, 2020 at 23:32
  • $\begingroup$ @quid you can see my question record? $\endgroup$ May 31, 2020 at 23:32
  • $\begingroup$ Why don't you just point a specific questions and answers that you think are good models, without specifically referencing any user names? $\endgroup$
    – JonathanZ
    May 31, 2020 at 23:36
  • $\begingroup$ @JonathanZsupportsMonicaC I am referencing me personally I don't care my questions are meant to help people I joined the stack in 12th grade when I had to learn calculus on my own so by any means I would be fine having people look at my questions. I am always learning from the site and its users. I also ask questions constantly. $\endgroup$ May 31, 2020 at 23:46
  • $\begingroup$ @EnlightenedFunky: Okay, it's clear I don't understand what your question is. Neither did quid. Maybe describe the situation more explicitly? $\endgroup$
    – JonathanZ
    May 31, 2020 at 23:49
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    $\begingroup$ @JonathanZsupportsMonicaC I was wondering if it was ok that when a new user asks a question that is of low quality that I refer them to my questions as a reference of how questions are asked since I have a positive question record? $\endgroup$ May 31, 2020 at 23:54
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    $\begingroup$ Thank you for the clarification. I edited the post a bit and included you last comment which is very clear. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Jun 1, 2020 at 0:17
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    $\begingroup$ While I think pointing to exemplar questions might be helpful, I'm not terribly comfortable with any user pointing only to their own questions to do so. There is a great pool of good questions to which to refer a new user, so restricting that pool to your own questions seems a bit suspect to me. You can help new users equally well, in an unbiased manner, by referring them to others' good questions. $\endgroup$
    – amWhy
    Jun 1, 2020 at 13:11
  • $\begingroup$ @amWhy Why suspect? They are new users. $\endgroup$ Jun 1, 2020 at 14:08
  • $\begingroup$ Because I hope you don't believe that the your questions are all the best examples of good questions on this site. Why draw attention strictly to one's own questions and/or answers, when there are other great questions and answers? Do you really think only your questions offer the best exemplars of good questions on this site? $\endgroup$
    – amWhy
    Jun 1, 2020 at 14:09
  • $\begingroup$ The idea to guide users to exemplar questions is a good one. The idea that your pool of exemplar questions come from strictly your questions is not such a good idea. $\endgroup$
    – amWhy
    Jun 1, 2020 at 14:15
  • $\begingroup$ If it were me, I'd be far from willing to trawl through thousands of questions desperately trying to find a "good" one, when I have at my fingertips a number of questions which are apparently good enough to rate a considerable number of upvotes. If I'm responding to the question by providing an example, I'm going to use exactly whichever example I feel like, and if it's one of mine, that's what it's going to be. I don't see why it's anyone else's business to say nay. $\endgroup$ Jun 1, 2020 at 14:21
  • $\begingroup$ @amWhy That's the question is if it's ok that to reference a user who is struggling with asking a question why isn't there a gallery of questions for users to see a specific question reference guide. $\endgroup$ Jun 1, 2020 at 14:21
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    $\begingroup$ "Please read the answer to this question. I believe it is as sound as an answer can be". And yet, as the writer of that answer I probably shouldn't point to it as an example of a good answer. Current mood: Bertrand Russel. $\endgroup$
    – JonathanZ
    Jun 1, 2020 at 15:01

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It is certainly permitted. Speaking for myself, though, I find I am not the best judge of my own writing. One reason for this is that I often have a very clear mental picture of a situation, and it only takes a few words to re-awaken that image in my mind. But sometimes I find out that the same writing does a not-as-good job at creating that image in the minds of other people.

However, if someone else's writing was effective at communicating their ideas to me I can be more confident that it would serve as a good model.

So I would say, yes, if you think you've got a nice question or answer go ahead and share it as an example, but I think other people's answers that have impressed you could make even better examples.

  • $\begingroup$ I was thinking if a gallery of the various user's questions could be used to help out in getting better quality posts in the initial user setup. $\endgroup$ Jun 1, 2020 at 1:04
  • $\begingroup$ I think the potential pool of great questions to refer to offers far more varied examples than from only the pool of questions that you asked that you think are well-asked, @EnlightendFunky. The idea of a thread, perhaps in meta, of good questions, could be helpful for new users, but I would want such a thread to not be dedicated to one user's questions. Perhaps we could create a meta post to solicit suggestions for good examples of questions, allow users to vote on them, and pare down the suggestions to create a final meta post/gallery of good questions. $\endgroup$
    – amWhy
    Jun 1, 2020 at 13:01
  • $\begingroup$ @amWhy thank you I am not trying to make it seem like any questions from any user if they have a good positive question record like take the top questions of each tag that great questions, good questions, and mediocre questions. That to me seems like a good idea. $\endgroup$ Jun 1, 2020 at 14:29
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for clarifying. I think having such a meta thread of questions the community considers well-written, and to which we can refer new users is a great idea! $\endgroup$
    – amWhy
    Jun 1, 2020 at 14:32

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