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Seriously though, there are several posts tagged on SO that are by people trying to use facebook.com.

Examples from the past few hours (all now 10k-only):

Does anyone have an idea why all these people come here, or, better yet, how to detect these sorts of posts automatically to prevent them from cluttering us up?

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@Matthew: Well, that certainly explains a lot. –  PengOne Sep 21 '11 at 21:28
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Facebook users always have a knack for finding the wrong door –  random Sep 21 '11 at 21:30
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Look at my profile. –  Won't Sep 22 '11 at 13:17
    
Another stackoverflow.com/questions/7600287/… one –  Mob Sep 29 '11 at 16:18
    
...and another stackoverflow.com/questions/7810387/… –  Widor Oct 18 '11 at 16:15
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Note that registration, as of a few days ago, is now mandatory to ask questions.

This was partially done to assist with the Facebook issue.

(other reasons: to put yet another barrier in front of question askers to help with general quality, and to assist new askers in getting a registered account so they don't create dupe unregistered accounts, etc.)

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The mandatory registration affects only Stack Overflow it seems - any plans to make it mandatory on other high-traffic SE sites? –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Oct 18 '11 at 17:30
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Vote to close them and flag them for a moderator. They usually get closed in a matter of minutes. There isn't much else that can be done. There is already a big warning message when the user clicks ask a question (open in incognito window).

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I do, but 8 such questions within 3 hours is rather obnoxious. At this point, I'm probably going to mark facebook as an ignored tag. –  PengOne Sep 21 '11 at 21:29
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@PengOne You might want to use wildcards (facebook*) to ignore them all –  Chris Frederick Sep 21 '11 at 21:30
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Today has been bad because Facebook changed their layout and every time they do there is a massive protest. But people will get over it and those questions will slow here. –  bkaid Sep 21 '11 at 21:31
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That big warning message seems to not have the part about programming only as way too small. Needs to be 72pt font. Maybe they should have to complete a small programming task, like "there are ___ types of people who understand binary. A) 1 B) 2 C) 10 D) False". –  user7116 Sep 21 '11 at 21:49
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I have definitely seen an increase in Facebook support questions here, even since mandatory signup. One guy even claimed that there was a link to SO on the password recovery page. When I asked him for the link he replied:

"I don't have time for that, just give me the answer"!

Nice. But that question's since been deleted, it seems.

As the ReadWriteWeb 'incident' showed us*, the (worryingly large) mouth-breathing subset of Facebook users who type "Facebook login" into Google so they can log in to Facebook.com have no lower bound on stupidity when it comes to using the internet.

I don't know which is worse - trying to ask SO to reset your Facebook password, or actually signing up for an SO account and then asking for your password to be reset.

Either way, I fear for the herds of Facebook zombies at the door of SO.


*If you didn't read about it at the time, please do! It will make you laugh and despair in equal measure. The actual article is still there: www.readwriteweb.com

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