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Reward finding duplicate questions - +10, +2, -5

This Meta question: Give an incentive for finding duplicate questions deals with various ways of rewarding the finding of duplicates, a tough and increasingly necessary janitorial task. Here's a ...
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Does SO need social networking features to improve the experience for expert users?

No, not like this: Hear me out! As Stack Overflow grows, it becomes increasingly ridden with extremely newbie and mediocre questions. It's just natural. The team are fighting hard to keep the crap ...
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Enable automatic deletion of old, unanswered zero-score questions after a year?

Related to meta.su efforts: Old unanswered inactive questions with low views/votes and meta.sf efforts: Cleaning house, really old, unloved questions We already auto-remove negatively voted ...
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How big a problem are unanswered questions?

Do the powers that be consider 180k unanswered questions a problem that needs addressing? How do they envision the current system clearing out that backlog? (Maybe there are some other mechanisms I'm ...
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Improve tools for closing as duplicate

When closing a question as a duplicate, the goal obviously is to find not just some identical question, but the one that has the best answer. The search process doesn't support that goal perfectly ...
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Not just Closing Duplicate, nor Canonical Answers, but Optimizing for Pearls - How do we reward Pearl-Discovery?

How can we change the motivation system to encourage people to spend more time curating and looking for pearls, rather the wallowing in the sand? We have heard that "Questions are the sand, and great ...
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2answers
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Give badges to people for coming back and answering their own question

Someone's asked why you can't earn the self-answer badge more than once the answer being that it's intended to help people learn about the site's functionality. Answering your own question is ...
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Are there any current metrics on accept rates?

It seems as of late that the overall amount of accepted questions has dramatically decreased. It may be the tags I hang around in but am unsure. I guess I'm curious if it seems that way to anyone ...
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What do you think of an SO for beginners, only? [duplicate]

SO has helped me so much in times of need. It is crazy - sometimes I am having a huge issue with a program I'm working on at school or work, and I post it on SO and the answers come quickly and ...
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Should it be easier to close a question?

It's taking longer and longer to close questions. Should it be easier to do so and how would this work? I think this is related to Are unanswered questions a problem yet?, as the rate of increase of ...
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1.5 million questions on SO - organization beyond tags? [closed]

I've only been a member of SO for about 6 months and even in that time I have noticed a dramatic uptick in the number of questions asked each day, and a decline in quality of questions in terms of ...
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Encouragement to write more answers

I wrote this Data Explorer query to show the average answer-accept rate vs the number of answers a user has written, minus the top power-users (who don't accurately represent the average user). ...
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How to prevent stackoverflow from being a garbage of useless conversations

I cannot find answers as i used to in the past, there are so many, related but seperate topics. And there are many unwanted questions which gives nothing to us. (imo they should be deleted or have ...