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Is StackExchange Just Hostile to New Users? [duplicate]

I am a new user, and posted my first question. Judging by the speed from which the post was put on hold and the snide comments, the post was not given a fair chance. Even though the comments where ...
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Stack Overflow has gotten mean [duplicate]

I don't really know where to post this. I like Stack Overflow and it has been a great help as I build various applications - all with no formal training in computer science. My concern is that I ...
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Allow an edit to notify downvoters: “I think I've fixed the issue now - please check”

To me, a downvote usually indicates a problem with an answer. When I downvote it's to mark the answer as having a problem, not the person. If the answer is fixed, I want to remove that downvote - but ...
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Help us make “Not Constructive” and “Not a Real Question” closures more effective

In the recent off-topic discussion, Pekka 웃 suggested that other close reasons could be further broken out as well . We've got some more specific ideas along those lines, and we want your input and ...
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Closing changes: on hold, unclear, too broad, opinion-based, off-topic reasons, bye-bye to Too Localized

After a ton of discussion, work and input from the community, we're rolling out the remainder of major closing changes that you've helped us design, as discussed in these prior posts. They're live, ...
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Should downvotes on questions be “free”?

As I'm sure you all know, downvotes "cost" 1 reputation. That is, every time you downvote: -2 to post owner -1 to you This is done to make sure downvotes are cast only when you feel strongly ...
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Why is Stack Overflow - and Stack Exchange in general - so scary?

I have been an SO user for quite some time and not an entire dimwit when it comes to my languages of choice. SO is a very useful resource and has helped me out of a pinch many a time. However, when it ...
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Every “close” has its thorn: replace “close” with “on hold” for the first five days

That's right, I'm starting this out with a pun. Featuring a Poison song. I'm good with it. TL;DR We're looking at replacing [closed] with [on hold]. This sort of thing was proposed in a popular ...
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Why do we let hostile users dictate the perception of Stack Overflow? [closed]

This question is a great example of why Stack Overflow is getting a reputation for being a hostile environment these days Possible to convert C# get,set code to C++ This is clearly a developer ...
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Is there an actual “pity” or “sympathy” upvote problem?

There have been a number of discussions about "pity" or "sympathy" upvotes. http://meta.stackexchange.com/search?q=pity+sympathy+upvote That is, the idea that once a post is voted down to -1, some ...
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How should helpful answers that are just links be handled? [duplicate]

There has been a "movement" of sorts on Stack Overflow. Users are flagging questions that are just a link or little more than a link, like: http://stackoverflow.com/a/4737028/396458 ...
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How many down-votes is enough for a user to understand their problem?

I am wondering what users should do if they encounter a question that has already been down-voted for a particular reason. If you agree with the down-vote, should you down-vote the question as well? ...
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Question closed because yes/no answer

I hope this is the right place to ask this question. I opened a question SO and it was almost immediately closed by a moderator with the reason Closed this as the only two possible answers are ...
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Downvote “pile-on” on closed questions?

I'm sure most of us have seen questions with issues (off-topic, not constructive, etc) which, with a little editing, could be good questions. In theory, the solution to these kinds of questions would ...
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StackExchange Community Behavior [closed]

Why is a very large portion of members of this community so obnoxious? Downvoting people's questions or putting them "on hold" with no additional information; marking it as "too broad", for example, ...

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