Linked Questions

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What should be done about a user who makes a threat?

I have recently come across an answer on one of Stack Exchange's sites (Skeptics) that was quite surprising to me. I have been a part of the Stack Exchange network for a while, and this is the ...
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Is it bad to use your “real name” as your user name?

I use my real name. However, I started wondering if this is bad and am considering changing it. I ask A LOT of questions on Stack Overflow, way more than I answer. Mainly because for most questions ...
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Is it possible on MSE to question something that people hold dear without getting “disagreement downvoted”?

Clarification This question is not about "avoiding the pain of downvotes", for which "learn not to care about them" is a perfectly acceptable response. It's also not about avoiding downvotes for ...
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Encouraging users to create an account (and keep it)

I know SO's policy is "you don't have to register to ask questions," but there are so many new members and so many hit-and-runs... The majority of the questions I see now are coming from new users ...
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2answers
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Why do old regular users still use autogenerated names like user######?

Following my off-topic comment in another thread, I would like to post it as a question now: I always wondered, why do old regular users with high reputation use names like user370305 ? What's ...
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Does your profile contain your exact birthday? Is that safe?

Does your profile contain your real birthday, or is off by +/- n days (where n is small)? I know the birthday isn't explicitly available to users, but as suggested by this post, it would be easy to ...
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5answers
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Correlation between reputation and use of actual name on SO

Has anyone done looked at the statistical correlation between a person's reputation and their use of their actual name on SO vs. use of a "handle" or nickname? I sometimes see users with obvious ...
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5answers
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What's the preference on using real names and photos?

On some forums they prefer users using their real names, since its easier to relate to a person than to a "thing". And since we have avatars would a self photo be better than a meaningless pic? Any ...
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What is the intended purpose of having a “Real Name” field in user profiles?

I've seen questions regarding Adding real name to user profile and Why does the “Real Name” field not appear on the user profile page?, but this doesn't tell me why this field exists in the first ...
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Privilege creation: answering and up-voting without JavaScript

I would like the creation of the privilege to answer and upvote, logged in but without JavaScript. Set it at as high as 1000 points, if you fear robots. You may even take, for example, 200 points to ...