- Sudden increase in off-topic posts on MSE
- Ways to give users some specific education about question quality and topicality
- Block migration if user is suspended/question-blocked at destination
Recently MSE experienced terrible flood of outright off-topic debugging questions. I would like to learn more about users asking these questions.
Specifically, I would want to find out how many of these askers were banned or warned or somehow else asking limited at Stack Overflow.
I expect these stats to help understand if maybe current MSE guidance (including flashing system banner) is insufficient to help new users understand site topics or maybe some (most?) of of them are simply desperate and determined to ask their question wherever possible no matter what.
Approach to get requested statistics has been explained and used in answers to similar statistics request at Programmers meta:
accounts... which have/had accounts on Stack Overflow... hit some kind of block on Stack Overflow...
sockpuppets... the IP addresses associated with those posts... how many had been associated with blocked questions on Stack Overflow
Below screen shot shows example of questions I wonder about:
You see, askers of these questions seem to ignore the prominent banner that refers them to more appropriate site - "Have a programming question? Head back to Stack Overflow" - as if they desperately want to try their luck no matter what.
They don't delete questions even when these are closed and heavily downvoted - as if they desperately hope to have them answered at least in comments while question is still visible.
Or maybe above is wrong impression and these askers are regular legitimate users who just did not realise that this site is not Stack Overflow. Without stats it's only a blind guess.