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1869 votes
51 answers

Could we please be a bit nicer to new users?

There is a distinct decline in the level of civility on all the sites here. Some of this is due to new users coming in and posting spam and other nonsense, but the off-topic and downvote buttons are ...
228 votes
20 answers

Ban LMGTFY (let me google that for you) links

I've just asked a question on Stack Overflow which was a prime candidate for googling. I admit it was a poor question and with a little bit of research I would have found the answer. It annoyed me ...
Johnno Nolan's user avatar
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140 votes
30 answers

We're rolling out a new "Quick Start" guide to help new users learn the basics

Here's the first one, on Ask Different. We've been working hard on ways to help improve the experience of new users, and one of the best ways to do that is to help teach them the basics about how our ...
48 votes
10 answers

Is it possible to search for punctuation/special characters?

I tried to find a related question here, but was unsuccessful. Someone on SO asked what does "!!" mean... I tried searching SO and was presented with the search options page. Even Google fails at ...
Mottie's user avatar
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38 votes
5 answers

Are code troubleshooting questions really what we want to encourage? [closed]

In an effort to more fully understand the gestalt of Stack Overflow, I offer this question for perusal: ...
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28 votes
7 answers

Do "fix my code pleeese!" questions qualify for closure as "too localized"? [closed]

There are many questions that contains only some code and a remark like "it doesn't work." is one example. Judging by "...
user avatar
41 votes
3 answers

Suggest move to Code Review? [duplicate]

Should Code Review be added to the list of sites to suggest to move a question to when marking as off-topic? If it's not already there simply because of limited space in the dialog, how about bumping ...
The Community's user avatar
19 votes
3 answers

I mean... still "google it" answers?

Stack Overflow is already more than 2 years old, and I still find people with high reputation answering to my questions with a plain Wikipedia link or a "do a google search". I may condone ...
Stefano Borini's user avatar
5 votes
5 answers

Why is the 'newbie' tag not allowed?

Why is any tag with the word 'newbie' not allowed here? Each time I try to submit a question with this tag, I get an error message in bold red letters: Oops! Your edit couldn't be submitted because: ...
augustin's user avatar
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15 votes
2 answers

What is SO policy about noob and "please debug this code for me" questions

I was about to ask Stack Overflow has too many "too localised" new questions; then I stopped myself from posting because I saw the question and I'm in complete agreement with the subject. I ...
Fabio's user avatar
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6 votes
2 answers

Should unregistered users be prevented from posting questions on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Given: We are getting lots of problems with the quality of questions from new users. The unwillingness to register shows a lack of commitment to the site and hence is a good indication that the ...
Ian Ringrose's user avatar
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13 votes
2 answers

Have I misinterpreted "too localised"? [closed]

My mother brought me up1 to believe that a question on Stack Overflow that is so narrow as to pertain only to one individual's trivial typo, or failure to spot a trivial typo, is cause for the ...
Lightness Races in Orbit's user avatar
11 votes
2 answers

Duplicate asking to explain chunk of code, with more than 400 upvotes, was deleted [closed]

My question about a block of JavaScript code, "Can you explain why ++[[]][+[]]+[+[]] = 10", was deleted and I want to know why. It is a programming question with 400+ upvotes that contains a ...
JohnJohnGa's user avatar
1 vote
2 answers

Put an end to the tyranny of "supplied argument is not a valid MySQL result resource" questions

Please disallow any post whose title is Warning: mysql_num_rows(): supplied argument is not a valid MySQL result resource Or whose body content contains this text for users of less than 500 rep. ...
Lightness Races in Orbit's user avatar
-18 votes
1 answer

Penalize those who answer Debug My Code questions [closed]

This post was inspired after reading The Help Vampire problem. Some types of questions are just bad for this site. They decrease the signal to noise ratio, they waste my and other people's time. They ...
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