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The Many Memes of Meta

Catchphrases and concepts that spread from person to person are known as memes, which, courtesy the Internet, can now explode across the Earth like a highly contagious virus (hence "going viral"). As ...
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The Help Vampire problem

What is Stack Overflow's long-term solution for the Help Vampire problem? Quote from article follows: Identifying Help Vampires can be tricky, because they look like any ordinary person (or Internet ...
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Introduce a “general reference” close reason

There is a certain amount of questions that are absolutely trivial in nature: How to format a date, how to concatenate a string, et cetera. Questions that could be solved by taking a look into the ...
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Is it OK to just downvote & flag help vampires?

This is no longer my point of view; so I changed title, removed comments and accepted Jeff's answer. The comments on this answer made it clear to me and changed my mind... May this question serve as ...
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I think Stack Overflow should convert to Catholicism so that we may have Purgatory

(psst the religious analogy is for fun; I don't actually think we should baptize Stack Overflow) In the interests of improving questions and question askers, I propose giving moderators the ability ...
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The “Other” off topic reason for closing can circumvent our actual mission

I'm really happy overall about the changes to closing. I think the new close reasons are much less full of jargon than the old reasons. In practice, however, I'm seeing an actual issue with one ...
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Sanction users dumping code and requesting debugging

I have recently noticed a number of questions where the user (often a very new one with low rep) dumps a bunch of code, describes symptoms of the problem and asks others to find the bug(s). Often the ...
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How persistent should I be when answering questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Exit strategies for “chameleon questions” This had been troubling me for quite some time. I use StackOverflow mainly fro answering questions and learning through ...
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Should I not answer bad questions, even if they don't close?

So, when it comes to bad questions I usually just comment, downvote and close vote. But every now and then, don't ask me why, I just feel "nice" and give them the answer they want. Not for the rep, ...
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Should new users be encouraged to answer questions more than ask them?

On StackOverflow, I started by answering questions, not asking them. Even though I'm no huge expert, there are plenty of questions that are easy enough that I can answer them easily or with a little ...
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Flagging homework questions for adding a warning banner at the top

I have been wondering what is the theory behind not moderating out homework questions immediately. By homework questions I mean questions that do not show almost any kind of effort from the asker to ...