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Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange

This is an unofficial list/changelog of new features and various changes to Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange network. It is maintained by the community, while a Stack Exchange employee changes ...
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Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”?

I have often wondered at the practice on Stack Overflow, Server Fault, and the other sites where someone will ask a question and an answer will come in that says Look here: http://link ...
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Can we have some tools to handle link rot?

There are many links posted in answers, and some in questions, that are either stale or broken. An example is the change to Ant on-line documentation this year to do away with separate 'Optional' and ...
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Remove nofollow on links deemed reputable

This is a followup to the following meta post: Remove nofollow on links at a certain age We have been in contact with Matt Cutts regarding removing nofollow: ... we’re trying to encourage sites ...
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Can we get rid of the default text “enter image description here”?

When I just viewed this answer, I got two lines with "enter image description here" for almost 10 seconds. Then, it seems, imgur decided to provide the actual images. This happens from time to time, ...
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Is it appropriate to down-vote an answer due to linkrot? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does an (old) answer that contains only a dead link deserve a downvote? I see that it is already debatable if a bare link is a good answer or not, but would a bare link that ...
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Link rot “request for edit”: How a user will be able to edit his/her own post when confronted with the “Edit limit”?

The question "Does Stack Exchange Crawl Web Sites?" mentions: all being planned at the moment, in a nutshell, community will add a "special comment" to the post asking the creator to fix it, it ...
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Crawling Stack Overflow instead of the dumps for fresher data in our search results

We have a search utility on Yfrog that indexes all tweets that hit yfrog.com (we have 1.5 billion tweets indexed). We want to add all Stack Overflow questions to our index so that we could refer ...
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How to get rid of CiteHistory crap?

I just stumbled upon this post. The bottom of the answer contained two tracking links. After editing the post I discovered that all of this user's posts contain bit.ly and CiteHistory trackers. A ...
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Why did this edit get rejected?

I edited a link to a video out of a question, because the video was not online anymore, so there is no point in having a link there. But my edit got rejected saying: This edit changes too much in ...
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For well-known terminology, how useful is adding links to Wikipedia?

How useful is it to edit posts and add Wikipedia-links to (probably) well-known things like PowerPoint, Mac OS X, Python or YouTube? Or to (probably) less-known things like Norton and Avast! antivirus?...
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Link Rot: Encourage author to cache snippets of relevant text to prepare for this eventuality

I have withdrawn this from being a feature-request to just a discussion (as recomended by @arjan). What I would like to propose is more awareness of the fact that Links Rot, and so should only ...
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Lots of edits changing the link to Java documentation

There's a guy on a mission to change all links to Java documentation from old version to Java 6 or 7 (the old documentation is not online any more). For example that one: https://stackoverflow.com/...
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I've run across a lot of broken links lately, what should I do?

Perhaps I'm just crazy.. but in the last few days I've experienced a noticeable increase in the number of links to what seem like promising SO answers from a few years back, but ultimately end in the ...
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Is it possible to automatically mark broken links?

People often post links to third-party sites as a reference or to provide further readings. Over time, these links become stale and end up leading to 404 pages. Is it possible for the framework to ...

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