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286 votes
7 answers
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The Help Vampire problem

What is the best long-term solution for the Help Vampire problem? Adapted from the above article: Identifying Help Vampires can be tricky, because they look like any ordinary person (or Internet user,...
1123 votes
32 answers
121k views

Should 'Hi', 'thanks', taglines, and salutations be removed from posts?

I edit a lot of posts every day. I often run across posts with 'Hi' and 'Thanks' on the top and the bottom of the post respectively. I also run across things like: --User Should these items be ...
-46 votes
4 answers
542 views

Possible solutions to why there is still so much 'attitude' and condescension on S.O. after there's been work to eliminate it

Why does SO have so much attitude and condescension, even after several measures have been taken to eliminate it? We can and need to do better Problem: S.O. still has so many people with a bad ...
1120 votes
1 answer
537k views

How does accepting an answer work?

What does it mean to accept an answer? How do I accept an answer, and what are the rules? Can I accept my own self-answer? What are the reputation benefits? Which answer should I accept? Should I ...
3 votes
1 answer
233 views

What tag is used for Stack Exchange rules and their respective enforcement instruments?

Each site has a Tour, a Help Center and meta sites having faq where the site's purpose, workings and features of the Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange system are explained. Also, there is FAQ for ...
1 vote
2 answers
302 views

Should "Why 'What Stack Overflow is Not' was deleted" be historically locked?

A long time ago, Shog9 deleted a popularly-linked question here. He then made another post, Why "What Stack Overflow is Not" was deleted, to explain his reasons for deleting the question ...
321 votes
2 answers
39k views

Should questions include "tags" in their titles?

I've seen questions edited to remove the language name from the title. Won't search engines - and folks using search engines - have an easier time finding them if these "tags" are kept as ...
189 votes
10 answers
9k views

Repository of useful pro-forma comments

Every tag has its questions that make the same mistake(s) over and over and over again. (But some tags more than others.) That's where Benjol's pro forma comments script comes in. The only downside to ...
85 votes
4 answers
1k views

Formal adoption of Pro-forma comments script into SE engine proper

My Pro-forma comments script has now gained quite a following (and it - allegedly - just got bust by upgrading to jQuery 1.7.1). This is a personal request to the team to consider adopting it. Not ...
660 votes
8 answers
422k views

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: https://link ...
2372 votes
30 answers
151k views

Stack Overflow is doing me ongoing harm; it's time to fix it!

Over the last month, Stack Overflow has violated its own policies and precedents to cause egregious and unnecessary harm to me -- to my reputation (personal and professional), to my health, and to my ...
8 votes
0 answers
217 views

What Happened to "What Stack Overflow is Not"? [duplicate]

I use this post frequently to post comments on SO questions that don't meet the quality guidelines for the site. I find it helps me to do my part in helping the moderators keeping the site clean. It ...
228 votes
20 answers
58k views

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 ...
9 votes
1 answer
598 views

What is Stack Exchange not good for? [closed]

The Stack Exchange Network contains a lot of sites and it works especially well -- particularly when used in combination with a search engine -- for answering one-off technical questions. But what is ...
122 votes
13 answers
5k views

Deleted Meta Questions Archive

Some keep deleting questions with a lot of discussion, both relevant and/or historical, and we can't search on deleted questions. Some of them are locked so that they cannot be undeleted, so I'm ...

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