Linked Questions

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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 ...
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26answers
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Replace accept rate with citizenship level

I see that accept rate has now been removed from display on questions. I think this is not a great solution for reasons that waffles explained well. Take it away waffles! On one hand accept rate ...
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7answers
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Are we creating divisions in our quest to make new users welcome?

One of the more frequent accusations that get leveled against long-time users of various sites is that we treat new user questions differently. That we downvote and close vote them maliciously, to "...
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7answers
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Etiquette for posting civil and informative comments

Sometimes I leave a comment like "Stack Overflow is not your personal research assistant," but am accused of being rude. How can I craft a comment that is seen as civil to the community and ...
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5answers
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Should the 24-hour timeout apply to bounties awarded for “exemplary answer”?

I was impressed by the effort that Ankur put into his answer to my question "Bringing items into China for a friend - what to expect at customs?", so I created a bounty so that I could award extra ...
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5answers
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Negative comments drive new users away, how can we fix this?

We've talked about how we should act towards new users a lot in the past. I'd like to discuss some of these questions again. But more important than that, I hope this question will help us learn more ...
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8answers
663 views

How do we prevent piling-on of passive-aggressive comments on low-quality questions? [duplicate]

I have noticed a trend that bothers me. It is not uncommon that questions, especially of new or non-regular users, are of poor quality. This leads to the inevitable "What have you tried?". There have ...
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5answers
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How widespread is the “back it up” principle?

Good Subjective, Bad Subjective refers to the Back It Up principle that was developed on an early SE site. I've seen this principle in use on UX (though I can't find an example right now), and citing ...
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5answers
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Why can the senior Stack Overflow community be hostile toward newbie questions? [duplicate]

What I can't understand is why the Stack Overflow senior community is hostile to newbies. As much as I try to research my questions before asking and editing them well I always seem to get ...
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2answers
792 views

Ways to give users some specific education about question quality and topicality

Important: This question is being asked here, and not on the Programmers Meta, because I believe that several SE sites suffer from this same, specific problem. On Programmers, I see a pattern ...
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2answers
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Moderators’ behavior in small Stack Exchange communities

Lately I have been visiting some Stack Exchange sites like Italian Language and similar, and I saw a lot of people (moderators included) tend to comment chatty things like “Welcome to ...”. I know it’...
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2answers
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Make community less hostile for beginners [duplicate]

Honestly, How many times do I see the true value of coming to stackoverflow only to ask a beginner question or something I am new at and literally get run off the site by rude and hostile users. ...
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How to help inexperienced programmers who just can't get it

I sometimes try to answer questions and help people who clearly were very inexperienced programmers. It seems to happen to me regularly, maybe because I answer questions in tags popular with beginners ...
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2answers
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How to positively steer a new user

As I was making my way through a couple questions, I ran into an answer from a new user that was extremely low-quality. So, being semi-diligent, I looked to see if the user was consistently answering ...
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2answers
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Warn when downvoting newbies

I'd like an extra message box when clicking "down" on answers and questions of people which have less than 100 points (or any other sensible definition of "newbie"; I think the site owners should be ...

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