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What has happened to the quality of answers on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Apologies of this has come up recently / been done to death, I've only just discovered Meta Stack Overflow. I signed up for Stack Overflow just after its launch nearly a year ago, and ...
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Are we an answer factory? [duplicate]

Are we an answer factory, or are we here to educate? I've been reading Stack Exchanges far longer than I have been participating in them, but I have noticed a trend of people answering questions ...
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Beginner questions attracting bad answers? [duplicate]

It seems like to me that even decent questions by beginners attract mostly answers of the form: here do this insert code block. This seems to be incredibly prevalent in javascript and jquery questions,...
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Feeding the vampires, should this have been answered? [duplicate]

I came across this question: Sort by id element using jQuery I voted to close it because it is pretty much a gimme teh codez question. "Here is my HTML, can you write the javascript for my feature?". ...
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Answers that doesn't provide more help than existing ones [duplicate]

For example, a user asked a question. Before long, an answer comes up, attempting to answer the question. Now, i've seen a lot of times that later, after about 15, 30 minutes, other answers popped ...
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Fastest Gun in the West Problem

I feel like there's a problem with Stack Overflow, as the number of people prowling it increases. Each question's answers are sorted by descending score and then by descending time of posting. This ...
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Give an incentive for finding duplicate questions [duplicate]

At present if you see a question that may be a duplicate and has an easy answer you can post the answers or post a link to the duplicate question. (Or the few hi-rep users can vote to close it as ...
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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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Help us make “Not Constructive” and “Not a Real Question” closures more effective [closed]

In the recent off-topic discussion, Pekka 웃 suggested that other close reasons could be further broken out as well . We've got some more specific ideas along those lines, and we want your input and ...
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Reward finding duplicate questions - +10, +2, -5

Give an incentive for finding duplicate questions deals with various ways of rewarding the finding of duplicates, a tough and increasingly necessary janitorial task. Here's a concrete suggestion: ...
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What are the fantasy secret hats you'd wish to get?

I had for some days the fantasy of getting a grinch hat. I know there is a hat when you only do upvotes in a day and believed it could make sense to have the same kind of hats for downvotes only. It ...
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The bikeshed problem and Stack Exchange

In short, the bikeshed problem: If you go before the Board of Directors and ask for 1.5 billion dollars to build a nuclear reactor, no one will review or discuss the details of the plant. ...
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Your answer is in another castle: when is an answer not an answer?

I think we can all agree, this sucks: If you've been around a little while, you've probably encountered hundreds of answers like this in various forums, some of them even marked as "The Answer&...
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Turbocharging the Roomba: solutions for premature deletion

A couple weeks ago, I asked for help: How can we stop premature deletion? And I got some fantastic responses. A big thanks to everyone who participated in that discussion - you're the reason I don't ...
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What drives me away from here

Most of the time if a question is poorly written, doesn't show any research effort, doesn't demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem, and simply asks for a solution like: I need this - do ...

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