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810 votes
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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 ...
55 votes
3 answers

What is the SE version of Seven Dirty Words?

Caution: R-rated language Some words, when present in a comment, make it eligible for instant, automatic one-flag deletion. Out of the seven words you can never say on television, only appear to ...
36 votes
10 answers

Introducing new user onboarding project

Following the Public Platform Q2 2021 roadmap, the team is kicking off the new user onboarding project and announcing our plans for the product-discovery phase. New user onboarding – Purpose We see ...
449 votes
26 answers

Should Stack Exchange in general be awarding "A"s for Effort?

This just came up again: homework is not acceptable if the asker has made no effort whatsoever I'm developing a bit of an involuntary twitch that manifests itself when I encounter the word "effort"...
68 votes
46 answers

Magic wand time - what does your community need?

Continuing in my series of questions to you: Last week, I heard some great origin stories. This week, I’d like to refocus a bit on what could be better (in your view). I’m very curious about whether ...
35 votes
0 answers

The canned comments left by the Community user are less than helpful, in some cases [duplicate]

I've seen a few examples: A comment on a post about licensing on Software Engineering indicating that the post needs clarification. The post is clear enough to know that it is off-topic. Editing for ...
-14 votes
1 answer

Regex pattern for automatic removal of "what have you tried"

According to "What have you tried" epidemic, this four-word question has been banned from comments, and "comments that consist of little more than "what have you tried" can be deleted with a single ...
-19 votes
2 answers

More attention needed to prevent non-constructive answers and comments [closed]

Lately, I have been getting a lot of critical responses to my questions, and absolutely no help whatsoever. Often users are responding with questions as to why I asked the question, and also links to ...
161 votes
4 answers

Is it OK to leave "What have you tried?" comments?

Some questions boil down to "how can/do I do X?" Here's an example. Sometimes, people leave comments under such questions that ask "what have you tried?" Is it OK to leave comments like that? Should ...
6 votes
1 answer

Does the prohibition on "what have you tried" apply to all Stack Exchange sites, or just Stack Overflow?

In "What have you tried" epidemic, a rule was established that short comments such as "what have you tried" (and similar) are banned. Does this rule apply to all Stack Exchange sites, or ...
-9 votes
2 answers

Could we get an option for pinging the first downvoter in a comment?

In short, what I'm asking for is something like this: Assume you've got an answer to a question. Now, someone downvotes that, and doesn't leave a comment. You're scratching your head at why, as your ...
-14 votes
1 answer

QuickComments as 'What have you tried?' and 'What is your question?'

Sometimes we encounter questions that don't have a 'Question' in them and other times we get question but no code or any idea if the user tried anything or not. For that reason, moderators and ...
13 votes
2 answers

Results not shown when matching words are in "quotes"

If matching words are in quotes, the result is not shown: This search, "what have you tried" is:question (link), does not list "What have you tried" epidemic in the results. Same issue with ...
30 votes
5 answers

Question closed because yes/no answer

I hope this is the right place to ask this question. I opened a question SO and it was almost immediately closed by a moderator with the reason Closed this as the only two possible answers are "...
120 votes
8 answers

What happened to the "You're Just Lazy" close vote reason? [closed]

...not literally, of course. But what happened to the previous menu of close-vote options? I find the current set unsatisfactory. Take this question that boils down to a typical java.lang....

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