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What good is downvoting really? Seems not to serve much useful purpose [duplicate]

I'm not a fan of the downvoting feature in general; frankly, I think it should be removed from all of the stackexchange sites. Negative feedback leads to negative results. I recognize that the intent ...
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Is the ability to downvote questions necessary?

I'm wondering whether the ability to downvote questions in the currently implemented way is the best way to handle bad questions. I'm ignoring meta sites for this, as they're far more complicated and ...
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Tell answer-author when the question is being voted to close

When I am in the editor writing an answer to a question, the system will notify me (in real time!) when another answer has been posted. This is presumably so I can see if the new answer may have ...
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Revisiting the “Hot Network Questions” feature, what are our shared goals for having it?

Thanks for your input here and elsewhere on Meta. Please see the results of this discussion on the update post: Updating the Hot Network Questions List - now with a bit more network and a little less ...
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Why is the “Ask a question” page still so unhelpful in 2018?

It seems to me that almost all of the drama on SO/SE is the result of "bad questions". Many thousands of programmer-hours, I'm sure, have been poured into moderation tools, voting tools, queues, tags, ...
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Do delete/undelete votes age away? [duplicate]

This doesn't seem to be specificed in the docs and the FAQ. I see this suggested in Let's Plan the Second Iteration of the Stack Exchange Quality Project! (10.2016) and mentioned as an existing ...
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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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Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator!

This feature is now live across the network. We've been doing quite a bit of research into ways that we could help new users have better experiences that ultimately lead them to becoming increasingly ...
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Rollout of new network site themes

For the remainder of updates, see the tracking post: Rollout of responsive design site themes - Tracking post See updated schedule below and updated stock theme As promised (albeit delayed), we ...
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Inconsistency of UI between locked and historically locked

From my 10k reputation point of view: locked questions (and possibly merged questions too) can't vote, but shows vote arrows can't edit, but shows edit button shows the flag button shows "comments ...
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Hide employee reputation points on per-site Metas

Stack Overflow is growing, and an increasing number of employees do not have a lot of reputation points on the SE main sites. Many of them are interacting with the community on the respective Meta ...
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2answers
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Why prevent users from asking questions? [closed]

I am currently not allowed to ask any questions in Physics SE. It is displayed on the ask page that I've reached my question limit. And a link is also displayed to a help centre page, from where I get ...
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Does Stack Exchange regularly conduct usability testing?

Definitions I suspect most of you reading this question are familiar with the terms usability, usability testing (also known as user testing), and UX (user experience). However, for some folks these ...
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'How to ask questions' guidelines are not visible on android mobile page

The desktop page version of Stack Exchange sites has very clear 'how to ask' guidelines on the right of screen but the same are not seen when a user is ready to type in their question on the android ...
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1answer
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What did Stack Exchange/Overflow change in May 2016 that cut low-quality questions so dramatically on the flagship sites?

So, I'll confess, I'm addicted to SEDE. To date, I've spent most of my time crafting queries to help with Spring Cleaning over on Chem.SE. However, alongside the site cleanup efforts, it appears that ...
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Why are Stack Exchange site rules for each site not easily visible on the front page? [duplicate]

This is my usual experience: "I want to post a question but I don't know what kind of questions are within the rules on this site. And since I don't want a question that took me 10 minutes to write ...
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A new reputation value based on Open Source Software (OSS) financial support

From time to time I financially support Open Source Software (OSS) projects. For example, I downloaded Ubuntu 16.10 and made standard $15 donation. And now I would like to have that support visible ...
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Were plans made for metrics associated with the Second Iteration of the Stack Exchange Quality Project?

I'm excited to hear about the Second Iteration of the Stack Exchange Quality Project, and surprised by the pages of answers there! Were plans made for metrics or success criteria? Projects without ...
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2answers
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Project Reduplication of Deduplication Has Begun!

While announcing the second iteration of the Stack Exchange quality project, I not-so-briefly alluded to a collaboration we're kicking off with the University Of Melbourne. The project presents some ...
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2answers
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Making Stack Exchange a more inviting place for new users

Stack Exchange is a wonderful and invaluable community... once you're part of it. New users who aren't familiar with how SE works may have a different impression of our community though. For instance, ...
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2answers
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Why are 1 rep new users allowed to post rendered images?

I've always been under the impression that 1 reputation new users on SE sites can only link to images, not post them as direct display rendered images when you open the post. Well, it seems that I ...
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1answer
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Could we have better notifications for questions in which we participated?

I have been using Stack Overflow every day for the past 8 years (I mean, actually every single day), and I still feel I know very little about what happened to the questions I contributed to. The ...
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0answers
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Tag specific question requirements

On Graphic Design we currently have some handy tag-specific alerts when asking questions with certain tags. These are for certain problem questions that are only a good fit for the site if they follow ...
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2answers
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Breaking the HNQ feedback loop on bad questions

The Hot Network Questions sidebar is a bit of a contentious issue, because it tends to promote questions that are often perceived as 'cheap', of relatively low quality, or on the fringes of topicality ...
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24answers
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A proposed philosophy of question migration

We spend a fair amount of time talking about question migrations between sites. These conversations happen internally, publicly and semi-publicly in the network-wide moderator chat room. In the ...
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I keep cancelling my edit rejects!

Every now and again on a Stack Exchange site, I run across an edit that I want to reject with a custom reject message. So the typical procedure kicks in: click reject select custom message focus the ...
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1answer
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The cross-site Filtered Questions on Stack Exchange are a bit awkward to use, making site and question discovery extremely difficult

I'm trying to set up Filtered Questions so I can get emails about questions I'm interested on that aren't on sites that I may normally follow. I don't necessarily need email, but I do want ...
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Allow moderators or gold tag badge holders to prevent questions from being on the hot network questions (HNQ) list

Sometimes a question that is not representative of a site makes the HNQ list. This can lead to a large bump in traffic on a question the community may not be well equipped to handle. I propose that ...
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Undeletion, Unbumping and the Potential For Abuse

There has been some concerns on how bumping can be abused to garner some extra reputation. I'm going to question the opposite. A scenario where not bumping can be abused. Today of all days, a post ...
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Can we add more information to “no longer needed” flags?

As a moderator on a couple comment-heavy sites, I see a lot of "no longer needed" comment flags. But that doesn't tell me why it's no longer needed, so to evaluate it I usually have to read through a ...
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2answers
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What is the reputation required to edit one's own deleted question?

One of my friends who is new to the SE recently posted a question on SO and then quickly deleted it after I pointed out some issues. However, he finds that he cannot edit the question while it is ...
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2answers
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Usability issues for first-time Stack Exchange users - a micro-study

I come from lands afar, also known as Hardware Recommendations Stack Exchange. Over there, we have a serious problem with first-time Stack Exchange users coming along and asking off-topic questions - ...
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Can I get notifications from my favourite tags into the SE inbox?

I’ve labelled a few favourite tags here (and more on other sites). I appreciate them being highlighted on the question page. Sometimes, however, I take breaks from Stack Exchange that can be anything ...
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In the low-quality queue, make it more clear that the canned comments are just that

I often see that reviewers (including experienced ones) do one of the following when choosing the delete option for answers in the low-quality queue: They choose a canned comment, even though an ...
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0answers
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hot network questions have inconsistent CSS for visited/not visited depending on the site you're on

This is a HNQ excerpt from Stack Overflow. Visited questions are objectively darker. This is a HNQ excerpt from Super User. Visited questions are objectively lighter. This is a HNQ excerpt from ...
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4answers
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Remove VLQ as a flag option

The Very Low Quality flag option sucks. prepares for controversy I'd like to see it removed totally as a flag option. Its original purpose was as a response to contentless or meaningless posts; ...
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Amortize voting limits over a rolling week

We can cast a maximum of 40 votes (up/down) per day¹. For people who vote a lot — which is encouraged — this maximum can be reached pretty quickly. I know why there's a maximum — we wouldn't want a ...
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Allow unregistered accounts to delete their own posts

I feel that unregistered users should have the ability to delete their own posts subject to the usual rules of registered users namely a question not having an upvoted / multiple answers. I can't ...
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33answers
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We're standardizing the sidebar width at 300px on all sites

Update: this change is now live across the network. You'll still see some narrow 220px ads because it's going to take us a good while to update all of the old ads, but if you see any other style ...
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3answers
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Remove question from HNQ if it has close votes

I've seen this a few times in the past few months, where questions that are blatantly off topic are still on the Hot Network Questions list. Great, it has more exposure, and people who are not ...
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1answer
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Accept button is not clear to new users so they are less likely to accept an answer

On every question that I answer where a user has less than a 100 rep I tell them to accept or optionally up vote my answer. If I don't do this, they might up vote me but if they have less than 15 rep ...
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Proposal to make close votes scale with rep

There have been several proposals for how we’re ever going to get a handle on the ever-mounting close-vote queue. Dupehammer has been especially successful, and there have been several proposals ...
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Why is “what can I ask about here” not the first entry in the help center?

On a lot of sites, the first section of the Help Center looks like this: When I go to a site's help center it's almost always to find out what's on-topic there, because I'm considering asking or ...
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Let moderators move posts to review queues

I propose that moderators should have a tool that allows us to move posts into review queues. This could be useful, for example, when a borderline on/off topic post comes along and it's better to let ...
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Shouldn't we merge russian.stackexchange.com and rus.stachexchange.com?

I am actually a moderator for http://russian.stackexchange.com and today I was kinda surprised to find a second Russian-language dedicated beta which I have no idea to exist - http://rus.stackexchange....
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3answers
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Let's do something about “I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it belongs on…”

By Stack Exchange policy, "better fit elsewhere" is not a sufficient justification for closing or migrating a question; there actually needs to be a bona fide reason, stated in the Help Center, for ...
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2answers
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People don't read the tag excerpts because we don't swat them into their faces

You are a user asking a question, and the system is helpful, so it shows you this: (the 5 of them were suggested when I finished writing this post, I used only one, tag-wiki-excerpt) Seeing the ...
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12answers
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Make comment flags less stupid

Update: declining this in favor of Drop "not constructive", combine "noisy", reword "rude" and "other" comment flags I'm sick of comment flags, and I'm pretty ...
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UI suggests that “better fit elsewhere” is a valid reason for closure

The criteria for migrating a question are: The question is off-topic on the current site. The question is high-quality. The question is on-topic for the target site. Or, as stated in the FAQ, ...
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12answers
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New UI encourages askers to confirm or dispute duplicate votes

As of the 9th of March, the banner shown to askers whose questions have attracted at least one duplicate close vote has a couple of new options: If the author clicks the first button, they're shown a ...

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