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Why are people asking Stack Overflow questions on Meta Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

It's happened quite a few times. Here's a recent one. So I'm wondering, what is the scenario? Are they scrolling down to the link of sites, clicking meta and posting? Are they googling for some result,...
Ólafur Waage's user avatar
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Off-topic questions from new, inexperienced users: How come? [duplicate]

EDIT: This question is as suspected a duplicate, so please check out the former post. Sonic's answer explains in detail how people end asking questions on Meta. Journeyman Geek has also a question ...
Thorsten S.'s user avatar
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Could we get some troll fencing up around meta?

While I'm a fan of "Presume good intent" it seems unusual to see folks whose entire interest here is in how the CoC is enforced - one rep users with no accounts elsewhere. I'm noticing some patterns ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
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Block migration if user is suspended/question-blocked at destination

There's a sad little loophole in the suspension/question-block system: migrations. Example: Let's say you've been suspended on MSO, but you really, really want to post a question here now. All you ...
Dori's user avatar
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Sudden increase in off-topic posts on MSE

It seems that the Updated Terms of Service message linking to the MSE post discussing it had a undesired side effect: there is a huge increase in off-topic (mostly programming) questions. (Not to ...
Patrick Hofman's user avatar
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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 ...
user avatar
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Seriously. A mod won't migrate?

I posted two flags on this question: The 1st one was accepted and the 2nd one was rejected. Here is my flag requests: declined - if the user cannot work ...
Naftali's user avatar
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People get lost and crash into meta - maybe we need roadblocks for their safety

I used to think that Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog's idea of a survey was a terrible idea - it didn't actually fix anything, and I suspect most folks asking off-topic questions here are drivebys. On ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
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What is the cause of the recent increase in blatantly off-topic posts on Meta?

For the past few days, I have the feeling that there are a lot more blatantly off-topic questions ('lost souls') on Meta Stack Exchange. OK, that could be just a feeling, so I've created a short ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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Let's Start An Annual Meta Survey!

No, we're not going to survey a survey, as much fun as that might be. We'd like to toss out the idea of running a survey that asks folks about their experiences here, expectations when coming here, ...
Tim Post's user avatar
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Are users dropped in Lifeboats without Lifejackets?

IPS Meta just got a round of Lifeboat badges awarded, 5 posts have earned someone a Lifeboat. But not a single user has yet earned the Lifejacket badge, even though the criteria for getting that one ...
Tinkeringbell's user avatar
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The question wizard might be useful for Meta Stack Exchange too; should we give it a try?

tl;dr Due to the special nature of Meta and the high rate of "lost souls", should we try out the Ask a Question Wizard here on Meta Stack Exchange too? General idea In case anyone doesn't know yet, ...
MEE's user avatar
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Is the VLQ flag appropriate for blatantly off-topic questions here on MSE?

The endless stream of blatantly off-topic questions never ceases to flow into MSE, which is a topic that's been brought up many times. I've written a userscript that automatically casts a close vote, ...
iBug says Reinstate Monica's user avatar
18 votes
3 answers

Survey of users to judge quality and culture of an SE site

Without getting into specifics, I've noticed an extreme difference in the overall experience of a number of different Stack Exchange communities of which I am a member. Likewise I have personally ...
user avatar
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How should we steer lost users?

Here is a thing I see fairly often here on Meta.SE: The question isn't remotely on-topic and was rightly, and quickly, put on hold. Somebody left a comment (not shown) pointing out what Meta.SE is ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar

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