Linked Questions

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Encouraging people to explain downvotes

Note: If you're looking for a simple explanation as to why comments aren't required on downvotes, see Why isn't providing feedback mandatory on downvotes, and why are ideas suggesting such ...
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We'd like your feedback on our new Code of Conduct! [duplicate]

TL;DR: We've put together a code of conduct (CoC) that is a bit more comprehensive than our existing be nice policy because we feel that our current policy isn't meeting our needs. Some background, ...
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What is the XY problem?

What is the XY problem? When asking questions, how do I recognize when I'm falling into it? How do I avoid it? Return to FAQ index
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27answers
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Allow downvoting comments

Answers and questions allow both upvoting and downvoting - comments, however, only allow upvoting. I think it would be useful to allow downvoting of comments for two reasons: First, if you ...
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27answers
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How should we deal with Google questions?

There have been a lot of questions that can be answered with a simple Google search. For these questions, an answer can be found by just copying and pasting the question directly into the Google ...
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Why is SE giving so much attention to the “be nice”-policy?

Recently we have been treated to featured meta posts and blog posts about the importance of the "be nice"-policy, and how/why it should also apply to comments. This is all fine. Educating each other ...
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Repository of useful pro-forma comments

Every tag has its questions that make the same mistake(s) over and over and over again. (But some tags more than others.) That's where Benjol's pro forma comments script comes in. The only downside to ...
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3answers
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Let's take a look at the interaction between staff and the “power users” of the network

Recently, it was announced that the "Hot on Meta" questions would no longer show up on the SO sidebar. Sara Chipps elaborated a little bit on why: Stack Overflow Employees have panic ...
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Fixing comments in 5 minutes. Intrigued? Let's discuss

I made a quick change to Area 51 recently, and it had a profound effect on how people used that site, so let's discuss. Background: The basic building blocks of every SE site are the QUESTION and the ...
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An evidence based appeal for gender neutrality in the Code of Conduct

This is simply a request to allow they, them, or their, or silence, despite the insistence from SE that they or silence is a form of misgendering, and to remove that idea as a violation of the new ...
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4answers
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What can we do to encourage (or discourage) a second question?

This question is mostly an excuse for sharing some research I've been doing. It essentially replicates the data Shog gathered a few years ago. I think the results suggest some systemic and social ...
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Style guide to avoid condescension in answers

I've had two suggested edits rejected by the author, which attempted to make an answer more accessible by amending its condescending opening paragraph. The use of words such as "simply", "just", "...
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Why do we allow new users to comment on their own questions/answers?

With the ongoing discussions about commenting standards, and about being welcoming in general, a point I've seen raised a couple of times is the hostility and defensiveness that we sometimes see from ...
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Collapse comments on old questions

In Let's hold language in comments to the same standard as posts, the SE team talked about how comments can influence the overall perception of the site: To casual visitors, question comments are ...