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Stack Overflow is doing me ongoing harm; it's time to fix it!

Over the last month, Stack Overflow has violated its own policies and precedents to cause egregious and unnecessary harm to me -- to my reputation (personal and professional), to my health, and to my ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
122 votes
113 answers
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Visual design changes to the review queues

The Public Platform team would like to announce another release in a series of planned work for the Review queues. This release focuses on refreshing the queue user interface in preparation for ...
Lisa Park's user avatar
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The Stack Exchange reputation system: What's working? What's not?

Update Thank you everyone for the feedback you have provided. At this time, we will work through the feedback we have received to help us determine where to take our research on reputation next. ...
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47 answers
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What privilege should 30k users get?

The last time we lifted the level cap was in 2015. In 2014, we added a unilateral close-as-duplicate power for gold tag badge holders, but no new reputation level. So we've been thinking about giving ...
Jon Ericson's user avatar
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13 answers
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Why is Stack Overflow - and Stack Exchange in general - so scary?

I have been an SO user for quite some time and not an entire dimwit when it comes to my languages of choice. SO is a very useful resource and has helped me out of a pinch many a time. However, when it ...
user avatar
207 votes
9 answers
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Open hostility from SE staff towards the community - trying to understand it

Upon multiple occasions SE staff members have expressed open hostility towards the community as a whole, as well as towards specific members of the community. Specific references are avoided here ...
anonymous user's user avatar
80 votes
6 answers
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What aspects of psychology does Stack Overflow take advantage of?

I think it's interesting the way Stack Overflow has garnered such a following. I think that the success of Stack Overflow has a lot to do with how Stack Overflow is taking advantage of how people ...
Vivian River's user avatar
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170 votes
4 answers
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Make public Q&A a nonprofit

It is not news that the relationship between the community of invested Stack Overflow users and the company is at an all-time low. The core reason is arguably an unresolvable tension between their ...
Pekka's user avatar
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11 answers
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Is Stack Overflow a type of game?

I hope this question isn't perceived the wrong way. I am sincerely interested in hearing some of your thoughts about the title of this post. Sometimes, answering a question on Stack Overflow is an ...
JohnB's user avatar
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31 votes
8 answers
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With your permission, can I send you some stuff?

From time to time, companies and project teams approach us about sending users stuff as a special thank you for participating in a particular tag or other activity on the site. Historically, our ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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6 answers
513 views

Introducing donations to authors

A high-rep user normally invests a significant amount of time at SO, and normally contributes with awesome questions & answers. I frequently see extremely good content and I think the effort put ...
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Where is the Stack Overflow I joined two years ago? [closed]

I've been an active member of Stack Overflow for three years and four months now. I remember the beginnings of the first Stack Overflow subsite, and how it began to be popular. Back in those days, ...
Tom Smykowski's user avatar
18 votes
4 answers
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How can Stack Overflow encourage more thorough answers?

Several times over the past week (meaning 7 days, not the Stack Overflow week for which I still cannot figure out the schedule), I've written up a quick answer to a "Please debug my code and/or ...
PengOne's user avatar
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13 votes
4 answers
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Who answers questions on Stack Overflow? [closed]

When I post a programming question on Stack Overflow, I usually get a response pretty quickly, and to my surprise, the responses are very detailed. Some even have code and links to articles. I am ...
William Sham's user avatar
5 votes
3 answers
262 views

Does moderation impacts a moderator's involvement to answer a technical question?

I see that the moderators have had been answering a lot on technical questions in the past. I don't see the same enthusiasm/involvement with technical questions. I see a lot of moderators quite active ...
Lalit Kumar B's user avatar
9 votes
3 answers
647 views

Could account association cheapen the Yearling badge?

According to the badges page, the requirements for Yearling are: Active member for a year, earning at least 100 reputation However, the bonus for associating SO-family accounts is 100 rep, as long ...
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5 answers
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Why are Stack Overflow users so dedicated? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What is the motivation for answering questions? What motivates people to answer questions in Stack Overflow? This place is AWESOME! I have been posting questions on Stack&...
user780483's user avatar
7 votes
3 answers
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Why are approved edit suggestions worth reputation?

I'm not against it at all. I like it. I'm just curious what the rationale is/was. Of course I agree that good edits are good and that good things should be incentivized, but why with rep? The help ...
starball's user avatar
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4 answers
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Financially motivating the mods in the success of their sites

As far I know, currently the mods have some minimal money what they can donate to a non-profit organization. It is a fixed sum, and it doesn't depend on the success of their sites. My idea would be, ...
peterh's user avatar
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Why would anyone cheat or create multiple accounts to gain reputation on Stack Overflow? What's the motivation? [closed]

I read some people do that and that hence there are safeguards in place to prevent it, but what's the point? Suppose I know little about C++ and devise an ingenuous trick to game the system and gain ...
Rüppell's Vulture's user avatar
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2 answers
142 views

Feeling snubbed when I comment on an incorrect answer that is subsequently deleted

This has happened to me twice today. Someone posts something that is wrong as an answer. I add a comment explaining why the answer is wrong, and the answer disappears, and I get no credit for ...
rrenaud's user avatar
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5 answers
326 views

Reputation: Has it become the goal? [closed]

StackOverflow (and other StackExchange sites) are supposed to be collaboratively-edited-and-maintained Q&A networks. As far as my comprehension goes, this means that users: Help other users out. ...
Chris's user avatar
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3 answers
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Why doesn't Stack Exchange pay users who contribute the most?

Imagine if Stack Exchange set aside some of its proceeds to help pay a set of those users who have impacted the most people or have some of the highest reputation scores, which would in turn cause ...
Alexandru's user avatar
6 votes
2 answers
176 views

Are there any incentives to answering inactive questions?

On the Chemistry SE site, I sometimes answer inactive questions to help the poor asker out. However, my efforts are mostly in vain, since neither the OP nor the community would realize that I had ...
Unitato says Reinstate Monica's user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
92 views

To answer or not: What makes the difference?

The statistics show that Stack Exchange family websites have a lot of users. For example, Stack Overflow has more than 14M users. However, it seems that the majority of answers come from only a little ...
user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
190 views

Has there been a scientific paper/research investigating the motivation of people contributing in Stack Overflow?

In my opinion, Stack Overflow and the related websites have been very successful, especially considering the contents are mostly written voluntarily. Has there been scientific research analyzing the ...
Louis Rhys's user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
120 views

Contacting someone from Stack Overflow team?

Is it possible to contact someone from the Stack Overflow team? I would like to send a very interesting paper to the product manager or someone who receives those things to forward them to the ...
BendEg's user avatar
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4 votes
2 answers
183 views

Why is reputation earned on unwelcome questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Need a feature or countermeasure in place for users who promote “bad behavior”? The inability to earn reputation for flagging unwelcome questions causes some ...
eggyal's user avatar
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2 answers
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Would an increase in the positive motivation to take care of newbies be useful?

The new CoC operates mainly with negative motivation, i.e. the unfriendly welcome, particularly to newbies, is forbidden. Violating it results in punishment. Maybe the system could have a positive ...
peterh's user avatar
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Switch off the gamification for a chosen time

This feature request is about a setting to switch off seeing the positive reputation changes and to freeze or switch off the shown reputation points / graphs / badges. The setting should be available ...
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