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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 ...
33 votes
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Could or should the "search first, ask question later" principle be made more prominently visible?

I'm relatively new (roughly a month), so please excuse any great misunderstandings. Presumptions / Impressions: (A) It may vary a bit per case or community, but in general, the approach seems to be ...
3 votes
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What are the exact conditions for the /questions/ask/advice ("interstitial") page to show to a user?

Ex. the page on Stack Overflow: What are the exact conditions for such pages to show to a user? On what sites? With what history/conditions of the user'...
55 votes
11 answers

Noob questions, simple answers, and big rep points [duplicate]

I struggle to pick up rep points even when answering questions and giving good demos of code via a pastebin - sometimes spending 15 mins+. Then, along comes a noob question, for instance What does $ ...
85 votes
4 answers

Add a hint to stay put after posting a question

The Problem It happens on every second question I try to answer: The question is unclear but the user does not respond. Why? The usual reason is that the user asking a question seems to leave. ...
189 votes
23 answers

Please charge rep for questions after threshold

There was a suggestion on uservoice - now down, that really illustrate the need to stop users from gaming the system by simply asking meaningless, ridiculous question after question to gain rep. We ...
-5 votes
7 answers

Why do so many people ask basic questions instead of searching first?

I've never understood why for so many basic questions, the perfect answer can be found simply by taking the title, copying it to Google, and clicking "I'm Feeling Lucky". Why do some people have an ...
45 votes
17 answers

What's the single biggest barrier to entry on Stack Overflow?

Looking at the discussion here so far, a lot of it has understandably been focused on regular users; not necessarily high rep users, but people who have essentially "committed" to the site in some way,...
28 votes
8 answers

Should we encourage more closing? [closed]

Update: Found in the "Highest voted questions" list on the 10k tools "stats" tab today: What are ten really good, short programs you can write to help become fluent with a new language? (question is +...
11 votes
2 answers

Begin focusing more on searching than asking

Just a thought. I have noticed that many, many more questions are getting duplicated on SO. This may be partly due to availability of searching within SO. I know SO questions appear frequently in ...
53 votes
7 answers

Thanks a lot for this post ... and other first time user curiosities

I have been looking at the endless stream of first answers users post on the Stack Overflow. As it stands over 500 answers are posted a day on Stack Overflow, that are the first answer by users. ...
3 votes
2 answers

Make the how-to-ask site agnostic

Regarding this from the blog: Furthermore, this page is designed to be shared and reusable. Free to share the How to Ask link with any question asker in need of advice on how to improve their ...
1 vote
4 answers

Force a search before asking question?

I've noticed quite a few questions coming in on META that are definitely duplicates of other posts. To the point where I think the titles may have even been almost the same verbatim (ok, a tad bit of ...
4 votes
3 answers

Why does stack overflow suggest so many irrelevant questions on the "Ask a Question" screen?

I was just asking a question on Stack Overflow and after entering the title I got a hundred or so related questions, which are absolutely unrelated to anything I care about. Did anyone actually ...
52 votes
6 answers

Should you gain rep for asking a duplicate question?

This is a two in one question: Should the asker of a duplicate question gain reputation for asking the duplicate question? Should the answerers of duplicate questions gain reputation for answering ...

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