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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 ...
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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 ...
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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,...
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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 $ ...
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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. ...
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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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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. ...
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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 +...
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Reputation for Closed Questions

should users lose reputation that they gained from a question has been closed. If a question was closed then clearly it didn't follow SO rules, but if people upvoted it before it was closed, the user ...
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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 ...
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How long should I search for an answer before I ask on an SE site? [duplicate]

Naturally, before I ask a question on a forum or site like Stack Overflow, I'll first search the sites themselves and on Google for the answer. How long should I do so before I give up and post the ...
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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 ...
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Dis-incentive to ask questions that will get closed?

Recently, a question was asked on SO and the user who posted it also posted two answers. Both the question and answers gained both up and down votes. In total, he gained (according to his profile) 120 ...
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Reason for those thousand sites

There's one single thing on SO, I really hate: The limitation of "allowed questions". I really don't see what's wrong with "questions having no answer", "too argumentative", etc. For sure, not ...
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How can I write better questions? / Get more answers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to review? Can we agree on a review 'policy'? Agreed Duplicate Can we agree on a review 'policy'? This is a proposed reference question / help page / ...
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Should I link badly asked questions to Raymond?

I recently encountered a vague question on Stack Overflow which asked for instructions on a very basic operation in C++. I added an answer linking to a Google results page, which contained very easy ...
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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 ...
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How can Stack Overflow discourage duplicate questions?

Ok, so questions and suggestions about duplicate questions are pretty common, often being duplicates themselves. My question is really more about how Stack Overflow could change in order to ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Clarify purpose on Area 51 Discussion "Ask Question" page

Since the Area 51 Discussion Zone was launched around 10 days ago there have been 10 actual topical questions posted as discussions. Here's some examples. I think they're actual questions rather ...
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Duplicate management of SO questions

Duplicates seem to be one of the bigger issues for me when looking for answers. Many people also seem to ask questions without first looking for duplicates (I appreciate the irony that someone will ...
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Attempting to retag a question redirects me to another question

As per this question, I went through and started retagging the questions with the "newbie" tag (the one that had fewer) to "new users". But when I try to click the tags box of this question, I am ...
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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'...
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