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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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