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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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What is serial voting and how does it affect me?

I just noticed that I lost a bunch of points from my reputation score, and I used the "reputation" tab on my user profile page to try and track down the cause. During my investigation, I noticed ...
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Recent Reputation History Changes

Update (March, 2012): This has been rolled out to all sites in the network. Behind the scenes we've been hard at work making some changes to how we track reputation. Here are some of the issues we'...
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Should Stack Exchange in general be awarding "A"s for Effort?

This just came up again: homework is not acceptable if the asker has made no effort whatsoever I'm developing a bit of an involuntary twitch that manifests itself when I encounter the word "effort"...
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I've just been downvoted. How should I react?

I've posted a question or an answer, and I have received one or more downvotes. I am not really sure why I was down voted, or I think I know why, but I disagree. Why did this happen, and what should ...
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We need to be a little less hostile

I've noticed a distressing tendency for questions that seem basic or overly short to be immediately closed and downvoted into oblivion. Case in point: How can I tell if a DOM object is out of the ...
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Stack Exchange Community Statistics

Many Meta users have asked for statistics that involve data that isn't available through the public data dumps (especially voting-related stats). In conjunction with the SE team, I will be bringing ...
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Allow users to leave an anonymous comment when voting

I don't know if people don't explain why they up or down vote because they don't care or because they don't want the person to know they voted on an answer (or question)... But, it might be nice to be ...
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Can we raise the awareness that question downvotes are now free?

See also: Should downvotes on questions be "free"? Ever since downvotes for questions have been made free, I find that I've been more actively voting (both up and down) on questions. The ...
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Why are votes per post on the decrease (what can we do to improve this)?

I just wrote this totally nasty query on data.se (same query including all community wiki questions). It is ... complicated but this is what it looks at: It splits up data in to 1 month chunks (2009 -...
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Downvoting of new user questions

I have noticed a trend on Stack Overflow where the first question posted by newer users (typically having <100 reputation) tends to get downvoted, mainly because said users don't know how to ask ...
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Why do I not lose reputation when I downvote posts?

I have recently earned enough reputation to cast downvotes. And as I understand it, when I downvote (by clicking the down button), my reputation will be decreased. However, I have downvoted at least 3 ...
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Mitigating publicity-driven vote inflation

Following the Reddit debacle™ back in January, we've had another instance today of a question becoming overwhelmingly popular due to external "advertising". As soon as Joel tweeted about Eric Lippert'...
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Why is downvoting a question free but downvoting an answer not? [duplicate]

The title basically says it all: "Why is downvoting a question free but downvoting an answer not?" I ask this because I think bad answers are a lot more damaging than bad questions. If it is a a bad ...
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Getting your question reopened

In this comment, someone mentioned how hard it is to get a question reopened. This is a problem. Many new users, upon learning that their question is closed, will ask it again in a new post. This ...

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