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Why aren't people voting for questions?

While at least some answers from every question seem to have been up-voted as a "helpful" answer: about 49% of questions have score of 0 or 1. another 21% of questions have a score of 2. Most ...
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27answers
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The current review system encourages fake reviews; some people upvote everything rather than actually fixing problems

I went to a Late Answers review queue that had four items in it and started reviewing the first one by editing it into shape rather heavily. By the time I was done, someone else had reviewed the ...
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23answers
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Should downvotes on questions be “free”?

As I'm sure you all know, downvotes "cost" 1 reputation. That is, every time you downvote: -2 to post owner -1 to you This is done to make sure downvotes are cast only when you feel strongly ...
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7answers
6k views

Top user's answer victim of Reddit mob behavior [closed]

I don't know Hans Passant, but he's the 5th highest rep user on SO, and I'm sure that's no fluke. He clearly is very active and knows what he's talking about. His answer to the question at VB.NET - ...
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13answers
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The Great Question Deletion Audit of 2010 [closed]

First, let me go on record saying I absolutely support the concept that closed questions which are not useful in either content or as a search term variety duplicate, absolutely should be deleted. ...
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11answers
976 views

What to do about rep inflation?

Overall reputation scores are headed nowhere but up. Pretty soon there will be thousands of mods. What to do? Thoughts on possibilities: Thousands of mods is fine. Carry on. Adjust the threshold ...
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6answers
937 views

Is miscategorization of obscure questions as “not real” a problem?

I've noticed lately that there are questions on Stack Overflow being closed as "not a real question" which are to an expert in the subject clearly "real questions" -- unambiguous, not rhetorical, ...
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4answers
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Why are there always flamewars over questions where many people know the answer? [closed]

I already came across questions to which many people "knew" the answer. Usually it gets many upvotes and downvotes, many answers and even more comments. It gets voted to be closed and re-opened again. ...
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2answers
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Should we allow a mere 5 reopen votes to nullify any number of delete votes?

Browsing through the delete queue in /tools, I often come across a few questions where the bottom links read something like reopen (1) delete (6). The number of delete votes required is scaled by the ...
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1answer
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What do we do when a question is taken over by a social news site?

In the past few months, I've seen a few different questions and answers get posted to major social media sites (usually Reddit) and get some really extreme votes. Today's example was at http://www....
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2answers
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how did “Integer Division in Javascript” get so many upvotes?

I'm honestly confused why this would be so popular: How to perform integer division and get the remainder in JavaScript? Why was this short, not thought-out, question that had no evidence of any ...
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1answer
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What are these “useful artifacts” on Stack Exchange?

The phrase "useful artifact" or similar appears semi-frequently on the Stack Exchange network, usually when someone is explaining or commenting on site policies on Meta. I've even started using it ...
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1answer
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Should Eric Lippert's timeless answer about the C++ memory model be closed as a duplicate?

Eric Lippert's hotel analogy for the C++ memory model is one of the best answers on SO. The question it's in response to, Can a local variable's memory be accessed outside its scope, is currently ...
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3answers
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Is reputation normalized by question views a relevant piece of info?

One of the weaknesses of the current reputation points system is that is it heavily biased towards people participating in "hot" topics. E.g. a super-expert on "Turkey" language that has 10 users ...
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3answers
179 views

Does the daily reputation limit really serve the community?

I've recently read Jon Skeet's blog post on Stack Overflow and it seems that there are some clearly obsessed guys out there (sometimes I observe similar symptoms in myself too), who, without the daily ...