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Can we automate detection of cross-posting?

How difficult would it be to detect cross-posts when the relevant questions have identical titles and content, and are posted by the same user? As an example: Original, posted on SO Following day, ...
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Is it time to do something about spelling and grammar?

It bugs me, as it has annoyed a lot of people before, that when editing a post one has to correct and capitalise PHP, MySQL, SQL, ASP, jQuery, you, I, why, the etc again and again and again. See also:...
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Automate on-site plagiarism detection

There have been many cases where on-site plagiarism has been coincidentally discovered by good citizens either while looking for answers to their questions, or while answering questions merely to ...
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Get Community involved in the close process

It's been noted that the Stack Overflow close vote queue has a few questions in it. More generally, it appears as though the Stack Overflow community cannot keep up with the volume of questions that ...
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Automatically close flagged questions

The review queue for close votes is very large, currently just below 54k (!) questions to review. This means that up to 200k votes have to be cast to empty this queue. At the current limit of 50 ...
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Automatically convert links to popular mobile pages (such as the mobile Wikipedia) to point to the corresponding regular pages

This issue came up here on Worldbuilding: If somebody is on a mobile device and wants to cite, e.g., Wikipedia, they usually insert a link to the mobile Wikipedia instead of the regular one. This is ...
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Is it possible to automatically mark broken links?

People often post links to third-party sites as a reference or to provide further readings. Over time, these links become stale and end up leading to 404 pages. Is it possible for the framework to ...
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Have Stack Overflow automatically suggest tags

Why doesn't Stack Overflow automatically suggest tags? Stack Overflow can already find questions similar to mine. If most of those similar questions have the same tags, why not put automatically ...
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Could the system somehow detect that a suggested edit consists in formatting code and approve automatically?

Many suggested edits just consist in indenting some lines by four spaces (and sometimes add a padding blank line before). Would it be possible to automatically approve such edits? In almost all cases ...
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Have an automatic plausible tag synonym finder

Here's an idea to make it easier to find tag synonyms: implement a tag synonym finder scheduled to run every X months. Note: This process will not make any changes to tags, it will just display the ...
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Auto-deleting an answer when it gets so many downvotes or so many flags [duplicate]

I am asking the current question because of this answer. I've never ever seen an answer with so many downvotes. We are waiting for some mod to remove it, and people keep voting it down. They should, ...