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Questions tagged [behavior]

manner of conducting oneself in regards to the characteristics/expectations of Stack Exchange

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Code of Conduct - PROs and CONs [closed]

It seems to me that the "Code of Conduct" tramps down on freedom of expression. It also undermines what being friendly represents. And all this to no real benefit to the community as far as the ...
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Suspended account for the first time… for too long time

I have recently opened my second bounty question... For being a bounty, I've received a lot off-topic answers... finally, my patience was over and I've made a slightly irritated comment to an answer: ...
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We'd like your feedback on our new Code of Conduct! [duplicate]

TL;DR: We've put together a code of conduct (CoC) that is a bit more comprehensive than our existing be nice policy because we feel that our current policy isn't meeting our needs. Some ...
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Why do people persist in complaining about the code of conduct set for this network?

TL;DR: With so many platforms that provide chat rooms for people that can be made private, why do people persist in complaining about the code of conduct set for this network? This post is for ...
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Dealing with obviously false answers

I would like to ask what to do if you receive an answer which is: offtopic containing false information I'd like to ask for some guidance about what I did wrong. I asked a question, someone ...
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We're more aggressively enforcing self-moderation in chat

While the timing of this post coincides with us expressing some serious concerns around how we're not doing a good job of helping and guiding Stack Overflow to remain a welcoming place for everyone, ...
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“Stack Overflow Isn't Very Welcoming” especially […] marginalized groups?

In today's blog post "Stack Overflow isn't very welcoming" Jay Hanlon writes: Too many people experience Stack Overflow as a hostile or elitist place, especially newer coders, women, people of ...
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Is SE inclusive of young users?

tl;dr: propositions in bold italics On the one hand, quality control is paramount for SE success, so posting guidelines need to be adhered to. New users are often unfamiliar with SE rules. This can ...
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How to respond to people in chat who claim to do illegal work?

This is referring specifically to chat, as opposed to posting, as we have guidelines over scope and each site can determine if a topic is right for that site. Chat is amorphous to some extent, ...
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Commenting on questions - knowing the difference between constructive criticism and just being rude and unhelpful [closed]

Referring to the following post concerning moderating comments - A guide to moderating comments Commenting is one of the unsung heroes of Stack Exchange. The help center suggestions that you should ...
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Does Stack Exchange regularly conduct usability testing?

Definitions I suspect most of you reading this question are familiar with the terms usability, usability testing (also known as user testing), and UX (user experience). However, for some folks these ...
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Is it right to recommend a book in an answer?

I have recently written an answer to a question on one of Stack Exchange's sites. In my answer I included a link to a chapter of a book to add more information about the point I was discussing. ...
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Should I accept my own answer on a discussion if no other answers were posted?

Around three months ago I posted the question Which required tag should be used with [tag:synonym-request]?, looking for feedback on what tags should be used in a synonym-request. I included my own ...
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Should we filter profanity from new users?

There is a person who created several new accounts in a row. They answered and commented a popular question on Skeptics SE with obscene words and phrases. Should we disallow a user with 1 reputation ...
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Should users be reported for deleted comments?

If a user leaves a rude or offensive comment and then deletes it, should there be a way flag or report the message? For instance, let's say that a user leaves an offensive comment. Someone sees that ...
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Unfairly given Populist badge

I noticed some strange behavior regarding the Populist badge. Here is the question where it happened for reference, link. Disclaimer: I'm not out to get anyone and none of these people did anything ...
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Promoting politeness in comments

Or rather discouraging rude comments. I've noticed that people tend to be quite polite in their answers. Perhaps because reputation is at stake. It happens rather frequently that people tend to be ...
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How is anomalous voting detected? [duplicate]

Sooner or later, a user may see that his answers are getting a lot of up-votes, then he gets a large negative reputation change labelled "voting corrected". This is because a user has voted on the ...
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What does a person gain ultimately by being and participating on a site like Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

Is it just the regular give and take knowledge site or is there much more to it? I have personally started liking this site a little too much!..I mean I downloaded the app to stay updated(never really ...
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Tracking potentially problematic situations in SO

First of all, I want to highlight that I am aware about the feelings of this community regarding keeping track of friends/foes: in SO specific persons are not important, but questions/content. I do ...
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Why does Stack Exchange have to feel so unfriendly now?

I've been a programmer for nearly 30 years. Like most of you, I have worked with the guy who sits in the corner, seems to know everything, but whom you have to approach with kid gloves if you need to ...
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Updating your question to add a solution

Occasionally, I see people who have updated their question, to add the solution that they ended up using. In some cases, this edit is a summarized version of whatever is the top voted (or accepted) ...
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Voting patterns indicate users seem to like bashing users when they make conceptual mistakes

An extension of this question. When a user shows some some major conceptual mistake in his or her question, I often see users post answers and comments that are only marginally helpful and are often ...
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User admits to bad behavior in a real-life situation, how do we best respond?

I just ran into this question on the Academia Stack Exchange: I was caught cheating on an exam, how can I minimize the damage? The user admitted to the incident and asked for advice. However, there ...
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The “Be Nice Policy” - and Chat

The revised "Be Nice Policy" states: Don't be a jerk. .... Inappropriate language or attention. Avoid vulgar terms and anything sexually suggestive. Also, this is so not a dating site. When a ...
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The NEW new “Be Nice” Policy (“Code of Conduct”) — Updated with your feedback

Update: Thanks for all the additional feedback below. We incorporated a lot of your suggestions, and this is going live (as https://meta.stackexchange.com/help/be-nice). We're also looking at ways ...
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Proposed new code of conduct for all Stack Exchange sites

UPDATE: We've incorporated lots of the feedback below into what we think is a much better version than the one we proposed originally. Thanks a ton for all the input, and let us know if you like the ...
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Basic Exchange Site [duplicate]

I am a junior computer science major at Western Kentucky University. I want to make use of Stack Exchange and sites like it to let my future employers know that I know what I'm doing. Unfortunately I ...
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Moderators need an ability to penalize users for seriously bad behavior short of deleting their accounts [duplicate]

There's a certain site I moderate where a very high rep user has become downright abusive to other users of the site and the mods are having to constantly delete content to avoid letting the site turn ...
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Do people tend to be more hostile toward users with default gravatars? [duplicate]

When I signed up, I encountered some hostility, but it seems to have gone down since I added a personalized image. Do people on here tend to be more hostile toward users who have a default gravatar?
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What can be done when someone rephrases your answer and try to score reps?

I'm just curious about this kind of situation where you spent time to think of the answer and posting it, after getting some upvotes but before being accepted as answer, someone takes your answer and ...
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Downvotes, flags and bad behaviour

I need clarification about downvotes, flags and bad behaviour of Stack User. First, I'm still learning (or discover) SE rules and its environment. I really appreciate these sites and the result of ...
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Raise an automatic flag for many deleted comments from the same user

I mentioned this in a comment once before and never made it into a full feature-request. Having been a moderator for half a year now and handled quite a bit of comment flags, I often run across some.....
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Experimented with an alternate account to see the new user experience through veteran habits, eyes

On November 2013 I created this "secret" persona in which I went all out: New email address New JSFiddle account New GitHub account Permission from the Stack Exchange team to run my experiment ... ...
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Has Winter Bash made you a better, more contributing, user? Please share your story

Winter Bash 2013 came and went leaving behind satisfied users who had their share in the fun. 35 "ordinary" hats and 10 secret hats, users went hat hunting all over the place. My question is, if you ...
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So much hate on Stack Overflow [duplicate]

I am a member of Stack Overflow in Portuguese, I cross-posted the exact same question on both sites: What is the most efficient way to implement GroupBy in Javascript? Qual é o modo mais eficiente ...
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Is it unreasonable to ask too many questions on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

I find myself asking a lot of questions (like 500 or so over the past 5 years). Honestly, I feel like I abuse it. My backgroud though is that I code but I manage off-site developers in technologies ...
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Which is more common: rep cap on meta, using all close votes, or …?

There are a number of behaviours common to those who want to make SO better. Each of them carries a "you've done all you can today" achievement with it: Post questions or answers on Meta that are ...
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Which SO (not MSO) behaviors are we most “losing the battle” against?

It occurred to me today that there are quite a few things that we, as human beings, are naturally inclined to do on SO but really "ought" not to for the sake of the site. They're the kind of things ...
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Are off-topic questions asked on Stack Exchange sites because they are more active/popular than other sites?

Do people ask off-topic questions on sites in Stack Exchange network because some site is more popular, or more active, than other, more appropriate, sites? Are there any statistics or has any ...
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What to do with a person who deliberately downvotes correct answers to be in the top of the answers? [duplicate]

Today I saw a behaviour which really surprised me: I answered the question and then after a minute another guy answered it as well. The answer was basically a duplicate of my answer (which was not a ...
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Flags in chat are defective by design

Yes, I know the topic has been discussed before. I know that Meta already has threads that complain about how flagging doesn't work. I wanted to give a practical example. Today, a user came in to the ...
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Asking questions relating to the original question

In other words, I had a question regarding a piece of code, a long thread ensued, then a day or so later working on that same piece of code, I had another un/or related question. How do you approach ...
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How to prevent tech providing companies from down-voting SO questions that…?

Theoretically, technology companies can have employees systematically down-voting all questions that indirectly reveals their products or services defects knowing that this would help hide the ...
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How has expected behavior of users changed over a period of time on SO? [closed]

After talking to some users, I realized that the expected behaviour of users keeps evolving, as Stack Overflow grows. How has this behaviour changed, let's say in the last couple of years? Edit: I'...
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Is acceptable to look after your reputation rather then try to really understand the OP's situation?

I read a question tagged just CSS and where it was clear the poster was new to the difference between languages, new to SO and all web knowledge and just looking for an answer to solve the problem. ...
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Are sexual innuendo jokes acceptable in answers?

A recent answer was posted with a joke tagged on at the end. I wouldn't normally mind and might even find it funny most of the time, but the joke in question is an overtly sexual double entendre, ...
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What to do with an additional answer which IMHO explains only a small portion of the question, while another answer explains more

For the apple.stackexchange question "...how do I set the PATH environment variable unified..." a 2nd answer was given, which relates to the question, but IMHO does not answer a majority portion of ...
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Why do we let hostile users dictate the perception of Stack Overflow? [closed]

This question is a great example of why Stack Overflow is getting a reputation for being a hostile environment these days Possible to convert C# get,set code to C++ This is clearly a developer ...
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Why can't I greet you? [duplicate]

I see many of you don't like greetings for some reason. Before you comment, let me refute some of them already. One of your arguments is "when someone says hi, they're not really saying hi to me". ...