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How binding are Meta answers? [duplicate]

I recently had a user on a particular StackExchange site direct me to a Meta answer in a case that was not specifically addressed elsewhere in the site guidelines. It turned out that the answer ...
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Author's edit right in on-hold question vs invalidating existing answers

I asked this to get feedback on the community stance on whether the author is allowed to edit their (closed) question in such a way that it invalidates the existing answers. Please read the related ...
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Open standards/software site/wiki? [closed]

Question summary: If there is some good proposal for a new Stack Exchange site, but it does not really fit Q and A scheme, is there a possibilty or plan that an alternative scheme is applied? ...
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At smaller sites, penalize hot questions having 3-4 close votes

At smaller sites (up to 50-100 questions a day average) closing a question takes hours or even days. As an example, this SO question has got 5 close votes in 15 minutes, while its twin at Software ...
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Do votes achieve what SE hopes for? Is there a way to make it better?

Auto-deleting an answer when it gets so many downvotes or so many flags My question stems from the above link: it is actually a great question, it's clear and it's useful for others to understand why ...
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Is voting up supposed to be so subjective?

What does it mean to vote up? The documentation, IMO, is not clear. This results in questions like: Why should I upvote a question? What is upvoting questions supposed to be for? Why don't ...
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Should I post questions about solutions to standardized tests on Stack Exchange?

I have been going over practice test questions for the SAS Base certification. Sometimes, while going through various practice questions I have collected from random websites, I get seriously stumped ...
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More SO users are not reading the post before replying or voting

This is definitely a tenuous question without any hard data, but I want an answer: Is the quality of the average SO user going down? A few years ago SO seemed to be both a source of good answers ...
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Low quality, but looks salvageable - trying to pick between 'Looks Good' and 'Recommend Deletion' [duplicate]

Doing reviews in low quality queue I often stumble upon weak attempts at answers that nevertheless look like salvageable. As a rule, these are brief opinions / recommendations that could possibly ...
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How important is comprehensive tag coverage?

I have read a number of the tag-rated questions here on meta, searching for any consensus on human-moderated auto-tagging. Here is a great one. I got thinking about this because I've been on a '...
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Off putting comments and remarks [duplicate]

Firstly I would like to say that as a learner I am deeply indebted to Stack Overflow and it has saved me many sleepness nights but I have found that I am sometimes reluctant to post a question, no ...
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What happened to the quality filter? [closed]

Look at my reputation graph. Look at the very beginning where I got more than 1500 reputation in less than a month of being here. I have just barely passed the 3000 mark after 3 months of trying. Why? ...
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Are we an answer factory? [duplicate]

Are we an answer factory, or are we here to educate? I've been reading Stack Exchanges far longer than I have been participating in them, but I have noticed a trend of people answering questions ...
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Discouraged practice? Broad question answering

There are a lot of good questions on Stack Overflow. There are also a lot of bad questions. The majority of the time, nobody jumps on them and they get closed in thirty minutes or so and deleted ...
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How to deal with questions that aren't really “questions”

How do you handle such questions: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/15380540/how-to-connect-android-with-php-mysql? This particular question was, naturally, closed. But there are numerous times ...
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Where did Stack Overflow acquire its standards?

I have used it my whole way through university, without it things would have been much different. I could not continue without SO, but as I use it more and more I see it is the best because of how it ...
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What if a user keep asking all his question by editing only question?

If notoriously a user ask one question, and then edit the same question for his second (of-course getting answer of first question is not a matter here) question. And he can ask 5 question a day by ...
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Is it appropriate to answer “sub-questions” within a question?

I provided this answer for a question on Stack Overflow, which was intended to answer this "question within a question" near the end of the post: Is this will work in all browsers? Anyone have ...
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Lots of not-always-useful but well-intentioned answers

In episode 42 of the Stack Exchange podcast Joel Spolsky mentioned something along the lines that some sites (for example, Travel Answers) suffer a little from questions that don't always get ...
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Removal of an Answer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why was my answer deleted without any appropriate reason? So the thread that exploded last week on Stack Overflow about sorting socks, actually had a lot of interesting ideas ...
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Is any flexibility allowed in the interpretation of the rules outlined in the FAQ?

Are the rules of the Stack Exchange Network (as outlined in the FAQ) strictly enforced, with no exceptions, or is some flexibility allowed (with occasional exceptions)? Does the Stack Exchange ...
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Careless review upvotes are actively contributing to the quality problem, not correcting it

Look at this reply. The question is from 2008, it has an accepted answer, and almost every other answer generally has the same theme and references the same function. That reply, at the time of ...
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Mechanism to provide feedback to reviewers who rubber stamp?

During a recent Review Suggested Edits session, I came across a reviewer who is clearly rubber stamping edits (Approved 550 edit suggestions and rejected 7), and who had missed an obvious case of ...
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One-line answers

I often encounter answers on SO are only one line, and later they are not improved. One of the rules suggests that a user should comment on the question instead of providing a one-line answer (...
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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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Code of Conduct, or: Handling issues dealing with professionalism and personal responsibility

Is there a useful, concise way of communicating community standards relating to personal behavior on SO? One that outlines what is expected, what is inappropriate, and what is not allowed or severely ...
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Stack Overflow needs a public bugtracker; Meta Stack Overflow doesn’t cut it

I’ve posted bugs on this website in the past, and the result is always uncooperative and unproductive. Usually a workaround and/or a link to the FAQ is posted as a comment or answer, and then the ...
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How Does the Community Handle Knee-Jerk Answers?

Does Stack Overflow have some sort of community standard for filtering out knee-jerk responses to questions? I am well aware of the issues when you try to parse HTML with regular expressions. In the ...
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What should the standard spelling be - British or US?

I just saw someone edit the title of this question to change the spelling from favourite (The British spelling) to favorite (The US-English spelling). Does SOFU have an accepted standard on language ...
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Closing career/philosophy/business model questions with genuine (but non-code) content [closed]

I was rather surprised to see this question closed: Viability of Open Source Business Model. It seemed directly related to the career of programming, as well as more interesting notions such as the ...