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Questions tagged [discussion]

Questions that may not necessarily have a clear-cut right or wrong answer and are often subjective. If your question isn't a bug report, feature request, or request for assistance, or question with a concrete answer, it's probably a discussion.

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Should we rephrase or clarify “subjective and argumentative”?

IMHO this reason to close is used too often. Take What’s wrong with C++ compared to other languages?. IMHO this question is entirely deliberate but I've seen other questions like this closed for the "...
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Should downvoting cost you rep? [duplicate]

I never understood this asymmetry. You can up-vote all you want (well, up to some daily limit), but down-votes are discouraged by decreasing your rep. If we're worried about down-vote abuse, then a ...
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Rep transfer from Meta

First of all, I feel vindicated after "Community Wiki" and SO meta-discussion and I'm mostly asking this to gloat. But wouldn't it make sense for rep points from Meta to transfer back (maybe at a ...
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Why should I upvote a question? [duplicate]

I've been wondering about this ever since I signed up on SO. With answers, it's easy to determine what to upvote. Is it helpful, is it informative, is it correct? None of that really applies to a ...
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Is Stack Overflow a business success?

I'm interested to know if Stack Overflow earns money. If yes, how? Any statistics? Is it a good business model?
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Are there better alternatives to closing questions?

Joel Spolsky has clearly stated that he wants these sites to be welcoming and inclusive where anyone can ask any relevant question even if that question has appeared elsewhere. With questions being ...
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Are people too miserly with up votes?

Personally I up vote questions I think are useful but not necessarily important to me (I only up vote answers I understand and agree with) and I ALWAYS up vote a question I answer. But it obvious ...
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Noob questions, simple answers and big rep points [duplicate]

I struggle to pick up rep points even when answering questions and giving good demo's of code via a pastebin - sometimes spending 15 mins+. Then along comes a noob question, for instance What does $ ...
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Stackoverflow data dump sites?

Has anyone seen any non abusive sites pop up yet that makes use of the stackoverflow data dump?
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Why are beta badges awarded at all?

This question reminded me of a big complaint I had and forgot to voice before. I happened to be busy when the SO Beta was happening and was unable to participate. When you posted that blog entry with ...
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Should we make meta.superuser.com to point to this website

I think it would be useful if meta.serverfault.com ( and meta.superuser.com) is pointing to this website. After all, there is no reason why we can't lump all the meta discussion together in a single ...
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What should we do about questions marked correct that have obviously incorrect answers?

Recently I ran some stats on the SO dump to search for question with answers marked correct that have less than -1 votes. The list was illuminating: What interesting stats can I obtain from the ...
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Is the fastest gun in the west solved?

Is the fastest gun in the west problem solved? Is it really a problem?
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How relevant is rep and community wiki on meta-stackoverflow

Does rep even mean anything here? Whats the point of community-wiki questions, considering everything here is likely to be subjective-argumentative anyway? Rep-whoring, is that bad here? or is that ...
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Stack Overflow stats graphs

Once the Stack Overflow data dump became available, I put together a data analysis script and created some graphs of SO activity and history. I thought this new meta site would be an appropriate place ...
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Can the taxonomist badge be awarded more than once? [duplicate]

Can the taxonomist badge be awarded more than once? I would think so, but there are only 874 badges awarded and over 1500 tags that have been used 50+ times. The definition states "Created a tag ...
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What about other Q&A subjects [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What StackExchange sites do you want to see? I've heard a bit of a clamor for an automotive version. It occurred to me that a site for kids to get help with homework, ...
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Will Stack Overflow's engine be open sourced?

Will Stack Overflow's engine become open source one day? Warning: Some of the answers to this question no longer apply to the current situation. Hosted StackExchange is no more, for example.
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How many tags needed to earn the Generalist badge?

Neither at stackoverflow.com nor at serverfault.com nobody has ever earned the Generalist badge. How many different tags do I have to be active in to earn the Generalist badge?
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Behind the curtain

I'd like to read more about design decisions, optimizations, scaling techniques applied during development.
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Should users edit other users' posts to correct grammar and spelling problems?

Question says it all: Should users edit other users' posts to correct grammar and spelling problems? I've seen arguments both ways, and lean toward yes...but...
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Should meta.stackoverflow.com have badges?

As the title says, should meta.stackoverflow.com have badges?
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No Popular Question badges awarded for 27 May? [closed]

While playing with the data dump for a blog post (Stack Overflow: Badge Analysis Over Time), I see that no Popular Question badges were awarded for 27 May, which is odd. The missing badges show ...
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Should the beta badges stop being awarded to users?

Of the 3797 badges present in the data dump, only 2982 were issued with the creation date of 2008-09-23. Since the beta badges were issued, people have been earning them in trickles. Should the ...
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Bookmarklet to cause stack overflow to only show questions with “interesting tags”

Very busy, yet still want to participate in the Stack Overflow community? Sometimes, I'd like to only see questions that contain one of my "interesting tags". SO does not appear to have that feature ...
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Does Stack Overflow encourage one comprehensive answer or many “incomplete” ones?

Let's say someone asks a question that requires multiple "parts" to an answer (for example, an advantages/disadvantages question). Now let's assume someone answers this question and touches on most ...
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Is Stack Overflow an effective platform for studying programming? [closed]

Although Stack Overflow is initially used only for simple Q&A questions, i.e. as a knowledge base, one can could also use it for browsing through different related questions and learn without ...
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Stack Overflow module for Drupal

I've made a nice little Drupal module for Stack Overflow. Currently it enables display of the Stack Overflow. The main advantage to just embedding the flair through JavaScript or iFrames is that this ...
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Asking a question about a particular error in code

Well, I'm asking this because I have a particular nasty problem with some project I'm working on, but I'm unable to see what's going wrong. I have only been working for 2 years, so I'm quite tempeted ...
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Reputation inflation will disinterest users from site functionality

Any economic system is closed to some degree (i.e. money already printed and functioning). In a system like Stack Overflow, rewards (in reputation) are generated all the time and there is no upper ...
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Guideline: Merging SO Questions / Answers

I tried to find a pre-existing question for this but couldn't find one... if there is one, consider this ironic. I was wondering if there is a guideline / strategy / recommendation of how to deal ...
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How does SO manage tags? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How is the tagging system implemented here at S[O|F|U]? I am currently building a website in which users can tag a submission, similar to that of SO, Flickr etc. I'm just ...
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How do I put my StackOverflow User Flair on my blogger blog?

I have a blog hosted by blogger, and I'd like to add StackOverflow's "user flair" to the sidebar or something. How do I do that?
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What license should be on sample code?

I noticed today that stackoverflow's cc-wiki (aka creative commons attribution/share alike license) does not allow the answers to questions to be used in commercial products. Very specificially, and ...
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What interesting stats can I obtain from the Stack Overflow data-dump?

What interesting statistics have you discovered from analysing the Stack Overflow data-dump? Related: Blog post announcing the data-dump Direct link to the .torrent (original XML files) (2009-06) ...
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Is it OK that I just posted my same answer to several related questions?

I had a question that was not perfectly answered. Several weeks later I figured it out myself. After finding related and duplicate questions I posted my answer to these other, existing questions. ...
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How does StackOverflow do its question revision history?

I'm assuming each revision is stored in the database, but what tools/libraries/technologies do they use to show the graphical diff?
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Managing Stack Overflow questions

How do I close/delete questions that I have not received any conclusive feedback on? What's the appropriate thing to do as far as the existing comments and dealing with the question itself?
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On posting outside links to the answer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? I'm new to Stack Overflow, but have been around on various forums for a while. I have noticed ...
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Is there a Stack Overflow like site for computer science? [duplicate]

Are there any sites like Stack Overflow where we can ask computer science and more theoretical questions? What do you guys/gals use other than this site? EDIT: Even though I really didn't get ...
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How do I escape backslashes in markdown?

How do I type "backslash backslash servername" on a European keyboard, like this \\ServerName, (without just pasting a backslash from the clipboard). Typing backslash just seems to toggle the code ...
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Watching reputation points in the KDE system tray

If you want to follow your reputation points in the KDE system tray, you might want to take a look at the BitBucket page of the StackOverflow KDE System Tray: Requirements: KDE4 PyKDE Python You ...
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Can I use Stack Overflow's Question-Answers-Comments approach for my own website project?

I was asked to find "some kind of a simple forum" to move from email based support, and Stack Overflow's excellent approach is the closest thing I can find. And I'm thinking to develop such a site. ...
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How can I control the number of podcast RSS feed entries on stackowerflow? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Old podcast episodes The default URL gives me only the 10 newest podcasts. How can I get a lengthier list? Or list all of the podcasts?
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Acknowledging Stack Overflow users in my application

I'm writing an application, and I get help on Stack Overflow for many of my code primitives. Somewhere in my application I would like to acknowledge Stack Overflow's "help" in building the application,...
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Is it okay to repost my relevant Stack Overflow questions on Server Fault?

I've reposted a couple questions I originally posted on SO that seemed too server-y even at the time. It seems a bit silly to repost, but they're more suited to Server Fault. Is this frowned upon?
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When Should a Question be Changed to Community Wiki?

I have asked a question: #1039 - "Can anyone recommend a perimeter SPAM filtering service?" I have since discovered there is no single right answer, however I find great benefit to the multitude of ...
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What algorithm does Stack Exchange use to determine if a question may be subjective?

I was asking a question in serverfault.com and this message warned me (correctly!): The question you're asking appears subjective and is likely to be closed So, I'm curious if there any ...
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Programmatically sending instant e-mail alerts about new SE replies

How can I code a program in C# that can check for replies to my Stack Exchange questions and send me instant e-mail alerts when new replies are posted? It'd be great if all users' activity here went ...
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How can I track other comments to an answer which I commented? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Notify user when their name is mentioned in comment I couldn't find a way to do this and manually doing this is not fun. Basically in stackoverflow how can I keep track of ...