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Generating reputation through downvotes

In a previous discussion, the general consensus was that whether or not to upvote is, for most people and most questions, a function of the number of existing votes. To put it another way, the number ...
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Should questions when migrated be shown in the “New Questions” list?

Since they are in fact new to that particular site. They do appear in the frontpage view but I'm wondering if they benefit from appearing in the "New Questions" list. It has it's pitfalls. Like what ...
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Is it better for SEO for question titles to actually be questions (grammatically speaking)?

When asking or editing a question, is it better (from SEO or user perspective) for the title of the question to be an actual question? Do we even care? If the preference is for questions, is there ...
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Podcast #67 - Discussion Ideas. (Unofficial)

First. We had a pretty awesome thread for Podcast #66 Discussion Ideas. So please check that one out. What would you like to see discussed on Podcast #67? Please post only one topic per user and look ...
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Should we make a new category for student questions?

It seems that school has started. The number of student-sounding questions from low-reputation accounts is through the roof. I don't mind them per se, but they're usually not as clear in their ...
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Visual Toys for SO?

Stack Overflow is, I think we can all agree, The Best Thing Since Frozen Waffles. Unlike sad knock-offs such as digg (where Questions are called "Stories", Upvotes are known as "Diggs", and Downvotes ...
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What does the relationship between a question's score and views say about select tags?

In discussions here on MSO, and through my own anecdotal observation, it is clear that different tags on questions attract more or less interest in the question (based on views) higher or lower ...
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Not the Place for Legal Questions

I'm seeing more and more questions about illegal activity, or the legality of certain activities showing up on the SO-sites. Should the FAQ be amended to state unequivocally that the community is not ...
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If my question turned wiki because it was subjective, should I un-accept the accepted answer?

My question was turned to wiki by the moderators because it was deemed too subjective (the amount of answers would have eventually turned it wiki anyway, but it's important to note it wasn't turned ...
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Meta Stack Overflow Stickers are Here!

As requested in We need a Meta sticker Which reminds me.. Navin R. Johnson: The new phone book's here! The new phone book's here! Harry Hartounian: Boy, I wish I could get that excited about nothing....
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Offline Access to StackOverflow

I'm going to start studying/developing at my local university's library, but since I'm not a student I won't have access to their wireless network. Therefore, I won't be able to access StackOverflow ...
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More Moderators on SF?

I noticed that, while we have (at this point in time, 2009-09-02) 4 people who qualify for moderator status on serverfault, only one has been granted the "diamond". Are we going to have more ...
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Does Stack Overflow have a sitemap?

I can't find the sitemap. Is there one? I know some websites use a gzip file to compress the sitemap but I can't seem to find that either. Is SO sitemapless? I'm actually just looking for examples of ...
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What features would you like to see in Blog Overflow?

I like the StackOverflow interface so much I am now disappointed when I go to a blog and cannot vote up or down groups of comments. It bugs me even more when I go to http://blog.stackoverflow.com or ...
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Do not calculate rep gained or lost for answers to your own question

Related to the answers given in this question Rather than force or request users to mark their answers as Community Wiki when they attempt to answer their own question, lets just not count those ...
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The Help Vampire problem

What is Stack Overflow's long-term solution for the Help Vampire problem? Quote from article follows: Identifying Help Vampires can be tricky, because they look like any ordinary person (or Internet ...
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Cleaning up comments from migrated questions

Is there any reason not to clean up comments on migrated questions? "This belongs on ServerFault" "Delete this as dupe" "Duplicate question here [link]" So the question's been migrated, and the ...
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Easily googlable questions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should we deal with Google questions? I am sure that this issue was already raised, but I can't remember the answer. What should I do when I see a question that can be ...
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How to nominate an already closed StackOverflow question for migration to meta?

This question on Stack Overflow, Is Stack Overflow an effective platform for studying programming?, was closed as "not programming related". However it's clearly meta (at least I think so). As a ...
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Accepting a duplicate answer etiquette

I've just answered this question about copying arrays in Java. Approximately half an hour later someone else piped up with what was essentially a complete clone of my answer even down to formatting ...
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Will Stack Overflow succumb to information and content rot?

When googling for information on how to do things, I often have to find my way among tons of garbage. There are two kinds of it: stupid sites and forums for wannabes (especially for ASP and ASP.NET, ...
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Can we stop with the constant overuse of var on SO? [closed]

It is getting ridiculous: var input = "This is a test";
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Where should CMS questions go to?

I am sure a lot of developers/ system admins/ power users have question about a CMS such as Drupal or Joomla, but it seems that there is no proper place for those questions. CMS questions can be about ...
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Should famous question badges be given for a negatively famous question?

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/791808/determining-whether-a-number-is-a-prime-number-closed has given the asker a gold badge due to 13k views. Is this the desired behavior? Should these badges ...
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New Hero for the League of Justice… Business of Software man? [closed]

Is there any talk of a Business of Software arm for the S[OFU] League of Justice? See questions like this, this, this and this for examples of the what would be more appropriate there.
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Is it OK to edit a correct answer for fullness instead of answering?

So I went to a question I had an answer for and noticed that the op had already voted an answer as being correct. The particular answer had a list of links. So I thought to myself, wouldn't it be ...
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Downvoting Discussion

What would justify downvoting a [discussion] (Questions marked discussion on MSO)? Recently, a user was directed here by a moderator to ask a question about which subjects are appropriate for ...
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What is up with the waffle fetish? [closed]

Setting aside the fact that waffles were created in the seventh circle of hell, cause suffering and apocalyptic horror wherever they are witnessed, and are instruments of pure evil, where did the ...
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Discussion of Ads on StackOverflow (or SuperUser)?

I had a question closed earlier today, and was suggested to post a question related to it here as I did not realize that "Making Money" as the moderator termed it is considered banned from the site. ...
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Purging Answers

What is the position on purging old answers that receive little or negative response. What benefit does it serve to keep answers that are downvoted numerous times (resulting in negative scores), or ...
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Are there programming topics that are out of scope for SO? [closed]

I saw this question recently on SO. The OP is asking about the MySpace API, and has been downvoted and referred to a MySpace developer community site. Is this appropriate? Should questions about ...
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Are gravatar patterns unique per user?

I just saw a question by a user on SO that I thought was an exact duplicate from the same user. Looked at the user's questions and, sure enough, there was the same exact question. Unfortunately, the ...
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What's the correct response to poorly-phrased questions?

What should we do when faced by a question which looks like it may have been translated (very poorly) from a language other than English? Example: thread-and-control The OP may have asked this in ...
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How should down voting be used?

What is the intended use of down voting? Reasons I can understand for down-voting: If the answer is completely off-topic, not even answering the original question The answer is offensive Some other ...
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Community Podcast Transcription Project Idea

Jeff/Joel and the rest of the StackOverflow Community, Would you be interested in a community podcast transcription service that utilizes the power of your site's tribe/users/community. It would all ...
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Could we ever get to the stage where almost everything is answered?

I was wondering if you think meta-stackoverflow might end up getting to the stage where almost every question you can think of has already been asked and so it becomes difficult for new users to get ...
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What happens when we decide to change a tag's name?

This has happened many times, when on meta it is decided to take all tags with the tag "x" and change that tag to "y". What happens next (that actually changes all the tags)? I assume a database query ...
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Is rescinding reputation on a featured question allowed?

I looked under "featured" questions on Stack Overflow on 25-Aug and found #1324544 "How should I create an algorithm for the centroid of any System.Windows.Media.Geometry object?" offering 100 ...
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Should we edit to simplify?

Stackoverflow enjoys a diverse community coming from different walks of life, and different academic backgrounds. Many of us are used to using abbreviations for various technologies and practices. ...
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Where can I find a list of StackOverflow MUST READ beginner related advice questions?

Where can I find a list of StackOverflow must read beginner related advice questions? EDIT:What kind of advice(not books) from experienced programmers i should keep in mind before thinking of ...
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How safe is it to use OpenID to log in to a site?

Is Super User limiting the practical use of the site by mandating the use of OpenID to log in? I could not ask this question on meta without the use of an OpenID. If I create an OpenID using Yahoo, I ...
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What's the preference on using real names and photos?

On some forums they prefer users using their real names, since its easier to relate to a person than to a "thing". And since we have avatars would a self photo be better than a meaningless pic? Any ...
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Info on the site's graphical & ui design

There is a lot of info out there about StackOverflow's internal architecture, its stack, server configuration, hardware, programming tools, IDE and what not, etc. I am very curious about the UI & ...
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Will Stack Overflow ask for money? [closed]

I think this is the most programmer-friendly website in the world. Will Stack Overflow ask for a credit card one day, like Experts-Exchange?
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Request change in behaviour: Vote too old to be changed, unless post is edited

I face the same problem raised in this question: Vote too old to be changed, unless post is edited “problem”. I upvoted an answer which I now think shouldn't be promoted as helpful. I'd like to ...
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Answering your own question immediately [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Moving a personal technical blog to stackoverflow / serverfault If we find the answer for a difficult question, is it acceptable to post the question here and then answer it ...
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What is the daily comment vote limit?

I just ran out and it feels like I used maybe 10-15 (could've been 20). It seems low if so.
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Is there plans for an IM Capability? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: instant messaging on SO SF SU I have just had the experience of asking a question on server fault. I then was informed that it belonged on superuser. So I deleted the question ...
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Are hardware-related inquiries strictly prohibited on Server Fault, belonging instead on Super User?

I just asked a question on Server Fault. After consulting the about page, to ensure I am choosing the correct place for the question I decided on server fault OVER super user. This is a quote from ...
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What should I do if the answer to the question is the first result of a Google search? [duplicate]

A user walks into Stack Overflow and asks a question. The answer for his question is in the first result of a Google search. Well, it is the fourth result, to be precise, but the first link in ...

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