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You know when you've been on StackOverflow too much when [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: You know you've been browsing Stack Overflow too much when? Well, the title says it all really.
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StackOverflow shop? [closed]

Are SO Team planning some SO stuff shop? Stack Exchange Store - As of 2 July 2012, the shop is closed. http://shop.stackexchange.com/ What stuff SO users want? Mugs, Stickers, T-Shirts or ...
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Should Community Moderators be “elected for life”, or have terms?

While I applaud the excellent work of all our community moderators, the question has come up: How long will be the elected moderator’s “mandate”? Is it for life, or are we going to have “moderator ...
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What should we do with our favourite UserVoice requests? [closed]

Clearly UserVoice is still present, and has a lot of content. There are requests there that I'm really keen on, and I'd like them to be discussed further on Meta. (I strongly suspect that UserVoice ...
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What do “great comment” votes do?

I understand the idea of voting for a great comment, but why does the comment's score change colors at five-ish up votes? Comment votes don't seem to give reputation, or anything else, for being ...
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Do we need to increase the required delete votes?

Originally close votes required was 3 then 4 now 5 as the number of people who could close increased. Not so long ago 10k+ rep was limited to the first page of users. It's now onto page 6 I think. Is ...
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Cleaning up our rubbish: do we have a responsibility to clean up old questions?

This is not a question about old orphaned questions. Its about old unorphaned questions like: Does ruby have real multithreading? To remain correct this question will need constant updating. An ...
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Sister-Sites Greasemonkey Concept

Version canceled - Minimalistic version now available. SO-Site Bar (Minimalistic)
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How aggressive is the caching used?

I refresh the 'Newest' tab of a particular tag every so often throughout the day to keep on top of new questions asked. However the caching used on Stack Overflow and presumably the other sites seems ...
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The 4th in the trilogy [closed]

I listened to Jeff saying that superuser.com is the 3rd in the trilogy. I guess that makes meta the 4th in the trilogy. Do you remember that Douglas Adams continued to call his Hitchhiker's Guide to ...
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meta specific Badge idea

I would love to see a Meta Badge that pegs you for having more rep on meta than on the main SO site. Talks about talking about code much more than asking or answering questions about code. Not sure ...
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Can we ask stupid questions here or give stupid answers?

The suggestion (meta) is that we take SO discussions here rather than conduct them on SO. But one of the things I've looked for in a sister-site is the ability to ask things of the community that ...
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How to evangelize Stack Overflow (Server Fault and Super User)?

How to evangelize Stack Overflow at user groups, conferences, students and others? What to mention in presentations?
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Suggestion for getting better answers

As a user of Stack Overflow, I noticed a phenomenon which quite decreases the quality of answers, that is, showing the first answer first (then, according to upvotes). I notice that, specially in ...
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What does Stack Overflow mean to you? [closed]

What does Stack Overflow mean to you? Is it simply a place to get questions and answers? Is it is a community where you enjoy being around people like you?
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Upvoting based on celebrity, too many upvotes (“excessive rep slurping”)

I have noticed a couple of kinds of behavior that seem to crop up in the SO community, and it really seems to artificially boost reputation. There may not be a solution (or it may not be a problem!) ...
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What is the most appropriate way to promote yourself using Stack Overflow?

With the new jobs board and podcast discussions on employers searching over Stack Overflow for information about applicants, what is the most appropriate way to promote yourself using Stack Overflow?
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How much does bad tagging impact StackOverflow?

I'll start by saying that the tagging system on StackOverflow is generally very good, especially when compared with other sites. But at the same time there is some obvious room for improvement and I ...
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Quantcast numbers vs. Google analytics numbers. Why the discrepancy?

Quantcast claims that SO receives 1.8 mm unique visitors per month, and 17.2 pageviews per month: http://www.quantcast.com/stackoverflow.com You can't see this part, but Google Analytics shows: 3,...
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How much/what kind of cursing can people get away with on SO? [duplicate]

I suggest people answer with a curse word/short phrase and if the votes on it are net positive then it should be acceptable on normal SO.
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Should smilies be turned into images in questions and answers?

A lot of mention has been made of the seriousness of Stack Overflow (and presumably Server Fault). Would it be a good idea to turn smilies :-) into actual images as per phpBB in questions and answers?
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Do 23,000+ tags need tag database editors?

In less than one year, StackOverflow has accumulated 23,305 tags (as of this post). Should higher-end moderators have an interface to rename, combine, and delete tags at the database level (i.e. ...
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What to do about rep inflation?

Overall reputation scores are headed nowhere but up. Pretty soon there will be thousands of mods. What to do? Thoughts on possibilities: Thousands of mods is fine. Carry on. Adjust the threshold ...
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Which site for database design questions? [duplicate]

Which site would be the best site to ask database design questions? I don't mean the architecture like master-slave replication, because that would fit on Server Fault. For example, if I were ...
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Proposed Tag - “helpmetagthis”

When I was asking another question on this meta site, I realized that because of its newness, I wasn't really sure what I should have tagged the question. A had the idea of using the tag "...
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Why are there no co-op jobs on Careers?

I've been looking at the job boards for a while now, and I have yet to see any listings for co-op positions. Are companies simply not interested in paying the amount to be listed if the employment is ...
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The “I Get It” Reputation Problem

I wrote a question about blocking certain characters in passwords. It became tremendously unpopular, and it seemed like everyone wanted to rain on my parade every day. Eventually, I "got it," agreed ...
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Impersonating high-rep users in real life to get a job

Could this ever happen? How could we solve it? (Inspired by Twitter Verified Account) Applying for a job someone includes https://stackoverflow.com/users/22656/jon-skeet in their Resume/CV as proof ...
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The problem with reputation: does high reputation attract too many upvotes? [duplicate]

It's not that I feel bitter when somebody else's answer is upvoted above my own, but it's when a user with a high rep answers a question and their answer seems to attract an immediate barrage of ...
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Why don't people upvote questions they answer?

This has always been a bit of a puzzle to me. I generally upvote every question I answer: if it seems a good enough question to take time answering, it seems a good enough question to upvote I want ...
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Why is the inconsistent reputation system “by design”?

There has been repeated UV tickets on this, all of them declined. Basically, there are a number of inconsistencies in the rep system that revolve around this: certain actions (accepting answers, ...
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Improvements to editor for formatting source code

Does anyone else have problems with the editor? I may be doing something incredibly stupid, but I find that whenever I use tab I tab out of the box. This is obviously irritating if you're trying to ...
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What's the single biggest barrier to entry on Stack Overflow?

Looking at the discussion here so far, a lot of it has understandably been focused on regular users; not necessarily high rep users, but people who have essentially "committed" to the site in some way,...
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Can I re-ask a question if it hasn't been answered? [duplicate]

So I notice that some questions simply go unanswered. Due to the volume of questions asked, sometimes these questions go away from the front page fairly quickly, and then they are never seen or heard ...
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Etiquette of Screen-scraping Stack Overflow?

Is there any reasonable guidelines for how much/often I can screen scrape from SO? I've been looking around heavily in related topics and have seen Jeff's enthusiastic response to the user information ...
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Do all meta stackoverflow bug, feature request, and discussion eventually get reviewed by a moderator?

Not sure if it was written somewhere or mentioned in the podcast, but I had expectation that if I write something in the uservoice, eventually one of the moderators would review the case and write one-...
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What are/were the missing badges?

There's a page for each individual badge (eg. The Teacher Badge), which shows the description & the list of people who recently earned it. Given that the URL is based off the badge's Id, why are ...
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Should Rep Requirements for Actions be lowered on lower-traffic SE-Family sites? [closed]

Take a look at Server Fault. Only 17 Users, 2 Moderators, and 4 Admin/Developers can vote to close. I don't know where Meta will be more popular or less popular than Server Fault, but would there ...
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Should the community wiki police be shut down?

Read me first: What are “Community Wiki” posts on Stack Overflow? Some times I post things that are border line community wiki, like this question: Are there any C# open source log viewers? which ...
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Suggesting project ideas using Stackoverflow?

I have an idea for a fairly simple OS X utility I want, but I don't currently know enough about OS X development to make it myself. Someone on Stack Overflow could write it in an hour or two. What ...
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Why should 10k rep users view self-deleted answers?

When you reach 10k rep, you get to see other users deleted answers. I just think it's dishonest as a system to call a feature "delete," but show that to totally random strangers in the backroom. Due ...
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Whats Wikis questions and answers principles? [duplicate]

I am asking about the supposed principles that all the users need to follow on Stack Overflow, There are some cases I want to understand: Some one asked a question and made it as a wiki -> why all ...
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Theoretical question: Hide rep above 10k?

Imagine, when you get to 10k rep (obviously the point where you can comment, edit, vote to close and delete, have access to the moderator privileges).. instead of it showing an ever-increasing number, ...
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What should happen with a question that has both ignored and interesting tags

As I keep collecting tags to highlight interesting questions and questions I want to ignore more questions now appear where tags from both lists are present. It seems like currently the ignore tag has ...
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What about the IRC channel?

We've had a Stack Overflow IRC channel specifically for meta discussion since early August, but Jeff seems very intent on refusing to acknowledge its existence. Here's the channel information: irc....
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How does reputation on meta work?

Do the same rules as SO apply? (really missing the ability to edit other people's posts right now - gotten used to correcting all spelling errors, etc. and now I can't)
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Grey badges for Meta SO theme?

Are there going to be alternate colored badges for this distinctly grey site?
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Recursive meta [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What about meta-meta stackoverflow. Is it also appropriate to use http://meta.stackoverflow.com to discuss Meta Stack Overflow itself?
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Can closed questions be edited by their owners? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a “closed” question? When a question has been marked "Closed," is the user who asked it (the OP) allowed to edit it? Editing and rewording might make the ...
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When the answer to a question exists on another site, what is the proper way to respond

There was a small debate which took place in the comments for podcast #58 regarding linking to an answer (such as MSDN, php.net, or other definitive sources) versus providing it inline. What is the ...