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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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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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How Can We Clarify What “Community Wiki” Means?

Possible Duplicate: What are “Community Wiki” posts on Stack Overflow? After finding zero reliable and working information on iptables and egress rules on the first page of Google, I ...
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Should “Best features\software\etc. ” questions be closed?

I would like to argue that questions like "Hidden features of python" or other "Best software for the environment", "Best unknown features of software", "Must-have Ubuntu packages" etc. shouldn't be ...
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In a bounty scenario, can an answer from before the bounty be automatically accepted?

I have a question regarding a scenario I could not understand from the FAQ. The scenario: I asked a question I received several answers, some of them received upvotes (e.g. one of them has 3 upvotes) ...
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Where should I ask WordPress questions?

I'm trying to be a "good boy" and ask questions on the site where they belong. However lately I encountered several cases where I wasn't sure which site to choose: StackOverflow, ServerFault, ...
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If a question is modified is it proper to respond to the essentially new question with a new answer [duplicate]

There is a question that was clarified by the asker enough so that putting a comment to my question may not be the best approach. If the clarification substantially changes the question is there any ...
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How could the accepted answer visibility be improved?

Others have asked similar questions but bear with me for a second. At present an accepted answer has the following visibility: It is moved to the top of the answers listing. It get's a big green ...
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Is it just me, or is the “subjective” warning a bit over-active?

Lately, I seem to be running into the subjective warning a lot: The question you're asking appears subjective and is likely to be closed. I'm not saying this to complain. I'm just curious if it's ...
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How silly can a question be?

(If it has already been asked forgive me, I actually did search for it before asking.) I'm new to SO and even newer to meta; maybe I shouldn't ask, as the question is a silly one, but I actually care ...
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Automatic wrong site suggestion when posting?

What do people think of the idea that as soon as a question or question title contains certain key words (perhaps a volume of key words), in much the same way it suggests that your post might be ...
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Should all answer edits make old questions look “active”?

For instance, I have just edited my answer to this old-ish question on SF due to a formatting issue. The change I made doesn't really indicate new active interest in the question, but the current ...
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stackoverflow business model suggestion

i just asked this question and had an idea: what if there were a person working for msi with a special stackoverflow-account who automatically gets all questions with the msi tag and could provide an ...
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Vote Reversal Time Limit Concerns

I understand the reasons for decreasing the time window on being able to reverse a vote, but I think it ultimately is going to cause more problems than it solves. I addressed this in a comment to one ...
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Are Comments Being Deleted Improperly?

See "WCF WebInvoke problem getting WSDL". David, the questioner, is clearly responding to a comment which no longer exists. This is not the first I've seen today. "WSE 2.0 SoapHttpRouter: Is it ...
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Games and programming… Are these valid topic combinations for Stack Overflow?

I noticed a question here about Second Life and checked Stack Overflow for some questions about the Linden Scripting Language. There are a few questions about Linden Scripting Language so ...
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StackOverflow Post Close and Locked with Ambiguous Tag

The tag Access is ambiguous in that it can refer to the product MS Access or simply be a noun. Various members have carefully removed the tag Access when it appears, however, a post has been closed ...
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How great should my rep be before I start waving it around?

I have just started on Stack Overflow (and think it is great). At what point does one's reputation get big enough to warrant putting a 'flair' link on their blog? Really what I am asking is what is ...
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Which SOpedians are spending too many cycles on MSO?

A while back on the SO podcast, Joel Spolsky basically called folks who spend lots of time on MSO losers. He has a point, to a certain extent, I think. A little bit of meta is OK, too much and one ...
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Is your question about programming?

I am constantly annoyed when people frame comments as questions. Hence on Stack Overflow where it says: How to Ask Is your question about programming? It's actually not a question. What it ...
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Are we allowed to ask questions about programming ethics on SO?

Are we allowed to ask things like "Is it okay to do [this] without informing users of this behavior?"? I'm not referring to anything regarding the legality of a practice, but whether its just ...
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Make migration of questions less brutal

I asked a question on Stack Overflow, it got a few up-votes and one answer. I wrote a comment in response to the answer but couldn't submit it because my question had been migrated to Super User (the ...
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Have you noticed that you often refresh a question page?

I never noticed, until recently, how often I refresh a question page. Now that the order of answers with the same vote total changes randomly, it's become apparent to me how often I refresh a page ...
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Does it make any sense to accept while also downvoting an answer?

My reputation went up by 13 points today, due to an answer (to an old question) being simultaneously accepted and downvoted. Of course this could be a coincidence, performed by two different users. ...
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How to complain if a question is unjustifiably closed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How/Can I ask a moderator to review a closed question? I asked two questions which represent the day to day problems of programmers much more then most other peoples on this ...
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What does 10k (10000 or 10,000) rep unlock? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What facilities are there in the moderation tools? What does reputation above 10k gain you in terms of moderation tools? I'm getting close on Stack Overflow and I'm curious.
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“Belongs on” comments

This is related to this question. I think we should discourage "Belongs on S[OFU]" type comments. I think they encourage the OP to go to the indicated site and re-ask the question. Flagging/voting to ...
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Email spam mentioning stackoverflow profile

I received an interesting email this morning that appears to me to be spam: Hello , I came across your profie in (stackoverflow.com) and I will like us to have a goodrelationship and to ...
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When are dupes not dupes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Asking similar questions - process? It's a pretty simple question actually, should duplicate questions be allowed if the original question did not get an accepted answer? ...
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c# is clearly dominant on SO. Is there a desire, need or whatever to diversify the user base and questions?

(UPDATE: Anybody who thinks this is a rant on C# needs to chill out. I'm not suggesting punishing C# questions. Rather, I am envious of C#'s disproportionate popularity on SO and am asking what, if ...
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Stickers for non US residents?

John says: August 28th, 2009 at 12:25 am Why do you not put a SASE question on meta and see how many votes it gets? Jeff now has the trilogy + How to Geek Stickers. But, for now, he is planning on ...
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Any exceptions in duplicating questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Asking similar questions - process? Again a possible duplicate. ;) Lets say I have a question and I want to ask it in SO. I see a duplicate but I cannot find a successful ...
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Is there a way of sharing the love?

If I found a more efficient way of coding a problem or using a cool tool, that would help other fellow developers, how would I share the love? Or is this outside the remit of SO?
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How to write [Ss]tack ?[Oo]verflow

The logotype for stackoverflow (and other Lo(W)J sites) is all lower case and uses boldface to separate the words, and that's easy enough to do if you can be bothered with the HTML tags. But what if ...
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What's the ranking algorithm of SO?

Will editing the question make it rank forward or not?
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200 Rep Limit over what period exactly? [duplicate]

SO has a limit on the amount of reputation that can be earnt per day of 200 (there are exceptions but this question isn't about that). My question is exactly what constitutes a day? Is it any 24 ...
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Percentage of users with gold badges

What percentage of users possess at least one gold badge? Just curious.
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Does reducing the window to change votes really solve the tactical downvoting problem?

The way I see it, the new reduced window to change a vote only imposes a very small cost rather than solving the problem. Before: t0: Good guy answers t1: Bad guy copies answer t2: Bad guy downvotes ...
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What should I do about a question mired in no-longer relevant negative comments?

I made the tragic error of not marking something as community wiki that should have been. The question is now mired in comments about how I'm a rep whore, despite having no such intentions. While the ...
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How do Deleted Posts affect rep? [duplicate]

Say I post an answer on a recently asked question, yet a FGITW scenario means that so do about a half dozen other SO users. My answer might get a handful of upvotes, but ultimately someone else gets ...
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When is it ok to send a user to the penalty box?

I was wondering what's the etiquette about this. The comments in this question made me wonder if moderators had any guidelines regarding "boxing". I was under the impression that this measure was for ...
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How do you get your account suspended

rich-b has a message at the top of his profile that his account is suspended and that there is 22 hours left. I tried to click on the link temporarily suspended that points to blog question, but the ...
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Is .5 % of YOUR answers SO relevant too? [closed]

Is it not fascinating that everyone, me included, more easily gets interested in the questions that are non-programming related? They get more visitors, more answers, more up-votes and what-have-yous. ...
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Should there be a way to flag the 'Edit Summary' text in a post's revision history?

Should there be a way to flag the 'Edit Summary' text in a post's revision history? I've seen a few inappropriate comments that don't really need to be there that are a bit churlish and pointless. ...
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Status: Not By Design

In light of the recent change in vote ordering, a certain aspect of the design process for SO has been highlighted. It seems that certain features, while present in the system, are considered by the ...
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Is the stack overflow platform for sale? [duplicate]

If I want to have a website that behaves just like SO but is populated by users asking questions about cars (or waffles or ponies), can I buy or license the platform? What's available with regard to ...

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