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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 ...
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Anyone plotting SO via code_swarm?

Is anyone working on something to render individual questions, or SO as a whole with codeswarm? If so, can you post a link to your work that transforms SO questions into revisions that codeswarm can ...
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Is it okay to discuss poor security practices?

I have experienced people actively hindering or flaming people who want to make public or discuss techniques that can break good security habits or schemes of languages, software or operating systems. ...
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Is it bad to ask Google searchable questions?

I recently got downvoted by a user who added a comment, saying "couldn't you have spent 15 minutes and looked this up on Google?". My answer is "yes", but by asking on Stack Overflow, I feel like I ...
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Detecting similarity between questions : How?

When I type a new question in SO, it displays the list of similar questions almost instantly? I imagine there must be some kind of distance computation between the asked question and the questions in ...
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The Fancy and Amazing April Fools question [closed]

I like simplicity. I like clear designs. I like Stack Overflow. But today, SO was offline and returned with this brand new, ugly... definitely new logo. So what's this logo all about? That's no real ...
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What ORM does Stack Overflow use with their ASP.NET MVC project?

What ORM does Stack Overflow use with their ASP.NET MVC project?
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What should I do if my accepted answer is not the best one?

If you look at this question, my answer is the accepted one because it was the first to be posted, but the most upvoted one is clearly better than mine (and has been consequently upvoted) What should ...
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What’s the best way to ask a question if English isn't your first language?

First, I really like Stack Overflow and appreciate it. I always get useful answers and information from it. Now, English is my second language. So, when I submit any question, some people can't ...
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Is it appropriate to ask questions on Stack Overflow without prior research? [closed]

Stack Overflow is so easy to get answers on, I'm starting to find myself asking questions on here as a starting point, before even googling or wikiing them. Is this considered rude, or do people like ...
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Asking Too Many Questions?

I just been a Stack Overflow'er for a few days now, and the quality of answers has been great. It has especially saved me many hours of time, otherwise on the steep learning curve of tackling a new ...
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Answer what's asked, or answer what's desired?

I've been puzzled by this question at some instances: Should I answer what the asker asks, or should I try to solve the problem she really seems to have? Most often, the questions are well formulated,...
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What accountability exists for answerers not reading questions?

Ok, now I admit I haven't been here very long, but I've been seeing a trend amongst the users here: they love to answer questions! This is a good thing, but I think this phenomenon is a little out of ...
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Reusing other people's past responses

Is it permissible to link to other people's past responses in your answer? Is it rude? What about reusing bits and pieces from other people's answers (e.g. to create the "perfect answer" over time)? ...
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Is Stack Overflow an appropriate place for simple code reviews?

Stack Overflow is more than anything else a place to ask programming questions, but we also have stuff like tips and tricks, code golf (to the chagrin of some), programming as a profession style ...
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Why is it that properly formulating your question (for stackoverflow) often yields you your answer

I don't know how many times this has happened: I have a problem I decide to bring it to stack overflow I awkwardly write down my question I realize that the question doesn't make any sense I take 15 ...
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How do you get people to answer the question, rather than argue the premise?

I've noticed a sizable number of questions here where the petitioner asks something like "I'm trying to flange my dichromatic howitzer, but I can't defibrillate the metacarpus. Any suggestions?" ......
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Should basic netiquette dictate that we post reasons for downvoting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Encouraging people to explain down-votes OK, I've just got downvoted for an answer that was previously upvoted. I'm pretty sure my answer wasn't the best, yet not the worst. ...
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What can high reputation users do to be better community moderators?

Note: The term "moderator" used herein refers primarily to high-reputation users, not to those with diamonds by their names (although that is also useful). In the long tradition of "How can I become ...
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Should I be discouraged by Stack Overflow?

Let me start off by a little background. I am currently a 3rd year pursuing a BS in Computer Science at a small Christian school in San Diego. I have take a good chunk of the courses offered to me, ...
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How should disputes be handled on Stack Overflow?

Update: See Jeff Atwood's blog post: The Great Edit Wars. As well as the usual close wars we're all familiar with I'm aware that there have been several edit / rollback and tag wars recently, some ...
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Why have not-programming-related tag, if all questions under this tag get closed anyway?

Most not programming related questions get closed in less than 30 minutes after they are posted. If the poster is lucky to post the question on weekend - his question might remain open until Monday. ...
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Etiquette for providing a suggestion and not an answer

If you think you might know an answer, or have a good suggestion, should it be a comment or an answer? Say you don't have the time currently to test your idea, or you are 80% sure, should this be a ...
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How to deal with repeated abuse?

I've noticed a number of users spamming the site today, either by asking the same question over and over, or by posting rap lyrics as comments in nearly every thread. I feel powerless to stop it ...
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Should non-questions be rewritten as questions?

Close this if it's too far OT, but I keep asking myself in a GOM* kind of way, why so few SO "questions" are actually questions. To take a random sample, only 20 of the 50 latest posts that I can see ...
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How do I pick the correct answer on a subjective question?

I have recently asked a subjective question and the answer that got the most votes is not really the answer I prefer. However it being a subjective question logically I should accept what the ...
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Can Stack Overflow help you explore the magic and beauty of computer science? [duplicate]

Computing is all around us. From helping us find songs we like on Pandora to describing how DNA encodes information in living things, computing is a huge field: "The old definition of computer ...
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Can I post “how to” articles here?

Hello! I would like to ask everyone if it is appropriate to post a solution to a "problem" in my web development projects. It would be in a format such as "Needed a way to solve (insert problem ...
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Would a Stackunderflow.com site for offtopic questions be heresy?

Now that SO has launched with a stable and wonderful engine, would I be completely excommunicated for wanting a replicate / evil-twin site running the same engine, but solely for questions of a more ...
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Should posts be self-contained?

Should posts be self-contained; that is, should questions and answers avoid linking to outside material? For example, I recently edited to inline code the author had put in a paste bin. Was that ...
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Etiquette for answering your own question

Often you have a question, you can't find the answer on Stack Overflow so you search for it (or think a bit more). Having found the answer you'd like to keep a record so you can find it again later. ...
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I'm new to StackOverflow, what should I consider before asking questions?

I'm breaking one of the well known taboos about not asking questions about questions here for good reason. People do it all the time, hit up search, enter 'question', you'll see a big list of meta-...
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Any alternative to stackoverflow with chat function?

Does anyone know a website where noobs can actually engage and chat with programmer gurus? Stackoverflow is not quite the site for detailed discussions.
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Should everyone have to defend a down-vote? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Encouraging people to explain down-votes I recently received my first down-vote and am still reeling from that stinging feeling. Seems silly to care but for some reason I do. ...
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Asking effective questions

Duplicate How to ask a Smart Question on SO? I've been spending a lot of time perusing SO and there seem to be a lot of people asking what I'm going to call ineffective questions (I will refrain ...
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What is the etiquette for changing the substance of a question?

After answering a question the other day I came across an unusual situation. The content of the answers received prompted the original poster to change edit their question (both title and content) ...
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Reposting subjective questions as community wiki

After this question was closed Bill K suggested reposting the question as community wiki, as there seemed to be a lot of people interested in the topic. If a subjective question is closed and the OP ...
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Adding someone else's answer to your own to make a better answer

If you have answered a question and then later read another answer that is also correct, or another way of doing it, is it good/fair/bad to edit your answer to incorporate the other answer, so there ...
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Do you ask questions on sites like SO immediately or organise them first?

My question is similar to this one; but rather than focusing on how you attempt to solve your programming problem before asking, I want to know how you organise the technical questions that you come ...
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Stack Overflow “GamerTag” WordPress Widget

Using my incredibly shoddy PHP skills, combined with my staggeringly shallow knowledge of WordPress I've put together a Widget that shows Name, Gravatar and Rep in an XBox Live "GamerTag" style ...