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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 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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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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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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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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What is meant by the asterisk at http://inedomedia.com/stackoverflow.aspx

At http://inedomedia.com/stackoverflow.aspx there is a subheading which states: "4,026,489 developers are waiting for you *". The asterisk implies there is a proviso attached to the statement. Is ...
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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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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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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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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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Percentage of users with gold badges

What percentage of users possess at least one gold badge? Just curious.
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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 track what caused a move in your reputation?

Being a rep addict (and just waiting for this one to be voted down by the "not programming related" police), but also being a keen participant, the more questions I answer the less I know what causes ...
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Do you use Google for answers to put on SO?

Just out of curiosity, for those with answers to mostly everything, are you guys just naturally experienced/talented/knowledgeble/etc.. (by heart and mind), or do you sometimes google for answers to ...
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Yet another “community wiki” clarification question

Apologies in advance for not being able to get a satisfactory answer from reading all the related posts I could find. I may be way off base with my assumptions, so I'll just list them. The rep ...
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Number of close votes required and low traffic tags

I don't believe the number of close votes required is working on low traffic and less popular tags. Fewer questions are read, therefore fewer close votes issued Less people have enough rep to close (...
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Relevant Job Ad

I believe it will be faster to search a potential employee by targeting the job add to him. If someone looking for a job passively and he opens a particular question to see the answer in ...
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Submit large chunk of code to pastebin

Sometimes it is good to have complete output or more details on the code being executed. Pasting it on the main question/answer makes it difficult to read even with the scroll bars that appear. ...
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Is doing repeated edits to something to force CW status abuse?

I've seen this come up a few times and I'm not sure what to think about it. Fact is, if you're so inclined, you can force a post to CW by repeatedly editing it (when you don't own it). Is this abuse?
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How to down vote users that answer questions in the “question comments” section?

I have been seeing a lot of people that come into a question after the fact, and then use the comment section to answer the question. The only purpose of this is so their response appears at the top. ...
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Deleting Comments After A Fix

Occasionally I make a mistake or leave out some detail in an answer or a question. Usually someone will politely point out the error in a comment. Then there may be a little back and forth ...
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Add information about linking your accounts, on migrated questions

Every few weeks there is another user complaining about not being able edit their questions / answers, after the question gets migrated. The answer to this is always the same: "Associate your ...
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Are Shakespeare's monkeys here?

We've all experienced this issue - we ask a question and immediately get inundated with Shakespeare's monkeys all trying to get the answer right in the shortest time (I swear 50% of Hamlet appeared in ...
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Am I annoying the mods with my flags?

Yesterday, I were flaging some tag abuse, some continous spamming by the same user and some poorly worded questions. At one point I started making silly jokes, hoping that the same mod would view ...
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Etiquette: When is it ok to edit your answer to include information from someone else's?

I have been following this question with interest - History of public/private/protected - and noticed that shortly after a new answer was posted by Neil Butterworth, one of the original answers was ...
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Should we edit attitude out of answers?

Looking at an answer today that was lucid, but spiced with a hint of attitude, made me want to pull out my editing sword and take the sarcastic ',umm,' away. It seemed that the answer, given matter-...
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Could we consider making “1 new answer has been posted” configurable through prefs?

I've noticed a trend in how I answer questions lately, and I don't like that it bothers me, but I think I'm going to post this and see if anyone else feels the same way. When I'm answering a question,...
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RSS notification when somebody edits my question or answer?

I'd like to get a notification when somebody edits one of my questions or answers, but I'm not seeing that in my RSS feed. Is there some other way to get this? Have I configured something ...
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Answering your own question multiple times

I'm asking this because of the following question on SU: What’s the easiest to use ‘find a time to schedule meeting’ tool you’ve used? It was originally posted without being CW which would have been ...
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What happens to the votes and the reputation on a question and answer upon deletion by the OP?

I have posted a question. I get an up vote. Someone answers my question. I upvote the answer. I delete the question. What happens to the votes and the reputation?
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Deactivate the captcha after correctly answering it

Why if I have answered a captcha two or three times does the system continue to tell me that it is probable that I am a robot when I modify an answer?
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Why is meta so harsh and how can I provide better feedback here?

Am I not asking questions / feedback correctly? This site is supposed to be for feedback, but it seems that people are more "downvote happy" here than on SOFU which naturally discourages feedback. In ...
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Unreasonable Editing Practices

I am annoyed with some editors who edit my questions for no good reason. I consider some people involved in this activity to be dangerously obsessed with it. In my last question, someone changed '...
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On SO - how much do I have to know before I ask a programming question?

When asking a programming question on SO, how much homework (i.e. searching both inside and outside SO, reading materials/books/papers, attempting hacks on own, etc.) should be done prior to posting ...
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What load testing tool(s) are used on stackoverflow?

I am looking for a good load testing tool for websites on the Microsoft stack. What tools are you using specifically for load testing? EDIT Maybe I should open this to what tools users use in their ...
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How do the Super User and Server Fault uptake rates compare with Stack Overflow?

I was just posting a question to Server Fault and I noticed that activity is reasonably light there. I expected there to be far less activity than Stack Overflow as it hasn't been around as long, but ...
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Odd voting coincidences when first accessing the site after being away

As often as not when I access the site after a long time away, I get some vote within just a couple of minutes. It's almost as if someone else notices that I'm back on the site. Does the Community ...
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Why does my reputation decrease if I downvote another post?

Hi, I am wondering why do my reputation points go down if I downvote someone else's post? Thank you for your time.
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Badge balance out of whack

Yes, another badges question. SO seems to have reached the point where the "game balance" (for want of a better word) between badges has become badly distorted. The "tags" badges that get created on ...
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Distinguished Badge

Hit the rep cap on all 4 sites in one day.
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Is it ok to answer your own question and accept it?

I was shocked and embarrassed when I saw my 'accept rate' this morning, so I went through my questions with no accepted answer to try to clean them up. If no answer meets my needs, is it ok to answer ...
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Wat gebeurt er met een vraag die niet in het engels wordt gesteld? / What happens to questions that aren't in English?

I will translate: What will happen to questions that aren't in english? What are the consequences for questions that aren't in English? Eventually there could be a storm of people that populate ...
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Criteria for up-voting

In what seems to be a blatant violation of Sturgeon's Law, most of the answers on StackOverflow are clear, thoughtful, polite and accurate. This may be largely due to the self-correcting nature of ...
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If you gain your rep by asking questions, are you still a valid answerer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Different types of reputation? I gained most of my rep by asking good questions about things I'm having trouble with. Does this mean I'm inexperienced and you shouldn't trust ...
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Should “move to serverfault” need more votes if the OP votes for it?

If the OP thinks a question should be moved, is that enough reason to move it? Looking at the answers, it might be a better idea to allow the OP + one other vote to move. I suspect that most of the ...
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Can I post my Bachelor Thesis for correction?

I am writing my Bachelor thesis in English, but I'm not a native English speaker. Am I allowed to post my Bachelor thesis on StackOverflow? The reasons I want to do so: I write in English ...
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What happens to old vote points when a question becomes community wiki?

Do reputation points earned on a question or an answer get taken away when that question becomes a community wiki? When a question becomes community wiki, can reputation points still be awarded to ...
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How do questions marked community wiki AFTER you answer impact rep upon recalc

I did a search, and checked the FAQ, and checked out the questions which came up as related from the title, and still have nothing on this. But if this is a dupe, please close it and point me at the ...
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Does the Server Fault logo remind you vaguely of someone flipping you off?

Every time I see the Server Fault banner, I see someone giving me the finger. The red line looks like the finger and the dark black bars at the bottom the nuckles. Anyone else see the same?
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Have some level of checking synonyms in search

Whilst the issue has been discussed for tags, I think there is scope for some level of synonyms being used in searching, and not just in tags -- for example, on MSO, I'd searched for the terms "rep" ...