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Running StackOverflow Without ASP.NET Sessions

Would it be possible to run StackOverflow without ASP.NET sessions?
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Sockpuppets who expose themselves

On SO, Beeph, asks a question, What's the simplest way to embed blog functionality on my home page? which is an exact dupe of the question asked a few minutes prior. When prompted about the earlier ...
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Why does SO paginate the answers?

Why does SO paginate answers? Why not have all of the answers on a single page and allow the user to simply scroll using the browser? Why force the user to hit a next page button?
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Should we be able to vote to move bounty questions to another site?

Referencing this question on SF: Flash Plugin - How to disable automatic updates on a computer that is offline? I would vote close this as "belongs on superuser", but it's got a bounty and as such I ...
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Writing a tagging bot

I recently reached the point where I could start retagging, and I've noticed this: a lot of the retagging is incredibly formulaic. Things like replacing 'xp' with 'windows-xp'. In each case I make the ...
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Does “user profile views” include narcissism?

So... if I go to my user page to look at where I got those extra 40 rep points (or whatever) from, does me going to my own user profile page increase my "user profile views"? I'd really rather it ...
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How can new users get old unresolved questions answered?

There are some old questions that are still basically unsolved where new users come along in search for a solution and start posting answers with additional problem descriptions. The users are new and ...
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Do you fill in an edit summary? [closed]

Personally I really hate it when developers don't add a commit message in subversion. Here at stackoverflow I am guilty of the same crime. Usually I'm so involved in my answer that I just forget to ...
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Find Questions with Most Comments

Is there any way to list the top questions by the number of comments coming through?
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Organizing a site like this according to geographic region

For the upcoming StackExchange offering. Let's say that you wanted to make one for each of the 50 State's tax laws. What do you think would be the best way to organize that? Would you have to have 50 ...
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Why do the Beta Testers all have the lowest scores?

On Stackoverflow, I am wondering why all the members with the "Beta Tester" badge seem to have low karma scores compared to most of the others? It looks like an average of about 200 for them. Does ...
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How to insert < > in code?

When I am posting code using pre-code html tags, everything inside < > are lost, how to use html formatting correctly, so that I can see it ? eg. if I have #include header.h, how can I use < > ...
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No responses after responding to own question symptom

Not a request per se but more of an observation. As Joel said in one of the podcasts he'd prefer to keep the question generic enough to be of maximum use and to add possibly solutions (that didn't ...
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Appropriate site for questions

I have several questions that I would like to see answered regarding the running of an IT company, as well as several questions about IT careers. It seems that these questions don't quite fit in at ...
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Is Stack Exchange immune to SPAM or is the system just working THAT well? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does stackoverflow handle spam? I am on the site almost every day and have been since early on, yet I don't recall ever seeing any SPAM comments or questions, not even ...
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What happened to “attribution required”? [closed]

I am sure we all read this right? http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/06/attribution-required/ Then why doesn't Jeff Atwood follow this rule in his most recent twitter post? http://twitter.com/...
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Can I ask security related questions without being framed as a hacker?

I am studying security with a pragmatic approach. Since someone pointed me to some "hacker" tools, I am testing the security of my own electronic assets. I have had many doubts since this, but I am ...
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Tag Editor Now Supports Inline Autocomplete

Just FYI, thanks to the ever-so-awesome Jörn Zaefferer, we have an updated tag intellisense / autocomplete dropdown that works for tags in the middle as well as at the end. Prior to this update, the ...
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What was the date when everyone first started getting the Enthusiast badge on SO?

Anyone remember when it was?
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Option to have real-time SO data available as web service too

I'd like a small discussion about opening up SO functions as web services (APIs), so users can implement their own GUI/frontend for their needs for example? What do you think, what pros and cons can ...
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How to get new answers to old/popular questions read/voted on?

If a question has more than one page of answers then a new answer is not likely to get much attention. I think the stackoverflow engine should give some more weight to newer answers to old questions ...
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“Community Wiki” and SO meta-discussion

As of 12:30 EST on November 15th, there were 30,658 registered users of Stack Overflow, of whom 1,458 had at least a 750 reputation and could therefore edit Community Wiki posts. I suggest that if ...
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Why was my non-programming question on StackOverflow closed? [closed]

I feel that programmers have special requirements so I don't feel this is an unsuitable question: Good backup software for programmers?
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Some way of denoting MVP (or similar in other languages) in a profile badge

Has there been any discussion about denoting the experts of certain topics, for example MVPs or Microsoft employees in the small profile icon? This way users can quickly distinguish between random ...
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Do you lose reputation when someone comments on your question?

Recently I asked a question on serverfault and someone commented on it, i also saw that at about the same time I lose 2 reputation points. Do you lose reputation when someone comments? (Which sorta ...
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What are the s and t parameters in the user cookie used by stackoverflow?

stackoverflow's user cookie seems to have the form t=<mystery-value>|<last-access-time>&s=<mystery-value>|<login-time> (the times are sans year, which is a little strange)...
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Adapting the SO engine to other domains, not related to computers [closed]

In this thread, there's a comment I found in writing this question, which makes a good point: I can see a very good use of this engine in professions other than computer programming: Lawyering, ...
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Should a single user be able to vote to both close and re-open a question?

I was the original author of this question, which was closed as "subjective and argumentative" shortly after it was written. I was one of five users who then voted to re-open it (as I thought the ...
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How do I request attention of an expert in a subject when an incorrect question gets upvoted and selected?

In my opinion, an upvoted, incorrect answer being accepted can do a great deal of damage; after all, people will think it is correct because the many people who upvoted it cannot all be wrong. How ...
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Should I reword a question to avoid triggering the “subjective question” warning, or does it not matter?

I asked a question on SO that triggered a "subjective question" warning. I found the reasons on why this warning was triggered, but my question is does it matter? The question isn't subjective, ...
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Can moderators migrate a question closed for another reason?

Saw a question on SO that really belonged on meta. It was already closed as not programming related. I flagged it for a moderator as needing to be migrated not merely closed. Now I'm wondering if ...
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Finding a niche tag that the reputation leaders aren't active in

Bill said: Pick a niche tag that the reputation leaders aren't active in and start studying up on that. This is a great way to pick up some stray reputation points and learn something new ...
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Wild Idea. Ability to claim first answer

I'm only posting this as a discussion point. Since I think it's healthy for a community to discuss things like this. Even if the idea in particular is perhaps a bad one. This is an idea for fastest ...
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Encourage users to provide code when relevant [closed]

I think something should be added at the very least to the right side of the "Ask A Question" page of Stackoverflow encouraging users to provide code if at all relevant to their problem. It happens ...
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What's the idea about discouraging users from marking their own answer as correct?

I notice that you now have to wait 2 days or so before you can mark your own answer as the correct answer. Why?
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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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Data Dump Logic Errors

While trying to do some stats for the 'critical mass' question I ran into some logic errors in the data dump that made generating the statistics impossible. I'm not sure if the errors are on my end or ...
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Why isn't my image displaying in my answer?

When editing this answer, the image displays properly in the edit preview. However, the image doesn't appear in the actual answer. What is going wrong?
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Allow cross-posting between serverfault.com and superuser.com?

I think that over time a large number of questions will be duplicated over superuser.com and serverfault.com. To cite an example, I'm investigating protocols to mount remote filesystems on linux ...
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Highest Scoring Users, Jacks/Jills-of-all-trades or specialists?

I'm not sure how I would answer this question even if I had the data, but I wanted to throw it out there and see if anybody has any ideas. It seems to me that the highest scoring users on SO are ...
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Podcast: Did The Sims 3 use Mono for scripting or for everything?

So this week's podcast (#61) was good as usual but the part that really caught my attention was the following exchange with Miguel de Icaza (which I went ahead and transcribed and put on the wiki): ...
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What changes to the SO engine are necessary for Meta?

It's been a little over a week since Meta first went live, and what a week it as been! When Jeff and I talked about creating a meta-discussion site based off of the SO engine, he asked if I could ...
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Who are the robots in the captcha request?

When you are too fast in interacting with SO, a captcha request appears, together with a photo of two gentlemen dressed as robots. Who are they ?
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Why do you think responses to good questions come so quickly and with great quality?

I realize that there are questions that don't get quick responses or good answers. But, Why do you think responses to good questions come so quickly and with great quality?
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Half the 10 highest voted questions on SO are closed. Does this bother the SO team?

5 of the 10 highest voted questions on SO are now closed. Does this statistic concern the SO team that the most popular questions in the minds of the users are also the ones that are unpopular enough ...
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When you see a post with 9 votes [closed]

... do you upvote it so they get a badge? Sometimes I do...
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Bounty not given when more than one equally upvoted answers

Is this how it is supposed to work? Two answers to a question, both get a single upvote, no accepted answer. The result is that no bounty points are distributed or deducted from the user who ...
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Is there a wiki behind SO? How is SO question history maintained?

Any insights into how revisions are tracked/displayed on StackOverflow? I'm curious to know if this was hand-rolled or built using other technologies out there. I think I understand how WMD (and it's ...
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Why not combine reputations from different StackOverflow sites? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why not merge reputation across SO, SF, and SU? Why not combine the reputations from different stackoverflow sites? This would probably encourage people to post to the correct ...
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How does StackOverflow handle cache invalidation?

I've always been impressed with StackOverflow's cache: it seems to strike a perfect balance between snappiness and sensibility. Which of the half-dozen* cache invalidation strategies promoted by ...