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What to do with cross-site duplicates?

What's the right course of action for cross-site duplicates? There are two flavors: A question is posted which belongs on another site and ends up already having been asked there. I can't find an ...
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How to deal with obsolete answers?

I was thinking about this issue from time to time but I didn't know whether it really exists or just an speculation on my side until today when I woke up [!], I saw a very old answer of mine which was ...
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When voting to migrate an off-topic question, why is the list of sites limited?

Earlier, I voted to close this question about Wordpress as off-topic. The question has since been closed. There is an SE site for Wordpress, but it didn't show up in the list when I selected "off-...
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How to overcome “Edits must be at least 6 characters”?

On Stack Overflow, there was a question with an incorrectly formatted list, which lacked a newline before it and thus came out like this: 1. Hello 2. Something else 3. Goodbye I changed it to the ...
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Does systematic self-deleting need to be prevented?

This case (and other similar recent ones) makes me think something must be done about users systematically both deleting their questions after they've received a satisfactory answer, and deleting and ...
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Stack Overflow is getting a Meta of its own

We've grown considerably as a network since the days of the original trilogy, when the prospect of growing into a network of over 100 thriving Q&A sites was a distant glimmer in a cloudy night sky....
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Ban LMGTFY (let me google that for you) links

I've just asked a question on Stack Overflow which was a prime candidate for googling. I admit it was a poor question and with a little bit of research I would have found the answer. It annoyed me ...
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How does a lurker gain reputation to receive privilege for commenting? [duplicate]

I have been reading Stack Exchange for years - mostly not logged in, and have never posted (this is my first). I'm simply not very talkative, and very good at googling. Recently a few occasions have ...
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Area 51 Commit Percent

How is the commit percent decided for Area 51? I know it is based on rep, but how exactly does it work?
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The bikeshed problem and Stack Exchange

In short, the bikeshed problem: If you go before the Board of Directors and ask for 1.5 billion dollars to build a nuclear reactor, no one will review or discuss the details of the plant. ...
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An apology to our community, and next steps

I’m David Fullerton, Stack Overflow’s CTO, responsible for the product, engineering, and community teams. I joined Stack Overflow in 2010 because I believed in the vision and mission of Stack ...
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Why does reputation start at 1, and have a lower bound of 1?

If a user is the type of person to consecutively get downvoted to potential negative reputation, so be it. What's the reasoning to maintain a minimum of one? One reason that may justify this is of ...
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My God—it's full of unicorns!

Based on this comment, I have started building a unicorn avatar maker. It's still quite ugly, and the results aren't different enough yet, but this is what it looks like so far: Question list / Joel'...
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Why aren't people voting for questions?

While at least some answers from every question seem to have been up-voted as a "helpful" answer: about 49% of questions have score of 0 or 1. another 21% of questions have a score of 2. Most ...
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The Help Vampire problem

What is Stack Overflow's long-term solution for the Help Vampire problem? Quote from article follows: Identifying Help Vampires can be tricky, because they look like any ordinary person (or ...
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When should I vote?

I have seen a few questions here on Meta Stack Exchange that cover parts of this, but they are often too local, and none of them seem to cover all the relevant scenarios. I will break it up ...
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If you just witnessed tactical downvoting, is it a reportable offense?

I don't want to be like the little kid that got beat up at school and runs home crying to mommy, but I just got tactically downvoted in a question. Someone else posted a virtually identical answer to ...
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Global auth is dead! Long live universal login

Update: Universal login is in place and considered "done". If you see anything weird, please submit new bug reports. As y'all know, our current flavor of "global authentication" leaves a few things ...
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Ch-ch-ch-changes: Left nav, responsive design, & themes

Thanks everyone for your feedback. The team has responded to feedback in the post Left nav, responsive design, and theming next steps . Check it out. Ch-ch-ch-changes are coming. As you've ...
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Meaning of downvotes in Meta vs Main sites?

Upvotes are easy on both Main and Meta sites. You like something, you vote it up. Downvotes are trickier. On Main down-voting a question means that the question is a poor one. Poor meaning badly ...
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Which answer do I accept if I have multiple correct answers?

I asked a question that turned out to have multiple correct answers. How do I pick between them to determine which to accept? All of the answers were different. They were not the same answer given ...
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How should I handle questions which are answered in the comments? [duplicate]

Sometimes I have asked a question which got no answers, but is answered in the comments to the question. How should I handle these questions? I can't accept an answer, so it is never an accepted ...
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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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Improving “demonstrate a minimal understanding” close reason

Note: the eventual outcome of this discussion involved dropping this particular off-topic reason, along with other changes. See: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/216585/recent-changes-to-close-...
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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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Do you feel dirty if you nudge new users to accept your answer when they indicate you've answered their question?

I've had a couple of answers today where the OP indicated via a comment that I solved their problem, but the question wasn't upvoted or accepted. In both cases the person probably wasn't able to ...
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why are the best questions the ones which have been closed? [duplicate]

I frequently come across a really useful answer on StackOverflow which has been closed because it doesn't match the Q&A format. Examples include JPA Implementations - Which one is the best to ...
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Help us test the shiny new “User Activity” page! (Plus a bunch of new features.) [duplicate]

We've launched! Please give feedback here. Today, we're shipping the new "Activity Page" of the Profile here on Meta SE, so you can test it out and hopefully share some feedback and suggestions ...
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What is an acceptable answer?

I answered a question and my answer was: (pick one) Deleted Converted to a comment Added to my question as an edit Why was this? Why was my answer not acceptable? What is the definition of an ...
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Anonymous user feedback now in testing

Anonymous and unregistered users with < 15 reputation (the amount required to earn the upvote privilege) will now see feedback on every post in the area that a logged in user would see "add ...
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“Abusing” bounties for unlimited profit

Six days ago I put a +50 bounty on Why doesn't jQuery work in Chrome user scripts (Greasemonkey)? which wasn't asked by me, but to which I'd previously posted a pretty decent answer. Since then I'...
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What is Stack Overflow's business model?

I once answered a question that asked how Stack Overflow makes money, but that was before the time of VC. Now, Stack Overflow has cash, and they have an ever-growing list of employees, but where's ...
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What is the official etiquette on answering a question twice?

When is it okay to post two answers to one question?
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How does the User Card popup work?

We are experimenting with enhanced user card mouseover popups and have enabled them network wide. You can tell which users will trigger the popup because they have a 3-D drop shadowy look to their ...
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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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Dealing with questions of nefarious intent

How should we treat questions that are, or have seeds of, evil or malicious purposes and actions, such as writing spambots and malware? Should they be answered like regular "everybody keeps their ...
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Should the weight of question upvotes be reduced?

After thinking about Should the weight of downvotes be increased? which I declined for the reasons specified in my answer, and Please charge rep for questions after threshold I have a proposal. ...
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New profile pages are out - bugs and feedback master list

Update: Thanks for all the feedback and bug reports! I am locking this thread so people don't keep answering it when we no longer monitor it. If you see a bug or want to raise a feature request, ...
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Is it appropriate to comment on people's accept rate? [closed]

I've seen a lot of comments on SO, of the kind (paraphrasing brutally): (on questions) if you start accepting some answers, I might deign to post a reply (on answers) good answer, but perhaps too ...
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What's the policy about having multiple user accounts? [duplicate]

Take this example: all SO user accounts of user known as "icepax". I can imagine of any human reasons to create a new user account at SO, e.g. willing to restart with a clean (reputation) history. ...
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Does Stack Exchange use caching and if so, how?

Recently, I read this Stack Overflow blog post about how they have some of their infrastructure laid out. I was curious to know, does Stack Exchange use caching (both at the application layer and/or ...
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What are the hidden features of Stack Exchange?

What features of Stack Exchange sites do you consider "hidden"?
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Handling Calls to Remove a Moderator [duplicate]

This discussion informed our process for seven years, but eventually required updates and augmentation. For discussion regarding the successors to this process, please see: Feedback post: Moderator ...
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We're working on a new stat to help convey the reach of your posts here

We've got a new statistic on the shiny new Profile Page Prototype. It's not perfect yet. And we did a pretty crap job of explaining what it's all about! Let's talk. What you do here isn't just about ...
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Every “close” has its thorn: replace “close” with “on hold” for the first five days

That's right, I'm starting this out with a pun. Featuring a Poison song. I'm good with it. TL;DR We're looking at replacing [closed] with [on hold]. This sort of thing was proposed in a popular ...
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Why do you cast downvotes on answers?

This is a question which started off with a comment, then turned into an answer, and now it's a question in its own right (as suggested by Jeff). I'm not sure where it could go from here :) It's ...
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What purpose does downvoting questions serve?

I understand the purpose of up/downvoting answers -- some answers are better than others, some answers may be wrong, .etc. With regard to questions, though, there are other mechanisms to deal with "...
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Adding Favorites to the Stack Exchange global inbox

We're considering adding favorite notifications to the global inbox, and are looking for feedback on the idea (as we're not completely sold on it). But first, some history. Favorites are kind of ...
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Why do some people answer in comments?

Why do some people post comments that are actually answers to the question? Wouldn't posting an answer be better?
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Why can't we use the word “problem” in titles?

Recently this Mathematica question was posted, Mathematica can't DSolve two-body pro-ble​m? The reason for the odd split in the word pro-blem is there is a filter preventing its use in titles. For the ...