We’re rewarding the question askers & reputations are being recalculated! Read more.

Questions tagged [discussion]

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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
-11
votes
1answer
262 views

Is SE staff open to dialogue and find a different solution about gender pronouns? [duplicate]

The new CoC is now in effect. And it includes the new gender pronouns aspect. But many users (like me) are more than sure that the feeling of one group cannot prevail over others. One mod has been ...
-11
votes
2answers
168 views

Should moderators only delete when comments specifically break rules? [duplicate]

I am probably going to get massively downvoted for this but I feel strongly about it. First a bit of background: As a modern programmer you frequently work in a collaborative environment, not in a ...
-11
votes
3answers
114 views

Why is asking for application recommendations considered Off-topic? [duplicate]

This is the motivation "Questions asking us to find or recommend an app, device, ROM, accessory or off-site resource are off-topic as they tend to attract opinionated answers and spam and become ...
-11
votes
4answers
178 views

Blame those who game the system or those who create bad incentives or both? [closed]

Some companies hire outside hackers to demonstrate for them just how bad their security is. I took SO for a test drive. Some people enjoy robbing me of 100 pts reputation, but they spend more time ...
-11
votes
2answers
468 views

Change logo theme according to important events/holidays?

Similar to Google, but with some important differences: It will be more like adding stuff to the logo, instead of making the logo out of stuff The changes should not take away your attention for more ...
-11
votes
3answers
135 views

Min time allowed to edit a question before closing it [duplicate]

Hi Look at the bellow question. It was asked just 2 mins before and was closed immediately. I think the user was not given enough time to edit his/her question. alt text http://img535.imageshack.us/...
-11
votes
2answers
102 views

Discussion about pro and cons for allowing up-voting to very new users [duplicate]

I would like to share my point of view about allowing up-voting for very new users. I'm basically talking about the reputation points needed to up-vote any question/answer. It is currently set to 15 ...
-11
votes
2answers
175 views

Inform new posters tagging VB.NET to Check Option Strict Setting

I see loads of posts in VB.NET concerning runtime errors and the like that would not occur if Option Strict was switched on. In the interests of improving everyones VB.NET code could SO pop up a ...
-11
votes
1answer
237 views

What was wrong in my question that it got downvoted?

Why was my question downvoted: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/13785072/how-to-run-a-script-whenever-there-is-net-activity Please briefly tell me what exactly went wrong: Was it in the context ...
-11
votes
1answer
940 views

Is the comment limitation on new users counter-productive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Revisit “New users can't ask for clarifications except as answers” I find it strange that new users are banned from offering comments on questions particularly ...
-11
votes
1answer
326 views

Why is meta unprofessional?

Since my first post I noticed that the meta site of Stack Exchange is very unprofessional. See first comment on same post, when I find that comment on my post I took it in a more professional way but ...
-11
votes
3answers
200 views

Question banned user meta review queue

On an average day Meta gets 4 or 5 cross posted questions from question banned users on SO. How about a review queue for incoming questions from q-banned users? All questions from QB users could be ...
-11
votes
2answers
194 views

Why my this question has been closed when there are many like it at SO? [closed]

There are hundreds of questions regarding make my code DRY in SO. I don't know why my question has been closed?
-11
votes
2answers
158 views

Shouldn't there be an appeal process for (wrongly) rejected edits?

I'll pose this one as a question for an open discussion because the issue really bothers me: Shouldn't there be an appeal process for (wrongly) rejected edits? First I have to give you some ...
-12
votes
3answers
175 views

Why is my account not there?

I had some ideas in JavaScript template engine, and had implemented a beta version of JavaScript lib, which I think, can serve as an alternative way to JavaScript engine. I posted this in three ...
-12
votes
1answer
182 views

The state of the iOS and Android apps are an embarrassment to the Stack Overflow company [closed]

The state of iOS and Android apps are an embarassment to the Stack Overflow company. I'd like to understand the management thought process here. You have a product that connects between developers ...
-12
votes
4answers
118 views

Proposal: Poor Acceptance Rate Blocks Further Questions

I have seen quite a few users on Stack Overflow recently with an extremely low acceptance rate and a long list of questions. Invariably, when these users ask additional questions, many of the ...
-12
votes
4answers
345 views

What do I do when SE sites are dysfunctional and legitimate questions get terminated no matter what? [closed]

First, I asked this question, which immediately got shut down for being ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form. Some guy there ...
-12
votes
3answers
273 views

Can `What's your favorite “abandoned rule”?` get a historical lock?

What's your favorite “abandoned rule”? has been closed then deleted and undeleted. Can it be given a historical lock as well?
-12
votes
2answers
235 views

Dispute closing of “The Best Tail GUI” as not constructive

I would like to dispute the fact of closing my question, https://stackoverflow.com/questions/133821/the-best-tail-gui as not constructive. Logging is an essential tool for programmers all across the ...
-12
votes
1answer
185 views

Why do people vote to close perfectly good questions? How can it be improved?

Take for example, the question that brought me to this site, via Google. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/12324881/why-after-installing-vmwaretools-the-vm-wont-enter-in-unity-mode I have the ...
-12
votes
1answer
102 views

What else do i have to add to make this question open [duplicate]

This function works for smaller video files, but if the video is over 10 minutes it won't save the jpeg image. An error comes up as before trans. FFMPEG unable to take frame and save as image
-12
votes
2answers
1k views

Why can't I change my name to Jon Skeet?

I had the best April Fools' joke idea. I've been brewing it for months. And it flopped. It involved changing my name and picture to Jon Skeet. (No, that was not the prank itself.) I did that last ...
-12
votes
5answers
137 views

Don't allow questions from a user unless they have proven their worth/interest somehow [duplicate]

Stackoverflow continues to suffer from a quality problem. I don't think any amount of policing can solve the problem. Stuff may get cleaned up, but there's still a ton of garbage temporarily for me to ...
-12
votes
6answers
260 views

Why are short answers indiscriminately flagged?

Sometimes there is a question which requires a very short answer. When I post the answer I always feel like I should add some words or some people will flag it without considering that it was a full ...
-12
votes
1answer
298 views

My Social Network Integration for Private Messaging, Commenting, Etc

Right now I'm aware that there is no Private Messaging system and that almost (if not all) request for creating one have been denied. Most likely because of the difficult nature of such a system and ...
-12
votes
1answer
308 views

A new stackexchange for Linux Desktop Environments is needed : Askubuntu is too specific, Unix and Linux is too broad [duplicate]

PPS. I have added a related question now - How to proceed when proposal for a new Stack Exchange is turned due to admin's ignorance of domain? which addresses the point raised here. PS. The ...
-12
votes
2answers
95 views

Is giving the right answer a secondary objective?

It's happened many times that I came across answers that are either blatantly wrong OR do not answer the OP's original question that google sends people with the same question to. I usually don't ...
-12
votes
2answers
94 views

Why don't SO have a feature to get back the offered bounty to a question if the question receives no answers.? [duplicate]

So if i have posted a question and i have awarded some bounty for the question. So if the bounty period expires the bounty points will be reduced from the users account. And the users will never get ...
-12
votes
1answer
465 views

“Full Time Employee versus Contract Work?” on SO should have been migrated to Programmers instead of deleted [closed]

NOTE A Programmers moderator on meta there told me to bring this here, as they can't do anything about it. I've been a long time SO and stack user in general. I'm REALLY disappointed that Full Time ...
-12
votes
1answer
295 views

Stack Exchange name pun? [duplicate]

Is 'Stack Exchange' a pun on 'Stock Exchange'? Or does it refer to programming 'stacks', and so not related at all? A similar question is [here]. However I am thinking 'Stack' to 'Stock' is a ...
-12
votes
2answers
353 views

Too many of my flags are active; is there no one to review/decline? [duplicate]

I am talking about moderator attention Flags I have flagged many questions, some of them were reviewed very soon but some still remain active. I have some active flags that are older than a month. ...
-12
votes
3answers
204 views

It's so inconvinient! Why not separating?

I don't understand why not having a separate site for Python, another one for Java, another on for Perl and so on? Every time I am asking a Python-related question, I always have to mention Python in ...
-12
votes
1answer
125 views

Alternative download

Do you know where I should post asking where to download something that are/used to be originally/still on a virus site/taken down? Those questions are circling my head needing to be answered.
-12
votes
1answer
75 views

Edited on-hold questions should give notifications to the close-voters, and not just put in the re-open queue

Some users may vote to close a question and then perform other tasks, ignoring that question. Other people might indeed give a few suggestions, but may find the question is getting multiple edits or ...
-12
votes
1answer
154 views

How do I stop my Stack Overflow account from being banned? [duplicate]

I am a beginner to the programming world, and I opened a Stack Overflow account last year and asked about 10 questions. Now I do agree that all those questions were not well-formed and had many ...
-12
votes
4answers
220 views

As future moderators of this website how are you going to eliminate bad impressions? [closed]

I was once surfing the net when I encountered this: Link here Simply put, how can you, future moderators ensure that all questions are treated fairly and will leave questioners satisfied with SO's Q ...
-12
votes
2answers
397 views

Will ex-moderators lose their moderations tools? [duplicate]

Will ex-moderators lose their moderation tools, or will they still have their moderation tools?
-12
votes
3answers
329 views

Prevent unfair downvotes

I have been very active over on Stack Overflow this past 6 months, I've built up a nice amount of rep, now I've began down voting "wrong" answers. I think this is a pretty normal thing, admitting that ...
-12
votes
2answers
235 views

Too many closed questions [duplicate]

I'm going to risk asking this question again. Existing questions went in a different direction (language grammer, no support, or were arguing for their own question). :Plea: If you agree with this ...
-12
votes
4answers
195 views

Frequent Edit by owner, Should we encourage it or discourage it?

I have gone through a case where someone gave an answer to my question and then within five minutes he/she edited it five times. This could mean two different things: They didn't know the answer, and ...
-13
votes
2answers
90 views

Could there be a badge for answers/questions which don't require editing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Badge request: "Practically Perfect in Every Way" I think, given the recent pushes to inspire edits, that it would be useful to reward users whose question and ...
-13
votes
3answers
371 views

Accepting answers

Should I every time notify a user that asks some question for which he/she gets the right(as I might think) answer from me, so that he/she will be more or less forced to accept my answer? P.S. That ...
-13
votes
1answer
96 views

Licensing per Site

Given the problem with licensing and the variety of sites on the SE network, why don't you allow each site to license content in the way that is most appropriate for them? For example, Code Review ...
-13
votes
1answer
160 views

Seeking clarification on the idea of contacting a moderator via chat on a different stack site

Right now, my post is on hold. I have taken in consideration of the improvement on the post. Since, I am unable to make contact with moderators who put the question on hold. Perhaps, I'm being ...
-13
votes
6answers
345 views

“Vote to Close” system is broken - remove the close votes

I asked a question and got 5 valuable answers and 6 "up" votes. Then someone commented saying that my question was argumentative. A second commenter disagreed. The next day, the first commenter ...
-13
votes
3answers
150 views

Is “How to…” a good title?

I see a lot of titles that start with "How to..." Personally, I think that is a bad title, but in A: How do I write a good title?, How to UPSERT in Oracle (update or insert into a table)? ...
-13
votes
3answers
328 views

How about a polling question? [duplicate]

Alright, we all know polls are bad, evil, no good, rotten garbage and they have no place on the Stack Exchange network. And yet... ...it seems to be working pretty darn well over at TeX Meta. Brief ...
-13
votes
2answers
118 views

Should I restrict my up-voting for the users who generally don't do much voting?

I generally do up-voting to the good questions/answers on regular basis. Recently, out of curiosity, I just checked few users' profiles who were in high reputation cap (10k-100k), say "big cats". I ...
-13
votes
3answers
374 views

Handling “RTFM” questions

It seems that question quality declines when native english speakers go to sleep. There are many 1 rep and/or help vampire accounts that seem to hurt the overall quality of SO. I know this question ...