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Why can't I just offer a bounty for a question right off the bat?

Sometimes at work I have an immediate need to get an answer for a question. I have 3,000 points at my disposal so I'd like to just put a bounty on the question as soon as I post it to give it the ...
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Feedback Request: New Timeline Question View [closed]

There is an experimental timeline view for questions now available on meta ONLY! (Now working on SO, SF, and SU as well) This is partially motivated by comments about how difficult it is to follow ...
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What is the reasoning behind the reputation cap?

There has been a lot of talk about the daily reputation cap and what counts and what doesn't count and so on. But why is there a cap at all? I've seen lots of questions about whether the cap number ...
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Should tags that represent concepts be sponsorable?

I don't see any problem with companies sponsoring tags that are products/proper names, like flex or flash being sponsored by Adobe or android being sponsored by Android. However, I just noticed that ...
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Should tiny edits be accepted or rejected in review?

I regularly review suggested edits on the review page. One common situation is that a user will propose a tiny edit, like capitalising a single letter, or removing only the salutation from a post. In ...
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Is losing privileges after placing bounty OK?

My rep went over 2,000 today which meant I could edit other people's posts. Great! Then I added a bounty to a previous question, which brought me back down to 1,984...and I can no longer edit other ...
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Why do we need multiple approvers for suggested edits?

I already have the "Edit Questions And Answers" privilege. Yet, if I approve someone else's edit, I'm told that more votes will be required before the edit is accepted. This seems a bit peculiar to ...
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Regarding the high number of rejected migrations from Stack Overflow to Server Fault

Currently, there is a 40% (updated Nov 9, 2012) rejection rate on migrations from Stack Overflow to Server Fault. Here are some samples of rejected questions from the last few days: This rejected/...
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Should Stack Exchange in general be awarding “A”s for Effort?

This just came up again: homework is not acceptable if the asker has made no effort whatsoever I'm developing a bit of an involuntary twitch that manifests itself when I encounter the word "effort"...
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Let's Plan the Second Iteration of the Stack Exchange Quality Project!

In case you missed the first one, check out the se-quality-project tag. The quality project isn't one that we plan to ever finish, it's perennial and kicks in every 18 months or so after we've had ...
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Am I allowed to make a Stack Overflow clone?

SO is not Open-Source, but I like the whole idea of Stack Overflow : Giving bounties for Questions Up/Downvoting Questions The Badges The intelligent use of Ajax-Technologies Highly Rated users have ...
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A Proposal for More Constructive Downvoting on Meta: Express Disagreement by Answering the Question

Downvoting legitimate questions on Meta because one disagrees with the question's premise has become a bit of a problem. Question bans on users asking legitimate questions are a real possibility. ...
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A proposal for tag hierarchy on Stack Exchange sites

Executive summary Introduction of sparse hierarchy (partial inheritance relation) into the set of tags on Stack Exchange sites, in order to allow more efficient question organization/filtering/...
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Are duplicates creating broken windows?

I think the Eternal September is dooming Stack Overflow to have the same questions asked over and over again, and the people who don't want questions closed are winning. Why don't people want ...
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How does a new user begin using Stack Overflow/Stack Exchange?

As a new user, I find it impossible to contribute to the community or to even begin contributing. I know why the reputation system is in place and I respect it, but at the same time it is too hard on ...
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Duplicate question etiquette: to delete or not to delete? [duplicate]

Let's say I'm a good Stack Overflow citizen: I have a question, I search on SO and on google to see if someone's asked the same thing, and I can't find anything that shows up, so I go ahead and post a ...
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Why must I wait two days before accepting my own answer?

I got this message today while trying to accept my answer on my own question. Why must I wait this time, if I am sure that the answer I answered is the right one, just want to understand the point of ...
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The MIT License – Clarity on Using Code on Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange

Update (Dec. 22, 2015): Thanks, everyone, for your feedback to this proposal. We're going to digest this one over the holidays and should have a follow-up announcement answering your questions and ...
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Can a machine be taught to flag spam automatically?

TL;DR: We did it, so... yes. What is this? Charcoal is the organization behind the SmokeDetector bot and other nice things. This bot scans new posts across the entire network for spam posts and ...
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Winter Bash 2016 - All Hats [closed]

I decided to start the traditional secret hats post, but instead of just another "here is how you get the secret hats" post, to also add in all the hats. There are two answers: one for the secret hats,...
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Shortcut or button for copying posted code from Stack Overflow

I might just be lazy, but do you ever find it tiresome to select all the source code from a large post on Stack Overflow to copy it? I would like a feature, possibly a Firefox extension, but ...
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New three-tiered badge idea: Explainer →Refiner → Illuminator

The difference between a poor or meh question and a stellar question can often simply be someone understanding it and providing it a great answer. I can't begin to count the number of times I've ...
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New top bar is coming to the Stack Exchange network

Update: See: New top bar next steps and response to feedback I'm the new product manager for the DAG team. I’m excited to announce that the top bar design that has been on Stack Overflow ...
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New top bar is live

UPDATE: TeamDAG has reviewed all of the feedback below and updated with status. We are actively working on fixes as time allows. Thanks to everyone who contributed constructive feedback. We released ...
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Should moderators enforce NDAs for software vendors?

A rash of questions was recently flagged because they were in violation of some "Non-Disclosure Agreement.". Is it the job of Stack Exchange moderators to enforce these agreements, and delete these ...
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Help us figure out a way to handle the explosion of comments on Stack Overflow [closed]

As a frequent user of Stack Overflow, I see a lot of conversations that happen in comments. Whole questions are answered in the comments. Often, the comments have useful information, but ultimately, ...
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Why is the first tag sometimes in the <title> tag of some questions?

I searched through both Gaming's Meta and here, and couldn't find an answer to this. I was reviewing my questions on gaming.stackexchange.com this morning and I noticed that in certain questions like ...
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A guide to moderating comments

Commenting is one of the unsung heroes of Stack Exchange. The help center suggestions that you should submit a comment if you want to: Request clarification from the author; Leave constructive ...
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Revisiting the rep cap (yes, again)

TL;DR: The rep cap system isn't as effective or fair as it might be. I'm proposing one alternative for comment, and would welcome other suggestions too. Disclaimers I'm pretty sure the rep cap hits ...
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Daily close votes queue limit [closed]

This question is related to this (jan23), this (mar 12) and many others; with the difference that close queue on SO today is 20k longer = 74k. I read & understand about the fear for robot-...
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Changes to “close as duplicate”

As you may have noticed, Jarrod's been hacking away at some design changes to the "close as duplicate" UI. These are the first fruits of some discussions we've been having internally regarding the "...
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Is it okay to copy-paste answers from other questions?

This one leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth, but I defer to others as to whether it is appropriate or not. In this question, I wrote an answer to a question based on my experiences; it was upvoted ...
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Can we re-request features that were declined a sufficient while ago?

As I was browsing earlier today, I really happened to like an answer to a question. The question didn't interest me so much, and the answer was actually a tangential reply to some of the comments in ...
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An alert to serial minor edits

I have noticed that this user, Jamie Hutton is doing a massive set of typo-correction edit suggestions. This is pushing the review queue right up (over 70 and over 90 at different points today) and ...
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Why does the late-answer review queue sometimes spike in size by over 5000?

On 10/10/12, over 5000 late-answers appeared in the late-answer review queue, which had been running on empty for several days. Was this an adjustment of what defines a late answer, or was it the ...
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What changed in the Hot Questions sidebar algorithm?

I've recently noticed that the hot questions list is now different almost every time I look at it. It used to be static - I.e. I could browse around for half an hour and the items on it would be ...
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Should we have a small number of Supervotes per day?

This is related to this question: How to give some boost to some really good answers that arrive late?, but I thought it warranted its own feature-request. Something I've thought might be a good idea ...
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Winter Bash 2015 Secret Hats

I just received my first Winter Bash 2015 Secret Hat, so I decided to start the traditional Secret Hats and how to get them spoiler question. Note: Please edit the primary list of secret hats with ...
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Where can I find interesting programming discussions?

I have noticed a lot of discussion type 'questions' that are asked on SO that get closed have some really interesting replies. I understand why these types of questions get closed and completely agree ...
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What is FGITW and SCITE?

I only read Meta every so often but I've seen lots of talk about SCITE and FGITW. I have no idea what these are! Can someone please define and explain these abbreviations?
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What is a meta for?

A guest at my house over the weekend stood puzzled next to my driveway. "What is that for?" she asked, pointing to a framework of 2x4s and hardware cloth perched on an old tire amid piles of sand. "...
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Close vote review audit flawed - fails without casting vote

Having just failed my first review audit from any of the queues, it was reviewing close votes; however, this audit was flawed in that I didn't even cast a close vote. Often I press the Close button ...
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How should helpful answers that are just links be handled? [duplicate]

There has been a "movement" of sorts on Stack Overflow. Users are flagging questions that are just a link or little more than a link, like: https://stackoverflow.com/a/4737028/396458 https://...
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Keeping special status for Accepted Answers without sticking them to top forever?

I often see complaints about highly voted answers (an indicator of community respect) appearing below an accepted answer which may have far fewer votes e.g. Shouldn't the answer with more votes be ...
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Is it considered rude if you only ask Questions but almost never answer one yourself

I have used the websites of SO a lot the past few months because I am busy with a large scale web project. I feel I get better answers here on SO than when I just do a Google search, maybe because I ...
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Blatantly wrong accepted answer

ADO.NET DataRow - check for column existence The accepted answer is factually incorrect; one can simply call row.Table.Columns.Contains(name); What should be done?
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What *currently* happens to zombie tags? [duplicate]

I've been doing some retagging on Super User lately, and the tag page still shows the old, crusty, now-orphaned tags. Worse, these tags are still available via the tag autocompletion, reporting their ...
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Should the community wiki police be shut down?

Read me first: What are “Community Wiki” posts on Stack Overflow? Some times I post things that are border line community wiki, like this question: Are there any C# open source log viewers? which ...
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List of communities with base css updates completed

By January 2016, All communities have been updated The design team has been rolling out design updates to sites as part of network-wide update to a new base css framework. The updates allow us to: ...
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Rolling question rate limits are now network-wide

When you think of Q&A sites, you think of a place where you come to get answers to your questions. But, where do those answers come from? What doesn't immediately stand out for many folks is that ...