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How to find the right questions that I can answer?

I believe most people do it using tags. Surely some use the "newest questions" link above, or the others filtering options. Others just attack them randomly when they're feeling a thrust of need to ...
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Should spam posts be edited?

I noticed that the posts of the recent spam surge on Ask Ubuntu were all edited by community members into something like EDITED - REMOVED SPAM ANSWER or similar. While I understand why the users ...
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Thanking users who answered my question

Quite often a number of users will give similar answers to one of my questions. Sometimes someone will give an answer that is interesting, but does not really help with my question. In all cases, I ...
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The Efficacy Of Stack Overflow's Question Title Filter

I'm getting pretty sick of this meme that the title check being run on Stack Overflow (and Super User and Server Fault) is somehow ineffective, obviously broken, etc. etc. So, I'm going to drop the ...
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Where did the Votes Tab go?

My profile page used to have a votes tab that showed me what my latest X votes were. It is not there anymore. What happened to it? Why was it removed? I looked everywhere but couldn't find anyone ...
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When should the “Not an Answer” flag be used? [duplicate]

A few hours ago, I flagged an answer as not an answer. Additionally, I left a comment, basically saying that this answer has nothing to do with the question. My flag got declined with the following ...
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Why are people downvoting my question on Meta? [duplicate]

On all of the other SOFU sites a downvote means The question is unclear or not useful. However, here on meta, a downvote has become a sign of I don't agree with the question, suggestion, feature ...
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Stack Exchange OpenID credentials not removed on logout, allowing insecure re-login

The cookies for subdomain, 'openid.stackexchange.com' are not, as claimed, actually removed from the browser upon logging out of stackexchange.com, but they should be. Applies to: * stackexchange.com,...
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“Duplicate of…[deleted post]”

Some questions are getting closed as duplicates - good, the system is working. Unfortunately, some are getting closed as duplicates of other questions which are already deleted. This leaves all 1-9,...
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What to do about rep inflation?

Overall reputation scores are headed nowhere but up. Pretty soon there will be thousands of mods. What to do? Thoughts on possibilities: Thousands of mods is fine. Carry on. Adjust the threshold ...
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What are the best ways to find answers that should be flagged or edited?

I've been experimenting with the flagging system for the last couple of days. I have learned a few strategies, but I feel that I'm making little difference to the mountain of accumulated rubbish. ...
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Dear Stack Exchange: a statement and a letter from your moderators

Dear Stack Exchange, Inc., We know you know about this already, so we'll keep this brief. The past two weeks have been rough. Lots of moderators have lost confidence in you; for some, it was the ...
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Why is asking a question on “best practice” a bad thing?

I've written a few questions on Stack Overflow before that have been closed due to being "not constructive" or "not a real question". Now, after scanning the FAQ for the site a few times, I ...
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We're testing advertisements across the network

For several years we've had advertising solely on technology-related sites. But many of our sites aren't about technology at all, so we haven't sold ads for them. Traditionally, that hasn't been a ...
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Monica's situation continues unresolved, is SE hoping the problem just goes away?

This surfaced in the apology thread, but I believe it deserves more exposure. The apology thread was posted October 6th, 2019. In it, the idea was expressed that SE, the company, had done wrong by ...
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Close Votes review: I'm going on a strike! [closed]

I know this question is going to make me unpopular here – but I feel I have no other options. I have been concerned by the size of the close votes review queue for quite a while. When I ...
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Post for clarifications on the updated pronouns FAQ

Over the past week we've been busy reviewing our previous FAQ to directly address concerns over pronoun usage. We tried to anticipate likely questions, but… missed the mark a bit. Inspired by the ...
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What should the standard spelling be - British or US?

I just saw someone edit the title of this question to change the spelling from favourite (The British spelling) to favorite (The US-English spelling). Does SOFU have an accepted standard on language ...
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What's with all the rude comments recently?

Maybe I've led a sheltered life until recently, but it really seems that comments are getting ruder and ruder. I've seen on questions by new users (rep of 1), particularly those for whom English is a ...
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Eeeek! Where did the reputation graph go? [closed]

The reputation graph no longer shows up on my profile when I click on the reputation tab. Is it gone now (like the mail icon)? Or has it been moved somewhere else? I do like the more detailed ...
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Should one downvote answers to off-topic questions?

It annoys me when people post answers to obviously off-topic questions like this one, especially after those questions have already received several close votes. Migrations seem to happen rather ...
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How does the automatic subjective filter work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What algorithm does StackOverflow use to determine if a question may be subjective? I just entered a question titled: "What’s the best way to serialize / deserialize a ...
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Improving the Quality of Reviews: Project Honeypot

There has been a lot of discussion/complaints about the quality of reviews. Many have noted that a large (maybe even a majority) of reviews are rubber stamps in pursuit of a Steward badge (especially ...
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Why are 15 reputation points required to upvote?

I think more reputation points should be required to add a new answer than to upvote an existing answer. I don't continually watch for new questions, so usually when I find a question it has already ...
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Markdown change: Intra-word emphasis now works

There are tons of questions I could maybe post this as an answer to, but before choosing the best one, I'll just post this as an announcement question that can be linked elsewhere. The short story ...
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No gold badge for revival/necromancer/… pattern?

I recently answered a question that was several months old, and my answer was accepted. I thought this would earn me a badge, but upon looking, realised the badges were issued for upvoted answers, ...
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What are valid reasons for flagging comments?

Because comment flags were historically some of the worst / least appropriately used flag types, we made comment flags require a reason: Requiring a reason definitely helped improve existing comment ...
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New Review Queue: First Posts

We're grinding through the old /review queues, moving them into the new Community Review Dashboard format. Recently, Emmett's been slaving over a hot compiler to bring you: the First Posts queue: ...
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Is an option missing in the new off-topic reasons?

I really like the new option structure when flagging - I have in particular missed the "Minimal understanding" option. However, I think that one option is missing. If we look at this rambling ...
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Where can you ask about Career Advice?

The Help Center of Programmers specifically says not to ask for career advice but people do it anyway. Should I consider the Help Center outdated or only loosely enforced? And what about a career ...
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Tag score calculation wrong in Android App

I checked yesterday and today the new homepage in the Android app. Very surprised I saw that I would almost reach a silver tag badge, that confused be because I always take a look on possible badges I ...
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Why is the Association Bonus ignored when trying to answer a protected question?

I registered on math.se only to post an answer to this question. However, since it's a protected question, I am not allowed to answer it. (I found this info from here). Worth to mention, I can ...
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Do we still need the Retag privilege?

Ever since suggested edits were rolled out, the Retag privilege has been a bit... Weird. You can retag questions at any rep-level, even with no rep (or account) at all - you just need a few people to ...
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Winter Bash 2014 Secret Hats

So far, I've unlocked one of the secret hats. I'm wondering what other secret hats are out there and how to earn them?
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Updating the Hot Network Questions List - now with a bit more network and a little less “hotness”!

Some of you may have noticed that we've been making some changes to the Hot Network Questions on the back end over the last week or so. I'm here announcing our first round of changes to how the HNQ ...
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What is the best time to ask questions?

What's the best time of day, or weekday, to ask questions on Stack Overflow? I'd like to know if there might be a way to maximize the exposure or the amount/quality of responses. At the very least, ...
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Asking for someone to accept your answer [duplicate]

Is it improper etiquette to, as long as you're certain, add a comment merely suggesting that they accept the answer? Do I sound like a reputation whore?
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Profile Page Makeover, Part 3: the Prototype returns

Update We have done a bunch of work following your feedback - just look at all those status-completed tags on the different answers here! The top suggestion was to do something about the badge ...
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Does Stack Exchange crawl websites?

I'm seeing the user agent Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; stackexchangebot/1.0; +http://meta.stackexchange.com/q/130398) in my web server logs. Why is Stack Exchange crawling my site? Where do I report any ...
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Is it acceptable to write a thank you in a comment?

There have been a number of cases where I would like to thank someone for providing me with a thorough response and give them feedback beyond the vote up. Often I wish people would tell me why they ...
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Is voting to balance in the spirit of the site?

The other day I saw an answer which was ok. Not great but not bad. So no reason to upvote or downvote. However the answer already had a single downvote. I felt this was unfair so upvoted the answer to ...
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Clever bounty reputation hack

I say "hack" in the most favorable light. It's a clever idea and theoretically beneficial. I noticed that an old question of mine suddenly started getting a lot of renewed attention. The question had ...
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What are the guidelines for using version-specific tags?

I believe that some of my questions were asked before but I didn't find any satisfying guidance. I just found only this question. I hope senior members will help me to understand the situation and use ...
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General Reference questions create low-quality dead ends for Googlers

Introducing a "general reference" close reason was rejected by Jeff and Joel for fears of abuse. Jeff said in a comment: Joel is very concerned it will be abused. I have concerns as well, since ...
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Why does it says “welcome back -user- click here to 'refresh page'”

After logging into one Stack Exchange site, when I visit another SE site, it says to me, welcome back - user - click here to refresh - web page. Isn't it possible to refresh the page using code &...
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Policy regarding questions related to unethical or “shady” practices

I recently saw a question on Stack Overflow relating to the iPhone Unlock Process. The guy wasn't asking for code at all, meerly asking what the process involved. It was immediately slapped with a ...
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Is it time to tighten up the question quality filter?

As everyone here well knows, we get a lot of questions on Stack Overflow. And, as some of us here probably already know, there is a quality filter in place for new users: Also, there are certain ...
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Require more than simple majority of close votes to migrate

Following a post about a garbage question that was migrated to Programmers, Jeff posted this answer about some basic migration protection that is in place (at least one matching tag). That is a ...
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Remind new users to choose some answers?

I've seen some new users lately with very low rep that are asking away and not selecting answers. This hurts them and others. It hurts them because they don't gain the rep of having selected an answer,...
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Can I use this site as a brainstorming/voting site? [duplicate]

I lead a team of 600 people in over 70 countries. I often would like their input on one of my ideas and I don't want to use a survey because they tend to limit creativity by requiring a choice among ...