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Why isn't a negative reputation applied in SO? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does reputation have a lower bound of 1? Hi, I have noticed that if a user with 1 vote gets down voted for any of his questions or answers his vote count remains the same....
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Can new users upvote answers to their questions?

I just answered two questions back to back, both by new users. They both accepted my answer, but neither upvoted it. I see this happen fairly frequently to users (not just me), so my question is: can ...
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Purposeful Question Bumping: Abuse or feature?

Moving along the lines of these questions: Bumping posts for questionable reasons and Feature Request: Question Bumping. What is considered a questionable reason when bumping a post? For example, I ...
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Questions becoming stale after a short period of time

Occasionally I will post a message and realize that I worded it wrong, especially if it gets downvoted. I go back and edit it, but 20 minutes have passed and people are no longer looking at the ...
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How does the automatic subjective filter work? [duplicate]

I just entered a question titled: "What’s the best way to serialize / deserialize a Dictionary<String,String> in .Net 2.0?" And the system told me: "The question you're asking appears ...
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What percentage of the people on SO program in C# vs. Java? [closed]

What percentage of the people in SO program in C#? What percentage program in Java? Do these percentages change as a function of reputation? If so, how?
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Nearly duplicate questions

There are cases where an existing question overlaps almost perfectly with my needs, but it still does not satisfy my requirements. What is the best course of action? ask a new question, referencing ...
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Why is this site so drab? [duplicate]

Duplicate Post: Here's a Meta UserVoice Question: Can You Bring The Color Back? The colors (or lack there of) are KILLING MY EYES. Is it just me or is it really awful?
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Reputation for Closed Questions

should users lose reputation that they gained from a question has been closed. If a question was closed then clearly it didn't follow SO rules, but if people upvoted it before it was closed, the user ...
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Closing Etiquette: Why Do Some Answer *and* Close?

I've noticed quite a few cases (here's a recent one) where people not only vote to close a question, but then also answer said question. At best this is just silly, and at worst it is totally ...
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Different types of reputation?

As I understand it, the concept of reputation is to give the user a sense of trust in the person answering the question. On that note I find many users who's reputations are very high, but its from ...
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StackExchange - Permissions For Answering And Viewing Questions

I'm trying to evaluate the StackExchange platform for an Ask the Professional type of implementation and there are a couple of things that may or may not be deal breakers in the analysis and I'm ...
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What drivers will make SO sustainable for the long run?

One of my big concerns about SO is how sustainable it will be in the long run. We've all been part of other communities that compete with SO in the past and present and I'm curious why we think that ...
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Stack Overflow software as a social networking tool

I really like the reputation and collaboration pieces of this site. What about creating a hosted service similar to ning.com and friends? Let users create their own communities, support it with ...
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What is required to make a stackexchange web site successful?

I am planning on launching a stackexchange web site and would like to better understand how to make it successful. (Initially, I thought that asking this question was equivalent to asking people to ...
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What is the current percent of traffic from Bing to Stackoverflow and Serverfault?

This would be a question directed at one of the inside guys, but I was wondering what the current percent of traffic is coming from Microsoft's new search engine.
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Does turning a question to community wiki cause a loss of reputation?

I still don't fully understand the motivation for Community Wiki, and why it some questions should be originally marked as such. If a question is turned CW later on, is the accumulated rep gain for ...
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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 does stack overflow suggest so many irrelevant questions on the "Ask a Question" screen?

I was just asking a question on Stack Overflow and after entering the title I got a hundred or so related questions, which are absolutely unrelated to anything I care about. Did anyone actually ...
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Can I use Stack Overflow's reengineered WMD editor?

I hope this isn't an outrageous question. I'm developing a Web application that is going to be sort of like a blogging platform, but aimed towards storing snippets of code. I have read the blog posts ...
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Stack Overflow screen scraping code of conduct [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Etiquette of Screen-scraping Stack Overflow? Based on questions such as Once your IP is banned due to screen scraping SO how long will it remain banned for? I thought it would be ...
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Why does the system discourage designating answers (or questions) as "community wiki"?

When I answer a question, I try to be as complete as possible. I also realize that I may not be as complete as I'd hoped. Community Wiki answers provide an opportunity for good answers to float to ...
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What's in a Title (line)?

We get some really bad subject lines on SO, and also in some of the other forums I use. Examples: Connection Databinding Consuming web service Weird WebService behavior Soap header WCF help Now, ...
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Should I alter my downvote pattern on low-view questions?

This question about someone downvoting all answers but his own got me thinking about a habit I have that I'm not particularly happy with. In the case of questions that get very few votes — for ...
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Is the "down-voting most/all answers that aren't yours" pattern considered harmful?

Emphasis: This is not a why downvote, or when is it ok to downvote, or what to do when voted down. This question is about a particular pattern of downvoting. Recently, one of my answers was downvoted....
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How does the SE search return results so quickly?

Stack Exchange's built-in search returns results really really quickly. Are the pages spidered and indexed? Is there some schema optimization in use? I'm just curious.
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stackoverflow.mobi [closed]

By using stackowerflow data dump and spending couple of hours I managed to get it up and running. Not sure if I’ll get DMCA notice but I have emailed team@stack... yesterday to ask permission. No one ...
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How can I keep from getting addicted to Stack Overflow?

The downside... It seems like the type of question that would be a duplicate - but I don't see any, so I'll ask anyway. I'm finding it difficult to not visit Stack Overflow for any significant amount ...
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What would be a better icon for the recent activity page? or how can that page be more discoverable?

New users seem to take a while to discover the Recent Activity page: How can I view recent answers and comments about my questions / answers? I think this might be in part because the current ...
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What was the first question on SO? [closed]

Can someone send me a link to the first question on SO?
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Is it okay to use Stack Overflow as the support forum for a product or project? [closed]

I recently saw a question about a problem (or possible bug) with some product on Stack Overflow. At first, I wanted to suggest that the asker post his question to that product's support forum. When ...
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How was Stack Overflow launched?

My understanding is that the launch of Stack Overflow was brilliant from both a business perspective and a technical perspective. Having recently discovered the site, I was not present at the launch ...
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Is getsatisfaction.com a competitor to hosted/general purpose SO?

Is getsatisfaction.com a knowledge exchange competitor of hosted stackoverflow engine? DISCLAIMER: I have no professional/financial affiliation with getsatisfaction.com or stackoverflow.
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Integrate a "Tweet this" button with Greasemonkey

Tweet Tweet... As the title suggests, let's see you javascript-guru's break out the grease and integrate twitter. This is absolutely necessary because the community has a sharp division over what SO ...
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Should meta use Tags and Title Labels?

It seems a lot of questions on Meta Stack Overflow are being prefaced by "Feature Request:" or "Bug:". Should this title labeling be done, or is a duplication of the tagging system?
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The problem with noobs and reputation points [closed]

IMHO, I think there is a flaw in the reputation system. Say there is a user who is not the most technical and are on the site mostly to learn, but is highly enthusiastic about the community. It ...
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What does it mean when a question "skews towards reopen"?

I've seen the phrase "skews towards reopen" used a few times, and while I understand the connotation — that users think that it is easier to reopen a question than to close it — I don't ...
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How is question voting intended on meta? Can Meta really replace UserVoice?

On Stack Overflow and Server Fault, question voting (in my opinion) relates to the relevance of a question, as in, "Will anyone else struggle with this? Have I struggled with this?". However, on meta, ...
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Flash and Action Script Questions?

Can I ask Flash CS4 and Action Script programming related questions at StackOverflow.com ?
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Why can't an answer marked as community wiki be changed back to a normal post? [closed]

Why can't a decision to make an answer community wiki be reversed?
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Should the "Featured" Tab be Removed from MetaSO? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the use of the Featured question tab in Meta, if there are no bounties? No bounties means no featured items?
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Why was Stack Overflow named Stack Overflow? Where does its money come from? [duplicate]

Why was Stack Overflow named Stack Overflow? Of course the stack overflow is a concept in programming, but I think there's more to it than that. What are the other reasons that this particular name ...
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What is a vote fraud? [duplicate]

I have heard about vote fraud. What is it? By which criteria is a vote declared as fraud? How we can find out about these sorts of activity? What are the consequences of it? Edit What if I am ...
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Stackoverflow iGoogle Gadget [closed]

A couple of weeks ago, I created a very simple Stack Overflow iGoogle Gadget. If anyone's interested, here's the URL for adding it: click Comments are welcome.
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Are some questions better served on stackoverflow or serverfault?

Before ServerFault, "as a developer", I'd probably have asked this question on StackOverflow. Because IIS is still technically part of our developer toolset I think the question would probably be ...
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Reporting content reproduced without attribution

What are the recommended steps if I notice content taken from SO/SF/SU which is placed on another site without respecting the terms of use? Specifically I've commented on this blog having recognized ...
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What could cause this massive drop in reputation?

I was just browsing through a user's reputation history (45243) and noticed that there is a massive drop in reputation there, all for one question (-452 rep). How does this happen - did he really get ...
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What abilities are moderators given? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are diamond moderators? Out of curiosity, is there a list somewhere of all the abilities that moderators have? For instance, I just found out here that mods can lock ...
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Should the SQL Developer tag be named sqldeveloper, or sql-developer? [closed]

For Oracle SQL Developer, which you run by typing sqldeveloper, should the tag be named sqldeveloper or sql-developer? I noticed there were exactly six of one and half a dozen of the other when I ...
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Non-BitTorrent way to get the Stack Overflow Creative Commons Data Dump?

In order to avoid using/installing BitTorrent: Do you know of any third party that has put the Stack Overflow Creative Commons Data Dump(s) 7zip archive on their servers so that a direct download URL ...
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