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Would a SO variant for graphic designers go down well?

Would a SO variant for graphic designers go down well? There are literally millions of tutorials on blogs the internet that cater for learning new graphic design techniques/discussions. A SO variant ...
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Incorporate Commenting in the Hot Questions Algorithm

This should be a pretty simple suggestion (although I am not sure how simple it would be to implement). There are some questions where the question and answers will be the basis of pretty long and ...
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What are some good tips for searching Stack Overflow?

I have found that the best way to search on Stack Overflow is to start to ask a question and use the suggestions it gives me. I do this since I have found the search textbox to be mostly useless. ...
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Search box vs Question title

When you type in the title of question on either Stack Overflow or Server Fault, you get a list of related questions. If you type the exact same text into the search box at the top right you get far ...
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RSS notification when somebody edits my question or answer?

I'd like to get a notification when somebody edits one of my questions or answers, but I'm not seeing that in my RSS feed. Is there some other way to get this? Have I configured something ...
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Attracting new developers with different skill sets?

I think most people have noticed that Stack Overflow has a heavy bias towards C# and to a slightly lesser extent Java. Given that the purpose of Stack Overflow is to provide a Q&A site for all ...
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Downvoted due to question edits

OK, I was trying to help this guy answer his question and I thought I gave an okay answer which is basically in line with what his original question title (see question #1114439) and later on got ...
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Do deleted questions reduce reputation at recalculation time?

About ten days ago, my reputation was recalculated. I've lost approximately 180 reputation points at SO. I think this is caused by the upvoted answers to the deleted questions. Some new users (for ...
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What interesting question lists can you generate from the data dump

I know, this is a really REALLY broad. What kind of interesting question lists can you generate from the data dump (that you can not get by using the SO UI)
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Please award reputation equal to a user's age on their birthday as a gift [closed]

Since Stack Overflow asked for my birth date, I am expecting a gift. I would like Stack Overflow to award reputation to a user annually on their birthday in the amount of their age. To ...
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Why not call "reputation" something else? - since it's not about your reputation

I've been a member of SO for a couple of months, though only really active for the past few weeks. It has only recently dawned on me (as a newer user) that "reputation" has nothing to do with the ...
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Displaying a User's Rep to Post Ratio

Any chance we might start displaying a user's Rep to Post ratio on profile pages and/or wherever rep is shown? While overall reputation should remain the "one true metric on the system" it would be ...
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Arbitrary Negatives Considered Harmful

I recently answered a somewhat subjective question with what I genuinely hope was good advice. It got downvoted, which is fine, except that I have no idea why. I understand that voting is probably ...
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What problem does the Community Wiki feature actually solve?

What problem does the Community Wiki feature actually solve?
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What would you contribute (or try to) to an open sourced StackOverflow?

Most of the discussion has dealt with whether or not StackOverflow should be open sourced, but a more interesting question IMO is what tangible (ie. non-idealogical) benefits the community could hope ...
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How to categorize retag requests?

Assuming it should be (at least) one or the other, is a retag request (ie: the recent "Please change 'db-design' to 'database-design'" question) more of a 'discussion' question or a 'feature-request'?
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Will reputation 'inflation' become a problem? [duplicate]

I was wondering about this for a while now. Since people really only gain reputation and don't really lose it over time (barring extreme cases), will the various reputation levels stay consistent or ...
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Detailed SO documentation

I enjoy reading the SO FAQ and the badge descriptions, but I feel these pieces of "documentation" are a bit short — just look at the amount of questions appearing on Meta about how things work. ...
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Stats for Comments

With the inclusion of the Pundit badge... you know this is coming to the forefront. Will there be a stats screen for comments? Or is there already a way to show all your comments with their votes?
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The New "Reversal" Badge: A Potential Problem?

I just saw a couple new badges have been added. One is called the "Reversal" badge, and states the following: Provided answer of +20 score to a question of -5 score. This badge can be awarded ...
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What to do when you find a bad link in an answer?

If a link has gone stale in an answer, what is the correct way to report this in the SO universe? e.g. Jon's first link in Bad Link Answer I have added a comment but not found the correct link yet.
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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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Does it matter that people "Game" Badges?

Lets be honest with ourselves does it really matter that people are gaming badges/rep? Surely if someone is so obsessed with rep that they are willing to go to any length to get it, that's their ...
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Why don't some results appear when searching by 'search-term'?

Recently, I asked this in SO, then in a comment I got pointed to this question, which is basically the same. The issue here is that I searched for the term 'size_t' looking for something relative ...
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Is Stack Overflow’s reputation system hurting the site?

In a blog post called "Learn Perl" on his blog, "Content Considered Harmful", Jonathan Rockway writes: As an aside, Stack Overflow's reputation system is slowly killing the site. ...
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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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Why do we need the trilogy instead of just one site?

As I see it, the only effect of having three sites instead of one is that questions in Server Fault and Super User are seen less and answered less. This just causes audience fragmentation ...
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serverfault.com is not your trash bin! [closed]

I keep seeing inappropriate questions get migrated from Stack Overflow to Server Fault. Such as this one: How to set desktop background in ubuntu? How to set desktop back ground for twin view ...
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Bad grammar in comments

What should I do if there's bad grammar in comments, such as "it's" as a genitive (link is to the answer that has the comment). Does it qualify as "offensive, spam, or hate speech"? Or are comments ...
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How do I provide incentive to answer my question when I have no reputation?

My user page on Stack Overflow is asking me if I have "considered accepting an answer or starting a bounty" for the following question: Windows Mobile App - Play MMS Stream? Which happens to be my ...
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Just what do we have to do to get people to realize career-related questions ARE programming related? [closed]

This is getting old. It seems that every second career-related question has been closed then reopened, sometimes multiple times, and probably by the usual suspects. From the StackOverflow blog, A ...
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Does making question wiki discourage people from giving answers?

i.e. - because they won't get any points for the answers?
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Should one ask generic or specific question?

Let's assume that one has some problems with coding or designing specific project. Should one ask general question about techniques, algorithms, generic problem (anonymising the project references), ...
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Can I ask people to test a program?

I've just finished working with a huge program for demonstrating a routing algorithm (using LinkedLists in Java). And although it seems to be working fine, I would like for more people to look it over ...
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Referencing other answers - acceptable or not?

Is it acceptable to reference another answer in my own, like so: (-some user-)'s answer sums it up, I just wanted to emphasize/add (-some clarification-) Or is it preferred that I edit the ...
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Did SO prove the claims of its existence?

I was wondering whether SO proved any of the claims used when it was built? Claims and mechanisms such as How the community will do things right and the law of large numbers will select the good ...
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When (and why) did the reputation graph change to a 60 day limit?

The reputation graph in everyone's profiles used to be able to select a wider range than this. Now it says "Maximum 60 days allowed". This is rather a disappointing change. Any particular reason?
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Freelance jobs in SOF

Does the web need another freelancing website? No, but if put correctly it can be unique and highly profitable. The idea is to provide a freelancing job board for "temporary", "small (under $1,000 or ...
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wrongly tagged "belongs-on-superuser"?

In the FAQ, the questions that belong on Server Fault are defined as follows: Please note that Server Fault is not for general computer troubleshooting questions; if you paid for that desktop ...
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How should one ask polling questions? [closed]

I recently asked a poll question on SO: What do you call the punctuation marks { and }?. The question was created as community wiki, seemed (to me) concise and unlikely to spark controversy, and was ...
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Should reputation requirements change as a Stackoverflow Knowledge Exchange site grows in users and content?

Should the reputation requirements to participate in a stackoverflow knowledge exchange site change as the site evolves? In normal use you gain reputation by being up voted, either your question or ...
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Number of comments shown on load has increased on Meta

In the intervening months since the feature was introduced, there have always been at most 5 comments shown under a post when the page loads. However, it seems that, on Meta, that limit has been ...
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Is there a way to determine the average/weighted votes for a question by tag?

From my limited experience on the site it seems that questions in some categories attract more votes than others regardless of (my opinion of) their quality. This may be because there are many more ...
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Does Stack Overflow encourage developer laziness? [closed]

I've answered a number of questions on Stack Overflow recently where it is obvious that the poster has just blatantly used Stack Overflow as a substitute for loading up their own IDE/...
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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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