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Users who can't write good posts ≠ users who want to write good posts

I recently came across this post, which states (emphasis mine): ..The problem that became evident was that people who want to learn how to write a good question and people who can't write a good ...
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Was this moderator deleted answer a mistake?

I was about to flag a question as a duplicate because there is a question with a well written answer that I often answer that I often reference covering the same topic. However when I went to the ...
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How to ask about the 'halting problem' on StackOverflow, regarding the title filter

At the time of this question, the word 'problem' is disallowed as a title word in StackOverflow. Some problems have been mentioned about it, ex. here. This is a question about accepted/acceptable ...
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What deleted answers count toward the answer ban?

According to the canonical post on automatic bans: Yes, ... deleted answers count towards an automatic ban. Now, this is not very specific, and I suspect that is intentional. However there are ...
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Should we add “What is real question” link to the close tab of FAQ?

Questions can be closed as "Not a Real Question." But on the close tab of FAQ, there is no link to point to What is considered a "real question"? It is already on FAQ index but wouldn't ...
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Addition to faq or /ask: Stick around

I think this should be added to the faq and/or on the /ask page: Advice to stick around for about 15 minutes after posting. Often this is the time when the fate of a question (or answer) is decided (...
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How were the ratios between the daily rep cap, vote rep values and max number of votes per day established?

This is not about questioning or critiquing how StackOverflow works or wanting to change anything. This is simply about trying to learn how one would approach setting those numbers if one were to ...
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Why does Stack Overflow use HTML divs instead of lists for the question list?

Okay first of all I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, even though it's about the site itself it's about programming, too. But here it goes: When I am doing web development I ...
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Update Coral Project Code of Conduct link in our CoC page

At the end of our Code of Conduct page, we have following line: This text incorporates ideas and language from the Coral Project and Buffer codes of conduct. I would link to point out that the ...
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Use a privacy-friendly reCaptcha alternative

I'm very concerned with Google tracking my online activity. According to this article, Google's reCaptcha v3 poses significant privacy concerns, including: sending "hardware and software information, ...
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Implications of the Help Center: “Plagiarism doesn't matter unless it's an answer”

When you actually read what's written in the Help Center, it strongly implies that only answers need to give attribution (see added emphasis): Plagiarism - posting the work of others with no ...
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Does the featured site get measurably more traffic?

Is there any significant increase in traffic to the featured-site of any particular day? How large is this effect? For people unfamiliar with the featured site: it's a graduated site randomly chosen ...
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Why do we have two sidebar columns instead of combining them into one?

I know that SE is committed to both left nav and responsive design, and I'm not trying to disrupt that. The main reason the new design isn't working well for me is that the new left nav combines with ...
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Inclusion project — help new users discover the way we work, a specific suggestion

I think we could easily redesign a few aspects of the UI in such a way that the user is able to do what often seems to them to be the right thing while learning how we work. An example of the sort of ...
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Can we have read only access to the HNQ word blacklist?

As explained in Profanity in hot questions list there is a blacklist of words that will prevent a question from appearing in the Hot Network Questions sidebar on other Stack Exchange sites. Can we ...
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Should the spam handling guidance be consolidated into a single post?

As a regular SPAM flagger based on the reports of the Smoke Detector I run now and then into posts that not only receive spam flags but also close votes, an edit or comments and I imagine NAA/VLQ ...
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How many people have I actually helped?

In my Stack Overflow profile, it says that I've "reached 7.9 million people." That's very flattering, but how many of those people were just there due to a Google Search, and they happened to land on ...
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Why don't meta sites use common tag wikis for common tags?

Some tags such as discussion and retag-request have, or should have, the same wiki across MSE and all per-site metas. I propose that tags can be whitelisted here on MSE to have their wikis copied to ...
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Insist on “on-topicness” when user enters Ask Question page

Off-topic and not constructive questions are an annoyance. I would like to reformulate the remarks made in this unanswered question (and also partially this question) but bring hopefully more ...
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Stackoverflow designer T-shirt suggestions

Since like we totally need some Stackoverflow t-shirts and it would be utterly boring for everyone to be wearing the same thing, I thought I would dedicate some April 1st time to design a few new t-...
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What to do in the case of a user removing code from questions

At the end of last week, I answered a question which seemed like homework. I didn't just give the answer, only some suggestions on fixing the implementation. It seems that after I helped the user, ...
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Critique of new programming language first Q&As

I recently inquired into asking & answering questions about a niche programming language here on Meta in this question and received some encouraging answers and useful guidelines. Today I finally ...
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Show a graph depicting the review progress over time

The new review tool is very well thought through and even catches "old stuff" which isn't acceptable judging from the quality demands that we expect today in SO. I was just wondering if this is a ...
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Requesting a link-insertion-like dialog box for the code insertion

When inserting a bunch of codes (I am not talking about inline code insertion for sure), I always copy it from the source, paste it to SE's text editor, highlight it, and press {} button. The ...
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Could the Help be better? (code section)

I think that the help should be the most clear thing. I'm about to suggest an edit to the Code section in the Markdown Help, because: It's lacking to mention an imporant feature: how to apply 4 space ...
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I'm cloning the StackExchange chat UI - yay or boo?

I'm working on a clone of the Stack Exchange chat. Many of the UI aspects of the SE chat are cloned entirely. The back-end, I'm guessing, is very different. While I don't, of course, use a single ...
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Has there been a significant change of activity in the 29 old beta sites that graduated in August 2019 since the graduation?

In August 2019, 29 of the oldest beta sites graduated (in name at least) in an attempt to "mean the end of the monolith we currently refer to as "Graduation" in favor of a well-defined set of small ...
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What are the plans for the future usage of meta sites by the company?

Recently, it was announced that the meta sites would be decreased in their importance, in favor of other "communication loops" implemented by SO. I wrote a request to change that at Please consider ...
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Blog comment moderation rules

Since my profile will be deleted in a few hours, this doesn't concern me, but the remaining people may be interested. We know the already famous post: https://stackoverflow.blog/2019/11/13/were-...
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Is there any correlation between low-quality questions and the devices they originated from?

I cannot see myself using my phone to ask a question on any Stack Exchange networks. The comfort and experience simply doesn't compare with the non-mobile web version. I know that I would probably ...
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Meta Stack Exchange should not be listed as a “Technology” site

Meta.Se does not qualify as a "Technology" site and should go in another category: the obvious correct answer of "Weird and Wonderful", or missing that any of "Culture/Recreation", "Business" or "...
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Answers disappearing, by the Roomba process

With this post in mind, and particular its answer, I found answers of mine suddenly disappearing, and no where to be found. My own "recently deleted answers" were though, but it seems that answers ...
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Are [[locked]-questions] [locked]?

We have both locked and locked-questions, but not locked-answers. Judging by the posts tagged by them, it appears to me they're good candidates for a merge. Also, the excerpt of locked reads For ...
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Is Quora stealing questions / answers from Stack Exchange sites?

A while back I posted this question on Server Fault. I now see that it appears on Quora with both the question and answer copied from my question. Why is my question appearing there? Is Quora stealing ...
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User copying questions to other forums, then copying replies back to the original question

There seems to be a user who copies questions to a different forum, then collects the answers there and posts them back to the original question. Is this accepted behaviour? If not, what could we do ...
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How can I prevent my questions from being removed by roomba (Stack Exchange's automated question deletion system) after a user was removed?

The removal of a user might result in the loss of upvotes on some of my questions, which might in turn result in roomba* (Stack Exchange's automated question deletion system) deleting some of my ...
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Shouldn't the SE quality check block posts that are only a link?

I'm part of the MSE TAVERN ANTI-SPAM CLUB and this question *now deleted was just a link: Just a link. The entire body of the post was within the outbound link. Can/should the SE quality check block ...
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How to make use of the “Stack Snippets” more intuitive to new users?

I noticed that some users are using the Stack Snippets for ruby, vb, java, php and other "things", even though implicit in the text fields the words html, css and javascript. I suggested: Change the ...
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User admits to bad behavior in a real-life situation, how do we best respond?

I just ran into this question on the Academia Stack Exchange: I was caught cheating on an exam, how can I minimize the damage? The user admitted to the incident and asked for advice. However, there ...
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Exposing the existence of inbox emails to drive-by users

We're soon going to start split testing a new feature: adding a checkbox by the answer field that allows users to opt-in to receive unread inbox items via email. To be clear: This will roll out ...
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Daily review limit and burning down review queue

After Shog9♦'s Let's burn down the close queue! topic, I guess some alterations might be done to daliy limit for close reviews, since some Stack Overflowians reach the limit in short time. Base Idea ...
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Please undo tag merge of [cordova] and [phonegap]

There has been a merge request about this and the accepted and high voted answer was not to merge. Still the merge was done [status-completed]. A lot of people complained about this issue because ...
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Spam in [astro] tag

Some spammer (Vedic Folks) have started spamming on SO. I've found them rejecting suggested edits on astro tag. However, some robo-reviewers have accepted their suggested spam edit for the tag body, ...
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Cross posting and help center/guidelines

Cross posting is disallowed, but doesn't seem to be mentioned in the help center. It's clear from a search on meta, but should it be made more conspicuous for beginning users? Related question on ...
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“We are no longer accepting questions” questions

When you type "We are no longer accepting questions" into the title of a new question on MSO, you get, roughly, 7,435,654,757,034 possible duplicates. Is there no way that, when this phrase is typed, ...
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What interactions between a bot and the chat system are allowed?

This is somewhat related to Are bots specifically allowed or prohibited in Stack Exchange chatrooms?. Most of the "bots" I've seen are javascript that are run in a persons web browser using their ...
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How do we improve the training effect of edit queues?

This grew out of the comments at this answer. The basic concern is that the existing system is failing at training new users to edit posts. Some concerns include Users don't know why (or for the ...
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Close vote review failed

Today, I failed the following review audit in the "Close Votes" queue: https://stackoverflow.com/review/close/2574688 From the question: I'm building a project on phonegap using JQuery mobile. ...
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Why is accepted answers overloaded?

I was wandering around the "help" and, noticed these at the bottom left: Answering What does it mean when an answer is "accepted"? Why are answers no longer being accepted from my account?...
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Guidance for how to reopen a question that is on hold or closed

It would be good to have some easy to follow guidance for how to get a question reopened that is on hold or closed. What I would find useful as a user with a couple of months experience of ...

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