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How can voting help a question being answered? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the point of voting up a question? I mean, you can vote up a question, which may increase the reputation of OP by 5 points. But it won't bump up the question, nor will ...
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"A good community size is 1000 people"

Somewhere around the blogs etc documenting Stackoverflow beta, someone asked "what's a good community size," and someone (Jeff?) answered along the lines of "we found it really started to work when it ...
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Should we answer the question being asked, or be as helpful as possible?

So I was reading this question and there are two answers there that I like jlordo's answer succinctly and clearly answers the question that is being asked RobHruska's answer doesn't exactly answer ...
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If you advocate PDO, answer with PDO [closed]

Hope this is on-topic, seems meta-ish. I would like to address the issue of mysql_* functions; for the sane many of you who don't bone up on your PHP doctrine, a little back story. The notorious ...
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Wean users of dependence on StackOverflow by encouraging critical thinking and debugging/testing

I cringe every time I see a question in the format of "how do I do x?" that can be easily be solved by making a search of a language's official documentation (using keywords that the poster themselves ...
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With regards to Stack Overflow, why and what is the philosophy behind tagging?

Sorry if this counts as "navelgazing meta-discussion", but I'm actually wondering because part of a system I'm building for a tool of mine will be intimately driven by user tagging, so I'd like to ...