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Give an incentive for finding duplicate questions [duplicate]

At present if you see a question that may be a duplicate and has an easy answer you can post the answers or post a link to the duplicate question. (Or the few hi-rep users can vote to close it as ...
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BLOCK QUESTIONS IN ALL CAPS

RECENTLY ON THE ANDROID SITE WE GOT THIS QUESTION WRITTEN IN ALL CAPS. THIS WAS SURPRISING TO ME, SINCE I ASSUMED IT WOULD HAVE BEEN CAUGHT BY THE QUALITY FILTER — BESIDES BEING INDICATIVE OF ...
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Does SO need social networking features to improve the experience for expert users?

No, not like this: Hear me out! As Stack Overflow grows, it becomes increasingly ridden with extremely newbie and mediocre questions. It's just natural. The team are fighting hard to keep the crap ...
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Asking days badges

A couple of months ago, I suggested a set of badges for asking questions. The responses were... mixed. The top answer can be summarized: In practice, all this would do is encourage people to ask ...
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Pre-fill question-box with text for new users (A/B study proposal)

Problem statement Many new users are unaware of how to formulate a good question, particularly for the technical sites like Stack Overflow, Super User (OK, all of SE). This leads to many new ...
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Mark questions to receive notifications and updates? [duplicate]

Right now there isn't a great way to monitor the questions that I am interested in following. What I seem to do now is go to my recent history for questions I have commented on, and then link to the ...
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Bounty-like facility for rewarding excellent questions

Amongst the reasons for starting a bounty, one can select: Reward existing answer One or more of the answers is exemplary and worthy of an additional bounty. Why not enable one to reward ...
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Another take on canonical answers: Add a “canonical” vote

When closing a question as a duplicate, it is becoming harder and harder to search for a good original as the pool of questions and answers grows and grows. While the new dupe closing dialog is a ...
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Add a hint to stay put after posting a question

The Problem It happens on every second question I try to answer: The question is unclear but the user does not respond. Why? The usual reason is that the user asking a question seems to leave. ...
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Change “What's your Programming question, Be Specific” to “What would someone search for if they had your issue?”

I've seen a lot of issues recently where users put in a half-baked title, like: What is the difference between these two lines of code? (About 1 Million Results) Since I believe in organic titles, ...
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Notify question OP (and those who marked it a favourite) if an answer has been modified

Seriously, I had not noticed e.g. Jeff's edit here had he not also retagged my question.
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Related questions in “Ask Question” page is better than search tool

When I search for similar questions that I am going to ask, I usually can't find anything through search box in stackoverflow. But when I enter my question in "Ask Question" page, the questions ...
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Withdraw questions with no useful answers from Google index

(Turning this answer into a feature request.) Stack Overflow is a repository of great and not-so-great answers. Three major causes for the not-so-great is misleading question titles, outdated answers,...
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Is there any analytics information that moderators can access for individual questions?

There are a number of questions on Programmers' that seem to be getting a lot of traffic: Do I need to go to a big-name university? How to be a zero-bug programmer? for example. I'm curious as to ...
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Add “Answer Later” Tab

I think it would be useful to add an "Answer Later" tab that would be similar to the "Favorites" tab so you could mark questions to answer at a later time. There are so many times I see a question ...
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Move questions between Stack Exchange sites

I remember Jeff saying, when they announced Server Fault, that it was going to be possible to move questions between sites. I'd find that feature very nice as since then I've found at least 10 ...
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Can we raise the awareness that question downvotes are now free?

See also: Should downvotes on questions be "free"? Ever since downvotes for questions have been made free, I find that I've been more actively voting (both up and down) on questions. The ...
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Please don't require answer votes to be cast before question votes

So now we get 10 extra question votes. But the way this is implemented is… bizarre. After casting 30 votes, we may cast 10 more votes on questions, regardless of what we voted on before. I generally ...
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Off topic questions and redirect to affiliated sites [duplicate]

When someone votes to close an off topic question, Stack Overflow shows a list of five affiliated sites that could be appropriate for that question, namely: Meta Stack Overflow Server Fault Super ...
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Can we have a way to see referrers for a specific question?

A question I flippantly answered a while ago literally blew up today, gaining me a Skeetian amount of rep for a single question in a single day. Is there a way to determine why this happened? I ...
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The Lost Worlds of the Reversal Badge

I love the gold Reversal Badge An outstanding answer to a bad question is something not seen on a daily basis. I enjoyed reading those answers, and I was even able to provide one. But the ...
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Please allow me to follow questions [duplicate]

Sometimes I look a question that interests me, but I don't have the answer or would like to follow up later. Normally I just bookmark it, which then ends up in a big pile. It would be great if there ...
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Prevent complete question replacement, to avoid question limits

Recently I saw two cases where the users changed the whole question (body + title!) to a new question just because Stack Overflow prevented them from asking a new question within X time. Example 1, ...
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Watching questions for answers

For questions I'd like to keep an eye on (e.g. to see if anyone else posts an answer) is there a way to maintain a list of such questions other than adding them as favourites or using the RSS feeds?
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The Ability to Hide Questions

I was wondering how hard it would be to enable a 'hiding' option that let me hide certain questions that I don't want to see. That way if it was a very active question that I have no interest in, I ...
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Preview on the right please, optionally?

When posting a question with some code (or generally any question with more detailed description and some explaining) you have to do lots of scrolling when reviewing the changes. While there is huge ...
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Adding “obsolete” and “outdated” voting options on questions

Some questions and their answers on StackOverflow are getting old. This is part of a natural process. Nothing wrong. I think that people should have an option to vote questions as obsolete or ...
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Show link to revision history when there are revisions but no edits

In the latest Recent Changes FAQ I saw this: 2013-02-18: The revision history of a question that was closed as a duplicate is now showing the chosen originals as part of the "Closed as duplicate" ...
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Disallow entire questions from being entirely bold, italic, ALL CAPS or linked

I recently came across this low-quality post on Stack Overflow (Revision history link). The entire thing was made from a single link: This gave me an idea for some heuristics which would block ...
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Does it make sense to have a negative rep cap for Meta posts?

I've been thinking (and posting) a lot about voting and one issue that's come up over and over is the chilling effect that downvoting can have on Meta discussions and feature-requests. Downvoting is ...
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Add the ability to add “top questions” to Careers 2.0 Profile

Allow me to add my own "top questions" too! I know, I know, the site should be more heavily weighted to answering, but sometimes, how and what people ask is important too! For example I recently asked ...
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“Unanswered” question sort order on profile pages

To help users keep track of (and hopefully get answers to) unanswered questions, it would be useful to have an "unanswered" sort order on a user's profile page. It would order the list of questions ...
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Modify the 'has 1 or 0 comments' requirement for 'RemoveAbandonedQuestions' script

From the help center, auto-delete section (emphasis is mine): If the question is more than 365 days old, and ... has a score of 0 or less, or a score of 1 and a deleted owner has no ...
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Indicate number of Tags in Tooltip

When viewing the main questions page, questions have their tags listed below them. Currently, when you hover the mouse over a tag, a tooltip comes up with information on the follower count, some ...
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Unable to find my questions without an accepted answer effectively

I have asked many questions on SO. There are about 30 tabs I have to scroll through to find question for which I have not yet accepted an answer. Some questions of mine are long-term projects. They ...
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Obscure the title and text when question is deleted by Community from spam/offensive flags

This is sort of a follow-up to a feature request that resulted in obscuring spam / offensive content from 10K-visible answers: Remove links when a post is deleted by Community from spam/offensive ...
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Option, in answers, to merge an answer into the question

Thinking of ways to make a common task easier for moderators. We've seen it a hundred times. A cookie-based user asks a question. Later, they log on from a different machine and cannot edit their ...
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What are the various SE site bounce rates, where researching and phrasing a question provides the answer so the question doesn't need to be submitted?

Stack Exchange has an excellent draft mechanism (ever seen the faint "draft saved" at the bottom-right of the input box?) that restores what you've said if something happens as you type your question ...
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Hide a particular question locally

It's common that I read a question and say, "OK, I don't need to see it again." Then I always think, "Hmm... maybe there is a 'hide' button on the question, so that I won't see it again in my ...
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Favorited Tag Questions on the Stack Exchange Android app

It would be nice to show questions based on favorited tags on the Android App, just like the Web application. The app doesn't handle it right now and this feature would be nice to have.
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Auto Loading of New Questions

NOTE: This has probably been asked already, but I am unable to find it. If such is the case, please post a link to that question in the comments. Here, I will try to explain how I think this problem ...
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Suggest “Questions you may have an answer to”

Based on user's previous answer history and, especially, reputation gains assotiated with each tag, provide an automatic selection of recently asked questions which "you may have an answer for". Of ...
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Please notify us when a question we ask or answer is closed or reopened [duplicate]

This would go in the recent activity page.
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Why do stupid questions and their answers get so many upvotes?

I have seen many stupid questions on Stack Overflow, some of them asked by moderators! And they are up-voted many times, while questions which are really very important are sometimes down voted! Due ...
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Show most recent answers first in old questions

Waffles describes fighting information rot as one of the great challenges for 2011. The biggest problem with old and much-voted-on questions is that it's very hard for new answers to change the "...
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Community ♦ should discriminate more when bumping unanswered questions

I'm getting a lot of old questions on the front page that were bumped by the Community user. I understand that this is usually a Good Thing, to get some attention for buried questions, but should ...
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If I can't delete my own question, why ask us for permission to delete the question?

So I tried deleting a question, my question. I'm not a mod, but I have reputation above 10k. I received this message after hitting delete, asking me to make sure I wanted to: But after clicking ...
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How can I find a deleted question?

Yesterday I commented some question as duplicate. I can't find the question now so I guess it is deleted. I would like to check who has deleted the question (I have 10k+ rep). I don't see the comments ...
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Add Year to Dates for Dates within 11 Months

Note: I know this is very similar to "Add year to question and answer dates.". I felt it deserved a separate question because I'm asking for a modification to the functionality requested in that ...
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Show [CODE] instead of the actual code in the Question preview

I think that when somebody adds some code to their question in StackOverflow, in the question preview you should NOT be able to actually read it, instead you should see just "[CODE]" or something ...