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Why don't new Stack Overflow questions get as many views as like 4 years ago? [closed]

I was out of the coding game for a while. Now I noticed, without considering the question time, that it's really rare for a question to get at least 1/4 of the views that a question asked a couple of ...
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Some guidance tips as a brand new user to Stack Exchange [duplicate]

I'm a brand new user to Stack Exchange and I was wondering if I could get some guidance on how this site works and how to ask questions. I have been told by my friends I need to be clear and ...
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Is the ability to downvote questions necessary?

I'm wondering whether the ability to downvote questions in the currently implemented way is the best way to handle bad questions. I'm ignoring meta sites for this, as they're far more complicated and ...
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A main-page question that can also be interpreted as a meta question. What to prepare before asking it?

(An alternative title for this question is: Is it fine to give meta advice on the main page?) In one site, there is a question (let's call it question 1) in the form "how do I achieve X?". I give ...
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Delete or edit my own question?

Assume I have asked a poor question. Also assume that the question can become good with editing and without changing the meaning of the question. Is deleting it and creating a new question ever a ...
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Where should I ask a question about Ivan Illich (opponent of academia)?

To me, Academia Stack Exchange, Parenting Stack Exchange, or Philosophy Stack Exchange would be places to discuss unschooling and Ivan Illich. Which Stack Exchange site would be most appropriate for ...
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How do I deal with questions with broken links which are still valid questions?

I found this question: Do contemporary singers sound “wrong” without a microphone?, and it contains a dead link. The YouTube video is taken down. How do I deal with it? Note, the question makes ...
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Is there a way to group favorited questions or search among them per topic? [duplicate]

On Stack Overflow, after you star (or favorite) many questions, it becomes difficult to search among them to find an old question you starred. Is there a way to search among them per topic? Would not ...
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Problem clicking on title of question to link

Consider the title of this question -- it's very long, multiple lines regardless of the size of the browser window.. If I wish to connect to the question, if the cursor is positioned between the ...
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Proposal for an “answerable by me” button

I'm mainly a TeX.SE user. Since I have not much time to answer, I usually mark the answerable (by me) questions as favorite and when I have time, if nobody else already answered, I do it. But with ...
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Checkboxes for questions from new users

There is the FAQ, but I don't think many new users visit it. As a result, we again and again see the same comments, which ask to show attempts, post compilable code, etc. Suggestion. For users who ...
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How can I get the summary of questions a user ask from the Stack Overflow data dump?

I need information about how many questions a user asks, how many of them are resolved, and how many of them remain unanswered. Is there any way to get this information from the SO data dump?
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Search for site [duplicate]

I want to be able to search for a site by name. If I want to go to the Spanish exchange I want to be able to type "Spanish" in the search bar. As of now, many other sites show up it if I do this. In ...
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What are the exact criteria for a question to have VLQ as a flag option?

I am very confused. The VLQ flag is automatically deemed helpful when the question is closed. However, it doesn't always appear on a question, and its appearance is very inconsistent (IMO). Known ...
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Where should I ask about a text font used somewhere?

Is there any SE site where I can ask users tell me/help me find what the font used in some media (movie, picture, whatever) is? If so, which one?
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Which flag to use for questions that are not minimal? [closed]

It is quite common to enconter a question such as this, which is not a bad question; it has a description of the problem, some code, and the desired outcome, but is simply not minimal. My question is,...
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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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2018: a year in asking and answering

After 2018: a year in closing and 2018: a year in spam it seems natural to look at the questions and answers. What trends do we find there?
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Where should I ask questions about how a technology works?

Something I've never understood about parallel programming/operating systems is how a computer can use less than 100% of its processing power. (This is probably due to the fact that my college OS ...
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Why are On Hold Questions included in 'Active'

Lately there seems to have been a flood of poor relevance questions which are being put "On Hold" however these questions still show up in the Newest and Active lists - surely being "On Hold" they can/...
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Make the question box with resizable/draggable (example: textarea)

I cannot see the whole question of mine in the question box, but the preview shows me... All I want it to work on the question box. Can that be resizable/draggable to some more lines?
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2018: a year in closing

Continuing my sometimes-annual practice of posting these numbers, here is the information on how many questions were closed on various sites around the network in 2018: Site ...
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The answer box should not be at the bottom

The answer box is at the bottom of all answers. If someone has to answer a question he/she has to browse through all the previously written answers. If someone is interested to see others' answers ...
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Keyword-based spam detection to keep spam questions out of the network [duplicate]

Over the course of the Winter Bash, I have encountered a lot of spam questions here on MSE, the common pattern among them being the keyword "keto diet" or simply "keto". No doubt they are deleted as ...
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What is the new 'Question Wizard'? [closed]

Today as I was posting a question on StackOverflow, and clicked on Ask Question, it redirected me to a 'Question Wizard'. This has never happened before. Is this new? If so, then why is it not ...
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What do the shield icons on custom question list pages specify?

I was just browsing through the Questions pages on Meta Stack Exchange, and noticed all questions have a shield icon in front of them. It reminds me of the icon sometimes used in Stack Overflow for ...
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Brief outage where all questions were gone [duplicate]

Just now, none of the sites I visited had any questions: I don't belong to Politics, but in addition to this I was getting a 404 by going to this page. For sites that I belonged to, I was ...
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Type of questions in Meta Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

Can we get answers for general knowledge questions in Meta Stack Exchange or only tech related ones?
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Option allow users to suggest a question is bumped without having to edit it

On Stack Overflow we see a lot of "answers" to old questions that are of the form: Have you got a solution for this yet? Usually where the question has no other answers. This, of course, has the ...
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Questions per page broken on mobile

Mobile is consistently only displaying one question per page (this is only happening for me on meta.SE): Modifying the number in the link to 15 (pagesize=15) just takes me to page 15 but still ...
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is it acceptable to update a question with content added in comments?

Sometimes when a new user post a question and the other users ask him to provide more details, explain clearly his use case or provide a specific code, he will provide that in comments with a bad ...
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Questions about a very specific topic that are related to each other

Suppose I have many questions about a single, very specific topic. All these questions relate to each other, by which I mean that they give each other context. Should I post all these questions at ...
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How are the questions in the “Month” tab selected?

I have noticed the "Month" tab in the top questions page, which from what I assume, is probably the top questions of the month. The odd thing is that I notice questions with more than 2 down votes, ...
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Does Stack Exchange offer a website to ask questions you don't know where to ask? [duplicate]

There are so many Stack Exchange websites and some of them are very similar (it's hard to tell them apart) that for some questions I don't know which one of them I should choose. Consequently, I ask ...
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How do you find out the ID of a question in the iOS app?

How do you find out the ID of a question in the iPhone app of Stack Exchange for iOS 12?
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What to do with a question on a technical problem that isn't actually a problem?

I ran into this old question today that made me wonder what to do. The OP asks about a problem in his XSLT (trying to count some nodes) and says the result is incorrect. It turns out however that both ...
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Should there be an option to ask “sub-questions?”

I have run into multiple situations where I will ask a question and then a comment or answer will raise another related question. However, it seems that simply adding the new question in the comments ...
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Are there scenarios where an historically locked question can be moved to a different Stack Exchange website?

Questions may be historically locked when they have a high view count but are off-topic for a given community. In a situation where a historically locked question would fit better in a different ...
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Teaching 'How to ask questions on Stack Exchange' and a question assessment rubric [closed]

I teach a high school computing, and at least for my senior classes, have thought that asking good questions on StackOverflow (or, in fact, any online forum) would be a useful skill to learn. So I'm ...
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Where can I ask a question on comparing classic code and neural networks?

I'm not sure if it is a question for Stack Overflow or there is another, more appropriate site. I need to ask this, but I don't even know how to ask this question. Is there a name for code that is ...
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Is there any option to see the list of my questions in the Stack Exchange mobile app?

In the desktop version, we can see our list of questions for a particular site. I tried to watch all my questions on the mobile app but didn't find any way. Is there any way to see all my questions ...
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Pleading in the alternative when asking - Encouraged?

Before I came to SE, I haunted a more traditional, less strictly moderated forum in which it was common to plead in the alternative (if I may borrow a legal term) when asking questions. That is, ...
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Why does Meta allow posts that are not questions?

I have searched to see if there was any post about this but the only thing I could find was this answer explaining what Meta is, and it still suggests that Meta is supposed to be used for asking ...
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Send 'on hold' question to Reopen queue when OP edits it the first time

From What if I disagree with the closure of a question? How can I reopen it? Closed questions that receive edits within the first 5 days of closure are automatically put into a review queue to be ...
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Questions marked as duplicate refer to the duplicate, but the other way around does not occur

Sometimes when a question is marked as a duplicate it has already 'developed' into an interesting Q&A link. An example is Could dark matter be wrong? on the Astronomy website which is marked as ...
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Why does SE force me to permanently lose my reputation for asking a 'bad' question? [duplicate]

This has happened with me many times across the SE network. For example, someone has downvoted another of my questions for no apparent reason, affecting my 'rep'. However, SE strongly discourages me ...
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How can I check how hot a question is? [duplicate]

When a question gets to the "Hot Network Questions" tab you can hover it to see how many hotness points it has. (Note this doesn't occur for the HNQ list in the bottom right of most pages, it's just ...
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Why is possible for some answered questions to be deleted on some SE sites but not on others? [duplicate]

It didn't fit in the title, but I'm talking about questions answered by others, i.e. not self-answered . On some SE sites (e.g. politics, if I recall correctly) one cannot delete his own question that ...
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Editing a question in base of an answer [duplicate]

Suppose someone ask a question, then in base of the answer I gave, he/she change the question to something else. Now the my answer is meaningless looking like a copy of a part of the question. What am ...
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Harder question, when missing an expert are far less treated, even if they are “good” questions [duplicate]

Easy question are answered quite quickly, there's a small competition on them, to get easy reputation points... But these will usually get zero score. Better questions, which are usually harder, get ...