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Why was the previous Code of Conduct FAQ (and all answers) removed?

I noticed that the original-now-replaced CoC FAQ was deleted. When the new CoC FAQ came out, I tried to look for my old answer as well as others for comparison. Why not just mark the old one ...
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Why do we let hostile users dictate the perception of Stack Overflow? [closed]

This question is a great example of why Stack Overflow is getting a reputation for being a hostile environment these days Possible to convert C# get,set code to C++ This is clearly a developer ...
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Dealing with “Find out who's going to buy the croissants” [closed]

On Stack Overflow at the moment, there is a popular question which is currently high in the Hot Questions feed: https://stackoverflow.com/q/17807531/42473 So far it has been closed twice (once by the ...
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As it currently stands, this summary is not a good fit for Google [closed]

I was poking about Google (search: groovy java) and came across this search result: (plain text of above screen shot, for the imgur impaired) Why would one use Groovy over Java? - Stack ...
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Please undelete the “New user Profile” discussion

The issue in question has a separate feature request now: New user profile - revert to simpler design in first tab The discussion on the new user profile: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/...
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Is this considered abuse on SO? [closed]

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/10185015/easiest-way-to-have-unlimited-inputs-in-html This question, for whatever reason, has rubbed me the wrong way. The OP asked a question about how to have ...
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What has happened to the quality of answers on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Apologies of this has come up recently / been done to death, I've only just discovered Meta Stack Overflow. I signed up for Stack Overflow just after its launch nearly a year ago, and ...
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How can I improve my question when there is no feedback left by downvoters?

Today I posted a question on Stack Overflow about a C++ issue I found a bit confusing. Since I am a complete beginner in C++, all I could do was to write a short summary and ask for advice. The ...
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OMG Stack Overflow is being perceived as a helpful environment [closed]

Just look at this great example of how nice and helpful Stack Overflow is getting these days! Delete a member array correctly in C++ This is obviously a neophyte learning C++ that lacks knowledge ...
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Why is “The Definitive C++ Book List” question allowed, but other book recommendation questions are not? [closed]

Why does The Definitive C++ Book Guide and List get a pass, but I can't ask my own book recommendation question? Can I ask my own book recommendation question in a way that is acceptable to the ...
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Can we pay more attention to questions before we act

I'm posting this mostly because of this question(it's been deleted now) 10k Only.. To summarize, The question had the qualities that we usually ask people for, and it's main fault was it's ...
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Is there a reason why calls for the MRRP post being [featured] are being ignored? [duplicate]

The post Feedback post: Moderator review and reinstatement processes affects the community as a whole. It is supposed to exist to collect feedback from users regarding the recent changes. Surely it ...
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Do “fix my code pleeese!” questions qualify for closure as “too localized”? [closed]

There are many questions that contains only some code and a remark like "it doesn't work." https://stackoverflow.com/questions/5283635/php-and-mysql-update-problem is one example. Judging by "...
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Why did this question's title avoid the word filter?

Recently I came across the question, "Java programming homework help" (need 10K rep to see the link). It was tagged C++ for no reason so I untagged it, but when I came to submit my edit I came ...
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Valid question deleted because of invalid edit by the author [closed]

This question has just been deleted. Although it was possibly not the best question ever, it was specific, answerable and was showing a code snippet. The OP later edited his question to remove the ...
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Unreasonable Editing Practices

I am annoyed with some editors who edit my questions for no good reason. I consider some people involved in this activity to be dangerously obsessed with it. In my last question, someone changed '...
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What Happened Here? Voted to Close 4 Days Ago, but No Close Votes Today? [duplicate]

Today I saw "Test to see if User/Pass entered for a WebService are correct or not", realized it was a duplicate and voted to close it. I then saw in the comments that I had voted to close it four ...
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Old problematic question: edit, or delete? [closed]

Is this question salvageable? The definitive guide to form-based website authentication I see multiple, severe problems with this old question from 2008 and I am tempted to delete it outright -- ...
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Did I go wrong flagging this sarcastic answer? If so, where? [closed]

I came across this answer the other day, which immediately seemed strange due to the use of the term "mix mash", so I read on. Upon reading the whole thing, it seemed like the answer qualified as "...
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Can I delete my own question? [duplicate]

I don't know if it is possible to delete my own question, however I would like to delete the question: Diference Behaviour Of Dispose Method Between Winforms And Textboxes I get down-voted everyday ...
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Why did a moderator delete this seemingly legitimate answer? [closed]

I was searching for code help, and came to this question: kill another process/application programmatically [duplicate]. This question has one proper answer that has been deleted by moderator. ...
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Question disowned by author/moderator [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I remove my name from a post, in accordance with CC:WIKI? I saw this question a minute after it was posted, whose author was our friendly neighborhood moderator ...
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I've lost a lot of rep when the question with my answer has disappeared [duplicate]

I had a chosen answer with a significant amount of upvotes and bounty awarded. Months after answering, the question disappeared and I lost the 400 rep. I am not in this for the points, but when you ...
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Duplicate questions on other SE sites? [duplicate]

I recently asked a question on security.stackexchange.com. The question was related to XSS so in my opinion it belonged to the security website. There was a comment on the question saying that a ...
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Has a consensus been reached on whether or not some questions are too simple?

As far as I understand things, the founders disagreed as to whether or not some questions are too simple. Joel asked a simple question to prove his point that was highly upvoted but has apparently ...
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As long as answer contains some code?

The OP on the question is having problems with jQuery & opacity in IE 9. jQuery, Internet Explorer 9 gets wrong opacity The answer here is a chunk of code that merely tells IE visitors to switch ...
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What happened to “What real life bad habits has programming given you?” [closed]

The question What real life bad habits has programming given you? (10k only) is one of the all-time most popular questions on Stack Overflow. It had 341 upvotes and around 157k views, but it looks ...
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Should we reopen a question if it is closed with a wrong reason?

The question in question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/18515135/triple-less-than-sign-in-bash It is closed as "Questions asking for code must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the ...
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How to flag a typo question [closed]

I came across this question today. In reading the answer and the comments it turns out that the issue was just a simple typo that the OP made. So that being the case I decided that this question ...
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Flag declined on clearly off-topic question protected from closure by a bounty. Have guidelines here changed?

I recently ran across what to me is clearly an off-topic question on SO: Is there a Template Engine like Velocity or Freemarker for Delphi? This question is clearly asking that someone recommend or ...
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Account suspension for answering questions well?

In the comments on @Wil's answer in this Super User question, moderator @Diago threatens @Wil and any other user with more than 3,000 reputation with suspension if they answer "not correctly formatted ...
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What kind of idiot is Richard? - or: Expletives in answers

George Edison and I got in a discussion about my April 30 Rollback to a "NSFW" version of the famous "RichardIsA...." answer to the old "Source code comments" question. While I'm in favour of not ...
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Question wrongfully closed and locked? [closed]

This post is regarding the following question: Fundamental difference between Hashing and Encryption algorithms Was this question wrongfully closed and locked? I believe this is a good, on-topic ...
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PHP Errors Reference question [closed]

I recently came across this question. It basically boils down to What is the cause of white screen? What is the cause of X? What is the cause of Y? with each question being hyperlinked to an ...
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Why is rounding in SQL closed as off-topic? [closed]

I realize that this question is not a stellar question. But it's certainly programming related. For example in the Netherlands, you have to round cash sales to the nearest 5 cents, because we do not ...
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Failed Audit : 4118533 - Close Votes Review Queue [closed]

This seems too broad and/or off topic (for finding a tool). https://stackoverflow.com/review/close/4118533 So I clicked close, but I got this : Am I right that this question should be closed? Or ...
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Great Q&A, or spammy product announcement? [closed]

Not sure what to make of this question. On the one hand, it's an extremely well-written question and an even better answer. They are written by the same person, which is totally allowed. But... It's ...
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Asking the community for a reality check on my flags [closed]

Lately a significant (to me) percentage of my flags have been declined by the mods. Examples: Compare Columns B and C then shift data flagged as: too localized This question is asking for a help ...
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Where should the balance be between reputation of a question, and the jugment of high rep users and mods when in comes to deleting it?

I'm mostly active in Matlab related questions, and recently I checked the highest votes for that tag (disclaimer, I have a high ranking question there too). I have found that the #1 question: What can ...
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Revive a deleted question [closed]

I recently realized that my highest voted answer on SO had disappeared into thin air. After some investigation I found out that the question had been deleted with the following reason: not a real ...
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Even Google knows SO is the one

Doing a Google Search this evening I noticed the following interesting first result. It seems that even Google knows that SO always has the answer, except the link points to the question C# Automatic ...
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The mystery of the tagged answer - and more

It is (currently) not possible to tag answers. Yet, if I query Data Explorer, then one answer does have a tag, namely javascript. I'm at a loss: how did that happen?† SELECT Id, Tag FROM Posts,...
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“Your post appears to contain code that is not properly formatted as code.” - Not a single line of code was written that day

I really need to ask this question on SO, but I'm not sure what's triggering the "code formatting" checker that is disabling my submission. I've cut sections out of the code that I think may be ...
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Great question got deleted [closed]

This is a cross-post from meta.programmers. I think the discussion also belongs here and to be honest, I’m really angry at the moment and I want this to get some attention. Executive summary: ...
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Why was this question locked? [closed]

I would like to know why the following question was locked: Ajax.ActionLink in MVC3 not working I was trying to gather more feedback from the user to understand the behavior described in his question ...
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Is This User a Spammer?

Most of the answers of user424257 are to questions about FTP. This user almost always recommends the WebDAV products of this company: http://www.webdavsystem.com/server/. I have suggested in comments ...
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Should “What's the difference between JavaScript and Java” have been deleted? [closed]

What's the difference between JavaScript and Java? First, thanks to the SE team for the recent changes in rep calculation for old deleted questions. That means this question is not about reputation, ...
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Why does this very localized question without showing research effort get so many upvotes?

This is about the question: Obfuscated C Code Contest 2006. Please explain sykes2.c For me it is not clear why this question has so many upvotes. I think it looks like picking some complicated/...
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Reasons for deletion of a high-vote question with good answers?

Specific question: why was this question (Best programming aids for a quadriplegic programmer) deleted? I asked that question a number of years ago (April, '10). I just recently went looking for it ...
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Why was this question closed as off-topic without being migrated?

The question https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6006916/unable-to-install-imagemagick-unmet-dependencies was closed as "Off topic" without being migrated. As the closer in question was Jeff Atwood, ...