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Stack Overflow technology makes me write bad answers

Today I had some time and felt like writing a relatively good answer on Stack Overflow; explaining both the underlying mechanisms and good practices, unlike usual declarative answers in a "do that" ...
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Stack Overflow Annual User Survey 2012

This year's survey is officially open! We've added a few new questions based on your feedback from last year and we are really looking forward to publishing the results in January. Once you've taken ...
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Stack Overflow is getting a Meta of its own

We've grown considerably as a network since the days of the original trilogy, when the prospect of growing into a network of over 100 thriving Q&A sites was a distant glimmer in a cloudy night sky....
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Is the Stack Overflow source code available? [duplicate]

Do the SO admins have any plans to release the underlying code for SO at all? I appreciate that the code may be part of their competitive advantage, but it strikes me that the underlying system would ...
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2014 SO Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection [closed]

In connection with the Stack Overflow moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
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Do I have to worry about copyright issues for code posted on Stack Overflow?

I was wondering about the copyright of code snippets from answers. Let's say you ask a question and the solution consists of ten lines of code, which are given in an answer. Are there any restrictions ...
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Mobile optimized version of Stack Overflow [duplicate]

I found this one on UserVoice, and I thought it was fitting to bring it up here for further discussion. "Stack Overflow already works with Mobile Safari, but the experience is far from optimum. ...
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Close Votes review: I'm going on a strike! [closed]

I know this question is going to make me unpopular here – but I feel I have no other options. I have been concerned by the size of the close votes review queue for quite a while. When I ...
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Huge close votes review queue on Stack Overflow [closed]

Today, the size of the close-votes queue is 55k questions and growing. Is that a problem? Which action could be taken to clean it up? It seems to be growing faster than Stack Overflow members ...
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“What have you tried” epidemic

Statistics The usage of "what you tried" is growing (v2) In Q1 of 2012 - 0.0134 such comments per question (~1.33%) In Q2 of 2012 - 0.0167 such comments per question (~1.66%) In Q3 of 2012 - 0.0169 ...
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Is it OK to leave “What have you tried?” comments?

Some questions boil down to "how can/do I do X?" Here's an example. Sometimes, people leave comments under such questions that ask "what have you tried?" Is it OK to leave comments like that? Should ...
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Repository of useful pro-forma comments

Every tag has its questions that make the same mistake(s) over and over and over again. (But some tags more than others.) That's where Benjol's pro forma comments script comes in. The only downside ...
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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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Are there famous developers using Stack Overflow? [closed]

We know Jeff and Joel use Stack Overflow (obviously), but what other "famous" developers or at least working on popular projects, or important blogs do you know of that are using Stack Overflow? ...
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Close all the typo questions [closed]

Update 2013/03/06: I've been playing around in the Data Explorer (first time I've used it) and put together a basic query to help identify typo related posts a little better, improvements welcome: ...
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Eeeek! Why is Stack Overflow naked? [closed]

It just seems wrong. In my opinion it looks awful. Will it be like that from now on? :S
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Can we now discourage the use of and burninate the homework tag? [closed]

I present to you the following indisputable (depending on your frame of reference) facts: homework is a meta-tag. It describes the status from which the question is being asked, not the content of ...
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What did the ORIGINAL Stack Overflow look like?

I have read this but I can't seem to find the following answers... How old is Stack Overflow? What did the first version of Stack Overflow look like and how much has it evolved since? How many days/...
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Stack Overflow returning HTTP error code 418 (I'm a teapot)?

First a little background: I recently wrote a reverse proxy which I have found to work wonderfully so far, and being an avid Stack Overflow user, I thought I would try it out there. I was ...
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Adding support for math notation [duplicate]

Every once in a while I miss having the option to write some LaTeX math on SO. E.g. when talking about automata. I'm certainly not the only one. And I think the person answering this question would ...
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Should I not answer my own questions? [duplicate]

I asked a question recently, looking for examples of an online tool. Per the FAQ, I answered my own question with a few examples that I had already found. I did this so that these examples would be ...
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At what point do you put your SO reputation in your resume? [closed]

While this is half tongue in cheek, this website and community may end up being the premier site that over half the world's programmers regularly attend - especially if Jeff and Joel create localized ...
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What happened to the “You're Just Lazy” close vote reason? [closed]

...not literally, of course. But what happened to the previous menu of close-vote options? I find the current set unsatisfactory. Take this question that boils down to a typical java.lang....
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Force Accepted Answers on Questions by Inactive Users

As a disclaimer, I must admit this may benefit me (I haven't checked), but probably not as significantly as most others. This issue is also something that has prevented me from answering questions by ...
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Anyone with a “visited: 3333 days, 3333 consecutive” in their profile?

Back in May, 27th 2009, the Stack Overflow team introduced a little counter to monitor the consecutive days you visited the site. And 30 days later (June 26th 2009), the first "Enthusiast" badges were ...
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Why “What Stack Overflow is Not” was deleted

I just deleted What Stack Overflow is Not, a collection of various explanations for things that Stack Overflow doesn't do, wasn't meant to do, or shouldn't be used to do. Several people put a fair bit ...
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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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Is it okay to use Stack Overflow as the support forum for a product or project? [closed]

I recently saw a question about a problem (or possible bug) with some product on Stack Overflow. At first, I wanted to suggest that the asker post his question to that product's support forum. When ...
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Are code questions without an attempt now on topic [closed]

Background The close reasons have recently been changed, this includes the removal of the old close reason: Questions must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Tell ...
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What would you want to see in a Stack Overflow API?

Note: I'm aware of this question, but it's slightly different, and in my view is talking about the Stack Overflow folks coming up with an API themselves. I'm talking about a community-developed one, ...
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Does my inability to answer questions reflect badly upon me?

I really enjoy browsing Stack Overflow. I've learned quite a few things just from perusing the questions. But, I have to admit, it's really bruising my confidence when I realize how much I don't know. ...
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Are duplicates creating broken windows?

I think the Eternal September is dooming Stack Overflow to have the same questions asked over and over again, and the people who don't want questions closed are winning. Why don't people want ...
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What is the best time to ask questions?

What's the best time of day, or weekday, to ask questions on Stack Overflow? I'd like to know if there might be a way to maximize the exposure or the amount/quality of responses. At the very least, ...
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LOL debugging are we? - Stack Overflow homepage alerts false [closed]

Refreshing the Stack Overflow home page is giving me an alert('false');.
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Why don't people upvote questions they answer?

This has always been a bit of a puzzle to me. I generally upvote every question I answer: if it seems a good enough question to take time answering, it seems a good enough question to upvote I want ...
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Why are the moderators being so strict with quality related flags recently?

I recently flagged a question as "very low quality", just like I've flagged many questions in the past. However, my flag was found to be unhelpful this time. The same thing happened when I recently ...
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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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How can I encourage Stack Overflow to rein in the 'subjective' vigilantes?

I'm on SO pretty much every day researching something to do with programming, and over the last month or two, I find I'm growing frustrated and a little disgusted at how many interesting questions ...
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How to stop my husband from answering your questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I keep from getting addicted to Stack Overflow? It is time for him to take care of our life problems.
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What happens to new users?

I've been looking at what happens when new users post their first questions on Stack Overflow... Not really done yet, but I figured I'd toss what I have up here in case anyone else has useful ...
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What is a day in the life of a Stack Exchange moderator like?

What is it like to be a Stack Exchange moderator? Do you have to be on the site 24/7? Are there certain expectations of you every day (answering set amount of questions, reviewing set amount of items,...
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Stack Overflow needz moar ads

This got me thinking... Not about a contest though. I don't want people reviewing questions so that they'll get something in return; folks should be doing it because they care about the questions, ...
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Proposed contest for close review queue posse [closed]

Many hands make light work. I propose that we offer a coveted Stack Exchange coffee mug to the top 25 people who work to clear the close queue in the next 45 days, and a USB rocket launcher to the ...
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What was the first question on SO? [closed]

Can someone send me a link to the first question on SO?
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Samsung agency is buying off Stack Overflow users

I was thinking anybody on Stack Overflow might be interested in the blog post Samsung agency is buying off StackOverflow users. How can the Stack Overflow community defend itself from such spam ...
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Help us redesign the Stack Overflow homepage [closed]

The homepage for all Stack Exchange sites is intentionally simple: it's a list of the last (n) questions by activity date. Activity date means new questions, or questions with new answers or new ...
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What reputation do you need on Stack Overflow to receive an invite to Careers?

What reputation do you need to have on Stack Overflow to receive an invite to Careers? The site says "Stack Overflow grants new invites to users fitting certain criteria of activity on Stack Exchange ...
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What just happened to Stack Overflow?

Stack Overflow was down for a long time here, probably about an hour. What was the cause?
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What interesting stats can I obtain from the Stack Overflow data-dump?

What interesting statistics have you discovered from analysing the Stack Overflow data-dump? Related: Blog post announcing the data-dump Direct link to the .torrent (original XML files) (2009-06) ...
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Where in the world do Stack Overflow users say they are from?

I wanted to know more about where in the world Stack Overflow users come from. Is there any way I could get more data for this? Are there any more maps or charts to further identify where users are ...