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Questions tagged [users]

This tags is for general questions about users and user accounts.

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Is it possible to verify a Stack Overflow user's account?

I want a user of my website to get certain privileges based on his Stack Overflow rating. Obviously, I need to verify the Stack Overflow user is who he says it is - or I would have probably a hundred "...
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Is there a way to see a Stack Exchange site's oldest users?

In the 'Users' section of each Stack Exchange site, there is a 'New User' section that shows the newest members of the site. But, is there any good way to see the oldest members of each site? I have ...
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Is there any way to track the users who I have personally upvoted?

A coworker of mine just stated: It's crazy you remember their names When I mentioned something along the lines of You should trust the answer from , I find they know their stuff Which led to ...
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Under what conditions are inactive users removed? [duplicate]

Today I noticed on one of the sites that I moderate that a user account was removed due to inactivity. What are the conditions for being removed for inactivity? I was not aware that this was grounds ...
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Why did I get a notification for an edit on another user's post? [closed]

This edit was on a question that was not asked by me, but by another user with the same username as me (Nils). The notification was in my Stack Exchange inbox. I think this is a bug somewhere in the ...
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How to report a user [duplicate]

Every once in a while we get a question about how to report a bad user to the administrators. Sometimes it's a spammer, sometimes it's a troll, and sometimes it's just someone who had a momentary blip ...
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Why is Stack Exchange run by the community?

I've been told everywhere (including the help center!) about the fact that Stack Exchange is run by the community. Why is this?
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Why is it NOT possible to “Follow” or “Friend” someone on Stack when it's a win-win-win for everyone? [duplicate]

(FYI, here are the guidelines on dups: How should duplicate questions be handled? ) I know that this question has many duplicate versions. That in and of itself should be a reason to pay attention to ...
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Why aren't questions/answers/comments necessarily anonymous if votes are anonymous?

This is not a duplicate of questions asking about features that would allow users to post anonymously or about whether or not anonymous posting is allowed. I am asking why should the user/reputation ...
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How to deal with spam user posting add in their profile page? [duplicate]

At our stack exchange we have some users created recently that have no activity, simply a name and profile which contains add for some car insurance quotes. How can we deal with users like that? Are ...
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Should we let people know that their actions are being discussed on meta, if so what's the best way?

Whenever I post something on SO meta about a particular post or review, I ping the people involved with that post or review. It seems to be the equitable thing to do, allow people to speak up, if ...
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Can I see who follows a certain tag?

I wonder whether it is possible to see which users are following a specific tag. If I hover my mouse on a tag I can see how many users are following this tag but I'm not able to see who follows this ...
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Data on who offered bounties

Is there a way to know who offered bounties on each question on SE? We are working with the SO datadump, and there is data there on bounties in the Votes.xml file. However, there is no information on ...
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Do large events (e.g. Christmas) have an impact on user activity within Stack Exchange?

For example, large celebrations such as Christmas Day or New Years' Day - I imagine people would be more inclined to spend some time offline during events like these. Are there noticeable changes in ...
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Why prevent users from asking questions? [closed]

I am currently not allowed to ask any questions in Physics SE. It is displayed on the ask page that I've reached my question limit. And a link is also displayed to a help centre page, from where I get ...
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What is the caching architecture of Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

Having a good understanding of how expensive DB queries are and the importance of caching static data, I can't understand how the question pages on these sites run so quickly. We have a question ...
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Is it a problem if a user posts “many” self answered questions?

So I am sure it is not malicious but figured I would bring it up anyways. I recently noticed a certain user having a large amount of self answered questions in their reputation. The answers themselves ...
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Should I do anything about self-deleted spam?

I just came across this post: It's spam (It's a vague statement related to the question, but it's not an answer, and the link points to a commercial sales page). It was posted and instantly self-...
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How to know how many users already joined in a community of Stack exchange?

I am wondering whether there is a way to see the total number of users that have already joined in a community of Stack Exchange.
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Oops! Something Bad Happened! - Can't login

Created an account with my gmail and a random password on stackoverflow on 2012 and used a lot until 2013. After a gap of a few years I'm back and since there was a more convenient "Login with Google"...
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Is it possible to collect data from SE users to understand their usage of the site?

I wonder if SE supports conducting research by allowing the collection of some data from its users. For example, I want to investigate what characteristics of users determine their behaviors in SE (e....
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Why has this user lost all of his reputation on SO? [duplicate]

I've seen a user on Stack Overflow who lost all of his reputation, meaning he now has 1 reputation, when he had tens of thousands, and also multiple gold (JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, HTML, etc.), silver ...
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What should I do about a user who wants to delete his account but doesn't know how?

Apparently, this user and this user both want to delete their accounts, but don't know how to do that. I would like to help them out in some way, but I'm not sure how I should help them. Should I ...
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What is the “Participation” user sort on Meta sites? [duplicate]

I notice that users on per-site metas are, by default, sorted by something called "participation". I would assume this to be Meta-pseudo-rep, but it seems that someone who has basically no Meta ...
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Should any Meta post that calls out a user by name be deleted, not just downvoted?

How can I report a specific bad user? suggests that calling out by name is, at the very least, discouraged. The context is when the Meta post reports "bad behavior" and suggest a ban for the user. I'...
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How can we help non-malicious users oblivious to the fact that they have multiple accounts?

On Retrocomputing, I believe we have a user who has erroneously created multiple accounts. Attempts to ask the user about this issue have been met with silence: 1 2 3. I've mod flagged, but it looks ...
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Why is the contributor's user profile accessible with his/her posts, if it may potentially lead to biased voting?

It's often noticeable in various SE communities, that a post by high rep user attracts more votes & less scrutiny compared to a low rep users. That is nicely discussed in below post: The problem ...
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How do I find a user whose name contains a space?

I was looking for any user with Bruno Vincent as username, on Drupal Answers, but using the diamond moderator tools I don't even get one user, even if one account exists. How do I search for a ...
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List all users who have a gold badge

Is there any way to list all the users who have any Gold badge, not by badge like here, but any type of badge, like Great Question, Famous Question, Gold badge in Java, Gold badge in Discussion, ...
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How do I search for posts by deleted user117644 on math.SE?

How do I search for posts by user117644? This account has been anonymized but I need to get the posts off it. The answers to similar questions don't apply here. Here is an example of one of the posts.
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When can the community user offer a bounty?

Today I found a question on Stack Overflow where a user offered a bounty on a question, and their account was banned or removed, leaving the bounty open, and being offered by the community user: I am ...
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Is there any action against ignorance of an answer [duplicate]

If someone asks a question and does not look at any comments or answers that come up, how should I treat such people? Also he or she still logged in.
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Is this site more for professionals? [closed]

A huge part of me thinks this is a great community to learn from and ask questions. However when ever I want to go try and help someone I feel like it is all over my head and I have a hard time ...
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A follow feed feature?

Recently I got addicted to MathSE and since then coming across rainbow fountains of interesting question and splendid answers I've discovered many interesting user who contribute a heaven's gold ...
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Suggestion: tags for users

I think it might prove useful to allow users to post tags on other users. The particular situation which drove me to this was one I'm sure we've all encountered: the new user who has posted their ...
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Multiple accounts in the same household

I've been thinking about suggesting my wife makes a Stack Exchange account. I think she would benefit from and be a good contributor to at least a few different sites. I know multiple accounts used ...
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Is there any way to find which SE site is a gateway drug?

Are there any pages/dashboards showing cross-site statistics indicating new enrollments, how many users become active on multiple sites, perhaps broken down to show the first website that new users ...
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How to find the “most efficient” users on StackOverflow

Is there a way to find out who are the most efficient users on StackOverflow (given a certain reputation threshold)? What I mean by an efficient user is one who has the least amount of posts (either ...
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Achievements dropdown and profile don't agree on rep change from removed user

I happened to notice this in the rep-change dropdown list: This is the only "user removed" event shown here on that site on that day. (You'll just have to trust me on that; the whole list of events ...
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What is the shortest but surest way to describe my user account for others to find?

What is the shortest but surest way to describe my Stack Overflow (or other Stack Exchange) account? For example, in conference speaker bio fields I cannot provide a link and do not want to include a ...
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Can I use Stack Overflow usernames in an academic paper?

I am writing a paper about Stack Overflow users, and I would like to mention some interesting findings about some users of the SO community. Is it OK to do so? Do I have to ask them personally or ...
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Stack Exchange is not in the “List of virtual communities with more than 1 million users” (Wikipedia) [closed]

Apparently, the Stack Exchange community is not cited in the Wikipedia article "List of virtual communities with more than 1 million users". Is there a special reason for that or should it be added? ...
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Expand content with user generated tutorials

After a brief discussion with @MonicaCellio (In the comment) - It has come to my attention that perhaps I chose the wrong words to describe my original idea (In the edit history). When I wrote "social ...
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Cache (or otherwise speed up) /admin/users

When I load /admin/users on SO, I generally get a muffin or something while waiting: Those first two XHR requests (to load the all-time users-with-flagged-posts list and the 30 day one, respectively) ...
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Can we have a feature to ignore specific user's pings? [duplicate]

This was asked 7 year ago Add the ability to ignore users The sites have changed considerably over 7 years. What's on topic has changed, the nature of the internet has changed and there's sites in ...
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What drives SE's high international user engagement?

For a company based in New York, founded by two Americans, I see more international user activity on Stack Exchange than most other American websites. Specifically, I encounter what seems to be a ...
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User history type selection z-index needs to be increased

In the moderator 'user history' view, there's a popup box to select what type of history events to view. It's supposed to pop up above everything else, but only pops up above the history entries. It ...
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Can user names have a filter on whacky chars?

Is it too much to ask that "whacky" characters be prevented from being used in user names, so we don't have users like this one whose name renders as L̲̳o̲̳̳n̲̳̳g̲̳̳p̲̳o̲̳̳k̲̳̳e̲̳̳. I'm all for ...
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How far does an IP block reach?

I understand that if you post something which gets flagged with an offensive flag and if that offensive flag gets validated that the user whose post is in question gets deleted, the user who posted ...
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Who becomes user 1 on a new site?

I joined the private beta of 3Dprinting.SE today and while editing my profile I noticed that my user number (not sure what it's called) was fairly low. I wondered if there's a user 1 and indeed there ...