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Can't log in with my OpenID - Troubleshooting Tips [duplicate]

I'm experiencing trouble with OpenID sign-in on site. What are the needful steps that can help on troubleshooting OpenID login issues? Return to FAQ index
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Allow Accepted Answer recipient to give it away

The idea is that sometimes someone will post an answer and get the accepted answer award, even when it is obvious that someone else has an answer that is more correct. This can be done either through ...
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Sacrifice Rep To Reward Question Or Answer

I know at first glance this sounds identical to the bounty system, but it is not necessarily what I am thinking of. Sometimes there are questions or answers out there that you think are just -that- ...
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Allow an edit to notify downvoters: “I think I've fixed the issue now - please check”

To me, a downvote usually indicates a problem with an answer. When I downvote it's to mark the answer as having a problem, not the person. If the answer is fixed, I want to remove that downvote - but ...
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Downvotes as punishment for “bad behavior”

This is based on the discussion on this answer. Summary: A user called Microsoft brain dead (it has since been edited out) in an otherwise very good answer to the question (it's even the top voted ...
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User ranking on Stack Overflow

In addition to showing reputation scores, SO should rank users. In the users section, users are ordered by the reputations they have. Each user should also have a unique rank, since many users can ...
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Is this the first mention of Stack Overflow in the mainstream media?

Stack Overflow got a mention in the Guardian's Ask Jack column for 2nd July. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/jul/02/delphi7-windows-vista NOTE: I'm still not sure of the etiquette for this ...
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Please add a title and link when inserting a Hyperlink to other StackOverflow posts

Currently it works this way: You select a text to link, click the hyperlink button and paste the url. When you hit OK the text you selected is now linked. There is even a title feature in the current ...
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getting active on server fault

Will i lose any data in stackoverflow if i say okay to "migrate user" option in becoming active on server fault? It is happening because I am using the same openid and its smart enough to recognize ...
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1answer
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How about a tag-based exploration of a user's profile?

Now the database refactoring is done, would it be possible to explore questions through tags based on the USER's profile ? I.e: if I am on a user's profile and I click on one of their Tags 'T', I ...
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Please add trophies that get awarded to the user who has performed “best” based on a given set of conditions over a period of time

Just to add another layer of make-believe "awards" to the existing reputation and badges, I thought it might be interesting to have something that is transient, based on ranked performance over a ...
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Should edits be always attributed?

Every time I fix typos and grammar in someone else's post I feel like I'm stealing thunder from this person. He asked the question, I just made few corrections and not only did I get the same ...
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How long does it take for badges to be awarded? How are they generated?

Do badges get calculated in real time, or do they get calculated by an external service? How long does it take for a badge to be awarded, once its requirements are met? Does Stack Overflow use any ...
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Encouraging people to improve questions (and be welcoming); and BADGE idea

A question yesterday by a new user was shot to absolute pieces. I reviewed it this morning as it had some "flags" against it... I was actually embarrassed at how the community treated this question (...
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2answers
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Show user reputation when item was posted

As I suggested in a comment, I am not in favor of rewriting History. Or, the rep score shown next to a user is always the current one. It would be quite interesting to have the one at the posting ...
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Question of the month badge

It would be nice to have a question of the month badge, possibly the question that received most upvotes in the previous month. Similar badges may also exist for answers and different time periods.
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4answers
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Make it easier to link to documentation for common technologies

(This is related to "Advanced Syntax Ideas" but not quite the same.) I don't know how many links I add to docs in one day of posting, but it's a lot. I've made this somewhat easier with "smart ...
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5answers
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Add a “Magic 8-Ball” feature to the Ask a Question page

So many interesting questions get asked on Stack Overflow and then immediately closed (or worse yet, closed and re-opened for days on end) because they're subjective, argumentative, and fundamentally ...
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2answers
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Can I view the Markdown-source of an unedited question/answer?

Once a post has been edited, you can go into the revision list, and click "View Source". If a post has not been edited (and I don't have the edit privilege) is there any way to see the raw Markdown? ...
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1answer
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Increase contrast of block-quote/code-block?

There's a.. 3.9% colour difference between the background of code and the default answer background (245 vs 255) - could this be made a little easier to see? For code it's not too big a problem, it ...
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2answers
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Why is my gravatar on Meta Stack Overflow different from my gravatar on Stack Overflow?

Why is my gravatar on Meta Stack Overflow different than my gravatar on Stack Overflow? My profiles are: https://meta.stackoverflow.com/users/10026/ykaganovich https://stackoverflow.com/users/10026/...
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5answers
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How do you earn the Enthusiast badge? [duplicate]

I thought I would have this badge by now, but perhaps I didn't visit the site one day. Or perhaps I don't understand the meaning of "visit". The description for this badge says "Visited the site each ...
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1answer
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Please allow wildcards in tag searches

Upon reading this question, i was intrigued - i'd never realized that such a feature existed on SO! Unfortunately, that was because it didn't exist on SO. But, come on - it'd be cool, right? After ...
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Question/answer ratio etiquette in Stack Overflow?

I have been plagued by this strange feeling of abusing SO by asking too many questions and not answering nearly as many. I guess it takes both sorts, people who ask questions, people who answer them ...
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Can we give a badge to heroes?

I'd like to see a badge for "heroes" and a hero nomination system. Peter Bailey inspired this with all his help on obscure JavaScript questions that no one else helped answer (like cross frame event ...
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Please remove badges from “fun” questions

It's clear people vote on fun questions differently to "real" questions. Arguably this should even apply to programming-related CW questions too. This answer gets a gold Great Answer badge. Seriously? ...
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8answers
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Shouldn't a reputation points-less newbie at least be able to upvote a good answer to his/her own questions?

I'm new to Stack Overflow and haven't any reputation points. I just got my first question answered, and I tried to upvote the answer, but I get a popup that says I don't have enough reputation ...
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5answers
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Please show us when we lose an accepted answer

Sometimes (like today) I see that an answer of mine that had been accepted is no longer the accepted answer. Thing is, I have absolutely no idea which one and I'd really like to see which one to ...
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1answer
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Tracking page in user profile [closed]

At the bottom of each question you can now ask to be notified via email if answer are posted. What I would prefer is a tracking page that is like recent but show these question that are being tracked ...
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1answer
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Rollback own edit?

Could we have the ability to rollback our own edits? Why? I just edited my own question slightly too hastily, realised I had been stupid, went to click "Rollback", and realised the button wasn't ...
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3answers
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Searching for a tag containing * breaks the site

For whatever reason, I tried to search using a tag containing an asterix * - instead of returning no results, it returns an entirely blank page. For example: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/...
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Bolding with ** isn't working properly

Have a look at this answer One of the bolds works, and the other one just turns up as ** in the actual post. This is the string that isn't working: **x**ml n**ib** Which renders as: xml nib
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4answers
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How can we solve the “freshest questions get looked at only” problem?

There is an observable usage pattern with StackOverflow that people monitor the newest questions and answer only them. So after the initial flurry there is very little activity on a question. ...
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We need meta tags to be able to organize and search tags easily

We need meta tags to more easily describe our preferences. Current mechanism (regular expressions) is not sufficient because related tags (semantic issue) don't have to have related names (syntax ...
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2answers
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When will the Stack Overflow API be released?

When will the Stack Overflow API be released and what should the community expect from it?
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Platinum Badges

Should there be a new level of badges added above gold, ie Platinum badges? My reasoning is that two questions on SO (the programmer cartoons and jokes questions) have greater than 100k views, and ...
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Will the badges ever have a design to them instead of just having colors?

Right now there are simply the colors of Silver, Gold and Bronze to indicate the badges. I think there should be some sort of design like the Xbox 360 has for its achievements. You could still keep ...
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Why do I have to wait before nominating a question for deletion?

For one thing, the whole deletion thing for questions and answers needs to be totally revamped, since it's beyond broken, but one thing at a time, IMO. I should be able to mark any closed question as ...
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Will any badges ever be re-colored?

Is anyone thinking about changing the color of various SO badges based on the number of people who achieve them? Some examples as of today (1 July 2009): Disciplined (bronze) has been awarded 616 ...
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How much research do you do before asking a question? [closed]

The title is pretty descriptive, but as it suggests how much research do you do before asking a question on Stack Overflow, or Server Fault? I tend to do research quite a lot into topics which I ...
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Notifications for concurrent changes when editing posts

When editing other users' posts, to reformat code or to clarify the meaning of a question, for example, I always return to the post, and refresh it, before submitting the changes to make sure that ...
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8answers
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What is the purpose of the tumbleweed badge?

What is the purpose of the tumbleweed badge? Why is asking questions no one answers or looks at a desirable accomplishment?
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1answer
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Create a data dump RSS feed

Since the Stack Overflow data dump will occur monthy, it makes sense to be able to be notified about a new dump and download it. The current solution has been to post a link to the .torrent file on ...
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7answers
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Is there any way to favorite/bookmark an answer?

Lots of questions are very generic, "share an experience" kinds of questions. In these cases, I am quite often interested in specific answers that may not have gotten that many upvotes. These ...
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1answer
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“Sidekick” badge

Assuming that the primary purpose of badges is to encourage contribution rather than discourage, perhaps we should have a Sidekick badge for those who have high-voted comments on, say, 50 or more ...
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4answers
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Should there be a way to link questions?

Currently, we can edit a question to put in a link to related items, we can add a comment and we can suggest a duplicate when voting to close, however, I think it would be beneficial if there were a ...
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4answers
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Mark a comment as the answer to a question

I have a question and have seen others to which the best and most relevant answer (at least the one that solved my particular problem) is placed in the comments to the question as opposed to the ...
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Bugs with Profile Reputation Graph

There have been a few bugs with the Rep graph on the user profile page that cause it to display a different value than the actual Rep for the user... The +100 Rep bonus from associating accounts ...
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Is it necessary to be able to cross-post between sites? [duplicate]

Something I was doing the other day - working with .htaccess files - made me wonder where it would belong if I needed help - Stack Overflow or Server Fault. There might be some topics that fall in the ...
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Royalties from a Stack Overflow-sourced book

Please read the whole post, this is relevant. I have been pondering the idea of writing a book for kids and/or people new to programming. I would post questions on SO and use the answer(s) in the ...

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