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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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Is it OK that I just posted my same answer to several related questions?

I had a question that was not perfectly answered. Several weeks later I figured it out myself. After finding related and duplicate questions I posted my answer to these other, existing questions. ...
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How does StackOverflow do its question revision history?

I'm assuming each revision is stored in the database, but what tools/libraries/technologies do they use to show the graphical diff?
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Managing Stack Overflow questions

How do I close/delete questions that I have not received any conclusive feedback on? What's the appropriate thing to do as far as the existing comments and dealing with the question itself?
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How did people notice I edited my answer?

I posted an answer a week ago and got several upvotes for it, and it was marked accepted. Today I decided to add something to make it better, so I edited it. I received 2 more upvotes during the next ...
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On posting outside links to the answer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? I'm new to Stack Overflow, but have been around on various forums for a while. I have noticed ...
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How can I link to a specific answer?

Is there a permalink I can use for answers/comments?
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What does 'Closed' mean for a question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a “closed” question? How do they work? A recent question of mine was 'Closed' as 'not-programming-related'. I can't seem to find out what this means, and ...
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How do SE sites prevent text formatting/encoding errors from database results?

Stack Exchange sites display the text of questions and answers nicely (i.e. with formatting) from their databases. What technologies are used to display the formatted text? I program with C#; can ...
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Is there a Stack Overflow like site for computer science? [duplicate]

Are there any sites like Stack Overflow where we can ask computer science and more theoretical questions? What do you guys/gals use other than this site? EDIT: Even though I really didn't get ...
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How do I escape backslashes in markdown?

How do I type "backslash backslash servername" on a European keyboard, like this \\ServerName, (without just pasting a backslash from the clipboard). Typing backslash just seems to toggle the code ...
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Watching reputation points in the KDE system tray

If you want to follow your reputation points in the KDE system tray, you might want to take a look at the BitBucket page of the StackOverflow KDE System Tray: Requirements: KDE4 PyKDE Python You ...
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Can I use Stack Overflow's Question-Answers-Comments approach for my own website project?

I was asked to find "some kind of a simple forum" to move from email based support, and Stack Overflow's excellent approach is the closest thing I can find. And I'm thinking to develop such a site. ...
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How can I control the number of podcast RSS feed entries on stackowerflow? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Old podcast episodes The default URL gives me only the 10 newest podcasts. How can I get a lengthier list? Or list all of the podcasts?
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Acknowledging Stack Overflow users in my application

I'm writing an application, and I get help on Stack Overflow for many of my code primitives. Somewhere in my application I would like to acknowledge Stack Overflow's "help" in building the application,...
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Is it okay to repost my relevant Stack Overflow questions on Server Fault?

I've reposted a couple questions I originally posted on SO that seemed too server-y even at the time. It seems a bit silly to repost, but they're more suited to Server Fault. Is this frowned upon?
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Can I add a tag to ignored or interesting by selecting the tag shown below a question?

Can I send a tag shown below a question into the ignored or interesting tags set without having to type the tag into the appropriate text boxes? I can single-click eliminate a tag from either the ...
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When Should a Question be Changed to Community Wiki?

I have asked a question: #1039 - "Can anyone recommend a perimeter SPAM filtering service?" I have since discovered there is no single right answer, however I find great benefit to the multitude of ...
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Image hosting for Stack Overflow answers? [duplicate]

I'm sure this has been asked before but a quick search on Stack Overflow didn't turn up any result. I've put images on my own site for now but it's quite possible I'll restructure or move hosts at ...
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What algorithm does Stack Exchange use to determine if a question may be subjective?

I was asking a question in serverfault.com and this message warned me (correctly!): The question you're asking appears subjective and is likely to be closed So, I'm curious if there any ...
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How can I avoid the dreaded “Subjective” warning on ServerFault? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does the automatic subjective filter work? What algorithm does StackOverflow use to determine if a question may be subjective? The question you're asking appears ...
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How to search Stack Overflow for string containing < and > characters?

Is it possible to search Stack Overflow for a string containing < and > characters? I'm trying to find questions relating to Where<T> but get told there are no results for WhereT. This ...
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Programmatically sending instant e-mail alerts about new SE replies

How can I code a program in C# that can check for replies to my Stack Exchange questions and send me instant e-mail alerts when new replies are posted? It'd be great if all users' activity here went ...
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How can I track other comments to an answer which I commented? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Notify user when their name is mentioned in comment I couldn't find a way to do this and manually doing this is not fun. Basically in stackoverflow how can I keep track of ...
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How does comment voting and flagging work?

Comments can now be upvoted and flagged. How do those features work? Do users get rep for their upvoted comments? Do upvoted comments have any effect on comment sorting? And can users see their own ...
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How can I recover a lost account?

How do I log in if my OpenID is not available, or maybe even no longer exists? Can I restore my lost account, or do I need to start over? See also: How can one link/merge/combine/associate two ...
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Which tools and technologies are used to build the Stack Exchange Network?

What tools and technologies are used to build the Stack Exchange Network? See also: Which tools and technologies are used to build Data Explorer? Return to FAQ index
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Anyone plotting SO via code_swarm?

Is anyone working on something to render individual questions, or SO as a whole with codeswarm? If so, can you post a link to your work that transforms SO questions into revisions that codeswarm can ...
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Is it okay to discuss poor security practices?

I have experienced people actively hindering or flaming people who want to make public or discuss techniques that can break good security habits or schemes of languages, software or operating systems. ...
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Is it bad to ask Google searchable questions?

I recently got downvoted by a user who added a comment, saying "couldn't you have spent 15 minutes and looked this up on Google?". My answer is "yes", but by asking on Stack Overflow, I feel like I ...
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Reviving old questions [duplicate]

Is it frowned upon to revive old questions if it's not that important? I keep finding really old questions that I could answer, but most of the time my answer is rather trivial and it feels silly to ...
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Detecting similarity between questions : How?

When I type a new question in SO, it displays the list of similar questions almost instantly? I imagine there must be some kind of distance computation between the asked question and the questions in ...
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The Fancy and Amazing April Fools question [closed]

I like simplicity. I like clear designs. I like Stack Overflow. But today, SO was offline and returned with this brand new, ugly... definitely new logo. So what's this logo all about? That's no real ...
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What ORM does Stack Overflow use with their ASP.NET MVC project?

What ORM does Stack Overflow use with their ASP.NET MVC project?
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What should I do if my accepted answer is not the best one?

If you look at this question, my answer is the accepted one because it was the first to be posted, but the most upvoted one is clearly better than mine (and has been consequently upvoted) What should ...
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What’s the best way to ask a question if English isn't your first language?

First, I really like Stack Overflow and appreciate it. I always get useful answers and information from it. Now, English is my second language. So, when I submit any question, some people can't ...
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Is it appropriate to ask questions on Stack Overflow without prior research? [closed]

Stack Overflow is so easy to get answers on, I'm starting to find myself asking questions on here as a starting point, before even googling or wikiing them. Is this considered rude, or do people like ...
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Asking Too Many Questions?

I just been a Stack Overflow'er for a few days now, and the quality of answers has been great. It has especially saved me many hours of time, otherwise on the steep learning curve of tackling a new ...
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Answer what's asked, or answer what's desired?

I've been puzzled by this question at some instances: Should I answer what the asker asks, or should I try to solve the problem she really seems to have? Most often, the questions are well formulated,...
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What accountability exists for answerers not reading questions?

Ok, now I admit I haven't been here very long, but I've been seeing a trend amongst the users here: they love to answer questions! This is a good thing, but I think this phenomenon is a little out of ...
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Reusing other people's past responses

Is it permissible to link to other people's past responses in your answer? Is it rude? What about reusing bits and pieces from other people's answers (e.g. to create the "perfect answer" over time)? ...
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Is Stack Overflow an appropriate place for simple code reviews?

Stack Overflow is more than anything else a place to ask programming questions, but we also have stuff like tips and tricks, code golf (to the chagrin of some), programming as a profession style ...
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How are “related” questions selected?

For almost every question there's a list of "related" questions on the right. How are those questions selected? Is it based solely on tags? Can I do anything if I see a question on the list that is ...
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Why is it that properly formulating your question (for stackoverflow) often yields you your answer

I don't know how many times this has happened: I have a problem I decide to bring it to stack overflow I awkwardly write down my question I realize that the question doesn't make any sense I take 15 ...
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How should duplicate questions be handled?

What should I do when I see a question that is a duplicate of another one? Should I answer it? Should I downvote it? Should I comment? Should I edit the question to indicate it's a duplicate? If I ...
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How do you get people to answer the question, rather than argue the premise?

I've noticed a sizable number of questions here where the petitioner asks something like "I'm trying to flange my dichromatic howitzer, but I can't defibrillate the metacarpus. Any suggestions?" ......
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Should basic netiquette dictate that we post reasons for downvoting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Encouraging people to explain down-votes OK, I've just got downvoted for an answer that was previously upvoted. I'm pretty sure my answer wasn't the best, yet not the worst. ...
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What can high reputation users do to be better community moderators?

Note: The term "moderator" used herein refers primarily to high-reputation users, not to those with diamonds by their names (although that is also useful). In the long tradition of "How can I become ...
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Answer gets upvoted, questioner thinks it's way off, what is the recourse?

I've asked a question, and an answer that does not address the question at all seems to be getting up voted. I don't understand why it keeps getting voted up. I voted it down and put a comment in ...
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Should I be discouraged by Stack Overflow?

Let me start off by a little background. I am currently a 3rd year pursuing a BS in Computer Science at a small Christian school in San Diego. I have take a good chunk of the courses offered to me, ...

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