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Should one ask generic or specific question?

Let's assume that one has some problems with coding or designing specific project. Should one ask general question about techniques, algorithms, generic problem (anonymising the project references), ...
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Badge for asking questions

Hello, I've been(and still am) getting the best ever solutions to the questions I'm asking everyday at SO.The community is just more than great,I'm even advertising SO to my friends. The amount of ...
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Better incentive to provide feedback on answers

Can we find a better way to give an incentive for people to give feedback on the answers to their questions. I'm thinking about a mechanism to help us close the loop. Sure, there is the "accepted ...
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Is it possible to see only questions with zero answers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: is there a page that display questions with 0 answers? I was just surfing the unanswered questions, trying to find the "truly" unanswered questions, rather than just those ...
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Is there a way to see answers with the most votes?

A few minutes ago a found an answer that is definitely worth reading! It has 74 up-votes. If I want to see questions with the most votes then I can see them by clicking on the 'votes' tab. Is there a ...
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Can I ask people to test a program?

I've just finished working with a huge program for demonstrating a routing algorithm (using LinkedLists in Java). And although it seems to be working fine, I would like for more people to look it over ...
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What are the moderation tools available to 10,000+ reputation users?

The site FAQ refers to moderation tools, available to users who've earned more than 10,000 reputation: 10,000   Delete closed questions, access to moderation tools What are these tools ...
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What are the limits and restrictions for new users?

In the FAQ, it is not clear that there is a rep limit before a new user can post URLs. This may lead some people to believe that a newcomer without rep is forgetting linking URLs, may result in ...
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“Moderator only” or “Private” flag for sensitive questions

Would a flag be useful for discreet questions? Say you wanted to highlight bad behavior that can't be flagged (say serial anonymous down voting), you can either email the team or post a public ...
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Can we use non-gravatar avatars?

Alternative to Gravatar has been rolled out. It would be nice to have the option to just upload an avatar rather than have to use some external service like gravatar. While gravatar may be ...
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Referencing other answers - acceptable or not?

Is it acceptable to reference another answer in my own, like so: (-some user-)'s answer sums it up, I just wanted to emphasize/add (-some clarification-) Or is it preferred that I edit the ...
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Did SO prove the claims of its existence?

I was wondering whether SO proved any of the claims used when it was built? Claims and mechanisms such as How the community will do things right and the law of large numbers will select the good ...
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Make it easier to get to the bottom of a user's stats pane

Votes, Tags and Badges live at the bottom of the stats tab on a user's profile, but there's no quick way to get there (that I know of...). It's fine when a user is new, but for people with a lot of ...
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In question lists, some of the question body previews wrap strangely

I just noticed a question which appears slightly odd in Firefox 3.5 - "them." is the only text on the second line, so it appears in a rather odd location. (I expect it would wrap to be under the word "...
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handling repeated questions

re: repeated questions I think repeated questions may be handled in a slightly better way. Currently usually what happens is a link is posted to the duplicate question, and the new question is ...
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When (and why) did the reputation graph change to a 60 day limit?

The reputation graph in everyone's profiles used to be able to select a wider range than this. Now it says "Maximum 60 days allowed". This is rather a disappointing change. Any particular reason?
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Add “Assisted Answer” feature to questions

I've often found a situation where multiple replies helped with an answer, but only one person gets the overall answer. I think it would be incredibly beneficial (and fair) to provide a function to ...
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Freelance jobs in SOF

Does the web need another freelancing website? No, but if put correctly it can be unique and highly profitable. The idea is to provide a freelancing job board for "temporary", "small (under $1,000 or ...
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wrongly tagged “belongs-on-superuser”?

In the FAQ, the questions that belong on Server Fault are defined as follows: Please note that Server Fault is not for general computer troubleshooting questions; if you paid for that desktop ...
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How should one ask polling questions? [closed]

I recently asked a poll question on SO: What do you call the punctuation marks { and }?. The question was created as community wiki, seemed (to me) concise and unlikely to spark controversy, and was ...
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Please do not auto select answers on bounty questions

Questions that offer bounty should NOT auto select the highest vote answer as the accepted answer. Currently after an answer has been auto-accepted, it can't even be unaccepted. This is not a desired ...
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Please add pagination option to preferences

Please add an option to preferences making it possible to set how many pages to show on one screen.
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Is there a way to auto-tag long and short questions?

Usually long questions are from people who are very detailed or very confused. Due to their length people are less inclined to read them and answer them. But there are also people who prefer these ...
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Should reputation requirements change as a Stackoverflow Knowledge Exchange site grows in users and content?

Should the reputation requirements to participate in a stackoverflow knowledge exchange site change as the site evolves? In normal use you gain reputation by being up voted, either your question or ...
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Why does my reputation not add up?

Hi, I joined the StackOverflow site today and have a question about the reputation. According to the FAQ, you can get reputation for the following 2 things (amongst others): Your Question or Answer ...
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Ability to escape comment markup

Seems like a reasonable change to the recent comment markup. Instead of relying on Jeff's regexp to be perfect and only match things that need to be italicized, bolded or in code, why not include the ...
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Number of comments shown on load has increased on Meta

In the intervening months since the feature was introduced, there have always been at most 5 comments shown under a post when the page loads. However, it seems that, on Meta, that limit has been ...
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Add syntax highlighting and line breaks to comment formatting

Hello I would like to see changes in the comment section. Presently, we cannot start a new line. Everything gets posted in one line. Even the code looks horrible. Also, to color the code in ...
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Make the database of synonymous tags visible to users

I see questions about if and how bad tags are automatically being corrected. They're popping all the time. Please make the database of synonymous tags visible to users to end these speculations once ...
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Is there a way to determine the average/weighted votes for a question by tag?

From my limited experience on the site it seems that questions in some categories attract more votes than others regardless of (my opinion of) their quality. This may be because there are many more ...
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Cross-site account association is all befuddled. How do I fix it? [closed]

Ok, so I looked at my SO.com accounts tab and it said I could associate my account with my meta account. Strangely, it said there was no serverfault account to associate with, even though I have one ...
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Does Stack Overflow encourage developer laziness? [closed]

I've answered a number of questions on Stack Overflow recently where it is obvious that the poster has just blatantly used Stack Overflow as a substitute for loading up their own IDE/...
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Profile page bug

In the registered user section there's a label: Seen. It is showing incorrect information. When I visited my own profile page I got the information: Seen: 18 mins ago. According to what criteria ...
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Is there a way to identify whether users are online or not?

Is there a way to identify whether users are online or not? Something like online offline status symbols used in a chat application for every user.
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Stack Overflow browser toolbar

Is there a toolbar for Stack Overflow that can be added to a browser window?
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Why isn't a negative reputation applied in SO? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does reputation have a lower bound of 1? Hi, I have noticed that if a user with 1 vote gets down voted for any of his questions or answers his vote count remains the same....
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How is a moderator chosen in Stack Overflow

What is the criteria for selecting a moderator in Stack Overflow?
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Can new users upvote answers to their questions?

I just answered two questions back to back, both by new users. They both accepted my answer, but neither upvoted it. I see this happen fairly frequently to users (not just me), so my question is: can ...
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Can reputation be transferred here from other non-Stack Overflow websites?

I've been trying to participate in StackOverflow but keep getting messages about how I need "more reputation points". The only way to get more points is to ask questions, which seems kind of dumb. ...
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Why does it say “(voting bug)” under Tags input (..or “Better example tags”) [closed]

Err, why does it say ... (voting bug) under the Tags input, on the Ask a Question page?
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Purposeful Question Bumping: Abuse or feature?

Moving along the lines of these questions: Bumping posts for questionable reasons and Feature Request: Question Bumping. What is considered a questionable reason when bumping a post? For example, I ...
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Add link to most recent activity of a question

Currently in the front page, if a question is modified, answered, commented etc. the last user to affect the question appears: Which is great. The problem is when I want to know what that user ...
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Questions becoming stale after a short period of time

Occasionally I will post a message and realize that I worded it wrong, especially if it gets downvoted. I go back and edit it, but 20 minutes have passed and people are no longer looking at the ...
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Bug with single character tags in urls

Works: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/c https://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/pointers https://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/pointers+c Fails: https://stackoverflow.com/...
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Please move the “What is a bounty?” link outside the “start a bounty” box

On an old question with no accepted answer, the user sees a "start a bounty" link/button: After clicking this they get the following: My suggestion would be to move the "What is a bounty?" link ...
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Please allow users to sort their favorites based on tags

It would be nice to be able to sort my favorites based on tag. The reason why is that I have a lot of favorites saved over many different tags. If I'm looking for a favorite in "python", then I click ...
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More hints for what tags are preferred

Currently under tags edit box there is only this info: Combine multiple words into single-words, space to separate up to 5 tags (voting bug) I think it should have more hints to prevent creation of ...
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Please allow image uploads directly onto the site

Sometimes images are required to ask questions. Currently images need to be stored on external servers. If the image gets deleted, or the server goes down the question could become far less useful to ...
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Increase upvote value on bounty questions

One of the main reasons I use bounties is to increase the attention and exposure to a question I have. The problem is, I myself rarely answer bounty questions, even if I have a good contribution to ...
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How does the automatic subjective filter work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What algorithm does StackOverflow use to determine if a question may be subjective? I just entered a question titled: "What’s the best way to serialize / deserialize a ...

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