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For questions regarding the nature of a "question" on Stack Exchange sites; e.g. how to ask, whether specific questions are appropriate, etc.

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I've got a crazy idea: rather than just making stuff up, let's look at the data! 5,954,332 actual rep generated from ~439k questions 21,968,671 actual rep generated from ~1.4m answers Almost 4 … × as much reputation has been generated by answers, so I take issue with your statement … how easily rep can be gained by just asking questions … The data certainly doesn't agree. Since there were …
answered Dec 19 '09 by Jeff Atwood
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sites! There are some questions which fall into grey areas between sites, and I think it's OK to ask and delete, then re-ask if you feel you have asked on the wrong site. But as a general rule, do not cross-post questions, please. Pick a site and go with it. …
answered Sep 10 '10 by Jeff Atwood
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Based on the feedback from this post, we have now implemented a form of screening during the question ask period. Questions from IP addresses or accounts with a history of extremely poor questions … will no longer be accepted. This is intended to weed out the worst quality questions. (hint hint, question votes matter, so please continue to vote the best questions up and vote the worst questions
answered Aug 10 '10 by Jeff Atwood
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I (Jeff Atwood) eventually came to agree with the premise of this question, which is that too much rep is generated from questions: Should the weight of question upvotes be reduced? Important Reputation Rule Changes …
answered Mar 19 '10 by Jeff Atwood
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month. Due to many user complaints about your questions on http://stackoverflow.com, we have elected to suspend your account for 180 days. Your questions are generally of low quality and … hard to understand. You have asked a large number of questions, many of which were deleted, closed, or downvoted. There appears to be no increase in quality (your effort expended to make your …
answered Aug 29 '10 by Jeff Atwood
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What formula should be used to determine "hot" questions? Based on my analysis of the above and the comments so far, here's the second version of what I have implemented so far. This might suck … . Keep in mind that this is not the formula used to determine the Hot Network Questions list (including the one on the homepage sidebar); see: How do the “arbitrary hotness points” work on the new Stack Exchange home page? …
answered Jul 13 '09 by Jeff Atwood
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To trigger CAPTCHA while editing, asking, or answering: The minimum window is 5 seconds The maximum window is 40 minutes There is a maximum of: one edit every 30 seconds one answer every 60 seco …
answered Jul 3 '09 by Jeff Atwood
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The only one-off questions I completely object to are of this form: Q: I need to frozz my bobbit, but I can't seem to, even though I've zazzled the furmglobinator several times and checked my … mutz levels repeatedly. A: Ooops, my bad, I forgot to turn the power on. Beyond the "oops, dumb mistake, never mind" type of one-off questions -- which should be deleted -- the criteria I use is …
answered Dec 7 '10 by Jeff Atwood
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My initial reaction is, it's too complex and too complicated. The goal of questions on Stack Overflow is to be clear, concise, and answerable. A multi-part question is none of these things. I'm not … sure that "some questions are inherently complex and multi-part" is really true. Most real world programming problems can be broken down into distinct, answerable sections in my experience -- and are …
answered Mar 28 '10 by Jeff Atwood
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I think it's not very difficult to judge halfway correctly. You're asking people to rate themselves less than "expert"? Or rate their work and effort objectively in general? This seems unlikely, …
answered Jul 9 '09 by Jeff Atwood
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Just to add to the chorus: flag this for moderator attention and indicate in a brief sentence what about it is deadwood to you. This is a totally normal and expected use of mod flags.
answered Mar 22 '10 by Jeff Atwood
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http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/11/stack-overflow-homepage-changes/ Indeed that is the case, the front page algorithm has changed dramatically to favor unanswered questions and also to show you unanswered questions in your areas of interest. …
answered Mar 22 '11 by Jeff Atwood
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I don't understand why this question has to be asked at all. Maybe I'm just not familiar enough with Eclipse, but "where do I download an installer for Eclipse" seems to be a question of zero value, …
answered Aug 16 '09 by Jeff Atwood
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already answered here Should one-off questions be discouraged? TL;DR reader's digest version: Could I learn anything from this question? If the answer is no, delete it with extreme prejudice. …
answered May 11 '11 by Jeff Atwood
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That question can't be salvaged. I'm just going to delete it. (it was already closed when I got to it)
answered Aug 9 '09 by Jeff Atwood

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