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On topic cross posts are exceptions, most cross posters either don't know that questions can be migrated or are trying to get more visibility for their questions, disregarding the scope of each site. I recently found a user who posted almost every one of his questions on at least 3 sites, and his latest question on 5 (!!!). A lovely mess that wasted everyone'...


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There is now the Stack Exchange site: Internet of Things. Its help center defines as on topic, questions about: controlling, automating and sensing the environment using electronics ('smart devices'), consumer technology used for home automation, industrial applications of the Internet of Things, or the security, privacy, reliability and safety ...


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The downvotes worked fine. Someone just came along and upvoted them. Both personas have been scolded.


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I recommend you take a look at one of my queries. Of all the queries I have created, I think that this one shows the most promise. (There are other places on the network I have mentioned this query, too.) My intention was to create something that would make it really easy to find and close recommendation questions. After all, it's something you usually can ...


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I don't think code edits should be treated any differently from any other edits. Just because somebody has entered an extra blank line / a bunch of spaces, doesn't mean that the code appearance has actually been improved, or was necessary. The race to fix newly asked questions can already turn into a bun fight, where people try to get their small change in,...


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For now, home automation questions seem to be accepted on the Home Improvement site. There are a few security questions there as well, but they don't seem to be very high-tech, so I can't say what kind of results you'll get. There was a Home Automation proposal on Area 51.


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My idea (which was accidentally posted as a duplicate) is to block exact, word for word duplicates when the same user tries to post them on another site. Sure, it's easy enough to change one word and get by it, but most of these cross site posts are exactly identical which is where the problem is. An exact duplicate isn't appropriate even if it's on topic, ...


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I'd ask SE to nuke the tag if there is a consensus that it doesn't serve any purpose. Manually deleting it and destroying the frontpage just to get rid of it doesn't serve any purpose, it harms the posts on the frontpage that get displaced by the mass-retagging and just wastes everybody's time. There is precedent for SE nuking tags directly, Jeff went on a ...


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Interesting suggestion. Maybe a user script would be a good way to start. (No, I'm not volunteering!) I think that the corrections list could be customisable (per user, per site?), I'm not sure why you're against that, especially as it creates your second negative. I suspect that the highlighting and 'this is not an edit' functionality might make this ...


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Replace i with I. It's been suggested before - Can 'u' and 'i' part ways with Stack Exchange? (and if done sensitively would be 'mazing). Right click then pick the first spelling mistake suggestion. ???? Re-upload images for users that don't have enough privilege. I guess that might work; you'd have to be careful the users weren't ...


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Could verbatim plagiarized content be automatically detected? Some of it could. Almost certainly not all, but a lot of the more obvious examples where the entirety of the post is copied, yes, it's possible. Should it be pushed into a review queue similar to low quality posts for other users to confirm? It probably just belongs as a mod queue. At some ...


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Per Simple method for reliably detecting code in text? We just deployed a method that we think is quite reliable for blocking 98% of posts submitted with code that has improper code formatting (or no code formatting at all). For example, when I go into Chrome incognito and attempt to ask this question body on Stack Overflow right now: I needed to add up ...


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Upon checking my flags submitted at Programmers in a randomly picked sample week (Oct 21-26), there were 18 cross-posts in 5 days (all either closed or removed now). I would appreciate if system could help me by making it easier to discover these. From the flags I studied, it would be quite convenient if prior to adding a question to First Posts review ...


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I have been using this userscript made by Tom and others in Super User which was pretty useful. Maybe you could give it a try? Click to install the script. The script was a fork of SE Editor Toolkit and is generally pretty functional.


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From another answer: What you're suggesting is that Stack Exchange keeps a whitelist, potentially thousands large, and preform a search and replace on all incoming posts/comments. Well, no. The OP mentioned "popular" web sites, and so far the only example anyone has cited is Wikipedia. I am unconvinced that there are any other "popular" sites* which ...


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Downvoting is important, but more important for deletion is flagging it. I happen to be active on that exchange and flagged it as offensive (although it is deleted, it was pretty offensive). It was removed after I flagged it presumably from its downvotes and other flags, or because a mod looked at it right as you asked this and it was coincidence. Either ...


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Just because something is in the close votes queue doesn't mean that it needs to be closed. I think people are losing sight of the forest for the trees here, and focusing on driving that number down without thinking about why questions should and should not be closed. This is one of the reasons why audits were recently added to the close votes queue, ...


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I propose a different solution. There's a very good possibility that a question on the Stack Exchange network should not have 30 answers in the first place. If a question has 30 answers it most likely fits into one of the following categories: Popular and attracts loads of Thanks answers. Argumentative, open ended and/or needs discussion. It's a list (...


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Suggestion: (essentially this one with a different message and a slight modification) Completely prevent exact (or extremely similar - e.g. identical title and/or below a dozen or two characters added/removed) duplicates and display a message similar to the following: Cross-posting the same question to multiple Stack Exchange sites is not allowed. See ...


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Well, I completed the suggestions in "Perhaps:", so that leaves automation automatic


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There is a new Home Automation site under development in the Stack Overflow Area 51 section. http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/55835/home-automation To help make it a real site check out what needs to be done. At this point people need to upvote questions to 10 points or more. Help out if you want to make it real.


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It's a difficult problem. The best case today is for a website not to provide two different versions of itself to mobile vs normal, but to be responsive and mobile first, while still being able to adapt to desktops. What you're suggesting is that Stack Exchange keeps a whitelist, potentially thousands large, and preform a search and replace on all incoming ...


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There's the Low Quality Queue, in which a regular user can vote to delete an anser. Correct me if I'm wrong, but any answer with zero or negative score, if flagged as low quality, and not handled by the mod within short period of time, will land in the Low Quality Queue, where it will be reviewed by regular users having enough reputation. I think it's ...


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The Stack Exchange API has access to Teams data: the process to do so is described here. It's read-only, but that shouldn't be a problem for your purpose; the lack of access to uploaded images might be. Basically, you'll need a separate access token with access_team|... scope; note that the team URL is not just the Team's name but also includes ...


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I looked into this a couple of months ago, and whilst there's a proposal in Area 51 it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. The Home Improvement site doesn't really feel like the right place for home automation questions, as they get diluted to irrelevance by all the (legitimate) painting and decorating type questions. The closest thing I have yet found is ...


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