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We're definitely looking at this and I, at least, feel it is strongly on-mission. However, it would be a major feature and will take (seriously, no really) 6-8 months to put together. And of course there are other things we're working on, but just know that we think this is a great idea that solves a real problem, and meets a real need on the network right ...


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Thought experiment Let's imagine that this week, the same person with the same attitude had posted the same complaint on meta instead of as a tweet. What would have happened? Feel free to post your own interpretation in the comments, but my answer to this is the following. Note that I'm not commenting on whether or not this is what should have happened, ...


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I don't think it's a good option to remind users of to the option to 'post a new one' in this banner. My gut feeling says it will only lead to repeated questions, worded slightly different but not enough to make it clear. If authors decide to edit their question without much improvement, then at least the question stays closed and requires no further ...


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OK, I've a lot of ideas here, so bear with me. These are just thoughts, not a list of demands. Please leave your comments! I was one of the first users to join the Super User Blog, and have been pretty involved with developing its readership and bringing in new writers and editors. As such, these are the things I think the blog currently struggles with, or ...


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I don't see any reasonable way other than SE making an intentional effort to listen more to the community on the various meta sites, and follow through with it. Or just declare that meta doesn't matter, and only take bug reports and support requests on it. Good meta posts take a lot of work, if that doesn't lead to anything we should stop wasting it. The ...


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There's a few things that could be tweaked. It should be clearer that editing your question is the preferred alternative. Nothing's going to frustrate a new user than multiple closures and a potential question ban. Something like "You could edit your question. If you have a different problem, you may want to ask a new question instead" "On hold" is meant to ...


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One of the skills expected from a CEO is initiative. The person who applies for the position is expected to know how to contact Stack Exchange and present themselves in the proper way. That's why, to my understanding, Stack Exchange didn't post a direct form, which would have only led to hundreds of joke/unsuitable submissions, and just wasted SE staff's ...


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Make it clear that making an edit will cause the post to be reviewed for reopening The existing notice already asks users to edit their question. Still, despite this, users are unaware of the fact that an edit will push their question into the Reopen Votes queue, and they believe that it will not accomplish much. I'd recommend adding an extra sentence to ...


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First, I must note that I do not speak for the management of Stack Exchange / Overflow in this response; these are my opinions and beliefs, put forth in good faith - any resemblance to those of Stack Overflow, Inc. are entirely coincidental. That out of the way... You kinda answered your own question: Stack Exchange does not exist as a microcosm ...


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To quote Mark in the comments: This is one of those "if you need to ask..." things. You don't apply to be the CEO of a company via an online form on a blog post. Anyone looking to "get in" that way is not going to be qualified for the role. (Witness, if you will, 21 year olds in the blog comments submitting their name with great confidence…) ...


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Starting with the next build, we'll use localStorage to remember you clicked to read the blog or dismissed the blog indicator. You will be able to either: click on the (new) indicator to only make the indicator go away or click on the blog link to go read the blog Either of the above will dismiss the new indicator and it won't show up again until the next ...


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I think it's just the header in the chart that is incorrect. If you look at the data source, you'll see that the question was this: Which of the following languages or technologies have you used significantly in the past year?


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There was an error scheduling the blog post. Somehow (we're looking into it), the time zone that the post scheduler used was flipped, so what was supposed to go out at 1PM EDT actually went out much sooner. We've un-published the post until the actual routes go live, at which time the post scheduler (should) simply publish it at 1:00 PM today (EDT), which ...


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A few things I would suggest. Emphasize steps for improving the post first If we're going the route of showing different messages to the author and to the public, we should take the opportunity to put improvement steps first. Your question has been put on hold because other users feel they do not have enough information to give you a satisfying response....


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Thanks for your feedback on this post. A few comments per your observations: Good point here calling out the agile developer angle. While it's true that this article is specific to agile developers, it's also something we use as a proxy to show the massive shortage of developers overall. Will try to find a more accurate datapoint here. Though we do believe ...


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I'm Tom Limoncelli from Stack Exchange's SRE team. We're testing a new anti-DoS system. First we've deployed it on the blogs; over time we'll deploy it on other Stack sites as we shake out any problems. What you are seeing is part of that. "DoS" means a Denial of Service attack. For example, someone configures thousands of machines to hit a website in an ...


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I love this idea, but even with it, it's going to be tough. There are plenty of people on the SE network who answer questions simply because they want to help people and they get satisfaction out of doing so. They provide answers because they like providing answers. The reputation system is a bonus to them. I suspect these are the people who stay the ...


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The critical take-away from that post is summarized in the closing: The ideal moderator does as little as possible. But those little actions may be powerful and highly concentrated. Judiciously limiting your use of moderator powers to selectively prune and guide the community -- now that's the true art of moderation. This is the essential theory of ...


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Meta isn't scaling well for any of the goals that it was originally designed to meet. I don't want to get lost in discussing all of the ways that it's just not working; I'd rather just say that our structure when it comes to development evolved considerably and meta simply didn't. I don't have a single good answer here. We're way past the point where the ...


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This is an excellent idea - the changing header links are quite annoying. With the bulletin board now available everywhere, Emmett was able to make this happen.


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The biggest thing I'd suggest changing is who we show the list of close voters in the notice to. We're trying to prevent that feeling of being ganged up on, right? And while it's not nearly so prominent, the list of people who closed your question is still right there. I'd also ask that those close voters are only shown to those that have the close vote ...


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I'm currently involved with the SU, Gaming and Fitness blog and I can only underpin what an improvement I think this would be to the current situation. Under the current situation I need to: Try and convince users to participate on the blog through leaving comments and/or luring them to chat. Set them up an account and depending on how the privileges are ...


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Joel doesn't like to talk about it. It still scares him too much. But after a dozen Ice Teas from Long Island, he finally told me what happened. He said Once upon a time in a magical kingdom lived a unicorn. He was magical in a magical kingdom. And he was a kingdom in a magical unicorn. But then something horrendous happened. The unicorn started to ...


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Yes, it is. We made the decision to move over (...again) to WordPress last year. This is hosted externally. As you guessed, I asked that we move this over because the content creation process wasn't just hindered, it was broken. Non-technical authors couldn't contribute without a developer assisting and pushing it live. This became an impossible ...


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As noted in some of the comments on Journeyman Geek's answer, my role recently changed from "CTO" to "President and CTO". This is a made-up title that means that I'm now responsible for the entire exec team (engineering, product, marketing, sales, finance, etc) and putting together our plan for 2019, which is why I wrote the post. A few things are different ...


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Make it clear to outside visitors why new answers can't be added On a closed post, the only indications as to why answers can't be added are at the top in the title, and in between the question and its answers. There's no indication near where the answer box is supposed to be, which means that on questions with lots of existing answers, it requires quite a ...


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I mean...I don't even...okay. It's fixed.


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Stack Exchange has been through similar episodes of turmoil throughout the years, many before my time. To make a long story short, we've been here before - with see SOPA, net neutrality, #LoveOverflow and more. All of those cases saw plenty of discussion about whether or not Stack Exchange is the right venue to promote/talk about/stand up for these. We've ...


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He didn't leave out the information, but he hid it. You clearly need to come to Venetian Hotel to the main ballroom (but Shhh don't tell anybody that's the part of the test). There are a lot of other bits of information to help you there I'll give you the obvious ones. You also clearly need to bring an ISO file. I thought it would be a fun thing to ask ...


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Personal opinion below. Started as comment, became too long. Once upon a time, Jeff used to write blogs about actual things he did, and features of Stack Overflow, e.g. moderation, email notifications, etc. The rest of the team followed his lead and posted useful and interesting things about SE/SO itself, e.g. Reputation and Historical Archives by Josh. ...


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