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"Don't do that" is an acceptable answer, as long as the answerer's frame challenge is justified by something more substantive than "I don't like this" or "this is silly". Note that answers which don't involve frame challenges require proper justification all the same, lest they slide into bad-subjective, and so "don't do that" answers are entirely normal in ...


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Don't do that is perfectly fine as an answer to questions that ask How do I. specially if it is a valid answer. It might help a bit if the advice comes with some explanation or citation so future visitors understand why somethings shouldn't be done. So yeah, totally fine and acceptable on any site. If it is the most useful in all cases depends on ...


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When a user is suspended, that human being is suspended, and that human being has lost the right to post questions, or anything else, on the site. If he tries to circumvent that embargo, he will be caught, and the embargo reinforced, restoring the site to the state it should be, given the user’s suspension. Anything he posted should not have been posted, ...


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From the Terms of Service: If your actions are determined by us to violate these Public Network Terms, Stack Overflow may, in its sole discretion, try to remediate that violation by working with you individually, but is under no obligation to do so, and if any such remediation efforts are unsuccessful (in Stack Overflow’s sole discretion), then Stack ...


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Is it OK for the moderators to delete or close the on-topic question then, purely because of the past actions of the person who asked it? Yes. When you're suspended, or question banned, you're not supposed to just create a sock and use that to circumvent the restrictions placed on your account: if the second account allows you to do something on the site ...


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"My personal opinion is that it is not OK because Stack Exchange is about content, not about people, and on-topic questions should be welcomed from any source." If that were true, then we wouldn't ever have suspensions in the first place. People misbehave, and when they do, it's sometimes necessary to make content from them no longer welcome. If you want ...


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If you think one account is associated with another banned account flag one of the posts from one of the accounts for moderator attention. Explain what you think and then leave everything else to the moderators.


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I'm afraid this is a technical issue that can't be easily fixed or changed. Unlike posts and comments, inbox items are not site-specific but rather part of your network profile. As long as you keep the same network profile, you'll see all inbox items, on all sites. The only way out is for you to delete your account on all sites (one by one), and create a ...


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So, should we be closing stuff less quickly as dupes? No, I'm trusted with that dupe hammer privilege (and regular close voters with their non-binding vote) and I still go by the vote early and often guidance. It is also unclear what less quickly means: do we wait for 6 to 8 hours? I'm still having to dedicate my time to find the frigging dupe first and ...


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Since I'm using my dupehammers quite often (and TL;DR, I'm open to using them less often, if the community desires so), I feel compelled to add my 2 cents. First of all, I like to have some data available, so I spun up a monstrous SEDE query to set the record for most often applying CROSS APPLY and OPENJSON to see in which cases dupehammers have been used ...


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what exactly happens in the mind of a person causing him/her to downvote others without giving them the chance to learn why? and why when this behavior is criticized they tend to do it even worse? Has there ever been a psychological study on people's behavior on social media and how they try to punish/silence others? Depends on the post. I personally ...


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One of the problems here is that some of the FAQs have gotten... Really long. Like this one: The Complete Rate-Limiting Guide ...or, hell, this monstrosity: What are the badges I can earn on each site, and what are the exact criteria for earning each badge? When you need nine answers to cover a topic, it's not really an FAQ anymore, eh? The original Stack ...


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There can be many reasons to downvote without a comment. The first and most important: sometimes you don't have the nerves to explain to the OP, without being considered an insult. For example, if it is clearly visible, that the OP could write correctly, but he intentionally doesn't even try to. Saying to him, where should he go with this attitude, would ...


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I flagged my own post as a duplicate when a commenter linked to a post I had missed during my initial search.


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what exactly happens in the mind of a person causing him/her to downvote others without giving them the chance to learn why? and why when this behavior is criticized they tend to do it even worse? Has there ever been a psychological study on people's behavior on social media and how they try to punish/silence others? We vote on posts to tell the world ...


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I have been active on different SO/SE forums for quite a while. The sites here aren't forums, they're tightly curated Q/A resources, more akin to Wikipedia than a social network. However, I have barely seen the same behavior from other SO users. Consider this post for example. There I have asked a question about compiling software on FreeDOS and I ...


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Clearly, accepting is when you get the best answer and accept it. So I suggest accept. But upvotes (only for more than 15 rep) can also be used. Unlike accepting, you can upvote as many answers as you want! But you can combine these votes together (note there can only be 1 accepted answer) and the user gets +25 rep from you.


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I'm a big fan of debugging things. The foreword to Painless Project Management mentions this, and is available online. An excerpt: And so, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, if you’re a restaurant, and you want to thrive, you have to carefully debug everything. You have to make sure that there’s always someone waiting to greet guests. This ...


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The best change to be made for this is, give some visual indication that the post was written by an employee at the time the post was created. We've also had issues with things CMs wrote years ago on some of the network meta sites not really surfacing because the diamonds have long since gone. There are some issues surrounding this that we're discussing ...


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There is no need for any employee to verify this, you can look it up in the API yourself. For Will - this is the request to be made and you can see that "is_employee" is set to true. That said, there has been no cases of non-employees masquerading as employees, because some users already have userscripts that do this look up and catch them. Also, there ...


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So as my recently closed question has been brought along as an example to this issue, I tried to give this some thought over the last few days. To me, on the "asker side" of the process, the general impression was that someone who clearly spends more time on the site than I do (gold badge, high rep etc.) for some reason decided that my quesion should be ...


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I like our chat system (AKA Bonfire). It's simple to use and not too frilly and complicated. I've used it more than I've used Slack and Discord but I've used both and I'm not a huge fan of either. There are some things they do better but, in particular, Slack's odd threading just means you miss content from time to time. As far as I'm aware, there's no ...


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No, we should just fix the system we already have rather than relying on a 3rd party tool that may or may not fulfill our needs a few years from now. By having our own system, we're not subject to the practices of the 3rd party. You are of course free to move your own community to discord or whatever other platform you want, several communities from SO chat ...


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I Support this Choice I for one think it's time the site starts to mirror the appearance of other sites with equally useful information, like Buzzfeed and the Gawkster of yore. They're not corporate overloads, they're concerned father figures looking out for our digital Fatherland.


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The only real reason a moderator has for deleting something is "leaving it there would be against site policy as I interpret it." They may say a longer or shorter sentence, but that's the reason. They are tasked with understanding site policy, recognizing whether a question, answer, or comment is not aligned with site policy, and then deciding whether to ...


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There were five questions using the tag as of earlier today (of which two were below -8 score), and I just went and removed it from all of them. Of those, I mostly retagged to behavior, and in the one case where it referred to the old "subjective and argumentative" close reason, I instead also removed subjective and replaced both with not-constructive (what ...


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I have experience developing iOS apps. Based on my technical interpretation, from extensively using both the iOS and Android clients, Stack Exchange mobile apps are developed using any one of the many cross platform mobile app development tool. Speaking of iOS client, it lets you Handoff the current open post (on any of the SE site) to Safari running on a ...


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Ideally, you won't be sitting around waiting for an answer. You'll keep working through it at least until you're insurmountably stuck. A good way to save everyone's time is to show what you've done so far, so they don't try the same thing. If a question is actually difficult and interesting, the process of working through the answer yourself and showing ...


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I think that the outcome from every self-edit should be a question that is more informative, easier to read and/or can be understood quicker, so that potential answerers can think, at not much more than a quick scan, "I can probably answer that!", and then attempt to do so. When an asker provides status and progress updates, I think that is best done by re-...


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Hmm, +, dragging, keyboard... what about making this? Click on edit. Communities will be sorted by your activity. You simply click on them, and they are being added to YOUR COMMUNITIES list. Sort them how you want and click save. Isn't it easier?


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Edit the post so that the closure reason no longer applies. If it's too broad, narrow its scope If it's unclear, clarify it If it's a duplicate but the duplicate doesn't solve your problem, explain why that is so. If it's primarity opinion based, make it more concrete and factual. Editing will push the post into the reopen queue as long as it's the first ...


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What's missing here, in this case, applying to a "not an answer" flag, is the ability to add a comment, typically "welcome to Money.SE, this is not an answer to the question above, please post as a new question." Note: this is different from Mooseman's answer. I wish to leave the comment on the answer (not an answer) before hitting delete.


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In my opinion, we should close these questions as duplicates, for the simple reason that it's best to keep information in one place. When the company chooses to elicit feedback related to a certain new feature as answers to a question (which does have its merits; the entire 'discussion' around a certain topic is centralized, and the front page isn't flooded ...


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Question. This was probably discussed in some sliver of the previous threads; you'll have to pardon me for not trawling through them, and for not keeping track during the beta process (which would have been pointless as, like most other SE users, I'm not active enough on MSE to give this a meaningful shake here). In a thousand words: i.e., weren't the ...


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According to the question timeline, there is no completed Reopen Votes review queue item. The main review queue page indicates there are four open items; your question is one of them. That means you'll have to have a little bit more patience; users aren't monitoring the review queues 24/7. We're all volunteers here :) If, after a few days, you do see a ...


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status-planned Tag info popup is behind merge modal window.


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This post seems quite interesting for some users, but proposing ±0 and making a set of -1, ±0, +1 comments isn't really a good idea. The reason is because comments like +1 or -1 are not recommended here, and moderators have such comments to be deleted pretty much all the time. So a ±0 comment only makes the issue even worse. You've posted your own example ...


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feature-request It doesn't seem possible to rename custom filters atm?


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buglocalizationstatus-completed https://ru.stackoverflow.com/tags/synonyms?tab=Newest&filter=Merge Please, add string Preview tag merge into transifex, so we could be able to translate it.


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feature-request Please add the ability to weed out closed (and, ideally separately, duplicates) from these custom lists.


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His reputation isn't going down by that much; the question has (while I'm writing this) 160 upvotes (= +800 reputation) and 514 downvotes (= -1028 reputation). That's only 200 points, which is easily gained when he posts an announcement which is well received. Oh, and since he has a ♦, he doesn't lose any privileges. So nothing to worry about... After ...


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I have refined the hack: Find an interesting question Research Open up a bounty on that question to attract attention and votes to your new answer Provide a very good answer Profit!!! That almost doubles the ROI. Almost - as +100 bounty draws more attention than +50 one.


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Of course, otherwise what's the reason of bounties? There are many questions with users, with their answer not accepted, get a bounty, for example (they're only for Python as I searched for Python): What are metaclasses in Python? Relative imports in Python 3 How do I lowercase a string in Python? Of course, anyone can get the bounty.


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I am not a very active user on stackoverflow, but during my ten-year career as a developer I have often asked questions and received satisfactory answers. In those ten years Stack Overflow has grown exponentially, and the number of questions posted approaches 7,000 a day. Imagine if no one ever supplied a "verifiable example" for their problem. Imagine if ...


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I noticed with disappointment that the only answer to the last 2-3 questions (which I later deleted) was solely "Please edit this question to include a Minimal, Complete, and Verifiable example". If I have a health problem I don't go to the doctor after doing tons of tests, I go there to get his opinion on what is best to do. Comment: The point is ...


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As far as I know, Worldbuilding is now the oldest site with a design but no swag. We got our design in spring 2016. When we asked about swag a year and a half later, Grace Note wrote the following on our meta: We've gone to check with the design team - unfortunately, there are currently no plans to work on site swag in the near future. We'd like to ...


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There seems to be one strong point so far not being made in this thread. My apologies if I missed it in one of the comments. A large bulk of the rejected edits due to sufficient reputation points are as stated many times, misspellings. Why can't Stack Overflow implement an automated edit approval by algorithm as follows?: Examine edit Was it a single ...


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Maybe we should apply a little friction or just-in-time help to questions from new users. Here's something that happens a lot: a new user posts a feature-request that boils down to "I think this would be useful", without any supporting evidence or reasoning. Naturally, that FR gets downvoted to oblivion. People respond in comments (maybe helpfully, maybe ...


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You can find how old each site is by looking at the last column of the Stack Exchange site list: You'll see that many new sites were already created in the summer and fall of 2010, before the 2011 peak in migrations. Alternatively, the first post on each site is the question with ID 1, so if you browse to e.g. https://apple.stackexchange.com/q/1 you'll see ...


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This question stems from the problem that Reopen Review status isn't communicated. It's just one of many ways that people are impacted by that. It was the impetus for developing a new userscript. SERopenReviewWarning, provides this information. When a question has been through the review queue, the userscript produces a message under the Close ...


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