Having done a quick review of the first four pages of answers (sorted by newest first) there are 20 answers out of 120 that mention his resources which is about 16% of those posts.
Of these around seven or eight answers contain links to paywall articles. The remainder link to articles that are not behind a paywall and appear to be entirely relevant ...
k; my thoughts:
the answer itself has value; it isn't a "pure spam, delete on sight" scenario
as part of an answer that has value, linking to something that costs money, but may prove useful to the reader is not particularly objectionable; when linking to an article (rather than a book or product) it is perhaps expectation that is it available, so it ...
So wait, lemme see if I've got the particulars of this dastardly scheme straight...
Person A asks a reasonable question.
Person B provides a good answer to it.
Other folks up-vote the answer (and maybe the question).
A&B make off with loads of meaningless rep, while the site is stuck with another good question and answer pair.
The important part when providing links to resources that are not freely available is that the content of the answer must be a complete answer on its own. Linking to additional information that is behind a paywall is acceptable in my opinion. But a link-only answer that leads to a paywalled article is not acceptable, it is useless to most users.
A pretty ...
Policing this is not our problem.
Policing this is not possible as there are many small contests.
Most people who want to "cheat" on SO are going to post a really bad question (like this one) and get downvoted, closed and deleted right away.
Good, specific questions (not just "solve this problem") we welcome. We only ask "why do you need this" insofar as it ...
Full disclosure: https://gamedev.stackexchange.com/users/3588/grace-note
In the case you bring up, it appears from most people that many of the edits were actually pretty bad and should never have been accepted. Unfortunately, there isn't much safeguard against that in the system, and there's little comfort for the future can do as far as alleviating the ...
Jailbreaking an iPhone or Android is not illegal. The former is against the terms of agreement with Apple, but neither are a violation of any law passed by congress and signed by the president.
If the link is broken, it is helping no one.
It is best to replace it with a canonical one from elsewhere, but if that doesn't exist, an archive.org link is absolutely fine.
Your apprehensions are a bit misplaced, IMHO. You can't guess as to why a page is no longer there and people who do post things on the web should know that "the web doesn't forget".
That is perfectly acceptable, and you're using your votes exactly as they should be used. Stopping at "this answer is correct" is not always good enough. Identifying that "these other answers are incorrect" is very valuable to future visitors. There is nothing in the system that would revert these votes.
If you have the time, you should also leave a comment ...
If you waste time writing a script to earn a silly and completely pointless badge on a Q&A site, I guess you've earned the right to call yourself a fanatic.
As for getting punished: The time and effort you wasted to write a script to earn a silly and completely pointless badge on a Q&A site is punishment enough.
I don't think this is unethical or problematic. According to the original feature request, there are essentially two reasons why viewing vote counts is a privilege for 1k+ users:
Displaying the vote counts requires a database hit, given how the vote data is stored. This is not only a performance issue but puts additional stress on the servers. Given how ...
How would that work, exactly?
Sure, you can upload an image to your profile, but Stack Exchange makes a copy of it and puts it on imgur, so it doesn't make a request to your server (although embedding <img> tags does work).
In any case, even if you could, it would probably violate Section 3(e) of the Terms of Service, which prohibits uploading ...
They politely told the user that the question is offtopic and where to go to get help. If the user decided that getting an answer to their question wasn't worth posting it on the appropriate site, that is their decision to make.
There were no downvotes (despite rather good reason for doing so) there were no rude comments, and the user was pointed to the ...
Sharing your research helps everyone. Tell us what you've tried and
why it didn’t meet your needs. This demonstrates that you’ve taken the
time to try to help yourself, it saves us from reiterating obvious
answers, and most of all it helps you get a more specific and relevant
In order to get my girlfriend join Stack Exchange, sometimes I write questions using her account and upvote these question with my own account.
I feel this question is going the wrong way...
I write these questions for her to show her how to write good questions, and upvote them because I think they are good.
You really shouldn't. You should refrain ...
Most bot automation is successfully thwarted by Captcha's.
In the case of Fanatic, if someone really wants to go to all the trouble to write a script, and then wait the 100 days it takes for that script to hit the site once each day to obtain the badge, I'd say they deserve it.
After going through some of his answers, I'm thoroughly disgusted.
I went through his answers with 10+ upvotes. There were 24 answers as of this writing.
What I found is that 13 of these answers (54%) contain a link to a paid article or one of his websites. This to me looks like abuse, regardless of whether the rest of the answer stands on its own.
Is this the type of behavior we want on Stack Overflow?
Lets break this into the different kinds of behavior, as there are different things at work here and I would like to address each at a time.
one fun answer
Fun is OK, but this is more of a joke answer to a bad question than anything - personally, I would rather not see it at all. Making fun at the ...
It is entirely appropriate to have a profile picture of someone/something that is not yourself.
It is inappropriate to claim to be someone that is not yourself. If you, for example, were to use a picture of a famous programmer as your profile picture, use their name as your username, and otherwise impersonate them in your "about me" text, that would be a ...
You shouldn't directly say say Downvote this answer.
Instead, comment on it saying what is wrong, what you should do instead (you could just link to somebody else's better, more correct answer) and why it is wrong. Most likely, people will read the comment, upvote it, and downvote the answer if they agree with you.
An example comment:
Note: This answer ...
In order to get my girlfriend to join Stack Exchange, I sometimes write questions using her account
This isn't going to help her "join" Stack Exchange any more than you reading books for her will help her join the library.
Even ignoring the artificial reputation you're creating by upvoting your own questions after making them, the fact that you are writing ...
I think you're asking the wrong question here. While cheating to obtain badges may violate the spirit of gathering them, no one really cares what you do to get a badge. It's just a badge after all. Badges don't give you reputation, and they don't gain you additional privileges throughout the site.
However, certain badges which involve behavior which may be ...
As with vendor NDA's, homework, competitions etc...Stack Overflow users and moderators (and by extension, Stack Exchange network users and mods) are not here to police other SE user activities with regards to their agreements and contractual obligations to these organisations.
If a question falls within the guidelines of Stack Overflow's FAQ or indeed any ...
Reputation doesn't preclude someone from adhering to site policies. It doesn't give people the right to answer poorly. Unfortunately, what you're describing is common: the higher someone's reputation, frequently, the less willing people can be to downvote them. I wish this bias didn't exist, but it does.
Short answer: if you think it doesn't belong or isn't ...
In this case, "serial upvoter" is me and this time, it took me about 2 minutes to re-check my votes listed in your link.
Most answers I upvoted are nothing special - simple and correct stuff - except for maybe this one which taught me a little bit I didn't know before.
PS. in case if you wonder about who's that guy I upvoted, just search the web for ...
I want to write an algorithm that will do a number of steps, but if the timer reaches a certain hour, the program must stop running.
Could you show me how to do that? I am not sure where or how to place such a timer control.
This is the complete text of the "question", after 7 hours. Oh, and it has exactly one tag: algorithm. No language, no nothing.
Ultimately, there's a pedantry that permeates all topic areas at some point or another on Stack Overflow, and you're now experiencing it.
Sometimes it's born out of the right intention, someone has experienced deep pain points because of the barely-related issue. They want to spare others the same pain and genuinely help other people, even if it's not ...