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There are two alternative solutions to this: positive filtering: only show hot questions / sites that I'm active on. Much less noise, but doesn't achieve goal Jeff mentions — exposing you to questions from whole SE. negative filtering: show everything, except the sites that I explicitly block. This will lead to some initial noise, but I will be able ...


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Considering just how many duplicates and alternate versions of this question there are, it's shocking just how pitifully inadequate the response from the developers has been. I'm tempted to believe that it's yet another case of SEO overriding user experience, but crawlers wouldn't get filtered, so that can't be the issue either. Seriously, what gives? Let ...


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Questions without a sufficient amount of English are now not only excluded from the stackexchange.com homepage (that's what you see in the “hot questions” tab of the multicollider), but also from Stack Exchange tweets and SE 2.0 ads. Currently, the basic criteria for the English threshold* are: a) The title has 2 or fewer non-English words (ignoring proper ...


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Sooo many questions, where to begin? Oh dear. You need to ask only one at a time. With governments and huge corporations spending god knows what on cyber security just to get hacked I think it's safe to say that there is no such thing as a 100% secure system. So that begs the question as to what level of proficiency is adequate before you can release ...


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There is a spam-detection system that blocks posts which have a very high similarity to posts previously detected as spam. It's pretty conservative. But we made it a bit less so recently, due to a flood of spam from scammy tech-support companies. In spite of this, the false-positive rate on detection has been extremely low - but your post managed to use ...


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I wonder how many people on StackOverflow could accurately gauge their own level of expertise. Especially those asking a lot of questions. A few years ago I was interviewing people for a junior SQL Server DBA position and I had people saying they were 4/10 when they were a 9, 9/10 when they were a 2, and everything in between. I told one person who said they ...


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I disagree with this suggestion. One of the defining features of StackOverflow and the other StackExchange websites is that unregistered users are real users, just like everyone else. The only way to filter questions is by the question itself (tag, popularity, "hotness") not by the user who posted it. This is a good thing. We aren't in the business of ...


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This feature already exists, and has for a while. Try it yourself: Go into Google Chrome incognito mode Pick any random Stack Overflow / SU / SF question (this is not enabled on all sites, so..) Enter the following: great answer! thanks very much this helped me alot!!! Submit the answer. Watch what happens. (spoiler: you get redirected to https://...


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The solution to this problem is to allow users to set up their network preferences at stackexchange.com. A checkbox for all the sites to include hot questions from would suffice. By default, all sites would be included. If you are really interested in having hot questions capture new traffic by showing up in lists on unrelated Stack Exchange sites, ...


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You can write a userscript that retrieves user_type from Stack Exchange API and hides the post if the type is "unregistered". Regarding questions, a few large sites block questions from unregistered users already. You can make a case that another site should do the same by raising the issue on that site's meta: for example, Let's require registration ...


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While I understand the premise behind this idea I fear it has a number of problems Many programming questions don't have a language in the title "Please help!" "Code won't work!" "When I run the foo bar happens" - who am I kidding, we never get good titled meta programming questions etc Many non programming questions do have a language in the ...


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Not likely. But you could using a Greasemonkey script. Not the most complete set of features but it does what you want. Just update the blacklist and whitelist within the script to suit your needs. // ==UserScript== // @name Filter Hot SE questions // @namespace http://stackoverflow.com/users/390278 // @include http://stackoverflow....


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It seems that the option I have is to use the stackexchange favorite-tag filter inside "My Filter". http://stackexchange.com/filters


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On two occasions, I've ended up answering my own question while still getting useful help from others. Both times, I happened to mention another user out of appreciation (once to point out that my solution came directly from the other's code). I didn't start off with "thank you," but I can conceive of writing something like: Thanks to foobar's code, I ...


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No, let's not. Stack Exchange is about the content, and the content alone. Who posts something doesn't matter; all that does is the quality of the post itself. By adding a filter that focuses on a user stat instead of the content, all we're doing is focusing on user aspects, which goes against the whole premise of SE. Focus on the content. Filter out ...


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The 2nd and last lines were not indented so looked like text to the filter. He got the first line indented by accident. Nothing malicious, just clumsiness. A substantial amount of user effort in answering this question got deleted. I wonder if that was the right call.


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We only allow a certain level of crazy against the tag engine. At this time you're a severe outlier compared to normal usage of the tags filters and were causing quite a few problems on the back-end not really designed for that usage model. We may revisit this later, but for now we feel 50 is a sane cap for tag combinations.


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The problem with this idea is that reputation and other activity on the site doesn't necessarily correlate with real-world experience. When $YOUR_PROGRAMMING_HERO signs up for Stack Overflow, he or she will have to start at 1 reputation just like everyone else, but it's quite likely that person will be able to answer your questions, and that you want those ...


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It definitely looks like an audit. Why doesn't explicit bool() conversion happen in contextual conversion It has +11 score. Some people have said you can sometimes tell if it's an audit if the tag doesn't match your filter.


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You can do it using parentheses with spaces around wildcarded tag. E.g.: ( [python-*] ) -[python]


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In addition to what lonesomeday has already posted, namely that it is important to remember that "unregistered users are real users, just like everyone else" and "we aren't in the business of providing assistance only to members of the club of registered users", I'd also point out that we have mechanisms in place already that attempt to solve this problem. ...


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If there are any active bounty questions then you can click the tag excel and you can find it under featured tab. Currently there is no bounty question under excel tag, that is why you can't see featured tab. For c# tag it would look like:


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As of today, thanks to Oded, filtering the flag history is available. The sidebar on on the history page now has MOAR links which can be used to easily see declined, disputed, helpful, etc outcomes of your flags. Should you be unlucky and are flag banned, then you will be prompted with an easy way to see your previous 7 days of declined flags. These ...


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You can also use the Search mechanism which provides the is:answer operator, then sort by Newest, e.g. https://meta.stackexchange.com/search?tab=newest&q=is%3aanswer This will effectively give all answers on a site, sorted by answer date.


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The only possible cause of this problem I can imagine is that you selected "no answers" instead of "newest". Select "newest" then.


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You don't have enough reputation on Ask Different to submit any edits that contains that many images for the spam-filter to be sure you and your images are OK. I thought at first it was the New User Restrictions: New users cannot: post more than two hyperlinks at a time, either in a post or their user profile Solution 1: Rework the answer ...


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This has been done in the latest build. You'll see a new filter category called retracted which will filter any of the flags you self-removed. Thanks to Michael Stum for getting this out so quickly!


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