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Note: The below is outdated. Although this question has status-declined, users can see their deleted questions if they have a link to them, and they can see a list of recent deleted questions via the (far too small and subtle) "deleted recent questions" link on the Questions tab of their activity page. It is simply asinine not to show people their own ...


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I think there's many great answers here that have valid points and good suggestions that I think at least justifies an explanation. Since I put a bounty on it, I figured I'd drop my 2 cents as well: To begin with, I would like to make a few quotations to outline my need to get a better answer: Quotes that explains (or doesn't) the decision of status-...


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Reasons why users should be able to see their own questions and answers in their profile page (from a moderator's perspective): It lessens the amount of work we need to do when a user deletes their own questions/answers and then is post banned (users can then edit their content and reflag without us having to undelete all their old content) It allows a user ...


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Sorry, but you're making a false assumption here. The "m" is not for "millions" (that would be "M"), but for morpfloggles. One morpfloggle is 1,003,214. Thus you have precisely 6.6m rep, to the 5th digit. We're just not displaying trailing zeros.


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The situation has completely changed on deleted questions now that we are banning users from asking questions because of their self-deletions and bad questions. We need to enable those users to see their deleted questions so that they can edit them into shape, and if they self-deleted, then undelete them. We need to help and encourage them to do the work ...


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We are a community of learners. And we work on trusting that basically people are OK. So.... suppose I ask a lousy question, and then I go outside and break my arms (karma). In the meantime BrainyMeg comments about why my question was lousy. Maybe, I dunno, about two chunky comments. My arm is still broken. Then after I heal and can type, and log back ...


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We could make them stand out by putting the k with the number, like we do with rep, but limiting the text to fit in the space: 1.1k or 10.1k or 101k and then take the 'k' off of the kvotes or kviews text.


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I also find it very irritating that my answers vanish into the great void even if I invested some amount time to write the answer and it may apply to someone else who searches for a similar problem. (The time to answer the deleted question is now lost as well ...) Just because the question is bad (and gets removed) doesn't mean the answers are bad as well. ...


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This already happens for the OP. The original poster already sees what you want, because as you point out, we generally want them to edit: Other users see the "ask a new question" link without the "edit" one because they're mostly arriving via search. Even if they happened to have enough rep to edit, it's more likely that they have a different problem ...


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At this time, we have no plans to revive the analytical badge. The new help center has so many pages that requiring people to visit every one of them is not likely to encourage them to read. We tossed around other ideas, but since we rolled out the new /about pages, having people read the help section comprehensively just isn't a goal anymore. We are ...


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This is a good idea, and would be even better if they put your progress towards that badge on that page if you haven't earned it yet. For example, there is no way to check your progress towards the Archaeologist badge. ( o Strunk & White ) Edit 80 posts.


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You'll be informed. There's a blog post ready to go out tomorrow morning, early, and it'll be linked to EVERYWHERE. This was a lot of work on the part of a lot of people, especially Tim who has been the driving force behind actually keeping things moving in this direction after TWO FRIGGIN' YEARS of nothing happening. So I think we can grant him and our ...


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When MSO gets loads of bug reports, duplicates are eliminated rather fast. This provokes questions from the OP about what happened to their questions (recent example). Notifications are a way of informing users that this has happened. If the notification system is not used, the OP should at least be able to see his own deleted questions. I've added this ...


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I would prefer: This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please revise your question to make it clearly different from the one identified as a duplicate, and flag for re-opening. With a handy link to how to flag, and possibly how closing isn't fatal.


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Thanks for pointing this out. It'll be fixed in build rev 2013.7.30.1289 (meta) / 2013.7.30.902 (sites). As it happens some views got smart over time (thanks to fixing pluralization bugs in the past I guess..) and include own pluralization logic. This particular one had a one liner in a helper somewhere similar to count == 1 ? str.Substring(0, str.Length - ...


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It's called The Inverted Pyramid model. You start with the important bits and logically flow into the details. The inverted pyramid is a metaphor used by journalists and other writers to illustrate the placing of the most important information first within a text. It is a common method for writing news stories and is widely taught to journalism students....


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Given that the first part of a question is what gets shown in the list of questions (and email lists of new questions) it's a great idea to make sure this gives some context to the question. It's your hook to draw the attention of the people you want to read and answer it, so use it wisely! If it looks interesting and well thought out it's probably going to ...


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A new user is not very aware of phrasing a question into relevant quotes and often violates format regulations in the phrasing of questions, as I indeed did in my initial stages. In that case, the experienced users either downvotes or ask for deletion of the offending question, which could result in some of these consequences: It will discourage the ...


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Yes, in an English-languageā€  community: commas please. The primary disadvantage is that it makes them harder to read for folks who use different languages or locales, where commas are actually decimals [...] I don't see how getting people understand such formatting can do any harm, as surely such formatting is not unique to SE. (And there's not even any ...


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That's not a highlight; that's a code block. And no, it's not appropriate to use it to highlight technical terms. it should only be used on blocks of code: public bool IsActive { get { return _isActive; } set { _isActive = value; } } or inline code: _log.Debug("Setting hyperspace mode"); You can occasionally get away with using it to call out ...


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I'd very much like to see this done, at least for questions with suggested duplicates. Why do I want this? Well, the notice placed on questions closed as duplicates looks like this: This question already has an answer here: Link to duplicate question   n+1 answers The way I see it, if the closed question already has answers, there is, or at ...


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I would like to see a sandbox mode for deleted posts. To the post's author, mods and (perhaps) 10k or 20k users, deleted posts would behave (for the most part) in the exact same manner as non-deleted questions, allowing editing, flagging, etc. The exception would be voting, which would need to be disallowed. For all other users, the post would effectively ...


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This request was made in 2009. Times are different now in some regards. More and more companies realize that respect for user data is good business, and offer export options. Google, for instance, has Google Vault, an add-on for Google Apps that lets you retain, archive, search, and export your organization's email and chat messages and also Takeout, ...


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I'd say this is a great idea. I'd go a step further too - It would be even better if they put your progress towards all your badges (on the badges page). Whilst I'm not against clicking individual badges and finding out more, it would prove useful and save time (the shortest of commodities) for all users to get an overview of their overall badge progress: ...


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No, you should not "highlight" any of them. The backtick operator is meant for code highlighting and those words are not code. However, if something in your text is actually code or code-like (a filename might qualify for example) using this formatting is fine. On a side-note: Edits adding such formatting should be rolled back (or rejected if just suggested)...


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The accepted answer was deleted. This is actually a pretty common occurrence for some older posts. Basically what happened was a script ran some time in 2011 (Feb?) which systematically removed a certain swath of answers. A very small percent of those were accepted answers and the result was that sometimes it looks as if there is a 0 answer with an accepted ...


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It sounds like you're asking to turn this, where we can see you have 101 rep and Shog9 has 235k rep: Into this, where we can't: In my personal experience, it isn't an eyesore and I don't have any trouble focusing my eyes away from the rep first. The name is a different colour and stands out, so my eyes just travel straight to it. (If you're colour ...


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Bumpity bump bump, why is this status completed? Yes, this is abuse of an answer, but it wouldn't do a great bit of good to do a Q edit, as I'm trying to raise visibility. Shall we resubmit as a new Q? Can we just get a mod to remove status-completed? Keep in mind Jeff's answer says "after the user page redesign" which we have had done a couple times now ....


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