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I feel that lately the answers to my questions on Stack Exchange are low quality

No, it's not you. This is just a natural consequence of Stack Overflow shifting the focus from a high-quality library of knowledge towards quantity, i.e. attracting as many users as possible while at ...
samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz's user avatar
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Let's Remove The Auto Downvote On Validated VLQ Flags (On Questions)

Since it's pretty much my fault that VLQ comes with an automatic downvote to begin with, I feel like I should weigh in on this. I feel very strongly that we should not be removing posts we aren't even ...
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I feel that lately the answers to my questions on Stack Exchange are low quality

I stopped asking questions a few years back on Stack Overflow because: My questions were no longer "easy" since I could both research myself as well as I've become a much better engineer in the last ...
enderland's user avatar
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What did Stack Exchange/Overflow change in May 2016 that cut low-quality questions so dramatically on the flagship sites?

I'm afraid the explanation here is kinda boring. There's a job that runs weekly which deletes any question more than 365 days old which... has a score of 0 or less, or a score of 1 or less in ...
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Reviewing the Stack Exchange Policy on Low-quality Contribution

and I have never violated the code of conduct (I have been called offensive words such as "troll" by some users, but I have never responded them with any offensive word) and any written ...
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What exactly does a VLQ flag do?

The answer to this question has changed since this other answer was posted. Here's how things look in 2017: Yes (mostly because as explained in point 3, there's no guarantee that the flag will do ...
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I did not flag all these posts as Very Low Quality

This bug has now been fixed network wide. In a certain case of flagging logic, it was checking all flags instead of just your flags to see if you've already raised a flag. I've fixed the check and you ...
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Can we retire the Reversal badge on main sites and keep it only for meta sites?

I'm very sorry to say but I disagree. Disclosure: I was the first to ever get this badge on Ask Ubuntu And this is not because I was the first to obtain such a badge on Ask Ubuntu, but because of ...
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Can we retire the Reversal badge on main sites and keep it only for meta sites?

Disclaimer: I have the Reversal badge but only on a site meta. Yes, let's get rid of it. Gold badges are generally intended to be awarded when someone does something great for the site. Many users ...
Nathan Tuggy's user avatar
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I feel that lately the answers to my questions on Stack Exchange are low quality

I've noticed this trend myself as well. However, some of that might be attributable to my questions leaning more on edge cases (i.e., long tail programming questions) that seems to arise with more ...
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Include the option to flag posts as spam in the Low Quality queue

Spam deserves its own special place in hell. And the sooner it gets there, the better. It should always be possible to flag a post as spam — when reading it, from a review queue, preferably even from ...
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When confronted with spam in the LQP queue, should I press 'delete' or 'looks okay'?

When I encounter spam in the LQP queue, I go to the post and flag it as spam, as you do. Then I click Skip in the queue. After several Looks OK reviews, a post is dropped from the queue, preventing ...
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How can a low quality post can get more than 15 or 20 reviewers?

tl;dr: this appears to be happening because no one is reviewing the item in the Close Votes queue, and not enough people with close voting privileges are reviewing or voting to close the post. When it ...
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Do bad-quality questions on the front page actually impact the company?

There is probably negligible impact in the short-term, since the company's income is from showing advertisements, and the vast proportion of page views come from external search engines, not via the ...
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Allow posts older than 7 days to be flagged as VLQ

I think this is a good idea because, Low quality things get missed the first time around, I have seen absolute garbage posts get left up for years and years. The need to delete doesn't go away after ...
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Could we talk about turd polishing better?

I'm not sure we can find a better metaphor. I do understand nobody likes their post being called a turd, but it's difficult to find something which is worth less than sand and still not belittling. ...
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Making a constructive workflow for new users who post "me too" [non-]answers

"Bumping" a question isn't really a workflow on Stack Exchange. Questions are still discoverable based on search, and we should be pushing users to search for questions and answers through ...
Makoto's user avatar
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Is it OK to remove my own low quality question with decent/good answers?

No. The system will actually prevent you from removing questions with at least one up-voted (i.e. helpful) answer. Habitually removing your posts may even flag that content for moderator attention. ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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Low-quality answer auto-comments sound a little hard to new users

Your current suggestions aren't any friendlier to the people that get them, because they leave out the important instructions. All your suggestions will do is end up with someone who, at best, just ...
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Is flagging too many posts to add the citation banner grounds for suspension?

Any problematic behaviour can, when repeated, lead to a suspension. It's not just limited to the ones explicitly listed in A Day in the Penalty Box. If we think you are reachable, and the behavior is ...
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What happens if I flag posts as "trash"?

You think you're being funny. Nice try. See, Stack Exchange thought about people like you: As it turns out, "trash" isn't a long enough reason to raise a flag at the system-level. So... ...
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Can I have some closed question data? What should I point Parsey McParseface at?

I recommend you take a look at one of my queries. Of all the queries I have created, I think that this one shows the most promise. (There are other places on the network I have mentioned this query, ...
Laurel's user avatar
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Tell answer-author when the question is being voted to close

Can we extend that same feature/courtesy to authors when a question is being voted to close? The idea sounds great, it sounds like trying to make the site nicer and solve the problem of people ...
Tinkeringbell's user avatar
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Does accepting an answer invalidate a Low Quality Post review task?

Yes, it does. Any post which is closed, deleted, locked, or accepted is considered ineligible for the Low Quality Posts queue. For answers, the deleted and closed status of the parent question are ...
animuson's user avatar
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I feel that lately the answers to my questions on Stack Exchange are low quality

While it's hard to argue about SO's quality decline and focus on quantity over quality, as is shown in @samcarter's answer, there're more factors at play than just quality decline. Experienced users ...
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Is it a good idea to delete and recreate my account if my first contributions are badly received?

No If you do this to the point that you're abusing the delete account feature to stay out of a question ban, moderators will become the wiser and you risk becoming temporarily banned. If you do this ...
user1345541's user avatar
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Why does it seem that high rep users pick on low rep users to stop them building rep?

I don't know why you're constantly speaking of high-rep-users, I'll just assume you mean anyone above 1k with that. The biggest problem that StackOverflow is facing nowadays is the decay of quality. ...
Seth's user avatar
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Is the VLQ flag appropriate for blatantly off-topic questions here on MSE?

The VLQ flag IS NOT appropriate for blatantly off-topic questions here on MSE. And not only on MSE, but it's inappropriate across the entire network. I've been declining them whenever I see them ...
Tinkeringbell's user avatar
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Was the questions quality, actually, decreased with a new Wizard or not?

You're reading only half of what the article says. Step 1 saw a decrease in quality, yes. That was mitigated by the changes of Step 2, resulting in no net difference. Thus the entire project, ...
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