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This is a topic near and dear to my heart... This makes me think there's something systemic that's contributing, something that works against good people trying to do good things. That thing is people. I'm not saying here that people are inherently evil and any non-trivial concentration of people turns into some sort of carefully-concentrated balsamic ...


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The glut of misplaced questions appearing here is a somewhat recent spike (self-inflicted, I believe). If passers-by are easily confused about where they are, that is on us — we should fix that… but not by blocking well-meaning users needing help. The problem is that the support channels and service channels look virtually identical; navigation ...


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I'm pretty sure comments are a key factor to how any post goes. We already know that for all other sites, it is no different here on Meta. The few posts I participated on did go south due to a well placed comment, either by me or someone else. Having an up vote on a comment that is not in favor of whatever the post tries to discuss is bound to start the ...


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Does it have to be this way? I'm going to go against the grain and say... yeah, it does. There are several reasons for this, and your post only brushes up against many of them. First off: well over half of the people who come to Meta (particularly MSO) to ask about some aspect of a question or post they made (why was it closed/downvoted/etc) will not ...


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I wasn't going to go out on a limb but this answer really clicked with me... I'm pretty sure comments are a key factor to how any post goes... The few posts I participated on did go south due to a well placed comment... ...and I would like to follow up on that. Above observation rings true to me, I also have an impression that most of the voting that ...


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Nope nope nope. There are many reasons not to, I'm sure I'm missing some, but here are the first two that come to mind: having the ability to post at 1 rep allows you to post anonymously if needed. Sure, you could make a dummy account elsewhere, but that's not optimal and against the point you could very well ask a site-recommendation at 1 rep, even if you ...


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This would prevent a handful of cases where a Meta post might be warranted. Some examples: If a user is suspended on Example Stack Exchange, they can't ask a question about it on Example Meta since they're suspended there as well. Instead, they can post on Meta Stack Exchange. If a user wants to post something 'anonymously' (i.e. start a potentially ...


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TLDR: Meta is scary, and we should consider disagreeing by posting answers. There was an extremely long conversation (part 1 and Part 2 for context). I'd like to say - I'm posting this as a regular meta user over being a mod. There's a lot of it, but in short the idea folks seemed to have was that meta was ... kind of broken in many ways. We have too many ...


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Motivation & Enervation My sense is a lot of the regulars on Meta come here and hang out here because there’s not a lot on offer on the main sites for them anymore. I know it’s true for me. Like a cop on a beat, when you’ve hung around on Main enough, you start to get a sense of endless drudgery. That you’ve seen it all, that each new question is a ...


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I've been meaning to post about this for a while, but you beat me to it. I've often seen extremely low-quality posts from users who believe that they're just filling in a feedback form (which is often the case when you tap a similar button in different apps. We tend to get around 1-2 of these per week, and I've been leaving a canned comment on those: ...


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If you receive a comment (anywhere), an answer to your question, or a chat ping, and it is deleted before you see it, the notice is removed from your inbox. Email, however, can't be retracted once sent, so you'll see it there. Inbox messages, both in your inbox and via email, are limited to the first few words. I'm not sure what the limit is, but I think ...


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I think it's a great idea to enable the wizard here, as we do get quite a few blatantly off-topic questions every day, for various reasons I've chronicled in a post you linked. The interstitial page was enabled on this site recently, and it clearly states this site's purpose, but it did very little to stem the flow of such questions, enough that I thought it ...


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This is now fixed. Part of the internal workings of search is that in some cases where the initial terms return zero results, it will perform a variant search using the same terms (but surrounded by quotes). This variant search ended up leaking back into the UI in a confusing way. No longer an issue.


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