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Yeah, it was a joke (and I hope they didn't really downvote you!) It's a meme here on MSO; people often draw freehand red circles on screenshots of the SE user interface to highlight things that are broken or otherwise should be attended to. Here's an example of one such screenshot:


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The maximum length of a post, question or answer, on Stack Overflow is 30,000 characters. This includes markdown and any other formatting. The limit on the question title is 150 characters. I don't believe there are any upper limits on the number of links and images. I challenge you to make a post so heavy on links and images that we're tempted to add some. ...


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Click on your reputation counter in the top bar.


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No. We can't know which post is/was flagged by others. Flags are private: only moderators can see flags on posts, and see which posts belonging to a given user have been flagged. Once upon a time, it was possible to see how many flags were active on a given post. This tended to make authors upset, and would also prompt pile-on flagging. So this is no longer ...


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No, there's no such thing or concept in Stack Exchange. Once you post question or answer it's public to everyone. You can delete it under certain conditions, but even then any user with 10k reputation and any moderator will still be able to see that post. In extreme cases, moderator can "hard delete" a revision, aka redact it, see What should I do if a ...


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The answer is caching. The "last seen" date/time is cached and not updated every time the user does something. So it's perfectly possible for an answer to be posted later than the latest "last seen".


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As it happens, there are quite a few people who contribute not just by answering questions, but by suggesting improvements or even editing questions directly to make them more clear. A number of badges (copy editor, reviewer, proofreader, etc.) are available to encourage that sort of thing. There are over a million SO users (hardly a "little club"), and ...


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shA.t's answer has pretty much nailed it, and the summary from the blog itself is the key: And if you’re active on multiple communities, your1 best stuff2 from those sites3 will show in the sidebar, too. Numbering is added to clarify the point The specific criteria are: Not community wiki (wiki:no), they're 100% your posts ("Top posts" already excludes ...


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Post as far as I can tell from own experience in Stack Exchange refers to either a Question or an Answer, nothing more and nothing less. Being CW is not relevant, it's still a post. Comment is not a post. Other things? Well, there are blog posts but they are not a direct part of the Q&A sites.


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No, you cannot make them private. By posting content, you have agreed to the Terms of Service, which state Subscriber Content You agree that any and all content, including without limitation any and all text, graphics, logos, tools, photographs, images, illustrations, software or source code, audio and video, animations, and product feedback (...


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I think Jeff is the only one who can give the real reason, he wrote the code himself back in the early days of Stack Overflow, asking for help himself. I can only make assumptions using my common sense and own opinions. My best guess what Jeff was thinking is that showing relative time save trouble of different time zones for recent posts. If you show "...


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All of the above. But here's what I look for: Is it spam or nonsense? Flag it (as spam or offensive or Very Low Quality, depending on the perceived maliciousness of the post) Is it a duplicate? Close it as such. Is it blatantly off-topic, extremely broad or impossible to understand? Close it! Are there spelling / grammar / clarity issues? Edit! Correct ...


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Yes, it does, and several sites are already using it: What site-specific post formatting settings are available? Of course, this requires some development on the Stack Exchange part as well. Here is an example where one of the users wrote an open source JavaScript plugin for replaying chess games, and the Stack Exchange development team decided to integrate ...


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You have plenty of time to write a good question/answer. You can't expect people to wait for you to release the last edit before voting on your answer/question. Either you write it good the first time and adjust few things later on or you'll get down voted and hope that people will take a look at recent edits after a while.


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No, the post ID in the link is not a unique ID for all posts on Stack Exchange. The post ID in the link is only unique per-site.


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The exact specifics aren't even known to moderators, and are in flux because this is a system that is constantly being tweaked as trolls and spammers try to work around it. However, I can say that the post restrictions generally only apply to new accounts or those below a certain low reputation threshold. The folks at SE are well aware that legitimate ...


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Upvotes are used for good, high-quality posts. This includes questions and answers that you stumbled upon. There is no rule on how you got to that post; as long you feel that the post deserves the upvote, give it! But don't be pressured neverless, upvotes are not given out freely, they are earned. Is asking for views on a post and maybe implying upvotes ...


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If a post contains a URL that takes you to a site capable of harming your device, it should definitely be edited: If it's an intentionally harmful link/post, such as "Click here to enter your SO credentials and get as much rep as Jon Skeet in 15 minutes!", which takes you to a site to steal your money and SO credentials, edit out the link and flag the post ...


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As a simple workaround, press CTRL+SHIFT+V to paste, which will paste the clipboard contents as plain text. (Can also right click the editor and choose "Paste as plain text".) VSCode editor, and other editors that don't accept images, are reading it as plain text always, but since Stack Exchange editor does accept images, it can't really know what you want ...


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When URLs are auto-linked, we never include a trailing period (or comma or question mark etc.) for reasons that are very obvious in your question. However the change to improve auto-linking around trailing parentheses is made in such a way that the closing paren is first included in the to-be-linked URL, only to be excluded again if we find that it has no ...


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[blah blah blah useful code] $NAME, software engineer, $COMPANY. In my judgement, spam has no useful content and can never be salvaged. That's not spam there, that's a little bit of self-promotion and some useful stuff. Edit out the self-promotion and the answer is fine. That, IMO, is the right side of the thin spam-coloured line. (Leave a warning ...


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Use the Stack Exchange Imgur account as much as possible. Images are kept there, even with low views. You can use the Stack Exchange Imgur account just by using the Upload button in the post editor:


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Paste the code into the text area then highlight the code and click on the Code Sample {} button. See How do I format my code blocks?


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Start with Stackprinter, and install a PDF print driver in your system. Install a userscript or bookmarklet to enable a print button for each page. If you want to further format the output of the data, you can use client side scripting to apply different formatting rules. Alternately, get the source of Stackprinter, add a PDF rendering engine on it, use a ...


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A very unexpected SQL load issue related to loading the random sampling of tags we show in the editor was at fault here. A different approach to gathering those tags is being deployed now.


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In the context of Edited 100 posts that were inactive for 6 months, "post" only encompasses two things: Questions Answers The rest, while they're still site content, are not considered "posts".


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Source For Top posts it says: We’ll show off your best work. Your top posts - along with the technologies or tags you’re strongest in - show others what you’re all about. And if you’re active on multiple communities, your best stuff from those sites will show in the sidebar, too. I think, best stuff is referred to your top posts by adding filters of ...


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Yes, good posts should be UVed regardless of how you found them. If you "stumble upon" a post by yourself, and it is a good post, UV it. If you search for something and google brings you to a good post, UV it. If someone points out a good post to you, and it deserves an UV, by all means UV it! The Stack Exchange votes system is designed so that good posts ...


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The problem occurs if it's not immediately obvious that the link is malicious, so while editing the post would appear to be the right thing to do, it can cause delays in dealing with the post correctly. For example, editing to put the link into a code block can help, but may cause confusion to those coming along afterwards. If it's not immediately apparent ...


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We do attempt to maintain a high standard of quality. I can attest that this site has a level of maintenance that I've never seen elsewhere. The trouble is, it's like herding LOLCats. It's literally impossible to create this perfect documentation-like quality like you describe when anybody can contribute for free. My solution to your problem is to engage ...


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