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To build on Phil's great start, here is how I think it should work. Question is Asked A user on physics asks: How Do Bicycle Spokes Work? This is assigned a post ID of #94,0001 on physics. It is a physics question. Cross-site Users Show Interest hippietrail with accounts on both sites is browsing physics and sees this question and thinks it would be ...


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This question is well over four years old as I type this answer. The passage of time makes me think this is possibly more relevant and more desirable now than it was when Tobias Kienzler first posted. The SE network is growing. Its distinctive model has been highly successful in provoking rich content and generally making the web a better place. But some of ...


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I imagine this might be better if, instead of multi-posting the same question on multiple sites, allowing the same question to be shown on multiple sites, and show up in the search results for those sites, while remaining just one question in the database. I understand that this would come with some challenges, such as determining which tags should and ...


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I would support such a feature. I feel the segmentation of SE sites has become a bit excessive (e.g. SO, Code Review, Programmers and CS). This causes the average user (like myself) to worry more about where to post than how post correctly (partially because of fear of being scolded by the more hard-core users). In my case it ends up with me completely ...


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Go ahead. If you're gonna copy it verbatim, you should reference the original. If there's anything you can do to make it a better "fit" for the new site, you should do that as well. Cross-posting is discouraged when it's someone spamming multiple sites without bothering to identify the appropriate audience or tailor the question for each site, but if you ...


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In the last 90 days, there have been 1592 SO posts that link to other SE sites and 5537 comments (some of which might be to MSE). That's really a tiny number relative to activity on the site. Therefore the feature won't have much of an impact on the whole. But for those questions where cross linking does occur a link in the sidebar could be very valuable. (...


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The fact that there are so many posts about it shows that there is a true desire for a transferring reputation from site to site. Yup. Coupled with, My idea is to setup another "currency" lets call it "bounty credit" ...the mistaken idea that reputation is in any significant way a currency. Granted, the very existence of a bounty system does go a long ...


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Each of those sites has a somewhat different focus. You might not appreciate the reasons for their existence at the moment, but maybe you just haven't spent enough time in those communities to understand where they are coming from. Those sites have an enormous community of users, and the users generally seem to like it the way it is. There are good and ...


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This is not right. From the FAQ: What is a bounty? A bounty is a special reputation award given to answers. This feature was designed to motivate answerers, and help questions get the answers they deserve. Note that a bounty is given to an answer, not the answerer. A bounty given to an answer means that the answer which received the bounty deserves ...


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I don't think there should be any crossover feature that would allow posting a single question on multiple sites (how should edit/close priviledges be calculated for the users of both sites?). The sites should be designed so that the topic crossover should be an exception, not the rule. However, there are many common interest areas, so I'd vote for the idea ...


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I like this idea, and agree with the rationale insofar as it helps a question reach an interested audience (not creating clutter, iow). Some potential challenges: User privileges -- ability to edit, delete, etc. -- greater on the shared-with site than the originator site... Is that OK? Tags -- how would those be treated? Implementation ideas: add this ...


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Flag it and request for migration. If it is not too old ( < 60 days ), and as long as the community/mods agree it is off topic where it is, then it can be migrated. If it is on-topic, but you think it hasn't got sufficient attention you can always raise a bounty.


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I support the idea whatever way it's implemented. Recently I had a problem (still not resolved though) that would fit in at least 3 domains: How to aim with a spaceship in 3D considering its angular momentum? The gamedev community: I think they likely had this turn towards target problem before. And probably they would tell whether the player would enjoy ...


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What I feel I see on Drupal Answers pretty regularly: Question gets closed as off-topic, with comment pointing on Stack Overflow or Server Fault question about the same thing. After some time this closed question gets deleted. Next person asks the very same question, as he wasn't able to find it. Closing as duplicate instead of off-topic would serve the ...


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I started a bounty today on Skeptics, on a question that I really want to know the answer to. The 50 rep bounty may seem quite insignificant, but it did lose me three privileges on the site (create chat rooms, edit community wiki, and ironically set bounties) and it could have been far larger if I could dip into my 20K network rep for it. So, I really do get ...


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Facebook.SO is not a separate site. It's just a subdomain sponsored by Facebook. All it does is display questions which are tagged with facebook. WebApps.SE is a separate site for web applications for end users, which would cover most Facebook end user questions that are not covered by Stack Overflow's programming question policy.


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It's a fair idea, but it would not be feasible to implement. What's the first reaction of a user going to be when they get a message like You already have an identical question on xyz.stackexchange.com? Right, they alter it slightly so it passes the filter. The moment when it's no longer about a simple 1:1 comparison, you're in real hot water programming-...


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This has been roughly implemented on the international sites for the use case of linking from Stack Overflow in English to canonical questions written in other languages. If you go to certain questions on Stack Overflow and your browser language is set to one of the non-English languages that we support, you might see a small banner letting you know that we ...


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You can only delete a question when it has no answers or one answer with no upvotes. There is, however, a penalty for deleting too many questions - do it too often and you will be blocked from asking for a while. If the question can't be deleted you could ask for migration - but this is likely to be rejected, after all your question is on topic on the ...


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I don't see anything problematic here. Just to be clear I am only talking about saving the first 5 comments (not all that long), so the issue is just whether or not they deserve to be lumped in with an off-topic chat? The first five comments had already drifted into personal advice. If there's valuable information added in your comments, edit it into the ...


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I have X and want to get Y. What are some development tool/libraries/framework options that can achieve this that you'd recommend? And SR.SE can already handle that. Your question was closed because it asked for "communication protocols", AKA: algorithms. You weren't looking for software; you were looking for approaches to solve a software problem. What you ...


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IMO I wouldn't want to see requests on meta for tag wiki updates - could someone please update tag wiki someothertag As it stands today, all questions of that nature will be closed and promptly deleted. It is not constructive. It is asking someone to do far more than answer a question or make a comment. If someone is asking "How do I get started with ...


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I think making the same question appear permanently on multiple sites is clutter. When a question is borderline and unanswered, a migration can give it a second chance, but otherwise I'd leave it where it is. If the question was asked and answered on community 1 and someone else from community 2 has the same question, the two questions are likely to be ...


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Troubleshooting server related stuff is just a small subset of the on topic scope at Webmasters. Webmasters is for questions related to the day to day task of maintaining a web site, and everything that doing so entails. So yes, a question regarding some kind of web server configuration is on topic there. A common question would be something .htaccess ...


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If a question is specifically about the use of regex in program code, then it belongs on Stack Overflow. If it's about regex find-and-replace in, say, a text editor, then as far as I'm aware it's very much on topic for SU. This seems to be more of an issue with Notepad++ questions than regex questions. As somebody who regularly looks at notepad++ questions (...


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What will be the pros and cons of making Arduino off-topic on Stack Overflow? A separate site for Arduino does not make Arduino programming questions off-topic here. It merely allows users to ask their question on whichever site they prefer (as long as they're not posting the exact same question on both). What will be the benefits and problems in having ...


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If not cross posted and are in fact on topic on the site they are posted on: Leave them be. No need to do anything.


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