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(Disclaimer: I do have an answer on that question, too ... and I am sad to see the 500 upvotes gone. But my issue is a different one.) That is exactly the opposite of what Stack Exchange Inc. should be doing right now. Just the other day, the company said: "yes, we understand we should listen". Now you come in, and delete all that user input on that ...


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In my not so humble opinion, SE is making a massive mistake deleting the thread. I agree that semantically, historical locking might not be appropriate. However, effectively it's exactly what we need. As the community, reason #1 for spending even a minute of our time on meta is because we want SE to listen to us, so we can work together and make all the ...


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As the top voted answer owner on the question, it makes me incredibly concerned that the question was deleted without obvious warning. Combined with the fact that my (semi controversial) answer had its comments wiped out 3 times without explanation while other highly voted answer comments remained intact is concerning to me. I’m not saying we’re being ...


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For those that lack 10K reputation, and thus are unable to see deleted questions, the Wayback Machine is a great tool. (M)SE, and more specifically the post mentioned was frequently captured. The last capture before deletion can be found here. The next capture, ~15 mins later, shows the 404 page to indicate the question was deleted.


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but in many ways, the post was an above-average StackOverflow post. That's kinda sad. Not to dump on this question - I'm sure the asker was trying his best - but as it stood when it was closed, this was not a good question. Let's start with the title: Can someone figure this thing out for me? That is a title that does not describe the problem. It's ...


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It doesn't make any difference if the deletion is what would normally be done (and I might even dispute that); that it was done now, in the current climate, is unconsidered and only bound to feed into ideas of skepticism, doubt, and mistrust. If nothing more, the appearance of its deletion is that (1) SE doesn't like the bad image it's getting, (2) isn't ...


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I wasn't going to go out on a limb but since a follow up question has been asked... More importantly, why is it any of your business? ...I would like to address that. I for one am concerned about answers rather than the question. What I see in "Croissants", look painfully familiar to an issue that does so much damage at Programmers: Answers ...


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Oh my. Disclaimer: I'm the OP of the question. Firstly, anyone looking at this thread from outside is scared. Really. So much hate in there... Please, don't bite me. I bite back. And I have a pet velociraptor. So, when I wrote the question, did I think it was on-topic? Yes. Did it lack effort in research? Definitely. Here is the story: it's a real issue ...


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I admit, my answer was obviously a lot more over the top than I had intended. I should have simply voted to close and left a comment instead. However, at the most fundamental level, we're not talking about RTFM for that guy, because the fact that he didn't memorize a specific flag or function isn't the problem. The problem is that he does not have a minimal ...


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Why are you being so insistent about this? No one here cares about your little feud (if you can even call it that). If you find a comment rude, flag it and let it be deleted. If you're offended in a way that makes you want to withdraw your answer from that question, all the power to you. Let it go and move on. Harassing users to apologize for a comment by ...


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I don't know why I but I can tell you my reaction. Next time I will think twice before devoting as much time to write an answer. Writing and rewriting to cut the cruft and leave the essential message. Formatting. Orthography. Checking comments and incorporating suggestions for improvement. All down the drain. Why do I devote effort here if this is the ...


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The Q&A format we use for meta support plays a lot of roles it wasn't really designed to handle seamlessly, but we've mixed and reused these tools to get a lot of functionality out of this site. In this case, the post wasn't so much a "question", but an announcement informing folks of the agreement reached. The Q&A format allowed folks to react and ...


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What's happening here? It feels like much of this dialogue is in one of two camps: This is but one example of how the pervasive nastiness here is detroying our repution, or I'd rather hear the raw, straight blunt truth than some lovely lies; the answers the OP got were perfectly fine. Both of those are at least partially wrong. While we are attracting a ...


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I agree that we need to be nicer to users. However, Stack Overflow is for professional and enthusiast programmers, people who write code because they love it. We generally expect someone to have the basic knowledge needed to write code. In fact, we have a close reason that specifically addresses that: Questions asking for code must demonstrate a ...


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Zero effort While I do think the question is on-topic for SO, I think it shows zero effort. To demonstrate, let's take a part of the original question and reword it, just a little bit. I have replaced "algorithm" with "c# code": So, how is this related to Stack Overflow? I want an algorithmc# code to decide who's going to buy the croissants next week. ...


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Your question was flagged as offensive. You sounded incredibly pissed off (especially in the original title, before it was edited). That didn't really help matters — while your irate tone didn't contain anything offensive by the usual definition of the word, on the surface, from the mod queue it probably looked like you didn't have a serious question to ask ...


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Here's the original question for everyone. What does for i=0 or whatever it is mean? Please explain how this works, when to use it, what it means, and why it helps. I know nothing about it and I figure I should know if I want to be a good programmer. I think 15 is old enough to know that this is just a plain lazy post. The OP apparently gets that, since ...


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Reading just the comments on your answer I see no hostility. The other user is giving you fairly constructive feedback. He doesn't agree with your approach and explains why he disagrees. In other words, he is just stating his opinion, in a calm and reasoned manner. He's entirely entitled to that opinion. If you disagree with that opinion, then that's more ...


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First off, the answer to this question is easy: Should it be left open? Power to the people? Yeah, that. There's nothing particularly exceptional about this question apart from its popularity; given that most of the attention is coming from this post and SO itself, I'm not too worried that it'll be overlooked by the community. Moving beyond that, I'd ...


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The real issue here was that the question needed to be closed for repairs, and then re-opened, but the user didn't know what that meant and got upset. It's a secondary issue that the upset manifested as deleting the question - it can always be undeleted - the primary issue is that even after renaming closing to On Hold users still see it as a hostile act. ...


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I don't understand what's wrong with this as an audit. It's a highly-upvoted, clear question with (as far as I can see) a few solid answers. There's no "offensive" close reason. You're thinking of the "edit" button. If you ignore the "p**p" for a moment*, the question clearly describes a specific coding problem, demonstrates understanding of the domain, and ...


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After digging a little, I was able to figure out that the answer was deleted because the user posted exact copies of the answer to a plethora of different questions. 1 2 3 4 5 Since you claim that the answer is helpful for that question, I'll leave that one undeleted since I already undeleted it. But at least you have some sort of explanation.


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Actually, there are three bad questions: What are some recent Web programming good practices and Standards? Why Won't these 2 columns align? Best Way to Build a Fluid HTML and CSS Page What makes these 'bad' questions? For What are some recent Web programming good practices and standards, it's the textbook definition of Not Constructive. You ask: Now I ...


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Your question is built around the premise that SO exists to help someone answer a question that they are asking. You have a problem with this question because you know that the person asking it knows the answer, and thus doesn't need your help. Your assumption is not correct. SO exists to create a repository of knowledge useful to the wider audience of ...


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The OP said: This is a general discussion I would like to take up. This is addressed in the Help Center: If your motivation for asking the question is “I would like to participate in a discussion about ______”, then you should not be asking here. The OP also said: I know this is not a programming related question and maybe a better question for other SO ...


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