There are two alternative solutions to this:
positive filtering: only show hot questions / sites that I'm active on. Much less noise, but doesn't achieve goal Jeff mentions — exposing you to questions from whole SE.
negative filtering: show everything, except the sites that I explicitly block. This will lead to some initial noise, but I will be able ...
Considering just how many duplicates and alternate versions of this question there are, it's shocking just how pitifully inadequate the response from the developers has been.
I'm tempted to believe that it's yet another case of SEO overriding user experience, but crawlers wouldn't get filtered, so that can't be the issue either. Seriously, what gives?
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Kevin Montrose's concern is that ordinary users will be confused by an entropy meter. That does not justify blocking good passwords, which is what the current system does.
A simple way to satisfy both criteria:
Calculate entropy in the background. Any password with entropy over some threshold will get accepted.
Passwords with less entropy than that fall ...
As of a few minutes ago, we are replacing the pending suggested edit count in the top bar with the number of pending reviews for diamond moderators and folks with the "moderation tools" privilege (i.e. 10k users on graduated sites and whatever that level's at on betas):
We are excluding the Close Vote queue from this on Stack Overflow, and there's a minimum ...
First off, I'm not wild about doing anything to the registration system right now. Not on any one site, and definitely not network-wide. We're working on a design for a complete revamp of the global login system (the one that in theory lets you log in on one site and be logged in automatically on the rest) - hopefully, it'll work to make login and ...
I like this idea.
Simply because currently, for me at least, it is a race against the robo upvoters to get to the problematic posts and flag them before they get taken out of the queue. Faster skipping of ok posts (or ones I can't really judge) would really help.
Update: The new system for dealing with association bonuses is now deployed across the network. It's more reliable, faster, and simpler. I also ran a backfill of association bonuses that should have taken care of anyone who should have one anywhere on the network (please comment here if you find an exception - I'll take a look).
Now for the bad news: I'll ...
I don't think your proposed feature is needed.
What is "advanced" depends on what the reader knows, so such a tag adds no reliable information. This is the same problem as a basic tag for questions.
Anyone who is "scared off" at first encounter with an answer he doesn't understand has problems that the SE community should not try to pander to.
I think the idea behind the a:visited color is that to make it blend into the text more. The user has already visited the link, so it doesn't need to stand out as much. Basically, the blue color is mixed together with the black to make it flow into the text more. While I understand the idea, I think it is a bad one. I like my links to still pop out at me no ...
You're absolutely right that we can do more to get new reviewers active in all of our review queues. We're exploring a bunch of possibilities, but it will take some time to figure out what the right approach is; the ideas we like most are much more technically complicated than the ideas we could do fast, so we're trying to find a good balance.
There are a ...
It is the same process as with improving any other answer.
If you know, with confidence, what the author of the code had in mind, you can edit to explain what the code is and how the part of the code that relates to the question works.
If you don't, you can leave a comment. It should be obvious from the wording of your comment what exactly requires ...
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With the vast openness of the Stack Exchange Network, it can sometimes be confusing where exactly a question is supposed to go. If you are unsure after reading site FAQs, or if you cannot find ...
Your question is a false dichotomy. The FAQs aren't the "FM" for a user interface, they are the FM of a community of humans. The mechanics of the UI are, in fact, about as self-explanatory as any web site is likely to be. The issues of topicality, civility, etc. are self-explanatory insofar as anyone who watches the site for a few days will see them all in ...
What you are refering to are code-only answers. They are a known issue on this site because they mostly explain how to do something but not why you should do it or how it works.
What should I do ?
I see them as low quality posts and treat them as so. Simply comment and ask for more information. Most users will edit their posts to add ...
I've used @RyanTernier's idea of have desktop alerts and made a userscript to do this.
This userscript will make HTML5 notifications popup when something happens on a question that you have open in a different tab. This is useful for keeping track of events without having to keep going back to see whether a new comment has been added, or ...
The misuse of comments starts with users who post endless "me too", "I agree", and other such banal chit-chat. Having said that, if you really did post two consecutive, useful comments in 15 seconds, that is an unusual edge case.
Stack Exchange is a wide-open and largely anonymous public forum. As such, one of our best defense against wide-spread misuse, ...
The problem with the suggested layout is that when I want to carry out the action I have to read both of the links to get the idea of what they do. If the other is a button and the other is a link, I can just click on the button without reading it because by now I know its general location and what it does. Having to cancel the action is much more rare and ...
I am way late to this ball game, but I have to raise a point that I
don't think anyone else has mentioned. Markdown behaves this way
for a specific reason:
Readability, however, is emphasized above all else. A Markdown-formatted
document should be publishable as-is, as plain text, without looking
like it’s been marked up with tags or formatting ...
Each site's FAQ makes it very clear what the site is about and what kind of questions are expected.
For example, Stack Overflow's FAQ says
Stack Overflow is for professional and enthusiast programmers, people
who write code because they love it. We feel the best Stack Overflow
questions have a bit of source code in them, but if your question
We've made some changes that should make this experience a little more consistent with the way the rest of the site works when you try to do something without sufficient reputation.
There is no longer a call to action to vote if you don't have sufficient reputation.
There's a little less "Do this thing! Wait, you can't do it!" now (because that was mean ...
I liked having my name in the top bar. It was a nice visual indication that I was logged into the site.
I also liked having a ♦ as a visual indication that I was a moderator on a site.
Now my name is gone, there is only my avatar, which at this size is just some random unrecognizable picture. (Ok, more recognizable than the square bra.)
Please bring back ...
Being part of the same spam-fighting squad as you, I ran into the same problem and wrote a userscript a week ago which helps hiding the banners, and prevents the page jump:
// @name Hide ads
// @namespace http://www.project3851.com/
// @description Hides advertisements so that the flag link doesn't jump while loading the page
Would it be possible to just put the k after the number instead?
This should also be used on views to keep it consistent.
And, since it's already used on reputation 21.7k it would be consistent with the rest of the site.
Filters, aka Tagged Questions, are still around.
It's just that the "Tagged Questions" nav link was replaced with a "My Filters" sub-nav link under "Hot Questions". So, to access your filters, click "Hot Questions", then click "My Filters".
EDIT: The "Tagged Questions" link was replaced with a "Filtered Questions" link, which only appears in the nav for ...
Most of the time, I don't think that code only answers need to be improved.
When I'm looking through the low quality review queue and I come across a code only answer, I'll typically have a look at the question to see what other answers have been given. Usually there is at least one other answer on the question that either has the same / similar code ...