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Full disclosure... I lost 410 Rep on SO the other day due to a deleted user. I fully agree with the arguments made above. If the deleted votes are the result of an account merge, then it makes total sense to remove them, since double-counting of votes shouldn't be allowed. However, if a user has their account deleted, either from questionable behavior or of ...


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Thank you for this heartfelt, encouraging message, and for being willing to have the conversation that preceded it instead of just walking away. We need more of that at Stack Exchange. It's too easy to forget that, behind the gravatar and user name, there is an actual human being. We have text-only interactions, sometimes limited to messages of a few ...


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Hope your server can handle it Bring it.


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I'm not gonna call this completed; as you and everyone else reading this know, we do still throw away some votes for some user-deletions... and probably always will for the reasons you noted in your proposal. But we have a system in place to prevent the most disruptive forms of vote deletion, and we've been using it for a while now without major issues. ...


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I don't want to take a position on this until I see some data. What causes users to get deleted? Are there a lot of respectable users who have had enough, and want to quit voluntarily? Or are there a lot of spammers? If there are lots of spammers, do many of them vote on questions they post answers to, or do they typically not get enough rep for that before ...


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Scroll down for updated, ready-to-use comments. I think Shog9's answer to the Meta Software Engineering question is good enough: I hate to sound callous about this, but... This isn't a support group; y'all probably aren't trained to deal with the outpouring of grief and despair of someone you've never met and may have absolutely nothing in common ...


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I go by ‘they’, and I speak for myself, not on behalf of all queer folks. What I understand of Monica's position—based previously on public TL leaks and now on what heather has relayed—is a little baffling to me. Nevertheless, it seems that SE.inc have foolishly chosen Monica as a scapegoat for much larger issues—and now, having put their corporate foot in ...


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The Stack Exchange sites are full of people. Some (by no means all or even a majority) occasionally act scary or crazy. That said, I don't think your examples qualify as examples of scary or crazy behaviour. I have seen other users get flamed for seemingly minor "offenses". Depending on your definition of "flamed" you should never see this. Flag such ...


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Unless I'm mistaken, this is still the current guidance on what's allowed in user profiles. And while I find myself struggling slightly to suppress my skepticism, I'm willing to assume good faith anyway. So I'll take you at your word that you were not being deliberately provocative and offensive in your choices, and not being deliberately disingenuous in ...


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I will trawl Google's nether regions before posting a question on SO. I will scour forums that still think blinking text is cool, before asking a question on SO. I have never asked a question on SO. This is only my second on ALL the Exchange sites. That's amazing and exactly what you should be doing. We don't want people to be posting questions because ...


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You can reference another user using their name, and optionally by linking to a relevant question or answer that they wrote, or to their profile page (probably not useful/helpful). This isn't the same as the @ reply used in comments, which actually isn't a reference to a user, but a reply to them. See How do comment @replies work? for more information about ...


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I feel this is unfair to the people that dedicate their time to regularly answering question on StackOverflow. Part of Stack's appeal is that you can get a reputable individual to answer your tough technical question. Without the people performing the work of answering these questions, the site really loses its appeal. Reputation points are rewards for ...


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Fear not, he's just a troll... Now while I highly doubt that they will be successful, action should still be taken against someone who makes a threat like that. Nah, not worth the time or the effort. The moderators should just destroy the account, and forget all about it. The user had just created an account, so removing the answer and banning the ...


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I ran this query to gather data on all Stack Overflow users with over 1000 reputation. That got a total of 4,711 unique locations for 48,924 users. Of those 48,924 users, 13,138 did not list a location. Of the remaining 35,786 users, I manually inputted the country for 28,490 (almost 80%), which is the 437 most input locations, and also all locations with ...


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This may make me hugely unpopular, but I don't think we need to do jack to encourage a more friendly environment. I think we need to do more to encourage quality in the environment we have. Of course we should not allow people to be blatantly hostile and unwelcoming, but if someone is being a lazy prat asking questions that are clearly answered in the ...


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I am going to broadcast this question in all it ridiculousness far and wide and you will be hit with every NRA member in the country and then some. Hope your sever can handle it I'm not sure how worried Joel and Shog should be about a bunch of gun-toting rednecks launching a distributed denial of service attack against their network. As random said, this ...


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This is something we're aware of, and currently mitigating. We do have some rather comprehensive facilities in place to handle this sort of thing, however I consider this person to be highly competent and you'll probably see them surface some more before it ends. I've got some changes to send over regarding how chat is wired up to the spam / abuse ...


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The answer undoubtedly is Jon Skeet. The closest 2nd rank holder is Gilles. The SEDE query by rene is really helpful for generating an entire list.


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I used to view freedom as a license to do pretty much anything that wasn't illegal or unethical. If someone else was bothered by it, it was their freedom to be bothered or not bothered by whatever they chose. They could choose to react differently to it; there was no requirement for them to react by taking offense. Until the shoe was on the other foot. ...


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Is there a way to block him entirely? Well... Maybe... But if that's not convenient, just flag and move on. The mods are used to this clown, and have no qualms about just destroying new accounts as they come in. I've been keeping my own little list as well.


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If you lose reputation points because a user account was deleted, there is currently no way to tell which of your questions or answers were affected. Would it exceed all of the abilities of software technology to change that?


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As Seth indicated, when a user account is deleted, the votes they cast are removed from the system. In this particular case, we uncovered a fairly massive ring of users who had been committing vote fraud in [iphone] and [ios] for the last two years. Most of these accounts were removed, as well as some of the plagiarized content they had been posting. ...


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Has there been any attempt to objectively estimate Stack Overflow users skill? Yes, this has been done in a recently released StackApp called StackRating. Each question was seen as a "game", the responders were seen as "players" and the outcome of each game was determined by the votes. The players skill was then estimated using the Elo rating system. In a ...


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This is pretty much answered by the tooltip you get when you hover over the "participation" sort link: Users most active on this site in the last 60 days (combined number of posts, votes, comments and edits). -- that's all it is. Take the sum of those four values and sort the users based on those sums. The only minor details that are not in the tooltip ...


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Well, now there is! Simply edit the display name, and enter this query into the Stack Exchange Data Explorer (or click here). DECLARE @DisplayName VARCHAR(200) SET @DisplayName = 'Jon Skeet' SELECT CAST(CAST(StartHour AS VARCHAR(2)) + ':' + CAST(StartMinute AS VARCHAR(2)) AS TIME) AS StartTime , CAST(CAST(EndHour AS VARCHAR(2)) + ':' + CAST(EndMinute AS ...


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2018 Answer: We're going to consider this. This didn't make as much sense in 2009 as it does today mostly because in 2009, people came here for the rules; they were fed up with other platforms where the noise far outweighed the signal and at that time a little abrasiveness, even when kinda obsessive, was a price most were okay with paying for high signal ...


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