Simon P Stevens
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Is there a way to see who voted on your posts?
69 votes

No. Voting is anonymous.

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Can we stop recommending the Dragon Book, please?
48 votes

The problem here is answerers blindly referring users to "the dragon book" not having read it themselves. The full solution to the problem is don't recommend books you haven't read just because you ...

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What to do about religious salutations
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33 votes

I think the policy of salutation removal should remain exactly the same. That is by far the least discriminatory, just treat everyone the same; all salutations are removed regardless of religious or ...

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What to do when your question has an old, stale, unanswered duplicate?
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20 votes

Firstly consider why the old one hasn't been answered (is it badly written, is it unanswerable, is it in the wrong place, etc). Ask your question, making sure you avoid the mistakes the old one made. ...

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Benfords law as it relates to SO reputation
14 votes

Could the excess number of 3s as starting digits be related to the fact that 3000 is the required rep level for closing/reopening posts, which is kind of the last stepping point before 10k. If people ...

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Ban URL shortening services
13 votes

While I agree with the sentiment (I hate the use url shortening services where length isn't relevant), I don't think banning them will do any good. There are dozens of such services, and keeping a ban ...

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Answers that direct towards material that infringes copyright
10 votes

Edit: The following statement is my personal viewpoint only. There seems to be some legal uncertainty as to whether the suggested behaviour would be considered a good thing. I would suggest you read ...

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Should there be a reputation cost for duplicate questions?
9 votes

You're acting like all duplicates are a bad thing. If a question is hard to locate (perhaps because of multiple different sets of terminology), then a duplicate that uses different terminology to ...

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How the heck am I supposed to contribute to this site?
6 votes

Vote. When you see a question that you would have asked, if it's written well, vote for it. When you see an answer that helps you out. Vote for it. Voting is contributing too. One day you will ...

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Stack Overflow as an OpenID provider?
5 votes

There are already more than enough OpenID providers. What OpenID really needs is more sites to support it as the primary login system.

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Should I work really hard to get back on the first page of users on Stack Overflow, or try to get a life?
5 votes

Do either because you want to do it, not because you have a goal of keeping up with others rep. Rep is a moving target, and those at the top are hitting the rep limit every day, so the only way to ...

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Is it ok to edit other people's answers to add links?
5 votes

After actually going to edit the answer I noticed this along side the editing page: Good Edits Fix grammatical or spelling errors. Clarify meaning without changing it. Correct minor ...

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Why would you want to do that? or I can't see any reason to do that
4 votes

There will always be one or two people who question your motives. Give enough detail to indicate you have thought about what you are attempting, but don't feel that you have to justify yourself all ...

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Has SO experienced any freakonomics since the introduction of careers?
4 votes

Has anyone else changed the way they use SO since the introduction of CSO? No. I have always used my real name online for a reason. I think it's a good thing that people are accountable for what ...

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Can we stop recommending the Dragon Book, please?
4 votes

David, Let's assume you've read all the books you are talking about. (I happen to have read none of them, so won't comment on the suitability of each). Why don't you write a review of each, (as one ...

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Why so few algorithmic questions?
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3 votes

As you say, frameworks hide much of the internal algorithms. The average programmer doesn't care about sorting algorithms, they just call myArray.Sort() Those involved in algorithm research are ...

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Is there a way to know which question/answer is linked to a badge on my own profile?
3 votes

No it's not possible. And it's not something they are going to do. see here and here for the reasons.

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Removal of <table>s from SO HTML
2 votes

There is nothing wrong with the use of the <table> tag when it is used for tabular data. I would argue that the SO questions view is a table of questions. Using <div>s for a tabular ...

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Should careers early adopters get upgraded to the lifetime membership?
1 votes

I agree. I joined early and paid $25 to file my CV under the premise that I may want to use it at some point in the next 3 years. I assume that when I actually do file, it will only be for a brief ...

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Popular Questions Badge: Show Which Question is the Popular Question
1 votes

Jeff has already decided that they won't be implementing this feature. He said: This is intentional and by design. Badges are supposed to incite curiosity about why the badge exists and what ...

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How do I accept an answer -- where do I click?
0 votes

If some people can't see how to do it without asking, perhaps the interface needs redesigning. Maybe some help text somewhere directly on your question (obviously only visible to the question author)...

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Should the weight of downvotes be increased?
0 votes

I like the idea of increasing the effect of down votes to -5. (Also I'm for increasing the cost to -2). As an alternative suggestion; How about the rep received for an answer (or question) is ...

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Change “new users can’t do X” to “you need Y rep to do X”
-2 votes

New users won't understand the concept of rep, so telling them "you need x rep" is just going to confuse them. On the other hand "new users can't do..." is easy to understand for someone new to the ...

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