David Thomas
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How to see who (up|down)voted?
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I don't believe this is possible, primarily for the fear of negative consequences (a downvoted user returning down-votes, for example). Requests for the feature typically meet with a status-bydesign (...

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Capitalize "possible" in the automatically inserted comments when you vote to close as a dupe
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Seriously, you don't even need to do anything other than add one CSS rule: span.comment-copy:first-letter { text-transform: uppercase; } How is that such a big deal, from the Stack Exchange ...

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Can I ping any user I want to take a look at my question?
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No, he won't be notified; nor would I support any feature-request to enable that prompting mechanism, as it would inevitably lead to an avalanche of spam notifications and requests for our more '...

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What should I do if a question I wrote was inaccurate?
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If the answers that were provided answered the question that you asked, then a new question should be posted to reflect what you meant to ask; otherwise it feels, and this is entirely subjective, ...

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Posting questions by email?
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This function does not, as yet, exist in Stack Overflow. Nor can I imagine it ever will, mainly because I can't see any advantages to the submit-by-email approach. I do, however, see at least one ...

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Is it recommended for a new user (<200, say) to stick to asking questions and not giving as many answers?
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There's no particular reason that you should stick to one, or the other, based on your reputation. This, or stackexchange, is a questions and answers network; if you have a question to ask then you ...

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Off-site harassment by an SE user
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While I understand the frustration/irritation I feel any action taken by SE, or its moderators, would be analogous to a school punishing a student for activities done elsewhere and would overstep the ...

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Why are most real 'programming' questions un-naswered or less popular on Stack Overflow?
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Without seeing the questions to which you refer I'm unable to say when they were posted, but it's worth remembering that, in the early/earlier days of Stack Overflow, the definition of what was ...

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Does JavaScript and jQuery mean the same thing?
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The reason I personally, albeit only on occasion, answer JavaScript-tagged questions with a jQuery solution is a simple mistake, every now and then I see a question that would be easy (-ish) to solve ...

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Autoconvert site-internal-link-only answers to comments
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My own inclination is, if the answer is solely a link to another Stack Overflow page (or same-site on the Stack Exchange network) the answerer should be prompted to post a full answer, explaining how ...

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Should we make exceptions for the "lesser" Stack Exchange sites?
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No, we shouldn't. The idea is that those questions asked during the early days establish the focus, and essentially become/define the site itself, and its 'acceptable' questions. Allowing easy, off-...

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How to deal with overly condescending community members?
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While I agree that there are some condescending, and dispiriting, comments left by some users, I don't feel that this merits a new feature. Possibly it might be nice to extend the possibility of down-...

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Stack Overflow Annual User Survey 2013 Edition
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The options following the "Which of the following best describes your occupation?" question: Are a little meaningless to those of us that 'don't work in tech': I'd suggest either not showing those ...

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Should we strive to edit or preserve very old low-quality questions?
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If you feel the question merits interest, in that it drew your attention, then it's inherently a worthwhile question (if only to you and the person who initially asked it). As it's a worthwhile ...

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Where do I ask questions not covered by any of the SE sites?
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If you ask a question on a site wherein it would be considered 'off-topic,' then it will be closed as such; which makes the exercise rather pointless for you, and irritating to those that have to ...

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Answering comment-answered questions
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I think, of the three, I'd prefer the first as a more...well-mannered (?) option. The second seems the most likely to work, but even as a CW answer, it feels inherently rude to 'copy' somebody's ...

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Stack Exchange iOS app nearing beta
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The two comments I have are: the iPhone-optimised design is uncomfortable on the iPad; it's either too large and clunky or it's too small and difficult to use (for me, ymmv, obviously) in a touch ...

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Do users with higher reputation have their questions start off with more votes?
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I don't believe there's any stats that prove this (and I still don't understand the Stack Exchange Data explorer enough to compose a query) either way; but it seems reasonable that questions from ...

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Which questions are closed?
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Typically questions that are considered (which is, obviously, an entirely subjective decision to make) outside the scope of Stackoverflow, as defined in the FAQ: a specific programming problem a ...

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Would the Community rather have me ask an "easy" question or wait to find the answer on my own?
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I think, as a whole, we're open to these types of questions, so long as you meet a couple of criteria: Try and search for the question before you ask/post your question (there's a good chance that it,...

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Cannot flag additional comments if violate 5 second timer rule
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While this might be a bug, it seems likely that this is, in fact, status-bydesign, since it would probably prevent a flurry of (possibly accidental) flags. And, with the best will in the world, given ...

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Allow 1 rep users to comment if approved by 2 members?
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I'd personally prefer to see this status-declined, for two main reasons: Comments are, as noted by @Shog9 'incidental' to the Q&A format, and intent, of the site. They allow for some discussion ...

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Where would a user ask a question for help with implementing math formulas in C#,C++,etc?
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3 votes

For pure math you should try the Math Stackexchange site. For math as it applies to algorithms and programming, perhaps Programmers would be the better place? Though it's not a site that I frequent, ...

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Identify answers which might yet get accepted
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While I agree with your assertion that: The Answers section in my profile distinguishes between answers which have been accepted and those which have not, but for the latter does not show whether ...

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is there a way to track when others have commented on my answers on stackoverflow?
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May I point you towards the Global Inbox? Essentially, when an a comment is left to one of your answers the StackExchange link (upper left, above the Stack Overflow icon) will have a number, with a ...

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Which Stack Exchange Site should I ask questions that will reach web designers?
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Once upon a time the appropriate resource was Doctype, but I've not seen it mentioned in recent months. I'd suggest that you ask questions related to the mechanisms of your design (JS/HTML/CSS...) on ...

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Keeping your Stack Overflow ID from your colleagues' prying eyes
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Personally, I don't keep it a secret, but since I work in healthcare, as an ODP (a non-programming-related job), it is of little relevance to my colleagues anyway... One reason for keeping it a ...

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Should downvotes on questions attract a larger penalty?
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I believe your assumptions are flawed: People will structure their questions to a much higher quality. Given that the majority of 'bad' questions, in my experience, are posted by new users (rep < ...

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Tags disappeared from https://stackoverflow.com/unanswered
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This seems to still be here, albeit perhaps by a different route; if you click on a tag you're interested in seeing unanswered questions for: and then, on the new page, click the 'unanswered' tab, ...

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Why can't we see the selected reasons when there are pending close votes for a question?
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I'm not entirely sure what you mean by 'thread,' but I take it you mean questions? The problem is that you have to select a reason to close ('not a real question,' 'off-topic,' 'subjective and ...

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