JDB
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Should Stack Exchange in general be awarding "A"s for Effort?
229 votes

Surely the important goal here is the production of well-asked, well-answered questions, right? Not visible self-flagellation... When I ask for effort, what I'm really looking for is a starting ...

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An apology to our community, and next steps
50 votes

I've really struggled with how or whether to respond to this. I think others have already expressed my feelings in one way or another, but I fear that maybe SE will miss the message if they don't hear ...

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Why do I receive downvotes when I am genuinely trying to learn?
48 votes

I think an error many beginner programmers make is to look at Stack Overflow as if it was their mentor. As a beginner, it is helpful to have a mentor who can answer simple questions that have been ...

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Why are some posts treated differently from others?
42 votes

Why are posts handled inconsistently? There are many reasons why content on the site may be inconsistently handled. The simplest answer is that different people are viewing different posts and decide ...

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How should "do my homework" questions be closed? (Missing "demonstrate minimal understanding")
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29 votes

Simple - this question is not off-topic. It's low quality and not useful and doesn't show any research and should be down voted without mercy and eventually deleted (actually - it already has been ...

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Why do questions on Stack Overflow have to be based on facts?
20 votes

It doesn't make sense to go to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and complain that they didn't have any paintings by Monet or Rembrandt, or to go to the National Portrait Gallery and ...

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Close Votes review: I'm going on a strike!
19 votes

[Note From The Future] This discussion moved forward since I posted this and my views have evolved. Originally, there was some conflation of the review queue size and the number of questions that ...

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Can we have a system to submit potential robo-reviewers for moderators attention?
14 votes

I really like this idea and I really want to upvote... except that I'm pretty sure a flag like this would be heavily overused. See, there are a lot of different opinions on what constitutes a proper ...

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Should I reword this question to get it reopened?
12 votes

In response to your comment: @JBD: not only why, but also how. Indeed I can't see any issue comparing my question with the checklist. – Giacomo Tesio 7 mins ago Let us take a careful look at your ...

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Ctrl+C is not working a lot of times when editing a question or answering a question
10 votes

Carefully examine your keyboard. If it resembles this... ...then you may need a new keyboard.

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Make Ctrl+K indent entire lines even when the first and last are only partially highlighted
10 votes

I support this proposal. Based on the current behavior, the assumption would appear to be that we write posts like this: I am having an issue with foo when I pass in an uninitialized bar: var bar; //...

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What's wrong with putting "EDIT: ..." in the body of a post?
10 votes

There's a fundamental tension at work in the posts on Stack Overflow. As with all truly great endeavors (and SO is a great endeavor), the tension exists between the vision, with its clean lines and ...

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Can we extend or alter the 'First Posts' functionality?
10 votes

I've quoted this before, but it's a good one so I'll do it again: Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe ...

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Sandbox archive
9 votes

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Sandbox archive
9 votes

Testing emoji icons for the new Swift programming language: http://www.globalnerdy.com/2014/06/03/swift-fun-fact-1-you-can-use-emoji-characters-in-variable-constant-function-and-class-names/ ...

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How to make my posts invisible to public searches or delete them?
8 votes

You may not delete questions which have upvoted answers. But, as the owner of that content, you may have your account disassociated from it. Flag the question for moderator attention and ask that the ...

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Debug-me questions solvable with a stack-trace or debugger
7 votes

"Minimal understanding" is too often used as if it meant "Off Topic... you're an idiot" or "Off Topic... go away n00b". That's not what it's for. On most questions where "minimal" has been used (that ...

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How can we measure the cost of displaying comments?
7 votes

I have found comments to be tremendously useful, but at the very least you could say that comments are a sacrificial metal, acting to protect the purity of questions and answers by giving people a ...

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Make reputation/username of answerer visible only on Upvote/Downvote
7 votes

If you use this site for a while, you begin to recognize certain users and to trust what they have to say based on great answers they've posted in the past. Those users are typically trusted by other ...

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Why is improving tag coverage considered a "non-substantial edit"?
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7 votes

Adding a tag in and of itself is neither a minor change nor a major change... it's what you change the tags to that is minor or not. Changing the tag from c# to java is major because it has a profound ...

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Why on Earth was a feature request flagged as a duplicate of a support question?
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7 votes

Anybody with sufficient priveleges can vote to close a question as a duplicate, but it takes 4 people agreeing with them (or 5 if it's a flag, or 1 mod in rare cases) to actually close it. If you ...

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Which is better for help debugging code, Stack Overflow or Code Review?
7 votes

Adding on to Oded's answer, the purpose of the Stack Exchange sites is to create a repository of knowledge for future visitors. Asking a specific question, like "Why does calling foo from bar when baz ...

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How to discourage people encouraging reposting?
7 votes

I believe the primary issue is that migrating a question is non-intuitive, while cross-posting is. The stack exchange sites have different names, different domains, different moderators, different ...

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Why do down-votes not subtract the reputation increase granted by up-votes?
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6 votes

Good question! In lieu of an official explanation, I'm going to hazard a guess: Upvoting is an inherently positive action. People in good moods, feeling generous and happy to see your content are ...

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Shouldn't requirements for down-voting be improved?
6 votes

This situation confirmed my idea that in some cases down-vote means that person who is casting it has no idea about the specific stuff. The basis of your argument and subsequent request is flawed. ...

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I don't always answer myself, but when I do, I fail to ask a good question
6 votes

If it wasn't or it's not enough to feed my curious, sometimes I pay my effort to solve those questions. And after I solved it, I'm happy to make my contribution of the community, I post them as the Q&...

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Should we really be basing migratability on age?
5 votes

I agree that the metrics should be re-examined. Some questions get a lot of attention/votes within a couple days, even though they may be off-topic, so the purpose is kind of defeated. Case in point: ...

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Could the Stack Exchange sites use IBM Watson to answer questions?
5 votes

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How should I flag/downvote answers/questions that are just links without summaries?
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5 votes

Seems like this has already been answered: After some trial and error, I have come to flagging link-only answers as Other with a comment like: "this answer looks more like a comment to me ...

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Why is the CodeRush Xpress for Visual Studio 2012 question considered "Not a real question"?
4 votes

The original question was closed because only the owners of CodeRush could possibly answer that question definitively, thus "cannot be reasonably answered". (Notice that your answer came from a self-...

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