Matthew Haugen
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To show downvoter's name
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Voting is deliberately anonymous, both up and down. If someone wants to share their name with you or the reasons for their vote, they'll do so. If we opened up the system to letting everyone see who ...

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Ownership of Stack Exchange
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Who owns SE? Is it an individual, an organization, or some international government initiative? Stack Exchange has a CEO named Joel Spolsky. It is an incorporation. I don't know anything about their ...

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What does "not constructive" mean, and how does it differ from "too chatty"?
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I think it's the first one as well. But I also agree that there's a lot of ambiguity, and we aren't taught a lot (as moderators or users) about comment flagging. I would consider these comments not ...

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Can we let readers know that a post was published through mobile web browser?
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An interesting idea, but I don't think we should. I don't think formatting errors should be excused. They should be edited. And that's the case whether or not they were posted through the mobile web. ...

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Why these restrictions are necessary
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A quick preface: at the two hundred rep point level on a single site for the first time, you're immediately rewarded one hundred rep points on every other site. So you just have to hit that on one, ...

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About all the things ideas one might try to promote hoping something might make it to the real world as a helpful solution to some problem
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Stack Exchange was built on a central philosophy of making information super easy to find. In a world of forums, it can be extremely difficult to actually find what's being asked, and worse, what the ...

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How do we help people with bad questions?
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This is just my personal opinion, of course, I don't know whether other people will agree. In general, I take the "philosophy of the Stack Exchange network" to be as you said: help people. The ...

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How to deal with downvotes on an answer I posted that is accepted?
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The appropriate response, as with any down-vote, is to edit your post. If you honestly believe that you've done everything in your power to edit it and it's the prime example of what a post can be (...

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Creating a StackExchange Question-Bot
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The idea of Stack Exchange is to answer people's questions. Questions, funnily enough, are but a prerequisite to the all-powerful answers we're looking to collect. Because of that, there would be very ...

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How do weekly topic challenges work?
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Note: The Startups site has been closed. Startups beta has started a topic challenge (https://startups.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/153/what-would-make-a-good-weekly-topic-challenge?cb=1) ...

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Area 51 %Answered: can we have decimals?
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I think those statistics are really meant more as a lightweight "here's an idea of where you are" kind of deal. They aren't really supposed to be 100% accurate, 100% of the time, and as such,...

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Where to post free-time job offers?
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Stack Exchange is a lot of things, but I fear a competitor to Craigslist it is not. In other words, yes, it is "only suitable for 'real' questions." Your thinking that Graphic Design is the &...

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Inconsistency of Tag definitions across the various Stack Exchange sites
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Stack Exchange sites (and notice that I didn't use the term forums, for they are not forums) live separately in the network. They interact only by sharing users and the occasional migration, but for ...

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After posting my question, I realized that I have solved it. What follows?
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You can answer it! The help center has a nice couple paragraphs on this (pasted below), but essentially it's great to share what you've learned with the community, so answering your own questions is ...

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How can I improve questions marked as duplicate?
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The second one. Just because a question is a duplicate doesn't mean it has to be phrased poorly. I'm saying this without looking at all into your asking history, so I don't mean to call you out as ...

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Why is there no badge for having a question shared on the SE Google+ feed?
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Just because a question is featured on the Hot Network Questions list or posted to a Google+ feed doesn't immediately make it good. Something can be popular but not good. There was a post a few weeks ...

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Strawman argument made to keep closed post closed
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I can't help but notice two things. The moderator commented on your meta post. He didn't suggest that what he was saying was an answer. You don't appear to have requested clarification from him. ...

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Should "How to use <kbd> tags" be included in the "How To Format" list?
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I definitely think this is a good idea. Although we've all seen <kbd>'s go bad, so it might be nice to have a little "you can use the <kbd> tag, but make sure you use it for good"...

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Add extra info about user's bio
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I feel like this would be a step in something of the wrong direction. It's certainly been said before, but Stack Exchange isn't a social networking site. The bio field is provided as a fun addition so ...

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Regarding the acedemic elitism or 'rule' by small intellectual 'oligarchies' that seems to be present in these sites
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I respect your concerns here, but I must say, I've never seen a situation where a very good, on-topic question was closed by members of a community, let alone locked. It's hard to really tell you ...

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Link all my Stack Exchange user names
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There are a couple types of reputation on SE. There's per-site, and an aggregate network-wide rep. Per-site rep is what we typically think of, because that's what gives privileges and that's what you ...

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Can associating my real identity with Stack Exchange have any serious risk?
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I am, for the purposes of this answer, disregarding the cases of those who may face religious or political persecution for their participation on sites which fundamentally disagree with the sanctions ...

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What should I do when a user stops responding to me in comment?
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I did what I always do to answers like this, and lost track of myself. The short answer is down there, in bold. Obligatory Philosophical Rant I think this is a great question, and I don't know why it'...

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Discussion about pro and cons for allowing up-voting to very new users
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Beyond the principle of it, which I think is part of what Oded is talking about, think of the practical aspects. What does an upvote mean? In theory, it means that it's a well-composed, clear, and ...

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Is it feasible to start writing a question and SE could find which forum is best for the question?
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Stack Exchange sites are not forums. If you have a viable question and you aren't sure where to ask it, the appropriate place to look for recommendations here, on Meta Stack Exchange. That's the ...

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Is Stack Overflow really beneficial to beginners in programming?
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Stack Overflow is not a resource to teach people how to program. It is meant for solving programming problems, not for teaching programming. So as far as that's concerned, no, it's not a good resource ...

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How to remove my post that has an upvoted answer?
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I'm not sure which question you're talking about, but as far as I know, you can delete your question as long as it doesn't have an up-voted answer. That's an important distinction to explain why you ...

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Why reputation needed for commenting but not for answers?
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Comments play a very different role than answers. Comments are used for clarification, and constructive criticism. Many new users come from forums, and other websites where comments are useful for ...

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Tutorial on starting Stack Exchange chat
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Chat has an FAQ that probably answers most of your questions as far as typical use of chat. As for the creation of rooms, you can visit https://chat.stackexchange.com as you have, then click "...

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A question was deleted; how do I recover my answer?
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Users with access to moderation tools can view deleted questions. On Stack Overflow, that privilege is earned at 10,000 rep points (and, of course, diamond moderators have it). Your best bet is ...

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