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If you're not a paid employee of SE, and you've got tons of rep... why are you here? Why did you spend hours researching and crafting answers to questions, reviewing and editing questions and answers and so forth? Well, the reason I'm here is because I am literally addicted to the website. There have been several occassions which made me want to leave the ...


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"SU has a newbie-biting problem" Really? As usual, we are ignoring here the bigger elephant in the room. Until profile age or some sort of stronger authentication+some effort to create profiles is required, there is no proof whatsoever low-rep users are newbie users. What we have here in SE, is drive by users who actively do not want to abide with ...


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I'll just add some rules I'm trying to follow. I've been guilty of all these things (and sometimes still am, probably), but at some point I've recognized them as harmful for the community. When downvoting or VTC, always try to leave a comment Is the question unclear? Let OP know what information is missing or which part you don't understand. Is there no info ...


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A large majority of bad questions I see from newbies are people seeking a conversation about how to solve a problem. They don't have their SE qualified question yet because they haven't made it that far before getting stuck. I often find myself telling new users that their question is better suited for a forum where discussion occurs. SE's Q&A format is ...


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People do come here at the ends of their ropes, meaning they don't know where else to go. Often in that many words - and yet we nuke their questions with the "clarity" reason because they "didn't show research effort". IMHO it's OK to ask a user to do more research or update the question in a comment - without downvoting the question. ...


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The general pattern: SU has a problem with newbie biting. All the issues you mentioned are not specific to newbies. I've been asking ~500 questions over 9 years on SU and there is a clear pattern of negativity around here. Negativity deters positive users from sticking around, while negative users remain, so that's the vicious cycle. Being more accountable ...


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Low-hanging fruit: put voting buttons on ALL review queues, either in their typical place to the left of the post being reviewed, or in line with the other review buttons. Make them an explicit option for reviewing.


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First, this is not a callout post. I have two or three specific people in mind with some of the issues I mentioned above, but the thrust of this post is the site's general atmosphere rather than the conduct of those people. If you think I'm talking about you, I probably am, but I don't want to litigate that here and turn what is supposed to be gentle ask to ...


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There's a lot to respond to here, and there's a lot to take in (and I'm a little distracted today, so lots of major edits ahoy!) While I usually go point by point, I think its broad enough that I'd like to talk about more general things. I promise this isn't a wookiee defence. On Comments I'm not a fan of canned comments - but as someone who used to write ...


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First off, apology! What does "focuses on one problem only"? You asked 3 separate questions. You should focus on a single question. I asked about three characteristics, but do you want me to post separate questions for each The underlying question you are actually seeking isn’t within scope. We are not a script writing service. We can help you ...


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According to Is there a sandbox to post test questions? you can use the Formatting Sandbox. Unfortunately the Formatting Sandbox only allows new answers to be posted not questions. However, one of the up-voted answers to Is there a sandbox to post test questions? suggests that test questions are allowed as long as they are deleted as soon as possible.


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Does Super User have a meaning on its logo? It represents a (happy?) face, presumably that of the user. There was a competition run in 2009 when the original trilogy (Stack Overflow, Server Fault and Super User) were created to design logos for the sites. The final winner we decided on was Mogeek, with entry #425 (a late entry!). What I liked about this ...


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