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I like the concept that you're raising, but not the implementation. I feel its a bit counterintuitive to have two types of downvotes - we've already had instances of people using Close votes as a "Super Downvote", we wouldn't want to make it even more confusing. Instead - we should stick to just having 'downvote', with one of the additional features you ...


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I have to agree with Oliver there. Generally, those kinds of users who post egregriously low quality stuff are also the ones who skip past the guides you put in their way. The How to Ask page is not mandatory, so you'd have to actively click and read through it. Posts in all caps lock are very rarely found. And I would assume that any reasonable person ...


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Just flag them as no longer needed. Assuming the commenter dosen't catch on and delete it first, a mod will.


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I have now created an extension that adds the requested button: The extension is available on GitHub and should work as: Userscript Firefox Extension Chrome Extension Opera Extension Please go to the StackApps page for the latest download links and report any issues on the GitHub issue tracker and I'll look into it.


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If you don't know an answer, why don't you simply pass-by? Your meta-question (quoted above) is based upon the assumption that the question you asked on the main site meets our criteria for what a valid question is. IF you asked a question that is: On-topic, Answerable (with something other than opinions), Focused on an actual problem you're having, ......


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After thinking about this some more, I think it might be a good idea to reduce the frequency of review audits by 80% or so, for users who have a gold review badge. If you've earned a gold review badge, while suffering through the fairly frequent audits the whole way and passing a majority of them so you don't get review-banned, that's much better evidence ...


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I don't think so. It may just end up promoting people to answer questions with more useless answers. The current badges for answering questions, such as "Great Answer" promote quality over quantity, which I think is more oriented towards SE's goal than just having a ton of answers


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Everything you said about questions applies equally to answers.  A few days ago I posted a one-line answer (to this question) because I was in a hurry.  By the time I got back to it, 15 hours later, it had accrued two downvotes – as far as I can tell, simply because it was too short (lacked explanation).  I proceed to expand on the answer, so it’s now over ...


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I feel (entirely biasedly) that this proposal seems to miss a lot of context and community culture. First and formost, most of these sites are successful by Stack Exchange standards and have met all the requirements for graduation. Where they didn't, they still have large self sustaining communities capable of answering questions. Lets start with 2/3rd of ...


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This has been requested hundreds of times in the history of Stack Exchange. The Stack Exchange founders and team are adamant that voting shall always be anonymous. Requiring a comment to downvote would remove that anonymity. Changes were made to remind people to leave a comment when downvoting, but it has not been made and will not be made mandatory.


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There really isn't any policy on this. Just note that content is licensed under cc-by-sa, but Stack Exchange additionally requires you to: (…) attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (…) So if you quote (or copy without using visual indication of a quote) content from a Stack Exchange site, you should at the very least ...


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If you go through the list of unanswered questions and you see a question that you would consider a "bad question" because you think that it can't be answered, downvote it. If a question can't be answered, it's not helpful. By downvoting it, you make it clear to other users that it's not worth looking at. Likewise, if you see a question that you would ...


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I would support this but we need to be somewhat clear about why and when we want to push people to those sites. I actually prefer this to adding those sites to our list of migration targets because we can tell them very explicitly how they can fix their question here (pointing at our site) as well as what is expected over there (hand wave), instead of just ...


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When I leave a comment that allows the OP to resolve the problem, great, but that wasn't my intention. I usually do this when I don't have the time (or simply don't want) to write a proper answer. I still want to leave the hint for the author of the question. Now when the author follows that hint, it was actually useful and it allowed the author to resolve ...


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"questioner tags" like, say, newbie or software-engineer or neuroscience-researcher are not very useful for the following reasons: Just because you add a tag to a question, doesn't mean that you are actually that thing. I could add a tag of intel-cpu-designer to my questions, but that doesn't automatically mean that I work for Intel designing the next CPU ...


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Done. win10 has been merged into and synonymised with windows-10.


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I don't think that this is really that big of a problem and isn't happening all that often. Most times, I've seen that these comments are migrated to the answers section when the OP realizes that it's an acceptable answer and/or has more time to elaborate on the comment. If all else fails (i.e. you see that the comment is super old, and the OP is no ...


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This has been enabled. Highlighting is now on, with no default language set on both SU and Meta SU. VB highlighting has also been enabled for the VB tag. You'll need to remember to manually add the hints, and you should be good to go. Also, this is a pretty advanced feature, so please don't expect new users to know about it (as there's really no way for ...


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Comment upvotes are... special. They don't actually really mean anything (I seem to recall, at most a badge). On the other hand, comments are a useful way to extract and elicit more information from an OP, or to suggest something too minor to be a question on its own. A comment upvote is just a way to say "this comment added something" (and we don't downvote,...


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You can request email notifications for your inbox, if you haven't accessed it in a while, which takes care of answers to your own questions, and comments to your posts or addressing you. While you can mark questions as favorites by clicking the star, and have them show up in your user profile, there's no email notifications for it. There's also an RSS ...


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I'm not sure we should be closing these questions outright, much less have a specific close reason for them. At the end of the day, people are unhappy about how they are phrased. These questions can be trivially rewritten from "Give me a script to X" to "How can I do (automate) X", and answers can choose to write scripts if they wish to do so, or provide ...


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I don't know why the particular person downvoted you, but the post was confusing. It was unclear whether you wanted to remove 1+ spaces, or 2+ spaces. First you answered for 2+ then you decided 1+. You have also mixed up whitespace and space in your question, stating space in the title, then whitespace in the first sentence. You should include what you have ...


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If we don't edit the questions, the destruction of a bad tag would be delayed, and then people would keep using useless tags. That's not to say that editors should just rip through all questions with a given tag, mindlessly removing it from them. Rather, every user who retags a question (or makes any minor change to any post, really) should also make sure ...


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I'm going to go out on a limb and say a restriction of this type would be a bad thing. Keep on rejecting edits that aren't good edits, per editing guidelines, but not allowing new users to edit a question that is closed could lead to not allowing a user to edit a question that they found via search, but was abandoned the first time, leading to a collective ...


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A good reason to keep these posts around—and I'm not talking about Viagra or Gucci spam, but excessive promotion for file recovery tools et cetera—is to keep the evidence. Note that I'm using the word "spam" synonymously here: In essence, undisclosed and excessive advertisement. We've had cases where certain companies or individuals spammed… well, the hell ...


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This request hails from the early days of Stack Overflow, and was one of the first and most frequent feature requests to be declined. The official reference thread is A "friends list" on Stack Overflow would be nice on Meta Stack Overflow. What it essentially comes down to is what you've said - Stack Exchange isn't a social networking site. We ...


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Before doing this, I like to look at what might have been lost. The following 133 tags have been created by users with < 1500 reputation at the time of creation during the past 365 days and are currently in-use on at least 2 questions: Name Used User Created RepOnCreation ------------------------ ---- ----------------...


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I think either a review process for new tags could be a good thing. Alternatively could we just make entering the tag description (short & long) mandatory and put all these in the review queue. That way we end up with a (hopefully) good tag description and the creator is forced to think about it while creating the tag.


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New users need at least 10 reputation in order to post images. They also need more than 10 rep to post more than 2 links. This is mainly an anti spam measure and does not (usually) significantly affect the user. Considering 10 reputation can be achieved by one upvote on an answer or two question upvotes it is a trivial inconvenience. It should probably be ...


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