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It's a vital part of the system, just like posting "-1" comments. The point is to let people know what part of their answer was especially good, to encourage those parts of the answer in the future, both in the answers and others. Remove them, and you will decrease the quality of answers, as people will have to guess what parts of the answers were ...


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It would be nice to have somewhere to ship those questions. But migration isn't only about getting the wrong kind of content off our site, it is also about getting the right kind of content onto the target site. A lot of the legal questions asked here does not live up to the standards expected at law. They often lack basic details such as what jurisdiction ...


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Codifying it or removing it is the way forward, depending on context. It certainly shouldn't be clickable. There are no automated systems in place to do this. Your proposal seems like improving usability for something that shouldn't have easily accessible usability. Every other site in the SE network is going to actively edit malicious links out so this ...


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The vast majority of all migrations are to the top two in the list, these were chosen from the initial data gathered when we were a young site and mods had to do most of the migration. This has been updated over time - we get extensive stats - and when we look at the number of migrations and rejections, it makes no sense at all to let this be an open ended ...


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AviD explains the reason very well: To put it simply (and as politely as I can): on average, people are of average intelligence. People like to be heard, and possibly to focus their approval on the one specific part. Or maybe they are hoping to share in the bear greatness of a particularly shining statement by simple repetition, thus granting them too the ...


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This is absolutely not going to happen. It has been discussed many times on meta.se and the cons far outweigh the pros. These include revenge voting, leveraging pressure, general nastiness etc. We can encourage people to comment, but can't force them to. It costs rep to down vote so they are doing so for a reason. It can be harder identifying that reason if ...


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The management of Stackexchange has had this request multiple times, and Jeff Atwood provided a blog post explaining the situation: http://blog.codinghorror.com/civilized-discourse-construction-kit/ At Stack Exchange, one of the tricky things we learned about Q&A is that if your goal is to have an excellent signal to noise ratio, you must suppress ...


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That question is perfectly appropriate where it is. It would also be on topic here but that doesn't mean we would migrate it. Flagging as dupe only works on the same site, but remember you can always flag as "other" and write the reason in the free text field. Mods still see it.


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Currently your only option if you want different fonts is to write or copy a user script that does it. There is definitely no way SE will do this, they have actually rationalised designs and fonts across all the sites to avoid differences. One a personal note, in my opinion your font choice makes things harder to read for me.


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We upvote answers to show our approval of an answer. We put "+1 for.." in the comments to show our approval of a specific point the poster had made. It is the very same concept, and therefore one very native to the SA behavioral patterns. When I personally post such a comment, I like to believe that I am helping to improve future answers, and helping ...


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I would agree that this is something that should not be done if you have nothing to say but "I agree." However, I frequently find questions with a top answer that has received dozens of +1's because it was the first answer worthy of a +1, and so during the period when it was favored as a "hot question" without an accepted an answer, people who got to it just ...


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Do we have a canonical way of doing this (as an example, I codified the link in this question : Why is Ollydbg detected as trojan by anti-virus software?) Seems like a good way to me. Though I'm not convinced whether it's warranted: the context already makes it apparent that the link is to potentially malicious content, and merely clicking on a link should ...


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I use +1 in comments when: I upvoted on the question, and had a relevant comment that adds to the discussion. I often find great answers that I agree with and want to make some comment on them. E.g., this comment to an answer saying "To protect against padding oracles, you want to make sure that your application does not return a different error when the ...


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No, this tag should not be deleted. Just because blackberries are obsolete doesn't mean that there can't be questions about it. In general, deleting a tag should only be done if there are good reasons to do so. Does it describe the contents of the questions to which it is applied? And Is it unambiguous? blackberry fulfills both of these. It's pretty clear ...


6

We have a Workplace Stack Exchange for questions related to, well, the workplace, and a range of other sites, but all of them are focused on a specific question and answer format. This is the way Stack Exchange is designed. So unfortunately, no, there isn't a place for the types of questions you describe here. The DMZ is a place where we can discuss this ...


6

The key problem here is that 'best' is an opinion, and Stack Exchange is very much not a place to ask questions that will result in opinions. As an example, I may really like tool X. Someone else may hate it and prefer tool Y, which I think is terrible. How would you decide which is correct for you from that info? We already have two great pages for what you ...


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Down votes are, in fact, one indication that reviewers are doing their jobs. One of the review actions that you can take on a first or late post is indeed to up or down vote the post. It stands to reason then, that posts with a lot of down votes are simply poor quality posts, and not in indication of a lack of proper review. This is in fact why we have ...


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You have a couple of bits in there I want to answer: First off - no, this site really doesn't have an implicit slant to network security at all. Some consider it very process focused. Others see it as business/compliance focused. Yet others have different points of view. It is an Information Security sure, as per our [about] page. Trying to understand ...


5

I would question if there is really a need for such tags. Ask yourself, why are there tags? They should primarily help people find questions they can answer. For instance, passwords is a really good tag, as it clearly encapsulates what questions will be about. Yes, there is some overlap with password-management or password-cracking, but if you feel ...


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I'm pretty sure that orange icon displays the number of reviews waiting in the queues to which you have privileges - e.g. since you don't yet have close privileges you wont be seeing that queue. On the other hand, you should be seeing the number of reviews in the suggested edits, and etc queues - which you probably do, since these are usually quite small and ...


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I think that is a good idea. I am one of the persons who accepted that particular edit. I simply did not think about googling to see if it was a copy paste. Had there been a friendly reminder in the top bar (when you click more) I would probably have done so.


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As per How do favorite questions work? you simply mark the question as a favourite. A question is marked as a favorite by clicking the star beneath the vote counter: A number beneath the star shows the number of users who have favorited a specific question. Marking a question as a favorite basically says that a particular user feels like watching that ...


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The specification is very... specific, and it is given in the post describing how to submit adverts. It must be 220x250 pixels - retina is not even vaguely relevant here. "With Retina support" does not make your image 220x250. It is 440x500. The image itself needs to be exactly the right size in pixels Yes, it must be a GIF or PNG Those two aren't ...


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Stack Exchange is built on the idea that all the information is made public (except who voted for what). They even frown on private chat rooms. Thus, the best practice for private or sensitive information is to abstain from publishing it. Instead, what really rocks in answers is to explain diagnosis methodology and tools, so that the owner of the ...


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I think if you posted items like that in chat, most folks would welcome it. If it's good enough people may star it so it stays in the sidebar in chat. Stack Exchange is not a site for sharing links to useful news articles. It is almost the opposite, really, focusing on providing information here. As Arminius commented, there is already a plethora of places ...


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In my personal experience, there are two different situations: The question serves as a concrete example and occasion to ask a general question (for instance about formulation details or SE features). In this case, while the original question author is welcome to participate if he would-like to, the meta question concerns neither him directly nor his issue ...


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No, I don't think it's worth it. There's only a small percentage of our posts that include complex formulas, maybe as much as 1%. I don't think we should slow down all pages by a noticeable amount to make 1% of pages easier to read. I did some poking around with queries looking for things that needed MathML formulas. Regular addition, subtraction, and ...


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The page you linked to says this in the top paragraph: Anyway, as of today, it’s live on SO and about half the network, and we’ll be rolling out to the rest over the next few weeks.


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There is a proposed reform of first posts review, which includes the idea of locking posts at some stage of the review to avoid precipitation. This being said, you seem to be confused as to the purpose of reviews. Posts in the review interface are already on the site. (This might change somewhat with the proposed new first posts review process.) Reviews ...


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Have you considered not logging in this week and acting as an unregistered user? Or creating a new account using a different email? To answer your question though, you have an ID, whether OpenID, SE etc that is your SE-wide presence. So it will be one password. What I don't understand is your threat model - why do you need different passwords on SE sites? ...


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