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What can we do about extremely low quality questions from unregistered users?

The problem Tons of extremely low quality questions from unregistered accounts. A few recent examples: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/162691/question-on-pl-sql-evaluate-the-...
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I have a question, but it may not fit best on Software Engineering. Where else can I ask it?

What other Stack Exchange sites are there that may be able to answer my questions about software engineering or software development?
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Links in comments

Is it possible to pretty up links in comments? Similar to the way we can in answers. SO says no. I'm unsuccessful finding an answer for meta-Programmers.
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Where does my tool question go?

I have a question about tools. According to the on-topic page, tool questions are off-topic on Software Engineering Stack Exchange. Is there a site for me to go to ask specific tool questions?
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How many questions do we get from users recently blocked at SO, how many of these are closed / deleted?

Recent efforts in SO close vote queue make me think that quite a lot of users started hitting the question ban there. There is long known "tradition" of attempts to circumvent such bans by posting at ...
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How did this user amass more than 2k worth of reputation?

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/users/26782/goma Two Questions: How did this user amass more than 2k worth of reputation? Does their history of asking non-constructive questions put ...
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Can the number of custom close reasons on Programmers be expanded?

Right now, we are limited to three custom "off-topic" close reasons. I wrote a fourth this morning to address a number of recent closures, but it's not possible to even turn it on without turning off ...
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Contributing to the Blog

Today we had a productive discussion about the direction in which we will be taking the blog. We also had a fair number of volunteers come forward in addition to the ones who have already submitted ...
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Migration path to Workplace?

Workplace has been officially graduated: new site design has no "beta" anymore, and privileges are set to the level of graduated sites. This makes it possible to add this site to our migration path, ...
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Project Reduplication of Deduplication - Software Engineering

Stack Exchange recently started a collaboration project with the University of Melbourne, in an attempt to improve the automatic detection of duplicate questions. More information on the project and ...
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What's all this about heroic edits?

I've heard there's a way to get questions reopened by doing something called a heroic edit. What is it, how can I do it properly, and how does it help?
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Why has this question converted to Community Wiki?

I've just noticed that this question converted to Community Wiki after 16 answers had been posted. I thought that the threshold was after the 30th answer had been posted.
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Please blacklist [best-practices]

best-practices was recently burninated and removed from all 700+ questions that had it. However, it's sprung up again like wild fire on 6 new questions in the last week. Can this tag be blacklisted, ...
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Kill the [help] tag

Most, if not all, people that use the site need help. So why do we have help? Let's kill it!
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Requiring registration to ask questions - did it made a difference?

In September 2012 registration requirement to ask questions has been introduced: In the past 60 days, 76% of all questions from unregistered users have been either down-voted below 0, closed, ...
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Some stats on first and second posts

One of the things that we occasionally see on P.SE (and more often at the start of a new college semester) is new users posting their homework. With single posts, we are often able to comment and ...
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What is meant when someone says OP?

I constantly see people reference OP or "the OP"... what is OP?
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remove CW status for this answer? (hashing algorithms testing by Ian Boyd)

Which hashing algorithm is best for uniqueness and speed? Particular answer to above question has been made CW per automatic rule (quote source): The post has been edited ten (10) times by the ...
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[work], [job], [career-development], [employment] => [career] [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Posse request: jobs/career/etc. tag cleanup career: 29 questions work: 5 questions job: 15 questions career-development: 8 questions employment: 3 questions hiring and work-...
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'Problem' and 'help' titles in off-topic questions of new users coming from Stack Overflow [duplicate]

I recently learned that some off-topic questions seem to be posted at Programmers with sole purpose to circumvent 'problem' and 'help' title block at Stack Overflow. Can we do something to save these ...
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Revisiting our close procedure and close reasons [duplicate]

In a comment in one of our Meta discussions Aarthi announced a set of changes to the closing procedure: This is currently in spec-stage so I don't have lots of details available, but suffice it to ...
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accomodations for visually impaired

I am (marginally) color-blind and have great difficulty distinguishing between hyperlinks and normal text on the SE-Programmers site. I can barely tell when the text is actually a link. To my eyes, ...
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Should Scrum methodology questions be in pm or programmers stack exchange?

Should questions relating to the scrum methodology be in pm or programmers stack exchange? I can see arguments for both, but want to be sure to put my questions in the most useful place.
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Lost reputation - not sure why

My reputation dropped -15. I can't see any downvotes in my history. Any ideas why?
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remove CW status for this answer? (OO-principles for Javascript by Daniel)

https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/a/180588/31260 Above answer has been made CW per automatic rule (quote source): The post has been edited ten (10) times by the original owner. ...
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How do you get 20 rep to get into chat?

People keep telling me that there is this wonderful area in Stack Exchange where you can ask questions called "chat" or "The Whiteboard", but it keeps saying that I need 20 reputation. I have such ...
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What is flag weight?

I opened up my profile this morning and saw my flag weight was 160. What is flag weight, and how does that effect me?
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About that “Good Subjective Bad Subjective” blog post and Programmers

In the continuing effort to clean up our image and the historical pathways that people find Programmers.SE (in the spirit of Update "Introducing Programmers" blog to reflect site scope ...
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Is it possible to retrieve an answer to a deleted question?

A couple years ago, I wrote an answer to a question that appears to have been deleted. I was just thinking that I wanted to write a blog post based on that answer, and I'd rather not have to rewrite ...
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What's the reopen rate for closed questions on Programmers?

Inspired by "How often are closed questions re-opened?" on MSO, I wanted to find out how often questions on Programmers get re-opened. One of the answers there provided two queries to get fairly ...
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Someone has downvoted a heap of my answers

I normally won't care but as this site has a strong community feel I wanted to bring it to the attention of people. Overnight (I'm in Australia) I had 11 of my answers downvoted. It is uncommon for my ...
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Merge and replace custom close reason

We've been fairly consistently getting poor quality implementation and debugging questions. A previous suggestion (related: 1 2) to increase the count hasn't been acted upon and the suggestion for us ...
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How Should Dead Links Be Handled?

On a few of the stack exchange sites I have come across posts where the links within the postings are dead. How should these be handled? Is this something that you should flag for moderator ...
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How can a suspended user ask a question?

One of today's questions looks like it's been asked by a suspended user -- the user has 1 rep point and the account profile says the account is temporarily suspended. How is that possible?
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Citizen Patrol bug?

I never flagged a post or comment as offensive/spam, and yet I now have the "Citizen Patrol" badge? Is it an errant click or a bug?
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Is it acceptable to edit an answer that's already accepted

My answer has the highest score (79 at time of posting) and has been accepted by the questioner. (Thanks!) I'm a little unhappy with it though, and a couple of commenters have made valid points that ...
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Is it safe to continue using [programmers.se] as a magic link?

The point of magic links is to link to a site quickly in comments. [softwareengineering.se] is quite a mouthful. It looks like [se.se] is not a valid link to our site and it's questionable if it ever ...
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Why was this newly historically locked?

I've expounded on locked questions before and mentioned that these often age poorly. If something is to be locked, especially today, it should have some amount of moderation and curation done. These ...
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Blacklist [career]

career was recently cleaned up, through the Structured Tag Cleanup Initiative. It's a rather troublesome tag that we've been trying to get rid of for quite some time: Previous attempts to clean ...
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How should I go about getting rid of bad tags en masse?

I'd like to help deal with many of the bad tags on Programmers, but I'm not sure how to deal with them properly. What should I keep in mind as I work through a bad tag?
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Process tag clean-up complete. Please deal with?

Per a previous discussion here on Meta, I went through all questions tagged process. There were no questions about concurrency or IPC with this tag, so it was irrelevant, but I would recommend ...
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What is the point with the tag [bestestes]?

Peter Turner is retagging a hole lot of questions and adding the tag [bestestes]. I can't understand the meaning of the tag or how it is useful. What's the point of the tag [bestestes]? and is it ...
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Tag merge / Synonym request: [programming-languages] --> [languages]

programming-languages - 774 questions languages - 52 questions They're the same thing people! At least in the sense that we use it (seeing that we have a spoken-languages tag), they are used the same ...
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Rep Recalc for All Moderator Nominees [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should moderator nominees have their reputations recalculated? Well, I just recalced and lost a few hundred points, it might not be a bad idea for everyone else to do the same ...
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Is it time to tighten up the quality filter at Programmers?

Some recent posts make me feel like these could be automatically rejected by quality filter, thus saving community efforts for better quality questions and answers. "I want To develope My Own linux ...
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What is the difference between [class] and [classes] tags? - synonym request

What is the difference between class (25 questions) and classes (19 questions) tags? Neither of above have tag wiki, a handful of questions I randomly picked appear to use these as freely ...
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What is community awarded bounty?

See this answer: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/12216/which-features-from-other-ides-editors-you-wish-you-have-in-visual-studio/22729#22729 It has got a +25 bounty from the ...
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What happened to: “What benefits are there to native JavaScript development?”?

I was reading this question and answer this morning and I noticed it disappeared now and I get an error page with "removed for reasons of moderation" What happened to the question and why? I recall ...
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stalked and downvoted by upset users?

I noticed my reputation activity over the last 24 hrs, and it looks as though some user has followed every question on my profile and targeted it for downvote. This behavior is hilarious, but the down-...
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Why isn't my reputation increasing?

I have an answer with 10 up-votes on programmers.stackexchange.com, but my reputation is still stuck at 101 (for linking my accounts across other Stack* sites). Shouldn't my reputation be increasing ...