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On everything should be open I don't think anyone believes this. Even the most liberal of the inclusionists has a limit on the amount of water-cooler nonsense they can tolerate. For some, that water mark is really high, but it's still there. On giving new users a break from downvotes The simple fact is, you have to treat everyone equally. It's not fair ...


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I find it curious when questions with 20+ upvotes and several highly voted answers (such as this) get closed. The community has deemed the question as being valid. It has attracted good answers (again as deemed by the community) so why is it closed? I just think that the community is a bit more amorphous than what some are trying to force it to be. For ...


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Well, I can only speak for myself, but lately the programmers.se has turned into a site I don't really even want to visit anymore. Maybe the cause is great and such, but I honestly can't find anything interesting for me here anymore. I haven't been visiting/contributing much for the past year, and I think I'll stop doing it completely from now on. IMHO, ...


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Downvotes have clear and specific meanings and you can see them from the tooltips. For questions it's: This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful For answers it's: This answer is not useful If the answer is wrong then it should be down-voted. However, that doesn't mean you can't add a comment either before down-...


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If the bounty expires, half of it is awarded automatically to the highest voted answer since the bounty was set. From the blog: If the bounty owner does not award the bounty within the 7 day bounty period, the same auto-award rules apply, as before: any answers to the question posted after the bounty started, with at least 2 upvotes, are eligible for ...


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I say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." It seems that we've all finally agreed what P.SE is about. There's consensus. You can feel the community come together. It seems like a bad idea to encourage people who aren't will to read the FAQ, relevant meta posts, and relevant StachExchange blog posts before posting. They shouldn't have special rules. It's a ...


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Allowing downvotes on answers is necessary, and so is to allow downvotes to bring an answer below zero, for the following reasons that I see: A plain downvote: An ostensibly correct but factually wrong answer can get upvoted (for example, misunderstanding an unclear question that gets clarified after the initial upvotes on an answer). A down-vote can help ...


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Yes. You can log in at the Stack Exchange website. If you visit your profile there, you'll see activities across the network. There's a "favorites" tab that shows you your favorite questions from across the network.


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It looks like the default list under "Your Communities" is your top 5 sites, ordered by reputation. You only have 101 reputation here on Software Engineering. It appears that alphabetical was the next sorting. If you're saying that it used to appear, I'm not sure why - it should have always been after Mathematics. If you edited the list to manually add it, ...


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"Down" and "closed" could reasonably be perceived as negative words. It may be that the goal is to encourage people to ask better questions and/or to improve their questions so that they can be re-opened. But I think new users could be understandably discouraged by being downvoted and having their questions closed right off the bat. Should we care if ...


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