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The Summer of Nonsense Personally I consider the Summer of Love a mostly failed campaign, especially when it comes to the smaller sites of the network (I don't know if it benefited Stack Overflow, and I don't really care). Most people fixate on the whole "niceness" theme and forget that actively trying to help an asker, even just a tiny bit and even if only ...


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Stop abusing "Too Localized." That is meant to close questions that are so specific to a particular place and time that they can only possible benefit the poster, or questions which would be obsolete in a matter of seconds. Just because there is a location in a question doesn't mean it's too localized. Every question doesn't have to be relevant to every ...


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I see several types of closed questions on the Programmers' stack exchange that concern me. Non-duplicate-duplicates: Questions closed as duplicates that are at least some degree different from the question that is cited as a duplicate. (The concern here is that a good question, when asked in a different light, can elicit different, possibly better answers)....


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I am very unhappy with the amount of closing and the types of questions being closed. I feel very strongly that many of the questions being closed are very appropriate for this site, and the # of upvotes and interest these questions often retain would signify that others agree. I am using this site considerably less these days due to the narrow range of ...


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Askers yield As a prolific answerer, you better keep in mind that your satisfaction with questions quality is considered more important than that of the asker. For the official statement on above, refer to Stack Exchange blog, Optimizing For Pearls, Not Sand: ...we’re determined to keep question quality high, even at the cost of refusing a little sand. ...


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You weren't rude, which is the only criteria for anything "Summer of Love" related, so no you didn't do anything wrong there. Personally I don't think you did anything wrong at all, though an optional addendum explaining how the question could be improved would be even more helpful. And frankly, discouraging you from trying to improve questions and the site,...


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I think it's pretty simple and nearly inevitable. Most of the sites have a single, simple rule : "No subjective questions." P.SE replaces that with a half dozen guidelines about what constitutes a reasonable subjective question. For a few people who use the site extremely regularly, that's not (much of) a problem, but for most others, it's harder to be sure ...


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That's a lot of questions, and they are all valid, but they avoid a basic principle of voting, which is this: Community members can use their votes however they wish, so long as they are not being abusive. I believe it would be a bad thing for such questions to get deleted But the community may not. It has been fairly long and established policy that ...


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Mitch, that's an interesting set of figures and the differences between behaviour on StackOverflow and Programmers.Stackexchange are particularly disconcerting as an indication of the lack of line up between the community behaviour and moderation on Programmers.SE. It says to me that StackOverflow is getting its buyin right in a way that Programmers.SE is ...


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I'll start the discussion by stating that I'd like to see examples of good questions in the FAQ, along with explanations of why those questions are good. I don't mean any disrespect to the hard work that has already gone into the FAQ, but it's clear that a large percentage of community members are finding it an insufficient resource to determine what kinds ...


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I think there is a misunderstanding, from the community, between closing a question and deleting it. FAQ doesn't help neither. Closing should be applied to any question which is wrong from FAQ's point of view. Closing is an indication that the question has a problem: an indication for both the original author and the subsequent visitors, would they be ...


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I am the OP of that question. First of all, I have developed a great deal of respect for everyone involved in the original question and the meta question so far, as well as for the SE technology itself. How these edge cases are handled is exactly what separates good communities from bad. A Little Background... I happen to have borne witness to the ...


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