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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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We already removed programmers as a default migration path from SO because they don't know what is on topic, we can't do much more apart from being active in SO and calling anyone one suggesting programmers inappropriately. This is a problem for all sites related to SO not just us, they have a ton of users that only know the name of a site thinking they are ...


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How about a prominent link titled FAQ or About on the landing page? I couldn't find either a few minutes ago, when trying to work out whether my question was OT or not. I wound up here instead :)


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I am only barely a programmer, by the definitions summarized on this site. I possess a lot of experience in linear programming and process management but object-oriented programming is not yet within my realm of experience, and that seems to be what all the kids are doing these days. With that said, I came here because I KNOW I don't know the answers to ...


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I think the problem is ill-defined. A single misconception underlies most of the issues raised. The overarching question is not Why can they not understand who we are? but How? After having been introduced to a long history that stretches at least 3 years back, an obstacle has become clear to me: "...there is no evidence right now to support the claim that ...


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I'm going to work up a more complex query, but here's some basic data about retention that I'd like to look at more in order to scope said query. We get a lot of users unlikely to stick around, in particular below the 200 reputation level. To put this in context: There are 3,282 users between 150 and 200 rep. Of them, 1,180 have not been seen in 180 days ...


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Where is this "wall of closed questions" that you speak of? Looking at the "Top Questions" tab (which is what everyone sees when they first open the site), of the 40 or so questions that are there, roughly 5 (or about 12 percent) are closed. I wouldn't exactly call that an epidemic of closed questions. At the moment, there are no closed questions on the ...


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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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I want to chime in on this with a response as a recent migrant from SO proper who ran into this exact issue. I'll reference my meta discussion, I think it had a lot of good responses and definitely helped me: How to better fit the "on-topic" format At least after opening a topic on meta to try and clarify what I was doing wrong, I gained some ...


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"No action needed" means that you feel that way, AND you feel strongly enough about your opinion that you are willing to make it BINDING on the site. "Skip," means that you don't feel strongly one way or another, and you want someone else with greater knowledge or conviction to decide for the site.


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As a newbie I can suggest something. I have not read the FAQ before posting my first question. It is like reading all the terms and conditions before installing any software. I think 95% of the newbies coming here will not read the FAQ before posting their first question. When I asked my first question I got negative votes and my question was kept on ...


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As far I know the new user restrictions are the same network wide.


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We can stop closing so many questions, and relax our standards.


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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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What happened is that two of the people answering got fairly quick upvotes on their answers. Enough to go over the 10 rep requirements. At that point, when a new answer comes in, those are excluded. This is working as designed - may need tweaking though.


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I think there are two different questions for new people: How does a SE site work in general? What is the exact scope of PSE? The about page tends to answer the first question while the on-topic page very nicely answers the second question. If it would be more obvious to find the on-topic page, more people would read it and the number of off-topic ...


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Why are we getting so many off topic 'debug this for me' questions? I believe that most of the questioners asking debugging questions here are indeed expecting to get an answer here, i.e. they think that these questions are on-topic while they are not. It's a big misunderstanding. What can we do about it? Make it as clear as possible that these questions ...


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Why are we getting so many off topic 'debug this for me' questions? The date the question was posted (towards the end of September) and a serious uptick in 'homework' questions does correlate well with the start of term in many education establishments around the world. Many of them are kids who have all grown up with a 'sharing economy' with an ...


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How about when a users posts a question and gets a list of Questions that may already have your answer and a high percentage of those are closed, post a notice with the common reason(s). I entered the question, "recommend a book on python" and 4 of the top 6 matches were closed. I wouldn't expect a new user to know why. More information should be given on ...


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Here's the approach I am currently using when I stumble upon this kind of questions. (Those interested in what else I tried before coming at it, can find details below.) Add comment referring to MSE guidance Which computer science / programming Stack Exchange do I post in? Vote down. Vote close as unclear. Vote delete (when question becomes eligible for ...


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I think it may have to do with the protection/unprotection by a diamond the first day; see the revision history. This may have blocked the auto protection from kicking in.


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I would suggest that when registering, a brief information can be shown (Quoted from Help Center): Programmers Stack Exchange is a site for professional programmers who are interested in getting expert answers on conceptual questions about software development. If you have a question about... algorithm and data structure concepts design patterns developer ...


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