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The best thing to clarify things for new users would be to rename this site. I am relatively new here and I understand the distinction between Programmers.SE and StackOverflow, but I think many new users don't. If this site was named "Software Design" or something similar I think much of the junk on "Programmers" would go away. The name "Programmers" is ...


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I see no reason to do anything about it.


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I don't see a purpose in deleting this question. I removed the low quality tag of junior-programmers and deleted all of the negatively scored answers. I've also removed the mod notice about long answers. Right now, the question is closed as too broad and has a historical lock placed upon it. This should be a clear indicator to any visitor that this type of ...


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I've only been an active SE user for a couple of weeks, and since PSE is my favorite one I've been mulling this question over pretty much the entire time (not to mention reading far too many meta posts). Some days it feels like we're closing too aggressively. Some days it feels like you need a bachelor's in Q&A philosophy to tell what actually is on-...


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The chat bot messages should go to The Whiteboard Most chat users are in the Whiteboard. This gives the chat bot more exposure to where bad advice is being handed out on Stack Overflow about Programmers. Unless you are in the chat bot room, you will never know Makes it easier to include new and low rep users into being a good citizen (Let's face it, even ...


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It was quite interesting to observe impact of this meta post on the listed questions ("meta effect"). Or, more precisely, lack thereof. First thing I noticed is there were no attempts to improve / salvage these questions (except for an old one about indentation width, there was only one, more on that below). Attention brought to these by this meta post did ...


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As of a few minutes ago, an additional filter is applied to the comments to reduce false positives in The Whiteboard. This filter checks for for/on/to/at/try + programmers. If you want to see all comments mentioning "programmers" you can do so in Duga's Playground. Filtered comments goes to The Whiteboard, unfiltered to Duga's Playground.


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What do you think? As a new user your perspective is much more interesting and potentially helpful than mine (and any other veteran user's). Do you find our help articles clear? Do you feel confident asking questions on the site? Do you understand why we close the questions we do? Is there anything about our site and policies you think should be changed? ......


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After analyzing the data, I'm not convinced raising the sensitivity of the current filters will do much good on Programmers: The "quality" checks were designed for sites like Stack Overflow which attract a lot of short, very poorly written questions. Of the examples you gave, only 1 would currently be blocked on Stack Overflow - and that's with the recently-...


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This has already come up several times before. Here are the related questions that I found quickly: Are we closing too many good questions now? (December 2010) Why are so many questions closed? (November 2011) What can be done about bad questions on Programmers? (January 2012) Why are so many questions closed? (October 2012 - duplicate of the November 2011 ...


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It's not the scope that is wrong, it's the name. I took your exercise again to demonstrate, and came up with these results: Programmers.SE : 37/37 SoftwareDesign.SE : 13/33, with 4 being a Maybe While doing this, I noticed there are a lot more implementation questions than there once was. Here are new programmers looking for answers online. They see two ...


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


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Since all three questions you cited as examples were posted by the same person, and were all heavily downvoted and deleted, it's likely that this user is question-banned, and the problem has already solved itself. The quality filters are not a panacea. All they do is look for textual patterns that are highly predictive of question failure. In that sense, ...


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Suggested change 1 When a question has negative total votes (-2 or below) and is also being nominated for closing (by 2 or more), any user who is about to begin writing an answer will be given the following popup: (1) Answers written for a question with negative total votes and being nominated for closing will not give its answerer any positive ...


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I think this would help significantly: This could be shown, let say, for the first 3 posts by a user. This is also very similar to Michel's idea.


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Stack Overflow has got an interesting feature that may be related. I can't tell that it helps to lower amount of bad questions asked (I honestly don't know if this is possible at all) - but it at least helps to save site home page from being polluted by such questions (bold font in below quote is mine): All questions flagged Very Low Quality now ...


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Maybe, when a user posts his 1st, 2nd or 3rd post, after hitting 'post' redirect to a page where the user is prompted with the question "Are you sure this is the right place for your question, we are about '......'". Then after 3 times, there is more chance the user knows what this place is about.


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The following questions should not be closed or deleted: What's the equation to use for finding availability in software architecture? - Although it appears to be a homework question, but the asker did show the work. The answer is also reasonably well explained. Perhaps there should be some edits to the question (specifically the title) and the tags, ...


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Sort of a later follow-up: question was further cleaned up and 14 answers that didn't attempt to address the question and/or were repeating prior ones were removed by moderator (one or two answers were deleted by their authors per discussion in comments). The question looks generally good to me, it appears to be reasonably clear and focused and rather ...


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As an example, here are some ideas of what can be considered: When there are many answers already, let users compare draft of their post against prior answers. This would make it naturally harder to add yet another answer as their amount increases (note how this isn't limited to low rep users, as opposed to protection). This would also help responsible ...


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A special chat room should be created Although it may make a little extra effort, we routinely direct people who are asking discussion questions into The Whiteboard. I don't think that these people need to see a chat bot, especially if it's the most recent messages. In addition, it could interrupt communication between people. And if other bots are added to ...


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I find that there are two types of questions. The questions I know the answers too. The questions I do not know the answers too. Neither type is inherently bad. With that in my mind, and when I'm wearing my answerer hat, there are definitely questions that, after reading them once I do not wish to ever see them appear in a search result again for multiple ...


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We should tighten up the quality filter if there is evidence it would help. I'd like some clarification of what Shog9 said, but it sounded to me like the algorithm they have isn't very predictive for this site. As soon as gnat finishes tuning his bayesian filter and submits the patch to SO we should do it. (Just kidding about the filter. As far as I know)...


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