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There are a lot of things I don't like about the site's design, to the point that I'm using a stripped down version of NullUserException's Theme Switcher userscript to browse the site with the Beta theme: Although it's a very basic theme, I find it quite more enjoyable than the actual theme. But, who cares what I find enjoyable or not, this discussion is ...


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Honestly, I like the theme. I find the hand-drawn, hand-written, squiggly-line vibe to be indicative of what this site is about--whiteboarding questions. You could migrate it to something more techy-looking, but that would only further blur the line in most peoples' minds between Programmers Stack Exchange and Stack Overflow. Obviously, I can't say what I ...


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I'm Tim Post, a community manager for Stack Exchange. I'd like to take a few moments to answer this, and explain a bit about migration paths. Migration paths between sites are something that we're very cautious to establish, we put them in place only when we're certain that the conduit will: Help ease confusion for users that ask a question on a site that ...


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There has been a precedent of a site receiving a redesign, but it had to do with branding rather than any dissatisfaction with the existing design. In fact, the new design on Arqade is mostly the same as it was on "Gaming" back in the day. Far as redesigning Programmers goes... I'm sorry, but it's at best extremely unlikely. There are certainly issues here ...


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Programmers.SE and StackOverflow have two completely different site scopes - which is why Programmers exists. There are a number of meta discussions on both here and meta.SO which discuss the difference between SO and P.SE. From Introducing Programmers.StackExchange.com: In a nutshell, Stack Overflow is for when you’re front of your compiler or editor ...


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I'd like (and have asked for) mods on both sites to chime in, but this isn't looking like a good idea at this point. Stats are pretty clear, 52% of all moderator initiated migrations from PSE to The Workplace (as obtained on The Workplace) have been rejected. That's moderator initiated, which often entails a bit of collaboration and sanity checking with ...


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Closed is the same as your "frozen". The idea behind closing a question is to prevent answers to a question that is not a good fit for Programmers (or, more generally, to the Stack Exchange format). Closed is meant as a temporary state. Either the question gets sufficient corrections and reopened or it can't be salvaged and gets deleted. There are even some ...


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You're showing your bias — There's nothing inherently wrong with down-voting. I could just as easily argue that unwarranted up-votes should receive the penalty you prescribe — Maybe even more so. After all, the pity up-vote (inappropriately saying something is correct and useful just to counteract a down-vote) is a much more nefarious "problem" ...


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I'm with Tim on this. We haven't had a good record when it's come to migrations to The Workplace and opening it up to more people is only going to make it worse. Part of the problem is that the questions that could be sent really aren't good questions full stop. This is actually a problem with most sites on the network. People see the topic and think "that'...


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The feature already exists, but only for diamond moderators. Every time a similar feature has been asked for regular users, it has been declined summarily, although I'm certain that everyone who votes to migrate means well, incorrect migrations are quite often. Programmers especially has suffered a lot from incorrect migrations from Stack Overflow, the ...


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I think I can safely say that this will be marked status-declined. If you are really that bothered, then don't ask or answer any more questions. In addition you'll have to mark all of your existing answers community wiki so you'll get no more reputation from them. You can't turn your questions directly into CW posts and I can't see moderators helping out ...


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No. Keeping things more central is actually antithetical to Stack Exchange's philosophy of creating laser sharp focused Q&A sites. Additionally if "discussion" and "open topic for general questions" is your description of what Programmers is about, you should really read our FAQ a bit more carefully. While we welcome some subjective questions, ...


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While I agree that frozen might make it sounds slightly less permanent it could also carry the connotation that you can't edit it. Overall I don't think this would have a significant impact on people's responses to closed questions; I can certainly see a lot of people simply saying "why you freeze my question" instead of "why you close my question". I don'...


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Given the enormous amount of people who are unsatisfied with the current question closing policy, I am thinking if it wouldn't be better to have a 4-status system: There is probably an even larger amount of people who are satisfied with it. A high volume of "closing questions sucks" posts doesn't mean much. Nobody has the need to post "closing questions ...


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There are three ways to get closed questions off the home page. Down-vote them. Once a question reaches a certain threshold score (-5 I think) they won't get shown on the home page. This is a double edged sword as without views there's no chance that the question will get improved by editing. Delete them. Deleted questions aren't shown (obviously). If the ...


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Unfortunately, I don't have time right now (just passing through real quick), but I'd want to take a closer look at how these tags are used. As words, they are very different things. Maintenance is a phase in the product lifecycle that exists after a system has been deployed. Although systems in a maintenance phase go through some form of requirements ...


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It's standard policy to not have beta sites as migration targets. This is to allow the site to develop by itself during beta and define a solid community. If there are exceptional questions that are off-topic here and on-topic there, moderators can migrate to any site on the network, so you can flag it. I wouldn't expect too many migrations, though.


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A feature similar to this one has been implement, you can counter-act close votes by voting to "leave open" in the close vote review queue. It's not exactly what you've asked for, and it's only accessible through the review queue, but it's certainly a step in the right direction. For more details, read this answer on MSO.


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What I don't like: A predetermined topic might encourage people to abuse voting on said topic questions, More often than not, questions are brought up to shape by reviewers, either by commenting or editing. Awarding the OP seems unfair to them. Randomly choosing the winners goes against the peer review philosophy. Weekly contest with cash prizes wouldn't ...


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I would like to point out that according to the faq this site deals with algorithm and data structure concepts These are problems that tend to be reduced to some kind of math problem and many times are best expressed with the help of mathematical notation. I looked at the solution proposed of using images linked from http://www.codecogs.com/latex/...


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As mentioned in Tim Post's answer, beta sites are never targets for migration. So this is (going to be) declined until after PM comes out of Beta. Given a recent discussion on the PM Meta site, that's still a ways out. However, I do not think that this site should have a migration path to PM.SE, even after PM is out of beta. As someone who has formal ...


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There is a warning that pops up when the system sees certain words or phrases in the title: We don't block those, though, because it's just not advanced enough to be as certain as a few human beings. It's also hard to train on titles that might actually contain somewhat misguided but definitely on-topic and interesting questions. I'd agree that 'the ...


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I agree that Math formatting could be a very nice feature, as it is available in numerous SE sites. It is helpful to formalize some problems, and I personnaly do not understand the workaround that is suggested. For example in this question I'd have preferred to explain my solution mathematically without actually giving the code. And I would have like to be ...


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Circles would detract from the Stack Exchange experience. First and foremost, it would alter voting patterns and the reputation system, and not in a good way. Consider this complaint from a Hacker News user about an HN anti-pattern: I feel like there was a fast slide to content-free echo chamberism a while ago... Certain HN rockstars would receive ...


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To be clear, this really isn't status-completed. I just answered a question on SO with 4 close votes. I guess people thought it was vague and unanswerable, but I happened to know of a single resource that was designed exactly for what was being asked. I went to /review and then to history and found the question there, but I can't vote to Leave Open from that ...


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I definitely agree. In my opinion the sites doodley theme makes it hard to read and really take seriously. I'm not saying the site has to have a clinical html-theme, but a little more subtlety would not be a bad change. I think stackoverflow's theme looks really nice, and it would definitely be a good model. To the graphic designer: I think the doodley ...


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