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The mods are privy to certain statistics about users that others do not have. Goma is an unusual case of somebody who goes above and beyond to continue spamming Programmers with garbage. He has used over 50 unique IP's most of them behind proxy servers located in Saudi Arabia. He has opened multiple SE accounts with numerous unique email addresses. ...


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You mean automatically convert a link to the question title? No, that's not possible. You can, however, use the markdown syntax to do it manually: [Links in comments](https://softwareengineering.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2478/links-in-comments) => Links in comments


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The following sites may be of interest to members of the Software Engineering community. Code Review Computational Science Computer Science CrossValidated Cryptography Database Administrators Data Science Electrical Engineering Engineering Game Development Hardware Recommendations Information Security Law Mathematics Network Engineering Open Source ...


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In the entire history of Stack Exchange, I've only ever seen two posts that have been permanently purged. One was the "boat programming" one. The other was a very contentious "how do compilers work" question. Both questions were asked on Stack Overflow; neither should have been purged IMHO. AFAIK it is SE's policy to keep deleted records forever (my ...


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Question is About How to Use a Development Tool If the tool that you are using is a tool that is used to design and develop software and is used primarily in a software development environment, you should check out Stack Overflow. A number of development tools already have questions and answers on Stack Overflow, ranging from requirements management tools (...


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Questions about Scrum, or any other development methodology or process, are very much on-topic here. Generally, if your question is about a software-intensive project, it's on-topic here. You can browse through some related tags to see what kinds of questions have been asked here about things like project management, development processes and life cycle ...


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In the past 60 days, 76% of all questions from unregistered users have been either down-voted below 0, closed, deleted, or some combination of the three. That's a total of 182 questions, compared to 877 similarly bad questions from registered users. It's a relatively small number, but as a percentage of the total it's high enough that implementing #1 holds ...


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First, the all-time stats: Closed Closed then Edited Closed then Reopened Closed then Edited then Reopened ------ ------------------ -------------------- -------------------------------- 34567 4388 1174 545 So, slightly over 3%, jumping to 12% for edited questions. For the past 365 days, we see:...


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Let's see if we can get something of a timeline here: 15:40:40 - The question is asked. 16:34:23 - Mark posts his answer. 16:58:39 - You post your answer. From here on I'll split the timeline to the two answers, starting with Mark's: 18:27:19 - "-1 for answer on non-asked by OP question. Do not consider yourself smarter than others" - Comment by you on ...


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Down voting answers costs you 1 reputation point, this is status-bydesign. The reasoning is that it makes revenge / retaliatory / otherwise abusive down voting less attractive, as discussed in a very early Stack Overflow podcast (circa 2008). Furthermore it emphasizes up voting over down voting, as does every other voting related mechanism we have (up ...


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Due to our perception as a sort of second SO (deserved or otherwise) I think doing #1 would be a good idea, because we constantly have to deal with both our expected growing pains, and fallout from SO as they grow. I think this puts our site in a special category where requiring registration would be justified. Our site definition seems difficult enough for ...


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There's an automated process that runs daily and checks and reverses serial votes (either up or down). It will most probably reverse the downvotes the next time it runs, 9 downvotes in a very short time is certainly an abnormal pattern. In the highly unlikely case that the votes haven't been reversed in 24h, give me a shout in chat so I can ask a SE employee ...


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I had the same thing happen to me. This is because of arstechnica.com. When they do a piece on some recent Stack Exchange discussions, they include some links. Those links will use the id of the featured user as the "share-id". Your answer has been featured in What to do with a popular project that you no longer want to maintain? If you check the links, the ...


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The answer is exceptional and all edits added information to it. Even if the author intended to bump the answer, he did so with significant improvements and I think in this particular instance CW feels more like a penalty than an incentive for other users to continue evolving the answer. So, I've removed the CW status from the answer. I don't think there is ...


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This might be a good example of an unfair CW, every edit added something valuable to the answer and there doesn't seem to be a series of minor edits that would point to rep whoring. Furthermore all edits are by the answer's author, I don't see any reason to encourage collaboration, which is what CW is supposed to be about. Also, it's worth pointing out that ...


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It's not single-handed: notice the presence of Community in the close voter list. Last year a feature was introduced to Stack Exchange to allow question askers to single-handedly close their questions as duplicates. When someone else proposes a possible duplicate, the original poster (and only that person) sees a banner at the top of the post: If the ...


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I think not, but it was originally closed as a duplicate of https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/81591/in-the-absense-of-a-cs-degree-how-can-i-fill-in-the-gaps-so-to-speak but reopened by 5 members of the community. I am inclined to agree with you that it's not a good question - despite, or perhaps because of, it's length. However, I ...


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As ChrisF already mentioned the question is "not constructive", which to us means: This question is not a good fit to our Q&A format. We expect answers to generally involve facts, references, or specific expertise; this question will likely solicit opinion, debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion. See the FAQ for guidance on how to improve ...


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"I love that feature" is not an answer. Despite the problematic nature of the question itself, answers should explain themselves. Right or wrong "I like this" is never and should never be an answer without (significantly) more detail. Now, wrongness doesn't really imply that an answer should be deleted if it is an answer. Were that the case, downvote and ...


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In the first instance you should have a quick look to see if you can work out what link should be now - however, don't spend much time on this. It might be that there's a new version of the documentation out and changing the version number in the URL might be all that's needed. Assuming that you can't find the new URL leave a comment. The poster will be ...


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The Stack Exchange day starts at midnight UTC. This means that it starts at 7:00 pm EST (assuming you're not on daylight savings).


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A user who had voted on one of your posts had their account deleted, either by choice or because they violated the Terms of Service. When that happens, the user's votes go away as well. -5 means that you had earned +5 points from them, probably via a question upvote, and unfortunately that reputation no longer exists. As for which account was removed, that'...


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There were only 5 nodejs questions and they all actually referred to node.js so I went ahead and create the synonym and merged the tags. If any one tries to use nodejs now it will automatically get converted to node.js


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