Adam Lear
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Where did Pierre 303 go? He was an all-star!
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Pierre contacted us and asked us to remove his Stack Exchange accounts. His reasons are his own, and unfortunately we weren't able to convince him to reconsider. His questions and answers here on ...

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Congratulations, Anna Lear!
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Thanks for the kind words, Mark. I'll definitely still be dropping by to answer questions and the like. :)

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Links in comments
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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....

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Are "name that thing" questions on-topic?
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I think there's a difference between questions that ask for a proper term for a concept and questions that ask for naming suggestions for a class or a method. The former would be fine, in my opinion, ...

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Does the community think we should have another Moderator Election this year?
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Good timing! We actually just reviewed Programmers to see if we were going to spin off another election. While we agree that the current moderators are doing a great job, after looking at the growth ...

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Change the name of Programmers to something that more accurately reflects the site scope?
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I write this both as a 20,000+ user and former elected moderator on Programmers, and as a community manager at Stack Exchange. First and foremost: we will not be changing this site's name. Why? ...

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Can something highlighting the difference between Programmers and SO be added to the FAQ?
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Like Jon, I don't think that's a correct definition. We do not only allow questions about programmers. Algorithm design and application licensing, for example, are both on topic without being about ...

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Should a joking answer be deleted (or was it not aparent this was a joke)?
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If the reason was more like: "ha... funny... but we try to keep the clutter down and only include 'good' answers so I'm gonna delete"... THAT makes sense. Although I didn't find it ...

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Upvote In Community Wiki
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Voting on community wiki posts is most certainly not a waste of a vote. There are two ways to look at votes: They are a vehicle for reputation. They are a mark of "useful content" vs "useless ...

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Peer Pressure in Voting?
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I think you're worrying about a problem that doesn't exist. There's no peer pressure to vote for the highest voted answer. There's nobody holding a gun to a voter's head saying "vote highest or else". ...

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Does this user really have so bad contributions?
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Suspensions are a private matter between moderators and a user. We do not discuss suspension reasons unless the issue is brought up by the person who got suspended. Quoting from Jeff Atwood: I ...

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Lost reputation - not sure why
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Probably someone unaccepted one of your answers. That'd account for lost 15 rep, but wouldn't show up on the history.

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"Rant" tag - Should it exist?
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Rants do not belong on a Q&A site and we generally at least try to edit them out of questions. DailyWTF forums are a good place to find entertaining programming-related rants.

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When should comments be deleted?
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Disclaimer: in this answer, I'm assuming comments' content is not offensive, insulting, or otherwise not in keeping with the spirit of the "Be nice" guideline. I think there are two things to tackle ...

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Why are questions about programs verboten?
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I don't know for sure, but my theory is that part of the reason is that those questions tend to just result in people throwing up lists of whatever they use with little context. A bullet point list of ...

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Who Would Contribute to a P.SE Blog?
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Thank you for bringing this up. One of the concerns I have with the blog is that it can be used as a soapbox. I want to make sure the posts we put up are solid, well-researched, not just someone ...

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Offtopic posts - Can they be moved rather than closed?
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The idea that we should have offtopic.stackoverflow.com is how this site got started and it became quickly apparent that it cannot survive on the SE network. Popularity isn't the definitive measure ...

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Are new users allowed to advise without mini-modding?
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It is absolutely appropriate. I personally love seeing comments that I'd leave left by someone else and that's only in part because that saves me typing. :) As moderators, we are doing our best to ...

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Can the migration path from SO be reconsidered?
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The migration stats tell us that over the last 90 days, 790 questions were migrated from Stack Overflow to Programmers and 26% of those (~205 questions) were "rejected". If memory serves, a migration ...

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Can we have Circles?
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Probably not. This idea has been brought in up various ways on Meta Stack Overflow and it has always been rejected. The users aren't the focus of Stack Exchange. Content and knowledge sharing are. ...

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Frequently closing popular questions
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In my case, when it comes to popular questions, I typically act on flags from people with less than 3000 rep, so if I end up closing them, it's usually not a unilateral decision. Flags are ...

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How do you navigate to the apparently super secret exchange sites?
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There is a full list of Stack Exchange sites at http://stackexchange.com/sites.

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How can we help people who ask "What language should I learn next" ask a better question?
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I'm noodling on the idea of making a "definitive" post along the lines of "how should I choose my next language?" With the idea that the answers would be along the lines of "look at your project ...

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Why are people still mass upvoting non-answers?
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The answer you used as your example did get locked (and subsequently deleted). The main reason it didn't get locked sooner is because there wasn't a mod around to do so right away. I waited perhaps ...

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Do some users delete their low-voted answers? Is this ok?
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Some people delete their answers once they realize that someone else made their point better. I don't think I've observed lots of deleted answers. We don't see that very often. In terms of your ...

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What is flag weight?
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Flag weight is a measure of how reliable your content flags are. When you flag a post or an answer for moderator attention, we get the option to dismiss the flag as valid or invalid. "Valid" increases ...

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When associating multiple sites to a new site, what about adding a minimum level reputation automatically for the new site?
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This is already in place, but with different rep thresholds than you have in mind. You have to have 200 rep on one of the sites you're associating your new account with in order to get the 100 rep ...

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A place for the subjective, fun questions
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There is definitely some merit in the funny questions, but the goal of the site is to promote serious discussions about software development without turning into yet another forum flooded with poorly ...

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Would you like to see Programmers get a less playful/cartoonish design to attract professional questions?
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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 ...

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remove [canadian-law] tag?
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Yeah, I agree. I don't think the tag makes any sense in the long term. We certainly don't want to encourage more general legal questions after we already reduced the scope in the FAQ from "software ...

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