ChrisF
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Why are there so many high-ranked users that have never asked a question?
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Speaking personally I'm at the stage in my career/life where I don't have many questions left to ask. What I do have is many years of experience in encountering the problems that other people ask ...

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Why would anyone accept an answer?
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As I mentioned on another meta when discussing acceptance rate all acceptance really means is This answer helped me the most. Therefore @Fishtoaster's option of: Pick whatever answer the asker ...

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Are book recommendations on-topic?
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Book requests fall into the "outside resources" close reason and should be closed: Questions asking us to recommend a tool, library or favorite off-site resource are off-topic for Programmers as ...

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100ish reputation with no votes?
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You get 100 reputation bonus when you link your account to another one in the Stack Exchange network with more than 200 points. By getting 200 points on site A (Stack Overflow) you've demonstrated ...

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Lots of subjective questions here
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You know all those questions on Stack Overflow that get (or should get) closed as "subjective and argumentative", you know one's like: "what's your favourite programmer cartoon", &...

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New logo for Software Engineering Stack Exchange
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I like this, I like this a lot. The design is just the right amount different from the current one to show continuity and yet show that we've changed, matured and grown up. One small thing - is ...

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Do any of the moderator candidates intend to moderate differently?
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Specifically, if a candidate spots a troubled question, they may endeavor to understand the intent behind the troubled question, rather than rapidly choosing to close that question. This is something ...

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Why is "what language should I learn" considered off-topic?
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The simple answer is that the question as stated "which language should I learn next?" is unanswerable. The only answer anyone should give is always "it depends" - which isn't an answer at all. What ...

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Should you edit questions to remove apologies?
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Yes you should. If it's the wrong place then the question will be closed or migrated. If it's the right place then the apology is meaningless. More generally, Everything that is in a question post ...

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Troll in profile
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The person is known to us. However, the profile is where a user can say (almost) what they like and this doesn't come anywhere close to crossing that line. I'd just ignore it - most people don't ...

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How can I get my question reopened as someone answered in the comments?
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There are three things you can, and should, do: Edit the question. Remove any ambiguity, add extra details, fix the spelling and grammar, etc. Generally improve it. This will add the question to the ...

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Frequently closing popular questions
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Just because something is popular doesn't necessary make it right. Also questions often gain a lot of votes simply by virtue of being old. A lot of the highly voted question were migrated from Stack ...

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Should we migrate subjective question from StackOverflow ?
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If the site survives beta then there will probably be a migration path set up. In the meantime any currently closed question should be reposted here. Add a link to the question in comments (if you ...

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Who should the moderators be?
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ChrisF (meta) I'd like to put myself forward as an extra or backup moderator. I don't want to take the place of anyone else who's willing and able to do the job, but I thought it might be useful if ...

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Should we be concerned that @StackProgrammer tweets refer to closed/deleted questions?
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I am concerned as it seems to affect all sites, not just ours. I don't like the fact that questions that aren't the best advertisement for the site being Tweeted or posted to Google+. This has been ...

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How many times can a question be closed and reopened?
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It can go on for as long as there are people with over 3,000 reputation who haven't used their votes. On any given question you are allowed to vote once to close and once to reopen. After that you ...

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Is it possible and/or ethically correct to add a bounty to a question I answer to?
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It's certainly possible. The ethics should be irrelevant as there's no way that the bounty can be assigned to your answer. You can't assign it manually and there's no way it will be auto-assigned as ...

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Is it appropriate to link to "unofficial" web copies of commercial documents
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No. We should respect the copyright of the original documents. This includes not copying and linking to the official sources rather than something "unofficial". If nothing else the official link is ...

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banned again on Programmers.SE
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The ban only concerns your questions, not all your posts. Looking at your questions I see 11 in total, of which 6 have been deleted leaving 5 still visible on the site. Of the delete ones three had ...

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Are useful(?) answers to off-topic questions useful to the community?
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Strictly speaking you shouldn't answer an off topic question, at best you should just post a comment. However, I would admit that there are grey areas - not sure that this is one though. Each time an ...

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A guide to moderating programmers.stackexchange yourself - close voting
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Adapted from Cryptography meta, originally posted by Ninefingers Rationale: why do we close questions? There are really two ways to do moderation. If you've been on any of the .moderated newsgroups ...

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I just failed an audit, but I was right and it was wrong. What now?
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Do nothing. Even if there weren't issues around certain aspects of the review system one failed audit isn't going to cause you a problem. The audits are designed to catch so-called "robo-reviewers" ...

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What is this site's definitions of development methodologies?
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I think your question is definitely on topic so I've reopened it. Sometimes we (the community) get things wrong, so bringing it up here is the right thing to do. Watch me get down voted on this one ...

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0 users have archaeologist badge
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I'm not seeing any number beside the badge. Given that the requirements are: Edited 100 posts that were inactive for 6 months (emphasis mine), and the more ephemeral nature of posts on ...

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Is it OK to ask P.SE to do your job?
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Ultimately all Stack Exchange sites where professional matters are discussed (Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Webmasters, Game Development, here) exist because people are having trouble with an aspect ...

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Are we Going down hill?
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This is a trend we're seeing on Stack Overflow too. If the rate of increase in questions is greater than the rate of increase in users so there are less votes per question available.

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Why my thread has been closed and locked?
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The post was locked as the comments were getting out of hand. I've unlocked it now. It doesn't help that you call Visual Studio 2010 "Very Slow 2010". If you want it to be reopened, edit it to ...

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Was there a rep recalculation?
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Someone probably thought that they were doing you a favour by up-voting a lot of your answers in quick succession. This would have triggered the vote fraud mechanism which would have removed the votes ...

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Should our FAQ contain a list of what's off topic and if so what should that list contain?
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"What language should I learn next?" As the answer is always "it depends on what you want to do" these are either too localised or not constructive.

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Should new users be protected from down votes?
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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'...

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