Shog9
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Do we have any responsibility to take any action if someone says they're thinking about suicide in their post?
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I hate to sound callous about this, but... This isn't a support group; y'all probably aren't trained to deal with the outpouring of grief and despair of someone you've never met and may have ...

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Do I totally not understand the point of Programmers.SE?
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I've been on SO and every other site for longer than you, I'd think I'd understand the game by now. I was under the impression that the stupid stuff I posted on SO that got closed within one hour ...

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How can we avoid Programmers.SE from becoming the SE black sheep?
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I'm here because I want this site to succeed. Not as "Questions we wish were allowed on SO", but as "Questions that can't be allowed on SO". A place for all the things that SO/SE was never designed ...

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What's the reopen rate for closed questions on Programmers?
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First, the all-time stats: Closed Closed then Edited Closed then Reopened Closed then Edited then Reopened ------ ------------------ -------------------- -------------------------------- 34567 ...

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What can we do about extremely low quality questions from unregistered users?
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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 ...

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OK to ask people to write programs (not just code golf)?
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No. It's rude. The system isn't designed for that sort of large-scale code sharing. It's off-topic for Programmers.SE. This isn't "Rent-A-Coder".

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Why was "Why aren't young programmers interested in mainframes?" re-opened?
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Something came up in the comments on Robert's answer that I'd like to address... But why should it remain open? Curation of existing content for questions that are off topic, primarily opinion, or ...

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Why do some questions start with a magic invocation?
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If you drag-select the text of a question, starting at the end and ending at the beginning... And you overshoot a bit... ...you end up selecting the vote count (0), the down-vote arrow (down vote) ...

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What's this cohhunity bulletin?
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Blame it on the font used for titles: The handwritten font in the title, top nav and section header is House Whiteboard. Yes, it is actually Hugh Laurie's handwriting. ("It's Not Lupus!") Oh. Well ...

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Should P.SE Moderators have to "defend their seat"?
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Why should we let four people serve as P.SE moderators indefinitely? Why not? Are you worried about burnout? Do you feel the current moderators are doing a poor job? We're not particularly interested ...

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Are word origin questions on-topic?
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I'm not sure whether this falls under "idle curiosity" or not, but I have a devil of a time keeping the distinction between arguments and parameters straight - knowing the history behind them - the "...

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Why is the discussion about good and bad questions happening on meta.stackexchange rather than here?
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Because the problem was never that the P.SE community was unhappy with P.SE. That would have given rise to discussion here, and a whole lot more participation in the various "What's on-topic?" threads....

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Not programming related
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Ah, you missed the best part... The title, description, definition questions, and discussions on Area51 are of purely historic interest. The FAQ here is the definitive reference for the site as it ...

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Putting contentious questions on probation
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10 votes

Um... Wow. We've really done a lousy job of communicating this, haven't we... Closing is "probation" That's the whole point, y'see? Put the question in limbo for a bit, while folks discuss ...

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Rewording other people's questions
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With one click, the original author can revert any changes you make. But it takes considerably more effort to re-open a closed question. Therefore, if you think a question risks being closed (and ...

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Why the top question was removed?
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There was a bug in the scheduled job that cleans up migration stubs: it also automatically deleted questions that had been migrated and then rejected. Obviously, that was not the intent and has been ...

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valid questions being closed.
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but anyway what do you think should be done? Nothing. Anything that has been closed can be re-opened... Unless it's locked or deleted. So steer clear of locking and deletion, and closing is at most a ...

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Buggy "Announcer" badge?
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Heh... You got lucky. See, Sam The Brand Brand has been doing this syndication deal with the respected tech-news site ArsTechnica. Today, they republished some of the top answers from Is there an ...

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Requiring registration to ask questions - did it made a difference?
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After digging into this a bit further, I can't find any conclusive evidence that this has really helped much. In the 60 days prior to registration being enacted, Programmers got 877 bad* questions ...

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Would the "General Reference" close reason be useful here on Programmers?
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What's the reference? "Learn 2 Proggy in 21 Days"? "The Art of Computer Programming"? On EL&U, you could reasonably be expected to look in a dictionary, or perhaps even such an exotic source as a ...

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How many questions do we get from users recently blocked at SO, how many of these are closed / deleted?
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I'm working on something related to this right now, so it's worthwhile to pull the data. More on that in a bit, but first... 1380 questions asked here in the last 30 days, from 1219 distinct accounts,...

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Viewing a candidate's closing record
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Close votes are not public, at least not until they've actually resulted in a post being closed. However, reviews are public - and if a candidate participates in reviewing questions, the results can ...

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Blacklist [subjective]
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Blacklisted.

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Getting a Question Reopened
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The answer to both of your questions is the same: make your question not a duplicate. Since you didn't link to your question, and I'm too lazy to search for it, I'll just give you some general ...

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A site for life-outside-work issues dedicated to programmers
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There are athletic programmers who work in "adult" industries... The truth is, "life" questions from programmers aren't usually all that different from those of other professions. Yes, the challenges ...

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Why are almost half the questions on the front page marked "closed"?
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Are people unclear on what is or is not on-topic for this Stack Exchange sub-board? Oh yeah. The scope effectively made a 90° turn a few weeks into the beta, and it was a friggin' freight train ...

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Guidelines to merge questions
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If a question is an exact duplicate (re-posted, cross-posted then migrated, etc.), merge without hesitation, moving answers to the older post. If a user flags a question as an effective duplicate and ...

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Am I completely wrong in thinking this question was subjective?
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You're kinda straddling the line between SO-appropriate and P.SE appropriate... How to ask for a code review There's nothing wrong with asking SO for feedback on some code, provided you've put some ...

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Why isn't my reputation increasing?
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It's a "Community Wiki" answer (one which doesn't have a permanent "owner", can be edited by more users, and doesn't grant reputation to anyone) - this status is forced for answers to questions with ...

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About that "Good Subjective Bad Subjective" blog post and Programmers
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Yeah, ok, done. Editorial note (May 26, 2015): It's instructive to look back now on the direction the Programmers community took after the enforcement of these standards began... Today it remains an ...

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