I recently posted a question on SO and within minutes it was slammed shut offensively without any help as to how I could make it better. Furthermore, it got saddled with the 'subjective' tag, when if you read the whole description instead of just the question, it really wasn't subjective. What di...
While reading through a question here on Meta, I saw this question listed under the Related section. Gritting my teeth and clicking the link resulted in a whirlwind of redirects and an error in Google Chrome.
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I used to have another account here but not I am being forced to log in with social channels. The email I used and password are not accessible. Has anyone else ran into this and do you have a fix? It is rather annoying being cast as a noobie. Did StackOverflow move the "login by email and pas...
Unfortunately I realised that it was best if I took a slightly break from focusing primarily on SE stuff to uh, you know, do real work, so I'm a bit behind..but should turn that around this weekend I hope (your request will definitely be handled, since it is actually done, just needs styling tweaks).
@TimStone - I asked this question before but no Mods were around to answer "definitively": Does having 10k+ users flag "not an answer" flags as either invalid or "not an answer" actually help the mods?
I'm getting mixed messages about what happens when I use an "Invalid flag" flag:
What actually happens? I thought I was being helpful by using "invalid flag" to push bad flags down in the queue. Am I actually creating more work for the moderators by raising them in the queue?
Every once in a while I take a look at the tools page and see a high number of flags - like right now. And there is indeed some pretty spammy stuff in there.
It's fairly self-evident what to do with flagged questions, I think - just vote to close/delete if the flags are in fact accurate.
So, I'm now (since some weeks) a user with more than 10k reputation (on Stack Overflow). I can access the moderation tools, one of them is the flagged posts page. This lists some of the flags on posts (questions and answers) which were not yet handled by a moderator, as I understand.
In the time...
I've recently passed the 10k limit and gained access to the 10k tools. Reviewing edits certainly helps as well as reviewing posts flagged for closing (where I can directly cast a close vote myself if I think it is correct).
But I don't get the value of reviewing flags, where the only thing I can...
@YiJiangsProble_ True, but it definitely looks like the same problem (same repro steps) and added the stacktrace, which might be helpful. My issue with that edit is primarily the fact that the OP's post had so many issues that didn't get fixed with the edit.
"studies show cats have a better chance of surviving falls when they’re from higher than nine stories. “The cats were able to relax, orient themselves in a flying squirrel position with the legs spread out. It slowed their descent down.”" - Cat survives 19 story fall.
What awful people decided to study the effects of dropping a cat off of a building?
You know what day is coming up, right? Just to get you up to speed:
Stack Overflow's first April Fool's day came with glitter, cornify buttons, lots of pink, and Comic Sans.
Last year, all user avatars turned into unicorn images, provided by a web service created by some weirdo with too much fr...
Currently the TOS, section 4 "Restrictions", second paragraph reads:
Under no circumstances will Subscriber use the Network or the Service to ... (d) post any false, inaccurate or incomplete material or delete or revise any material that was not posted by You.
delete or revise ...
@JeremyBanks Yes and no. A TOS, in general, is there for a "worst case scenario" sort of issue where legal action is required to resolve something. Having a more strict TOS gives the business a stronger position to stand on when push comes to shove and ultimately a TOS is for the business's benefit, not the user.
That said, a small percentage of users actually do read TOS agreements and discover that they don't like what's in them. 99% of the time, none of the "you can't do this" language in a TOS never has an impact, especially for a free service like Stack Exchange.
But, since the people working on Stack Exchange are awesome, I expect that such language is just an oversight and was included in the "template" that was used to create it originally and it will get removed.
The reality is that if you strictly abide by the TOS, you effectively can't use the site, since "complete information" is technically impossible. (If it was the TOS for my business, I would have a few things to say to my legal team for being sloppy. (no, I'm not a lawyer, but most of my family is, so I sort of am by-proxy)
My progress bar shows that I've hit level 2. I've received a notice on the site. However, the number of shares and questions/answers with 2 up votes has gone down. I can understand the Q&A getting downvotes, but how can a link be unshared?
Is something broken?
I've seen the question, and I know it's been accepted by the community, but I feel like it's more of an occasional "fun" exception than a full on-topic question. If I went and asked "Is it possible to cook an egg on the sidewalk?", I'd expect it to have a good chance of getting closed.
(I don't mean to be too critical, it's a very good blog post. And I'm only slightly familiar with the site so I could be entirely wrong.)
Surely the authors of the previous (sublime!) answers will throw the "Sure it works in practice, but does it work in theory!?" at me, but this great SE question and its answers still lured me into creating an answer backed up by empirical evidence.
YES! It's certainly possible. At le...
@Moshe That's some bull**** if I've ever seen it. While gathering info about how popular apps deal with securing information is cool, going in to those specifics is way more than any political person should go. That's up to a regulatory body, not some random politicians.
That said, by downloading the app, the user is inherently giving the app permission to do whatever it wants. Pestering users with "privacy" concerns goes against the Apple ideals of "it just works"
From time to time, people complain that unpopular suggestions on Meta get effectively censored by downvoting: questions with a net score under -7 vanish from the front page. Most recently Nicol Bolas:
The problem is that, on polarized topics, fast mass downvoting can quash any idea that is n...
@TimStone as said, I don't think there is much of a real issue either - by and large, the system works. But I've seen some really bizarre voting over time. Like once, I posted a suggestion as an answer to a question, netting 20 or 30 upvotes; then I posted it as a feature-request, and it got downvoted into oblivion. In hindsight, the idea was probably bad and deserved the downvotes, but voting is weird sometimes.
Plus giving feature requests a more "election-y" feeling would help shut up those who are alienated with Meta, and complain about the "elite" that "censors" questions away through mass downvoting. It's only for the first 48 hours, mind, and closed questions would lose their protection
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I spent a lot of time writing that answer even though it already had tons of other answers haha
@RSolberg actually, I'm pretty glad SO's policies are not set where the $$$ are - or at least, to a lesser extent than on other sites - and focused on a specific idea of quality instead. Even though one may not always fully agree with that idea.
Reread my post... You'll see something in there that should stand out... "wasn't unhelpful, wasn't offensive, certainly wasn't off topic".... Are you staying that every question on SO should be closed then? Bam typo, gone!
@RSolberg it was clearly a poll type question, and hence not welcome on SO according to the FAQ. I agree the knowledge in those questions should be preserved somewhere. I've authored many many feature requests to that end. But the community consensus (well, and, at least as importantly, the owners' consensus) is that that kind of questions is no longer welcome, and keeping it around is harmful because they are examples to new askers.
And seeing as SO is still a quality resource with constantly growing traffic, it seems to me they are doing something right and stringent quality control is one of those things. As said, I'm actually very happy that quality comes before traffic for these guys. It's one of the reasons I'm here, and I'm very glad to see it seems to be working out business wise
It wasn't in the FAQ when the question was asked. Someone came up with the idea to alter the FAQ and the reasoning simply doesn't make sense. I also refuse to call people on meta the community. The stakeholders of SO are far larger, far larger, than the 32 people who come here often.
Well when quality questions go missing, it just doesn't make sense...
Breaking the Internet with bad links makes the Internet a worse place... This evolution hasn't been a good one.
@RSolberg t wasn't in the FAQ when the question was asked. I agree that is a touchy issue, and people are very divided about it. Re stakeholders - Meta is open to everyone; everyone is free to vote and post their opinion as they please. I realize not everyone is interested in Meta, but the way the site develops has to be shaped somewhere
But the question that is useful is now closed, can't be edited for the changes in frameworks or controls out there... So now we have an old stagnant question that will just sit in purgatory because some "users" decided they were the "community" and forced this down everyone's throat... Its simply crazy. Very disgusting.
It's been confusing me for too long already. Things I've noticed:
When there are multiple votes being cast on the same post in succession of each other, it constantly keeps flashing back and forth between a bunch of numbers. I just want to see what the current count is. I really don't care what...