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Q: Why won't clang compile this source code that works in VS2012?

Sod AlmightyI don't know if I'm doing something wrong here, but I can't for the life of me get clang to compile existing code that compiles fine in VS2012. Includes like strsafe.h and xstring cause weird compilation errors, the strangest of which is a "missing close bracket" in the middle of a standard incl...

Agh! Used all up/down votes.
 
user163250
Anyone here really familiar with Ruby on Rails?
 
-17
Q: String was not recognized as a valid DateTime

user2439521I am having trouble with reading text from textbox and converting it into DateTime datatype. Error that I am getting is: "Format Exception is unhandled by the user code. String was not recognized as a valid DateTime." My code is: using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using Syste...

@Cupcake Why?
 
user163250
This seems like it's correct, I just wanted to confirm: stackoverflow.com/a/5264371/456814. Again, I'm trying to find things to place a bounty on.
 
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Q: Store 00 as a value?

BDillanGiven integer N. How can I store the value N for N * 0s. e.g. N = 2 = 00 char [] seq = new char [1]; seq[0] = (char) (0 * N); System.out.println(seq[0]); // If N is 5 should print 00000

@Cupcake Nah, too short. Doesn't deserve any more than the gazillion votes.
 
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7:04 PM
Hm… just got Vox Populi (again). Unsung Hero and Fanatic were restored automatically, but all my reviews are gone >:(
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Q: How to make a while loop that will plot 12 evenly spaced spheres on a circle of radius 20x10^-10?

user3225065How do I make a while loop that will plot 12 evenly spaced spheres on a circle of radius 20x10^-10 in the y,z plane. The actual question is as follows: -Use a while loop to consider N = 12 observation points that lie on a circle of radius 20 A in the y-z plane. One of the points should be on th...

@Cupcake How about one of mine? :P
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A: Select area/rectangle in javascript

bjb568Seems simple enough… Create a div that's initially hidden: <div id="div" hidden></div> Style it: #div { border: 1px dotted #000; position: absolute; } And the JS: var div = document.getElementById('div'), x1 = 0, y1 = 0, x2 = 0, y2 = 0; function reCalc() { //This will restyle the ...

^ This one was dv'd by… of course… Room 17.
 
user163250
@bjb568 maybe when I owe you a huge apology for something, sure.
 
@Cupcake Hm… how can I make a cupcake owe me something?
Cross-bounty, plot some kind of mistake so that you think you owe me, promise to not eat cupcake family for payment…
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Q: Can't check member delegate for null

Enjoys MathMy code is: class A { public delegate void fun1(A a); } In another function that takes an objection A a; has if (a.fun1 != null) a.fun1(a); I get this error message: 'fun1': cannot reference a type through an expression; try 'NamespacOfA.A.fun1' instead Any ideas?

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Q: How to print an integer in reverse without using an array?

user3715191I don't need the entire code as this thing is an assignment I just don't get the logic in order to do this thing without the use of arrays. Write a program that continously gets an input from the user until a positive number is given, Then, the program displays the number digit per digit in reve...

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Q: Why does Swing hate parseInt()?

FredCarstonprivate void NextActionPerformed(java.awt.event.ActionEvent evt) { try{ if(startD(runD, loadD)){ String temp;// = ""; String dialog;// = ""; temp = getIR(); PC.setText(getPC()); IR.setText(temp); ACC.setText(getACC()); OUT.s...

 
@bjb568 You don't really need to turn chat into the close review queue.
 
@JasonC :P
K, K, you guys can CV on your own.
 
Do you think number of overlapping votes minus number of non-overlapping votes is a good metric for how "controversial" a post is? (That is MIN(upvotes,downvotes)-ABS(score))?
 
user163250
7:14 PM
Okay, I know which answer to put a bounty on now.
 
@JasonC Yeah.
 
^ Results seem promising, or at least interesting.
 
@Cupcake Which one?
 
Oh I should add the up and downvote counts to the results.
 
7:16 PM
Er… One more LQ question… stackoverflow.com/q/13867568/3890059
 
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A: How do I properly force a Git push?

KayvarJust do: git push origin master --force or if you have a specific repo: git push https://git.... --force may not be proper, but if anyone stumbles upon this page, thought they might want a simple solution... Short flag Also note that -f is short for --force, so git push origin master -f ...

 
Most controversial posts: data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/214009/… IT'S SO FUNNY HA HA!
 
@JasonC Make it funny.
 
Oh wait wait
Dammit no more edits.
 
Sorry… but there's a bunch more crap… stackoverflow.com/q/8243682/3890059
 
7:22 PM
Wow it's a fun query on the metas
 
Sometimes I try to close answers as "Unclear what you're asking". Then I realize it's an answer.
 
(+87 / -91 if you can't see it.)
 
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A: What's the highest reputations earned on a day?

MysticialAs of today, that record belongs to David Robinson who earned 1550 rep on July 6th, 2013. The full list can be found with this query.

 
@JasonC -1'd.
@Cupcake Wow.
Also, I see a cupcake on every edit.
I fixed that.
"Thank you for reviewing 20 low quality posts today; come back in 4 hours to continue reviewing." FSM, I hate this cap.
 
@bjb568 And I'm completely uninterested in being badgered by the social cause of "stop promoting social causes".
(Recommend muting retarded song choice.)
 
7:34 PM
@JasonC Looks like ants.
 
Here's the MSO winner: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/252003/… Score: 0 (+66/-66)
 
@JasonC I really don't understand that. It's the same as:
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A: Question quality is dropping on Stack Overflow

George CumminsThe question quality will continue to decline as long as we continue to reward the bad questions with answers. I'm willing to repeat an unpopular view here: We need to stop rewarding answers to bad questions if we want to stop bad questions. Many bad questions on this site get good or mediocre ...

 
If I got a cent for every time I would have flagged as "Suspected rep whoring" (tho I'm pretty sure that doesn't exist), I would have more cents than all the rep of the rep whores! — bjb568 May 20 at 3:06
 
@bjb568 Weird, right? Probably a tone thing, both the mood the question put the readers in and the tone of the answer.
 
7:41 PM
I feel like every question downvote should be -5 for the asker and all answerers.
 
@bjb568 Only if you get +5 for every upvote on that same question
 
@bjb568 sigh I wish there was an 'unclear what to close as' close reason. :P
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@Sumurai8 Why?
@hichris123 No repro info, unclear or seeking debugging help.
 
@hichris123 I know they've been really locking us in by getting rid of all the cool vague ones I used to abuse the heck out of. "Too localized" and "lacks minimal understanding" were always good shotguns.
 
@bjb568 It looks more like a browser bug, though.
 
7:46 PM
@bjb568 For the same reason you want to subtract rep for answering bad questions. Don't you also want to reward people for answering good questions? Anyways it would all be weird on metas, too.
 
@hichris123 Which is also off-topic as not about programming (other).
 
@JasonC 'abuse' is definitely good.
:P
@bjb568 Yeah...
 
@hichris123 Abuse is great!! Also I was being facetious.
 
My farts smell like chili.
 
ooh, another good close reason! 'too lazy to write a custom close reason'
 
7:47 PM
@hichris123 "Questions about general computing hardware / software" would be appropriate for that one.
 
@JasonC Closed as 'I'm abusing a close reason' by Jason C
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@hichris123 There should be a "this is crap" button that deletes it right away without a close reason.
 
@bjb568 Dude; haha, hold on...
 
@bjb568 Because the type of questions I usually answer are answerable (otherwise I wouldn't be able to answer them), but people tend to leave a downvote anyway because it is .htaccess (herp derp go to serverfault to be closed as offtopic there herp derp and I have no clue what this question is about herp derp). I find that people are sometimes short-sighted with their votes, and unless there is a string of downvotes or a string of upvotes, a vote means nothing.
 
Gah, I really should be working...
 
7:48 PM
This question appears to be off-topic. Not sure why, but it clearly sucks.
 
@Sumurai8 How about you get min(0, score * 5) rep?
 
@bjb568 Just read the transcript starting from chat.meta.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/2263080#2263080 -- it's too bad that Avinash dude's meta post asking about where the "extended close reasons" were ended up deleted.
 
@hichris123 Sunday?
 
@bjb568 "Working" as in doing stuff that I should be doing, not chatting. :P
 
@hichris123 But chatting is fun.
 
7:51 PM
@bjb568 But we don't like fun >:(
 
Jeff Atwood on November 23, 2010

Over the last 2.5 years, we’ve identified a few problematic classes of questions that tend to get asked on our sites. Many of these are documented in our standard set of close reasons: exact duplicate, off-topic, subjective and argumentative, not a real question, and too localized.

However, as we launched the great Super User experiment, a new, previously unknown class of problematic questions emerged — the shopping recommendation.

That is, on Super User we began encountering questions like: …

Jeff Atwood on January 04, 2010

I noticed that the Stack Overflow question Strangest language feature has been closed and reopened several times now. The text of the question is brief:

What is in your opinion the most surprising, weird, strange or really “WTF” language feature you have encountered?

I agree this is not exactly an ideal question for Stack Overflow, per the FAQ:

Avoid asking questions that are subjective, argumentative, or require extended discussion. This is not a discussion board, this is a place for questions that can be answered! …

 
Christ, you guys,
The chat room is like an RSS feed of a bad scraper blog today.
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Did I... take up your whole monitor?
@JasonC KATLATHARIYA`S(+91-9950211818) love vashikaran specialist molvi ji best astrologer
 
@hichris123 No.
 
On the bright side: I have written 400 answers.
 
7:53 PM
@hichris123 AHHH
 
@Sumurai8 Today???
 
Aw, are SEDE queries not allowed against Area 51? I guess it's not the usual SE system, huh.
 
Okay, I am officially getting to work. Maybe.
 
@rene No; during my SO life
 
Jul 18 at 22:24, by Anna Lear
Area 51 is eleventy billion kinds of crazy.
 
7:55 PM
@bjb568 110 000 000 000?
 
Actually, I have probably written more than that. I hate it when people remove their question after I answer it :S
 
And I'd imagine it's got about eleventy billion kinds of hacks on the back-end to make it work.
 
@JanDvorak 11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111‌​111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111‌​11
 
There are just 400 answers still floating around on SO that belong to me.
 
It would be fun to modify the controversial posts query for controversial users although I'm not really sure the best way.
 
7:57 PM
considers writing a scrip to produce 110 GB of data, then realises the character limit...
 
You could tally their total upvotes and downvotes across questions I guess, but I wonder if the number of questions should be a factor (or if number of votes implicitly represents that more accurately)
I guess it's total "controversy" vs. average "controversy per question" - and thinking out loud, the former probably makes more sense.
 
@JanDvorak Fixed font doesn't have a character limit, I think.
 
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Oh wait…
 
Oh I got a query for most hated tags somewhere too I'll have to dig that up.
 
@hichris123 the server does have an upload limit though, doesn't it?
 
7:59 PM
@JanDvorak Of course.
 
Well, it allowed 999 paragraphs of lorem ipsum...
 
user163250
Check out some of the contact options from the Contact Us page:
 
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user163250
I wonder if there's an automated response for the "My question or answer was denied" category.
 
8:02 PM
status-suck-it
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user163250
Like, no actual human being ends up reading it.
 
@JanDvorak ^ Haha, yes.
 
status-poor-bot
 
> Why was my question or answer denied?
Yes.
> Users who are banned from asking questions see the following error message when trying to post a new question:

We are no longer accepting questions from this account. See the Help Center to learn more.
Stack Exchange cannot lift question bans by request.

The only way to end a posting ban is to positively contribute to the site; automatic bans never expire or “time out“. Visit our help page for more details.
 
user163250
@hichris123 that's the email response that users get back?
 
8:04 PM
@Cupcake No, it just pops up when you click it.
 
user163250
Oh, I didn't even notice.
 
user163250
I bet you a bunch of users just click "Continue" anyways, without even bothering to read the popup.
 
status-cupcake-fail
:D
Someone answered that ^. :( Anyone have a close vote? Plz?
 
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A: Question is on hold now. Yet my flag got declined

AnonymousLike the decline reason says: Flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention. Moderators deal with tons of flags, so if the question simply need to be closed, you don't need to flag it. Flagging should only be used if something requires modera...

 
8:14 PM
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" if the question simply need to be closed, you don't need to flag it." I'm getting mixed signals here, then how in the world I'm supposed to get a question that deserves to get closed closed if I can't flag? — Braiam 6 secs ago
 
@Braiam They mean don't flag VLQ. It's not the best worded (as it's assuming you have VTC privs) so I'll edit it.
 
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@hichris123 needs editing privileges
 
@Braiam Does that look better?
 
8:18 PM
Uh… so if something is VLQ and is flagged as such, it'll get approved. Unless a mod comes and declines it? That makes no sense.
 
Still kinda confusing, but it's the best way I could think of to word it.
@bjb568 Because of the LQP queue. But, you should not be flagging questions as VLQ that you can VTC.
 
the funny thing is that even when the flag gets approved via VLQ queue, it doesn't get deleted
 
@hichris123 I can VTC any question I want, remove the flag type?
 
Yeah, since you can't delete questions from the LQP queue.
@bjb568 ?
 
@hichris123 "But, you should not be flagging questions as VLQ that you can VTC." That means I can never flag VLQ.
 
8:21 PM
The academia page header reminds me of one of those goofy Japanese high-school-dating video games for some reason.
 
@bjb568 on questions, you rarely should be flagging VLQ. Unless it's like abcdefh ihaewkloi wetapajtpw;t waet I'm testing. weatojepwatiphwate.
Also:
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A: Is the Very Low Quality flag too ambiguous?

Jeff AtwoodVLQ means the flagger thinks this post is beyond saving -- no amount of editing or polishing will turn this particular turd into gold. It is a call for a pooper-scooper. To clarify this, we are making the language a bit stronger: very low quality This question/answer has severe formattin...

 
LOVE +2 HYGIENE -1 FRIEND +1 HUNGRY +3
 
@hichris123 Uh… so why does the queue and the reviewers of the queue go totally against that view?
"Essentially this is synonymous with flag for removal. Both for the post and implicitly for the user who created that post … if they accrue enough of them." That's what I mean.
 
@bjb568 You're mixing up two things. The LQP queue is not just VLQ flags, it also includes automatically detected low quality posts.
 
Whatever. VLQ means the post is crap. LQRQ deals with it and approves the flag if it is crap. Closing (including without a mod) also approves the flag.
There is no evidence in the system or the users of the LQRQ (who delete the crap instead of declining the flags because it "wasn't bad enough") that you should use VLQ sparingly. If it's crap, VLQ.
Also, Jeffs answer backs that up.
 
8:28 PM
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A: Am I misusing the "Very Low Quality" flag?

Shog9Use VLQ for obvious, unarguable garbage. Regardless of whether or not it ends up in /review or the mod queue (and most of the time, it'll end up in both at least for a little while...) VLQ flags on questions that should be closed just create unnecessary overhead - someone else has to spend more...

 
@hichris123 Ok, but it's there now and there's a usage for them that the 1% of mod cases shouldn't interfere with.
@JanDvorak My brain is that of a unicorn, a species that is far beyond of what humans are capable of. Sadly, it doesn't interact well with the human body, so I am not quite capable of utilizing all it's capabilities... yet. — Sumurai8 3 hours ago
 
9:21 PM
I am so close to 3k on SO I can taste it already. stackoverflow.com/users/2446155/santa-claus
Oooh somebody up-voted something yay
 
Not me, ran out of votes. Would have, tho.
Go to the CV queue!
 
@bjb568 Already there...
 
Isn't it fun?
 
@bjb568 It's certainly more "exciting" than the other queues...
 
9:36 PM
@SantaClaus TWSS
 
It's cool to see my name in the closed/on-hold by section of a closed question. stackoverflow.com/questions/25106839/…
 
"How unreliable is unreliable"
 
11:19 PM
@JasonC I consider these users controversial , but I don't know if thats what you want
@Cupcake I only had the Vote to Close display name for 31 days.
@Cupcake I'm sure it is confusing, but it's a necessary evil. I am super paranoid about the mods serial declining my flags and stuff and talking shit about me in the mods only room, so I try my best to avoid their radar.
mods, who needs them?
 
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11:41 PM
@iStimple is there something that we should know about???
 
user163250
That you're not telling us?...
 
user163250
Guys, I have another great question for area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/72987/stack-overflow-academy, but I've used up all my example questions.
 
user163250
Can someone else ask for me please?
 
user163250
My question is:
 
user163250
> How can I format my long question so that it's easy to read and understand?
 
user163250
11:46 PM
Answer: section headers.
 
There is no way that anyone's convincing me to show any form of support to that proposal in any way -_-
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user163250
@JasonC seems to be vehemently against it as well...
 
user163250
2 days ago, by Jason C
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@Cupcake he's actually against reading the manual too, you know
 
user163250
@Braiam a wild one, he is.
 
user163250
11:50 PM
A rebel.
 
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