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2:03 PM
@JohnDvorak I don't know, I wouldn't like that
All of programming has conditioned me to expect one comparison per expression
 
@Magisch Or if multiple, a case statement.
 
or seperated by an || or && or similar
i.E the principle is a comparison only has 2 side, the comparator and the comparee (?) and either of those can be comparisons if need be, but it never has 3 sides
That would become impossible to read quickly imo
 
To be fair, programming itself has it's own shortcuts that look like Greek to others.
 
I was thinking more of our ( compare ? true : false ) type statements.
 
2:13 PM
Nested 3 or more deep? Yeah, those are fun to debug.
BTW I've been browsing the Kaggle Q&A site remembering this is where a PM came from recently. It looks.... inclusive. A lot of Thanks and You're Welcome.
> My team is working on making Stack Overflow's public Q&A a more welcoming and inclusive platform for everyone who codes. Including as a resource for new coders and the teachers/experienced devs who help them. Do you want to talk about this? Send me a DM. -- Megan Risdal 👾 - 10 May 2019 - Twitter
Twitter oneboxing may be broken but my bookmarklet still works. :)
 
Why not both though?
If we can somehow work out how to make SO less scary and help bootstrap folks into contributing ...
 
Well, I've been reading that Twitter thread of suggestions...
 
We do need more janitors...
 
@JourneymanGeek Thanks for the encouragement!
 
Hell, for that matter...
that's something we'd love to figure out on MSE ;)
 
2:26 PM
@JohnDvorak probably
 
And a somewhat relevant blog post: How to Know Nothing
 
@VoteDukakis IIRC she was talking about it on twitter at some point
and if you think about it, for a place that's supposed to collect and share knowledge
we have a shedload of unwritten rules
 
Are the rules that unwritten, though?
 
well... ok, there are even more written rules
 
"When I want to contribute, I'm blocked because of low rep or something" is not an issue of "unwritten rules".
 
2:37 PM
I think most people run afoul of those we've already written down. Even the ones they say they've read.
 
And that's one of the more common complaints about SO.
 
@VoteDukakis I started with 1 rep, just like anyone else ;)
@fbueckert In this context though, I was thinking of someone joining SE from another place with a different culture.
 
The message a user < 50 rep gets when trying to post a comment is "You must have 50 reputation to comment". Kind of terse compared to even what unregistered users get.
Maybe this could be a place to say something about comments vs answers.
 
@VoteDukakis That's actually pretty true
considering a lot of experienced users don't get comments
and a few who do are sometimes guilty of misusing them. (Myself sometimes included?)
 
@JourneymanGeek Well, still. We do try to explain what to do up front.
 
2:42 PM
 
And it's been part of internet culture to acclimate to an environment prior to contributing greatly.
 
^^ seeing this, where do you expect a user to click?
That's about as much as my browser window shows.
 
borken oneboxing is borken
 
@fbueckert But there's just so much.. you can spend a week acclimating and still not know anything
 
2:44 PM
@Feeds Cool. +1 to Jeff for introducing heavy logging of mod actions.
 
@VoteDukakis Shame, that's a blog post that would've fitted entirely in the onebox ;)
 
So they can be sure that Roy didn't get PII or stuff.
 
@Tinkeringbell I'm not saying they need to learn everything.
But a lot of our issues could be mitigated if there was at least a small learning period before people just jumped off the diving board into the deep end.
 
@fbueckert I know ;) but there's still a lot and I don't think it's fixed with an hour or two of browsing any site.
 
@fbueckert that tends to be something that's inherent to the person first
I didn't come here looking for a quick answer
 
2:47 PM
@VoteDukakis Especially when you have an example of another user semi-answering in a comment. That pretty much teaches you what to do when you want to answer: click "add comment". Then you get a very terse error message "go away, you don't have 50 rep".
 
Well SU in that case
 
What I remember from being new... I read a lot of posts. But a site can have a frontpage full of bad questions, but you don't really see it until they're actually closed. (If no one comments, you may see downvotes on stuff that seems totally reasonable and you won't find out why it's bad until it's closed).. so you see a lot of broken windows
 
@VoteDukakis and pointing out the lack of info
@Tinkeringbell one of the things with being an earlier user is...
 
If you come here immediately thinking of asking a question, you peek at that and to ahead
 
stuff was a lot laxer in the early days
 
2:49 PM
@JourneymanGeek I'm not sure if I count as an earlier user ;)
 
You don't ;p
If you think about it, all our written rules were made cause someone made it necessary
 
It's not that ruthless today either. That if a and b < 3 example I mentioned was from yesterday's question, scores +1, and answered.
Some people still love answering the same beginner questions 7/30/365.
 
Which is true.
 
And let them do that. Just ... give a way to move this activity aside when browsing the site.
 
SOme people manage that pretty sucessfully though
and never actually need or want to move past
@VoteDukakis technically voting should do that
 
2:51 PM
That's the thing, though; you're both at least making at attempt at figuring out the site before jumping in.
 
In what way can voting do that? We don't want to hammer people with downvotes just because they are confused by Python comparisons.
 
@fbueckert more or less
@VoteDukakis could you value add an answer?
Cause I find if you want to turn up a simple seeming question to 11, you try to go a little deeper
 
That's a duplicate posted 7 days a week.
 
@fbueckert My point kinda was that the attempt isn't really a 30 minute thing right now, which it kinda should be.
 
hm
why are they not closed as dupe, with an awesome main question then? Cause that's kinda what we're supposed to do
 
2:54 PM
Because that's way too much work for close reviewers.
They don't scale when you require five 3K users to review such stuff.
Notice the title ending (Beginner, Python) and the post being at +2 now.
An illustration of how ruthlessly SO enforces intricate rules.
 
i.e. not at all, unless someone who actually knows the rules spots the question
 
much like reality
 
That's one site where I have too little rep to flag, but it helps with testing low-rep restriction stuff. Also, this is funny.
Ironically, the user asking this question hasn't returned to CB.SE since this question was posted. — Dan Henderson Oct 19 '15 at 16:00
 
3:12 PM
@JNat cross site spammer after a few days break without spammers for your handling. Thanks! :)
 
gone
@ShadowWizard also gone
 
@JNat whoa new record. Thanks!
Your prize...
 
@ShadowWizard ...and gone!
 
!!/coffee JNat
 
@ShadowWizard brews a cup of Macchiato for @JNat
 
3:18 PM
what if I don't like coffee?
 
@JNat lol forgot about it by now.... :D
@JNat hmm.... plan B!
 
@Tinkeringbell No issues with that. Just pointing out that acclimation seems to be optional these days, and then curators get blamed when enforcing those same rules.
 
!!/tea JNat
 
@ShadowWizard brews a cup of earl grey tea for @JNat
 
@ShadowWizard me too! though I'd left a tab open ;)
 
3:18 PM
@JNat lol glad you did.... ;)
 
@fbueckert Yep, that's a problem. So, is there some kind of list of things they get blamed most for, and that should be in the 30 minute SO masterclass? ;)
 
@Tinkeringbell Question ban? Probably the biggest. :P
If we make clear that we expect effort, I think a lot of our issues will disappear.
 
Hmm. So A BIG scary red blinking warning that if your question is not deemed worthy enough, it might prevent you from asking others... Yeah, that should lower the participation bar.. :P
@fbueckert 'effort'.. is relative though. You kinda need to be very clear on which way that effort should go
 
@Tinkeringbell That's the thing, though; effort is vague. I don't know of any way to clarify that without new users attempting to rules lawyer that they did.
For some posts, just having a readable statement can be effort. For others, it needs a specific debugging process and isolating where the problem lies.
There's no one bar that says, "This shows effort."
 
But you sort of expect new users to be aware of which is which, and to have put in the effort of understanding that part of SO?
 
3:29 PM
I expect users to put in a modicum of effort to help themselves.
 
Of course there's always going to be some rules lawyers, but those aside, what would it take to communicate this to users?
 
With , that is apparently an extremely high bar.
 
(for me, that was a teacher that told me to always treat SO aus nothing more than a search engine)
 
Even a statement that says, "We have high quality standards here, and we need to see that. Not doing so will result in your post not being well received." or something.
 
@fbueckert Oooh noes. Take it from an IPS mod, now you're sounding elitist and cliquish ;).
That message needs a whole lot of rephrasing.
 
3:32 PM
For sure it does.
But it communicates that we're not everywhere else.
 
Besides, it needs to say what the standards are.
@fbueckert oh, that's true
 
I think just that, by itself, can ready new users.
That's why I liked Jeff's, "Professional and enthusiast programmers"
It communicates a set standard and expectations.
 
> We're a little bit different from other sites.
s/little bit/lot/
But +1 for using "from" and not "than".
 
@fbueckert Hmm. I dunno, I'd as easily rules lawyer myself into enthusiastic as into 'made effort' :P
But gotta run, switching trains soon
 
What I've started doing is communicating that expectation in comments with things like, "The more you invest into your own question, the more you'll get out of it."
It's obviously not a gold standard, but I think it does a good job of conveying that doing nothing to help yourself won't get you anything.
 
3:41 PM
don't leave comments that aren't requesting clarification. leave out the parts that aren't requesting clarification.
 
If we could communicate upfront that we want posters to invest in their posts, that might do it.
Maybe not want. Need. Want is too gentle.
 
@fbueckert I think you need that narrowed down to what to invest in their posts. Because otherwise we're back where this conversation started ;)
 
a JIT popup "Hey! you're post is is being poorly received! Please <whatever>" when their post starts receiving downvotes. The problem is... what do they need to do to improve it? Who knows, because every question is different. Maybe it doesn't have enough code, maybe it has too much, maybe it's a supedupe that is the first result when copy pasting the error message or the question title. Could be many things.
If only people would reach for close reasons so that a message would pop up stating what's actually wrong
 
@KevinB The point is... We were talking about communicating expectations up front ;) a close reason is retroactive. And if you're new, you don't even see that a zero scoring question may have three close votes already
So you ask a similar one
 
I don't think doing it up front would be any more effective than displaying the tour up front
 
3:52 PM
@KevinB Then, basically, all you're left with is word of mouth.. people that do know how to use SO explaining it to new people they're teaching programming
 
like, yeah some people will read it... a few of those might take it as a hint to do a better job of asking their question, but we don't know what problem they're having in asking their question until they ask it
you could write a novel on how to ask a question that has the chance of being well received
 
Chapter 1: write a question that can be answered. If users can write an answer, they will be happy to post it, and will forgive anything else.
 
@Tinkeringbell Considering that most users invest absolutely nothing, I think a generic, "You have to invest something", will result in something better than what there is.
 
i mean, even "Why is .attr not a function" with the code ("#foo").attr("bar","baz) attracts answers and upvotes.
 
I'm not trying to communicate any specific, "This is what we want you to do" message.
I'm trying to communicate that we're different, and that how you interact with us is going to work differently than other sites.
 
4:08 PM
It seems almost as if the more time you put into a question, the less likely it is to receive upvotes
 
Rob
4:19 PM
That's the Bikeshed Problem.
 
4:35 PM
Why is your fish not working?
Improper schooling
 
My wife keeps telling me puns like that.
And I always groan, because I hate bad puns, while she delights in them.
 
Delight in something too much and it'll slowly go dark.
 
Why does Quora work?
 
@Mithrandir I'm going to give you side eye for this one.
I don't know how to make that in ASCII, so just assume I'm doing it.
 
No... that's not the right question... because anything can work based on their users' perspective...
 
4:52 PM
doesn't quora pay people to ask "good" questions
 
5:05 PM
migrates to Biology.SE
 
I thought it was pay to answer.
Gotta give experts some incentive to help the clueless.
 
Rob
6:02 PM
Reassuring words from the Blog: "We have not identified any breach of customer or user data.". Whew, and we were worried that the person had created an account and went into the review queue as a Moderator. Glad everything is OK.
 
6:27 PM
@Rob I'm not sure if you're being sarcastic or not
Robbing @Rob's user data
 
meh
 
@Rob There is no "customer or user data" in the review queue that is not publicly visible
I mean the standard review queue, which we know the user accessed.
I would not know about mod dashboard access, but it would be logged by SE if it happened.
 
Rob
6:44 PM
Mehr
 
There's nothing interesting about review queue as a Mod...
 
What kind of an attacker uses the elevated privilege to approve a suggested edit?
 
@VoteDukakis One that's either not that malicious or just really bad at wreaking havoc
 
And even then, Mods are still rate-limited (I still can't apply my edits on more than 3 posts in less than 5 seconds)
 
7:03 PM
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A: When will we launch? UPDATE (launched date delayed)

Robert CartainoUpdate: At the moment, it is probably not feasible to launch next week due to ongoing security work. I apologize for the delay, but I will update this post when I have a more concrete launch date. original post: Site launches are typically approved on a Thursday or Friday, and scheduled for...

One that really hates Operations Research and wants to delay its launch...
 
7:22 PM
@VoteDukakis Oi.. that's no fun for the Operation Research people :(
 
Hmm... looks like tag-only edit on on-hold question doesn't go into reopen review queue?
if that's the case, make sense though
 
Yes, body edits only: Reference: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/196074/…
Incidentally, this appears to be a reasonable feature request:
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Q: Tag and title edits should not remove a question from Close queue

user259867Any edit from the Close Queue removes the question from the queue — even if the editor did nothing but add a tag. This is inconsistent with the behavior of the Reopen Queue: for an edit to put a question there, it has to modify the question body. The edits that touch only the title and/or tags ...

 
(lost a chance to increase the stat for reopen review queue...)
 
The revision history is less reasonable.
Btw, I don't see animuson around much.
> I work for Stack Overflow as a Senior Product Support Specialist.
A new position or a new title for the same one? Used to be Community Growth Operations Specialist.
Who is the product being supported?
 
we are!
 
7:35 PM
@VoteDukakis New title. No raise
 
> Handling product support tickets for Community, Talent, and Teams, community management and meta participation, and some internal programming tasks. Plus a whole bunch of other random tasks, of course.
Ah. I can imagine that Teams would take up the bulk of his time.
 
@VoteDukakis SE just confirmed it was a security breach, with more details coming later
 
Breach on the beach
 
If the details of the breach are breached, does that mean the breachers notify the breached about the breach of the breach in the breach?
 
7:55 PM
yes
 
> At Stack Overflow we have a world class product team. We're looking for a product manager to join us on our flagship product, Stack Overflow Q&A. I'm biased, but this is definitely the coolest PM job in the world. stackoverflow.com/company/work-here/1447417/product-manager … -- Will Cole at 3:39 PM - 26 Nov 2018
If the job was indeed so cool, I'd expect people to stay on it for longer.
 
Well, it's fun to work on the product. It's not so fun to have to deal with the people who use the product.
 
8:58 PM
@VoteDukakis We solved that problem... we're hiring a second one so they can keep each other sane. :D
 
9:11 PM
So for normal users not clued in, a staff member's account was compromised and used to issue mod diamonds to an account?
 
@Catija Mutual trauma for everybody!
 
@fbueckert Fun for the whole company! :D
 
In other news, today is Antman marathon day.
 
Is it a marathon if there's only two movies?
 
Well, we are talking about ants.
It's only 42 centimeters.
 
9:16 PM
To prep for Endgame on Sunday.
 
They're fun movies but they utterly fail when it comes to physics.
 
@Catija When it takes the whole evening, I'd say so.
 
@fbueckert I actually like more how the second one fit in the grand timeline though
 
@Catija You don't watch Marvel movies for realistic physics.
 
No... but these are worse than the average Marvel film.
 
9:17 PM
Some light- and bighearted colorful mishmash after Thanos wrecks half of every watcher's heart.
 
Or if you do, you turn into a gibbering mess about halfway through any of them.
I mean...Iron Man would have major concussion issues from all the hits he's taken.
 
@Catija First one maaaaaybe, but second one? Come on
 
Hotwheels cars can not go 60 MPH.
 
Tank on a keychain?
That sounds like a fantastic way to add material to Earth's core.
 
It's 1:64th scale, so that means 60MPH on the dashboard would be about 1 MPH for a regular-sized human?
Is that right?
 
9:19 PM
I don't know much about how cars figure out how fast they're going.
Other than it's a calculation made by monitoring how fast the front wheels are going.
 
Rotational speed of the wheels gets converted to flat speed
 
@Catija Actually, we have seen pretty speedy jumps from antman that would be impossible
It's not just the scale
 
But, again, you don't watch Marvel movies for accurate physics. :P
 
But also relative size to the rest of the universe? Dunno.
 
Put a mark on the edge of one wheel and measure the circumference
 
9:20 PM
@fbueckert IKR
 
Otherwise everyone and their dog would have nanotech reactors for everything.
Energy crisis solved!
 
Rule of thumb, if you need more than a minute to think if something is consistent with the physics of the universe it's set in, then you should drop that.
 
Suspension of disbelief is a thing but sometimes even that is put through its paces.
 
Suspension of belief needs exercise, too!
 
Aside from the new beta site launch for OR, has anything else been delayed due to the security issues?
 
9:29 PM
@Catija Well, I'm kinda a nudgy person when it comes to that. If the film starts off with something ridiculous, then I'd get skeptical till the end and even pick holes where none exist. But considering my skeptical part already being busy with the implications of things shrinking and biggening, and that no other type of ridiculousness was offered, I just dismissed it when I saw that.
@SonictheInclusiveHedgehog Hmm, Europe's economic workaround to cooperate and keep Iran in JCPOA.
Holy crap, this is bigger than we expected
 
@Margarine Er…?
 
Well, that was due to 'security issues' too :p
 
 
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10:42 PM
@fbueckert I have credits on the first one
@VoteDukakis one of the things I noticed is the CM team is getting formal specialisations
@SonictheInclusiveHedgehog I don't think that was what was said
 
11:24 PM
(How does user475381 always find me the minute I join?)
 
Roy Montague may try to present the attack as a case of self-defense..
I liked Traces of Her better.
 
I think it would be real neat if SE set Referer-Policy: same-origin as a HTTP header.
 
:p
Still lost that 100 rep, but I don't really care. I deserved that.
Still think SE disabling referers would have saved my ass. :P
 
@forest tbh
 
11:32 PM
Is it considered a successful appeal or just a reduction to time served?
 
Successful appeal, I think.
 
Totally your fault. Also security fail
 
Tink unsuspended me after looking into it more.
@JourneymanGeek Yeah that's true.
 
@SonictheInclusiveHedgehog we decided that it was ineptitude over maliciousness
 
I did some (own, independent) research and posted my findings in Shadow's Den, if anyone wants context
 
11:33 PM
In my defense, I tried uploading it to Stack Imgur but it said unsupported format!
(Still the fault of my own idiocy though)
 
This is the most salient point
 
@forest in two places.
 
Yeah lmao
It must have looked really bad for me. I mean I triple-checked that the image I was seeing was what I thought it was before posting it again, but never thought to open up inspect element networking tab and see if it was being served through the cache.
 
@JourneymanGeek A "reduction to time served" would mean that they are still banned from running in an election for the next year, whereas a successful appeal would mean that they aren't
in Shadow's Den, 13 hours ago, by Sonic the Inclusive Hedgehog
Though that trap crosses the line IMO. Browser caching would render the proper image on their side but others would see the NSFW image.
I didn't post any URLs there, and since a CM redacted the original URL from the deleted post, I'm not going to.
 
(And I swear to god if Giphy pulls the same thing...)
There, refreshed browser with cache disabled! It's safe!
@SonictheInclusiveHedgehog Yeah it's not something you would have wanted to see. Shock images as a hotlinking defense. Dangerous.
 
11:42 PM
Pulling a Photobucket is enough to get them to stop, no need to go over the line
 
What does Photobucket do?
 
ah
 
tl;dr for years they allowed hotlinking, then all of a sudden they started serving error messages to hotlinkers
 
Well this was from an imageboard (even if it was a benign one), so I'm not surprised that they would go over the line. It just comes with the culture.
@SonictheInclusiveHedgehog Funny, that just gives me plain/text saying "Forbidden". Damn Tor.
 
11:55 PM
@SonictheInclusiveHedgehog dosen't matter unless they stand for election
 
I'd want to run for an election if it's on a site I care about.
Not Meta.SE though since I almost never visit it.
 
And if you did - just check with a CM early
 
cool
 
Rob
No sleeping on the job.
 
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