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Based on the idea from the math site where they use different shapes for bronze, silver, and gold badges, what about having different prompts for ours? Gold could be a (root shell) #, but I'm not sure how to differentiate silver and bronze (> and $?) Update: Based on feedback in the comments, here's a clearer proposal: Gold: #_ Silver: $_ Bronze: >_ ...


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Pattern of Abuse. Or maybe just a pattern of reviewing? So as one of the top candidates in the potential review abuse department, I will put in my two cents. I think the pattern you are seeing may simply be that the names that keep recurring are the same names that appear in the list of those who are taking the time to do the reviews in the first place. ...


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Since I've been named as a possible abuser of close votes (and since voting-to-close is fresh in my head), I'm happy to speak to my votes. I am not shy about voting my opinion on Questions and Answers, because ever since finding this site only 2 years ago, I have found it valuable and rewarding (and often confusing), and I am still (at my slow pace) getting ...


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I applaud your desire to upvote those that have helped you. Sadly SPAM and other nefarious activities are a sad fact of the modern internet. So these limits are in place. But it turns out your idea has been implemented. It is just that the thresholds are a bit higher than your proposal. As soon as you have 200 points on any SE site, then you will be ...


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Proposed text: This question is not about Unix or Linux. Questions about other operating systems can be asked on Super User and questions about general programming on Stack Overflow. See the help page for a description of what kinds of questions are on topic here.


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I was bored so I re-made the badges' design proposed by Jeff Schaller. My take on it is according to the aviation.SE, which has the biggest badges that I managed to find on SE (increased here by a factor of 10): I draw the black pixels to show how I measured it, the image suggests that SO/SE badges are 16x16 pixels sprites. The aviation.SE badges are not ...


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Sorry, but this is a network-wide feature, not something that can be configured for each site. That said, this statement is really problematic: Regardless of whether a post is truly low-quality or not, every post deserves their existence, and visibility to the public. I am afraid that if that's the way you feel, then Stack Exchange is not a good fit. ...


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I actually prefer that people are encouraged to think of a constructive reason for closing (for off-topic) and articulate it prior to clicking the button. It may only be a small cognitive hurdle, but it does encourage thoughtful votes to close, at least from the first voter, rather than just the cost of a click. I think this contributes to the overall high ...


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It won't show up in your SE "mailbox", but there is an RSS feed for every question: the link is at the bottom of the page: Subscribing will allow you to monitor updates to the page.


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I went ahead and installed this in the blacklist today. .... ducks


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Is there a problem with a flood of trivial questions on UnixLinuxSE so that we need to react? Not that I am aware of. In fact, taking all of the questions asked on the site, irrespective of their quality, I would struggle to apply the adjective "flood". Yes, there are questions that are regularly asked that exhibit at best an introductory understanding of ...


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There is actually a style that applies the color (answered-accepted), but then another one overrides it; I can't tell if this is intentional or not. This is what it looks like with the color coming through: I'm not sure if it stands out enough, but it's definitely visible. I'm definitely for some sort of indicator though


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Keyboard shortcuts are already available. Enable them in your preferences: The help ?: Voting v:


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Glad you put it. I came to U&L (and whole stackexchange site) to learn, and I learn more than I answer question. understanding U&L The difficult mission of U&L is to mix plain english question and technical one. My first question here was about "encrypted password that look like $6$sds.." (plain english), had I asked about "sha512 hash" (...


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No. And, again, no. Neither are a good idea. To clarify, and head off the inevitable complaints about the brevity of my answer, the people that originially voted to close are in fact the most qualified to review as they will be most familiar with the specific efforts made to improve the question—which is, of course, the only legitimate reason to ...


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The main sites we would probably want new paths to are superuser (SU), serverfault (SF), and askubuntu (AU). I'd be fine with SU for when we get Windows questions; I think it's fairly rare, but I don't see a downside. I mentioned the downsides to the others here. People outside of SF don't understand their unique policies, so virtually all of the requests we ...


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I have rejected your edit so no harm done. In my opinion, this is not something that happens often enough to merit a feature. Next time, just pop into the main site's chat room and ask someone there to reject your edit. If there's no one around, you can also flag the post with a custom flag and tell us (the mods) what happened. We'll deal with it. Thanks ...


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I would think not. We don't want to discourage people from asking for help with their homework, per se. Users that are seeking help with their homework should be welcomed to the SE sites, rather we want to discourage them from simply dumping their assignments here, and expecting users to provide them a solution. For this we can use custom comments as ...


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There's no option currently on the site for that, but there are a bunch of Data Explorer queries that might work depending on what you're trying to do. It's a little tricky because the "Location" field on a user's profile is freeform, but this one lets you search by country, and this one counts up the number of users from each country.


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I think Caleb's answer is on the right track, but it has a fatal flaw: I want an easy way to know how many votes I have left before voting, not after. It does give me an idea: include the current vote count in the tooltip. For example, instead of ”This answer is useful“, show “This answer is useful (39 votes left)”.


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I posted this exact question years ago, for the same reason. It's intentionally disabled because apparently some very confused people think that after they've filled out the question form, they should click the "ask question" link again to post, and get mad when instead it takes them to a blank ask question page. This only happens on the ask question page; ...


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The tag list isn't fixed -- anyone with enough reputation can create new tags, but they need to be attached to a question. I added lubuntu to a couple that looked like they could use it. However, since Lubuntu is an official Ubuntu distribution, most questions about it are probably going to be on Ask Ubuntu, a related Stack Exchange site focused on Ubuntu-...


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You don't like it because the normal vote-to-close behavior tricks you into thinking your opinion is worth less than it really is. But it is a trick. Your opinion is worth a lot. Finding duplicates is hard. You have to know what to search for, and then know enough about the topic to say whether the results match what's being asked. No one has complete ...


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Having spent quite some time on this site and its review queues, I don't think there is need to worry, and that the "influx" of question dumpers is well within limits. Not accepting answers is not a problem, although not very nice behaviour. I think the system might actually prompt you after some time if you upvote an answer without accepting it. And if ...


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I think you're looking for the "linked" box in the sidebar: Any time a question, one of its answers, or a comment links to another post, both posts will show links to each other in that box


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Suggestion: Make links brighter, add dotted underline My suggestion is to make all links a brighter blue or a different brighter color and/or add dotted underline to all links to make it very clear there's a link. Meta.Stackoverflow uses this:


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it would be nice to be informed of edits to a post which one has downvoted I had a similar thought, and chased it down through various Metas, eventually landing at Stack Apps: Get a list of posts you've voted on that have been edited where there's a browser-based userscript that adds a sub-tab to your profile's Votes tab. I use it occasionally by going to ...


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The bounty lasts for a few days. If you look at the question, it'll tell you how much time is remaining. You can't take it back, but if an answer is good, you can assign the bounty. If not, just wait it out.


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I tried to get them to fix this years ago, but they're strangely opposed; the fix is "don't do that". I wish they would just give us nice-looking kbd tags. I'll poke somebody at Stack Exchange to see if there's any chance of that happening. Since this is status-declined on the main meta I'm going to mark it the same here


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