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Some history Let me start with a story. Back - what, three and a half years ago? almost four - in the mists of ancient time, a strange site wandered into private and then public beta. We weren't like any site that had been seen before. We were trying to be a community of artists and writers and game designers and illustrators and storytellers and, most of ...


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Yes, we should lower the reputation requirement, for questions and answers Lowering the reputation requirement to post answers, and therefore to participate in the Sandbox, is a good step to make communicating the usage of our Sandbox to new users easier. It allows easy access to the Sandbox in case people had a bad start and need help to write questions. ...


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Posting this as an answer, instead of as a comment, because then you might read it :) Personally I've never found comments to be a problem. This is just my own perspective, but I've always found comments to be helpful. Of course I don't take critical comments personally, since if a comment rubs me the wrong way most of the time it's because of pride on my ...


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This is an oft-declined request on Meta.SE. For example: Mandatory comment after downvote Must comment while downvoting Change Down Voting to Require Comment for Why & Change Flag to Report Make it cost more to downvote without comment; make it hurt to leave a crap comment And the duplicates therefrom. Required comments would have two undesirable ...


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We've enabled MathJax on both the main and meta sites. As indicated in editing help, simply use $ as a delimiter. Enjoy!


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The reputation system exists for two reasons. To encourage and discourage certain behaviors and to give more experienced users increasing privileges and responsibility. The easiest ways to gain the arbitrary internet points that are stack exchange reputation is to receive upvotes on questions and answers. You do this by creating a question or answer that ...


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I agree, while writing my answer to the tides question I thought would have been very useful to have formula available. Also the question about gravity strength. If maths formula were enabled we'd be able to refer to the proper gravitational maths much more easily.


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Honestly, while it's a fun idea I don't think it's needed and I don't think we should encourage people to make jokey titles rather than ones describing the question. We've already had that problem a few times where people trying to be funny put titles that are utterly meaningless when it comes to knowing what the actual question is.


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It won't be implemented First of all, SE won't implement that. This is not useful to StackOverflow and goes against the idea of the site: Ask questions, get answers, no distractions Putting questions on-hold would go against the fine-tuned SE workflow, this is not only a pain to implement, but also has a high risk of failure. This is not what on-hold ...


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There can be multiple correct answers. Acceptance doesn't mean "this is the best (or most-correct) answer"; it means "this is the one the person asking the question liked best". Sometimes it isn't even right. So acceptance is orthogonal to other considerations. So, why is opinion-based bad? Because even though there are often multiple correct answers to ...


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Yes, you can. Method 1: Ask anonymously from the start The simplest method is, essentially: Log out of all sites. Navigate to the site you want. Ask your question. You'll get a temporary account based on browser cookies. If you log out, you'll lose access. There are, of course, downsides: When you log out, you won't be able to edit the question or comment ...


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I was just reminded of something that we do on another site that I think would help, that we can do today (requires no code changes or special actions from SE). On Mi Yodeya, once a year for a few weeks, we allow questions that are "purim torah" -- humorous questions usually based on misunderstanding some text or custom. (Trust me; this deviation ...


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The linked question doesn't cover "would this work in my world?" and the other is "how did this work in this world?" What the accepted answer on it says is: Scifi.SE focuses on existing works of Scientific Fiction and Fantasy, whereas Worldbuilding is to help people who are developing worlds of Fantasy/Fiction in various areas These are very ...


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I don't have any such edit to look at immediately, so I'm going from memory here. Please excuse any inaccuracies. There are different "views" of posts in the review queues. Particularly, there is a source view and a "rendered" view. These are good at different things, but one thing the "rendered" view is decidedly better at is showing Mathjax. Whenever ...


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Changing the Help Center is not a simple thing — and it shouldn't be. Most of it is in the control of Stack Exchange, not the individual Stacks. This is a perfectly good place to create exactly what you want. I'll convert this answer to a community wiki so that anyone and everyone can add to it. Contributors: Please alphabetize contributions. Thank you. ...


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Beta sites don't get to customize this list, but moderators (once we have them) can migrate anywhere. If you think a migration is called for, use a flag to say where and it'll be reviewed. The question you linked to is now gone so I can't comment on the specific case. In general, we should jealously guard our on-topic questions; if something is on-topic ...


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I agree with meta as posted chat messages and main site as ticker feeds. Works well for RPG.SE


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As Tim B explained, there are many good reasons for moderators to have the power to take immediate action, sometimes even in the face of community disagreement. This is not just limited to putting questions on hold; it also includes deleting posts, marking as spam, and at the extreme end even destroying entire user accounts and feeding them into the spam-...


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I do not recommend closing these questions Many of the questions we see on the site do demonstrate a lack of knowledge in the topic being asked about. If the question is asked in good faith and otherwise meets the requirements of, how to ask, I think it should stay open and on the site. ...and that's ok! Some of the most valuable question/answer ...


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The text of the idea-generation close reason is: Questions about Idea Generation are off-topic because they tend to result in list answers with no objective means to compare the quality of one answer with the others. For more information, see What's wrong with idea-generation questions?. The top-voted answer on the linked question talks about breadth and ...


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Inevitably WB will get questions based on false assumptions and all sorts of sloppy thinking. Any question about the evolution of space whales or space-based lifeforms is almost certainly guaranteed to get steam pouring of out my ears. Many WBers will throw the book at anyone who dares ask about any possibility of faster-than-light travel or communication. ...


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Not "on hold", but "pending" + review. Justification and background: We put a lot of questions on hold, few of which get reopened. (Many do get edited, though a majority do not.) We know anecdotally (example, another example) that closure causes frustration for the asker, for people who answered and then saw the question change, and for the whole ...


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Question is still there, so it can be voted on. Downvotes and close votes are tangential to each other. Close votes are about "Should this question really be here? Is it answerable?" and votes are about "Is it well written? Was it researched before posting? Is there a chance it'll be useful for other users?". Some questions are well written and interesting,...


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This is one of those areas where a topic breaks the model a bit. For questions, we have essentially two axes for voting: Closing a question - possible even if highly upvoted - makes it eligible for deletion and prevents answers from being posted, providing strong encouragement for improvement. For answers though, there's only one axis: useful / useless. ...


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I agree with this answer, and have some things to add. Post notices are not band-aids over weak questions: A question doesn't get a free pass just because somebody used a particular phrase in the title or a particular tag. Questions still have to be on-topic, appropriately-scoped, and clear. If they aren't, we need to fix them or put them on hold until ...


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While steering new users to the Sandbox is good, the real problem is that experienced users don't read it and comment. I've used it myself and got almost no comments on my question proposal (the people who skewered it when it went live had a chance to help out in Sandbox but they never read it there). I've also commented on other people's proposed ...


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As one of the people who sometimes downvote without any comments, I will try to list for you my personal reasons for downvoting: 1: You are too political, borderline trolling. If the question is, say, on gender issues or women's rights, I downvote answers based on personal opinions. Example: "Women should know their place" answer on this example gets ...


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Yes, it's called a rollback. Go to the edit that you wish to change, and click the "rollback" button directly below the edit description. You should have sufficient reputation to do so (2000+). If you are the owner of the post, you can always rollback it. If the edit is for clarity and you do not like it, consider instead changing the edit itself or ...


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What would you do with this information if you had it? If the question garners enough votes to be put on hold, the identities of the voters are shown. If it doesn't, why do you care? It didn't work. Close voters who wish to identify themselves can do so. Many do, via comments, but they aren't obligated to. If you want to talk about the status of a ...


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With the exception of chat, Stack Exchange doesn't support the ability to block users. This is the relevant meta.stackexchange discussion. This is a meta.stackexchange discussion about using a greasmonkey script to create a personal block list. If you feel a question is inappropriate please flag it for moderator attention. If you feel a user is behaving ...


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