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Naturally, we should do what happens in the Real World (TM) when someone shows promise of this sort --- give him MORE & HARDER WORK to do!


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That's the user themselves closing the question as a duplicate. When someone votes to close as a duplicate the user is asked whether they agree - and when they do the community user with his "mod powers" closes the question instantly on behalf of the user who potentially doesn't have any special close votes. See also: New UI encourages askers to confirm or ...


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You can choose whichever name you feel fits you as long as you don't break any rules like Be nice. As far as I know nobody encourages people to use their real name and nobody encourages people to use an imaginary username. That's about it. There are no rules and no encouragement for either side. You should just do what you feel is right for you. If you don't ...


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A T-shirt with the background of the site in it.


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It is harder to write good questions about culture, politics, and other qualitative issues, but there are plenty of them on WB. As someone who has written 3 questions and seen two of them closed for being too broad (I edited one enough to reopen), I feel your pain. But the problem isn't that the site is bad, but that its mission is more narrow than you or ...


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Have the artist who drew the site's background draw a scene involving the subjects of Cort's top 5/10 answers, interpreted in the most creative (and possibly hilarious) way possible. Or, a good-quality printed version of one of the greatest answers ever posted on this site.


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To be frank about it, yes. There are a certain cohort of people on this site that have their heads so far up their tails they're at risk of recursion. Yes, there are some generally self-righteous commentators who pull apart an answer or question they don't properly understand and seem to troll the site more than provide any real value. But in all fairness, ...


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There are no easy ways, but you can use the StackExchange Data Explorer (SEDE) to find these things. I made a few very simple queries with a few examples that I could remember at the top of my head. You can switch whether you are looking at the main site or the meta site in the upper right hand corner. Just copy the code and change the values for the Ids and ...


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No, you can't find out. Votes are private, so revealing who was the source of your reputation changes from vote reversals would violate that. In addition, users are allowed to leave quietly if they want, or if SE removes them for violating the terms of service. See this question on Meta.SE and this one for more about this topic.


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I don't think this is a good idea - the chat is good enough for what the community needs, but if you find others feel free to create a private Discord space for WorldBuilding.SE and announce it in the Factory Floor, WorldBuilding.SE's main chat room, to see who else wants to join. As you have already mentioned StackExchange provides a chat and each site has ...


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While I second James' answer, I just want to share my personal experience: I lurk most of the SE communities here, and I am registered only in a small subset of them. However, when I stumble into a post which can clearly benefit from an edit (think of the usual they're/their/there misuse) I don't really feel compelled to register and edit. Since I can use ...


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Who are the anonymous users? Could it be, say, the OP who just wasn't logged in properly? Couldn't say, it could be a user that's just not logged in to the system like you suggested. Or is it a moderator? Mod edits are automatic and don't require approval. Or is it indeed some random passerby? Could be. More to the point. If an edit is a good ...


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Back when there was only Stack Overflow, there was some gentle encouragement (and example-setting) from Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood to use real names. On a site for professional programmers, this was probably seen as a way to help build one's professional reputation. It was never a rule. Over time the network has grown a lot. People on sites about role-...


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I think it's more like the total amount of people actively participating in the last few weeks is about 1/30 of the total amount of all registered users. I participated in the site very actively a few years ago, then I stopped for a while. During the time I was out I was not in the "users with a +1 rep change during the period" group, but that doesn't mean ...


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@Cort Ammon is the Jon Skeet of Worldbuilding. We should make an Ammon Facts post on Meta or Worldbuilding Meta, like the Skeet Facts post. And then we should tag it with a new Cort-Amon tag so when he answers it, he will get the tag badge.


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I saw the same edit that you saw. It was on a post of mine and I approved it. Like James said in his answer, don't judge edits by the user. Judge them by content. Same as with any judgement on any post, as a general principle. I saw your comment on his answer: There's no accountability. If a user does anything (including proposing edits) that is ...


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I don't think there is a serious problem with the sandbox. Personally, I go there from time to time but maybe not often enough. My experience: Every time I go there, it seems like the posts already attracted plenty of comments. When I do post a comment, I find myself answering the question rather than giving feedback. That is not the purpose of the ...


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This is basically a generational thing. The people who were active on the internet pre-Facebook will almost never use their real name, using real names online was not done. I'm of this generation and tend to avoid putting my real name on anything. The usernames had to be unique so you'll see a range of nearly unique handles. The people who started on the ...


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It appears to be the Community I have had one of these edits on one of my answers. It was from Anonymous correcting my misspelling of “Silver”, i wrote both Sliver and Silver in the answer. I accepted the edit and, as i was the author of the question, it was automatically accepted. I went to check the answer i wrote and it said “Edited by Community”, ...


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Honestly, I reject these as general principle. Someone who hasn't even taken the time to create an account is trying to edit posts? Even when they're reasonable edits, I just can't get past the source. I get where you're coming from. But I wouldn't recommend rejecting an edit out of hand this way. Because someone else is just going to have to come along and ...


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I'd have phrased this differently, since people's frequency or degree of participation can vary significantly, even if shy of formal account deletion. For what it's worth, I'm spending less time here, because IMHO, the StackExchange format, plus the inconsistently-defined criteria for hold and closure, isn't really helping me build my worlds very well. I'...


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