Episode #125 of the Stack Overflow podcast is here. We talk Tilde Club and mechanical keyboards. Listen now
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I thought I'd chime in my with 2c here because I am a programmer, not a network admin, and am probably one of those people you talk about that are not really wanted here. I don't have a problem with that, but I wanted to let you know that your site doesn't communicate that fact very well, and thought I'd share my experience. First off, I'm familiar with ...


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My general thoughts -- First we need to (re)define what our scope and target audience is. Our FAQ currently says "Information Technology Professionals" -- this was arrived at after much debating during the great FAQ rewrite (sffaq) because we did not want to exclude members of our target audience of system, network, DB, etc. admins. The more I think about ...


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Here's a simple way to use voting to clean up some crap: In the search box, enter: votes:0 answers:0 Click the "Newest" tab and scroll down until you're looking at questions that are at least a day old Click on one that looks bad (based on the excerpt), read it. If it really is bad, vote it down. After 30 days, questions with no answers and negative ...


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The quality of content coming in needs to be drastically pruned. I remember a few times where Iain spot-checked all of the questions on the front page, and over half of them were consistently from users with almost no rep on SF, but a lot of rep on SO or Programmers. This is a continuation of the same issue that got SF removed from SO's migration list. ...


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Before going through old stuff looking for things to vote on, I strongly suggest keeping an eye on the front page in order to help keep it clean. This is how I approach voting and I (of course) highly recommend it. Upvote questions which are clear and well-written and should, in your opinion, have more eyeballs on them. If you answer a question, it almost ...


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I am likely known for expressing minority's views here on meta, but as I feel there might be a constructive contribution from my digital-culture background here it goes nonetheless: The discussion seems to boil down to the conclusion that the site has changed lately and now a hard core of skilled brave sysadmins is facing the challenge of answering zillions ...


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There was an issue in the html being rendered that other browsers glossed over - IE8 is such a stickler for valid markup :)


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Use a search like this. user:me is:question hasaccepted:0


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Look at the questions list in your profile. The ones you haven't accepted an answer on will have the dotted rectangle around the number in a paler shade of green.


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Personally, I would like to see either a clarification or the scope, or a change of it. "IT Professionals" does not just mean Sys/Net Admin/Engineer. "IT Professional" to me includes Developers. If we want "SysAds asking questions of SysAds", change the scope of the site to do so. Yes, the crappy, clueless, and not-even-googled questions bother me, too. ...


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This might seem a bit naive however I've been wondering if a revision to the signup / anonymous question asking process might help. Effectively the same way a lot of organizations require users to have read and understand their terms of service before being granted access to their account. It would equate to effectively require reading and agreeing to the ...


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Don't close questions so fast. In my short time on these sites I've already found a few times that a new question asked today has been closed in-between when I clicked on it and when I've answered it. This is very frustrating, as answering questions is one of the few things I can do to increase my rep on the site to actually allow me access to some of the ...


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Yes it is OK to answer your own questions. Here is a reference from the stackoverflow blog.


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I would participate more but, I have trouble because I don't have enough rep... Currently, I can only do 2.5 things: Ask Questions Provide Answers comment on stuff I've written myself or on answers to my own questions. I've had several instances that I've had something constructive to say that I cannot use the proper facility for simply because I have not ...


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From the FAQ:


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This is the draft autosave feature at work. It remembers the content of the last answer you typed until you either post the answer or start to write an answer to a different question, at which point it gets auto saved. Drafts fade away after one week.


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Works for me in Firefox too


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What browser is that rendering in? Chrome's rendering still makes it clear that the drop down only applies when the top button is selected - but that won't help you with no top button at all.


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I think the problem is we made our scope too narrow. Why does the NetworkEngineering stack exchange exist? We should have asked for that content to be here.


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This is in response to some of the comments on the question... (And it's a second answer because it's got nothing to do with my other one.) To me, voting is easy, just follow the tool-tips you get when you hover over the up/down arrows: If you think an answer is correct or is otherwise useful, vote it up. If you're not sure, ignore it, and if it's wrong ...


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This answer is more in regards to MDMarra's and others comments about keeping "smart/talented" experts here often and attracting newbies with some merit and worth. I will probably get downvoted over and over for this (I'm thick skinned)...but I think you have to offer up more bling/swag. Put an "accomplishments" notice sidebar or similar with notable ...


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Works OK in Safari (5.0.6) -- Smells like a browser bug Rob. When it renders correctly it's pretty self-explanatory :-)


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