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Do we want hats?

I'm pretty sure I already know the answer to this but last year, Stack Exchange ran Winter Bash 2013, in which users earned hats which they proudly displayed upon their gravatar. There was a ...

discussion winterbash-2014  
asked by bluefeet 278 votes
answered by bluefeet 259 votes

Feedback Requested: Stack Overflow design update

As you can see, Meta.SO looks a bit different today. Over the years I've gotten a lot of requests to "redesign" Stack Overflow. I've always felt SO's site design had good usability and was very ...

discussion featured design  
asked by Jin 221 votes
answered by Jason C 222 votes

Thesis: a downvote should never fail a first post audit

Over and over, we read that our votes are our own. Yet, I've flunked two audits in first posts in the last 24 hours because I downvoted a post. There are nominal standards for closing or deleting, so, ...

discussion review-audits  
asked by bmargulies 74 votes
answered by Shog9 44 votes

Correcting my own spam answer - is it fine now?

Three years ago I have given the a link-only answer which promoted my library in the following question without authorship disclosure. This answer was later deleted as spam/link-only which it deserved ...

discussion link-only-answers spam self-promotion  
asked by lexicore 57 votes
answered by George Stocker 50 votes

Why am I banned from answering on Stack Overflow?

I tried to answer a question but apparently I am banned. I only have one question and no answers, so I don't think that it makes sense. If it does, then why?

support answers post-ban  
asked by iharob 56 votes
answered by George Stocker 93 votes

Is it OK to edit an answer by another person to avoid it being mistaken for spam?

I came across this answer today: Unit tests for Javacc The original answer was basically a link-only answer by the book author to the sample code freely available on the book's website. This ...

discussion edits link-only-answers spam self-promotion  
asked by lexicore 51 votes
answered by Flexo 61 votes

Help vet the rules for a possible future contest

tl;dr: One of the ways we keep the lights on around here is by letting companies tell our visitors how awesome their products are in exchange for money. (I think the technical term for this is ...

discussion advertising  
asked by abby hairboat 49 votes
answered by Robert Cartaino 34 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Can we please have the "Lacks Minimal Understanding" close reason back?

That close reason Yes, I believe it was condescending and somewhat rude. However there is a mass of questions that fall under a crystal clear criteria: They're poorly written. They have formatting ...

discussion close-reasons  
asked by Benjamin Gruenbaum 569 votes
answered by Dukeling 184 votes

Has Stack Overflow performed any "social experiments"?

In light of the recent revelation that Facebook has conducted social experiments on its users, I wonder (actually not only for that reason, but from seeing the up/down voting that happens) if Stack ...

discussion questions answers  
asked by Chief Two Pencils 93 votes
answered by Joe 8 votes

Can you answer these?

Allow Community Moderators or Community Team to have a mechanism to revoke reputation earned through plagiarism

We have a very serious problem with plagiarism. Previously, we've handled it by sending out moderator messages and suspending the involved party (if repeated). The problem this causes is that ...

discussion feature-request voting moderators plagiarism  
asked by George Stocker 47 votes

Silver badge icon appears when hovering over my own comments

Probably a side effect of the new MSO design: This is a silver badge icon. I do have silver badges so tried to find a reason or secret power, but utterly failed so far. When directly over the ...

bug comments design  
asked by Shadow Wizard 2 votes

The total rep gained in that day is -5, but the sum of the events inside it is 10

See Apr 10 here: Link, or the next page of it. Screenshot: How it can be? This doesn't seem to be caching issue because this is really old slot; this user is really weird, all of his answers are ...

bug reputation-history  
asked by LyingOnTheSky 2 votes
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