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Top new questions this week:

Why is the earliest allowed birthdate 1/1/1920?

I was doing a little poking around my profile, and when changing my birthdate I discovered a limitation: Oops! There was a problem updating your profile: Birthday must be after 1920/01/01 …

feature-request profile-page age  
asked by Santa Claus 171 votes
answered by Stefano Borini 26 votes

What was "the Joel Data"?

As mentioned in the answer to What is the first asked question on stackoverflow?, the first (now deleted) question is "Where, oh where, did the Joel Data go?" I'm sure that Joel refers to Joel …

asked by Matt Johnson 112 votes
answered by Martijn Pieters 129 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 89 votes
answered by Sklivvz 73 votes

Initial Edits and Fastest Gun in the West

I've noticed a form of abuse recently. Take a look at this revision history I've noticed this user as well as several others often do the following: Leave an empty answer that does not contribute …

discussion answers deleted-answers  
asked by Benjamin Gruenbaum 82 votes
answered by Arun P Johny 46 votes

What was the first question asked that still exists on Stack Overflow?

What was the first question asked that still exists on Stack Overflow? I am just curious.

discussion questions specific-question  
asked by Jimmy T. 76 votes
answered by Martijn Pieters 95 votes

Can the Inbox/Achievements drop-downs be changed to protocol-relative links?

I like to use the Stack Exchange sites via the HTTPS protocol. This is partly because I think this is good practice, and partly because my mobile ISP injects JavaScript into HTTP pages and (perhaps …

feature-request global-inbox  
asked by halfer 73 votes
answered by Rob W 9 votes

How to Warn of Serious Issues in Code Unrelated to Question?

I just came across this question and it scared me. The question itself is pretty bad, typical "where's the bug in this bunch of code?". But that's not what scared me. The code is a security disaster …

discussion questions etiquette  
asked by BoppreH 66 votes
answered by Cupcake 86 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Meta hasn't changed at all

Yesterday I've received the following reply: Meta StackExchange actually recommends that most questions, even ones that are network-wide, are asked on child metas first. Then, if it makes sense …

discussion meta  
asked by Jefffrey 135 votes
answered by Jeff Atwood 45 votes

Choosing between Stack Overflow and Programmers Stack Exchange

Suppose you have a "borderline subjective" question, and you're not sure if you should post it to Stack Overflow or Programmers Stack Exchange. How do you decide? What's the best default option if you …

support faq site-recommendation  
asked by user181813 167 votes
answered by Alpine 183 votes

Can you answer these?

Confusing "Your last flag was declined..." message

Just had the following message when attempting to flag an answer. Your last flag was declined - please review it before flagging this post! I clicked on the "review" link in the message and it …

feature-request flag-history  
asked by AdrianHHH 6 votes

On Meta, how do you get attention for questions without an answer?

It's not possible to set a bounty on a child Meta in order to get attention. What can I do instead? For example, this question hasn't received a good answer yet during the past 10 days.

discussion support meta  
asked by TheIndependentAquarius 10 votes

Why let me edit a comment if... "Comments may only be edited for 5 minutes"

Stack Overflow prevents comments from being edited after the 5 minute mark. However, the edit button is not removed until the page is refreshed. In other words, if I post a comment and wait 6 minutes, …

discussion feature-request  
asked by ElliotSchmelliot 24 votes
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