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  1. User messaging or wall

    Someone else already requested private messaging, and the request was declined. I'd just like to point out an use case for messaging.

    Jeff, you edited one of my posts to change my asterisks to backticks, so that I was getting proper code format. I appreciated that, and wanted to say so. However, editing the post to add a "thanks Jeff" would have seemed out of place, as would adding a new answer to that effect. In both cases, my gratitude, while genuine, has no relevance to the question. Sending an email to the user seems overkill (and in general, not…

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      declined  ·  codinghorrorcodinghorror responded

      you’re quite welcome! no thanks necessary — the shared result is its own reward! :)

    • Disable closing questions

      Closing questions seems a bit counterproductive. Especially the way it is used now.
      Questions get closed if one high-rep person considers it off-topic or otherwise unwanted. But then it just stays visible to everyone.

      It would be better if questions just stopped showing up in searches and lists if they get downvoted enough. For example -10 means invisible in lists, -15 invisible when searching on tags, -20 invisible for everyone.

      I think this would work better than closing questions. And it would fit in better with the community driven feel of the site.

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        declined  ·  codinghorrorcodinghorror responded

        looking at the list of the last 30-40 closed Questions I am not seeing a problem. Show me the data, because from the data I’m seeing, closing works.

      • Stop Hating on OffTopic Posts.

        Off-Topic posts are a mechanism by which an internet forum can create a sense of community among many of it's participants. This is important for a site like SO because it promotes more & better contributions to its ON-topic posts.

        Many people on SO seem to have a rabid hat for off-topic posts, including many who have the power to lock or delete those posts.

        Locking and deleting all these posts will not make SO better. It will make SO worse because it sends a message that says "you're not welcome here" to anyone who tries to participate. This includes…

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          declined  ·  codinghorrorcodinghorror responded

          there’s plenty of off-topic stuff that works (too much in fact), you just have to know our audience and “sell it” to them. The burden is on you to construct something our audience will vote up and respond to.

        • Give 1 full day before a question can be closed.

          A question should be given 1 full day before it can be closed. So that it gives the community time to decide if a question is valid. Instead of giving 1 person full control to kill it before it even starts.

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          • Allow author to answer his/her own question

            It often occurs (for example on forums) that a user will post a question, and then based on ideas or just continued investigation will actually find the answer him/herself later. For the benefit of others who come along asking the same question, authors need to be able to mark their own answers as the solution.

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            • vote queue for overvoting

              I don't mind being limited in the # of votes I get each day.

              But it would be nice if I could have a private "vote queue" so when I see something I want to vote for, I can flag it for later. Otherwise there's been times I've seen something & wanted to vote for it but i'm out of votes. Then the next day I forget what those were & I don't want to have to go to the trouble of bookmarking the appropriate posts.

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              • Make subjectivity community-votable

                I've seen the other suggestions about treating subjective questions, like the upcoming tag-filtering feature, or the earn-less-rep idea, but I'm not sure if these would be "working solutions".

                Filtering out subjective questions via preferences stops you from seeing potentially great questions .This is not ideal either.

                Subjective questions are valid sometimes, but most of the time they indicate someone a) not knowing what they are talking about, b) too lazy to read a book or google it up or c) chasing for cheap rep. I even think most of the time it is c).

                How I see it (yes, thats…

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                  declined  ·  codinghorrorcodinghorror responded

                  all the proposed tag filters are personal filters, not global filters. downvotes + closing should suffice for now.

                • tag count incorrect

                  The tag count on page http://stackoverflow.com/tags is higher than the tag count on the right side of the page after clicking on a tag. Example to reproduce:

                  1. Go here: http://stackoverflow.com/tags
                  2. Note the count for C# tag - (currently: 1163)
                  3. Click the C# tag
                  4. Note the tag count on right hand side of page (currently: 1101).

                  same for the handful I checked:
                  asp.net tag 626 v 600
                  .net tag 1040 v 998
                  tools tag 148 v 136
                  sqlserver tag 375 v 361

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                  • url's in comments with () defect

                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomicity_(database_systems)

                    is not parsed correctly when put in a comment - the trailing ) is dropped. There's no (apparent) way to escape it, nor preview it.

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                    • increase the contrast of background colors

                      On some monitors, I can't tell there are any background colors at all!

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                        declined  ·  1 comment  ·  Admin →
                      • The Lucky Badge

                        In reference to the 'Lucky Badge' mentioned on the recent podcast.

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                          declined  ·  codinghorrorcodinghorror responded

                          I think randomness would undermine the badge system. we’re geeks. we like rules and SYSTEMS man

                        • Plug-in reputation algorithms

                          Do you retain in your databases information who voted for what?
                          Is it possible to develop my own reputation algorithm, have you run it and then sort the questions, answers, votes, etc. according to my own algorithm?
                          The basic principle is to put weights on the votes according to criteria and then view things in decreasing order of the weighted votes.

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                          • reputation graph/item listing busted in chrome

                            It appears the that graph/list on the user reputation page is buggered in Google Chrome. It's a really useful utility, so I'd love to see this working again.

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                              • visited url color change on home page for buttons

                                when you first time visit stackoverflow home page , the buttons on top , "questions", "tag","users",badge" appear correctly. white text color and gray back ground color, once you visit them the text color changes from white to dark blue makes it hard to read the text in that.

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                                • New users unable to vote - duplicate answers created instead

                                  Ex. the questions in regards to "favorite development book read". I found "Peopleware" by Tom DeMarco ++ and was about to vote. But since I am new I do not have high enough reputation. So my only way out of this is to create a new answer with the same book as many others have posted before me (there are _many_ books down that list that has 0 votes). So you end up much the same way as other forums before this one with where one post have 100's of answers and you will have to drill down to you…

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                                    declined  ·  codinghorrorcodinghorror responded

                                    earn 15 rep first; remove this and we become massively vulnerable to scripted account vote attacks

                                  • Search within own answers

                                    For people active in a given area, you regularly see things that you know are duplicates (not least, because you've had the same conversation before).

                                    It would be useful to be able to quickly search for items in your own history, to cross-reference them - either for duplicates, or just for more information on related subjects.

                                    The problem is compounded by the "top 100" restriction: http://stackoverflow.uservoice.com/pages/general/suggestions/105072

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                                    • Merge answers if question is closed as 'exact duplicate'

                                      By the time people closed http://stackoverflow.com/questions/561834/when-do-you-prefer-c-to-c as being an exact duplicate, it had gathered various answers (some of which were good). Instead of discarding those answers (by closing the question with which they're associated) it might be better to migrate those answers to the original question.

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                                      • Keyboard navigation

                                        Keyboard navigation like google and slashdot has would be nice.
                                        http://www.google.com/search?q=test&esrch=BetaShortcuts

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                                        • Allow to flag edits of questions and answers

                                          Add the possibility to flag unneeded edits as unneeded/annoying/abusive/whatever.

                                          Once a user has collected a certain number of flags, this should trigger the moderators and they should take action (e.g. penalty box).

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