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community September 29, 2010

Good Subjective, Bad Subjective

Stack Exchange is about questions with objective, factual answers. We’ve been crystal clear about this for as long as I can remember, even back to the earliest, pre-beta days of Stack Overflow. It’s right there in the standard Stack Exchange FAQ: What kind of questions should I not ask here? Avoid asking questions that are…
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Director of Community Development (former)
community August 23, 2010

A Recipe to Promote your Site

In The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta we covered what we believe to be the crucial steps in forming a viable Stack Exchange Q&A community. Today we’re going to offer some aggregated advice, both from us and our existing meta communities, on step 7 — How do we promote our site? Share Great Questions…
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community August 7, 2010

The Death of Meta Tags

There are a few tags on Stack Overflow that have bugged me for a long time. Namely: subjective best-practices beginner But I could never quite articulate what, exactly, was wrong with these tags. It’s been bothering me more and more as time goes on. So much so, that about two months ago, I was compelled…
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Co-Founder (Former)
community July 10, 2010

The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta

Groups have an amazing ability to self organize — not by following rules or hierarchies of authority, but through basic human nature. Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a spontaneous brainstorming session with a group of colleagues? Sometimes you just know that you’re at the start of something big — something important…
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area51 July 7, 2010

Your New Site: Asking the First Questions

What is the single most important design element of a new Q&A site? The name? The logo? The colors? The FAQ? Think about that for a moment — see if you know the answer — and we’ll get back to the question later. If you’ve spent any time on our back-channel at meta.stackoverflow.com, the most…
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Director of Community Development (former)
community May 18, 2009

A Theory of Moderation

We believe deeply in community moderation. That’s why we appoint Pro Tempore Moderators and, ideally, democratically elected community moderators for every site in our network. But what do community moderators do? The short answer is, as little as possible! From the very first version of Stack Overflow faq way back in mid-2008, our goal has…
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