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Show new users the interstitial pages before they can ask questions

Let's try something a bit more subtle first: This'll appear to folks visiting /questions/ask regardless of their reputation.
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We need the asking and answering advice pages back!

Fun fact: we had around 4 different versions of the same pages, so we just cleaned things up a little. No features are lost in doing this. The content of these pages was literally identical (give or ...
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Is there a way we can allow community members to explain why they think a post is spam?

Is there anything we can do so community members can add more details as to why they are flagging a specific post as spam? They can/should be using custom moderator flags if it's not obvious the post ...
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5 votes

Can we have migration sites in the off-topic close reasons - and which?

Our migration statistics (link requires 2k rep) for the past 3 months are: 3 questions migrated. Even accounting for the fact that some questions would have been migrated if there had been a way to ...
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Disallow [free-software] and guide users

Shog9 has added free and alternative back to the list of disallowed tags and also added free-software. free and free-software guide the user towards gratis and open-source. It turns out that ...
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Feature request: (Re)distributing bounty to multiple answers

As a community manager at Stack Exchange, it's not really my position to accept or reject individual feature-requests, but I can speak to why some of these features work the way they do. When you ...
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Please turn syntax highlighting on for Software Recommendations

Right now, we have 865 posts using a pre block, out of 13362 total (that's about 6.5%). A very unscientific sample of those suggests that code here is often used for running things in the command line ...
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Show new users the interstitial pages before they can ask questions

I'd echo Michael Hampton's point - based on what we saw on SF, we concluded that an interstitial with a ton of info essentially tests one thing: How badly do you want to post? Unfortunately, that ...
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Even with bounty, I do not get much attention

That's true, we need more visitors, and especially more people who can answer questions. When I see recommendation questions getting closed on StackOverflow, I always encourage askers to ask at SR. ...
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3 votes

Would single-vote closure be helpful here?

This would be very welcome here! There are always a hundred questions in review, and the volume of incoming off-topic questions is such that our community is not able to reduce the backlog despite ...
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Should we link to the quality guideline from the how-to-ask section?

If that were possible (reading the comments), then Yes. This, however, may be not possible as looking at some of the other StackExchange sites, each Help Center is exactly the same. This may be ...
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Rename [sqlserver] tag to [sql-server]

The master tag is now sql-server and I've created mssql as a synonym. We don't need to introduce every variant: if someone starts typing ms-sql-server then mssql will show up as a completion, and as ...
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Should Software Recs itself be more like meta?

As a moderator on Stack Overflow, I'm against this. Recommendation questions take a lot more effort to moderate. We'd have to train the Stack Overflow community, the Super User community, Server Fault,...
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Would a more rigid question template help achieve a consistent quality?

I would rather not see this type of pre-populated template in the Question box. By auto-entering a pre-populated template into the Question box, you are essentially forcing all the questions to look ...
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Could the Help Center please include information about whether or not it's okay to ask for website recommendations?

I propose that the About contains this entry: You are welcome to ask about software for your desktop, the web and mobile platforms. If you are unsure about your question being about a website (...
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Would a more rigid question template help achieve a consistent quality?

Following @Izzy's comment (that it might not be feasible to adjust the number of input boxes etc) I thought I'd suggest a simple text template (I'm guessing that this would be easier to implement). I'...
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Reputation needed to post a comment is too high

TL;DR: let's decrease it to 25. And I encourage especially the high-rep users (like and including me) to vote more on new user's questions. References This issue has been discussed on the Main Meta ...
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Can we have a way of awarding points for a good/great edit

I do agree with you I think users should be able to award points to edits that are above and beyond other edits that are just grammar, spelling, and/or formatting improvements. I believe having a ...
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Should we link to the quality guideline from the how-to-ask section?

I'm told this is possible. We just need to come up with exactly what we want changed. I propose adding this line to the top of the page, just under the "How do I ask a good question" heading: This ...
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2 votes
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markup - ticks & crosses

Can everyone see these Unicode symbols properly? ✅ : Yes ❌ : No Here is how they look on Ubuntu 2018.04: Benefits: Visually appealing Faster to read Easier to compare Help make sure that answers ...
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Is there a way we can allow community members to explain why they think a post is spam?

Yeah, flagging on the *Recs.SE sites is harder in general because some of the usual spam indicators don't hold up.The largest problem with red flags is that, due to their inherent penalty, they tend ...
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Merge [tag:speech-synthesis] with [tag:text-to-speech]

They seem similar enough to me too. Any objections out there? Let's give it a couple weeks, and if no one objects, let's make it happen. Update: No objections from anyone, so I made this happen. ...
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Could would add an electronjs tag?

I created the electron tag. Out of the 5 questions you linked to, 2 were links to answers that use electron. I did not apply the tag to them, since tags are for questions (you would not see a ...
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Can we get a close reason saying "Not enough information"?

Unfortunately it seems that we can not create top-level close reasons, they have to be within "off-topic". This results in this notice being shown to all readers: PROBLEM: The question is not off-...
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How to escalate or request another moderator's review on a deleted answer?

Summing up from the comments, adn adding some details: We moderators ar "common people" like you – so we also sometimes make mistakes. Also, from time to time we might disagree on how to handle a ...
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markup - ticks & crosses

I think allowing emojis (:white_check_mark:) like Github is not a problem. Some solutions: StackEdit addon (browsers only) Emoji to AHK script (Windows only) AutoHotKey or PhraseExpress for ...
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Should Software Recs itself be more like meta?

I think a more viable approach would be to increase visibility of our questions on relevant Stack Exchange communities. For example, when browsing the [xmpp] tag on Super User, display our questions ...
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