Your election will be starting on Monday, November 30th.
When we first made the announcement, the plan was to run down the remaining runs of elections for the remaining sites (Japanese, Music, and Software Recommendations). But then the system for design independent graduation we used... turned up a lot more bugs than we expected.
Fixing most all of them (...
Yep, this is how it's supposed to work. See the privilege page for bounties:
Bounties expire after seven days. You will receive several notifications a few days before this happens.
If you do not award the bounty within 24 hours of the bounty period ending, half the bounty value will be automatically awarded to the top voted answer posted after the bounty ...
I'm the one that deleted the comments. Here's the chain:
They were flagged as obsolete, and I deleted them. There's a nice short answer on mSO about obsolete comments:
Comments are, by their very nature, transitional. Flagging helps keep them under control and tidied up.
Basically, a comment is obsolete when it asks for information that has since been ...
That's the way bounties work. If it drops your reputation below the threshold for a privilege, you lose the privilege. You'd lose the same way if you lost the privilege for another reason (because some of your answers were unaccepted, because you received or cast downvotes, because some of your posts were deleted, etc.).
There's been discussion about this ...
Not exactly when we graduated, but when we got our "graduated design" (which was a little later). While in beta, levels for a site are significantly lower to help it build up. Once it's graduated and gets its "mature design", that "helping hand" is gone as "the child has risen and can walk on its own feet". Quoting the relevant post, which is New Site Design!...
You can't vote to close a question while it has a bounty. I think the reasoning is that the bounty setter is trading reputation for an increased likelihood of getting answers; closing the question would be unfair since it would prevent answers.
However bounties are not an excuse to keep a bad question around. If a question clearly needs closing, flag it as “...
If what you want is impossible, that's useful information. It'll help other people who want to do the same thing, so that they won't also struggle for a while to accomplish the impossible.
Someone could also propose a workaround. And indeed the answer that you received does.
Generally speaking, you should delete your question if its premise turns out to be ...
Glad you brought this topic to Meta, sameer – that's the best place to seek clarification of this kind!
Downvoters should have commented and give you hints why they downvoted. But unfortunately, they don't always do that. I was not one of them, so I can only guess. But taking a look at your question, a good guess is it's lacking required information (which ...
I was kinda bored, and thus decided to try to do this. I couldn't find an easy way to do it with SEDE, so I hacked together a thing in Python. It's on GitHub.
Here are the results (this can, and probably will, be made better):
6 x http://notepad-plus-plus.org/
6 x http://www.gimp.org/
5 x http://handbrake.fr/
5 x http://www.autohotkey.com/
5 x http://www....
I think every SE site should allow users to post answers to their own questions, including SR. However, consider the following:
The question itself should be a good, topical question, irrespective of the answer. Cover the answer over or pretend it doesn't exist. Would you allow that question to be on this site if you were a mod? If the answer is clearly "...
I would say it's perfectly okay to self-answer your own question - of course, you will be held to a slightly higher standard by the community. I would say you should steer clear of:
Self-answering with your own product
Unilaterally declaring that this product is the best solution
If you do self-answer with your own product, make sure that you declare your ...
There isn't any way to mark a room as not-freezable (see Antifreeze for Chat rooms), although I wish there was. Probably the best way to take care of this is a flag on the main site.
Or, ideally, we would actually use the room ;)
All per-site metas don't have anything in the privileges page. Per-site meta privileges reflect those that you have on the main site.
I believe that this has to do with the fact that you can't earn reputation on Meta, and thus a privilege page for it would be somewhat unneeded and weird.
You've posted two things, a question and an answer (both currently deleted). I believe this is what's keeping you from self-deleting your account. If you really want your account here deleted:
We'll miss you :(
You can use the Contact Us link at the bottom of every page to contact people that can delete your account for you.
This could be as starter but important points when crafting your question/answer:
Don't write requirements you don't need just so your software fits better. Write what you need in a way it doesn't force a piece of software and allows everyone to chime in.
This apply to the previous point. Write exactly what you are looking for in the ...
If you're talking about fulfilling an Area 51 commitment to this site, which from looking at your A51 profile seems to be the case, this is the wording of the commitment:
I commit to participate actively in <sitename> for at least three months, especially during the private beta, and to ask or answer at least ten questions.
From looking at your ...
Yes - privileged are calculated based on your current reputation, and reputation lost in offering bounties is counted. You would lose the 2k privilege any time your reputation drops below 2000.
You may be interested in these threads on Meta Stack Exchange:
Is losing privileges after placing bounty OK?
Exclude bounties from affecting privileges
Notify user ...
These show up in the timeline as "non-winning bounties". In general, once you start a bounty, the reputation used for it is gone. It may be awarded to an answer (if you pick one, or the bounty ends and an answer meets the criteria for automatic awarding.)
What you are 'buying' with a bounty is exposure - a spot on the 'featured' tab, the '+100' blue badge ...
This site doesn't have a specific policy about answering a question with your own software.¹ Follow the general Stack Exchange policy and guidelines on self-promotion (whose current wording evolved partly based on discussions about Stack Overflow). The important thing about mentioning your own software is that you must clearly and honestly disclose your ...
There is a rule to avoid freezing the main chat room of a site, but it doesn't identify any particular room as the main room. Rather, the last remaining unfrozen room of a site will not be frozen.
The Duga room is considered an active room since a normal user talks there fairly often. The normal user is actually a bot, but that's an external bot, so Stack ...
The alternatives tag is a meta tag.
it should be banned and burniated.
Good questions, will provide examples of what as program that is similar to what they want.
So most questions will deserve this tag.
(Community Wiki, Please feel free to edit this to provide arguments in favour of the banning of the tag.)
An outline of what makes a good question is here: What is required for a question to contain "enough information"?
Try reformatting like this.
I need a ________ tool. [fill in the functionality you are looking for]
I need this tool to be able to: [specific requirements]
It needs to be able to run on: [OS is generally mandatory info, ...
As Thomas said, a "Alternative to XYZ" title is not a the best way to attract good answers. It eliminates people who don't know the potentially out-of-trend XYZ, and it does not contain any keywords. Of course, most software have many features, for instance you might ask "Alternative to Emacs" because you use Emacs as a customer support suite, while the ...
You don't need to make a third choice.
Your first two choices will be counted, in that order, don't worry.
The long-term solution is to post more answers and questions, gain reputation, do reviews, gain moderation experience, and nominate yourself next time :-)
I can just undelete my answer
Nope, you can't. - just try it and see what happens.
How can I contact him?
♦ moderators get notified about new Meta posts on their sites, so they'll see this question and might choose to explain their decision in more detail. Or, as Izzy notes, when another moderator sees it first, that moderator might investigate ...