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Recent Community activity

Recently (2012 10 23) our Community bot seems to have dug out about 10 questions to the front of the SE. Does anyone know the reason for that?
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“Cheapest” question will get out of date…

This question is asking for the cheapest of a particular service. Not only will answers vary by location, they will also get outdated reasonably quickly. We could perhaps change it to ask for a link ...
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Should we keep the question about GLBSE protected?

The recent question about the GLBSE closing down was protected by me. However, some believe the protection was unwarranted. Should we keep this question protected?
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“Business” or “businesses”

There are two tags on this wiki - business and businesses. Which one should we keep?
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Being strict or kind about “newbie” questions?

Recently a few newbie questions popped up on the SE, like this one. Seeing them one knows that they were already asked before a couple times. My question is - should we be strict or kind about such ...
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Is there any difference between commerce and merchants tags?

Current state: commerce has 14 questions described as “The transacting of business using Bitcoin or related technologies” merchants has 6 questions (without a description). I was considering a ...
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Should Bitcoin centric questions related to Quantative Finance be asked here?

I'm looking for a home for a downvoted & closed question that requires not only a deep understanding of the Bitcoin network, but also of Quant. Finance. I believe this is something that could ...
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New tag to represent value added services (on top of Bitcoin)

I think it would be benefical to tag services (current or future/proposed) layers of the Bitcoin network accordingly. One example is this question where I ask about a P2P anonymous rating system. ...
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Bitcoin self-evaluation: let's get critical! [closed]

You love your site and we love your site, but there is a whole world of people out there who might not even know it exists. When they do find it, their first impression will either scare them away or ...
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retagging [tag:mywallet] --> [tag:blockchain.info]

There were only 5 questions tagged mywallet, most of those were also tagged blockchain.info anyway (and most of those were mine, too). Hence, I've retagged them all to blockchain.info.
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Tag dupe: legal, law, illegal

Unless I'm mistaken, on most SE site they use the legal tag; here we had ~10 posts with that tag, 5 with law and only 1 with illegal. Hence, I'm removing those two in favour of legal.
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Should the for-beginners tag be retained?

I recently added a "for-beginners" tag because I thought it was important to the site; my view at the time was that too many answers (and questions) are beyond the understanding of beginners. I've ...
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Why is this SE so deserted?

There is an active Bitcoin community at bitcointalks.org and the interest in Bitcoin is increasing at a fast pace. Isn't there a way to get all the people asking questions on bitcointalks to this ...
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Should references to the bitcoin.org client use a standard name for it? What should it be?

This issue was mentioned in the answer to this question, but I don't see any further discussion. Terms used so far include: official client main client bitcoin.org client Satoshi client original ...
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Which tag is appropriate for MultiBit and Electrum clients: “thin-clients” or “lightweight-clients”?

Currently, there are 2 questions using the "thin-client" tag and there is no tag description. A thin client application is defined in Wikipedia as "simply one which relies on its server to process ...
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Completely changing the meaning of the question body for “How does 'Sign Message' work?”

This question has what seems to be a useful title, and in fact the answer provided does answer that question. However, the body of the question goes off on a tangent that is going to be unhelpful to ...
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Synonyms - [payment] and [payments]

Should we make [payments] a synonym to [payment]? It's rather a no-brainer.
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Are questions that would function as peer reviews in scope of this SE?

Say someone wanted to know what is the opinion of the Bitcoin community on "On Bitcoin and Red Balloons" - whether what Microsoft has written about Bitcoin is accurate, or did they make some errors on ...
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Difference between tags “mining” and “miner”

I can think of a few reasons why there might be a difference between the tags "mining" and "miner", but I wonder if the difference is too subtle to be useful. What does everyone else think?
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New Beta Theme Launched

Your site looks a bit different today. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished and finished design for sites in beta. You can read more about the redesign ...
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What is the limit of self-answering?

I'm relatively new to SE and claim no experience on this issue, but this question seems beyond the boundaries of reasonable self-answering. The user behind it, imz, asked two others (here and here) of ...
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Just found a bunch of posts which are just links to random discussions from Bitcoin Talk…

The Bitcoin Stackechange is not intended to be a place for discussions, but a place for answers. These rencent posts 1 (with self answer), 2 (with self answer), 3 (with self answer) are just trying ...
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are questions regarding buy and sell bitcoin operators acceptable?

I am having a hard time finding information regarding market operators of bitcoin that operate near where i live (Panama), i've seen lot of confusing information on the internet and is hard to know ...
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Should we create token questions for some problems that come up often?

Some basic questions come up every now and then, like "why am I stuck synchronizing at X?". Most of them are dealing with some specific user issue, so creating an answer encompassing all variants of ...
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Why was this duplicate question reopened?

I believe this question was closed as a dup (I voted to close it). Who reopened it? Why?
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Is Open Transactions on topic?

It's not exactly a derived crypto-currency, but it's an enabler technology that seems to be getting more integrated with Bitcoin. Are questions on OT on topic here?
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David, why did you edit my question's title?

Not trying to start a flame war, merely to understand. You apporved @eldentyrell's edit, that I have reverted and he then re-did. You didn't post anything about this, not as a comment and not on ...
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Can we establish some sort of policy about slander?

An increasing number of questions on this forum focus on specific individuals or organizations within the bitcoin community, rather than bitcoin itself. Some of them border on slander, like this ...
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Should specific hardware problem questions be closed as “too localised”?

Should questions about specific hardware problems be close as "too localised"? For example, a question like this: Help locating bottleneck on new mining rig Seems to be a quite specific problem. ...
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How should questions that function like reviews be handled?

There are a few questions popping up every now and then that want to get the answer about reliability of services based on the rating of the answer. For example: "Please list one service per answer (...
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“alternatives” tag [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should questions that are about a specific alternate blockchain be tagged alternative-blockchains? I think the "alternatives" tag is pointless and harmful, and it would be ...
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Can we open the “How to buy BTC” question?

How do you obtain bitcoins? This was closed because: This question is unlikely to ever help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an ...
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Do we have too many unanswered questions?

25 open questions with no answer with an upvote or acceptance. Should we try harder to answer these questions? Or is it normal for the community at this stage?
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Is it worth creating tag synonyms for seldom used tags?

Eg donation and donate have currently been used once each. If they were to be set up as synonym, it's not clear which would be the "master" tag (if it matters). Should such cases be left until they'...
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Are crackpot ideas for attacking Bitcoin on-topic?

I have a question, but I'm not sure its topical for this site. In brief, I think I've thought of a way to commit fraud against the whole bitcoin network with significantly less than 51% of hashing ...
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When should questions be deleted?

What should the policy about deleting questions be? When does a question "migrate" from from being closed to deletion? As a specific example, I asked this question about the legality of raising money ...
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Bitcoin SE Chat

Are there some guidelines of what people should be using the chat for, like discussions strictly related to Bitcoins, or is it more of a free chat with people from this SE, so some off-topic is ...
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Moderator workload

How much more work does on average a moderator have on this StackExchange, compared to a higher ranked user? Is it just having to have some last word on some close/flag/ban disputes, or is there more ...
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Should questions phrased in future tense be changed once event has occured?

As an example: When did merged Namecoin-Bitcoin mining start? The event has already occured thus the question seems out of place. One option would be to simply close the question however there is a ...
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Synonyms concerning [osx] and [mac]

Should [mac] be synonymous to [osx]? Rarely would one refer to a mac machine without referring to the os, so they are pretty closely linked. Should [osx] be renamed or perhaps made synonymous to [...
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Should [pools] and [mining-pools] be synonyms?

The tags are basically the same anyway.
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Should operating system related tags be all synonyms?

We have [ios], [osx], [windows] and [windows7], most of them have not been used at all. Should there be a tag [os] created and have all those other tags be synonyms for it? If someone discusses some ...
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How do we handle legal advice / questions on legality?

This question was closed almost immediately since it asked for legal advice. I think that the decision was correct in this particular case since the quote in the question is probably already as good ...
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Economics migration criteria

The Economics SE is now in private beta (link might not work yet) and before it goes public and we gain the ability to migrate to it, I'd like to discuss the criteria we use to determine if an ...
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The tags [development], [programming], [source] and [code]

The development tag is widely used but lacks a description. The programming tag has been made a synonym of it. There is also the source tag that has the following description: Specifically refers ...
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Too localized questions

I read somewhere that StackExchange sites aim at creating a knowledge base that will last for years, maybe decades. Asking "intemporal" questions at Stack Overflow is really easy because the answer to ...
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Is it important that a title is phrased as a question?

Many questions don't have their titles phrased as a question. Some examples: Strange transaction (block 71036) Best GPUs for Mining Business-grade Bitcoind implementation Push notification of ...
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Should [attack] and [attacks] be synonyms?

There are two distinct tags [attack] (with 2 questions) and [attacks] (with 5 questions). Should we merge these? Update: Tags have been merged
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People upvoting incorrect or offtopic answers

In a way, I'm happy that our community has taken to heart the "vote early, vote often" maxim. But it's starting to be a real problem that answers which do not answer a question seem to be getting ...
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Questionable Threads - Are these on-or off topic?

Post questionable threads here, using one reply per thread. No need to vote on each one (as then the people that reported the thread get down voted), but please add comments to each thread reasoning ...