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The room topic of the ELU chat room has traditionally been something along the lines of "The Incomprehensible Room" or "The off-topic room". Sometimes it changes to something more obscure, like the "some son of god" one. I think the room's title is sufficiently self-explanatory that the topic isn't really needed, and I feel it would be a shame to lose that ...


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I'm pretty sure the mechanism (which is what determines how many levels you need to wade through, for example) is Stackexchange-wide. Other sites doubtless have more than one migration option, so they need that extra level of nesting. Until we get the Writers option back (dunno why it's not there, I swear I saw it recently, after the big closure revamp), and/...


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This comes with the "established user" privilege, which you will receive at 1000 rep (congrats on receiving it). I am going to list many special features. You might already know of some of them. Another privilege that few know of is "view close votes", which comes at 250 rep. It allows you to see close votes on your own questions. You can also now create ...


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Based on my quick survey of a handful of sites, it seems that SO, SF, and SU (the original trilogy of sites) have the same layout, with the "ask" button on the far right. The others that I've looked at: ELU, Cooking, UX, WebApps, Unix, stats, Writers (beta), Linguistics, and Android, all put the Ask button right near the menu items, while Gaming, Sci-Fi, and ...


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I feel stupid. I've been here 6 months - but I never realized until now that there was a list of actual questions most frequently asked on ELU (as opposed to factitious list of questions about ELU contrived for expository purposes). A couple of possibilities: a banner across the top of the landing and question pages - there was one of these running for ...


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Anyone who enters a new space with preconceived notions will be surprised and perhaps disappointed. While I think your suggestion is fine, I don't think it will do much to curb new user shock, because, as Roseanne Roseannadanna used to say, "It's always something". For you, it was the bot, and the tagline. Personally, the first time I said "hello" to KitSox ...


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I think you have made some great suggestions. In the javascript room, all new users are greeted by the bot with a message that contains a link to their chat rules page. I believe that our bot could do the same thing, since she's forked from their bot. We don't have a chat rules page, but we could write a blog article or series of articles about our chat ...


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I don't see much point in providing a link to questions most frequently asked on ELU if the purpose is to avoid new people asking those same questions again. They've already got a much better facility (the Search box) to help them on that front, plus the "Ask a Question" input screen makes a fair fist of displaying earlier questions that might be duplicates,...


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I've gone through the FAQs 3x and opened every link (I thought) and stilll haven't earned the badge for reading the entire FAQ page.


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I'll tell you one reason I like this idea: it's sometimes hard to find a duplicate question using the search box. Let's assume I have an (already asked) question in mind. (Or perhaps I should say, “a (already asked) question in mind”?) For example, let's pick #20: Should I use “a” or “an” before a parenthetical statement? I can search for "a an ...


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To "improve" edit suggestions, you need the privilege to edit posts, requiring no peer review. For editing questions and answers, the privilege is granted at 2k reputation. But for editing tag wikis, it's different. To approve or reject suggestions from others, 5k is required. To singlehandedly edit tags, or to "improve" suggestions, you need the "trusted ...


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Agreed; that is not a colo[u]r-scheme for the faint-hearted! Changing it to something less anti-social...


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There are a lot of traditions associated with the ELU main chatroom that have evolved over the years. Most of these are all in good fun, but this is the main room that represents our site in the chat system, and it can beneficial to have someone report on these traditions with fresh eyes, as you've done here. As Daniel Snyder is being reminded right now, ...


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What does "FAQ" mean anyway? Yes, of course, it's an abbreviation of "Frequently Asked Questions", I know, but it doesn't actually mean that, does it? When you visit a website and see a link to the FAQ, you know what it means: it means user guide, it means "these are things we think you ought to know before using the site". As such, I would say that the FAQ ...


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