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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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How do we clean up low quality questions?

Is anyone tracking the signal to noise (high-quality to low-quality) ratio for SQA questions? My sense is it's going down; there seem to be a lot of "help me with my homework" and "save me from ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Are we dead yet?

Things started out here on a promising note, but the flow of questions and answers seems to have slowed considerably. Are we just dying a slow death? Is there something to be done about that, or is ...
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Please vote for our “shining star” question in our Tour page!

The current Tour example question is perhaps not the best question to use as an example for our site. Here's the criteria on MSE. According to this criteria, the system picks a certain number of ...
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Why do QA community members ignore down-voting feature

One day I came to the QA stackexchange community from SO and what I noticed after certain time has passed that (except of the QA community is less agile than SO) people here ignore voting the ...
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Display of informative message over SQA site

Yesterday, I saw a message flashing over SO site which was somewhat like informing people for accepting and voting questions and answers ("Welcome back, if you like or find the answer helpful make ...
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Is it possible to "Syntax highlight" for code à la StackOverflow?

I have posted three times in SQA so far, and have really missed the Syntax Highlighting of StackOverflow for code. Is this really not possible?
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Seeking feedback: Should Code Reviews be allowed here?

User Antony Naveen has been asking questions to review his Selenium code. Example questions: Can you check this code? Can you check this POM design Pattern? One of these questions was put on hold ...
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Unanswered questions - can we do something about them?

As IT professionals all, we know that metrics are metrics are metrics and that they can be twisted any which way. But they can also be useful. We have 5 primary metrics by which our site is publicly ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #1 on Software Quality Assurance & Testing has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the winning moderators are: They are your first elected moderation team — ...
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What are our standards about Selenium questions?

I've been wavering back and forth about this site. I want to contribute, but on any given day, I tend to see a lot of super basic "How do I click a button with Selenium" questions and not a lot of ...
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People making trivial edits for points/badges flood the front page of SQA with old answered posts

I have noticed several users going through old questions and making very minor changes to the questions, and every single answer, where edits could be as simple as removing a space or adding code ...
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What is the solution to avoid downvotes again & again on asked question?

Suppose someone have asked a Question on stackExchange & Other users reported as its not a good question, few of them says it's an opinion based question & getting downvotes again and again on ...
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Are the "Is selenium better than QTP?"questions appropriate

Whilst there is definitely some technical merit to these types of questions, the "Is selenium better than QTP?" questions, they quickly become argumentative and personal opinion based. Should they be ...
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How can we reduce the number of "cannot find element" questions

SQA seems repetitively full of "here is my code, why does it error" style questions. I think to improve the quality of SQA as a resource we need to move the focus away from these specific questions. ...
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What should our FAQ contain?

On reading The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta I thought I should ask the question and suggest a starting point. With content unashamedly stolen from Superuser and Stack overflow. Software ...
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Should new tag "ui-automation" be created?

There is already uiautomation tag on SQA, but it's initially created in .Net GUI testing of third party components post as a tag about Microsoft UI Automation (UIA) accessibility framework. But later ...
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Do we have a canonical answer to why the Page Object pattern is important?

The nearest I could find was What is page object modelling? and Why is it so important? ... which is over 6 years old and has less than 500 views. Is there a better one to refer to, or could some ...
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What information must I provide in a Selenium selector question?

So you posted a question about a Selenium selector that doesn't work, and now it's been downvoted or closed for lack of information. What minimum information should you have provided, and why?
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

You lost your “beta” label in 2019, so welcome to your very first edition of Community Promotion Ads, for the year of 2020! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-...
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Help center desperately needs more detail

The help/on-topic page needs some love. Right now it consists of a total of one sentence of guidance on what is on-topic: "Software Quality Assurance & Testing Stack Exchange is for software ...
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Is this question appropriate for SQA?

I, personally, think that Is the "Joel Test" appropriate when looking for a QA job is a great question. That said - given how subjective it is and the fact that there really is no one right answer ...
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Should this site officially welcome subjective questions?

It seems to me that many of the most thought-provoking and informative questions that are being asked on this forum are pretty subjective. For better or worse, when the main StackExchange site was ...
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Why not to let the community decide if the answer is correct?

There are thousands of open questions here and they are bumped to the top sometimes. However the big part of them are abandoned so they will never be resolved unless the community vote for their ...
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Do we need a dictionary/glossary of testing language/terms?

I tend to use the term functional test in different ways than Ruby on Rails developers. I worry that because test definitions for things like functional tests, regression tests, mocks, stubs and ...
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Has deleted user been involved in voting fraud?

I've lost 115 reputation points because the user who had cast votes to my questions and answers has been removed. I can see it impacted also other users, losing even 400 points. Reputation points ...
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Dealing with a few closed questions...Books, what makes a good tester etc.

In the first day there were several questions that were closed that I think should be reopened and probably set as community wiki. One was about what makes up a good bug report, and what makes a good ...
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Time to publicize the site

Given that public beta of site is begun and we really don't have great statistics of site usage for now. I believe site usage would be deciding factor to take sqa site beyond beta by StackOverflow. We ...
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Why do my questions get downvoted?

Someone is going through my questions serially down-voting several in a row with no comment and explanation. Given this is a well-known pattern could the down-voters please take the time to say why . ...
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How can I see the list of the most viewed question ever?

In case I am missing it or it is biting me in the face, is there a way I can view the list of the: most viewed question most voted question most answered question I`m looking for an all time span ...
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Do we want to answer questions about software requirements specifications?

Today someone asked a question about software requirements specifications. I answered the question, but then he followed up with a comment that sounded a lot like a request for homework help. I ...
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Hats hats hats! Winter Bash 2014

Alright, folks, Winter Bash 2014 is coming. Do we want to be this: Or do we want to be this I don't know about you, but I'm leaning toward option 2. Not to bias your opinion. Note if we do it, you ...
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Asking the community: is this question something we want here?

A recent discussion cited this question as one that is very broad but has not been closed. The "question" in its entirety is: Suggested books to start on software testing I'm trying to learn ...
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Start the New Year with a Good Question - fancy joining me?

Joe's excellent question here Are we dead yet? has prompted me to think about what we can do in 2012 to give SQA some TLC. We're gradually growing in numbers, and visits to the site - but if there isn'...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Winter Bash 2016 : Not Getting received 011-Hat for "Collect 11 hats" action

Not getting received 011 Hat for "Collect 11 hats" action, even though I have already collected 12 hats for SQA site. Is this valid bug with SQA beta site or there is something new steps to collect ...
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Creating canonical references for Selenium basics

As discussed here: What are our standards about Selenium questions? Everyone seems to agree that we ought to provide useful information to beginner Selenium users. To reduce the load of repeated ...
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Does SQA handle the SO-style SQA and the 'Programmers'-style SQA questions?

Inspired by this question, it occurs to me that this exact problem happened to Stack Overflow: questions about algorithms and data structures were also mixed in with questions about bosses, ...
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Getting more questions

How can we get more questions? The question asking rate is quite low at the moment, we need to get more questions being asked? I have seeded a couple of questions, but I think we need to try and ...
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Site scope - are questions asking about how to test and/or alter your specific design to be better testable on-topic?

I'm primarily active on Code Review, where we review people's code. Someone posted a question there that was about improving the testability of their code. You'll need 10k rep to see it, so here's a ...
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Jira questions off-topic?

I was surprised at the response to https://sqa.stackexchange.com/questions/14063/is-it-possible-to-create-a-jira-user-with-dl-email-and-subscribe-to-filters. One commenter wrote, "'m voting to close ...
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How can I get help with testing conundrums and mocking/unit-testing newbie ignorance

I had a longer question written up that was similar to this, but included my real question. But I wanted to start more conservatively in finding the correct forum for it... Where should one ask ...
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How do I know which answer to choose?

I recently asked this question: Whose responsibility is it to design test cases?. On its face, it seems like a question with a definitive answer (eg. "The responsibility lies with ..."). The thing is,...
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In an answer, when referring to your own product/website, how explicitly should you state your affiliation?

Recently, we have had a few members who, in the course of answering a question, recommend or refer to the member's own product (or their employer's product). I do not see anything wrong with that as ...
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What's up with Community Wiki

Note: I thought I saw this discussed, but couldn't find it. We have a fair number of "what are some blogs|podcasts|web sites|books" questions that should definitely (IMO) be community wiki. What I ...
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What do we want to do about "How do I program" questions?

A lot of people move into test automation from a manual testing background and, as such, get stuck on Programming 101-type questions, like "How do I use conditionals". Do they belong here? I believe ...
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Where would you ask a subjective QA question

I want to ask a question about people's experience of using specific testing technique. Since opinions are not very welcomed at StackExchange, I wonder where one would ask a subjective question on QA.
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Lowering the privileges threshold depending on popularity of site

I've been using SO and SQA for a while now and, in my opinion, believe the active participation in SQA is somewhat lacking. By this I mean voting questions and answers accordingly in order to see ...

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