Kate Paulk
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Has deleted user been involved in voting fraud?
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I'm one who lost 400 points. I see this as simply part of the way things work. When a user is deleted, votes they cast are removed. It's not common in this community that large numbers of votes are ...

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What coding error questions should be offtopic and which shouldn't be?
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Personally (not as a moderator) I lean towards leniency since it's pretty clear that we have people asking coding questions who have very little programming knowledge. As a moderator, it can be ...

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Should moderators report on their own or take any actions when they see abnormal up-voating targeted towards them
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Since community moderators don't see who cast which votes, it's actually not that simple. Certainly, if I got a swag of targeted upvotes, I'd have no objection to the upvotes being cancelled by the ...

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People making trivial edits for points/badges flood the front page of SQA with old answered posts
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If the edits improve the question, even when they're small, I accept them. If they make no difference to how effective or readable the question is, I reject them. I also reject tag wiki edits that ...

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Do we have a canonical answer to why the Page Object pattern is important?
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I think this is an excellent idea. You're more than welcome to create a canonical question with references to some of the answers scattered through the site and pull in your own answer, if nobody ...

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How to prevent users from making meaningless edits
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The best way I've found to discourage trivial edits is to reject them with the reason, "No improvement whatsoever" I've been doing this for trivial edits that don't do anything to improve the ...

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How can I see the list of the most viewed question ever?
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Most viewed question: Choose Questions, then Frequent. That's the all time list ordered by number of views. Most voted question: Questions, then Votes. This gives you the all time by votes list. ...

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How do we define acceptable "X vs Y" questions?
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To kick off discussion on this one... I'd say that anything in the form of "Is tool X better than tool Y?" is not appropriate. Questions in the form of "Is tool X or tool Y better for task A?" is ...

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What's the value in closing old questions?
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I can't be sure, but I suspect at least some users have issues with the difference between "good subjective" and "bad subjective" questions - which isn't an easy call to make for anyone. When I see ...

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Why not to let the community decide if the answer is correct?
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Some of these questions do have value, but allowing someone other than the question author to choose a correct answer goes against the way the Stack Exchange works. I suspect this would not be ...

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How can we reduce the number of "cannot find element" questions
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This has been bothering me for a while: most of these questions are from people who are trying to automate with (to judge by their code) little to no experience with code. I don't want to scare off ...

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Are questions on yaml for testng coding on topic?
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Questions on YAML are on-topic when they involve a testing tool - for that I would consider whether you would get a better response from SO or here. Coding questions on any testing framework are on-...

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How do we get better at closing/reopening questions?
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I try to edit questions with close votes to clear up the flaws, and to ask users to edit their own questions in specific ways. The "closing mafia" is a problem. I'm not sure how to tell someone "...

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What will be the actions taken over 'Unanswered' questions?
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It would be helpful for people to go through these questions and add answers if they can. I've done this periodically, where I know enough to answer the question.

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Closing questions procedure
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My perspective here is that I will vote to leave a question open if it seems to me to be a valid question, and I will edit to clarify if I can. I agree that questions that are reasonable are being ...

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How can we promote our community?
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It may be worth cross-pollinating on other QA forums we frequent - pointing out on appropriate questions that it might be worth the user's time to ask that question here as well - or if we can, ...

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Justification for re-opening
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Part of the confusion is that there's an automatic reopen vote caused by any kind of edit to a question, no matter how trivial the edit happens to be. I think having some kind of argument for a ...

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How can a string of clearly malicious edit rejections be dealt with?
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First up, no, these were not malicious rejections. Two of the three cases were title edits that didn't change how closely the title matched the content of the post. While good grammar is preferred, ...

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What is wrong with this suggested edit?
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When I review edits, I look for a few things: Does it make the original more readable? If the original has a list that's clear even if it doesn't use the SE list formatting, I don't consider that to ...

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Handling questions about Jenkins/CI
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There's several interrelated issues here. People who ask questions but don't provide enough information for an answer. This seems to be a chronic problem - I've lost count of how many times I've ...

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How long would the SQA public beta last?
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The site will stay in public beta as long as it needs to. Based on our stats on Area 51 we still need more questions asked per day (preferably good questions) and we still have too many questions that ...

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Flagging too chatty/not constructive comments
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Often, particularly on older questions, it's more valuable to leave comment threads even if a specific comment in the thread doesn't meet the standards because the followup comments lose context. ...

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Should recognized experts in software QA and Testing automatically get a reputation boost or badge reward?
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As I understand it, the recognized experts in the field will build reputation here very quickly by the quality of their responses, so, no, I don't think there needs to be an automatic reputation boost ...

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Using stack overflow to generate a knowledge base for openQA
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I see no problems with this, provided that the tool creators and developers disclose their affiliations when they post, and that the questions asked are valid questions - that is, they are the kinds ...

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Learning QTP question
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That sounds like a fantastic idea, Bruce. I'm not familiar with QTP myself, or I'd volunteer, but I'm sure there's plenty of folks here who could do this. My vote is yes, do it.

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Tag [boundaryvalueanalysis] was created instead of [boundary-value-analysis]
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With only one question using the "boundaryvalueanalysis" tag, I renamed it to "boundary-value-analysis".

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Let's get critical: Sep 2013 Site Self-Evaluation
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One thing I noticed pretty quickly: there's a mirroring site www.sqaanswers.co.uk that's doing a better job of getting to the top positions in search engines than we are. Every question I researched, ...

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Asking the community: is this question something we want here?
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My vote would be to edit the question to something more like "the definitive software testing introductory book guide and list", and perhaps seed the question with an answer or two from the moderators ...

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