First of all, thank you for caring. For those of us who have participated in this site for an extended period of time it is nice to see that others care as much as we do and want to see this site grow and prosper.
Stephen's comments are pretty spot on. This site has very well defined cycles in activity. I have yet to figure out why that is but it ebbs and ...
Jeff is probably the best person to answer this, because he's the one that came up with the proposal. But, I was the first pro-tem mod on Webmasters and have been with it since the proposal stage, so I'm going to give it a stab. Jeff can chime in if he has a chance, but here it is in a nutshell.
Webmasters was one of our very first sites after we relaunched ...
What is an upvote?
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How can I upvote?
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I think SEO is important to our site and webmastering in general, and brings us a lot of traffic (ironically or not). Splitting it off would do little to build a community anew and would leave us with a lot less of a community here.
I like a well-formed SEO question as much as any other, but getting the right questions is key. I'm pretty bored with "is this ...
Please stop leaving "welcome to the site" comments.
The best way to be welcoming to new users is to assist them:
Answer their questions
Vote up good posts
Edit for grammar and clarity
Ask for clarifications
Provide actionable feedback if their question is closed
You can also call out bad behavior from others. It is far more important to not have ...
Which means that to get this done, you need to post 1 answer in 1.44 minutes or else you'll fail in getting it.
No, you have 12 hours to edit and answer a single question. You can take as many minutes (or more realistically, "years"!) to answer all 500 questions in this fashion to get the badge!
Edit and answer 500 questions (both actions within 12 hours,...
As indicated in your comment, out of the 32 questions tagged with the webmaster tag, it appears that several mistakenly used this in replace of the google-webmaster-tools tag, which is now a synonym of the google-search-console tag.
That's likely because Google often references "webmasters" in its documentation and URLs, even after the re-branding to ...
Yes. SEO is an on-topic subject here and is, in fact, the most popular topic here.
But keep in mind that all questions, even from students, must follow the site's rules. As SEO questions are frequently asked, this means most questions already have an answer. I recommend that you encourage your students to use the search functionality of this site before ...
Thanks for bringing this up, there's a lot of merit to this given the large number of views for this question (currently greater than 154K) and the points you've made here.
I agree with number 1 and 2, and also to this part of number 3 (if the OP is willing): a new comprehensive answer-post should be created and accepted by the OP.
I also agree with ...
Please remove spammy links if the question or answer can stay up without them.
If you are going to flag them as spam to be deleted, then please leave the spammy link in it. It makes it easier for the moderators to see that it is spam when it still looks like obvious spam.
StackExchange also has automated systems that classify and identify spam across the ...
Under the section on What topics can I ask about here? in the Web Applications Help Center, it states:
For managing and maintaining your own hosted web application please ask on Pro Webmasters
DHIS 2 appears to be a self-hosted web application. It also offers data management and analytics, along with visualizations and charting, so might have been assumed ...
Right now these users are mostly on page 6 of the new users ordered by creation date:
I'm working on cleaning up the latest round of these questions. They all appear to be plagiarized from moz.com. For the record, here are links to some of the now deleted questions:
You cannot ask for recommendations on this site, or most Stack Exchange sites.
We find that questions that ask for recommendations attract spam answers.
With recommendation questions, the voting system can turn into a popularity contest for which recommended service is best. The voting is supposed to be used for well written answers.
We close ...
This is perfectly fine. Accepting an answer tells the community that the problem was solved and which answer was preferred by the question-asker. It also rewards the answer-er with deserved reputation.
Additionally, it prevents the question from being auto-bumped by Community periodically in an attempt to get the question more answers.
Using a politely ...
If a question is not in English it should be closed as "unclear what you're asking". With a few obvious exceptions, Stack Exchange sites are expected to be in English.
At that point the content itself becomes irrelevant. Whether it is on-topic or could possibly be migrated to another site (assuming it meets their standards for question quality) is moot. ...
As far as I'm concerned, welcome back!
Glad to hear that you're in good health and doing well. You missed quite a bit of drama and changes on the Stack Exchange network over the past year. Thankfully our site has remained fairly drama-free, so not much has changed here (with the exception of some updates to the Help page).
Be sure to sign the new moderator ...
I think we should unpin accepted answers. An accepted answer just means the answer was useful to the question-asker. It doesn't mean it is the best answer or the answer which will more widely apply to the question. Upvotes tend to better represent both.
That's perfectly fine. If you have an answer that is useful to a question, post it no matter how old the question is. The goal here is to accumulate knowledge for current and future visitors.
In some cases a new answer to an old question can add new information that was not available when the question was asked. We definitely want those kinds of late ...
SEO questions are on-topic here. It's is our most popular topic.. However, due to its popularity many of the most common questions have been asked (and answered) already so I suggest doing a search of this site (and visiting the help center) before posting a new question.
We should create the tag synonym for google-webmaster-tools as soon as possible with google-search-console being the new preferred name as it matches the new official name.
Once the tag synonym is created, no further action needs to be taken. All questions will have effectively be re-tagged to "google-search-console". When users type "google-webmaster-...
Yes, it's very subjective mate, and it'll be too broad if you post it here.
You are wondering which feature to launch and how to evaluate that feature. Every feature is ok, but it all depends on requirements. So, you'll had a few opinion based answers.
First, that question was closed because it is asking a very site specific question. It was worded as "What is wrong with my site? Here is a stack trace." Questions both here and at the WordPress Stack Exchange need to be written in a way that can help other people solve similar problems. As it stands, that question would likely get closed even ...
I agree that they could be much clearer, potentially reducing the number of questions put on hold, and confusion for new (and even more experienced) users.
As suggested in this Meta answer:
Our site gets a lot of low quality or ostensibly off-topic questions. How can I fix this?
If your site is having issues with its scope—whether it's from
We added a default close reason for questions seeking software recommendations that points to the Software Recommendations site versus migrating questions there, since as Stephen points out, there was a complaint from their moderators early-on. The close reason states:
Questions seeking software recommendations are off-topic because they
tend to attract ...