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 ...
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For a great deal of simple questions, you'll probably be able to find the answer yourself without asking anyone if you know where to look. Here are some ideas:
Read a book or take a video course
If you're new to an application or language and you haven't yet read a book or done an introductory course, then of course basic concepts are going to prove ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
I think that unlike the looking for hosting questions these are too varied to be able to write a sensible CW question for them. If you look at the list of other tags on the right of https://webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/looking-for-a-script you can see a wide variety.
However we could write several "how to pick X" questions where X is CMS, ...
It's a good idea. The site could use one of those canonical questions to point all future ones of a similar bent towards.
One detail I suggest to include would be the difference between shared, VPS, and dedicated hosting.
As long as the question is on-topic and doesn't violate any rules, and this topic meets both criteria, it's an acceptable question to ask. But as pointed out in the comments, doing so is done at the risk of getting lots of downvotes. Plus this community tends to rebuff those kinds of questions by telling the question asker to to avoid such techniques do to ...
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 ...
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:
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,...
General StackExchange questions are often fielded first at meta.stackoverflow.com:
I'm not seeing the downside.
If a user is posting good content, who cares what their user name is?
If you're implying some sort of spammy-ness to the name they choose,
I'm still not seeing the downside. They still have to post good
content to get their name in ...
I don't mind if you flag a bunch of them as being off-topic, low quality, etc. If they're a bad fit, they're a bad fit. And there's enough of us that it shouldn't be too much of a burden for anybody. If we find it becomes problematic for some reason we'll let you know.
Keep in mind that when a user down votes a question, they lose a reputation point as well. Because of that, down votes are sparingly used.
Even as a moderator, I do not have access to records of who upvotes and downvotes. I can only speak for myself. I put a down vote on the answer you provided at Yandex.Metrica: can I redirect from /favicon.ico to the ...
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.
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 ...
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.
There appears to be only 17 questions containing DMOZ as a search term on the site, and 9 questions with the DMOZ tag.
The OP answered one of these questions titled Is DMOZ still 'active'? with the information about the announcement that DMOZ was closing. The About section of the DMOZ tag had also been updated to reflect this announcement.
There are ...
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 ...