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This isn't a proposal for action but rather an extended comment that flags up some things we may want to keep an eye on if this change goes ahead. I suggest distinguishing static considerations, whereby orderings of historic posts already in our repository may change, from dynamic effects this change might produce on voting on new questions. Much of the ...


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The 'accepted answer' is a way for the questioner to grant a specific answer a bonus notify that their problem/question has a sufficient answer (it provides a way to close the question; at least from the point of view of the questioner) There seems no good reason to me why the questioner should be granted powers to influence the order of answers except for ...


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I agree that this is a worthwhile change, but I think a slight augmentation would be ideal. Currently, you can sort answers several ways (by votes, by default, but also by recent activity or age). It would be helpful to have a sort option that returns the old style ordering (accepted on top). There can be cases with lots of answers and it might be helpful ...


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Where the most upvoted and accepted answers differ, I agree that the most upvoted is usually better. So I'm for the change but don't feel very strongly about it. It seems likely to affect a relatively small proportion of answers (anyone know what % we're talking about?) and the difference in quality in these cases is often fairly obvious. EDIT: Based on @...


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I'd say profiles should just be left as is, unless the family reaches out and expresses a different desire. Because: Simply put, Stack Exchange is not user focused. It's about Q&As. Outside of chat, it's pretty much all about the content. Users can have profiles, but ultimately what they write there is their own choice (assuming it's within site ...


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In the spirit of keeping the description short, here are some suggestions for removing the imprecise language of "random fluctuations": Hypothesis testing provides an empirical answer to a yes or no question. (See comments.) Hypothesis testing assesses whether data provides sufficient evidence to favor one hypothesis over another. Or a slightly ...


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I think the safest thing to do when it is clear what has happened is to place a line at the top stating name and dates. Then place a note immediately below it stating that the profile has been left untouched. Editing the profile any further risks introducing misleading information. For instance if the profile says the user is working on a project we do not ...


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I'll get the ball rolling with my own view on this matter. In the event that we can confirm the death of a user (particularly a user who has made a substantial contribution to the site), I am happy for another user to take the initiative and contact SE to seek an amendment to the user profile. (For anonymous accounts I think we should not do this, since we ...


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I'm currently looking into the class imbalance problem, which is a very common methodological issue on this site, and have been working on a tutorial paper. The lack of an answer to my question "How do you know that your classifier is suffering from class imbalance?" suggests there are some issues with current practice that need to be addressed. ...


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