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[meta] How can you help the PaleoHacks moderators make this site a better place?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created November 03, 2011 at 12:50 AM

Paleohacks is a participatory site. If you truly believe something is offensive or counter to the FAQ of this site, please flag it. If you have enough points, you can vote to close a question. The moderators are different people with all sorts of different levels of involvement, so we can't often catch bad things in time and sometimes things are borderline and we aren't sure whether or not to delete them. If we vote to close, things automatically close and never get any community input. We do delete and close a lot of stuff though, mainly obvious trolling, ads, and things that are really really obviously offensive. But we miss things too.

Also, the site will automatically close or delete things if they have enough flags or votes to close (I think it needs five). It's magic and it's great for us mods since we don't have to do anything, but it requires your participation.

What doesn't help us is to answer the question with complaints about the moderators or about the site having questions you don't like. That's not an answer and that doesn't make the site better.

UPDATE BY PATRIK: If you haven't read the FAQ -- please do.

Edit: also if you are mad about something being closed, you can vote to reopen!

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on November 07, 2012
at 11:51 AM

You are guaranteed to be picked up by spam bots if you list your email in your profile.

6fece842bd1bcf5724f458a302a2156e

(1169)

on November 07, 2012
at 08:38 AM

Anonymity is essential. Most people do not want their private views on all kinds of topics available to all. We might be advising the sugar industry for work or have a very fat customer who eats pies all day and we do not want them to know our views on eating or whatever.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 11, 2012
at 02:35 AM

That's a great idea, Kelly! I spent a lot of time reading at first and that makes sense.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on January 11, 2012
at 02:17 AM

I know I'm still pretty new here, but I would be totally OK with a time delay between getting an account and gaining the ability to ask a question. If you had to wait a week before asking your question, you'd be a lot more motivated to surf around the site and maybe find the other threads asking the same thing.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 07, 2011
at 06:31 AM

Yeah, "expand all" would be *very* nice. But comments seem to be some kind of emotional issue for the stack exchange platform. Even if you just try to scroll down a page quickly and expand each list of comments one after another the system will stop you and give you a message that says something like "you can only retrieve comments every five seconds." It's a little crazy. But it's just the limitations on the system, I think.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 07, 2011
at 01:21 AM

I don't think you should be required to explain your downvotes, but the id of the person who down-voted should be displayed.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 07, 2011
at 01:19 AM

I don't think you should be required your downvotes but they should display the id of who made them.

417ac0e162dc468b8ca61a574e5cd3c0

on November 06, 2011
at 05:04 PM

Barefeet: Why would you have a problem with your 'employer or some other people' seeing that you posted a comment/question/answer about paleo-type diet, health and/or fitness? This is where I just do not get it. Where is all this fear coming from?

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6259)

on November 06, 2011
at 03:53 PM

Time based sticky sounds great! 60 days ...

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on November 06, 2011
at 11:39 AM

Ahh, I see now Paul, but the comments tend to hold a lot of the action. Yeah, Adriana that might be a good idea. As it is also when comments are collapsed they are out of order by voting. At least being able to "expand all" would be helpful. Not optimal but could use browser search and/or scrolling to see if there's anything new.

27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

(2038)

on November 06, 2011
at 10:05 AM

No, no, no. As long as comments are attached to usernames and accounts, PH can handle anonymity - warnings can be issued and accounts can simply be suspended. But I wouldn't post some stuff here if I knew my employer or other people I know could easily find it.

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

(5242)

on November 06, 2011
at 03:32 AM

A time based sticky that stays at the top for your first 30 to 60 days would rockin'.

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on November 05, 2011
at 04:52 AM

I can access the site pretty easily on my phone using opera browser for mobile phones.

408b32d0900853851167089d730f1881

on November 05, 2011
at 12:10 AM

I'd modify that a bit - you have to achieve a certain level of status before you're allowed to private-message people. Adds in a bit of a safeguard for the receiver (who might then be more willing to be contacted), plus an incentive for the person who wants to send a message - you have to 'earn it' first.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 04, 2011
at 10:55 PM

Just dream of greener pastures: obsessively checking details of our delicious stack exchange website. Soon you will be able to return, soon you will be able to return ...

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on November 04, 2011
at 10:47 PM

OMG Paul that's funny. "although even in this case you can figure it out if you're a maniac" just made my day as I'm in the middle of pulling my hair out working on a paper.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 04, 2011
at 10:17 PM

An interesting thing that I read about on the meta stackexchange site is that you can actually upvote an answer twice: if it has been edited in the meantime. Something similar applies to reversing upvotes. If Ambimorph were to edit the post I once upvoted, then not only would I have a chance to upvote it again, I would have a chance to remove the downvote. The latter especially makes sense to me. If you posted that you love starch and I upvoted you (out of blind emotional identification) and then you changed your mind, I should have the option to change my mind too.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 04, 2011
at 10:14 PM

@Ambimorph: This is what I just said. The only question is the time limit. I just tried with an upvote of mine on one of your posts (not difficult to find, if you know what I mean ...) and couldn't reverse it, because it was too long ago.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 04, 2011
at 10:10 PM

is very old (although even in this case you can figure it out if you're a maniac, by selecting every single 60-day interval and adding it all up) or when the person has hit the reputation cap for that day. But it usually works. In this case I have another method, because I have a widget that displays Jeff's reputation score on my desktop 24 hours a day, so it's pretty easy for me to keep track.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 04, 2011
at 10:08 PM

You can see if an answer has been downvoted even if it's not yours. Click through to the user page of the person who answered, then click on the "reputation" tab. Scroll down in the little box until you see the name of the thread and you'll be able to see the plus points that the person got for the answer and also the minus points. So, in the case of this answer by Jeff, you can see that he has +30 (thanks to the three upvotes) and -2 (thanks to the one lol downvote). In some cases you won't be able to get a completely accurate picture, such as when the answer [continued]

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 04, 2011
at 10:02 PM

No, no, Evelyn, not the feed on the *main* page, the feed on *this* page. Each question has its own feed. But it will only get you answers and not also comments, I believe.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on November 04, 2011
at 09:26 PM

lol very funny voting to close this one ;)

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on November 04, 2011
at 05:55 PM

I agree! Patrik, is there a mobile option that you can turn on in the backend?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 04, 2011
at 04:07 PM

Good! I feel much more secure now. :-))

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on November 04, 2011
at 03:00 PM

It can be done. The answer is here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/30304/meta-is-there-a-way-to-undo-a-downvote-without-casting-an-upvote

2b2c2e4aa87e9aa4c99cae48e980f70d

(1059)

on November 04, 2011
at 02:55 PM

The option to show Comments in reverse chronological order would facilitate following up at rhe Comment level. Keeping up with the Comments (not Answers) on a monster thread such as the recent Jack Kruse thread is downright tedious. There is a better way.

Medium avatar

(572)

on November 04, 2011
at 02:38 PM

Yes to the fresh. I'm, relatively, new and totally enjoy and appreciate the new perspectives on old questions.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on November 04, 2011
at 02:37 PM

Quilt - your what if scenario and my comment here do not clash.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on November 04, 2011
at 02:34 PM

this would be my #1 request for PaleoHacks.

2b2c2e4aa87e9aa4c99cae48e980f70d

(1059)

on November 04, 2011
at 01:33 PM

How about separating the Up votes from the Down votes. A question with 5 Up votes is clearly different from one with 20 Up votes and 15 Down votes.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on November 04, 2011
at 12:49 PM

There's a time limit of a few hours, I think.

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on November 04, 2011
at 12:23 PM

Thanks Paul -- I subscribe to the Question Feed, but that only gives the questions. It would be super to be able to subscribe to all posts/answers on a particular question - preferably feed, but even email notice of new comments/answers would be helpful. Alternately, when there are a lot of comments, they are collapsed and to check for new ones is tedious. It would be nice if one could "expand all". Then I could at least search on various terms to see if there's added content.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 04, 2011
at 11:54 AM

Look at the bottom of this page: "question feed." You can also get feeds for individual users by going to user pages. I suspect many people subscribe to my user feed, for example, because the things I say are so scintillating.

D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

(1010)

on November 04, 2011
at 03:28 AM

oh. gillibean you're a moderator, how wonderful. take it up with PaleoHacks to do this! :)

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

(7223)

on November 04, 2011
at 02:29 AM

Really? For this post? I have pretty mixed feelings on the downvotes. I think they get used a bit too frequently. I only use them when a post is really rude or trollish--not when I simply disagree.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on November 04, 2011
at 01:07 AM

Someone downvoted this!!! lol

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on November 04, 2011
at 12:00 AM

Ouch! Two recent downvotes for this post of mine. I didn't think it sucked that badly!

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on November 03, 2011
at 11:48 PM

No! The site looks so clean now.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 03, 2011
at 11:38 PM

I left and came back. Still works. But I assume there is a time limit of some kind or other. (Going to change it back to an upvote now though ...)

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 03, 2011
at 11:37 PM

It is possible, or at least I've done it before. In fact, I just did it with your answer: I voted it up and then clicked on the up arrow again and it went away. Maybe it's too late once you've switched to a different page though. Hmmm ... let me see.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on November 03, 2011
at 11:03 PM

Those suggestions would interfere with the usability of the site. But I will ruminate on them.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on November 03, 2011
at 09:33 PM

Jack what if someone has a better answer or that new science leads to a new information?

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7304)

on November 03, 2011
at 09:14 PM

Some might not want that info available to all though.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on November 03, 2011
at 09:14 PM

I know, but perhaps I don't want to network off of this site? Sometimes I like to keep PM's strictly within the site, instead of having my email or Facebook account for all to see.

27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

(2038)

on November 03, 2011
at 08:44 PM

Ah- got it! Thanks, Patrik!

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on November 03, 2011
at 08:08 PM

PH Bromancing. Get a room guys. ;)

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on November 03, 2011
at 08:08 PM

I think there should and can be interaction on all the older questions. I often like to stroll through random questions that I've never read and smatter my daily allowance of up-votes...

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on November 03, 2011
at 08:04 PM

Often people list their emails on their profiles; but in the absence of that, this might be a nice option.

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

(6097)

on November 03, 2011
at 07:55 PM

Kamal is a...man?

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on November 03, 2011
at 07:28 PM

Nance -- this isn't a democracy. This is a benevolent dictatorship run by me & my hench-men & hench-women. :)

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on November 03, 2011
at 07:27 PM

@barefeet -- the little envelope at the top of the page.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 03, 2011
at 07:18 PM

And of course your suggestion would make it all much more visible.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 03, 2011
at 07:18 PM

Not that you are necessarily not aware of this, but if you're not then your post is deeply ironic: we have something like what you suggest already in place, built into the fabric of the site. http://paleohacks.com/questions/28585/meta-what-are-some-good-threads-for-people-who-are-new-to-the-site It is linked to in the FAQ. (I know that most long-time paleohackers probably haven't looked at the FAQ in a while ...)

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 03, 2011
at 06:59 PM

If you're not aware of this then your post is deeply ironic: we have something like what you suggest already in place, built into the fabric of the site. http://paleohacks.com/questions/28585/meta-what-are-some-good-threads-for-people-who-are-new-to-the-site It is linked to in the FAQ.

27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

(2038)

on November 03, 2011
at 06:48 PM

Jeff, I'm sorry I'm so clueless - but what little envelope by my name? I really don't see any little envelope by my name, either on the questions I've posted or on any of my answers.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on November 03, 2011
at 04:46 PM

If it's your answer you can see it when you click on the little envelope by your name. I've also noticed it recently when I've upvoted someone and then I check back and their answer is still at 0.

27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

(2038)

on November 03, 2011
at 04:01 PM

Question: How do people know when something has been downvoted? I mean, if a question or answer gets 15 upvotes and two downvotes, the net votes would be 13 and the poster would never know about the two downvotes. Am I missing something?

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on November 03, 2011
at 03:55 PM

FAQs are a bit like the instructions with self assembly furniture, you only go and read them after you have gotten yourself into a mess :)

306905a32e76b5c0764a663ea7e88426

(1072)

on November 03, 2011
at 03:45 PM

Agree. Maybe a "sticky" post at the top to deal with these for newcomers who may be completely overwhelmed by the abbreviations and often complex nature of discussions.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on November 03, 2011
at 02:53 PM

Good point WCC. Sometimes going that extra step to formulate a good question makes a big difference. As Bonnie Raitt said-- Let's give 'em something to talk about, let's give 'em something to figure out...

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on November 03, 2011
at 02:50 PM

yah good points... I get what you are saying, but I only partially agree. The part I don't agree with is that there is no reason to ask the same exact question and get a whole bunch of people responding with a lot of the same answers and have 2 different threads going that are essentially hashing out the same conversation.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on November 03, 2011
at 02:10 PM

I've been compiling erroneous Stabby quotes for years. Even before you were on paleohacks. Ever seen The Truman Show? You're Jim Carrey, I'm Ed Harris. Ever seen Zoolander? You're Derek Zoolander, I'm Mugatu. Who cares about Stabby Raccoon anyways? The man has only one look for Christs sake! Blue Steel? Ferrari? Le Tigre? Theyre the same face! Doesnt anybody notice this? I feel like Im taking crazy pills!

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:47 PM

I usually WILL comment and explain a downvote - which I do VERY rarely - unless it is obviously a troll and I don't want to open myself up to any possible drama.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 03, 2011
at 11:47 AM

Kamal, I did comment on my downvote (not necessarily saying that I downvoted though), and do comment most of the time. Not that I downvote too often, I'd rather upvote good answers above a bad answer.

499f188c87c6980742b9ba98caa6f563

(683)

on November 03, 2011
at 04:46 AM

I just found out that I can downvote, when I couldn't before. So I downvoted some random comment just to see if I could, then immediately eliminated the downvote. But I still got my "critic" badge for it!

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on November 03, 2011
at 04:23 AM

Hey! How do you know my middle initial? Did I share it once or something? Do you have pages worth of dirt on me like Mari and you aren't bluffing? Well Kamal, you have sealed your fate. For too long you have been a thorn in my side, Kamal the Camel, what with those things that you do that are really bad and such. You know what I mean! Expect to die soon.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on November 03, 2011
at 04:11 AM

This has been a long time coming broseph. Next up: "Thoughts on Stabby T. Raccoon? (aka Stabby)".

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on November 03, 2011
at 03:55 AM

Furthermore: boooooooooooooo Kamal. Booooooo!

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on November 03, 2011
at 03:54 AM

Less Kamal. I hate that guy, he sucks and stuff. It is totally unacceptable that he is the way that he is and it needs to stop.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on November 03, 2011
at 02:41 AM

OMG, I so want to be a necromancer. Thanks, Melissa and for the explanation, WCC Paul.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on November 03, 2011
at 02:34 AM

I love that there's a necromancer badge for that!

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on November 03, 2011
at 02:28 AM

Here's to the moderators that allow us users to post and go about our lives, while they work behind the scenes to make this such an informative site.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on November 03, 2011
at 02:22 AM

If my answer to the Steve Jobs-cancer question falls into this category, my apologies. I dont want to be "that" guy. Can you please change my original answer to that question to "Eat more coconut Oil". Cheers

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:50 AM

You could always ask a question about the blog post. Ideally a question other than "Hey have you guys seen this?" A question that will get everyone talking about it ....

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:48 AM

If it's a *comment* to an answer then the person who answered it will receive a little alert letting him or her know that he or she has a comment. So the person who answered will see it but it's unlikely anyone else will. So you could just add an *answer* to the thread and address that person's answer. The answer to the old thread will bump it back up to the top of the board. (You could then *also* add a comment to the other person's answer so he/she knows you've given a new answer. Can be nice to get that other person involved in some dialogue.)

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:44 AM

Matt- please explain to us right now why you downvoted whatever you downvoted :)

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on November 03, 2011
at 01:43 AM

If you post a new answer to an old question that's good. YOu can get the necromancer badge too.

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on November 03, 2011
at 01:37 AM

Good question, particularly because, as Kewpie pointed out above, the interaction is dead on the older posts. Maybe the older ones can close after an amount of time or something like that.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:36 AM

Always room in your profile for contact info in your bio. Or a link to your blog/twitter page.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:34 AM

I just down-voted something and it didn't issue a reminder. Perhaps there's a reputation threshold?

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on November 03, 2011
at 01:31 AM

Good points, Kewpie.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:25 AM

I've never seen that bubble. Haven't downvoted in a little while though

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on November 03, 2011
at 01:22 AM

It's called rss :)

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

(7223)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:22 AM

I understand the desire not to have constant repetition and I do agree that many questions--especially yes/no question can be answered by searching the old posts. But, I don't see why it is always a problem to bring up a question again. Not all questions got good answers the first time through. New information is always coming available which could potentially change an answer. And, new members are joining all the time who may be able to bring a fresh answer to old question. The old posts are still available to reference, but there is no interaction there anymore.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:18 AM

Ah, that most contentious of issues :) http://paleohacks.com/questions/18088/meta-should-we-require-comments-on-downvoting#axzz1cbJC7GYJ

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:18 AM

When I've downvoted, a bubble has popped up encouraging me to comment on why I was doing so. As far as I know this is still in place?

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8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

on November 03, 2011
at 01:50 PM

Perhaps a button that say something like,"New Users are highly RECOMMENDED to read and understand these concepts before asking questions."

Important links and buttons at the top of every page (not computer-literate enough to know if this works in this interace) could be:

1) Paleohacks FAQ -

2) Paleohacks abbreviations

1) Top 10 (or 20) Myths of Paleo with references - it seems many repeated questions on the same issues are asked by newbies.

3) Paleo resources - print and online

4) how to use Paleohacks to search and use the interface

306905a32e76b5c0764a663ea7e88426

(1072)

on November 03, 2011
at 03:45 PM

Agree. Maybe a "sticky" post at the top to deal with these for newcomers who may be completely overwhelmed by the abbreviations and often complex nature of discussions.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 03, 2011
at 06:59 PM

If you're not aware of this then your post is deeply ironic: we have something like what you suggest already in place, built into the fabric of the site. http://paleohacks.com/questions/28585/meta-what-are-some-good-threads-for-people-who-are-new-to-the-site It is linked to in the FAQ.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on November 03, 2011
at 11:03 PM

Those suggestions would interfere with the usability of the site. But I will ruminate on them.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on November 03, 2011
at 03:55 PM

FAQs are a bit like the instructions with self assembly furniture, you only go and read them after you have gotten yourself into a mess :)

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 03, 2011
at 07:18 PM

Not that you are necessarily not aware of this, but if you're not then your post is deeply ironic: we have something like what you suggest already in place, built into the fabric of the site. http://paleohacks.com/questions/28585/meta-what-are-some-good-threads-for-people-who-are-new-to-the-site It is linked to in the FAQ. (I know that most long-time paleohackers probably haven't looked at the FAQ in a while ...)

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on November 03, 2011
at 11:48 PM

No! The site looks so clean now.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 03, 2011
at 07:18 PM

And of course your suggestion would make it all much more visible.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6259)

on November 06, 2011
at 03:53 PM

Time based sticky sounds great! 60 days ...

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

(5242)

on November 06, 2011
at 03:32 AM

A time based sticky that stays at the top for your first 30 to 60 days would rockin'.

13
Bad3a78e228c67a7513c28f17c36b3cf

(1387)

on November 03, 2011
at 08:10 PM

I've never asked a question because I always find the answers by using the excellent search function. I think the site is a terrific resource.

13
D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

(1010)

on November 03, 2011
at 03:46 PM

I'm new here, but I agree with the option to Private message people. :)

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on November 03, 2011
at 08:04 PM

Often people list their emails on their profiles; but in the absence of that, this might be a nice option.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on November 04, 2011
at 02:34 PM

this would be my #1 request for PaleoHacks.

D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

(1010)

on November 04, 2011
at 03:28 AM

oh. gillibean you're a moderator, how wonderful. take it up with PaleoHacks to do this! :)

408b32d0900853851167089d730f1881

on November 05, 2011
at 12:10 AM

I'd modify that a bit - you have to achieve a certain level of status before you're allowed to private-message people. Adds in a bit of a safeguard for the receiver (who might then be more willing to be contacted), plus an incentive for the person who wants to send a message - you have to 'earn it' first.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on November 07, 2012
at 11:51 AM

You are guaranteed to be picked up by spam bots if you list your email in your profile.

6
De0ac3e3479259bdcb1f84b4c7ab314d

on November 03, 2011
at 09:45 PM

A mobile site would be nice. Sometimes I'm out and about and need to quickly search something.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on November 04, 2011
at 05:55 PM

I agree! Patrik, is there a mobile option that you can turn on in the backend?

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on November 05, 2011
at 04:52 AM

I can access the site pretty easily on my phone using opera browser for mobile phones.

6
Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on November 03, 2011
at 12:56 AM

Good place, this paleohacks.

I sometimes see new people ask questions that have been asked dozens of times before. Then people come on and show them links to other threads stating the same question.

Maybe make it even more clear to new guys that they can search for stuff and find answers to questions they may be having.

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on November 03, 2011
at 01:31 AM

Good points, Kewpie.

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

(7223)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:22 AM

I understand the desire not to have constant repetition and I do agree that many questions--especially yes/no question can be answered by searching the old posts. But, I don't see why it is always a problem to bring up a question again. Not all questions got good answers the first time through. New information is always coming available which could potentially change an answer. And, new members are joining all the time who may be able to bring a fresh answer to old question. The old posts are still available to reference, but there is no interaction there anymore.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on November 03, 2011
at 02:50 PM

yah good points... I get what you are saying, but I only partially agree. The part I don't agree with is that there is no reason to ask the same exact question and get a whole bunch of people responding with a lot of the same answers and have 2 different threads going that are essentially hashing out the same conversation.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on November 03, 2011
at 08:08 PM

I think there should and can be interaction on all the older questions. I often like to stroll through random questions that I've never read and smatter my daily allowance of up-votes...

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on November 03, 2011
at 09:33 PM

Jack what if someone has a better answer or that new science leads to a new information?

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

(7223)

on November 04, 2011
at 02:29 AM

Really? For this post? I have pretty mixed feelings on the downvotes. I think they get used a bit too frequently. I only use them when a post is really rude or trollish--not when I simply disagree.

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on November 04, 2011
at 12:00 AM

Ouch! Two recent downvotes for this post of mine. I didn't think it sucked that badly!

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on November 04, 2011
at 02:37 PM

Quilt - your what if scenario and my comment here do not clash.

Medium avatar

(572)

on November 04, 2011
at 02:38 PM

Yes to the fresh. I'm, relatively, new and totally enjoy and appreciate the new perspectives on old questions.

5
Medium avatar

(12379)

on November 04, 2011
at 09:22 PM

How can you make the PaleoHacks moderators make this site a better place?

In my opinion it is simple - Follow the golden rule and thumper rule.

For those of you who don't know:

Golden Rule: Do Unto others as you would like others to do unto you!

Thumper Rule: If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all!

PS> don't be a d**chebag.

5
1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:29 AM

Would be nice to be able to add people to your contacts and have a PM system of sorts, so you could network or ask questions without having to put everything out in public.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:36 AM

Always room in your profile for contact info in your bio. Or a link to your blog/twitter page.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on November 03, 2011
at 09:14 PM

I know, but perhaps I don't want to network off of this site? Sometimes I like to keep PM's strictly within the site, instead of having my email or Facebook account for all to see.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7304)

on November 03, 2011
at 09:14 PM

Some might not want that info available to all though.

4
F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:35 AM

I'm a new member and I often do searches on a topic and find an "answer" that I think is incorrect or incomplete. However I hesitate to post my view if it's older than a month or so. How old is too old for me to post a comment?

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on November 03, 2011
at 02:34 AM

I love that there's a necromancer badge for that!

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:48 AM

If it's a *comment* to an answer then the person who answered it will receive a little alert letting him or her know that he or she has a comment. So the person who answered will see it but it's unlikely anyone else will. So you could just add an *answer* to the thread and address that person's answer. The answer to the old thread will bump it back up to the top of the board. (You could then *also* add a comment to the other person's answer so he/she knows you've given a new answer. Can be nice to get that other person involved in some dialogue.)

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on November 03, 2011
at 02:41 AM

OMG, I so want to be a necromancer. Thanks, Melissa and for the explanation, WCC Paul.

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on November 03, 2011
at 01:37 AM

Good question, particularly because, as Kewpie pointed out above, the interaction is dead on the older posts. Maybe the older ones can close after an amount of time or something like that.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on November 03, 2011
at 01:43 AM

If you post a new answer to an old question that's good. YOu can get the necromancer badge too.

3
96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 03, 2011
at 03:28 AM

A participatory site is perilously close to democracy so it's going to be messy. IMO, PH is an amazing site with just enough "clutter" to encourage and support creative discussion. If a comment offends me, I'll either withdraw from that thread or type a rebuttal.

EDIT Jan-10-12: I notice that the number of questions is sky-rocketing. And I can't help noticing how many exact-duplicate and off-topic questions are coming through.

So, I'm changing my answer. I'd like to see a requirement that new questions must receive 4 "Open" votes before making the list of active questions--Patrik could create a pending tab and allow moderators and/or people above some points-threshold voting access or something. Those who choose to vote are responsible for searching for recent duplicate/very similar questions since they can probably remember seeing them anyhow.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 04, 2011
at 04:07 PM

Good! I feel much more secure now. :-))

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on November 03, 2011
at 07:28 PM

Nance -- this isn't a democracy. This is a benevolent dictatorship run by me & my hench-men & hench-women. :)

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on January 11, 2012
at 02:17 AM

I know I'm still pretty new here, but I would be totally OK with a time delay between getting an account and gaining the ability to ask a question. If you had to wait a week before asking your question, you'd be a lot more motivated to surf around the site and maybe find the other threads asking the same thing.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 11, 2012
at 02:35 AM

That's a great idea, Kelly! I spent a lot of time reading at first and that makes sense.

2
93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:12 AM

Let's say Gary Taubes updates his blog and a user notices and wants to spread the news. Would it be appropriate for said user to post a simple message here, maybe use the [meta] tag?

I'm wondering because I just checked his blog for the umpteenth time this week.

BIG NEWS: No update!

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on November 03, 2011
at 01:22 AM

It's called rss :)

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:50 AM

You could always ask a question about the blog post. Ideally a question other than "Hey have you guys seen this?" A question that will get everyone talking about it ....

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on November 03, 2011
at 02:53 PM

Good point WCC. Sometimes going that extra step to formulate a good question makes a big difference. As Bonnie Raitt said-- Let's give 'em something to talk about, let's give 'em something to figure out...

1
417ac0e162dc468b8ca61a574e5cd3c0

on November 05, 2011
at 03:08 AM

Phase out the anonymity. I have never heard a cogent argument for anonymity. This is not a whistle-blower site, it is not needed. Anonymity creates more 'chaff' and 'noise'. Anonymity is, IMHO, perhaps the worst thing about this site. Cheers to all.

417ac0e162dc468b8ca61a574e5cd3c0

on November 06, 2011
at 05:04 PM

Barefeet: Why would you have a problem with your 'employer or some other people' seeing that you posted a comment/question/answer about paleo-type diet, health and/or fitness? This is where I just do not get it. Where is all this fear coming from?

27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

(2038)

on November 06, 2011
at 10:05 AM

No, no, no. As long as comments are attached to usernames and accounts, PH can handle anonymity - warnings can be issued and accounts can simply be suspended. But I wouldn't post some stuff here if I knew my employer or other people I know could easily find it.

6fece842bd1bcf5724f458a302a2156e

(1169)

on November 07, 2012
at 08:38 AM

Anonymity is essential. Most people do not want their private views on all kinds of topics available to all. We might be advising the sugar industry for work or have a very fat customer who eats pies all day and we do not want them to know our views on eating or whatever.

1
64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:14 AM

I like that up or downvotes are anonymous, but I think downvotes should be required (or at least encouraged) to include a brief explanation or reasoning for a downvote.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:18 AM

Ah, that most contentious of issues :) http://paleohacks.com/questions/18088/meta-should-we-require-comments-on-downvoting#axzz1cbJC7GYJ

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:25 AM

I've never seen that bubble. Haven't downvoted in a little while though

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:47 PM

I usually WILL comment and explain a downvote - which I do VERY rarely - unless it is obviously a troll and I don't want to open myself up to any possible drama.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:34 AM

I just down-voted something and it didn't issue a reminder. Perhaps there's a reputation threshold?

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:18 AM

When I've downvoted, a bubble has popped up encouraging me to comment on why I was doing so. As far as I know this is still in place?

499f188c87c6980742b9ba98caa6f563

(683)

on November 03, 2011
at 04:46 AM

I just found out that I can downvote, when I couldn't before. So I downvoted some random comment just to see if I could, then immediately eliminated the downvote. But I still got my "critic" badge for it!

27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

(2038)

on November 03, 2011
at 04:01 PM

Question: How do people know when something has been downvoted? I mean, if a question or answer gets 15 upvotes and two downvotes, the net votes would be 13 and the poster would never know about the two downvotes. Am I missing something?

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on November 03, 2011
at 01:44 AM

Matt- please explain to us right now why you downvoted whatever you downvoted :)

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on November 03, 2011
at 07:27 PM

@barefeet -- the little envelope at the top of the page.

27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

(2038)

on November 03, 2011
at 06:48 PM

Jeff, I'm sorry I'm so clueless - but what little envelope by my name? I really don't see any little envelope by my name, either on the questions I've posted or on any of my answers.

27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

(2038)

on November 03, 2011
at 08:44 PM

Ah- got it! Thanks, Patrik!

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on November 04, 2011
at 01:07 AM

Someone downvoted this!!! lol

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 03, 2011
at 11:47 AM

Kamal, I did comment on my downvote (not necessarily saying that I downvoted though), and do comment most of the time. Not that I downvote too often, I'd rather upvote good answers above a bad answer.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on November 03, 2011
at 04:46 PM

If it's your answer you can see it when you click on the little envelope by your name. I've also noticed it recently when I've upvoted someone and then I check back and their answer is still at 0.

2b2c2e4aa87e9aa4c99cae48e980f70d

(1059)

on November 04, 2011
at 01:33 PM

How about separating the Up votes from the Down votes. A question with 5 Up votes is clearly different from one with 20 Up votes and 15 Down votes.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 04, 2011
at 10:08 PM

You can see if an answer has been downvoted even if it's not yours. Click through to the user page of the person who answered, then click on the "reputation" tab. Scroll down in the little box until you see the name of the thread and you'll be able to see the plus points that the person got for the answer and also the minus points. So, in the case of this answer by Jeff, you can see that he has +30 (thanks to the three upvotes) and -2 (thanks to the one lol downvote). In some cases you won't be able to get a completely accurate picture, such as when the answer [continued]

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 04, 2011
at 10:10 PM

is very old (although even in this case you can figure it out if you're a maniac, by selecting every single 60-day interval and adding it all up) or when the person has hit the reputation cap for that day. But it usually works. In this case I have another method, because I have a widget that displays Jeff's reputation score on my desktop 24 hours a day, so it's pretty easy for me to keep track.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 07, 2011
at 01:19 AM

I don't think you should be required your downvotes but they should display the id of who made them.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on November 04, 2011
at 10:47 PM

OMG Paul that's funny. "although even in this case you can figure it out if you're a maniac" just made my day as I'm in the middle of pulling my hair out working on a paper.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 04, 2011
at 10:55 PM

Just dream of greener pastures: obsessively checking details of our delicious stack exchange website. Soon you will be able to return, soon you will be able to return ...

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 07, 2011
at 01:21 AM

I don't think you should be required to explain your downvotes, but the id of the person who down-voted should be displayed.

0
6fece842bd1bcf5724f458a302a2156e

on November 07, 2012
at 08:39 AM

A very good site. I post on a lot of topics in a lot of places and also advise on sites and terms (attorney). I think the balance is good here and towards free speech and of course the main thing that makes it good is the contributors and their efforts to help. Also if sites are too censored people do not go there and do not post and they die.

0
94a4a87e3d2e1e9160b6ed77678b4bea

(1311)

on November 05, 2011
at 10:25 AM

Networking in order to get in touch with more localised people (and therefore resources) would be great - I love all the answers but as an Australia am often having to re-interpret the American versions... It seems that I can get a hold of a lot of things that you can't in the US and then vice versa.

oooh and don't shoot me down but swapping recipes in a whole other section would be fun!

0
24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on November 04, 2011
at 11:15 AM

While it may seem obvious, there's a difference between adding a comment and answering a question. I got caught up my first time here by "Answering" a comment on the root post which was then woefully out of context. Might want to explain that in the FAQ.

I would love to be able to subscribe to all answers and comments from a question. Is that possible?

Nice site!

2b2c2e4aa87e9aa4c99cae48e980f70d

(1059)

on November 04, 2011
at 02:55 PM

The option to show Comments in reverse chronological order would facilitate following up at rhe Comment level. Keeping up with the Comments (not Answers) on a monster thread such as the recent Jack Kruse thread is downright tedious. There is a better way.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 04, 2011
at 11:54 AM

Look at the bottom of this page: "question feed." You can also get feeds for individual users by going to user pages. I suspect many people subscribe to my user feed, for example, because the things I say are so scintillating.

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on November 04, 2011
at 12:23 PM

Thanks Paul -- I subscribe to the Question Feed, but that only gives the questions. It would be super to be able to subscribe to all posts/answers on a particular question - preferably feed, but even email notice of new comments/answers would be helpful. Alternately, when there are a lot of comments, they are collapsed and to check for new ones is tedious. It would be nice if one could "expand all". Then I could at least search on various terms to see if there's added content.

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on November 06, 2011
at 11:39 AM

Ahh, I see now Paul, but the comments tend to hold a lot of the action. Yeah, Adriana that might be a good idea. As it is also when comments are collapsed they are out of order by voting. At least being able to "expand all" would be helpful. Not optimal but could use browser search and/or scrolling to see if there's anything new.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 04, 2011
at 10:02 PM

No, no, Evelyn, not the feed on the *main* page, the feed on *this* page. Each question has its own feed. But it will only get you answers and not also comments, I believe.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 07, 2011
at 06:31 AM

Yeah, "expand all" would be *very* nice. But comments seem to be some kind of emotional issue for the stack exchange platform. Even if you just try to scroll down a page quickly and expand each list of comments one after another the system will stop you and give you a message that says something like "you can only retrieve comments every five seconds." It's a little crazy. But it's just the limitations on the system, I think.

0
F910318b9aa27b91bcf7881f39b9eabe

on November 04, 2011
at 09:37 AM

How about giving out prizes for best question/answer of the month or something like that?

-1
50a19c1590088ca2f7dfb353b591d53c

on November 07, 2012
at 07:14 AM

The author is affiliated with fake tag heuer, which is the prominent dealer. Please click the above web site to find out more.

-1
C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

on November 03, 2011
at 10:05 PM

This seems to have turned into a feature request thread...

Anywho... the ability to take back an up or down vote would be nice. You can only do that right now by setting it in the opposite direction. It'd be nice to be able to set it back to "no vote." But, maybe it's possible and I'm missing something.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 03, 2011
at 11:37 PM

It is possible, or at least I've done it before. In fact, I just did it with your answer: I voted it up and then clicked on the up arrow again and it went away. Maybe it's too late once you've switched to a different page though. Hmmm ... let me see.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 03, 2011
at 11:38 PM

I left and came back. Still works. But I assume there is a time limit of some kind or other. (Going to change it back to an upvote now though ...)

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on November 04, 2011
at 12:49 PM

There's a time limit of a few hours, I think.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on November 04, 2011
at 03:00 PM

It can be done. The answer is here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/30304/meta-is-there-a-way-to-undo-a-downvote-without-casting-an-upvote

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 04, 2011
at 10:17 PM

An interesting thing that I read about on the meta stackexchange site is that you can actually upvote an answer twice: if it has been edited in the meantime. Something similar applies to reversing upvotes. If Ambimorph were to edit the post I once upvoted, then not only would I have a chance to upvote it again, I would have a chance to remove the downvote. The latter especially makes sense to me. If you posted that you love starch and I upvoted you (out of blind emotional identification) and then you changed your mind, I should have the option to change my mind too.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 04, 2011
at 10:14 PM

@Ambimorph: This is what I just said. The only question is the time limit. I just tried with an upvote of mine on one of your posts (not difficult to find, if you know what I mean ...) and couldn't reverse it, because it was too long ago.

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