I plan from time to time to post here a few newsworthy items from meta.SO that aren't tagged [stackexchange] and so don't turn up on the meta-so-for-texnicians tag set. Feel free to join in.
As Martin Tapankov just pointed out in the chat, downvotes on questions do no longer cost 1 rep for the downvoter. The penalty of -2 for the question asker remains. (Downvotes on answers are not affected and so still cost -1 for the downvoter.) I think this change is not that important for tex.sx, but people might wonder what's happening. I hope the change won't have the effect of more downvotes on questions (although this is the intention for SO)!
The "flag weight" statistic has been dropped from user profiles. Instead it now displays "helpful flags" as an integer value (as opposed to the previous decimal value based on some functional form).
- Deputy badge requires 80 helpful flags (an increase from the former 40 minimum flawless helpful flag criterium); and
- Marshal badge requires 500 helpful flags (a reduction from the former 566 minimum flawless helpful flag criterium)
There is new "magic linking" markup to special pages in our Markdown-like syntax for comments. I think the most important are to link:
- into the FAQ, using
[FAQ], or to the specific sections, e.g.,
- to the How To Ask page, using
[ask], or the How To Answer page, using
- to our main site using
[tex.se](feeble sigh) from other sites.
Note that this is for comments only, and the main Tex site and meta will each link to their FAQ, etc. There's more markup supported: see balpha's announcement for the details.
There are further new badges in August - bronze, silver and gold:
28 users got it when it has been established.
No user got it yet.
No user got it yet. See also: Why is the Marshall badge awarded at a flag weight of 749 (and not at 750)
To date, 3 users have earned this coveted bronze badge.
The Powers That Be now incorporated TeX.sx as a migration path from StackOverflow:
Updated (and more subtle) notifications. Usually, @-style references shows up in your inbox with the following notification style:
However, notifications (like badges and migrations) were usually associated with a thick banner across the top of the page. Now they are more in line your inbox:
with a special "Notifications inbox":
There is an official blog release on this Revamped notifications.
The flag weight history can now (since a few weeks) be seen by clicking on the flag weight display below the user icon on the user page. Flags older than the introduction of this feature are not displayed. If you want to find out if a flag was marked as correct or incorrect by a moderator than this is the place you can find it out.
There's a new badge in July:
for the first approved tag synonym.
Reviews have been updated again, to eliminate review abuse (a.k.a. "people clicking “Looks good” all the way through just so they can get a badge"):
- Reviewers get test items, called review audits, both to provide a tutorial for new reviewers and catch lazy/cynical reviewers. These act like regular review items, except they give special feedback when the review vote is cast.
- Reviewers who fail too many review audit items are suspended.
From the January 2013 Recent feature changes. This has gone live on SO, but I think it has not happened here yet.
With the updated review process, a new set of badges are rolled out:
New badges added for completing community review tasks. User can earn Custodian (1 review), Reviewer (250 reviews) and Steward (1000 reviews) once for each review queue (Close Posts, First Posts, Late Answers, Suggested Edits and Low Quality Posts). The previous Reviewer badge (for reviewing posts in the old system) will no longer be awarded.
- New close reasons: use of new 'unclear what you're asking' reason
- New close reasons: selecting predefined 'off-topic' options
- Text for 'off-topic' closure
Also in this rollout are changes to flag limits (related to how helpful your flagging is and your reputation, see On the recent changes to flagging and limits) and a new design for the badges page.