Whch stackexchange website would i create a post about my computer problem?

Here is my question:

My laptop randomly shuts down, only if I move it. sometimes it shuts down, sometimes it doesn’t. I keep my laptop on for 12+ hrs a day and it never shuts down, given I don’t move it. when I move it, sometimes it will shut down, sometimes it won’t. I don’t hear anything rattling when I shake my PC. Any guesses on why?

If this is the place to put the question I will leave it here. If not, please let me know where I can put my question. I have not found out any potential solutions or guesses yet.

I’ve had this computer for 4 years without any problem like this before.

Stack-exchange devoted to research problems, the suggested approaches and updates

The idea is to have a database of open research problems where the answers will be updates or suggested approaches.

I think this should be a separate site from MO because many of these posts will not be answerable in the short term. Otherwise, if we start adding such posts in MO (eg. under the tag “open problems”), they will quickly crowd the usual MO posts which can be answered in the short term.


  1. It will be a great place to not only share research problems but also our ideas on attacking these problems. This is the main function of conferences so it would be great to have an online forum that serves this same purpose especially for early researchers who cannot afford going to all the different conferences.
  2. By having the wiki-structure users will be able to create updates on the original post.
  3. Currently to find research problems one has to dig deep into papers or email the authors for suggestions. But a powerful forum like stack-exchange will be able to serve as a large database for researchers to browse for problems to work on next.
  4. An alternative is just continue to add content in the Wikipedia article on open problems. However, the site will quickly become crowded as subproblems are being added.

We will greatly appreciate any comments or even better to follow the proposal: Proposal: Open research problems in math

We only need 5 users to follow it to get it going.

How does stackexchange attachments are filtered on good and bad?

As the forum is one of the best I wonder how the stackexanche team filter spam from god attachments. Is it third party service, special software, another filtering servers?

Also, does hardware infrastructure have to applied like separating the servers on my side?

Anything else to consider?

I wanted to ask more generally but it would be to broad therefore stackexchange example.

Is humour dead on Stack-Exchange? [migrated]

It is said that humans are the only species that laughs, or needs to. As a genre of literature, humour has been a conduit for important change throughout history: Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” is the classic example of this, but I am sure there are others.

However in an era where automated algorithms rate the quality of a text, is there any place for humour? Are there examples where humour has improved the quality of a post? Or is humor just too ambiguous and too divisive to serve a legitimate purpose?

This is a serious question. It is an important question. There is no double-entendre in this post. I ask only that people post a clear yes or no answer. You may also post two answers, one for yes and one for no.

  1. Answer yes if you think humor has a place here no matter how small.
  2. Answer no if there is absolutely no place for it.

I am not being sarcastic, so please no down-votes. No up-votes for that matter either. Also please limit comments on this question, but feel free to edit the question to help generate high-quality responses.

As this is the Software Engineering Stack Exchange, please approach the answer from that point of view. Specifically, if the answer is “Yes”, how do we produce automated algorithms sophisticated enough to gauge the quality of a humourous post or comment?

How to optimise the space used by tags in the right column of StackExchange sites?

In this meta question about what the StackExchange UI site should look like, I’m working on (read: messing around with) a design for the site. I’m using a web-based tool to edit the page’s CSS, which is giving me a lot of freedom to change things while limiting me to the available HTML rendered by the server.

While changing and reorganising things (mainly elements like typography and visual weight) I realised that the right hand column as shown on nearly every StackExchange website is pretty inefficient. Here’s how it looks on the meta site:

How the tags look on beta sites

Tags (and below, badges) are small objects greater in length horizontally than vertically. Each one has several attributes:

  • Name of the object
  • Number of times the tag has been awarded or member the badge has been assigned to
  • A visual element to reinforce the notion of the object
  • A distinct horizontal width depending on the length of the name

The way things are organised now feels very inefficient:

  • Each tag/badge takes up one line of space, despite not needing the entire horizontal width.
  • The tag and badge visual representation on this page feels inadequate. While tags and badges are designed to be displayed by themselves, for instance a tag on a question, or a badge on a member’s profile, in these cases they are accompanied by metadata: the number of times the tag has been applied, or the member the badge is awarded to. But the visual representation still assumes a generic application.
  • On most StackExchange sites, these elements have strong borders, which creates a lot of awkward negative space in between each element as it sits on a line.

In my redesign I’ve taken care to reduce the strength of the tags (haven’t tackled badges yet) to reduce that visual noise, but I haven’t come up with a good way to represent tags in combination with number of times applied yet. I’ve had some ideas, but none of them feel right:

  • Render them in a tag cloud. This would use more horizontal and less vertical space. However, tag clouds are mostly scannable and not legible. Not sure if that’s a problem though.
  • Consider a new visual representation for the combination of tag with number of applications. Perhaps by including the number in the tag: < discussion ]x14 would become < discussion|14 ]. Or by increasing the height of the tag element and placing the “14” below the name. That would take up more vertical space overall, but allow for several tags on each row.
  • Remove reference to specific number of applications and instead use a visual metaphor to indicate number of times applied. Perhaps by using a thermometer palette: “hot” tags could be more red, and cold ones more blue. This wouldn’t be immediately apparent to new users, though.
  • Remove reference to specific number of applications and instead use width to indicate hotness. The wider a tag (in the right hand column), the more popular it is. As above, however, this would be somewhat confusing initially.

Question time: What would be an effective way to redesign the way tags and badges are displayed in the right hand column, given that I’m only able to modify the CSS and can’t tamper with the HTML?