It’s not quite a bug, but nor is the reason completely obvious.
There are two questions at play here:
Why didn't Snape keep or secure his copy of Advanced Potion-Making? (asked yesterday)
Why did the Half Blood Prince leave his book in the Potions dungeon? (asked 30 Apr 2014)
Originally I closed the new question as a dupe of the older question. But the ...
Oddly enough, the name field already had 'Alex' in it. I had to change your avatar to the Identicon in order to change your name. You should be able to change your avatar if you want.
Let us know if you have any other problems.
The user you're referring to is currently suspended. He earned the gold Socratic badge before his suspension, at which point he had many thousands of rep, but his rep is set to 1 for the duration of his suspension. You can still see on his profile that he has posted a great many questions.
It's a serious bug, but already reported on main meta and devs are looking at it:
Closed as a duplicate, but the duplicate list is empty?
Here's hoping it'll be fixed as soon as possible.
In the meantime, you can at least figure out the dupe target by checking the list of Linked questions in the sidebar, which is still operational.
EDIT: this bug has now ...
This is a (well-)known bug, see my Meta Stack Exchange question Very hot network questions found. Staff is aware of it, but the priority is
Very low since it doesn't appear to affect actual functionality.
When a Community Wiki post is created or edited, a copy of the primary author’s username is stored. Therefore, it won’t be changed by that user updating their name (or deleting their account).
Only an edit (even the most trivial) will update the name on these posts.
See also my MSE answer saying the same — but with screenshots!
It's by design.
To quote from Meta.SE:
Probably because it's really easy to make a typo when using a mobile browser, and they don't want to clutter the tag-space with misspellings, so it's prompting you to recheck.
For legitimate cases, just edit the tag in later when you're not using a mobile browser or switch to the full-site version.
Kevin Montrose, one ...
The reputation from upvotes is capped at 200. However, some things aren't capped, namely:
Points from accepted answers (+15 if someone selects your answer)
I see in your case someone selected your answer, thus you got a bonus 15 points. So you could actually get 10 more points still.
Just so everyone knows what we're talking about, here's the full list of comments from this answer:
Was it Garthe who had the singing career? – Mark Bannister Nov 14 '11 at 11:04
@MarkBannister, no, why would you assume that? Garthe was always a criminal and stayed in African prison until he escaped to America. – user2513149 yesterday
@user2513149 - related:...
The base amount of flags per day is ten but you get more per day as a reward for having more reputation or good flagging history - up to 100 total flags per day.
If you read the flagging privilege page a bit more closely you'll see it says all the way down at the bottom:
How many flags do I have?
When you start out, you are allotted 10 flags per ...
Update: The behavior in question has been changed, and the original situation should not happen under current (7/2016) rules:
We have changed the behavior of the dupehammer. It now lets you single-handedly close as duplicate unless you have participated in editing the tag (either by adding the tag yourself, or approving an edit that did).
A moderator can change your name under exigent circumstances.
Given that your name seems to have been changed to a random string by accident, you would seem to have good reason to get a reset.
A list of moderators for our Stack Exchange can be found here. You have sufficient reputation to contact them in chat, or you can wait for them to respond to this ...
You're looking at the reputation of the users in this calendar month, August. Since this user gave a bounty, their reputation in the last month has fallen.
Due to the numbers, it's evident that they probably gave a 200 reputation bounty (on this) and got one downvote.
Those bounties were awarded by a user who has since deleted their account. You can see from the revision history of the question that it was the user now known only as user112267 (the question OP). Since that account doesn't exist any more, the ownership of the bounties (like many other things from deleted users) is transferred to the Community bot.
So yes, ...
This appears to have been fixed in the recent CSS updates around the user flair box
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From What was the benefit of the belts given by Galadriel to 3 Fellowship members?:
Chrome 47, Windows 8.1
The accepted answer to this question was a self-acceptance, and self-accepted answers aren't sorted to the top.
This behavior is documented in a Stack Overflow blog post by Jeff Atwood (emphasis added):
Now, there are some special rules around owner-accepted answers, to prevent gaming:
Wait 48 hours. You must wait 2 days from the time you ...
Deleted candidates is not a scenario well-supported nor one we have any intention of encouraging.
I manually patched up the list of winners, which should be sufficient to indicate what happened. But we will not modify votes or alter any other data connected to the election (that is: We're not going to create fake users with fake votes winning fake ...
This appears to be a (replicatable) bug, relating to the auto-insertion of Amazon links by Stack Exchange.
Until it's fixed, there's a simple workaround. Use a URL shortening service (like TinyURL or goo.gl) to create a new link with the same end point. Stack Exchange doesn't recognise this as an Amazon link and hence doesn't muck it up.
The red number is the total number of new items. However, if you have multiple answers or multiple comments you got on a single post, it only displays the most recent one in your dropdown inbox. This lowers the chance of you missing something when you have 20 new comments on one post and one new comment on another. Your full inbox (here, which you can ...
From the main meta post on how comment mentions work:
Who can be notified with this feature?
The author of the post.
Note that the author of the post will always be notified of any new comment. You may still use it for clarity, if needed; however if only you and the author have commented on the post so far, the @name will be automatically ...
Quoting from a question about today’s CSS bugs on Meta.SE:
We rolled out a new image uploader today. Unfortunately, the design was targeted at the new-design sites only, and so the image uploader stopped working (at all) on the old-design sites.
In a hurry to get the image uploader working, we grafted the new image uploader styles to the old base styles. ...
#EAA4A4 seems too jarring - it almost emphasizes deleted content when it should really be downplayed a bit.
Having said that, I agree that the existing color is a bit too light. Starting next build, we'll use the same deleted content background color here as we do on Stack Overflow. It should be easier to tell apart.
Yes, you have always been able to close an older post as a duplicate of a newer one. It's generally done that way if the newer post is significantly better, especially if it gets better answers, or if the newer post is more general and encompasses the older one.