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What are the permissions the Android app needs?

The Android app just prompted for an update and it shows that it needs a new permission to see phone call stuff. Why would that be necessary for this app? What other permissions does the app require, ...
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Why do I need 50 reputation to comment? What can I do instead?

Users with less than 50 reputation points can not write comments on questions and answers on Stack Overflow that they don't own. Why? What should I do instead? But I can't write a good answer ...
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Where can I ask a question about finding general software that meets certain requirements?

I have a list of requirements for a program, but don't know what program meets these criteria. That's about general-purpose software, i.e., not a programming IDE or statistical workbench, questions ...
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Why is my question off-topic on Stack Overflow, even though it's programming-related?

I asked a question on Stack Overflow, but it was put on hold as off-topic, even though it says in the help center that I can ask it there. Why? Return to FAQ index
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How do I properly use the “Not an Answer” flag?

What is the "Not an Answer" flag? What is the purpose of this flag? When should I use this flag? When should I not use this flag? Return to FAQ index See Also What is an acceptable answer?
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Why does the Community ♦ user approve and reject edits?

Why does the Community ♦ user sometimes approve or reject edits? How does a machine know if my edit is valid? What does it mean if my edit was rejected by Community ♦? See also: Who is the ...
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What is syntax highlighting and how does it work?

I noticed that sometimes my code gets highlighted in different colors when rendered. What is syntax highlighting? How does it work? What if my code isn't highlighted correctly? How do I report a bug ...
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The Complete Rate-Limiting Guide

I noticed that I can only perform certain actions such as commenting a finite number of times in a given period of time. Obviously, rate limiting is in place to prevent accidental misuse or ...
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What are the review queues?

I see a "review" link on the top of the page, which takes me to a few "review queues". What is a "review queue"? What are the various queues for? What can I do in each queue? Return to FAQ index
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Why are the moderators being so strict with quality related flags recently?

I recently flagged a question as 'very low quality' just like I've flagged many questions in the past. However, my flag was found to be unhelpful this time. The same thing happened when I recently ...
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Users are calling me a plagiarist. What do I do?

Other users have been leaving me angry and hostile comments accusing me of plagiarism and saying that I'm a liar and I should stop stealing answers. But I have only been copying content from other ...
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What to do when plagiarism is discovered

How should I act if I discover a user plagiarizing fellow users' answers? What if I find someone plagiarizing external resources without attribution? See also: Users are calling me a plagiarist. What ...
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What are review tests (audits) and how do they work?

I recently received this rather amusing message while reviewing a user's first post: Congratulations! This was only a test, designed to make sure you were paying attention. This post has ...
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Stack Overflow question checklist

My earlier blog post on how to write a good question is pretty long, and I suspect that even when I refer people to it, often they don't bother reading it. So here's a short list of questions to check ...
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What are the guidelines for reviewing?

About reviewing The review queues contain posts that possibly need further action from the community, like improvement, closure or deletion. By presenting those posts for peer-review, the system aims ...
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Do Stack Overflow and other Stack Exchange sites have an app I can use?

I like using Stack Overflow (or any other Stack Exchange sites) and was wondering if there was an app I could install on my phone or other device that would allow me to use the site on-the-go or ...
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When is tag creation appropriate, and how does it work?

Can someone please create the tag foo on Stack Overflow? We need to have it because... Foo is a recent/upcoming release of a popular, established OS/language/framework Foo is a hot new ...
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What is considered a “real question”?

Note: This close reason is old and only applies to old questions that were closed prior to the closing overhaul. This has been replaced by the reasons "unclear what you're asking" for unclear ...
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How do I read the history of my reputation?

When I visit the reputation tab of my profile, I see a lot of stuff. I can make out some of it, but not all. What do all the event types mean? Why do some events show an odd reputation gain or not ...
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How can I log in to my Stack Exchange account if my current account provider is blocked?

I usually log in to a Stack Exchange site using Facebook as my OpenID provider. However, providers such as Gmail, Yahoo and Facebook are blocked. Is there any way for me to log in to my existing ...
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There's an election going on. What's happening and how does it work?

The community bulletin says that there is a moderator election occurring. How does the election work and how can I get involved? Return to FAQ index
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How can I get Stack Exchange to send me to a conference?

I read Supporting Community Conferences, which states, Depending on the circumstances and location, we can also sponsor community leaders to attend an event on behalf of their site. We will ...
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What is the proper way to approach SO as someone totally new to programming?

I've read the FAQs and prompts that coach on how to ask good questions and am careful to follow that advice. I make a good effort to research the problem before asking the question, both on Stack ...
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When should I vote?

I have seen a few questions here on Meta Stack Overflow that cover parts of this, but they are often too local, and none of them seem to cover all the relevant scenarios. I will break it up ...
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What is serial voting and how does it affect me?

I just noticed that I lost a bunch of points from my reputation score on Stack Overflow, and I used the "reputation" tab on my user profile page to try and track down the cause. During my ...
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What is a historical lock, and what is it used for?

Historical locks are sometimes applied to questions. What is a historical lock? What is the purpose of a historical lock? How are questions affected by historical locking? When is it appropriate to ...
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What does “user was removed” mean and why did my reputation change because of it?

It seems I have lost 5 reputation points on Stack Overflow yesterday. The reason given in my history is "removed". On mouse over I get the message "user was removed". I don't understand what that ...
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Is it acceptable to write a thank you in a comment?

There have been a number of cases where I would like to thank someone for providing me with a thorough response and give them feedback beyond the vote up. Often I wish people would tell me why they ...
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Something in my web site or project doesn't work. Can I just paste a link to it?

I have a CSS, HTML, or JavaScript problem on a website I'm working on. I would like to just describe the problem and paste a link to the external site in question. Can I do this instead of posting ...
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My account has been temporarily suspended; what does that mean?

My account has been temporarily suspended, besides the following restrictions: an account will be locked at 1 reputation the user page will have a visual indication that the account is in timed ...
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Why can any user edit any other user's question or answer?

I see an "edit" link after each question and answer. So I was wondering: how come any user can change any other user's question or answer? I think the reason behind it is that each one can share his ...
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What is an acceptable answer?

I answered a question and my answer was (pick one) deleted converted to a comment added to my question as an edit Why was this? Why was my answer not acceptable? What is the definition of an ...
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What shortened URLs are available through s.tk?

It was announced on the Stack Exchange Podcast episode #23 (at 1:05:26) that Stack Exchange now has its own URL shortener, http://s.tk/. Users can't create their own, they can only use the ones that ...
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Why does flag marking as helpful/declined not always correlate with moderator action?

I flagged a post and (choose one) my flag was marked as helpful, yet nothing was done my flag was marked as declined, yet the post was deleted/edited/closed Why? Return to FAQ index
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Is it acceptable to add a duplicate answer to several questions?

Let's say there is a user who has found a satisfactory answer to a common question asked on Stack Overflow (or other Stack Exchange website). This answer may be a snippet of code, or an addon, or a ...
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How do I create a screenshot to illustrate a post?

How do I create screenshots? How to: Windows How to: Unix-based How to: Mac How to: iOS devices How to: Android How to: The GIMP Additional tips Return to FAQ index
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Who are the Community Managers, and what do they do?

Who are the Community Managers? What do they do? What is their relationship to the "Community" user? Return to FAQ index
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I think I found some user accounts that should be merged; what do I do?

While reviewing the suggested edits queue I found a suggested edit to a question or answer that appeared to be submitted by the same person. Upon further research, I found that the user actually had ...
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How do I remove my name from a post, in accordance with CC:WIKI?

The CC:Wiki License states that: If you do not like the way that a person has made a derivative work or incorporated your work into a collective work, under the Creative Commons licenses, you may ...
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I lost control of my account before registering, can it be recovered?

I asked and answered a question on an SE site without registering. I was accessing my unregistered account through my browser, which kept me logged in. However, someone reset my cookies and now I've ...
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What is a disputed flag?

In my flagging summary under the statistics, there is 1 flag listed as "disputed". This is the first time I've ever seen a disputed flag in my summary, so I'm just curious, what is a disputed flag? ...
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My OpenID provider is shutting down; how do I change my Stack Exchange login?

Sometimes OpenID providers end their services, like GetOpenID and MyOpenID did. How do I add or remove login methods so I don't get locked out of my Stack Exchange account? For more information, ...
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Should moderators enforce NDAs for software vendors?

A rash of questions was recently flagged because they were in violation of some "Non-Disclosure Agreement.". Is it the job of Stack Exchange moderators to enforce these agreements, and delete these ...
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How to best handle the “Possible vandalism of own posts” flag?

I got a moderator flag saying, "Possible vandalism of own posts; multiple deletions in a short time"; the user is one of my stronger users. The deleted answers are all over a month old. The flag ...
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How can I link to an external resource in a community-friendly way?

I would like to help my fellow Stackizens, using material from my blog or other website. But external links are sometimes viewed as excessive promotion. From the FAQ: Be careful, because the ...
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What can I do when getting “It does not meet our quality standards”?

While trying to ask a question, I got the error message Oops! Your question couldn't be submitted because: It does not meet our quality standards. Why am I getting this message? What ...
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What can I do when getting “We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account”?

Do not repost the question you were about to ask until you have READ EVERYTHING WE ARE ABOUT TO TELL YOU. While trying to ask a question, one could get: We are no longer accepting questions ...
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How do I see which of my questions are not accepted?

I want to quickly see all questions I have asked where I have not accepted an answer. How do I do this? Return to FAQ index
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Choosing between Stack Overflow and Programmers Stack Exchange

Suppose you have a "borderline subjective" question, and you're not sure if you should post it to Stack Overflow or Programmers Stack Exchange. How do you decide? What's the best default option if you ...
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Why is the edit button disabled?

I edited some questions before, but I am no longer able to click the edit button. I thought there was a problem with the specific question, but I cannot click it on any question. What's going on? ...