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On what sites are Stack Snippets enabled?

Stack Snippets is now a feature on some Stack Exchange sites. On what sites is this feature enabled? Where is it being discussed? And where has it actively been decided not to implement the feature? ...
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Is there a forum for general discussion? [duplicate]

Is there a general discussion section? I'd like to post a few off-topic things as just a general chat with a whole community and wondered if there's a place to do so?
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My project requires data from Stack Overflow. What can I do?

I want to make research on Stack Overflow (or any other Stack Exchange website). How can I parse the website's data using regular expressions?
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How do per-site Metas differ from Meta Stack Exchange, and where should I go to ask my question?

How do per-site metas, such as Meta Writers SE or, recently, Meta Stack Overflow differ from the general Meta Stack Exchange? Where should I go to ask my question? Return to FAQ index
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What can I do when a post I've written receives a lot of spam edits?

I wrote an answer to a question that was a paragraph and a half long, and it's been receiving a lot of edits from anonymous users that do nothing but introduce spam. This has been going on for a ...
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Where is it appropriate to discuss typical “best [technology] for doing [x]”?

Most questions of the type "Which framework should I use" are flame bait and extremely likely to attract very biased opinions. Yet people ask them (and get their questions closed), and at times one ...
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I probably shouldn't have deleted my account, how can I get it back?

I was pretty upset the other day, and requested that my account be removed. I filled out the form and didn't cancel the deletion within 24 hours of it being scheduled. Now, I'm a little sick that ...
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The Real Essential Questions of Every Beta

The blog post Seven Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta gets linked to prominently from every beta's meta. However, this blog post is somewhat inaccurate and actually misdirects new users. In ...
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When does the Community ♦ moderator vote to close a question?

Occasionally, there are questions for which one of the close voters is the Community ♦ user. When does this happen, and why? What is the difference between this and a deleted user? For instance, one ...
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How to ask a good regex question? [closed]

What are the qualities of a good, answerable question that involves regular expressions? What information does an asker need to include to be able to receive good answers to regex questions? I ...
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The review system suggested something was probably spam, what should I do when I see this?

While reviewing suggested edits and first posts by new users today, the review system did something new - an alert appeared that suggested that what I was reviewing was probably spam, and prompted me ...
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What is a tag wiki? How do I write a good one?

As the title says: What are tag wikis, and how do I write a good one?
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How should I handle chat flags?

Chat flags cause quite a bit of drama. This FAQ might be useful to help avoid drama by educating those who handle chat flags. As a 10k chat user/chat moderator, I see a small blue circle in chat. ...
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Why are some posts treated differently from others?

This is a perrennial question which, as best I can tell, has never been directly addressed (probably because the answer is too obvious to most users). It is asked here as a general reference for ...
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When are moderator flags automatically dismissed as “aged away” by the system?

Moderator flags can be dismissed as aged away. What does this dismiss reason mean? What causes flags to be dismissed with this reason? Do aged away flags affect my daily flag amount? Return to FAQ ...
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Who reviews my flags and suggestions?

As a mid-rep user, I have a little bit of access to the review tools, and I can infer a little bit about the tools available to higher-rep users from the Privileges section, but the information ...
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Why are there moderator flags from the Community User, and what are they for?

Occasionally as a moderator I've noticed flags from the Community user. I've got a few questions: Why do they exist? What events trigger them? How might moderators act on them?
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Should one downvote answers to off-topic questions?

It annoys me when people post answers to obviously off-topic questions like this one, especially after those questions have already received several close votes. Migrations seem to happen rather ...
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Ask question about road map of learning technology in SO

Can I ask questions like "What should I learn? Which resources should I read/study? In what order?" for specific development? I want to ask this on Stack Overflow because it is the most popular site ...
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Legal for Dummies

I looked through all of these pages recently concerning copyright: http://stackexchange.com/legal programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/200822/how-to-copyright-personal-code Do I have to worry ...
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What can I do if I am angry with everything in Stack Overflow

This is a proposed FAQ question for those tearing their hair out on Stack Exchange sites. Recently I asked a question and gave a bounty but nobody gave a good answer. I asked for help on Meta ...
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What is caching, and where is it used?

This is meant to be a canonical Q&A for all the caching questions we get on meta What is caching? Where is caching employed across the network? Approximately how long ought it take for each ...
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Are developer-centric questions about application stores on topic for Stack Overflow? [closed]

Application stores, online marketplaces where developers can submit their applications for purchase and/or download by end-users, are fast becoming the main avenue through which non-web developers ...
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Clear rules on reviewing edits

While typing up my answer to this question: Why did my suggested edit get rejected?, I came to realize that suggested edits can, in some cases be technically valid, but reduce the chance of a ...
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What are these notices under my post?

My post has been marked with a notice. What should I do about this? Who attaches notices to posts? What kinds of notices are available? What should I do if I think a notice should be added to a ...
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When is a post removed from a review queue?

I've noticed that the number of reviews required to remove a post from a queue varies. For example, to accept/reject a suggested edit, you need two votes of the same kind. If the votes are ...
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How do I ask a question that may require recommending a product?

I have a problem that I need solved, and it may require the recommendation of a product. How do I ask these type of questions so that they aren't closed? Return to FAQ index
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What is community moderation, and what can I do to help?

What is community moderation? Why is it important for me to get involved? What can I do to help, and where do I start?
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possible to delete or archive career messages?

I currently have a few messages in my careers.stackoverflow.com account, including a few from a few months back. The only choices that the checkboxes next to each mail thread enable would be "Mark ...
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What are merged questions?

I've seen some posts about merged questions on Meta Stack Overflow. What are merged questions, who can merge questions and what is the policy around this? What happens to reputation on questions and ...
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What if I can't open a Stack Exchange site?

If I can't get to any of the Stack Exchange sites, where do I look to get a status update? Return to FAQ index
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What are the guidelines for flagging posts for migration to another site?

I see a post on site A that I want to migrate to site B (where site B is not on the list of eligible sites for migration when closing a question as off topic, or I don't have enough reputation to ...
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Improve the Close FAQ

The Vote-to-Close dialog contains a number of links to the #close section of the FAQ, but that part of the FAQ is really just the same text as in the dialog box, plus a statement of what closure is. ...
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How can I/Please migrate a question from site X to site Y

A question posted on one Stack Exchange site does not belong on that site, but might fit well on another Stack Exchange site. How can I get the question moved from its current site to the other site? ...
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Should “Does everything have to be a question?” be added to the FAQ?

Should "Does everything have to be a question?" be added to the FAQ? Even though the button to start a new thread says "Ask Question" and the FAQ says "What kind of questions can I ask here?", not ...
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What is the best way to increase my reputation and privileges?

I'm not sure if this is a stupid question, but here goes anyway... I have only recently started learning PHP and Javascript and I'm reasonably proficient. One of the reasons I'm so proficient is ...
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Reviewing low quality posts: when to delete

When reviewing low-quality posts, the help text explains: Looks Good if nothing is wrong with this answer Edit if you can fix all the problems with this answer Recommend Deletion to ...
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As a new user I want a user-interface key to quickly understand what all of the different colors and symbols mean

Please add a graphical key to the FAQs of all the sites that explains the meaning of colors and symbols found on the site, including the question lists / search results and the question and answer ...
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Q&A Tree On Topic

I was thinking about starting a little Q&A tree because I want to give something back to the community. It would be on Qt Gui since I am going through the process of learning it(I would provide ...
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What's the policy on closing unique questions with overlapping (but non-duplicate) answers?

Background There was a recent comment thread on this question where one of the moderators claimed that answers with overlap (note: not even exact duplicates, just "overlap") makes the question itself ...
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What exactly happens with the button “Leave Open” (previously “Do Not Close”)?

I've noticed and used the new (at least for me) button Leave Open, but I can't find any explanation as to the implication of clicking it. I've found a highly voted status-declined question: How ...
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Etiquette for posting civil and informative comments

Sometimes I leave a comment like "Stack Overflow is not your personal research assistant," but am accused of being rude. How can I craft a comment that is seen as civil to the community and ...
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What is the etiquette for modifying my own answer?

When I answer a question and later I discover that my original was wrong or incomplete. What is proper to do? edit my own answer and change its meaning; or create a new answer and perhaps downvote ...
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What are the “Bad Things,” if any, associated with the declined flag count?

Premise There should be an FAQ that addresses the consequences (if any) of a high "declined flag" count or a low helpful:declined ratio. Analysis There are a LOT of questions on meta surrounding ...
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What differentiates good links from bad links?

What are some good examples that can be used to explain the difference between: positive, informative, and useful links that improve the quality of an answer; and links which are unconstructive or ...
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Is it appropriate to directly ask users to alter their behavior?

Some comments or answers ask users to alter their behavior on Stack Exchange. For example, critics may ask the questioner to modify their question, comment, or answer to fit some particular ...
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What should I do if a user posts sensitive information as part of a question or answer?

I've noticed recently there has been at least two incidents of users posting a lot of detailed sensitive information, from the guy the edited a post to replace it with his CV (which I would say is an ...
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Are IP address links valid in posts?

I added a link in my post to an IP Address based link such as 127.0.0.1/my_awesome_image.png. It appears that an automatic process added a comment on the post asking me to correct the link. I know ...
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What should I keep out of my posts and titles?

I've recently been editing out things such as "hope this helps" and "good luck" from posts and was wondering if that crosses the imaginary line that seems to not exist in the scattered mess of ...
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Why are my SEDE results inaccurate/obsolete/incorrect/outdated?

When I use the Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE), the results I get don't reflect recent activity. Sometimes the data I get back are two months out of date. What's wrong? This is intended to be a ...