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10ker, 10k User
Refers to users who have surpassed 10,000 reputation which gives them access to moderation tools. While 10k users have access to moderator reports and notifications, generally only ♦ diamond moderators can perform many moderator-level functions. These 10k users are still sometimes called "moderators". Often used next to a link to a deleted post, as 10k users can see deleted content.
Refers to the moderation tools that 10k Users have
See: 10ker, 10k User
Refers to users who have surpassed 20,000 reputation, which gives them enhanced delete vote privileges. Often used with a request to delete a post to indicate only 20k users can do so.
The percentage of a user's questions which the user has marked an answer as accepted. Some exclusions apply. The accept rate will no longer be displayed. (Though it can be found using this query.)
The answer selected by a question's author as "most helpful". Accepted answers are marked with a green check mark next to the answer. On a number of sites accepted answers appear at the top of the answer list, unless they are self-answers. On the other sites accepted answers are sorted in the same way as other answers (this is called unpinning the accepted answer), however the checkmark is still shown.
See: How does accepting an answer work? and Overview of pinning settings per site.
Account, User account
The behind-the-scenes network account that links all the per-site user profiles together. This can be seen here (if you're logged in) and can't be deleted. Once all per-site profiles of a user are deleted, the network account will be automatically deleted within 24 hours.
See: Post Ban
The public API present on all Stack Exchange sites that provides access to question, answer, comment, and user data. You can find more information about the API on StackApps.
See: Jeff Atwood
Part of the Stack Exchange reward system. While reputation is generally awarded through the voting system, badges reward other types of participation, achievements, and behaviors. The list of Stack Exchange badges with descriptions and How do Badges work?.
Ban, Chat Ban
Refers to the automatic question bans and answer bans and both automated and manual editing and reviewing bans, which prevent you from doing those activities only (on a specific site) and chat bans (which affect all chat rooms under the same domain). Do not confuse with suspension, which is a different thing.
See: Penalty box, Post Ban
Formerly favorites; a list of questions that you have bookmarked by clicking the bookmark icon underneath the voting controls for each question. Your bookmarks are listed on your profile page on the site and on your network profile.
An amount of reputation which can be added to a question as a bonus and is awarded manually by the bounty starter. If the bounty is not awarded within 7 days + 24 hours, half the bounty amount will be awarded to the highest voted answer that has 2+ votes. It pushes the post to the featured tab
sitename.stackexchange.com/?tab=featured for 7 days and visually distinguish it from other posts. Possible bounty amounts are 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300, 350, 400, 450 and 500.
Used as a synonym for deleting a tag. A burninated tag may not necessarily be blacklisted. See The true meaning of Burninate and The many memes of Meta: Burninate.
Cache, Server Cache, Caching
Storing dynamic data in static form to reduce load on server and get faster load time of pages. More technical details here.
One question with one or more high quality (often authorative) answers which serves to answer the most common (sub)questions about a certain topic. Other questions about the same topic can then be closed as a duplicate of this question, increasing the maintainability. Example: What is a NullPointerException, and how do I fix it?
A mechanism that prevents bots from participating. Some human behavior can look robotic to the system (extremely fast edits / posts, for example), and will occasionally trigger the CAPTCHA. This is the checkbox / kittens CAPTCHA now.
A child-meta is the meta site attached to a specific Q&A site.
For example: meta.stackoverflow.com is the child-meta of stackoverflow.com.
See Also: Meta
Close, Closed, CV, CVer
A question where no new answers are accepted. Community members with more than 3,000 reputation can vote to close a question if, for a variety or reasons, it doesn't fit the site's requirements. Five close votes closes a question. Users may only vote once to close each question. CV = Close Vote. CVer = Close Voter.
Community member with 3,000 or more reputation. Has the ability to vote to close questions based on criteria set forth in the FAQ.
Comments can be added to a question or answer to communicate information that is not necessarily appropriate for the question or answer itself (asking for clarification, for example).
Or site. One distinct part of the SE network of sites, dedicated to one topic. Every site stands on its own and determines their on-topic and off-topic subjects. List of all sites/communities.
Community Manager, CM, Community Team
They watch the various and sundry meta sites, answer questions, address or escalate requests and provide guidance in the use of the site's tools.
See: Who is on the Community Management Team, and what does it do?
An automated script who helps keep the site clean. See also The Community user's profile page and Who is the Community user?
Community Wiki, Wiki, CW
A question or answer that can be edited by any community members having 100 reputation or more. Questions and answers marked CW prevent users from receiving any reputation from upvotes or losing reputation from downvotes. The community user "owns" this rep.
Creative Commons Data Dump
A database export containing the CC-licensed data from each of the sites. The database contains the posts, comments, votes, badges, and user data (“sanitized” to protect privacy by removing all personally identifiable information). Blog: Stack Overflow Creative Commons Data Dump
Creative Commons License, CC license
The license under which all contributed content is placed. More details on the SO blog.
Close Vote, Close Voter. See: Close
See: Community Wiki
See: Creative Commons Data Dump
A question or answer that has been marked as deleted by a moderator, or voted to be deleted by users with at least 10,000 reputation points. Deleted posts remain visible to moderators and 10k users.
Diamond Mod[erator], Diamond User, Diamond
The name often used for moderators in the Stack Exchange network because of the small ♦ symbol next to their name on all posts / comments / chat messages.
See Also: Moderator
Automatically saved copy of a post that wasn't yet submitted. Full details here.
A question which has been asked before and already has an answer. Duplicates are discouraged - ideally all the best answers for a given issue or problem can be found in one question. Community members with more than 3,000 reputation can vote to close duplicate questions.
A privilege of users with a gold badge for specific tags. They can mark questions currently tagged with one of their gold badge tags as duplicate (see Dupe, Duplicate) with a single vote, unless they first participated in editing the tags.
Delete vote. See: Delete
Community member with 2,000 or more reputation. Has the ability to edit any unlocked post on the site, even if they are not community wiki.
Edit War, Rollback War
This is where two or more users continually edit, or rollback a post to undo each other's actions. This is one of the reasons for a moderator to lock a post.
Fastest Gun in the West
The tendency to reply to a question as quickly as possible, often motivated by hunger for reputation points.
FAQ, Frequently Asked Questions
While the "faq" generally refers to the specific "faq document" linked at the top of each site, "faq" can also refer to any meta post linked with the moderator tag faq. The Official FAQ is a community-moderated post which attempts to annotate the features and behaviors of all Stack Exchange sites in one central location.
Setting a tag as favorite causes all questions with these tags to be highlighted a different color in your questions lists.
Formerly called 'Interesting tag'
A developer-accessible flag that enables specific features on a particular site.
"Generic term for "some bit, somewhere, that controls whether some code is actually on". Teams specific things (like Articles), Site specific things (like MathJax), or alpha-y things (like the new editor) are being feature flags. – Kevin Montrose ♦ 5 mins ago".
A request for a new feature for one or more Stack Exchange sites. On meta sites, the corresponding tag is feature-request.
See Fastest Gun in the West
Free-Hand Red Circle
Posts with serious problems can be flagged for moderator attention, being offensive, or containing spam. Any post receiving six offensive or spam flags within a four-day period is automatically deleted.
You generally only flag for moderator attention to ask moderators to do something that you don't have the ability to do (e.g. Making the post Community Wiki).
Refers to a small banner associated with a user's account, displaying their user name, reputation, badge count, and gravatar. Generally seen next to the authorship of a post but can also be embedded in an external website as a token of your membership and participation on any of the Stack Exchange sites. The term flair is from the 1999 film Office Space, and used in the Stack Overflow podcast, episode 54, at 5 min 48 secs.
See: Now Earn Valuable Flair!.
See: Feature request
Gimmeh Teh Codez
What Help Vampires are thought to say.
A Stack Exchange site available to the whole internet. Rarely, requires registration to post questions. Privileges are the highest reputation levels. Sometimes will have a top level domain (see Stack Overflow, Super User, Server Fault, Ask Ubuntu).
See: Public Beta, Graduated Site
Gravatar (an abbreviation of globally recognized avatar) is a service for providing globally-unique avatars based on the md5 hash. You can change your image to a custom profile at the above address. By default Stack Exchange uses the identicon: a geometric pattern based on an email hash, or (if you are signed up to gravatar) your chosen image. All deleted user accounts use the mystery-man, which is a simple, cartoon-style silhouetted outline of a person.
See: Winter Bash
A user who shows little or no effort to solve their immediate problem, instead posting a question hoping that someone will quickly jump in and post a working solution to their problem.
Hot Network Questions; automatically selected recent questions from the Stack Exchange network. They are shown in the right-hand panel in the desktop version of the site.
Tags that you specify as ignored tags cause all questions with these tags to be filtered out of your questions list, either by deemphasizing them or (at your option) removing them.
Jeff Atwood is a co-founder of Stack Exchange Inc. (previously known as Stack Overflow Internet Services, inc.), which is the company that runs Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Super User and other Q&A sites in the Stack Exchange network. As of the 1st of March 2012, Jeff has left the day-to-day operations of Stack Exchange. For a long time until October 2017, he was still present on many sites and acted in a moderator role from time to time. In October 2017, he retired his moderator privileges and is no longer active on Stack Exchange.
Joel Spolsky is a co-founder and former CEO of Stack Exchange Inc. (previously known as Stack Overflow Internet Services, inc.), which is the company that runs Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Super User and other Q&A sites in the Stack Exchange network.
Jon Skeet is the user who currently has the highest reputation overall on Stack Overflow. See also Jon Skeet facts.
A moderator can "lock" a post where it can no longer be edited, voted or commented upon, closed or re-opened. If a question is locked (except for historical significance), no new answers can be submitted, and any of the (unlocked) answers can still be edited (but no suggested edits can be submitted) and voted upon. See What is a "locked" post?. Questions locked for historical significance have all of their answers locked, the vote arrows removed altogether, and the option to flag removed, and (on main sites) do not ordinarily show up in search results.
Low-Quality Posts; one of the review queues.
See What are the criteria for low quality posts?
Markdown is the text format used to style posts. Wikipedia entry, full reference.
MCVE refers to a Minimal, Complete, and Verifiable Example.
Although duplicate questions are generally merely closed, sometimes a moderator will merge the answers from the duplicate question into the original question, and lock the duplicate, if the answers on the duplicate make perfect sense on the original. The original question will now contain both the original answers and the new answers from the duplicate.
Minimal, Reproducible Example
Refers to any posts that discuss the operation or functionality of the site(s). The term "meta" also refers to the subsite,
sitename.meta.stackexchange.com, which every sites has to handle technical support, feature requests, and discussions about each Stack Exchange site. Meta Stack Exchange (Meta.SE, MSE) is for questions that apply to the whole network. Originally, there was no Meta.SE - questions about the network were asked on Meta Stack Overflow. Later, a new Meta Stack Overflow was established as a per-site meta, with the old one being renamed Meta Stack Exchange.
See Also: Meta Stack Exchange, Meta Stack Overflow, Site Specific Meta, What is Meta?
See: Meta Stack Exchange
Meta Stack Exchange
The Meta Stack Exchange website (this site). A place to discuss matters concerning the whole Stack Exchange network. Especially for reporting network wide bugs and request features. Originally, the site used to be called Meta Stack Overflow and accepted questions specific to Stack Overflow in addition to network-related questions, but Meta Stack Overflow was later established as a separate per-site meta.
See Also: Meta
Meta Stack Overflow
The Meta Stack Overflow website. A place to discuss issues common to Stack Overflow. This per-site meta was recently established (under the current state); prior to that, this referred to Meta Stack Exchange, which was at the time called Meta Stack Overflow.
Occurs when a question is deemed more appropriate for one of the other sites in the Stack Exchange network, and five users vote to close the question as "off-topic because..." and then selected "This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network." The question (and all of its answers) are copied to the new site, and the original question is closed. There is a limited list for each site - and some sites only have their meta as a migration option.
Moderator, Mod, Diamond User
A Stack Exchange user that has been elected and has additional powers to oversee a site. They can merge questions, do mass-re-tagging, and have other fun powers. They are distinguishable by the ♦ after their names on all posts / comments / chat messages and on their profile. SE employees also have the ♦ and moderator powers across all sites. This is also sometimes used to refer to 10k+ users, who have certain moderation privileges.
See: Meta Stack Exchange
See: Meta Stack Overflow
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