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Firing mods and forced relicensing: is Stack Exchange still interested in cooperating with the community?

The last weeks and days have seen some erratic behaviour by Stack Exchange Inc., such as likely illegal changes to the content license and the firing of an upstanding community moderator with no ...
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The Many Memes of Meta

Catchphrases and concepts that spread from person to person are known as memes, which, courtesy the Internet, can now explode across the Earth like a highly contagious virus (hence "going viral"). As ...
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Merging technical sites with Stack Overflow

Listening to the recent podcast A chat with our CEO about the future of our company and community it seems that merging other SE technical sites with Stack Overflow is imminent. That was also vaguely ...
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SE seems pretty set in their path to change the sites as we know them and the testimony of former employees are proof of that

A Tweet from Tim Post that always stood out to me was the following: We never manage through sharp sticks, ultimatums or threats. I honestly believe this is why we have the most professional ...
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An apology to our community, and next steps

I’m David Fullerton, Stack Overflow’s CTO, responsible for the product, engineering, and community teams. I joined Stack Overflow in 2010 because I believed in the vision and mission of Stack ...
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Please don't let Stack Exchange die [closed]

With the recent flow of moderator resignations, I am quite worried. I have no right to be as I myself have made a couple of trash questions in the past, but I just feel like a lot of people have a ...
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If 95%+ of comments have been rated as “fine”, does the site deserve its reputation of “unwelcoming”? Do we still need to focus on it?

Quick review There's been much ado over the last 5 years or so about the SE network being "unwelcoming". From the summer of love to the code of conduct, from the welcome wagon to the instantaneous ...
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A proposed turnaround plan after Monica's firing

The recent firing of a beloved moderator has created a crisis. Moderators are leaving. Users are up in arms. Much energy is expended in reading/writing/commenting on meta posts. More critically for ...
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SE Inc. Director of Public Q&A retweets bad-faith, misrepresentative tweet

As we all know, SE Inc. has engaged in highly problematic and widely criticized actions against the SE community and specific moderators. Earlier today (Oct 11th, 2019), Ms. Sara Chipps, "Director ...
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Suggestions for Winter Bash 2019

Winter Bash 2018 is over now, and no one has opened this recurring question for the next round, so I'll just do it. Please post your suggestions regarding how to make Winter Bash 2019 even more fun ...
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What are the criteria for questions to be selected for Hot Network Questions?

I really like the new Stack Exchange home page, where certain questions from the Stack Exchange Network are presented, along with a hotness rating that is described as "arbitrary" in its tooltip. Such ...
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Which sites are excluded or limited from Hot Network Questions?

I was curious but couldn't find any definitive listing on this. Is there an official list of sites excluded from Hot Network Questions somewhere? Additionally, which sites are penalized from Hot ...
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Why did this question make it onto HNQ? [duplicate]

I see that Can an employer be forced to allow an employee to bring a gun to work (Washington State)? has made it to the HNQ list. What process makes it possible for such a very localised (...
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Has Stack Exchange seen an outrage like the current one before?

Right now there's quite some stuff happening around the Stack Exchange network, and even spreading to outside the network itself with "The Register" covering it and other (more forum focused) sites ...
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Kind, courteous, inclusive, intolerant of bigotry, racism, etc. Fine, I agree. Now what about my feelings as a mod?

Some background for those who don't know me: I have been involved in SE for more than 5 years and have been a moderator (activity now suspended) on Parenting for several of them. My background is ...
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Today's inappropriate ad: Playboy model on Biology

Three days ago, I wrote: Yeah I'm aware that "a tool to manage ad experience" is currently being developed, but as long as it's not available, I'll keep on reporting these. I'll also keep on ...
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Avoid “shipping” news on a Friday evening

We learned (or were painfully reminded, rather) to never ship at 6 PM (EDT) on a Friday. We didn’t follow that rule last week and as a result there was a lot of confusion over the weekend. Even more, ...
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The second draft of our Code of Conduct is available for feedback and review

You provided us with some really helpful feedback on our first draft attempt to expand our 'Be nice' policy into a formal code of conduct, and we're extremely grateful for your time, patience and ...
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Responsive Design Themes - What can sites customize and how can they get changes implemented?

Update: We've begun working on new site designs and the information below also applies to them. I've added a new section about it and adjusted some of the guidelines as they've changed a bit. There ...
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Are expletives (cursing, swear words or vulgar language) allowed on SE sites?

Can I use salty, expletive-laden language on Stack Exchange sites, like Q*Bert? For more information, see "What kind of behavior is expected of users?" in the Help Center. Return to FAQ index
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Writing.SE clamours for graduation

Writing.SE has raised the issue of our desire to graduate a year ago Here it is: we're tired of being a beta site. We believe we have been a consistently successful site, we've been around for more ...
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Request for addition to the hot network questions filter regex

I understand that there's a regex that prevents questions with certain text patterns in their titles from appearing in the hot network questions list. I would like to propose an addition to this ...
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RemoveDeadQuestions should not apply to Meta posts

There is an automated system that eventually deletes all unanswered negative scoring questions (as long as they're not locked). I understand why this exists for regular sites – a negative score ...
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Are we creating divisions in our quest to make new users welcome?

One of the more frequent accusations that get leveled against long-time users of various sites is that we treat new user questions differently. That we downvote and close vote them maliciously, to "...
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New Resources for Our Stack Exchange Network

It's nice to be here! Hello, fellow humans! My name is Juan M and I’ve served as the Community Manager of Stack Overflow en español as well as the Manager for the International Stack Overflow ...
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Updating the Hot Network Questions List - now with a bit more network and a little less “hotness”!

Some of you may have noticed that we've been making some changes to the Hot Network Questions on the back end over the last week or so. I'm here announcing our first round of changes to how the HNQ ...
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Filter “Hot Network Questions” by excluding sites

I was going to make a filter for the "Hot Network Questions" by excluding some sites from it. I noticed this answer which talks about "negative filtering" but does not explain how one can do it or if ...
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Display other SE site links in the linked questions sidebar

Maybe using a different font or a small site-icon. Hijack edit: ~~~~ jco - Based on this discussion: Hodofhod Asks About Intra-network Related Questions Example. In the below answer from Justin is a ...
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How to avoid “Hot Network Questions” on the sidebar

This may sound like a 'first world problem', but I am quite easily distracted by the 'Hot Network Questions' sidebar, as I find them quite amusing and some of them quite intellectual But where the ...
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Allow moderators or gold tag badge holders to prevent questions from being on the hot network questions (HNQ) list

Sometimes a question that is not representative of a site makes the HNQ list. This can lead to a large bump in traffic on a question the community may not be well equipped to handle. I propose that ...
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Time for some more swag! [closed]

UPDATE: I just sent out emails to collect addresses from the lucky users getting these watches — be on the lookout for those, and try to fill it in the next two weeks! :) On occasion of our ...
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History of Hot Questions

Is there a historical list of all questions that have ever been to the Hot Questions list? For the purpose of exploring the most interesting questions (by HQ algo's opinion). Regarding linked ...
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What kinds of question titles put a site's HNQ presence at risk?

Last month Stack Exchange removed a site from the Hot Network Questions list across the network because of a complaint about some questions that appeared there. I'm not here to rehash that decision (...
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What are the effective communication channels for effecting change to SE?

It seems clear at this point that MSE is not a useful mechanism for pointing out problems on SE sites and getting resolution for them. It is useful in some ways. If SE staff ask questions about ...
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Has anything been done to improve HNQ since October 2018?

Refering to this I and probably many people are not happy with the state of HNQ, and I personally wonder if, and if not, why there is nothing done about it. My personal 3 most disliked features of ...
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Rollout of responsive design site themes - Tracking post

This post will be updated as the responsive design and left navigation layouts are released on each site. Previously, we tried this out by releasing still screenshots of the site designs and getting ...
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Can we have a guaranteed pipeline for responses from Stack Exchange?

I think we should have some mechanism that automatically flags certain meta posts (both child metas and here) for Stack Exchange staff attention when they get beyond a certain point. The thresholds ...
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What happened to the 2018 monthly product team updates?

There was no update in the 2018 monthly product team updates page for the past two months (September and October). Last month I got a reply from Adam Lear that September update will be included in ...
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How is the effectiveness of HNQs measured?

We're being asked to give feedback on what should be done with the Hot Network Questions list that's shown on the right-hand side of the screen. Ideas range from elaborate—relying on communities ...
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Allow sites in Beta to be chosen for the Today's Featured Site

As described in How is the featured site chosen? - How is the featured site chosen? - It is a random selection from the list of graduated sites. Could we allow Beta sites to rotate as well ...
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Breaking the HNQ feedback loop on bad questions

The Hot Network Questions sidebar is a bit of a contentious issue, because it tends to promote questions that are often perceived as 'cheap', of relatively low quality, or on the fringes of topicality ...
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SE needs a better social media policy (and could us experienced users get a little love too?)

I don't particularly think I can add more to what Monica's said about what went wrong, and how it's hurting the community. Things could have gone better. I don't really see people getting any happier ...
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Which sites appear most often in the Hot Network Questions list?

Is there any data about which Stack Exchange sites have their questions end up in the Hot Network Questions list the most? In particular: What percentage of hot network questions comes from each site?...
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What privilege should 30k users get?

The last time we lifted the level cap was in 2015. In 2014, we added a unilateral close-as-duplicate power for gold tag badge holders, but no new reputation level. So we've been thinking about giving ...
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Change rep required to downvote on MSE

To make your opinion known on MSE you need both up and downvotes. Given at the moment you need 125 rep to downvote on this site, the voting patterns will be skewed positive because not everyone is ...
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Add a toggle to collapse the hot network questions list

While the hot network questions list can be entertaining, there are a few situations in which it harms the experience of using SE sites, especially when you use SE sites at work. I know that ...
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Small, nitpicky edits to grammar, punctuation, and capitalization feel really patronizing

I understand why the edit feature exists, but when people use it to adjust grammar, punctuation, capitalization, or minor changes in wording, it feels patronizing, and it makes me uncomfortable. This ...
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Encourage active users to edit Hot Questions, especially titles

Questions on the "Hot Network" list are like travel billboards: they advertise sites to users elsewhere, to maybe get those users interested in participating. But I have noticed that those questions ...
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Is 'Mmmm Bacon' hat in poor taste?

I hold the stack community to very high standards in everything from technical discussions to being acutely aware of cultural sensitivities. As a vegetarian and animal lover I found the 'Bacon' simply ...
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What is the views:upvotes ratio for clickbait?

In response to the recent problems with the HNQ, I think we need to rethink how the Hot Network Questions are ranked. As @E.P. pointed out, in their answer, one of the biggest, if not the biggest, ...

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