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Why is Stack Overflow trying to start audio?

I often have my browser's devtools open since I'm often debugging a snippet. I noticed this message often recently: Why is Stack Overflow trying to start audio? Update. I see it's from an ad(?). ...
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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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Where do we go from here?

I came across the resignation letter by Robert Harvey by pure coincidence, a few minutes after he wrote it. Since then, I paid close attention to what happened on MSO and MSE. I think we have seen ...
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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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Hiding downvoted questions silences important discussions on Meta

I just noticed a particular MSE post today on a topic I care about that was posted almost a week ago, which I entirely missed before. I'm a pretty avid MSE user, and this happens quite rarely to me. ...
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Is SE allowing ads to use fingerprinting to track users?

This is pretty much a follow-up to this meta announcement by SE. Ideally that announcement would have resolved the issue, but the language in it was vague and evasive, and there have been no ...
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Why does Stack Overflow seem to be less welcoming to its top contributors?

Note: by contribution I mean all effort put into growing the community starting from useful edits and ending in moderation The recent events that involved lots of moderators leaving as a protest made ...
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Embedded audio player on language sites

Allowing audio files with pronunciaton asks the ability to embed audio of pronunciations. While the question was specifically asked for the Russian site, I'm sure such functionality would be useful on ...
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Why are mods declining flags to add [featured] to pertinent questions?

I as well as other users have flagged some of the recent questions about ads and tracking users, so people can have some forewarning before their information is all over the internet. However, the ...
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Show MSE posts authored by staff members on the homepage regardless of the vote count

I strongly suggest to always allow showing posts created by SO Staff members on the frontpage of Meta SE. Currently, if the post reaches "−8" vote count, it is hidden from the frontpage. While this ...
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Lazy loading our leaderboard ads

The Advertising team is continuously making improvements to the ads experience on our sites for both our users as our clients. One of the changes we’re excited about sharing is the implementation of ...
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NSFW video and annoying animated advertising on Music SE

I'm seeing this annoying animated advertisement on Music SE. Somehow saving the gif was impossible, so I recreated it as well as I could from screenshots (first image). The actual thing is even more ...
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We're testing advertisements across the network

For several years we've had advertising solely on technology-related sites. But many of our sites aren't about technology at all, so we haven't sold ads for them. Traditionally, that hasn't been a ...
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Shield icon in Firefox: Tracking attempts blocked

When browsing sites in the StackExchange network, Firefox shows a shield by the address bar, and if you hover it it says "Tracking attempts blocked". Why is this shown? What does StackExchange sites ...
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Why can't SE use a non-Google captcha that invades my privacy less?

One reason that I do not like using SE is third-party elements that track me and invade my privacy: specifically, Google captcha, which I am forced to use even when logged in. I use various blockers ...

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