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The Follow Questions and Answers feature is now live across the Network

We are happy to announce that the previously announced follow question and answer feature is now live across the Network, including Stack Overflow, all Stack Exchange sites, and all Meta sites. (...
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438 votes
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We've added a "Necessary cookies only" option to the cookie consent popup

We’ve added a “Necessary cookies only” option to our cookie consent banner across, all Stack Exchange sites,,, and all other Stack Overflow sites. ...
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Google Analytics 4 (GA4) upgrade

Update Sep 14: GA4 has been enabled network-wide. Update Sep 8: GA4 has been enabled on Super User. TL;DR: We’re preparing to upgrade Google Analytics to version 4. A few months ago, the Google ...
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John Oliver calling out Stack Exchange cookie dialog

In the recent Data Brokers episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver showed this picture: (jump to relevant part around 18:57) which is of the Stack Exchange cookie screen. He said this: Privacy ...
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Introduce an optional "SE Gold" subscription so that we can support SE directly without ads + tracking + venture capital

As an alternative to peddling ads and tracking, building Fortune 500 SaaS, and raising endless venture capital funding rounds, Stack Exchange should investigate an optional tier of monetary support ...
pkamb's user avatar
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104 votes
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Stop tracking users without their consent

Right now, if you visit an SE site the following things happen: two cookies _ga and _gid are saved, those contain unique IDs used for Google Analytics a request is made to ...
Mad Scientist's user avatar
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Why has there been such a huge drop in "new visits" since May 9th, 2022, across multiple sites?

The Data: The following graphs are from today, starting from when the public beta started, and with data points plotted "weekly" rather than "daily". Quantum Computing: Matter ...
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Replace Google Analytics with a transparent, privacy-respecting alternative

Earlier this year, Google announced that Universal Analytics (UA) will be going away and will stop processing new data after July 1, 2023. Stack Exchange currently plans to switch to Google Analytics ...
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Can we have a little notice letting people know that analytics changed after May 10, 2022?

One of the effects of the recategorization of Google Analytics cookie as a “Performance Cookie” was the apparent drop in visitor numbers in the 25k and mod analytics tools. This seems to cause some ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
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Why do some sites in the site switcher have a long query parameter (e.g. "*i2ckzl*_ga*…")?

When I am on a SE site on the domain, and go to a site with its own domain such as MathOverflow, Ask Ubuntu, or Server Fault using the links in “Your Communities” or “More Stack ...
Emil Jeřábek's user avatar
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1 answer

Is avoiding to report underage users a violation of the moderator agreement now?

There is a new official policy on reporting underage users by moderators: What are our policies regarding underage users?. This is posted with the mod-agreement-policy tag, so it is officially part of ...
Mad Scientist's user avatar
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Update the help center page on site analytics to reflect that traffic sources are not tracked for users with performance cookies disabled

Effective May 13, 2022 (or earlier), the Google Analytics cookie will be recategorized as a performance cookie and will no longer be saved for users who opt out of performance cookies (or all cookies),...
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'modified ... ago' does not always link to last activity [duplicate]

Normally, when the last activity on a question is a deleted answer, like in this case: the link under (in this case) 'modified 2 days ago' contains a lastactivity parameter: https://meta....
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