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Is SE in violation of the CC BY-SA 4.0 license by not providing data dumps?

SE is no longer providing data dumps for the content contributed by their users. CC BY-SA 4.0 states: No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally ...
CharonX's user avatar
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Does Stack Exchange offer any incentives related to use of their data explorer in research?

I'm interested in whether or not there have historically been this sort of partnership with research in the academic space or if it is planned for the future. This could be something like a grant, ...
William Ledbetter's user avatar
100 votes
1 answer
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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. ...
Anton Menshov's user avatar
74 votes
1 answer
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The company appears to have been particularly reticent, even somewhat secretive, regarding communications during the past several months

My reading of thousands of posts here, from over most of the time period going back to shortly after SO started, indicates the company has often not done a particularly good job of communicating with ...
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Waiting for March 2022 dump

I'm used to finding the new dumps during the first week of a quarter, but now it's the 15th and I'm constantly refreshing https://archive.org/download/stackexchange. (hopefully everyone is doing well) ...
Felipe Hoffa's user avatar
12 votes
1 answer
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Form to request erasure under GDPR doesn't indicate that attribution will be removed from all posts, a possible license violation

It's long been the case that when a user requests their account be deleted, all of their contributions are dissociated from their name. This would ordinarily be considered a violation of the CC BY-SA ...
Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog's user avatar
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1 answer
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Does Stack Exchange Inc. intend to sue firms that use language models that are partly trained on Stack Exchange?

Stack Exchange Inc. has expressed an interest in financially profiting from some companies that use Stack Exchange data to train their model. Many language models are partly trained on Stack Exchange ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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0 answers
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Will SE shut down the free API for good? [duplicate]

SE has intentionally disabled the data dump. And the CEO has stated to the press that he plans to charge AI companies for access to the data. Given these developments I think it is almost inevitable ...
Mad Scientist's user avatar
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Stopping data dumps to "protect data" - harmful and threatening to the community

I find it a bit odd that "senior leadership is working on a strategy to protect Stack Overflow data from being misused by companies building LLMs", but historically has only cared about ...
Thomas Owens's user avatar
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Has Stack Exchange started restricting the archiving of user profile pages on the WayBack Machine?

Searching the Wayback Machine for URLs of user profile pages doesn't return some user pages, eg. my user profile pages on the SE sites that I have ever joined since August (when my account was ...
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Is Stack Exchange explicitly blocking web crawlers that have a potential to be used for training AI models?

The robots.txt for all SE sites explicitly blocks GPTBot and Amazonbot. GPTBot is OpenAI's web crawler that is used for training their large language models as well as allowing their applications to ...
Thomas Owens's user avatar
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What initiatives exist to create a publicly available dump of SE under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license?

SE is not providing a dump for the time being. They may do it again in the future, but with some restrictive ToS/license/etc. This makes me wonder: What initiatives exist to create a publicly ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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What aspects of Stack Exchange are copyrighted in the case of a fork?

Here's a hypothetical scenario. Say that the Stack Exchange management does something that the community thinks is so counter to their core values, that a large majority decides to set up a new ...
Peter's user avatar
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When does the SE "senior leadership" plan to re-enable the uploads of the data dump to Archive.org? [duplicate]

I read this answer written by AMtwo: The job that uploads the data dump to Archive.org was disabled on 28 March, and marked to not be re-enabled without approval of senior leadership. This is a huge ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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What is the current (June 2023) status of the data dumps and the company’s commitment to them? [duplicate]

What is the current (June 2023) status of the data dumps, the API, and the Data Explorer? Will the company continue to provide them going forward?
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