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Statement from SO: June 5, 2023 Moderator Action

Update: GPT on the platform: Data, actions, and outcomes As you may be aware, a number of moderators (on Stack Overflow/across the network) have decided to stop engaging in several activities that ...
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Let's talk about (community) health

In my team, we spend a lot of time thinking about the nebulously defined concept of "community health". It seems to be one of those things that everyone knows is important, but nobody can ...
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Moderation Strike update: Data dumps, choosing representatives, GPT data, and where we’re holding

Update On August 2nd, 2023, negotiations between community representatives and representatives of the company concluded with an agreement being reached. The details of the agreement can be found at ...
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The company's commitment to the data dumps, the API, and SEDE

Many words have been written around the company's commitment to the ongoing existence of the data dumps, the API, and the Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE). Much of that text can be confusing or ...
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What Experts-Exchange thinks of Stack Overflow [closed]

After noticing a $10 Experts-Exchange (EE) fee on my credit card, I realized I've had an idle EE account for quite a few years. I sent them an email asking for instructions on how to close it, and ...
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Updates to the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) – January 2024

As part of our ongoing efforts to review and update policies, we’ve updated our Acceptable Use Policy. These changes come after a review period in which we made adjustments as a result of moderator ...
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Is SE [going to be] selling our content for AI model training? And what exactly does "reinvest back into our communities" mean?

Wired published an article titled Stack Overflow Will Charge AI Giants for Training Data. I read through it, and a few sections seemed noteworthy to me "Community platforms that fuel LLMs ...
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How can a user unhappy with the LLM partnerships protest constructively (and ideally- effectively)?

I'm more asking this on behalf* of the many people I see trying to express protest to the OpenAI partnership in ways that get themselves into trouble: Deleting their own posts- individual or en masse ...
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Stack Exchange is failing its community

I guess this is very much an intervention. There's a few policies in the pipeline - here's one, and there's another one that's not been officially announced that a good many moderators are opposed to. ...
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May 2023 layoff impacting 58 SO/SE staff

A few minutes ago, CEO Prashanth Chandrasekar posted a note to our blog to share the news that Stack Overflow has made the difficult decision to reduce our workforce by 58 people, or about 10% of our ...
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(Interim) Policy on AI-content detection reports

This post is (finally) to announce that I have formally rescinded the policy on Generative AI (specifically the one regarding GPT content detectors, which was announced on the moderators team and ...
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All Stack Exchange data dumps

The original ClearBits link to the September 2011 data dump has broken. How can I access it and other previous data dumps? The Internet Archive only has the latest one.
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Is the cost of ChatGPT integration into Stack Exchange sustainable?

Just today, the AI question draft editor / formatting assistant experiment went live. From fiddling with it, it seems clear that it's just ChatGPT / a related OpenAI LLM with a prompt designed for ...
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How can SE gate access to the Dump that will allow individuals access to the data while preventing "misuse" by for-profit organizations?

I read this answer written by Jody Bailey: We are looking for ways to gate access to the Dump, APIs, and SEDE, that will allow individuals access to the data while preventing misuse by organizations ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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2 answers
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Could someone legally replace Stack Exchange in posting the data dumps to the Internet Archive?

Recently the user discovered that without any official communication the company stopped posting the monthly data dump to the Internet Archive web site. Causes are currently unknown but some users ...
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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 ...
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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
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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
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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
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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