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Upcoming privacy updates: removal of the Activity data section and Google conversion pixel deprecation

Activity Data section within the Users Preference page Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange sites currently have an “Activity data” section within the Users Preference page. It looks like this: What’s ...
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Site maintenance - Saturday, February 24th, 2024, 14:00 - 22:00 UTC (9 AM - 5 PM EST)

We have planned maintenance that will impact Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange sites. The ​​window is scheduled for Saturday, February 24th, 2024, 14:00 - 22:00 UTC (9 AM - 5 PM EST). During the ...
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Data Dumps Releases: Timeline Updates and Clarification

We release our quarterly Data Dump towards the end of every quarter. We begin processing the Data Dump at the beginning of the last month of a quarter, but for the past three quarters, we’ve run into ...
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What would you like to change about the moderator election process?

Update – February 13th, 2024 Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and expressed their interest in joining the working group. The selection has been made, and those individuals have been invited....
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UPDATE - MAINTENANCE COMPLETED - Site maintenance - Thursday, February 1, 2024 @ 01:00 UTC (Wednesday, January 31 @ 8:00 PM ET)

[UPDATE]: Maintenance has been completed. We have planned maintenance that will impact Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange sites. The ​​window is scheduled for Thursday, February 1, 2024 01:00 UTC- 02:...
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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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Sites can now request to enable a banner to warn about their policy on AI-generated content

February 7, 2024 Update I've created a separate post to get feedback on changes to an existing help center article, and a draft for a separate new help center article. It will be open for feedback for ...
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Update to our Advertising Guidelines

Today, we have updated our Advertising Guidelines as follows: “Retargeting pixels are not allowed on any campaign. allowed for a limited number of vetted and pre-approved Programmatic partners.” ”...
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Update to cookie consent modal for EEA/UK users

Our sites feature a cookie consent banner to ask users for permission to store cookies on their devices. It currently looks like this: In order for us to continue to serve personalized ads in the EEA ...
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Site maintenance - Wednesday, December 13, 2023 @ 01:00 UTC (Tuesday, December 12 @ 8:00 pm EST)

UPDATE: The maintenance window has closed. The network is no longer in read-only mode. Thank you for your patience. We have planned maintenance that will impact Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange sites....
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Delay in Data Dump release

Our quarterly publication of the Stack Exchange Network data (the “data dumps”) is currently delayed. While the process of copying and uploading data was scheduled to begin on Sunday, December 3rd, we’...
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Stack Exchange’s image hosting arrangement with Imgur is ending - advance notice

Since 2010, Imgur has provided image hosting services to Stack Exchange, but that hosting contract with Imgur comes to an end this upcoming April 2024. This April will conclude a 13-year-long ...
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We're rolling back the changes to the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

I’m writing this post to let you know that we’re fully rolling back the changes made yesterday to the AUP and having them go through moderator review. I also want to briefly talk about how it happened:...
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Updates to the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) [duplicate]

Update (21 Nov 2023): We're rolling back this change to the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP); we will revise it and route it through the moderator review process as should have done. If you have further ...
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Changes to MSE deployment process may cause intermittent issues on November 1, 2023, between 08:00UTC and 09:00UTC

UPDATE 2023-11-01 09:46 CET: Deployment test has been successfully concluded. The site is operational. TL;DR: On Wednesday, November 1st 2023, around 08:00UTC, we'll be conducting some changes to how ...
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New colors launched

November 21, 2023: To help with internal managing issues, you may see a reference number added next to the status tag on your post. These numbers don't determine the order or priority of issues but ...
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Practical effects of the October 2023 layoff

I hope that by now you’ve all had a chance to read and digest the announcement and the blog post about today’s layoff. This was not an easy decision to make, nor is this an easy conversation to have. ...
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Community notice: October 2023 layoff announcement [duplicate]

I’d like to call your attention to today’s blog post from Prashanth. Unfortunately, we’ve made the difficult decision to reduce our headcount by roughly 28%. There are more details at the blog, and I ...
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Community-a-thon 2023 kicks off on October 13th

TL;DR: Our fourth Community-a-thon will kick off on October 13, 2023 and continue until October 18th, 2023. This is an annual event where staff at Stack Overflow are encouraged to participate on the ...
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Alpha test for short survey in banner ad slots starting on week of September 25th on SO

TL;DR: Starting on the week of September 25th, we will be showing a short survey in the banner ad slots on Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange tech sites. [EDIT: Since this post was created, some ...
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Stack Exchange network sites’ IP addresses may change in the coming weeks

From time to time, Stack Exchange makes improvements to our network infrastructure. One change we're making in the coming weeks will include new IP addresses for most, if not all, of our public Stack ...
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Sunsetting Winter/Summer Bash: Rationale and Next Steps

This year, we made the difficult decision to sunset Winter/Summer Bash. Winter Bash has been an annual event on Stack Exchange each December for the past decade. What are the origin and goals of ...
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Possible delay in Data Dump release - now targeting September 5th

As you probably know, it’s time for the quarterly publication of our data (affectionately known as the “data dumps”). The process of copying, uploading, and publishing the data over a notoriously ...
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How can we improve the Stack Exchange API?

The Stack Exchange API allows users to programmatically query and connect to the Stack Exchange Network of sites. The API is currently in version 2.3. We’re collecting feedback from users of the API, ...
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Let's not vote-to-close staff announcements that we disagree with (please?)

I've noticed that users with the close privilege sometimes try to close unpopular announcements; though they mostly end up being left open in review, occasionally end up being closed. (But soon ...
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Stack Overflow at WeAreDevelopers World Congress in Berlin

Update, July 27, 2023: I posted a summary of Prashanth's keynote as an answer below. We wanted to let everyone know that Stack Overflow will be at WeAreDevelopers World Congress in Berlin, Germany on ...
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GenAI (previously Prompt Design) site stakeholder group updates

This question will serve as a place to check for updates on what is going on with the community stakeholder group working on the upcoming GenAI/Prompt Writing site. We will update this weekly to give ...
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Are you interested in Prompt Design? Join the Community Stakeholders group

Update #2 As promised, you can follow along for summarized updates on the work the stakeholder group is undertaking. You can find that here Update #1 Thank you to everyone who took the time to throw ...
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Starting the Prompt Design Site: A New Home in our Stack Exchange Neighborhood

Update (July 25th) We have moved the GenAI site into its Public Beta. Privileges have been set to normal public beta thresholds as well. Update (July 13th) As promised, you can follow along for ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Thursday, June 15, 2023 at 21:00 UTC

tl;dr; We are updating a piece of network hardware on Thursday, June 15, 2023 at 21:00 UTC, that will cause some internal traffic disruption for about a 1 minute duration. It's possible this could ...
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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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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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Moderators do not (and never did) rely blindly on automatic GPT detector tools

A recent statement from the SE company to the press suggests that company spokespeople (the CEO or whoever writes his statements) believe that moderators have been relying on ChatGPT detection tools ...
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We've updated the Data Subject Rights (DSR) request page

We’ve updated the Data Request page to use a native solution from our consent provider, OneTrust. What is changing? Data Subject Rights (DSR) requests, as a part of Stack Overflow’s global privacy ...
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We are graduating the updated button styling for vote arrows

Update This experiment has been graduated. The new styling for vote arrows is now live across the Stack Exchange network. About a year ago, the Product team, focused on improving the general ...
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We're regenerating all Gravatar identicons

We've recently discovered a vulnerability in our identicon generation process. To remedy it, we have changed how we approach generating them and regenerated all identicons. We do not have any ...
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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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Announcement: Teresa Dietrich leaves Stack

Some of you know Teresa Dietrich, our Chief Product Officer. Teresa’s last day with the company was Friday, April 21st. In the 3+ years that she was here, Teresa had a huge impact on the company and ...
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Why hasn't there been an official community announcement or blogpost about charging for usage of subscriber content in the training of LLMs?

Note for any confused: "Subscriber Content" is used here in the sense of the phrase defined in the Terms of Service. I just saw two posts (1, 2) about this Wired article: Stack Overflow Will ...
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New blog post from our CEO Prashanth: Community is the future of AI

For posts following this one, see: An example of a generative AI tool: Suggesting better question titles AI/ML Tool examples part 3 - Title-Drafting Assistant Stack Overflow will be testing a title-...
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We’re moving Traducir to our internal infrastructure

It's been a long time since we started using Traducir on Stack Overflow en español in 2018. We originally built it as open source, which not only let us accept contributions from users, but more ...
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Planned Maintenance scheduled March 2nd, 2023 at 01:00 AM UTC (March 1st, 2023 at 08:00 PM EST)

MAINTENANCE NOTIFICATION: Sites may be in read-only mode on Wednesday, March 1st 8:00 PM EST / Thursday, March 2nd 1:00 AM UTC for up to 90 minutes. TL;DR: The Platform Engineering team at Stack ...
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Please welcome Valued Associate #1426 - Sasha!

Today I have the pleasure of introducing Sasha, Stack Exchange’s newest community manager. Sasha’s diverse academic and professional experience shows her passion for continuous learning and for ...
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Planned Imgur Maintenance for Thursday, February 23rd 00:00-01:00 UTC

On Thursday, February 23rd, between 00:00 and 01:00 UTC (February 22nd between 7:00 and 8:00 pm EST), Imgur is performing routine maintenance for 10-15 minutes, which may cause interruptions to stack....
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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 stackoverflow.com, all Stack Exchange sites, stackoverflow.co, stackoverflow.blog, and all other Stack Overflow sites. ...
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Ticket smash for [status-review] tag: Part Deux

The Problem I hate backlogs. It is a mystery to me that I’ve worked in tech for over a decade because there is no such thing as a week where you get to check “done” on every Jira task assigned to you. ...
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The current SEDE refresh was delayed overnight

On Saturday, January 22nd, we had a failure on a backup share that won't be fully resolved until Monday. We've immediately re-routed backups to multiple secondary locations, so that concern has been ...
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Site Maintenance - Friday, January 20, 2023 02:00 - 05:00 UTC (Thursday, Jan 19, 9 PM - Friday, Jan 20, 12 AM EST)

UPDATE: The maintenance window has closed. The network is no longer in read-only mode. Thank you for your patience. During our January 13, 2023 maintenance window, we determined that additional time ...
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Site maintenance - Friday, January 13, 2023 @ 23:00 UTC (6:00 pm EST)

UPDATE: The maintenance window has closed. The network is no longer in read-only mode. On Friday, January 13, 2023 at 23:00 UTC (6:00 pm EST), we will be conducting maintenance updates to our ...
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Stack Overflow for Teams is moving to its own domain at stackoverflowteams.com

Based on our Product research and user feedback we see that sometimes when posting, users who are active in both the public community and Stack Overflow for Teams find themselves in a situation like ...
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