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Announcing a change to the data-dump process

Please note: We usually avoid posting on Fridays, but with the data dump scheduled for the end of July, we wanted to share this information with the community as soon as possible. We will monitor this ...
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Upcoming initiatives on Stack Overflow and across the Stack Exchange network (July 2024)

Today I shared an update on progress from last quarter and what we’re up to this quarter on the blog. TL;DR - top areas of focus include: Community Asks quarterly event Iterating and scaling Staging ...
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We spent a sprint addressing your requests — here’s how it went

You may have noticed posts getting status-completed at an unusually high rate last week — there’s a reason for that, which I’ll get into further down. But first, some context for those who might need ...
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Upcoming sign-up experiments related to tags

In April, we shared that we had been conducting sign-up experiments on Stack Overflow and found positive results. These were centered around simplifying the typical sign-up flow and experience. Our ...
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Stack Overflow announcement profile [duplicate]

Feature request: a Stack Overflow announcement account! So as you all know, Stack Overflow manages a lot of the administration of the Stack Exchange network, so this is not site specific. I just want ...
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(COMPLETED) Site maintenance - Thursday, May 16th, 2024, 22:00 - 23:00 UTC (6 PM - 7 PM EDT)

[UPDATE - Maintenance complete] We will be performing maintenance on Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange sites on Thursday, May 16th, 2024, 22:00 - 23:00 UTC (6 PM - 7 PM EDT). During the maintenance ...
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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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Imgur image URL migration: Coming soon to a Stack Exchange site near you!

Update on the URL migration, May 15th 2024 The work described below will be under way shortly. For further updates, we'll be maintaining the update log in the main post for the Imgur migration. We're ...
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Stack Exchange reputation leagues will soon list only the top 400 users

Stack Exchange is currently in the process of migrating some of our backend infrastructure. Mostly, this migration comprises long-running behind-the-scenes work that doesn’t have an impact on the day-...
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Testing a new version of Stack Overflow Jobs

Update on May 8th, 2024 Stack Overflow Jobs is now live. If you notice any bugs or other issues with the job site please report them on this separate post. I am happy to announce that we are ...
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We are moving the API behind our CDN

Later today or tomorrow, we will be moving the API behind our Content Delivery Network (CDN). In an effort to better align all our applications, we are moving this and, in the future, other public ...
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Upcoming changes to sign-up flow on the Stack Exchange network

Over the last couple of months, we’ve conducted several experiments surrounding some changes to the sign-up flow on Stack Overflow, all of which we’ve successfully graduated in some fashion on Stack ...
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Upcoming initiatives on Stack Overflow and across the Stack Exchange network (March 2024)

A couple of weeks ago, I gave a heads-up that we’d be sharing updates on community product initiatives that we’re planning on focusing on over the upcoming months. Des, our Director of Product, shared ...
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No April Fools 2024 prank: rationale and next steps

Many long-time community members are familiar with the annual April Fools joke that Stack Overflow has done most years, last year being an exception. We are proactively letting you know that we will ...
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Our partnership with Google and commitment to socially responsible AI

Today, we announced an exciting new partnership with Google to bring Google's Gemini to Stack Overflow and to provide Stack Overflow content directly within Google Cloud. The story of this partnership ...
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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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(COMPLETED) Site maintenance - Saturday, February 24th, 2024, 14:00 - 22:00 UTC (9 AM - 5 PM EST)

[UPDATE - Maintenance complete] 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 ...
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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 22, 2024 Update The help center articles have been rolled out network-wide. See revision 15 of the February 7th post for more details. If you're interested in enabling one of these banners on ...
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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 has ended - migration complete!

Update on the Imgur migration, May 28th 2024: Migration complete! As of today, we are pronouncing the work associated with the Imgur migration "complete" for all intents and purposes. There ...
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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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