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The company’s commitment to rebuilding the relationship with you, our community

My name is Teresa Dietrich. About a month ago, I joined Stack Overflow as Head of Product and Community, reporting directly to the CEO. During my years as an engineer and technology leader I saw the ...
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When will CMs or moderators remove the [featured] tag from actively featured meta questions?

Elected Moderators generally control the Meta content that is featured on their sites (with the exception of Meta Stack Exchange, due to the network-wide reach of posts featured there) through the ...
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TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 removal for Stack Exchange services

Update (2020-02-13): This change was completed last night on the Fastly side. Most of our endpoints now have TLS 1.0 and 1.1 disabled. We’ll be addressing our direct load balancers next. As part of ...
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Planned Maintenance scheduled for Wednesday, February 5, 2020 for Data Explorer

Update: The maintenance went as planned. tl;dr; Planned service interruption that will impact Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE). The site will be inaccessible for up to 12 hours on February 5, 2020 ...
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“Scripting the Future of Stack Overflow” blog post discussion on MSO

Our CEO just posted a blog post to kick off 2020 and reflect on his first 90 days. You can see his blog post here and his Meta Stack Overflow post here. Please follow the second link to engage with ...
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The historical lock on the new post notices announcement should be removed and replaced with something else

New Post Notices are live network-wide, the original announcement of the new post notices, has been historically locked. I understand the intention of doing so: the announcement has run its course, ...
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Is there an option to opt-out from receiving network announcements?

From time to time I see notifications like the one below when browsing various Stack Exchange sites: This is not a big deal, but I find them annoying for two reasons: in most cases, they do not mean ...
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What about that new feedback mechanism?

Last week, that blog announcement about the sudden change to the question weight, ended with: ... along with some new feedback mechanisms we will be announcing next week... Now, unless I missed ...
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Can we reserve the top bar announcements for actual site news?

Would it be possible for Stack Exchange to reserve top bar announcements for things that are actually important to the network, and not use them to advertise things like the podcast? We've got the ...
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Why was the reputation change not announced on this meta site?

I'm aware that there was a blog announcing the reputation change, but I only just came across the meta post. I was surprised to see it on the SO meta rather than here because it affects all SE sites. ...
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New Post Notices rollout on Stack Overflow

New Post Notices have been launched network-wide. Please post all new feedback, bugs and feature requests to the new announcement post. As has been previously announced, we have been working for some ...
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Post for clarifications on the updated pronouns FAQ

Over the past week we've been busy reviewing our previous FAQ to directly address concerns over pronoun usage. We tried to anticipate likely questions, but… missed the mark a bit. Inspired by the ...
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New lock type: “Official Announcement Lock” [duplicate]

I have wanted to propose something along these lines, but a comment by rjzii stated it very well: @GeorgeStocker In all fairness, an official SE post should just be locked from the beginning as a ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Wednesday September 11, 2019 at 1:00 UTC (9 PM US/Eastern)

Update: The maintenance went as planned. tl;dr; Planned service interruption that will impact all Stack Overflow/Stack Exchange sites. All sites may be read-only for up to 15 minutes on Wednesday ...
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The “Featured” tab is now “Bountied”

It's long confused me why we put bounties on a tab labeled "Featured" that has no connection to the "Featured" questions in the right sidebar. I posted a discussion about it earlier this year here on ...
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Congratulations to our 29 oldest beta sites - They're now no longer beta!

If you're a user on a long-toiling beta site that's been waiting 7-8 years to get out of beta, this may be the post you've been waiting for. The 29 Beta sites that are 7+ years old no longer have the ...
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Employee profiles are now marked with a “Staff” indicator

Starting today, all staff member accounts will have "Staff" next to their name on their user profile. It looks like this: For reference, it used to look like this: We took our cue from the existing ...
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Custom Filters release announcement

After an extended alpha period, we are pleased to announce the release of Custom Filters (formerly known as Custom Question Lists). Custom Filters provide a rich UI for building more tailored views ...
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We're testing advertisements across the network

For several years we've had advertising solely on technology-related sites. But many of our sites aren't about technology at all, so we haven't sold ads for them. Traditionally, that hasn't been a ...
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Will there be any product updates?

Back in 2017 and the earlier quarters of 2018, the team published monthly updates as to which features were discussed, denied or implemented. This was done at 2018 monthly product team updates and ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled April 23, 2019 at 23:30 UTC (7:30 pm US/Eastern)

Update 2019-04-23: The maintenance went as planned. Current status We have hit some unexpected issues and have rescheduled - title and dates below are updated. The work listed below for Monday/...
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Announcing the arrival of Valued Associate #679: Cesar Manara

We mentioned last year that we were looking to rev up on additional resources for the Stack Exchange network and this announcement is meant to support that claim. Due to the increased growth of our ...
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Custom Question Lists: Pre-launch Update

We're really close to launching custom question lists and we're extremely excited to be in the final phases of fine-tuning the back-end notification mechanism and finalizing all of the UX components. ...
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Updating the Hot Network Questions List - now with a bit more network and a little less “hotness”!

Some of you may have noticed that we've been making some changes to the Hot Network Questions on the back end over the last week or so. I'm here announcing our first round of changes to how the HNQ ...
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New Year Algorithm 2019 on International Sites

International communities have one very remarkable initiative that began several years ago on Stack Overflow in Russian: we celebrate the beginning of the new year with a contest for the best ...
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Will there be 2019 monthly product team updates?

Last year, SE began publishing monthly updates from the Developer Affinity & Growth team at 2018 monthly product team updates. I see that the last update was published in November 2018, as a ...
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Review spring cleaning: performance improvements and responsive design

This is just a heads-up that there's a lot of work underway right now on the Review system, mostly in the areas of cleanup and bug-fixing. The review system we have now was originally built over the ...
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Responsive Design Themes - What can sites customize and how can they get changes implemented?

Update: We've begun working on new site designs and the information below also applies to them. I've added a new section about it and adjusted some of the guidelines as they've changed a bit. There ...
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Responsive design now available on all sites; new theme customization coming soon

It's been a long process, but the changes we announced back in March are done. Most sites will see their new themes live for all users on November 30. Some sites with blocking issues may have to wait ...
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Please Join Us in Welcoming Our New Meta Stack Exchange Moderators!

We're really excited to announce the appointment of three new community moderators to Meta Stack Exchange! I know this might come as a really big surprise to some, and I can't wait to talk about it, ...
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Custom question lists October status update

Previous posts: Custom question lists: finding questions you can answer Custom question lists is available for testing Hi, I'm continuing the work on the Custom Question Lists project. (...
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Stack Exchange & Area 51 sign up/ log in update

As of today, Stack Exchange and Area 51 no longer have separate login and signup pages. When you log in or sign up on either site you will be sent through meta.stackexchange.com flow. Currently, ...
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What happened to the 2018 monthly product team updates?

There was no update in the 2018 monthly product team updates page for the past two months (September and October). Last month I got a reply from Adam Lear that September update will be included in ...
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The road to .NET Core - please help Stack Exchange test EF Core!

Here at Stack Overflow we're migrating many things to .NET Core. Along the way we have to swap out parts that existed in the old .NET world but don't in the new. Now that we've safely diverged our ...
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Responsive design for international sites has been released

I am excited to announce that international sites have gotten the new responsive design Wednesday, September 26th. Last week, all beta and undesigned sites got the new theme: Some things to be ...
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Responsive design released for all Beta & Undesigned sites

This is now out for all of the sites We've had the new default unified theme up on Programming Puzzles & Code Golf for a month and a half now and the response there has been really positive. We ...
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Feedback And Initiatives On International Sites

Stack Overflow's ultimate goal is, with our community's help, to build a library of detailed answers to every programming question. Together with our brave users, we've gone on an amazing adventure as ...
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Rollout of responsive design site themes - Tracking post

This post will be updated as the responsive design and left navigation layouts are released on each site. Previously, we tried this out by releasing still screenshots of the site designs and getting ...
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Opt in to beta testing new themes

As we continue to deploy new unified themes for each site in the network*, we realized we need more control over who sees what when. This allows us to better test the themes in production and allows ...
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Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator!

This feature is now live across the network. We've been doing quite a bit of research into ways that we could help new users have better experiences that ultimately lead them to becoming increasingly ...
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Dismissing the CoC announcement also closes the “join this community” hero banner

Screencast to demonstrate the issue, more detailed explanation below. Sorry for the bad quality, it seems that imgur compresses the gif a bit ... a bit much. On Stack Exchange communities that I have ...
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Welcome Stack Overflow Valued Associate #599, Catherine Kuck AKA Catija!

We're extremely pleased to announce that Catherine Kuck (most of you know her as Catija) started yesterday on our Community Growth team as a Community Manager. As soon as she's completed a small ...
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New Resources for Our Stack Exchange Network - Part 2

A strong, and often unseen part of our Stack Exchange Network is our International Stack Overflow sites. Three of the four sites can be found in the Top 10 list for Questions per Day. The rate at ...
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The second draft of our Code of Conduct is available for feedback and review

You provided us with some really helpful feedback on our first draft attempt to expand our 'Be nice' policy into a formal code of conduct, and we're extremely grateful for your time, patience and ...
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New Resources for Our Stack Exchange Network

It's nice to be here! Hello, fellow humans! My name is Juan M and I’ve served as the Community Manager of Stack Overflow en español as well as the Manager for the International Stack Overflow ...
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New global preferences: keyboard shortcuts and sticky topbar

Following a global preference for unpinning the left navigation sidebar, as of now, the preferences for enabling keyboard shortcuts and disabling the fixed topbar are network-wide* as well. If you ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for July 14, 2018 at 13:00 UTC (9AM US/Eastern)

tl;dr; Planned service interruption that will impact all Stack Overflow/Stack Exchange sites. All sites will be read-only for up to an hour on July 14, 2018. Enterprise cloud hosted instances will not ...
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Rollout of new network site themes

For the remainder of updates, see the tracking post: Rollout of responsive design site themes - Tracking post See updated schedule below and updated stock theme As promised (albeit delayed), we ...
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'Favorite Tags' is now 'Tag Watching'

tl;dr We rolled out some improvements for how you track the topics you are interested in for your favorite Q&A sites. This feature used to be called Favorite Tags. We are renaming it Tag Watching....
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Hide Left nav everywhere with a global preference

We have rolled out a change to make the "Hide left navigation" preference global. This means that changing the preference on any site will change it for all sites. We will also be making the "enable ...