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Questions tagged [announcements]

For the questions about announcement of recent changes or feature applied on the network

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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 ...
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Left nav, responsive design, and theming next steps

Those interested can now opt-in to beta testing new themes across the network. More details in Opt in to beta testing new themes In the post entitled Ch-ch-ch-changes: Left nav, responsive design, &...
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Ch-ch-ch-changes: Left nav, responsive design, & themes

Thanks everyone for your feedback. The team has responded to feedback in the post Left nav, responsive design, and theming next steps . Check it out. Ch-ch-ch-changes are coming. As you've ...
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Site Sponsorships — Bringing Resources BACK to Stack Exchange

As our devs continue to work on features like Talent and Channels (now called Teams), I've been anxiously looking for ways to increase engagement in our current Stack Exchange sites to help assure ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for March 17, 2018 at 13:00 UTC (9AM US/Eastern) [closed]

Update: The maintenance went as planned. We were read-only for less than 10 minutes and everything is back online and working as expected. tl;dr; Planned service interruption that will impact all ...
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2018 monthly product team updates

Mid-2017 TeamDAG started publishing monthly updates. This post will continue that effort into 2018. (See 2017's updates here.) Updates are posted at the beginning of the month. They cover what was ...
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New top bar is live

UPDATE: TeamDAG has reviewed all of the feedback below and updated with status. We are actively working on fixes as time allows. Thanks to everyone who contributed constructive feedback. We released ...
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2017 TeamDAG project updates

Who is TeamDAG? What is the TeamDAG working on? Why are you working on that and not [insert favorite feature request here]. These are some of the questions that we hear regularly on meta.so and ...
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Brief maintenances planned for Sat, July 22, 2017 at 00:01 UTC (Fri July 21, 8pm US/Eastern)

Update: The July 21st maintenance is complete. All systems are back to normal now. There will be a service degradation for up to 20 minutes shortly after Sat, July 22, 2017 at 00:00 UTC (which is Fri,...
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Brief maintenances planned for Sat, July 8 & 22, 2017 both at 14:00 UTC (10AM US/Eastern)

Update: The July 8 maintenance is complete. The actual read-only duration was about 8 minutes. All systems are back to normal now. MicroVersion: Planned service degradation: All Stack Overflow/Stack ...
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Why isn't tag [announcements] a red moderator tag?

Sub-question: Is it true that all Stack Exchange employees are moderators of Meta.SE? I find there no point in leaving announcements as a regular tag, because everyone can post questions that carry ...
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Brief outage planned for Wed, May 3, 2017 at 8pm US/Eastern (00:00 UTC) (like a fire drill for computers)

UPDATE 2017-05-04: FYI: The planned outage last night went as planned. The user-facing "read only" period lasted about 12 minutes (from 00:01 UTC to 00:13 UTC). Thanks to everyone negatively affected....
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Stack Exchange Privacy Policy Update

As you all know, once in a while we have to update our Privacy Policy. Now is one of those times. Here's what's different with today's update: Safe Harbor has been replaced by the EU-US Privacy ...
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Network-wide HTTPS: It's time

Update 2017-05-22 stackoverflow.com is now https://. I've written up a lot of what it took to get here in a blog post. Next up is chat and then https-only cookies. We'll be ramping up HSTS max-age ...
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Dear Stack Exchange: “New” is not a version

Check out the new top bar (it's this new top bar). I mean, check out the new top bar. I mean, check out 35 + 8 pages of vaguely tagged questions regarding the "top bar", or the "new top bar", or some ...
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Should we update the TOS post with a banner to point clueless users at SO for their programming questions?

Ever since the TOS update, Meta Stack Exchange keeps getting flooded by ridiculous questions (mostly about general programming and code, but occasionally for other sites than SO) whenever the ...
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Test the new mobile chat!

Update: As of February 23, 2016, the new mobile version is the default. If you've tested the new version before this date, nothing will change for you (even if you've disabled the new version since, ...
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List of communities with base css updates completed

By January 2016, All communities have been updated The design team has been rolling out design updates to sites as part of network-wide update to a new base css framework. The updates allow us to: ...
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Markdown change: Intra-word emphasis now works

There are tons of questions I could maybe post this as an answer to, but before choosing the best one, I'll just post this as an announcement question that can be linked elsewhere. The short story ...
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“Autobiographer” Badge now only requires sharing what YOU want with the community

As of today, "Autobiographer" will be awarded to anyone fills out the free-form "About Me" field on their profile. We will be awarding it retroactively, so you don't need to do anything if you ...
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New! Smarter profile creation and syncing

We've made some changes to profile editing. The TL;DR is: We now encourage users to set a name and picture during signup. If you sign up with Google or Facebook, we pull them in and let you edit ...