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The Follow Questions and Answers feature is now live across the Network

We are happy to announce that the previously announced follow question and answer feature is now live across the Network, including Stack Overflow, all Stack Exchange sites, and all Meta sites. (...
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Closing changes: [on hold], unclear, too broad, opinion-based, off-topic reasons, bye-bye to Too Localized

After a ton of discussion, work and input from the community, we're rolling out the remainder of major closing changes that you've helped us design, as discussed in these prior posts. They're live, ...
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Review queue workflows - Final release

All good things must come to an end and so must the review queues project. This project would not have been successful without the community. Thank you all for the hours of reviewing, testing, and ...
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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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We're switching to CommonMark

I’m Ham and I’m a developer on the Teams team here at Stack Overflow. Over the past few months, I’ve been heads down working on the way we turn Markdown into HTML when writing and editing posts across ...
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New responsive Activity page

Update 2 - December 8, 2021: We’ve shipped a bunch of refinements over the last 24 hours or so. We’re going through the bugs and design requests and marking them with the proper tags. There’s a lot ...
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Bookmarks have evolved into Saves

Update Oct 6 Maintenance is complete: all bookmarks have been migrated to Saves across all network sites, including Stack Overflow. All saves, saved lists, private notes, and bookmarks are now ...
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New Post Notices are live network-wide

For further issues, bugs and feedback that have not been covered by existing answers here please feel free to ask a new question. A few minutes ago, new Post Notices were launched across the Stack ...
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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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New post summary designs on site home pages and greatest hits now; everywhere else eventually

Update 3 - 2022-02-01 We've rolled out another small set of changes + bugfixes. The largest change was that we removed the yellow from watched tags entirely, leaving just the new "watched" ...
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New Feature: Table Support

Update: I've just enabled this feature network-wide. All sites across Stack Exchange are now able to use tables. Thanks for all the feedback. We'll keep monitoring this question and we'll continue to ...
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Visual design changes to the review queues

The Public Platform team would like to announce another release in a series of planned work for the Review queues. This release focuses on refreshing the queue user interface in preparation for ...
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What posts should be escalated to staff using [status-review], and how do I escalate them?

For context on how this process came to be, please see our initial commitment to responding to Meta and Mods, our guidelines for the testing period, and the results of the initial test and next steps. ...
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Deprecating our mobile views

Update 2 On March 2, 2022 we removed the Mobile button from the footer. This means the mobile views are removed entirely from Stack Overflow. Last week, we also removed the Disable Responsiveness ...
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Some changes to the profile while we make it responsive

Update 1 I’ve restored the profile age to all and fixed a few bugs y’all reported. I’ll be addressing individual answers as best as I can. Original post On our way to a fully responsive Stack Overflow,...
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The new ask page is now live on the network!

After rolling it out to the International Stack Overflow sites last week, we're rolling out the new ask page to the whole network today. The new page was designed with the goal of helping new askers ...
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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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Inbox improvements are live

The feedback up until January 3rd, 2023 has been catalogued and handed over to the product team. Any further feedback or bug reports should be posted as a new question. TL;DR: The inbox improvements ...
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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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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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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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Updated: Mobile app infrastructure has been decommissioned

Update #2 One last final update before we close the loop on this indefinitely. When we announced this, we were intentionally vague about why the remaining mobile infrastructure was being ...
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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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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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Creative Commons Licensing UI and Data Updates

When we last updated you to clarify concerns and answer questions about our transition to version 4.0 of the CC BY-SA license we committed to posting updates to the UI and addressing unanswered ...
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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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'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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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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Update: an agreement with Monica Cellio

Stack Overflow and Monica Cellio have come to an agreement. We believe that Ms. Cellio was not acting with malicious intent. We believe she did not understand all of the nuances and full intent and ...
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Keyboard shortcuts are now integrated into the site

Originally we had implemented keyboard shortcuts as a user script. We have now finally made the change to have them integrated into the site. When you go to the Edit Profile & Settings page on ...
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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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Employee profiles are now marked with a “Staff” indicator

As of 31 July 2019, all staff member accounts have "Staff" next to their name on their user profile. It looks like this: (This is an updated image from the original one included in this ...
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The Community Teams @ Stack Exchange and how we work together

I wanted to share with you about who the people that work on our Community are, and how we are organized. For context, I (Teresa Dietrich) am the head of Product, Community, Design and Engineering, a ...
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Moderator Elections functionality: voting UI, commenting and flagging

As we mentioned In our Community & Public Platform strategy & roadmap for Q1 2021, we've been working on a project to make it easier for our community managers to run moderator elections for ...
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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 Migrating our JavaScript

TL;DR: We’re making a substantial repayment on our JavaScript technical debt. Apologies in advance for any bugs as we work through it! An administrative note: Rather than posting bug reports as ...
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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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Question Close Updates

This week we rolled out a series of changes to improve parts of the question close workflow. You can read more about the details of these changes here. For context, the overall effort to improve ...
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Improving the Review Queues - Project overview

As part of our Q2 roadmap, the Community Product team is working towards improving Review Queues. This project is still in the early stages of discovery. In addition to user research interviews, we ...
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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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Now live: A fully responsive profile

Update As of 2021-10-21T18:05:38+00:00 this is now live across the network. If you find any issues, you can post them as answers on this question. Try to give some details about your browser and ...
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We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent

Update (Feb 8 2021): We’ll be doing some A/B testing with the consent interface. Once we’ve landed on a final design, we’ll use that design on all of our sites network wide. Additionally, we’re ...
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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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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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New onboarding for review queues

The Public Platform team is continuing to work towards improving the review queues and we’re here today to announce a new onboarding experience for the review queues. In the product discovery phase (...
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Our Commitment to Responding to Meta and Moderators

As Teresa mentioned in our Q1 roadmap blog post, the company is working on establishing our commitment to responding on our Meta sites and to our moderators, by setting up a new Meta engagement policy....
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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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Plans for Updates to Review Queues

Update 2021-08-26: With the release of our Final Workflow Changes, we have finished our work on this project. We are planning a series of releases over the coming months relating to the work being ...
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Announcing the Stacks Editor Beta release!

TL;DR: The Stacks Editor Beta release rolled out on July 5, 2022! To see what we've been working on, what we are working on, and what we plan to work on, check out the Stacks Editor repo on GitHub. ...
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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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