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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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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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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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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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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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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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Steward badge can now be awarded multiple times -- backfill details

As we announced in our post on visual design changes to the Review Queues, the Steward badge can now be earned more than once per queue. The purpose of this post is not to debate the merits of this ...
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Stack Overflow and CVE-2021-44228 vulnerability (in Log4J)

Update 2021-12-21: Mitigation for all Log4j-related 3 CVEs is complete on the following products: Stackoverflow.com and related (public) websites Stack Overflow Teams: Free, Basic and Business Stack ...
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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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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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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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Moderator Elections: tools for Community Managers

We have just wrapped up our project to make it easier for our community managers to run moderator elections for our Stack Exchange sites. Between April and June, we released a number of administrative ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Thursday, 16 December at 01:30-2:00 UTC (Wednesday, December 15 at 8:30-9:00 PM US/EST)

This work is now complete tl;dr Planned service interruption that will impact all Stack Overflow & Stack Exchange sites, Jobs, and Chat. All sites may be read-only for up to 30 minutes beginning ...
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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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Planned maintenance scheduled for Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 00:00-03:00 AM UTC (Monday, August 22, 8:00-11:00 PM US/EDT)

tl;dr Planned upgrades that will impact Stack Overflow & Stack Exchange Network sites including Chat. All sites will be read-only for up to 3 hours beginning shortly after Tuesday, August 23, 2022 ...
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Planned SEDE maintenance scheduled for Sept 22, 2021 at 01:00-04:00 UTC (Sept 21 9:00 pm-midnight EDT)

Note: The originally planned second window on Sept 24 is cancelled as the upgrade was a success within the first window. Note: 2021-09-21 0225Z - Maintenance has ended. Please leave a comment if there ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Wednesday, 21 September, 00:30-03:00 UTC (Tuesday, September 20th, 8:30-11:00 PM EDT)

tl;dr Planned service interruption that will impact all Stack Overflow & Stack Exchange sites, Stack Overflow for Teams (free/basic/business tiers), and Chat. All sites may be read-only for up to ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Thursday, July 29 at 12:00am UTC (Wednesday July 28 8:00 PM US/EDT)

Update: The maintenance went as planned. tl;dr; Planned service interruption that will impact all Stack Exchange sites, Jobs, and Chat. All sites may be read-only for up to 60 minutes on Thursday, ...
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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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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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Brief possible service interruption

Micro Version: Possible service interruption. All Stack Exchange/Stack Overflow sites might be briefly unavailable during a 30-minute period on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 starting at 8PM US/Eastern (...
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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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We’re Updating The GDPR-Related Sections Of Our Legal Portal

We’re doing a bit of an overhaul in our legal portal when it comes to how we organize our GDPR-related pages and information. There’s no change in what we collect or how we use it. Our goal is to make ...
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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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We're Formalizing How We Announce Tests A Bit

We're going to be running a whole lot of tests in the near future (mostly on Stack Overflow) and we'd like to take a moment to set everyone's expectations consistently when it comes to how, what, when ...
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Planned SEDE maintenance scheduled for Oct 15, 2021 and Oct 16, 2021 15:00-17:00 UTC (11am-1pm ET)

Update 4: 2021-10-16 16:33 UTC: Today's window is done. Actual user-visible downtime was negligible. Thanks for bearing with us! This round of maintenance is done. Update 3: 2021-10-16 15:00 UTC: ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Thursday, September 2 at 12:00am UTC (Wednesday September 1 8:00 PM US/EDT)

Update: The maintenance went as planned. tl;dr; Planned service interruption that will impact all Stack Overflow/Stack Exchange sites, Jobs, Chat, and Teams. All sites may be read-only for up to 30 ...
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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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Survey for Moderators who step down

As Teresa shared on her announcement here on meta, we have finalized this survey and sent it to moderators who recently stepped down. We will be creating a Moderator offboarding process, including ...
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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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OpenID endpoints and URL will be removed on November 1, 2022

Back in 2018, we announced the end of support for OpenID at Stack. Although we've deprecated support for OpenID logins and endpoints, the openid.stackexchange.com URL has remained online. Starting in ...
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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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Planned Maintenance scheduled for Tuesday, September 29, 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 September 29, ...
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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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Planned network maintenance scheduled for Saturday, October 2 at 15:00-17:00 UTC (11:00-13:00 EDT)

NOTE: 02-OCT-2021 1627Z: Maintenance successfully completed. NOTE: 02-OCT-2021 1500Z: Maintenance is starting. Because we weren't able to accomplish all of the objectives during the last maintenance ...
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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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(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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Feedback on The Loop: Adding review guidance to the help center

I just posted to our blog about our recent review guidance work for the help center. In the post, I go into detail about our motivations, thinking, and the work that took place to complete this ...
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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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At what point should someone post a new question instead of replying to the original feature announcement?

Usually when a new feature is added to the network, an announcement post is created and users are urged to reply to the announcement with any bug reports or possible enhancement requests. However, I ...
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Cardano is leaving Beta

Congratulations to the community on Cardano! They have officially left Public Beta as of today. In December, we had 59 sites on the Stack Exchange Network shed their Beta labels. We also announced ...
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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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