Questions tagged [announcements]

For questions about Stack Exchange announcements, or announcements from the Stack Exchange team that detail recent changes across the network.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 1:00 UTC (Friday March 26 9:00 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 15 ...
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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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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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Planned SEDE maintenance scheduled for Sept 22 and 24, 2021 at 01:00-04:00 UTC (Sept 21 and 23 9:00 pm-midnight EDT)

Due to a planned network upgrade, data.stackexchange.com (a.k.a. SEDE or the Stack Exchange Data Explorer) may be unavailable for up to 6 hours this week, likely considerably less. The first window ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...