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Questions tagged [discussion]

Questions that may not necessarily have a clear-cut right or wrong answer and are often subjective. If your question isn't a bug report, feature request, or request for assistance, or question with a concrete answer, it's probably a discussion.

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Editing bounty messages, is it finally time for a little “Love”?

I start a lot of bounties and when I add a bounty remark I often get it right the first time. Once when a mistake in my message was problematic a moderator was kind enough to take the time to help me ...
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Is (a concat b)* a subset of (a union b)*? [on hold]

Also, if I get this right, (a concat b) = {ab}, and (a union b) would be {a, b, ba, ab}?
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physics-calculation the average of commutator of x,p [on hold]

I have a question about <x|[x,{p,ρ}]|x'>. this answer is (x-x')(d/dx-d/dx')p(x,x'). where p(x,x')=<x|ρ|x'> and ρ is density matrix. I don't know how to get to this answer. and if x=x', ...
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Why is Stack Exchange, Inc. registered in Delaware?

As far as I'm aware, Stack Exchange's headquarters are in New York, NY. There are other offices, such as one in San Francisco, CA and one in London, United Kingdom, among others. Yet the company is ...
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Do we have incentive to burninate the [incentive] tag?

The incentive tag has 18 questions ATM which aren't much. I can't see any benefit having such a tag, being meta and without any real value. Should we burninate it? If I'll see no compelling reason ...
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Is copy-pasting your own answer between Stack Exchange sites appropriate?

I recently posted a question and self-answer on Stack Overflow. Because (in my opinion), it's the best contribution I have made to the site thus far, I would like to post it on other topic-appropriate ...
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Is it okay to ask intentionally dupe questions to help to find a real one? [duplicate]

Imagine a situation, that I've once read a question (and its answers) on a site. I would need the information again, so I try to find the question as I can (mainly, asking the search bar of the SE, ...
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Should Stack Exchange start using the Zero Clause BSD license for code snippets?

The Zero Clause BSD license was originally from Rob Landley's Toybox project and was added to choosealicense.com yesterday. It seems the ideal license for sharing code snippets given it drops the ...
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Why was the Ubuntu Code of Conduct clause removed from the Ask Ubuntu terms of service?

Looking back at the old Terms of Service, I noticed they used to contain a special paragraph about Ask Ubuntu. When accessing the askubuntu.com, meta.askubuntu.com, or chat.askubuntu.com sites ("...
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Send my link “Sponsored links for this tag” [duplicate]

I saw this thing many times. I do now know whether anyone clicking on these links or not but I thought to put my link on this section. Is there any way to send my links or SO just getting randomly ...
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Are old, link-only answers not-an-answer?

Yesterday I stumbled upon this answer due to the question being bumped. It is, by the official definition, considered not an answer: If you strip the markup (link), you are left with NO useful ...
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Where to ask question about google maps

I've got a curiosity about google maps. I found in some areas of the regular roadmap, they use a different color schemes. I'd like to know why. Where would such a question be appropriate? There are ...
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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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Is downvoting your own question as an alt account, could that get you banned or something? [duplicate]

Obviously, upvoting your own question as an alt account is voting fraud, but what if I were to downvote my own question as a sockpuppet? How would that look?
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What happens if there are no candidates in an election?

On Freelancing.SE, we are holding our first election. We had three Pro-Tempore mods, one of which is myself. The other two mods are stepping down after the election, and we have two spots open. It's ...
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Where can questions about our community-run moderation tools be asked?

The question Smoke detector bad keyword detection was recently closed due to not being "about the software that powers the Stack Exchange network, within the scope defined in the help center." MEE is ...
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Smoke detector bad keyword detection

Recently, the smoke detector has identified a Math.SE question as a post containing bad keywords. As a 10k user on Math.SE, I can't see any spam in this post. What has triggered the alarm? What ...
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What are orange / light yellow starred questions and non orange starred questions? [duplicate]

I visited my starred questions by going to "favorites", and there are questions with an orange / light yellow background and ones without. What's the differences?
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Who fixes issue reports of Stack Exchange?

There are moderators who apply a "status tag" (also known as red tag) on questions tagged as bugs and feature-request, e.g. (status-completed, status-declined, status-norepro etc.) Are these ...
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What is the correct way to handle “answer plagiarism”? [duplicate]

Example: User A gives a not-great but working answer User A gets upvotes User A gets accepted answer User B gives the quantifiably best possible answer User B gets more upvotes User A edits answer to ...
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Where can I ask a question about upgrading Windows 7 computers to Windows 10 over the network?

Where can I ask the following question? I work in an IT department and we are searching for a way to update all of our Windows 7 computers to Windows 10 without bringing them in and PXE booting ...
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What is the “signal-to-unicorn ratio”?

I was reading in the comments of this question: If downvoting is so important, why does it cost reputation?, and came across the term 'signal-to-unicorn ratio' and I have been unable to find out what ...
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Why don't I keep my privileges when using different sites in the network? [duplicate]

When I do a Web search and find a good answer on yet another website in the StackExchange family that requires a separate registration, I find that I am back to square one in terms of "reputation", so ...
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How can we communicate to users who try and get their question reopened that the community disagrees with the reopening?

Many times, a question gets closed, and then the author edits it in an attempt to get it reopened. However, in many of these cases, the close reason still ends up applying, and so users in the reopen ...
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The buggy Bugs page

A visitor or user who clicks the Bugs tab, situated on the Top Questions Page, is presented with a single page of bugs currently ranked highest. These upvotes might lead an inexperienced user (and ...
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Question with rant about “downvote trolls” and saying “eat a cock” - rude/abusive flag disputed? [migrated]

I flagged a question featuring this paragraph as "rude or abusive": PS. The reason Stack is one of the worst places to get any help is become we have all these downvote trolls. Don't bother ...
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Is it acceptable to post an answer to my own question? [duplicate]

I spent many hours researching on Stack Overflow for help on a particular programming challenge. I didn't find an answer close enough to what I was looking for. I was going to post a new question, but ...
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On which Stack Exchange sites are the set of people answering most similar to the set of people asking?

Does Stack Exchange collect, or can calculate, any metrics which would give an indication of which site an individual user is likely to both ask and answer questions? I ask because in the brief time ...
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Use of downloaded data from data.stackexchange.com

I'm curious about data provided publicly by data.stackexchange.com. It is also available at archive.org. Can I use it for professional purpose? I would like to use only tag names.
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SEDE login authentication

I have the impression that SE's login is universal. Once logged into any one of the sites on the SE network, one can enter other sites without further login. For example, I'm logged into Math.SE, so ...
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Could we please add for which post the reputation has changed due to the deletion of the user? [duplicate]

Two days ago, on Stack Overflow I got the following message: I understood for which post upvote of this user was deleted, because I have only two answers there. But if I had many answers, I would not ...
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I find closed questions more useful than regular questions - is there a place for them on stack exchange? [duplicate]

From personal experience, I get more value out of SO when reading questions that are broad and opinionated than I do ones that meet the criteria for SO. It's difficult to not find SO questions like ...
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How lenient are we over the contents of the user profile section? [duplicate]

All of a sudden I happened to stumble at this user profile where the content reads as: Got Sh1tOverflow exception It seems all the public communities are updated simultaneously with this content ...
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Rename [responses] to [responses-tab]

I noticed that the tag responses, whose wiki says it's about the "responses" tab in one's own user profile, is being used for many different purposes that are not related to that specific tab. Can we ...
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Everyone is off line on SO [duplicate]

I asked this question which did not get any answers in a while. I need answers asap How can I get answers fast and why is noone online? or am I just fake news
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Can I learn what [learning] is?

The tag learning on this site seems to have no clear purpose, with questions ranging from "learning how to use the site" to "learning about topics". It seems to meet the definition of a too-broad tag. ...
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How is a new beginner meant to grow on one of the Stack Exchange communities [duplicate]

I am new to Stack Exchange and I think it's very impressive. One thing bothers me is that because it is so far down the line, I don't think beginners stand a chance of growing. As time goes on, ...
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Is the flagging message “we take your reports seriously” generic or specific?

I created this account about a year ago, and have been flagging things steadily (if infrequently) since then. After I submit a flag, I get a pop-up reading Thanks for flagging! We take your reports ...
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Exempt users with the association bonus from the IP-based question rate limit

I've just created an account on Cross Validated, and typed up my first question. Unfortunately, when I try to submit it, I get an You can only post once every 40 minutes error message. I've never ...
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Proposal To Separate History Beta Into Army Beta and “Historical Matter” Beta [duplicate]

I am recently rather active at History. To be honest, I am getting sick and tired of watching at tons of military questions that are questioned over there. Would you consider to divide History Beta ...
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Should the Help Center sidebar also match the theme color of the website? [duplicate]

While checking out the Help Center, I noticed something that I think in my opinion should be slightly changed. Should the sidebar of the Help Center (The box which holds all of the questions and ...
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What Area 51 questions belong here as opposed to Area 51 Discussion Zone?

There's an impressive body of Area 51-related questions here on Meta Stack Exchange, linked together with the area51 (1,688 questions as of the writing of this question) tag, but there is also a ...
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Is rude or unfriendly language prohibited on all SE sites? [duplicate]

Is rude or unfriendly language prohibited on all SE sites? Or are some "dirtier" fields like politics and law exempt from the rules? I have had unfriendly comments posted on my questions about ...
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Does bounty influence PageRank?

If a bounty is added to a question, it is added to the featured/bounties tab. I was a bit curious whether having the question prominently displayed influences how high the question will appear in ...
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Is the 'In the news' section of Stack Exchange's site updated regularly?

In the footer of every Stack Exchange site there is a link to Press, where a page with the title 'In The News' shows a list of news entries talking about Stack Overflow as a company. I noticed there ...
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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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Why do unanswered bounties not get refunded? [duplicate]

I'm aware that this is known and deliberate, and not accidental: What happens if there's no answer after the bounty period? If after the end of the bounty period a question has no answers, no ...
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How to ask for further clarification when I can’t comment [duplicate]

How to ask further clarification, or to point out that the answer shown, even if once correct, is not correct anymore? I can’t comment as I don’t have 50 reputation.
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Is it fair to reduce reputation when any old question gets closed/duplicated (I spend my time analysing and answering that) [duplicate]

If I have answered a question is it fair to reduce my reputation when the question gets duplicated/closed ??
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How should we deal with flags for chat messages for rooms that are in a different language? [duplicate]

I've posted an answer touching on this before at Let me opt out of viewing chat flags: Here's the problem: I am mostly in The Bridge, the gaming chat. I see chat flags from the Russian, Chinese, ...