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Yet another retweet of criticism of the community by Director of Public Q&A

We went through some drama last month when this post was written: SE Inc. Director of Public Q&A retweets bad-faith, misrepresentative tweet History has repeated itself. Here's a retweet of ...
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How did I earn the Warm Welcome hat? [duplicate]

The Warm Welcome hat isn't listed on the Winter Bash 2019 page. How did I earn it? Things I've done that might have earned this hat: I just upvoted a bunch of knittings, including one by a new ...
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Typo on Winter Bash 2019 page

Winter Bash is on! I am very excited about hats though I don't own one yet :-( I was just hanging around clicking on random cards on the Winter Bash page when I came across this after I clicked on ...
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Should we close old Winter Bash questions?

I see a few questions in the Close Votes review queue here on Meta Stack Exchange for specific questions about the challenges and rewards of Winter Bashes gone by. Some people are voting to close them ...
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What can a questioner do if a well-written question goes almost completely unnoticed? [duplicate]

I recently posted a question to Stack Overflow, which I think was well-written and thought-out. However, since dozens of questions are posted every minute, I feel like it is getting close to ...
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Why is it not offensive to compare users to kindergarteners requiring babysitting?

I came across the following in an answer by rene: This isn't kindergarten and we're not here to babysit everyone. If you have to ask yourself if your post is considered to be acting in good faith/...
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Will there be a blog post for Winter Bash 2019?

In years past, there would be an announcement on the Stack Overflow Blog to launch Winter Bash. WB 2012 WB 2013 WB 2014 WB 2015 WB 2016 (even includes a video!) WB 2017 WB 2018 There doesn't seem to ...
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Winter Bash 2019 Knitting

Repost of Winter Bash 2018 Knitting Just go here and click Start Knitting! Share your knits in the answers.
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❄️ Winter Bash 2019 Hat list ❄️

The Winter Bash is back and the hats are listed below. As always, there are only two answers: one for the secret hats, and one for the regular hats. The secret hat list will be updated as we learn ...
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What is considered acceptable feedback?

In the past 48 hours, a question related to the specific wording of the Code of Conduct went from being open to deleted, and its author was subject to a 7-day suspension. The topic of the question ...
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How are questions with titles that differ only in minor words to rude and abusive questions treated?

The Holocaust denial trolling questions https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/36478/is-there-a-way-to-refute-this-image and https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/36450/can-you-refute-...
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Is there any plan for archiving the Stack Exchange network similar to GitHub's Arctic Code Vault?

GitHub announced in mid-November 2019 about their Code Vault Program. They plan to capture a snapshot of every active public repository on 02/02/2020 and preserve that data in the Arctic Code Vault. ...
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Changes to the duplicate auto comment, making a difference to how duplicate flags are perceived

Stack Exchange have been getting a hard time with regards to recent changes made, so I thought it would be good to point out a small thing, I think, is making a good change. I am refering to the ...
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Article about low quality of code everywhere [closed]

I'm looking for an article I've read couple of years ago about low quality code everywhere in Internet services and that nobody actually knows how all services work inside because of a lot of legacy ...
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Are there any Stack Exchange communities that will analyze or test code? [duplicate]

As you can see from the title, I am wondering if there are any Stack Exchange communities that will test and give tips on how to improve my programs or code? I am aware there is Stack Overflow, ...
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Why do all the “meta” StackSites seem to require an account? [duplicate]

A bunch of StackSites don't require an account to post (but it's often impossible to do so anyway because of the frequent messages such as: "Sorry, but the amount of abuse from your network prevents ...
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Where to ask questions about which GitHub plan (Free, Pro, Team or Enterprise) are best?

I would like to ask a question about which GitHub plan (Free, Pro, Team or Enterprise) would be best for the start-up company I'm working in currently. Is there a recommended Stack Exchange forum for ...
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If we do something about the “sandmen” I might consider treating newbies with kid gloves

Background. SE has periodically pressed forward campaigns trying to make the site friendlier to new users. Summer of Love (several editions), Be-Nice-policy,... Apparently they have largely failed. At ...
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We don't have any [friends]

The tag friends (8 non-deleted questions, no tag wiki) is one of those useless meta tags. It seems to refer to several different concepts: Adding some kind of social media-style 'friends list' to the ...
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Is it considered poor form to answer old and inactive questions? (thread resurrection) [duplicate]

I think the title says it all. On some support boards and forums it is considered poor form because it causes activity that bothers some. Especially to those that monitors that site's "newest changes" ...
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Changing a login email done through Stack Overflow instead of Stack Exchange, and in two different places

First I should clarify that I don't ask a question like "How do change a Stack Exchange login email?" and there are already such few (duplicated) questions. I ask the following question to better ...
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What should we do if a user appears suicidal? [duplicate]

I remember some user who kept asking around suicide and others asked if they were OK. But what can we do? Recommending suicide hotlines can worsen things and cost a lot. Just read -21-Year-Old Left ...
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Are “too broad” and “needs more focus” abolishable?

Q&A can be conducted at different levels of details. If a question asks about the big picture, an answer should just answer the big picture. The sun is giagantic, but when you see from the Earth, ...
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Can anyone link examples where the new COC policy on gender pronouns was used?

A bit of time has now passed since Stack Exchange decided to implement the new code of conduct. I don't want to beat a dead horse here, but I am curious to see what the actual results of this are. One ...
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New Post Notices are live network-wide

A few minutes ago, new Post Notices were launched across the Stack Exchange network. This includes all public sites, all meta sites, and all Basic and Business tier Teams (Enterprise tier will get it ...
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Using user answers for commercial projects

I'm an individual and work from my home. Does user codes/answers posted on Stackoverflow can be (whenever if I re-write them or copy them as they are): Used on my private C# project which I built ...
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Which answer should I mark as correct - the first comments or the first answer?

After asking a question on SE, one user, in the comments section, asked one question and, with my answer, he asked another question and added a consideration that solved my problem. I thanked him and ...
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Will a [discussion] tag make the requirements for a [feature-request] weaker?

Inspired by this question: Hide notifications about a specific question? I am wondering if the use of the discussion tag makes the requirements for a feature-request question weaker than described in ...
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Let's not have hats on Meta Stack Exchange for 2019

The idea of Winter Bash 2019 has...not been popular among Meta regulars. It does look like it is going forward in general. Could we make an exception and remove Meta Stack Exchange from the sites ...
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How to do “polls” in “chat”?

Moderation decided to close and delete my question Winter Bash … does it matter to you this year? I asked today. In the explanation about that close/deletion, moderator Tinkeringbell also mentioned: ...
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Is it possible (in 2019) to appeal a Community♦ judgement? (“This question was deleted as spam or offensive”) [duplicate]

Earlier today I asked a question, seeking to clarify whether Stack Exchange (the commercial organisation) subscribes to a particular pseudo-scientific idea or not. There ensued an animated, albeit ...
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What happened to Unicorn Meta Zoo?

We used to get one or two Unicorn Meta Zoo podcast posts per month, but this seems to have abruptly stopped in late September, with the last one being significantly more poorly-received by the ...
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Stack Overflow Podcast on SoundCloud

If I am not mistaken, Stack Overflow's official SoundCloud is https://soundcloud.com/stack-exchange/ But I can see only four new podcasts here (from the last 30 days) - https://soundcloud.com/...
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Confusing comment “Does this answer your question?”

I noticed an old question similar to another existing question and voted to close as duplicate. After this the system added a comment Does this answer your question? Dotnet Windows service ...
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Where should I ask my question about an electromagnetic charger?

I have a question about some electrical gadgets. I first tried to ask it in Physics.SE, but it was migrated to ElectricalEngineering.SE, and then locked there. Now, I have still no answer to my ...
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Useful, systematic feedback to a user's review queue actions

Lacking confidence in my reviewing abilities, I usually avoid the review queue. But, I've been asking a decent amount of questions lately and haven't found many questions I could answer (so as to ...
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Is Stack Exchange / Stack Overflow dying? [closed]

I read SO (pun intended) much negative stuff about the company behind Stack Overflow, that I am starting to wonder if Stack Overflow is dying. It seems to me that most people in the community are very ...
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Related tags recommendation gone rogue? [closed]

I took a screenshot as I'm not sure how long this tag page is going to last :-) https://stackoverflow.com/tags/pileofshite/info I just don't understand how both php and wordpress have been suggested ...
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Are SE donations happening this year?

In previous years SE has reached out to moderators, offering to donate money on their behalf to charity. Is that continuing this year, or has it gone away? Reference to the process. Who picks to ...
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Is there an organized community of moderators?

I understand how our moderators get elected, what they do, and so on. Beyond that, I know the moderator agreement, which basically clarifies the restrictions under which moderators operate, and that ...
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Why is reputation system so flawed? [duplicate]

More rhetorical than an actual question actually. I've got a SE account for a few months but been using SE (SO in particular) for years. I used to browse randomly some posts about its system and ...
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Have the question voting patterns changed after increasing question upvote points to 10?

Are there any statistics that would show changes in voting patterns across SE sites since there was a change in the reputation system rewarding question upvotes with 10 points? I am asking about ...
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How were the racial backgrounds used by The Loop and previous surveys designed?

In the current version of "The Loop", the following question is asked: Which racial background(s) do you identify with? Please select all that apply. (optional) Multiracial Hispanic ...
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Improve or hide tooltip for original location in migration banner

When viewing a migrated question, a banner appears with a link to the revision list of the question at its original location. Hovering over it does not really provide new information: it's the title ...
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Should small sites be restrictive in what questions they accept or be as open as possible?

Sometimes I post a seemingly on-topic question on a small Stack Exchange site, only to have a mod close it a few hours later by marking it as off-topic for the site. While I understand that trying to ...
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Where to ask questions about companies' policies on sharing information regarding health plans?

Where to ask questions about companies' policies on sharing information regarding health plans? Example: Title: Why do some companies in the United States ask their employees not to share ...
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How can a student ask better questions on Stack Exchange sites? [duplicate]

I usually ask learning-related questions on Stack Exchange sites and unintentionally get myself voted down with bad questions. When checking my questions like a year or so later, I see that the ...
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Identifying security vulnerabilities in answers [duplicate]

I read this blog and have the following questions and feature request. Please help. Most of the times, the answers are approved by users who might just want "a" solution to the problem. They might ...
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Closing a question for other user's answers? [duplicate]

I came across this question before it was closed about analyzing two situations, and determining what causes made one more important than another. Seeing that it was closed is understandable because ...
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Should Senior Stack Exchange Community Members be enabled to vote Stack Exchange Executive Staff off the payroll?

Stack Exchange Executive Staff will be under the impression - as company executive staff generally are - that the company is theirs. But Stack Exchange is an unusual organisation very much based on a ...