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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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Undeclared variable error for a declared variable [on hold]

so I've been struggling with compiling my program that I am developing for an LPC2478-STK card. So I have my main.c file where my final program exists, and I've been struggling to create the main.o ...
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When a question is deleted, why doesn't the author get notified? [duplicate]

Question #255137 has this topic discussed about comments, and the main reasoning there for not notifying users about deleted comments, is that comments are second-class citizens, are not posts, and ...
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Where should I ask a question about the principle of image convolution?

I understand the principle of image convolution. Maybe. I think it is this: You use a small matrix with numbers in it, Then take a sample of an image with as many pixels as you have numbers in your ...
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In the last hours, why do new users with the association bonus think that Web Applications is about developing web apps rather than using them?

On Web Applications today, May 17, 2019 GMT-5, we've received several questions about developing web applications from new users with the association bonus (reputation = 101). We have always had this ...
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How can I learn from a site as a beginner? [duplicate]

Suppose I have no technical knowledge on a topic, and there is a Stack Exchange site for that topic. I want to gain knowledge on that topic. I have been in some sites for quite a few months. I know ...
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University Ambassadors for SE community promotion

Recently, I stumbled upon this old post (2011) on Quantitative Finance SE: Quant.SE University Ambassadors Program: calling students and teachers, which announced an (private?) initiative to run a "...
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Help section update related to ##UserID## in data.stackexchange

On help page of data.stackexchange, It is stated that: The ##UserId## parameter is treated specially for users who are logged in. If they have an account on the target site that shares the email ...
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Usage of the word “binding”

First of all, this is really two questions: a specific question and the meta question: where do I ask questions that are of the same type as the specific question? I am only expecting an answer to ...
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Using spoiler to have better answers [on hold]

I recently asked this question. That was a homework problem; the response people gave was very nice, but in one answer they basically solved it for me. That was the most useful answer. I think there ...
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Ask first, get an answer, then edit question to invalidate answer? [duplicate]

Wait, what? (This question has already been marked once since posting.) Is this something that happens regularly? Or is it just something that happens only every once in a while? I'm not looking ...
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Software architecture/Design question, where to ask? [duplicate]

I've noticed that every design/architecture question on Stack Overflow is closed as opinion based. Where should I ask my questions then?
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Can there be too many answers to a question?

Sometimes there are many answers to a single question, for example this question on Stack Overflow, with 60+ answers. I find it to be too many. Is there a procedure to maybe close such questions, or ...
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Is there a report that shows Stack Overflow developer survey answer trends over time? [on hold]

I'm curious about the developer survey answer trends year over year. I see the survey has been conducted since 2011, and it would be really interesting to see answer trends over time. Does such a ...
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Does meta have to mean murder?

It's often said on this site that meta means murder and that this acts as a deterrent. Our site, which is supposed to act as the central clearinghouse for network-wide matters, doesn't have a great ...
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Will translations be an improvement? [duplicate]

Will the website be translated in time? Is it in the process? It will 'seduce' a lot of Asian people. For example, what can be a lot of new contributors and also for people who don't speak English. ...
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Loosen the “no suspension in the past year” requirement for nominees, or at least listen to the community

Recently on Physics SE there's been a dramatic election, where the only 40-scored and top nominee was banned from nominating due to their suspension in the last year, which created a dense wave of ...
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What can we do about spoilers in titles? [duplicate]

There is a problem with questions that contain spoilers in the title appearing in the Hot Network Questions. Unfortunately there are technical reasons why they can't be blocked using he ignore tag ...
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Questions summary [closed]

I have a couple of quite specific questions on Math SE that are related to the same problem I am trying to solve. I was wondering if it makes sense to make a new question about the overall problem ...
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Why did my question become a duplicate?

I posted this question: Why cannot we comment-reply more than one person in comments, and anyone in questions/answers? It is about why we have these limitations. I was not wondering at all about the ...
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Why cannot we comment-reply more than one person in comments, and anyone in questions/answers? [duplicate]

I think the comment-reply (ping) mechanism is way too limited. You can only reply to one person in a comment. And you can't use an @ whatsoever in questions and answers. It just doesn't make sense to ...
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Are support personnel email addresses allowed in answers?

A recently added answer on SE.Robotics was from an engineer from a company, offering help with the product referred to in the question. They disclosed their affiliation and a link provided was for a ...
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Should we add any friction to edits on posts that are old or probably obsolete?

Lately I've seen a lot of small edits here on Meta to posts that are obsolete -- for example, past Winterbashes, site functionality that has since been changed, and bugs that were status-completed ...
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Questions with opinion-based answers put on hold [duplicate]

I have seen related questions been asked on this forum, but none of them actually reached the point I would like to be clarified. From my perspective, every single non-math/logic question is opinion-...
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Why do we get fewer characters in custom mod flags on comments than on posts?

I recently went to raise a custom mod flag on a troublesome comment, and found myself running up against the character limit. I thought that I had raised custom flags with much longer comments before, ...
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In the interest of the “Be nice” policy, can we make the mod and system messages more polite?

Here on Stack Exchange we're encouraged to be nice, but I feel like the canned messages from mods and from the system aren't setting a good example in this regard. Example 1 Comments are not for ...
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Valuable responses to my question are spread over numerous answers. As the asker, how can I make them more visible?

In my recent question on Travel Stack Exchange I attracted a lot of attention (not least in part because it was a hot network question) and I got a lot of answers. Frustratingly, early answers drove ...
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Reward someone who edited their answer as obsolete to point to mine

I've been active on SO since 2009, and have seen many old questions get new answers as technology changes. Sometimes the accepted answer becomes suboptimal, and the OP is no longer active to mark ...
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Is there somewhere where I can ask general programming or best practice questions? [duplicate]

Sometimes it would be really helpful to ask other users how they would deal with a certain problem, or what best practice would be with regards to solving a problem. This does not involve specific ...
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How do I start a chat with the OP? [duplicate]

I'm helping on this question, How do I group by in LINQ using multiple criteria? The OP has problems explaining his question and said his/her original language is Spanish. Like mine. How do I start ...
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What is the impact of the recent changes to how Hot Network Questions work?

It's been almost two months since some major changes were made to the Hot Network Questions (HNQ), including a timeline event when a post hits HNQ, a (configurable) maximum number of questions each ...
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Are link based answers ok if they link to other Stack Exchange Answers?

Is it ever ok to provide an answer to a question that's essentially a link only answer to another Stack Exchange question or answer? Often I do this when The answers of the other question could be ...
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When there is a mismatch between the question title and question content - is an answer off-topic?

I am addressing the situation when there is a mismatch between what the question title asks for, and what the question body asks for. Given the mismatch, any answer can address either the title or the ...
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Would this two-account situation be appropriate? [closed]

Disclaimer: I know self-answers are encouraged. Take extra/illicit/morally reprehensible/dishonest rep gain out of the equation. This discussion will inform my actions on a similar online community. ...
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Custom question lists April status update

Previous posts: Original announcement Alpha launch announcement October 2018 status update December 2018 status update January 2019 status update After a long hiatus, a new Custom ...
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Is an account needed to post images on Stack Exchange using Imgur? [duplicate]

How do I post images on Stack Exchange using Imgur? Do I have to make an account on Imgur?
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How do I exclude all my inputs from search? [duplicate]

I don't want the search results to yield any of my questions or answers. -user:me doesn't work.
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Banned from asking good questions, how to write better questions [duplicate]

Before anyone downvotes this question or marks it as a duplicate please read fully. I know the reason for why my StackOverflow account is banned from asking questions, as the more recent questions ...
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Is there a preferred method/format for replacing broken links with links to archived copies?

Is there a preferred method/format for replacing broken links with links to archived copies. I was viewing this question: Get id of div from its class name and found this answer: https://...
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What will happen to the SE, if something happens to the imgur.com?

Nearly all the images of nearly all the posts will suddenly disappear. I suspect, recovery work will start on the spot, probably by asking for the local user caches of the readers, and digging in the ...
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Where should I ask questions about falcons?

I'd like to ask a question about peregrine falcons and what happens if they swallow the birdring of another bird they've caught. Which community would be the right one for this question? It doesn't ...
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Is there a way to prevent appearance of untranslatable strings in SE code base?

Being a part of "Stack Overflow in Russian" translation team I'm wondering why do some new strings not able to translate due to the lack in translation database? As far as I know for the string ...
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What is the point of “primarily opinion based” for networks that do not deal with exact science?

I am asking this my self for some time and I cannot figure it out: Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be ...
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Where should HPC questions about schedulers go: StackOverflow, SuperUser, Computational Science (beta), Unix/Linux or ServerFault?

Cross-posting on multiple sites is discouraged: Is cross-posting a question on multiple Stack Exchange sites permitted if the question is on-topic for each site? How we should deal with questions ...
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Seeking clarification on the idea of contacting a moderator via chat on a different stack site

Right now, my post is on hold. I have taken in consideration of the improvement on the post. Since, I am unable to make contact with moderators who put the question on hold. Perhaps, I'm being ...
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Are pictures of this or that past dictator appropriate as avatar pictures? [duplicate]

I just came across a user who used this picture of fascist dictator Mussolini for his avatar. Is that legit, or well, not?
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Where to ask for advice on software projects

Is there a community here on the Stack Exchange network or somewhere else on the internet where I can ask and receive answers questions such as: If I needed to purchase 10 copies of Windows 10 Pro, ...
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What to do when you put two days of formulating a question and it still gets downvoted? [duplicate]

I have spent hours reading, formulating practice questions, using grammar check, and studying research papers. I have taken a break from Stack Exchange for probably 4 days, hoping that this will ...
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Is there a process to handle a user wanting to run in a moderator election, but being absent during the election period?

I recently encouraged a user in chat to run in the pro tempore election on Interpersonal Skills, to which the user responded that they will be quite off the grid during the election period. This ...
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Request to burninate the “Unclear what you're asking” close reason [duplicate]

Updated; see examples at the bottom of this question I've seen many examples of questions that were closed with the reason "Unclear what you're asking" that had received multiple answers. This feels ...
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Unable to see menu bar present on top of Answer body [closed]

I am unable to see Menu bar present on top of Body.. Is it bug or I am the only one who is unable to see this menu bar Browser : Chrome version: 73.0.3683.103 Firefox Internet Explorer Only for ...