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Why did I get a downvote when I have no relation to the question? [duplicate]

I got a downvote I can't figure out why. I did not do any action on this question: How can i do DbProviderFactories in .Net Standard 2.0 project as my main Application is framework 4.7.2 Is there any ...
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Where to ask questions about the history of the design of Internet Protocol (IP)?

Seeing Moon base internet functionality in Worldbuilding reminded me of how I began an old Space SE question Are there discussions or plans for extending the internet into space beyond Earth? Many ...
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Does SE have a mechanism against users handing their account to another person?

This is something I've been thinking about since joining Stack Exchange a few years ago, and is something that might worry me about the future authenticity of answers. Does Stack Exchange have any way ...
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Multiple titles for a single question [closed]

Often when a question comes to StackOverflow, it gets closed and deleted. It is good in some sense that it reduces the number of duplicates but it is also a concern that different users use different ...
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Why can metasmoke and Smoke Detector get reputation?

I'm just curious about why (not how) metasmoke and Smoke Detector can get reputation. Their profiles state that they are bots, but Smoke Detector even asked a question on Stack Overflow. I thought ...
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How can I “ping” other communities / Stack Exchange sites without cross-posting the question?

I found that an interesting and important question that someone asked on one SE site is likely to benefit from answers coming from users who frequent other SE sites. What are the best ways to attract ...
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Leave closed question standing and submit new on-topic version or edit closed question and vote for reopening?

The question What supplement is most chemically similar to chamomile? was posed in MedicalSciences.SE and was subsequently closed for personal medical advice. 2 days later, Active ingredient of ...
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Why do some vote-totals show pluses/minuses, and others don't? [duplicate]

Some of the vote-totals show pluses (+) and minuses (-), as shown below: Or just minuses: Or neither: Why aren't they consistent?
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What materials are in Stack Exchange's diversity & inclusion training program?

Recently, Teresa Dietrich said that: All members of the Community Team and selected members of the Public Platform Team have already taken 13 hours of Diversity & Inclusion Training. This ...
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How can I find an answer to a difficult-to-formulate question?

In rare cases I want to search something on the Internet and I am pretty sure that the answer is there, but I am not able to formulate my search to get there (although I am an experienced searcher). ...
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On downvotes, or more precisely, why people downvote things

After seeing the downvotes survey and, honestly, being very surprised that downvotes are targeted again, I took the initiative to sign up as a completely new user on SO, to understand, in my own way, ...
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Let's not engage in [social-manipulation]

I just encountered the tag social-manipulation (currently three questions, no tag wiki). The tag is unclear and seems to portend a rant about what the poster sees as social issues on the site or ...
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Evading question ban by triggering the automatic merger of accounts [duplicate]

While trying to ask a question, one could get: We are no longer accepting questions from this account. See the Help Center to learn more. This is of course something counterproductive towards a ...
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I want to reward someone for writing a good answer for my question, but without starting a bounty [duplicate]

I want to reward to someone for writing a good answer for my question. This reward system will be only for the question owner and who gave the answer. Users only will give a reward for an answer of ...
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Why doesn't Stack Overflow have a “Chat” link like the rest of the sites? [duplicate]

In the footer (bottom left corner) of every site in the network there is a "Chat" link, for example: ENGLISH LANGUAGE & USAGE Tour Help Chat <---- Contact Feedback Mobile Disable ...
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Why is my question being closed as opinion-based? [closed]

I posted this question (now deleted): Streaming video with ASP.NET Core 3.1 - how to fully integrate? And it was closed as opinion-based. I'm not sure what that means. I asked a two-part question (...
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Why can't reopen vote be retracted? [duplicate]

I've just realised that when you vote to reopen a question, you can't retract it afterwards. On the other hand, close votes can be retracted. Why can't "reopen votes" be retracted?
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Be more proactive when a user continuously downvotes another user

Stack Exchange should be more proactive when a user continuously downvotes another user. Example: I saw on https://travel.stackexchange.com/users/1810?tab=reputation: This was triggered by the "...
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Is moving self-answers in questions into separate answers under the Community user valid under CC BY-SA?

Prompted by my question at How best to deal with self-answers edited into questions? which was somewhat answered with a link to What to do when OP answers his/her own question in an edit?, which then ...
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Is it acceptable to dig up ancient post to fix a common misspelling

Lately I noticed quite a number of questions being bumped to the front page that are ancient. Say 8-10 years old. These (often closed) questions are bumped back to the front page by the acceptance of ...
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How do you alert users properly that a URL is outdated or broken? [duplicate]

I have been searching for answers on Stack Exchange websites and I frequently see the answers providing links to other websites. This is in itself not a problem. The issue is that I also frequently ...
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Site recommendation for asking presentation related questions

I am an undergraduate student who is assigned with the tasks of implementing presentations for my project work. I need to know if there is a site on Stack Exchange to ask about the best practices (as ...
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Is there a reason some moderators don't delete NAAs immediately?

Something I've noticed on a lot of SE sites outside the largest ones is that often moderators comment on NAAs without actually deleting them straight away. This is an example I flagged five hours ago ...
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New feature proposal: move 'closed' questions to a “Recycle Bin” [duplicate]

Whenever a question is 'closed' in any of the Stack Exchange forums, for ANY reason, it instantly becomes locked: i.e., it is not answerable anymore. Now, some questions could be edited and then re-...
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Confused about the use of [confused-users]

The confused-users tag has eleven questions and no tag wiki or excerpt. Since most support questions are asked by slightly, moderately or completely confused users, and otherwise they might be helped ...
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When closing a post, send an edit request to an active community member

I'm a new lurker in psychology.stackexchange.com and I've noticed that it's getting harder and harder to ask questions, especially because the moderators have kept closing posts that are sometimes ...
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Good practices for describing progress made on a question?

I have recently started asking some more complex questions on which I have made partial but significant progress toward an answer since originally asking the question. Can someone recommend good ...
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Why does SO allow people to continue answering a question when one is accepted and highly voted up? [duplicate]

Simple question, title says it all. For example I have a few posts where the answers that are accepted are highly voted up by the community, which indicates they are, based on my questions, vastly ...
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Where to ask about the meaning of a joke?

If you have a short fictional story which you don't quite get, where on Stack Exchange would you go?
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Finding meta.stackexchange.com on Data S.E [duplicate]

It is well known that Data Explorer can extract data from all Stack Exchange sites, even including meta sites and Primary Meta Stack Exchange (metaSE). I request for the functionality to switch sites ...
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URL of Meta Stack Exchange chat room transcript (which I opened from inbox) contains 2 slashes after “chat.meta.stackexchange.com”. Why?

I was chatting in a chat room and I went offline after some time. When I came back online, I checked my inbox and there was a chat reply in the chat room. The URL of the transcript (which I opened ...
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Year of being elected as moderator missing in stackexchange.com/about/moderators

There are 10 moderators for Ask Ubuntu as of writing this post. In https://stackexchange.com/about/moderators, the year of being elected as moderator is missing for one of the moderators (Marco Ceppi♦...
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Is it acceptable to team up with other users to cause flag-based autodeletion of comments and posts?

This may be a controversial question, but I think it is important to know the opinion of the community (and hopefully of SE) on this. In the comments on a recent answer to another question, I have ...
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Are we scaring away new users? [duplicate]

This is most prevalant in SO but it happens everywhere Misguided new user posts HORRIBLE question It gets closed/deleted User never comes back to SO How do we let them know it's bad to post these ...
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Username / company association

This question touches on Is there ever a time to create a user for a company?, but (a) is not identical and (b) The terms and conditions referenced in some answers appear to have changed. (...
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Responding to the Lavender Letter and commitments moving forward

I want to start by acknowledging the hurt and exhaustion that the members of the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies have experienced in our community as moderators and users. We have read the ...
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Where do I ask questions from the intersection of software engineering, translations, and linguistics? [duplicate]

This is a repost of a quickly closed question to make it clear that it has nothing to do with naming conventions. Naming conventions are, well conventions: following simple patterns and using simple ...
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Are general “let's discuss this proposal” threads allowed on Area 51 Discussion Zone?

A recent proposal on Area 51 has yielded a corresponding question (About Islam medical science) on Area 51 Discussion Zone, with the "question" simply a statement of the proposal's merits ...
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Rules for closing the question as duplicate [closed]

I have bad experience today on my question that is closed. I see it was decided by single person? Will that be previously by group of people vote then close right? Why there is no time interval to ...
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Is there a Q&A site where I can ask questions for a best term for constructs in software engineering? [duplicate]

I do not know to what extent this is a personal thing as it's not something I think I have seen others struggle with, but, when programming, I think a lot about proper names for classes; I use ...
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Can I use a title with an error message on Stack Overflow? [closed]

I wanted to make a title like this: Laravel 6 Error: GET http://localhost/fonts/vendor/@fortawesome/fontawesome-free/webfa-solid-900.woff2?55071ae1abc18726e23174192ebc0b68 net::ERR_ABORTED 404 Can I ...
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Can I ask different questions with the same title twice on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

I want to ask two different questions with the same title on Stack Overflow. Is this possible? If it is not then why can I not? I have two different purposes for the same title. We cannot explain our ...
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Pirate's eye (Feature request to disable watched/ignored-tags with a single click)

The Pirate's eye The current design of all stack-exchange sites allow the users to Watch and Ignore tags. The purpose of this feature has been described in the following post: What do “watched tags” ...
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What Stack Exchange site should be used for miscellaneous questions, if there is no site for that topic? [duplicate]

If some question is of some rare topic, and no Stack Exchange site has this topic, is there some special Stack Exchange site meant for such rare "Misc" questions, like misc.stackexchange.com ...
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Fixing complex syntax highlighting of existing posts [duplicate]

I noticed when reading Goodbye, Prettify. Hello highlight.js! Swapping out our Syntax Highlighter that the syntax: <!-- language: lang-foo --> something in the Foo programming language is ...
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“Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account” message on Stack Overflow [duplicate]

I have been blocked from asking questions. An expert did not accept, that I did not mention the code and that I did not mention the whole XML-document. But I was not using any code and it was only a ...
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Are there any plans to raise from the dead r/StackOverflow and r/StackExchange subreddits in the near future?

This past year the company has committed to "Community growth" as one of the priority points on the to-do list. I was wondering if that includes (re)taking ownership of the subreddits named ...
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Why are people casting fewer votes [closed]

Fewer people are casting their votes. Check these queries: Votes https://data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/1303081/votes-on-posts-year-on-year Posts https://data.stackexchange.com/...
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Feedback for The Loop, September 2020: Summer Bridge to Tech for Kids

September’s Loop Blog post was just published: Summer Bridge to Tech for Kids. In this post, we go over the Summer Bridge program that we got to be a part of! The purpose of the program is to expose ...
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How can I find out the name of user who has asked the most questions on Stack Overflow [duplicate]

I would like to know who has asked the most number of questions and how many they asked.

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