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Was my question not good enough? [on hold]

So back in January I hit my limit on asking "bad questions". Since then I did a lot of work on all my questions to fix them up. I read all the guides and reached out here to see what else I could do ...
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Is there a good term/phrase to denote the “current events”?

I just answered on Warning potential new moderators? and people (rightfully) rejected my first version where I spoke about "the Monica situation". I agree, we shouldn't associate the name of a ...
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Are the tagnames on Stack Overflow also licensed under CC-BY-SA? [duplicate]

I want to use the tagnames commercially. If attribution is to be provided how do I correctly attribute a tagname? And if I want to use the tag excerpts and wiki's as well, how do I adhere to the ...
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Warning potential new moderators?

Several moderators have left their positions. To the best of my knowledge there has been no attempt by SE to fill those missing volunteer positions. While I am currently a moderator on a small SE ...
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Can progress data for feature requests be made publicly available to the community? [duplicate]

I understand that requesting features towards Stack Exchange Inc. works like this: you write a question-request here on MSE the community votes, and adds more thoughts, concerns, enhancements, ... ...
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Winterbash 2019 - is it happening this year?

On a lighter note for meta, I was wondering if there was any heads up on a start date. From past years it looks like we're about a month out. I'm a huge fan of any hat targets that focus on answering ...
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Has stirring the pot reached the point of being counter productive?

There are a number of on-going and recent issues that have incensed many of us--how welcoming the atmosphere is for members of the trans community, licensing, the CoC, Monica's demodding and public ...
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May I use “they” even when a user prefers another pronoun? [duplicate]

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the pronoun they has been used to refer to an individual without specifying that person's gender since around 1450 (meaning A.I.2.b.): With an antecedent ...
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Should the weight of question upvotes be increased network-wide?

Stack Exchange has expressed an interest in increasing the reputation earned from question upvotes from 5 to 10 on all sites. Do you think this is a good idea?
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Why close the question about changed user names?

I don't understand why the question about how many user names have been changed to support Monica was closed. The reason given was that the question did not appear to be about the technology used to ...
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How do I select a gallery album/folder when selecting what image to comment? [on hold]

If you're going to post a picture, you can select a album from your gallery, like so: But when it comes to the comments, there are no option for it: Facebook Lite allows you select what folder since ...
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How many usernames have been changed to support Monica? [on hold]

I've noticed a (large) number of users (myself included, as will be apparent) on Stack Overflow have recently amended their usernames to include a "Show of Support" for Monica Cellio. I was wondering ...
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What does the participation tab measure? [duplicate]

As suggested from: Add a link to the participation tab It's not obvious what it's measuring eg: top listed user on WB.SE has a reputation of 101 (unable to down-vote), has never asked or answered, ...
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Checking in with the Lavender community [on hold]

Lavender mods had written a letter to SE pertaining to their issues. They asked roughly for three things: pay attention to complaints of disrespect by LGBTQ+ users; consequences for disrespect should ...
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How can one appropriately and constructively criticize or complain about a Stack Exchange employee on Meta Stack Exchange?

Related: Is this an appropriate place to call for the resignation of an SO employee? In an answer to the question above, Shog9 ♦ mentioned that calling for a staff member's immediate removal can be ...
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Is there a list of non-moderators who have stated they suspended activities due to recent events? [on hold]

There are lists of moderators that have resigned or suspended activity due to the series of events1 instigated by Stack Exchange starting September 5, 2019, but I've only seen speculation on the ...
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What was the reasoning behind rewarding answers with more rep than questions? [duplicate]

From the FAQ: How does "Reputation" work? You gain reputation when: One of your questions is voted up/useful: +5 One of your answers is voted up/useful: +10 Why are ...
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In which context would the difference in licensing rules between CC SA 3.0 and CC SA 4.0 actually matter?

Currently there's a big controversy over SE changing the licensing from CC 3.0 to CC 4.0. Regardless of whether this change was legally solid or not, could someone provide a specific example of how ...
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Remove or make “Highly active question” post notice less visible / annoying

Here's what I've seen today when checked out the question. I suggest to remove this post notice (and just show a message after someone who had not enough reputation tried to answer) or at least to ...
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Is this an appropriate place to call for the resignation of an SO employee?

In a completely hypothetical situation wherein a known employee of Stack Overflow takes public actions that are objectively detrimental to both the company and community, and for which actions shows ...
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What happens to a pending suggested edit when a post is deleted?

I just had a suggested edit on a post that was deleted before that edit could be approved or rejected. What happens to a suggested edit in that case? Does it get removed from the queue? Does it count ...
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How popular are Stack Exchange sites in comparison to each other?

My habitat is ux.stackexchange.com, but sometimes it feels like there are only 10 users that discuss something between them. I wonder what is the number of daily and monthly active users across each ...
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Is an off-topic political message inherently rude or abusive?

A user posts a blatantly off-topic political message on a Stack Exchange site, but expresses it in civilized language. For example, something like this might qualify: Don't vote for [politician], ...
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Is it harder to write a good question or a good answer?

I was wondering whether there's any evidence to be had as to whether it's harder to write good questions or good answers. For example, from the data available in SEDE or previous surveys. I suppose "...
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What if my post does not get answers? [duplicate]

What to do in that case? As far as I know, there is no way to request a particular member to answer my question. I put this up nearly a day and a half ago Wedge constraint relations No one ...
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How does a new user participate on meta SE? [duplicate]

As a new user who joined after lurking for about a month, I'm finding it difficult to actually participate. Is there anything a new user can do here, or is it better to participate on other sites ...
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A Question on Bounty Hunters [closed]

I have over the years had many questions on Math Overflow and Latex and some on Christianity, and there have been few problems. Why is it that now on History, Philosophy and English Language & ...
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Where can I ask about consumption of iron?

I'm wondering where to ask about the consumption of iron and Daily Value. My question: If 150% RDV (Recommend Daily Value) of iron is consumed in a day, from foods, is that bad?
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The search box width is increased in the stackexchange.com header

The width of the search box in the stackexchange.com's header is increased suddenly. Previously in the StackExchange.com, the search box width is less, and there is enough space in the right and ...
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What can we do about systemic lies regarding Monica's situation?

Specifically, looking at this answer posted on: What did Monica do to violate the CoC? (Wayback Machine link for users without 10k) It is accurate, contains references for all cited information, ...
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Add a section about “recent” activity in the candidature score

Some time ago, in my favorite SE site, we had a moderator election. Everything was fine, except one of the users who presented themselves hadn't been active in over a year. Since this user was also ...
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I downvoted someone's answer, and now they're leaving incorrect answers on all of my questions. What should I do? [closed]

Someone got upset and is following me around arguing in other questions' comments sections, and posting "answers" that are not actually answering the question that's asked. They won't move ...
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Why do people object to the license change so strongly despite having preference towards the proposed new license (CC 4)?

I noticed that many are happy to have their content (questions and answers) published under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license, which was proposed recently, but received a great backlash. The last time ...
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Nominate a guest for the stack overflow podcast [migrated]

Our Director of Public Q&A is requesting nominations for guests for the stack overflow podcast! Who should we nominate?
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Flawed question-ban system

I recently got banned from SoftwareEngineering.StackExchange.com. The point of this post is not to get the ban lifted, or to argue with the negative scores of my posts. It is to discuss the ban system ...
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How to allow thank-you's

Or sometimes, everything actually goes well, and they get an answer! So they thank the poster… only to be told that on Stack Overflow, “please” and “thank you” are considered noise. All these ...
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A tale of two postings, and what to learn from it

First post to mention is Why was the previous Code of Conduct FAQ (and all answers) removed?. I turned there and wrote an answer after figuring "oh, somebody deleted that FAQ, and all answers and ...
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Am I using SE for the wrong purpose? [closed]

This is how I tend to use SE sites: I work. I run into a problem I cannot solve myself (at least not easily, without devoting very substantial time or effort I cannot now devote). For example: I ...
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Do Stack Exchange Staff start with 101 reputation? [duplicate]

I have seen and experienced reputation 1 at the beginning. But I have encountered a few people where they have already got 101 rep in their wallets without answering or asking even once. As far as I ...
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Where to ask about gadgets for shoes?

I have a question about anti-sliding (on ice at winter) gadget for boots.
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“Trust me then, there's a duplicate out there somewhere, at least I'm effing looking for one […]” [closed]

"Trust me then, there's a duplicate out there somewhere, at least I'm effing looking for one" [...] commented a recent Stack Overflow user on a question I asked and then answered (as a tandem ask-...
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Is It Time To Decentralize?

Is It Time To Decentralize? Disclaimer: Some may take this as a middle finger to SE and/or staff. I genuinely don't intend that. I think SE should want to decentralize, and could benefit from it. ...
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Can we bring ancient duplicates up to date?

In the past, before we had the current closure notes the community user edited in the possible duplicates inside the text of the question, once the question got closed. See for example here. Today ...
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Burninate [15-characters]

status-completed Currently there exists a special case of character-limit, namely 15-characters. The latter refers explicitly to the minimum length of comments. Seeing the relative low amount of ...
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Let's close the [awards] ceremony

The tag awards has 11 questions, no tag wiki, and is used for three different purposes: Awarding bounties, e.g. Is it possible to avoid awarding a bounty on a low quality post? Awarding badges, e.g. ...
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why must I earn separate reputation on all stack sites? [duplicate]

How many stack exchange sites are there and why is reputation not universal. It sucks having to earn reputation for every separate site. it is really annoying actually. It makes zero logical sense ...
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Drop migration notice after some time [duplicate]

I have this question on SO: How can I generate box-and-whisker plots with variable box width, in gnuplot? which I originally asked on CrossValidate, and was migrated. But - that happened 6 years ago,...
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How can we improve the inconsistent tagging of the questions relating to the recent uproar and associated issues?

Question description There are many questions (~250 in the last five weeks) relating to Firing mods and forced relicensing: is Stack Exchange still interested in cooperating with the community? ...
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What is StackShare, actually? [closed]

SE Inc. has sent me this promotional email about StackShare, directing me to this announcement. Well, I read it, but I don't actually understand what this StackShare thing actually does. Is it at all ...
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If someone is hurt by a literary reference, should it be removed?

Today I submitted an answer supporting Monica, using a reference to a famous short poem First they came .... The reference itself incurred quite some dispute that drove me into asking this question. ...