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Confidence interval calculation [closed]

Suppose a medical doctor suspects that 98% cases of COVID-19 would show fever symptoms. In order to study whether fever is one of the most common characteristics of COVID-19, this doctor randomly ...
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The existence of these tags reduce my [efficiency] and [productivity]

The efficiency and productivity tags have no tag wiki, only 5 resp. 8 questions, and (especially the first one) are not used in a consistent way. I can see some point in focusing productivity on tips &...
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How to check the source of a question flagged as duplicate

I was writing a question and got to the end of it. I then realized that there is a possible solution in another answer - and it indeed worked. I nevertheless posted my question and immediately marked ...
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How can I report a user that abusively self-promotes their own company?

There is a user on Stack Overflow that clearly self-promotes their own company. This behavior includes: Editing the questions of other users in order to add a new tag, and the text of the tag equals ...
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When is it okay to copy another answer from the same question into your own answer? [migrated]

Summary I posted a better solution to a question that was answered 5 years ago, then the author of the original answer copied it and added it to their own answer as a 2nd part. Now, he's deleting all ...
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Is the “Congratulations” message in the FP Queue misguiding use of VLQ?

There have been numerous discussions about the merits (or otherwise) of the "Very Low Quality" (VLQ) flag for questions, such as here on Meta.SE, along with many closely related questions on ...
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MAINTENANCE WARNING: Possible downtime early morning Dec 2/4/9 UTC (8:30PM NYC-time on Dec 1/3/8, 2020)

TL;DR: The SRE Team at Stack Overflow is announcing 3 maintenance windows. No downtime is planned but the work is classified as “risky” therefore this announcement. The maintenance is expected to ...
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What is the point of edits that make source citations more visible?

Someone recently edited my question on a SE site and made the source citation more visible. The editor replaced my [Source] with From the Wikipedia article about Entropy (Source view via The ...
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Feature Preview: Table Support

No waffling, right to the point: What? When? Where? Table support 2020-11-23 Meta Stack Exchange & DBA Meta More table support week of 2020-11-30 DBA Stack Exchange Even more table support ...
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Confirming if there aren't any plans for the SE Android app [duplicate]

So, I have had the Stack Exchange official app for some years, and as of yesterday it kept quitting whenever I tried to click on notification icon. So I decided to uninstall and reinstall it... only ...
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Why does Meta get more votes than Main? [closed]

I usually take a look at certain questions on both Stack Overflow and Mathematics Stack Exchange, and what's interesting is the vote counts. They usually have around 0 - 2 votes. Now I go to meta, I ...
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Why is the page design for search results different than questions/tagged results?

For example, check out stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/python as compared to stackoverflow.com/search Personally, I find the /search version much less visually pleasing. (I am curious if others ...
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Do users have right to not allow redistribution of their posts?

In my understanding, the CC BY-SA 4.0 license allows me to redistribute any material posted in Stack Exchange, as long as I put a link back to the original post. Does that mean a user has a right to ...
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Why would the number of columns in the “Stack Exchange Network” section in the footer vary? [duplicate]

The number of columns in the "Stack Exchange Network" in the footer varies. For example, the Science section has 2 columns, but there are still 10 more unlisted sites. Why don't they be ...
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Bad advice on “How to not be a spammer” page

The standard /help/promotion page includes the following: Avoid poorly-written questions. Posting a well-written answer under a poorly-written question just makes your answer look worse. IMHO this ...
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Should “What happens when I downvote an answer” be part of the SE FAQ? [duplicate]

The first two questions within "Reputation, badges, and voting" of the SE FAQ map very nicely to their heading but the expected third question is missing: How does voting work? I believe ...
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Feedback on The Loop: Adding review guidance to the help center

I just posted to our blog about our recent review guidance work for the help center. In the post, I go into detail about our motivations, thinking, and the work that took place to complete this ...
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What if it turns out that a question was actually missing the point?

Innocent beginnings The generic situation is that a very broad question was asked. Someone was trying to troubleshoot a problem in a situation where they only have limited knowledge. It was about ...
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Brief possible service interruption

Micro Version: Possible service interruption. All Stack Exchange/Stack Overflow sites might be briefly unavailable during a 30-minute period on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 starting at 8PM US/Eastern (...
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Where to ask question about software for recording the screen on Windows 10 [duplicate]

I have no idea where to post such questions. Specifically on which site. My question: I want to record my screen including the sound from the laptop and the input from my microphone. What is good ...
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Should I accept a duplicate when my question has many more comprehensive answers? [duplicate]

I received a message, A community member has suggested a similar question that may solve your problem. Does this answer your question? on one of my questions and I'm not really sure whether I should ...
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Why does my answer keep getting upvotes?

On October 28, I answered a question. By the end of my work day, it had become the most upvoted answer and the accepted correct answer, with I think eight or so upvotes. Ever since, my answer gets a ...
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Where could I ask about the nutritional value of something?

There's something very specific (a specific part of a fruit) whose nutritional value I'm curious about yet I've been unable to find information regarding it, so I was thinking I'd ask about it here on ...
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Why was a chatroom frozen after a remark was made about Australia? [closed]

This is the chatroom: The Garden of Eden This is the chat message: ...have you seen the latest heresy video posted by Veritasium on YouTube? To think he's supposed have a PhD in physics education ...
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“Question closed” notifications experiment results and graduation

Users have long been asking for and discussing the pros and cons of a feature to proactively inform the question asker when their question has been closed. Although the initial response many years ago ...
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Am I or anyone else allowed to comment in a question of mine requesting an answer from a particular person? [duplicate]

I am not talking of a Quora style requesting for an answer, but am I or anyone else allowed to comment in a question of mine requesting an answer from a particular person? Example, Persons_name I ...
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A Skeptics Stack Exchange query in Google search is not returning with the exact link of the site

From last few day's it's been observed that when we type Skeptics Stack Exchange in Google search bar the search is not returning with the link of the Skeptics Stack Exchange site. Instead, it is ...
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Improve accessibility by adding a lang attribute to the document

Just ran an accessibility audit using Lighthouse. Among other things, Lighthouse suggests to add a lang attribute to the document, here's why: (from the Lighthouse report) If a page doesn't specify a ...
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Is everything OK at Stack Exchange now?

Background As a 31-year-old male that is emotionally stable (I think...), I just spent the last two hours with tears running down my face as I read 10+ Stack Exchange (SE) posts, blog posts, GoFundMes,...
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Next privilege progress bar: show marginal instead of overall progress

Currently the next privilege progress bar shows 'overall' progress. It would make more sense to show the marginal progress starting from the previously achieved privilege (i.e. reset to 0% after each ...
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Can moderators see an email address I removed from my account? How can I prevent this?

My main Stack Exchange account has been using an email address that puts me at risk of leaking sensitive private data about myself. Although I hid the email, I just very recently discovered that ...
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Will yearly moderation statistics be published on all sites this year, and future years?

For the last couple years, at the beginning of every new year, Stack Exchange has posted annual moderation statistics on all meta sites in the network. These posts include a full table on how many of ...
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Is the SE feature request triage team overworked?

This feature request has been out there for 6 months with no real answer. It's not a major enhancement - it's just reversing a (seemingly useless) change. I don't expect an immediate change. But after ...
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A big thank you, Tim Post

As you may have seen, this was Tim Post’s last week at Stack Overflow. To say that he has been a staple of this company for a very long time is an understatement. Tim has served as a community manager,...
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Relationship with Google's “Get the answer you’re looking for added to the web”?

This morning as I googled for something I noticed something new at the bottom of the search results: Clicking on "learn more" brings up this: Is SE one of those "publishers" with ...
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Why is the one hour or more delay necessary for applying the main site reputations to its per-site meta? [duplicate]

I remember when I reached to 15 reputations in my movies website, it took about an hour for the reputations to be applied in my movies.meta site. Why is this necessary?
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What determines that which function should be disabled in a locked post? [duplicate]

In this locked post, it's only comments that have been disabled and other functions are still being accepted there (e.g. voting, answering, etc.) Which concrete factor is the reason for disability of ...
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Thank you, Tim Post [duplicate]

https://twitter.com/tinkertim/status/1326989993928237057 Tomorrow is my last day at @StackOverflow. I can't begin to say how grateful I am to everyone that made the last (almost) 8 years of my career ...
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Why is the vote option shown for below-15 rep users? [duplicate]

AYK, the triangle-shaped vote option can't be seen in comments when you have below 50 reputations; it will show up after reaching that required threshold so that you can vote for comments. But why it'...
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Potential solution to an SO question has been deleted, but why? [migrated]

Apparently my answer with a potential solution has been deleted as being low quality. I wonder what's making this low quality and how I should've approached answering this question instead. See image ...
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Are all non-Beta sites displayed in the footer?

When on summer 2019 many sites made it out of beta I noticed that only graduated sites showed in the footer of all Stack Exchange sites. For instance, see a snapshot of Meta.SE from March 8, 2019 on ...
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Is theme settings gone on Stack Exchange?

I love the dark theme since the beta theme feature is available on all forums in Stack Exchange. To my surprise, lights turned on again here, and the theme setting in Preferences is no longer there. I ...
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Is there is any benefit/privileges for increasing impact/people reached? Why is it counted?

If I earn 20k rep I will be a trusted user, and for 25k rep I can get access to site analytics. What about impact/people reached? If there's no benefit, why is it counted?
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On what SE site should I post a question about a copyright question concerning a sound?

If I have a copyright question about a sound effect, what site should I post it on? It seems like the law site but I am not sure.
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On which Stack Exchange site should I post a question about releasing a PC App? (not a programming question) [duplicate]

I'm writing a Windows/Mac app, it is the same as a mobile app I have. I have no experience releasing PC apps, only mobile apps. On mobile I know how to monetize with ads and sales, but on PC I have no ...
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Why aren't the votes separately being shown in our own questions timelines anymore?

I have seen before, that I could see votes on my own questions separately (e.g., upvotes and downvotes). But now I can only see the net votes score without separation to upvotes and downvotes.
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Should we search in answers too, to avoid asking a question about that same matter? [duplicate]

Can asking a question that has an answer in another question result in being duplicate? For example, imagine someone wants to ask if the recipe in this website is really original or not. He tries to ...
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Approximately how many points would a Stack Overflow user with 500k reputations get on a day if they didn't interact with the site? [duplicate]

If a popular Stack Overflow user with at least 500k reputation points wouldn't do anything (comment, answer, tick, etc.), how many reputations would they get for their existing answers? Could it be ...
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Where to post question about PJL protocol support on specific printer model

I have often questions that fall between software and hardware. My C# code sends print jobs to printers and listens back to the progress messages (using PJL language). Sometimes it stumbles on various ...
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Question asking experience “jump to top” is incredibly annoying [duplicate]

Write question. Scroll down to bottom of page. Click "Review your question" button. Page scrolls to top and tells me my question is ready to publish. I now have to manually scroll back down ...

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