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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The “How do I write a good answer?” help page needs a tidy-up

If you go to the page "How do I write a good answer?" in the Help Centre, the first two points are: Pay it forward Saying “thanks” is appreciated, but it doesn’t answer the question. ...
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Is it possible to permanently erase information posted in questions/answers? [duplicate]

I came upon a certain Stack Overflow post today, and I was browsing through the edits (because I wanted to find a link to the raw markdown, because it was using snippets strangely and the edit queue ...
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Community VP Questions: What's the best of Stack?

Continuing with my series of questions to you - I've got one that's a bit lighter this week. We spent last week firing up our magic wand and changing things. This time, let's celebrate what exists. I ...
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Why do some upvote events increment reputation differently? [duplicate]

If you look at Martijn Pieters's reputation, profile, you'll notice that yesterday he earned 208 reputation. That's really confusing, because the rep cap is 200. I see a few upvotes gave him 3 points,...
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Where should I look for collaborators / mentees? [duplicate]

I am a researcher working in academia in bioinformatics and computational biology. I have several ideas for small pet projects (open source, of course) where I could be a mentor to a less experienced ...
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Closed Question: Development Processes [migrated]

I asked a question about how to package php command line tools to avoid dependency conflicts. This was closed as off-topic due to "seeking recommendations". Naturally, any question about ...
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Where should I ask nginx configuration questions?

I'm not sure if those questions belong on Server Fault, Super User, Unix & Linux, or perhaps Stack Overflow? For example, where should one ask the following? Should $args be used with try_files? ...
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Are significantly shortened versions of verbose answers allowed?

As an editor, I try to improve answers (often by trimming) without conflicting with author intent. However, I came across an answer that could not be shortened as much as I would like, so I posted ...
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Where do I go to ask about AR and 3D modelling?

I want to post a question about creating augmented reality from 3D work made in Blender, but I don't know where to go to post it? I wanted to go to Blender Stack Exchange but not sure if I could get ...
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What is the largest Stack Exchange website that got shut down?

Several Stack Exchange websites got shut down over time. What is the largest Stack Exchange website that got shut down? I'm open to the definition of "largest", one way to define is with the ...
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Can this note be changed: “This room is frozen; new messages cannot be added.”?

When a chatroom is frozen, only moderators can chat in the chatroom. While the room is frozen, only moderators can talk. A room freeze prevents room owners from participating, and prevents the room ...
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How do I know where to ask questions on which Stack Exchange sites? [duplicate]

Sometimes it's confusing to find the "correct" Stack Exchange site to ask questions. How do I know exactly which Stack Exchange sites are designed for what topics?
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MSE Feedback post: Feedback on Q3 2021 Community and Public Platform Roadmap

Reposted from the Stack Overflow Blog Hello everyone – for those who don’t know me yet, I’m Philippe, and I’m the new VP of Community here. Long time listener, first time caller… I’ve been working ...
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How to avoid “RTFM” answers if you can't ask where to find the documentation? [closed]

Twice now I've asked for recommendations for resources to solve my own problem, and twice now my question has been deleted. Over the years, I have grown tired of people telling me to RTFM. So now ...
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Is it possible to remove a duplicate? [duplicate]

Suppose two questions were asked. One of the questions was duplicated and closed. But it was not a duplicate of the other question, but duplicated by mistake or closed as a duplicate by mistake. Is it ...
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What should I do if I asked a question and it didn't get attention for a long time? [duplicate]

Can I post it again or what action should I take in a situation like this?
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What are the most downvoted questions and answers on Stack Exchange Network? [duplicate]

2 weeks ago, I posted an answer that got totally misinterpreted by many people and I was too late to clarify myself and it got like 15 downvotes on teratail. What are the most downvoted questions and ...
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Join me in Welcoming Valued Associates: #945 - Slate - and #948 - Vanny

I’m excited to introduce you to the two newest members of the Community team. Slate and Vanny have joined us as Associate Community Managers. They are joining JNat and Catija on Community Ops and will ...
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Magic wand time - what does your community need? (More questions from the Community VP)

Continuing in my series of questions to you: Last week, I heard some great origin stories. This week, I’d like to refocus a bit on what could be better (in your view). I’m very curious about whether ...
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New Staff and Mod Labels on site metas and Meta Stack Exchange

In response to the request to Add an immediately visible indication that a user is a staff member or an employee of SE, we recently announced a new feature on per-site metas and Meta Stack Exchange (...
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Engagement in chat

A recurring pattern I see on posts is that a moderator swoops in and moves comments to a chat. I find that this mechanism almost never encourages additional discussion, but it is used as a deterrent. ...
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Do I have to use a browser plugin to stop being accosted on SE sites with the “Accept all cookies” pop-ups over and over and over? Bug? Options? [duplicate]

I keep seeing these on SE sites: Your privacy By clicking “Accept all cookies”, you agree Stack Exchange can store cookies on your device and disclose information in accordance with our Cookie Policy....
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Is a question closed with the message “Your post has been associated with a similar question”, detrimental to your account/reputation? [duplicate]

I created a question on Stack Overflow. The Internet is flooded with answers to a very similar question; and in the writing process I found an answer to what I was writing. The wording was different, ...
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How should I tag a question that may be a Feature Request or a Bug depending on the answer to the Support part?

From time to time I post Meta questions relating to something that works in a way that I wouldn't expect it to. In those cases, the system is either working as designed but I think it should be ...
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Should users under 50 reputation be able to comment on a post they edited?

There are many instances where a user under 50 reputation should be able to comment. General cases of that can be found here, here, and here. What I am asking is that if a <50 reputation user ...
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How fast do questions in stack overflow get added? [migrated]

Basically, what is the rate at which questions are asked on SO, on average? Because when I look away for a minute, a ton more questions are posted.
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Should I award bounty to a helpful, but incomplete, answer? [duplicate]

I raised a bounty of 100 rep on a fundamental yet non-trivial question on the mathematics Stack Exhange site. One genius guy answered the question; however, the answer was incomplete. Using those ...
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On which SE should I ask about dyslexia?

I have a colleague whom I am helping to learn English and we have just discovered he has dyslexia. He really needs his degree in English and is struggling. There are simple techniques that might help ...
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More questions from new Community VP - how'd you get started?

OK, it feels like this is tapering off a little, so I'm going to do the same thing as last week ... I'll still check in here and read, but I'm probably not going to post much more here. The next ...
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Problem with understanding and incorrectly closed valid question [migrated]

Just asked consecutively 2 questions relating to issue I'm experiencing with Diablo 3. Someone suggested to ask another question for the very specific issue, which I did, but someone decided to close ...
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I should be allowed to delete as many of my comments a day as I choose to

I appreciate everyone who is trying to find me a suitable work around or explain to me the dangers of deleting too many of my comments, but you’re missing my point. The simplest way to “fix” my ...
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Where should I ask my [marvel-cinematic-universe] questions - Science-Fiction or Movies?

The Science-Fiction Stack Exchange has a tag for [marvel-cinematic-universe] with the tag wiki: For questions about the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), the media franchise and shared fictional ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Thursday, July 29 at 12:00am UTC (Wednesday July 28 8:00 PM US/EDT)

Update: The maintenance went as planned. tl;dr; Planned service interruption that will impact all Stack Exchange sites, Jobs, and Chat. All sites may be read-only for up to 60 minutes on Thursday, ...
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The 2021 Community-a-thon has begun!

Today is the first day of the 2021 Stack Exchange Community-a-thon event (the event will continue for the next four weeks). The Community-a-thon is an event for staff of Stack Overflow where employees ...
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Deprecating our mobile views

I’m Aaron Shekey. I’m a product designer at Stack Overflow, working on our design system, Stacks. At the time of writing this, I’ve been chipping away at our front-end for 4 years. You may recognize ...
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Where should I ask why it is difficult to kill a fly with bare hands?

There are a lot of flies in our house this summer. It is rather difficult to kill them by hand. Yet I don't want to use other tactics. Normally I don't kill a fly but the circumstances made me one. I ...
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I'm having some [difficulty] discerning what we could use this tag for

The difficulty has 13 questions, no wiki or excerpt, and could be used for a lot of things: Having difficulty deleting crap posts, burning tags, making waffles, etc. etc. etc. There are a few posts ...
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Why is there an inconsistency in the display order of delete voters? Can it be made consistent?

When an answer is deleted, not by the answer poster themselves or by the Community bot, the users who contributed to deleting the answer are shown in the following order: If the post was deleted by ...
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Why does a question freeze on one account not affect all accounts? [duplicate]

Note: this question is similar to but not a duplicate of When a user's account is suspended, why are not all their accounts suspended?, however it is slightly different as it is not about ...
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Small grammatical error in one of the time limit messages

The message that tells us that comments cannot be edited after 5 minutes is like: Comments may only be edited for 5 minutes. I noticed that here, the wrong modal is used. The right modal to be used ...
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Is it acceptable to cite one's own article? [duplicate]

I wonder if it is acceptable to cite to one's own academic paper or blog article to answer someone else's question in Stack Exchange sites. Let's suppose that the answer or the cited contents is ...
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New Community VP seeks your input - what should we be looking to change and what is inviolable?

Updated note (with the original post still below the line)- Thank you, very much, for the time you've spent answering these questions. I learned a ton. In fact, as I've hinted below, I'd like to do ...
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Is it okay to delete questions that get poorly received? [duplicate]

I've recently learned about "Help Vampires" as a concept. It's something that's easy to forget about until I see a -1 attach to a question I ask on Stack Overflow, and I instantly feel the ...
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New VP of Community, plus two more community managers

In May, I posted a job for a VP of Community because we decided that adding that role appropriately reflected the importance we place on community and the Community Team’s role as a voice for our ...
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Make “The Comprehensive Formatting Test” into its own FAQ post

In the Formatting Sandbox there is one excellent answer, The Comprehensive Formatting Test. This answer gives examples of all known uses of markdown that are currently supported. Whilst the answer isn'...
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What should I do if a poster is resistant to an edit? [duplicate]

Years ago I suggested that the opinion text in this answer be removed and left with just facts. The response was instead (which I didn't notice at the time) to make it even more incorrect by linking ...
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Is it safe to keep the reasons for user suspensions confidential?

I've become concerned for one particular user who's extensive content I really value on SE. Some time ago this user began to complain of "arbitrary" and "unfair" moderator ...
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Can I ask on any of the meta sites for help in improving my questions? [duplicate]

When my question gets down voted, I always ask why my question got down-voted in the question's comments. I don't always receive a response and this leaves me confused. If I do not get a reason behind ...
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How can we prevent or discourage people from closing questions about which they know little or nothing? [duplicate]

There is not a week that goes by that I do not see a question that was closed for "This question needs details or clarity" and yet the question is perfectly clear to me. My hypothesis is ...
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Where can I ask this question about operating systems and software uninstallation?

I've been trying to ask this question on various Stack Exchange sites, but it's not being received very well. Can someone point me to the correct place to ask this (maybe a Stack Exchange site is not ...

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