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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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The network sites' icons are not expressive

Every time I lookup the section Hot Network Questions, I must hover my mouse on some questions to show where the link leads because the icon makes it not immediately apparent what that site is. I am ...
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Not able to login to chat.stackoverflow.com [duplicate]

I have an account in stackoverflow.com, today I tried to join a chat room for some technical discussion and help. But I am not able to login to it. chat.stackoverflow.com is throwing "Something bad ...
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Why does Stack Exchange delete the accounts of removed users instead of anonymizing them? [duplicate]

From what I read, when a Stack Exchange user is removed, Stack Exchange deletes its account. Subsequently, given 2 questions, answers, comments or votes from removed users, Stack Exchange has no way ...
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Where can I ask a question about a laser engraver device?

I'm having trouble with a laser engraver that I recently acquired. Most other places I've tried give me general advice on maintenance that I'm already aware of but don't help me solve the problem I ...
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What is the rationale for disallowing questions regarding obsolete technologies and hardware and unprofessional practices in some SE sites?

SE sites like Stack Overflow, Super User and Server Fault often discourage questions that concern obsolete technologies and hardware. Some also discourage seemingly "unprofessional" practices such as ...
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Is there a limit for “user was deleted” being propagated as reputation being removed? [duplicate]

Today I saw the following: Clearly the removed user has voted a tremendous number of times on politics and it is plausible that this is related to voting irregularity. However, I remember that ...
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Massive user removal in one night?

I woke up this morning to find that I suffered a massive drop in reputation points across the network because lots of users had been removed. What happened to those users? Was there a database ...
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Why are we happy to delete open questions with 0 score but not terrible, incorrect answers?

I’ve come across some really bad answers on Stack Exchange, including quite a few that are just one sentence with no sources or badly written speculation with no basis. From what I understand, our ...
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Are there highly upvoted, accepted answers that quote just a website? [duplicate]

I recall, but not where, some highly upvoted, accepted answers somewhere that merely quoted text from a website, save one or two sentences sourcing the quote. I ask as this answer (where I quoted a ...
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Replacing the login e-mail address doesn't replace the notification e-mail address

A few days ago, I changed the e-mail address associated with my Stack Exchange account by adding the new e-mail address, then deleting the old one and deleting the old address from the mail service. ...
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Is there any Hot Network Questions archive? [duplicate]

Because questions that have been HNQd are usually the interesting ones... Would like to see a list of such Qs?
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Examples of questions on Meta.SE that would merit a Very Low Quality (VLQ) flag

In this answer responding to a user asking about why their Very Low Quality (VLQ) flag was declined on a blatantly off-topic question here on Meta.SE, Tinkeringbell ♦ mentions, The VLQ flag IS NOT ...
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Answering duplicates

I've seen users of various Stack Exchange sites marking a question as duplicate and even closing it. But new users may be unaware that their question already exists and also has an answer. If it were ...
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Answer disappeared without any clue about the reason

Yesterday, I came to a question in StackOverflow about how to sort a data array with different fields and render into an html table using JavaScript. I provided an answer posting a function and some ...
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Can we add “Be Honest” back into the Code of Conduct?

Background & Motivation After reading this blog post about the Code of Conduct, I have a suggestion to add "Be Honest" back into the Code of Conduct. Yes, I realize the blog post is nearly a ...
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Is There a Privilege to Answer Questions for a User? [on hold]

Can high rep people earn a privilege to answer questions for others after say, a year? If not, why not? The unanswered tab is littered with questions from people who joined, asked a question and ...
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Does Area 51 have its own history or usage stats?

Area51.SE has the usage statistics and other information about all the other Stack Exchange networks except itself. I even searched it on the site and as the screenshot above shows, there is no ...
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Is it OK to be facetious?

Although I searched for it, I did not find a question that directly address this topic (not for a specific case but) in general. And I am genuinely asking to know the answer to make my own behavior ...
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How is misrepresentation of Stack Exchange in the media (and in science) handled?

I'm a regular reader of the site of the British newspaper The Guardian. The quality of the articles is generally high and they cover a wide range of topics. Today I was surprised to come across an ...
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Undeleting a bad question further worsens reputation [duplicate]

If an undeleted question does not have a chance of getting up vote due to the question being not worth a try, how will it help in getting out of question ban? Leaving it as deleted too does not help ...
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I would like more specifics on how the Announcer badge is awarded

When I post a link to a question or answer, and my user ID is part of the link, I know it is counted toward the Announcer badge when someone else clicks on it. However, I have received the Announcer ...
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Where to ask a question about compression? [duplicate]

I want to ask a question about compression and I'm unsure where to ask the question because I couldn't find any sites where this question would fit according to the Help Center. The question: Is ...
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Where would I ask a question regarding the cycle time of a SIMATIC PLC with high-speed analog module

I have a quite specific question regarding the sampling rate of a hs-anolog modul in combination with the cycle-time of my program (TIA-portal V15) running on a Siemens Simatic CPU 1510SP-1 PN for ET ...
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Unicorn Meta Zoo #3: How do we grade questions?

Welcome to the Unicorn Meta Zoo, a podcast by members of the Stack Exchange community team. If you want to avoid spoilers, jump straight to the audio. Participants We're talking about whether or not ...
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Stack Exchange appears to be less suitable for inexperienced coders than it used to be before [duplicate]

In the past, the programming sites of Stack Exchange (e.g. Stack Overflow) used to accept fairly straightforward questions about HTML, CSS, JS and alike, scripting in powershell or BASH or simple ...
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How to contact a user on a site? [duplicate]

I am not talking about contacting a user about a question/answer on a site. It's just for other information or asking for some personal advice, or just commenting a user on his/her 'about' profile! ...
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How many votes on questions by sock puppets does it take to suspend his account? [duplicate]

If a sock puppet votes on a question or an answer, how many times can it do that before the account gets suspended or deleted?
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Wheres the best site for accessibility learning?(request discussion) [closed]

I want to learn the basics of accessibility and learn how to code a little dont know where to begin...all help much appreciated.
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An SE site for identifying an old postcard

Is there any place in the SE-universe to ask a question or seek for help in identifying an old (probably pre world war II) postcard, based on its front image (reproduction of Carl von. Bergen XIX ...
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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 [closed]

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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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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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, ...