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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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Current state of the stack ignores user needs

I read the blog, I re-read it, I made notes and re-read it again, I walked away and then re-read it for a fifth and sixth time. I still found none of my concerns addressed (see end). First, there ...
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What are the exact criteria for a question to have VLQ as a flag option?

I am very confused. The VLQ flag is automatically deemed helpful when the question is closed. However, it doesn't always appear on a question, and its appearance is very inconsistent (IMO). Known ...
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The source of a duplicated question is already removed, what to do with the duplicated question? [duplicate]

Refer to this question here Vehicle Dynamics Problem: Cornering wheels must slide on the road, which has been closed because it is a duplicate of Does the angular momentum of the cornering/turning car ...
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Why are per-site metas under the meta.stackexchange domain instead of their main site's domain?

Let's take for example the Blender SE site. The UI makes it clear that a Meta is an accessory to the main site: (also the word "main" makes a point on its own). The "what is meta" page says: Meta ...
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Stack Overflow and Code Review tags content

I was surfing a little bit on Code Review, and somehow I got into the wpf tag. And I was a little bit surprised with the content. Since SO and CR are similar (well, following this question), shouldn't ...
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How much does my reputation decrease every time an answer I give gets a votedown? [duplicate]

I have answered 2 questions on another netowrk of stack exchange and my answers have been downvoted. I want to know how much each of those decreased my reputation?
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Upvoting OP only once answer is accepted

There seems to be a trend on SE, that the OP is upvoted by the answerer only once the answer has been accepted. Here is one typical timeline I have in mind: OP posts answerer offers an answer (OP may ...
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Can I ask a very specific question that can be answered with just “yes” or “no”? [duplicate]

Can I ask a very specific question whose answer only needs "yes" or "no"? For example, I am learning a kind of knowledge, I find that there seems to be a mistake in the book (1+1=3), and I propose my ...
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Is it appropriate to flag another comment “no longer needed” after writing a similar, more precise one?

I just came across a question on Stack Overflow, and asked the OP to enhance his problem statement. Another person did the same in parallel, ending up with: Now, I am simply wondering: is it ...
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Sign Up link from upvoting on random SE Site does not suggest existing Network Profile

I just attempted to vote on a question I found via a google search: The Stack Overflow Unofficial Patch (SOUP) The site looked very similar to Stack Overflow, the programming Q&A site I use ...
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What is a Post on SE?

As far as I understand, the term Post means either Question or Answer on Stack Exchange Network. Hence should we use the words Question and Answer directly in the user interface for situations when ...
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What can we do to stop spammers from exploiting the grace period?

Recently, spammers on WordPress Development discovered a "new" trick - the grace period. They post a spam post without the link and immediately edit it in. Yesterday, I happened to spot yet another ...
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When do I star a question? [duplicate]

When do I star and question? Is starring the same as leaving a like? I have seen one other person star one of my questions, and I do not know why. Note that this is not a duplicate because I am ...
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Can we do more to stop bots from posting? [on hold]

Alright, I realize that the wording of my previous question did not clearly distinguish what I wanted (and resulted in being downvoted into oblivion). I don't care (for this purpose) about live users ...
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Should bug-report/feature-request *questions* that duplicate Grab-bag *answers* be closed as duplicates?

Meta Stack Exchange is seeing a fair few of these "Grab bag" questions that announce a biggish change to the sites and then encourage bug-reports and feature-requests to be posted as answers to that ...
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How do you gain the privileges to upvote questions and comments in Stack Exchange Meta, etc…? [duplicate]

I would be interested in knowing how do people on this and other sites (for example, Stack Exchange, etc...) gain the privilege to upvote questions and answers.
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Who decides on a site's content policy?

Why are there different content policies on different sites? For example: homework-like questions are strongly discouraged on Physics and are immediately put on hold. Such questions however are asked ...
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Does piling up downvotes help the site in any useful way?

I am new here, but I’ve noticed that downvoting on this site tends to be quite virulent with respect to off-topic questions or questions which probably are poorly formulated. Though I understand ...
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Ask duplicate questions on different sub sites on Stack Exchange [duplicate]

Is it allowed to ask duplicate questions/same questions on different sub sites on Stack Exchange? People on different sites will speak from different fields of expertise.
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Why does this tooltip tell only about excerpt tag wiki editing?

Why does the tooltip on the Tags page tell only about excerpt tag wiki editing, despite the fact that you can edit both (short and full description)?
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On which site is it easier to earn reputation?

From my experience, it's fairly easy to earn 200 reputation a day on Stack Overflow if you write a few decent answers. Meanwhile, it's incomprehensibly hard to earn 200 rep on Android Enthusiasts a ...
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Is downvoting a well-written question by a beginner OK? [closed]

Recently, I've noticed that a lot of C++ questions get downvoted within minutes of them being asked. It must be the season of exams as we do see a lot of basic questions being passed by. To me, that ...
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Where can I ask for algorithm recommendations? [duplicate]

I recently asked this question on Stack Overflow, now moved to Software Recommendations. Where can I ask about algorithm recommendations? Because there are two algorithms for what I'm trying to ...
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Is my Stack Overflow account protected vs identify theft? [duplicate]

Under "SITE SETTINGS > MY LOGINS" one may remove all related email addresses and add other emails. Now I wonder, if someone hacks my SO account, removes my logins and creates a new login with a new ...
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Bounty Award Case on Same Score

I have case on Stack Overflow where I answered a question having some bounty award. It isn't accepted yet, but it has a positive score. Apparently, another answer provided by another user has some ...
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Does down-vote get reviewed or can I apply for review if got downvoted [duplicate]

Friend of mine, got upvoted for one of his nice answer and got downvoted for same answer by someone without any reason. Even reason for downvote is also not mentioned in comment. It is assumed that ...
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Do I have reputation on meta? [duplicate]

This is weird. On meta.SO I seem to have my own reputation, different from my Stack Overflow reputation. Yet, according to the FAQs, there is no reputation on any meta site (other than this one, ...
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Which flag to use for questions that are not minimal? [closed]

It is quite common to enconter a question such as this, which is not a bad question; it has a description of the problem, some code, and the desired outcome, but is simply not minimal. My question is,...
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2018: a year in asking and answering

After 2018: a year in closing and 2018: a year in spam it seems natural to look at the questions and answers. What trends do we find there?
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Review spring cleaning: performance improvements and responsive design

This is just a heads-up that there's a lot of work underway right now on the Review system, mostly in the areas of cleanup and bug-fixing. The review system we have now was originally built over the ...
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What recurring competitions are held across various communities?

A lot of communities have or have had friendly competitions, whether for best question, or best answer, or questions of a particular category, etc. etc. I'm interested in what sites are doing other ...
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Copy and pasting text directly from Word is converted into an image: Bug or Cool New Feature?

Very recently I discovered a new "trick". If I copy some text from a website onto Word and then copy and paste the text into a post, the editor prompts me to download it as an image. See below An ...
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Is it cool to have “fun” comment-discussions unrelated to an answer?

An example can be found under this answer, where a discussion based on "My main purpose of being here is in collecting the votes. I'd even go further and say that this is my main purpose in life." is ...
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When will the Winter Bash 2018 Leaderboard be gone? [duplicate]

The Leaderboard link is still alive. I am wondering when will it be gone, along with the contests page, like previous years. It's definitely gonna be gone, but when, will it turn into a contest page ...
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Is it OK to downvote an answer in a question that I also answered if it is wrong?

Take a look here. I have answered the question providing all the necessary information and a piece of working code to illustrate the results. However there is another answer providing the same logic ...
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Which Stack Exchange site to ask for a method for calculating a salary to ask for based on my hourly rate?

I used to think that the Programmers stack would be the place to do so, but now the Software Engineering closed some questions like it, so is there a place to ask this? What I want to know is how ...
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Why are there no SPECIFIC augmented/virtual reality tags? [closed]

I know augmented reality (AR) specifically comes under virtual reality (VR) which comes under user interface, HOWEVER companies like Google/Apple are releasing specific augmented reality libraries ...
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Should I worry about my aged away flag count?

So on Stack Overflow, I have a lot of aged-away flags. The helpful flags to aged away flags ratio seems out of balance. I have 38 helpful and 21 aged away. I only have one retracted, and it was ...
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Is it OK to edit others' posts based on (extreme) personal feeling?

From time to time I come across posts that contain content that makes me feel uneasy in a way. This time I just saw this post which contains an image of snake. I used to be extremely afraid of snake ...
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Second question at top

Is there any way we can do or add the feature where we can choose what order our second (or more) answers appear in? I recently posted a second answer to a question but was annoyed when it drifted to ...
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How can I post HTML in Stack Overflow that is indented with only 2 spaces? [duplicate]

I write HTML with the tabs equaling only 2 spaces, but Stack Overflow requires 4-space tabs to post code. Is there a workaround for this?
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Not being able to show appreciation towards people who help you is not fair [duplicate]

I made a topic on the Unix site, and I received a lot of help from two very nice people. But now, I checked the question and it was marked as a duplicate So, in essence the two people who decided to ...
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Unlocking answer votes after question is changed

I am sure that we all know the purpose of vote lock-in. It's to prevent "tactical downvoting." We have also run into the following scenario before: (See Can we remove vote lock-in?) You open some ...
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Turn VLQ flags on questions into red flags on selected sites

The very low quality flag is intended to mark posts that are unsalvageable and need to be removed as fast as possible. In the past these flags also had an automatic downvote from the Community user. (...
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Self closing as duplicate

I'm just asking a question and soon be told to be (but not voted to close as) duplicate, and I self clicked to "close as duplicate", and I need to: Vote the duplicate Refresh the page Agree on the ...
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Do I have the right to be forgotten on SE? [duplicate]

Does Stack Exchange provide any option to be forgotten? Under article 17 users have the right to be forgotten, but I'm unsure how this works legally with Stack Overflow. What if I want to enact ...
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Who updates Company or Organization Pages?

Using my current company as an example: There is a general lack of information on how these pages originated and are maintained. Who curates these pages? (Why do we not know that at a glance?) How ...
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Why are On Hold Questions included in 'Active'

Lately there seems to have been a flood of poor relevance questions which are being put "On Hold" however these questions still show up in the Newest and Active lists - surely being "On Hold" they can/...
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Comparing the data in “a year in moderation” posts across sites

I was recently participating on one of the meta sites and several of us wanted to see how that site compared to other sites, specifically with regards to moderator-deleted and moderator-closed posts ...
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Can I advertise my work on a site's meta?

Let's say I write Microsoft Word. Can I advertise it on Writing Meta? Posting it on chat is absolutely fine, but I think it is hard to format the post properly, to explain why it is interesting, and ...