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How do I better protect myself on Stack Exchange? [closed]

This is a FAQ proposal. Its aim is to advise and better protect users across the Stack Exchange network but especially to users who can be as young as 13. It is hoped that this guide will help users ...
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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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Firing mods and forced relicensing: is Stack Exchange still interested in cooperating with the community?

The last weeks and days have seen some erratic behaviour by Stack Exchange Inc., such as likely illegal changes to the content license and the firing of an upstanding community moderator with no ...
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Is Stack Exchange in violation of New York labor law, in using volunteer moderators?

Is Stack Exchange in violation of New York labor law, in using volunteer moderators? I found a New York State Department of Labor - Division of Labor Standards Frequently Asked Questions document, ...
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Stack Overflow is doing me ongoing harm; it's time to fix it!

Over the last month, Stack Overflow has violated its own policies and precedents to cause egregious and unnecessary harm to me -- to my reputation (personal and professional), to my health, and to my ...
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Can Mods lock users accounts? [duplicate]

Can moderators lock user accounts? If so, what are the main reasons that they would do so?
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How wide/narrow does SE consider activities related to Monica?

In this answer an SE employee has told us that Under guidance from our legal team, we are not able to respond to anything regarding Monica's situation. We will not be answering any questions or ...
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How can we help Monica Cellio?

Monica's demotion as a moderator was in the words of Stack Exchange's CTO a procedural error . The consensus among witnesses and users is that the faulty process resulted in an erroneous outcome. ...
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Policing gender expressions and pronouns

The current FAQ on pronouns says the following: 8. What if someone wants to be referred to as "the Great and Mighty One" or by an obscenity or something? If something is obviously unreasonable ...
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New Post Notices rollout on Stack Overflow

As has been previously announced, we have been working for some time on a full refresh for post notices. I am happy to announce that all initial development work and testing has been completed, and ...
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How can we put pressure on Stack Exchange Inc. without damaging the community?

Is there a constructive way to put pressure on Stack Exchange (the company) without putting any pressure on the community in general and the moderators in particular? Goals Give Monica her diamond(s)...
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Why don't people upvote questions they answer?

This has always been a bit of a puzzle to me. I generally upvote every question I answer: if it seems a good enough question to take time answering, it seems a good enough question to upvote I want ...
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Lifting question ban impossible if there are no mediocre questions

A question ban can be lifted only if you improve existing questions, see here. However, there might be situations where it is impossible to improve existing questions, namely if the user has posted ...
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An apology to our community, and next steps

I’m David Fullerton, Stack Overflow’s CTO, responsible for the product, engineering, and community teams. I joined Stack Overflow in 2010 because I believed in the vision and mission of Stack ...
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Why is SE removing links and community ads about legal issues?

Stack Exchange staff will actively remove links to a legal fund campaign from user profiles, posts, and comments, as well as community ads surrounding Monica's situation and reinstatement. Why? [This ...
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Does the management or the Welcome Wagon care to know about activity that makes users want to leave their platform?

Does the management or the Welcome Wagon care to know about activity that makes existing users want to leave their platform or is the goal only to welcome new users? I would like to post some simple ...
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How is this considered a duplicate question? [on hold]

In the question Astronauts' last meal I'm asking if the astronauts or NASA take space adaptation syndrome into account when deciding on when to eat before launch. In this question, What do astronauts ...
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Why aren't moderators moderating but wait for high-rep users to do it?

I've noticed on a couple of sites that moderators aren't moderating their sites. They seem to be waiting for high-rep users to do it. Some close queues never get empty (even if there are less than 100 ...
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What effect does the current crisis have on the SE network?

Outraged users are telling Stack Exchange Inc. that their management of the current crisis is endangering the wellbeing of the Stack Exchange sites. This warning has been repeated in many forms ...
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New Reputation Calculation - was the community asked?

Stack Exchange is recalculating everyone's reputation to award more reputation for receiving an upvote on a question. To my knowledge, the community wasn't asked for input on whether this was a good ...
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Time for SE Volunteer Labor Union?

This question has been on my mind for a while. Today I posted at Law.SE to check on the legality, it seems a very grey area see: Volunteer Labor Union in New York State If there is interest in ...
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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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Is the usage of 'folks' mandated by policy?

(Edit - This seems to be a polarising question, with equal votes both up and down (currently 16-16). I am beginning to suspect that in the US this may seem a sarcastic question, since 'folks' is in ...
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Post for clarifications on the updated pronouns FAQ

Over the past week we've been busy reviewing our previous FAQ to directly address concerns over pronoun usage. We tried to anticipate likely questions, but… missed the mark a bit. Inspired by the ...
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How to be nice (even when you don't want to) - The basics

Note: at first I considered to ask this question in the Moderator Teams, but then I thought it would do better here. It has just happened. In the site I moderate two users have engaged in a ...
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Question Titles - Removing Tags makes 'Questions with similar titles' useless.

I have had a number of titles to my questions on SO edited to remove text such as MySQL: with no explanation or notification. I'm guessing that this is because someone thinks it's redundant since the ...
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Forced to login to Meta to be able to login to Area51

I was forced to login to Meta Stack Exchange to be able to login to Area51. Is this expected?
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Neopronouns or trolling?

It’s the 112 rep question: Am I looking at someone’s legitimate pronouns or trolling? (It’s unfortunate I have to ask, but this is just where we are right now.) I’ve seen “my pronouns are [insert ...
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How are we supposed to define what makes a question better? [duplicate]

When reviewing Reopen votes on Stack Overflow this morning I stumbled across a case that was generating some heat: vote to close a question as duplicate, even though it's much older than the other. ...
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The Great Meta Tire Fire of 2019: is anybody keeping receipts?

While CMs have been remarkably liberal in leaving even content extremely critical of Stack Overflow untouched here on Meta since Monica was removed as a moderator, it is not completely unreasonable to ...
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Why was the reputation change not announced on this meta site?

I'm aware that there was a blog announcing the reputation change, but I only just came across the meta post. I was surprised to see it on the SO meta rather than here because it affects all SE sites. ...
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Checking in with the Lavender community

Lavender mods had written a letter to SE pertaining to their issues. They asked roughly for three things: Pay attention to the complaints by LGBTQ+ users about disrespect Consequences for ...
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What can cause the Community user to have favorite questions?

On most sites including the main Stack Overflow site, Community user has no favorites. So far so good. However today I noticed that on the SharePoint site it got 26 questions marked as favorite. If ...
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Will the old “about me” message be affected by these recent pronoun usage rules?

While browsing various Stack Exchange sites + the private one I am currently administrating where I work I see that many profiles still show the classic About me placeholder: Apparently, this user ...
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An Update to our Community and an Apology

Last week we made an important decision for our community. We removed a moderator for repeatedly violating our existing Code of Conduct and being unwilling to accept our CM’s repeated requests to ...
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Is there any impact analysis being done for the question reputation change similar to the one done in the past?

Rewarding the Questions Askers seems to be the opposite of this proposal. Back then, one of the answers included a nice analysis of what the effect would be when this change occurs. I think it would ...
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Stack Overflow site for refactoring? [duplicate]

Is there a good SE site that is only about refactoring? I know there are sites like this, but SO has the largest audience of programmers so a section where you can just post a code snippet and people ...
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How can we mitigate the difficulties some autistic users have with pronouns?

A subset of autistic users has reported that they are not always able to use the pronouns that another user requests. The problem The current Code of Conduct is clear on this matter: Using stated ...
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How many usernames have been changed to support Monica?

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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A thank-you note to the technical folks at SE Inc: great job regarding question-weights!

Unfortunately, I have to start with a brief disclaimer: I very much dislike how SE Inc. again made another decision (about changing questions weight) that affects the community without consulting the ...
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Should the privilege levels be adapted after changing the question upvote weight? [duplicate]

After studying Why wasn't reputation loss on downvoted questions doubled as well? it seems like there is a "consensus like" understanding that the "official" goal of the "question weight change" ...
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What legal risks would Stack Exchange face if it does not actively remove links to a legal fund campaign?

Juan M announced "Stack Exchange staff will actively remove links to a legal fund campaign from user profiles and posts" and implies that this is being done "under direction from our legal team". What ...
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Why wasn't reputation loss on downvoted questions doubled as well?

The official reasoning behind doubling the reward for question upvotes from +5 to +10 was - when I understood it correctly - SE (inc.) wants to encourage the community to generate more "good" ...
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Regarding “rep inflation” from the recalculation and actions that require certain amounts of rep

Now that apparently we're all going to be getting some sweet rep (or at least those of use who have asked positive questions), is there going to be any change to the rep required for, as an example, ...
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Can we increase the reputation per answer uptick to 20?

Many economists, contemporary or otherwise, argue that controlled measured inflation is good for an economy as it can be shown to increase productivity. With the recent doubling of question ...
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Is SO/SE About to Be Sold (and Does That Explain Recent Events)?

I have seen some hypotheses that the recent series corporate actions and statements are a sign of SO/SE being in the process of being, or about to be, sold. Arguments cited include the corp statements ...
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Winter Bash 2018 Knitting

This year's Winter Bash got us great hat challenges, but it also gave us a very nice tool for knitting on the main Winter Bash site. Is there a challenge related to this knitting tool? Here is my ...
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Is it ok to call a question silly?

The latest CoC at the time of writing states the following. I feel the example violates all three sentences. Whether you’ve come to ask questions or to generously share what you know, join us in ...
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What is the relationship between the paper by May, Wachs, and Hannák (2019) and the recent changes to question reputation?

It seems non-coincidental that the paper by May, Wachs, and Hannák (2019) was published online on the 8-th February 2019, shortly prior to the recent change to question reputation points (13-th ...
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At what other sites do people discuss Stack Exchange?

I occasionally read comments that seem to imply there are other places on the Internet where the Stack community has discussions. Other than the occasional Medium post I'm not aware of these. Do ...