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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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Formatting Sandbox

Notes: Answers will occasionally be moved to the Sandbox archive when there are too many of them. When using them to report bugs, keep an eye on the post. This site, Meta Stack Exchange, is usually ...
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Should we expand the glossary to cover often debated words or implement alternative policies? e.g. ‘human’ [closed]

Although linguistic and semantic issues rarely come into the forefront, at least for less controversial topics, when they do it becomes quite apparent that they are a significant impediment to further ...
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Who Is Everyone?

After being very annoyed by the 48 hour bounty rule, preventing this question from getting answers, I asked "why", got sent to here, where I found the graph below. It shows when people do/...
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“Prev”/“next” triangles rendered as Emojis on iOS devices

In the (default) Safari browser on an iPhone the "prev" and "next" characters in the links at the bottom of the questions page are rendered as Emojis, which looks quite ugly: The HTML source contains ...
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What posts should be escalated to staff using [status-review], and how do I escalate them?

For context on how this process came to be, please see our initial commitment to responding to Meta and Mods, our guidelines for the testing period, and the results of the initial test and next steps. ...
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Where can I ask about coding style? [duplicate]

I have a question about coding style / indentation and alignment, and I don't know where (or if) there is a Stack Exchange site suitable for that. I only figured that it would not be an o.k. ...
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Is there any software which can scrape review queues?

Is there any software one can use to scrape Stack Exchange review queues of choice and e.g. print a summary to standard output? A possible input document: - stackoverflow.com - triage - first ...
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Should [the-key] be removed as a synonym of [april-fools]?

Recently, the-key was added as a synonym of april-fools. As the help page on synonyms says: Whenever you see questions being repeatedly tagged with the wrong or incorrect tag -- or multiple tags ...
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How can I register account that I posted a question without registering? [duplicate]

I asked a question on Computer Science Educators Beta without registering and need to register it now. How can I do that?
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Where can I ask cryptocurrency or blockchain questions?

There seems to be a plethora of places where you can ask cryptocurrency and blockchain (distributed ledger, mining etc.) related questions on Stack Exchange. However, there doesn't seem to be a ...
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Lacking reputation to leave a comment, but having a valuable one anyway

I was recently reviewing a first post and found a submitted answer which (as far as I can tell) does usefully contribute to a question and its accepted answer, phrased similarly to, "the accepted ...
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What to do with my popular but mediocre answer

My answer gets upvotes. Someone else's later answer shows mine is speculative at best, wrong at worst. Mine keeps getting upvotes and never even one downvote despite the newer answer's better ...
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What is the best way to contribute to bringing Stack Exchange (especially AI, but everything code) to other languages? [duplicate]

I'm active in AI governance and actually in a lecture recently Luisa Olaya was talking about the barriers to using AI in the developing world, and what a problem it was that there aren't tools to help ...
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We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent

Update (Feb 8): We’ll be doing some a/b testing with the consent interface. Once we’ve landed on a final design, we’ll use that design on all of our sites network wide. Additionally, we’re working on ...
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Award For Reviewing (Triage, First Posts, etc) [duplicate]

As stated before, reviewing questions is a thankless job. The OP of that question had a good point. Today, I noticed the Triage feature for the first time. I've probably spent a good 2-3 hours ...
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Tie privileges to user rating percentage rather than to reputation?

Current Stack Overflow privileges are based on the user's reputation. 25,000 access to site analytics 20,000 trusted user 15,000 protect questions 10,000 access to moderator tools etc. Wouldn't it ...
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Deleted questions (maybe answers too) are visible in the suggested edit review queue for all users [duplicate]

When reviewing the suggested edits on AU, I noticed that question is deleted but still had a pending suggested edit, then I tried to see if this post is visible for me as I'm >10K or not and ...
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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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Suggestions for Winter Bash 2021

Winter Bash 2020 is over, so keeping the ritual on with the recurring question for the next year's Winter Bash. Please post your suggestions regarding how to make Winter Bash 2021 even more fun than ...
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Yahoo! Answers is shutting down. Should we be worried? [closed]

A similar site to Stack Exchange, Yahoo!Answers, is shutting down, effective next month. I can't say I'm sad to see them go (most questions were bad and answers were worse), but it does worry me. ...
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Where should I ask a question on the law of a former state or political body?

Where would be the best place on Stack Exchange to ask a specific question about the law of a political entity that no longer exists, such as the Confederate States of America (CSA), East Germany (DDR)...
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Where can I ask a question about aircraft tracking algorithms?

Where should I ask questions about tracking algorithms that is used for example in radars? I see that there are tags for both Radar and tracking on Electrical Engineering SE. But I did not find tags ...
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Which SE website should I ask my question about a web design framework on?

I would like a site recommendation. I want to ask a question about how to use Bootstrap 5 (a Web design framework) to implement a type of web page design. In other words, about how to use Bootstrap 5 ...
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Multi-Question Questions: How Best to Handle Them?

Sometimes I come across a question on SO that is actually a number of questions all in one. If these "sub-questions" are closely related, it's not a problem. But if they are only weakly ...
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Fastest Gun in the West Problem

I feel like there's a problem with Stack Overflow, as the number of people prowling it increases. Each question's answers are sorted by descending score and then by descending time of posting. This ...
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Do we need any [developers] on Meta?

The developers tag has 11 questions but no tag excerpt. I see it's being used for questions about Stack Exchange's developers, for which we already have the stack-exchange-team tag, for bugs which (...
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Should a score on one Stack Exchange site “help” a user on other Stack Exchange sites? [closed]

I did very well on some Stack Exchange sites, like Stack Overflow. So I got good scores on some Stack Exchange sites, but I can't ask any more questions on the others. That seems permanent. Just ...
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Is there an actual “The Key” keyboard or anything similar to it that I could actually buy? [closed]

So I saw the Stack Overflow April fool joke for "The Key" and I know it's just a joke. But I kind of want a real one similar to it just for novelty. Are there any products out there actually ...
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Why is SO letting me enter edit mode if the edit queue is full? [duplicate]

This is happening quite frequently and this is so annoying While I'm reviewing First Posts, I see some posts that require better formatting and corrections. So, I press the edit button to enter the ...
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Should 'Hi', 'thanks', taglines, and salutations be removed from posts?

I edit a lot of posts every day. I often run across posts with 'Hi' and 'Thanks' on the top and the bottom of the post respectively. I also run across things like: --User Should these items be ...
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What is this dialog about? STOP! You have one(1) copy/paste remaining

STOP! You have one (1) free copy/paste remaining. Get unlimited copy/pasting with The Key by Stack Overflow today. Have you checked it?
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How can I remove my username from a Stack Exchange site? [duplicate]

Basically I do not want people to recognize me as sharen. I want something like user4534 or stuff like that. I also want to remove my profile picture. How do I do so? The similar questions ask how to &...
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Can I show that I'll not retaliate upon negative feedback? Am I being trolled/harassed?

Within the last year or two (* see correction), when I post a question on the various Stack Exchange sites, it usually gets a downvote within about two minutes. At first I thought I was somehow ...
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Locked posts not showing up in search - is this intentional? [duplicate]

Forwarding this bug report from CGCC meta: We have a meta tag best-of, which is an annual category for our site. It's basically a competition, and so we have a meta post to vote for nominations. The ...
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Is Array Overflow a Stack Exchange web site?

There's a site called Array Overflow at https://arrayoverflow.com. Is it legit? Its Facebook Page says nothing about the operator of the web site, and at the bottom of the site it just says (C) Array ...
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What will be the migrated blog.msdn links?

There are many posts referring to https://blogs.msdn.com and we see below message. If you were looking for MSDN or TechNet blogs, please know that MSDN and TechNet blog sites have been retired, and ...
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Old timer's luck vs Newcomer's work

Once in a while I stumble on some question or answer with HUGE amount of upvotes (thousands for a question and multiple hundreds for an answer). Here is the perfect example: How to modify existing, ...
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New Feature: Table Support

Update: I've just enabled this feature network-wide. All sites across Stack Exchange are now able to use tables. Thanks for all the feedback. We'll keep monitoring this question and we'll continue to ...
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My God—it's full of unicorns [closed]

Based on this comment, I have started building a unicorn avatar maker. It's still quite ugly, and the results aren't different enough yet, but this is what it looks like so far: Question list / Joel's ...
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NFT on Stack Exchange / Stack Overflow [duplicate]

I'm totally not an expert, but do you think it could be possible to sell an answer or question on any Stack Exchange in NFT (non-fungible token)? There are a lot of question around this: how could it ...
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Stack Overflow for Teams is now free for up to 50 users, forever

Today we’re launching our Free plan on Stack Overflow for Teams. We know that sharing knowledge and async collaboration is critical to companies and teams of all sizes. We also know people need a good ...
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The problem with extrinsic motivation

TL;DR: Stack Exchange favors standard, fast, and complete answers at the expense of novel, creative, and excellent answers. This bias results directly from reputation ratings, badges and other ...
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Prefer code fences or indenting? [duplicate]

Personally, code fences are cleaner (less whitespace) and are parsed more quickly due to the ability to hint at the language via cpp,lang-none,js, etc. Other than requiring indenting to use code in ...
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Is it typical for self-answered questions to be downvoted? [duplicate]

As a habit, I have always tried to answer my own questions on Stack Overflow and other sites if no one provided an answer, and I later found the answer myself. I consider this to be essential to ...
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Avoiding making so many new chatrooms called “Discussion between user[A] and user [B]” which later become frozen or not very useful

The observation Some sites have hundreds of rooms with almost the same title; for example, there's an entire page of rooms on Mathematics.SE that were created from the comments on a specific question ...
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Moderator Elections: new questionnaire UI

As part of our project to make it easier for our community managers to run moderator elections for our Stack Exchange sites, we've just released new functionality related to creating, answering and ...
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If we built two-factor authentication for Stack Exchange OpenID, would you use it? [closed]

We've decided that we won't be working on this project. Sorry to all the people who were in favour of it. [Related: Two factor authentication for Stack Exchange] So, over the last couple of weeks, I ...
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Do the top answerers have secondary accounts to post questions?

I wonder why some of the top answerers (> 1000 answers) on Stack Overflow have so few questions (< 100 questions). Has anyone ever caught them using multiple accounts?
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Questions frequently rejected on Stack Overflow. Why? What can be done? [closed]

I'm an experienced developer and I frequently have questions that are not simple programming questions. Recently I asked if anyone knew of a opensource framework that did X. The post was rejected ...
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Is there a OpenAPI/Swagger spec for the Stack Exchange API?

I'm interested in calling the Stack Exchange API (https://api.stackexchange.com/docs) and was wondering if there is a OpenAPI/Swagger 2.0 or 3.0 specification for it? I didn't see it on the docs page ...

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