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Stack Exchange’s image hosting arrangement with Imgur is ending - advance notice

Since 2010, Imgur has provided image hosting services to Stack Exchange, but that hosting contract with Imgur comes to an end this upcoming April 2024. This April will conclude a 13-year-long ...
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i have a cyberdog2 with old galactic ,even it doesn't have rqt tool, it work with py3.6 ,How can I update it [closed]

i have a cyberdog2 with old galactic ,even it doesn't have rqt tool, it work with py3.6 ,How can I update it
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SEI's recent business decisions and concerns about its long-term financial stability and growth

Over the last several months, we've seen a number of events transpire that reflect an aggressive effort by Stack Exchange, Inc (SEI) to monetize its platform. The removal of Monica as moderator, ...
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"See vote breakout" dialog confusing

Here the user presses "See vote breakout" but it apparently is not a button. And the second "See votes", the one I highlighted in magenta, is apparently just a dialog title. ...
71 votes
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Update: New Colors Launched

November 22, 2023: To help with internal managing issues, you may see a reference number added next to the status tag on your post. These numbers don't determine the order or priority of issues but ...
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Update to cookie consent modal for EU/UK users

Our sites feature a cookie consent banner to ask users for permission to store cookies on their devices. It currently looks like this: In order for us to continue to serve personalized ads in the EU ...
21 votes
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What is the view on accounts shared by multiple users on Stack Overflow?

It has been my understanding that accounts are suppose to be for a specific user. This user, Devart, is a company: LinqConnect by Devart. No doubt, this account has provided some quality answers. ...
112 votes
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Farewell Yaakov and thanks for the haiku!

You may soon notice one fewer diamond around the site. The amazing developer, tech lead, and community advocate Yaakov Ellis - user 51(!) - has taken an opportunity elsewhere and today, December 7th, ...
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Shouldn't the "enthusiast" and "fanatic" badges count any visit to the website rather than just to the profile page? [duplicate]

QUESTION Shouldn't the "enthusiast" and "fanatic" badges count any visit to the website, or any action on the website, but NOT count mere visit to one's profile page? DETAILS ...
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2023 DOM Changelog for Userscript Community

Here's a thread to catalog any minor DOM updates we do throughout 2023 just to give folks in the user community a bit of a heads up and an official source of documentation around any DOM changes. ...
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Is it possible to start a niche site / community in Area 51?

I suffer from a rare chronic health condition (CSF leaks) and it has two major groups in Facebook with over 7000 members, over 100 posts/comments per day. It's a very helpful community, but the ...
4 votes
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What's the best tag to accompany the site-recommendation tag?

When asking a 'site recommendation' question, what tag should accompany it? Is there a rule, or general advice, or do we have to improvise in each case? When you only put the site-recommendation tag, ...
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Where can I ask questions related to Sociology?

Apparently, there's no SE site that is specifically for Sociology or the Social Sciences in general, hence this question. I recently asked a question on Economics stack exchange, summarized here: A ...
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Is Stack Exchange vulnerable to manipulation by an artificial general intelligence?

I recently read the post Is Stack Overflow's reputation system vulnerable to manipulation? which was reassuring, but I'm wondering if it is likely that the tools and the people who use them could be ...
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Problem with vote buttons—color change without actually voting

I've encountered an issue with vote buttons. I think it's a real issue when using a tablet (for reasons that will become apparent), but I've reproduced it in a PC browser. The new vote buttons can ...
104 votes
39 answers

Help us identify new roles for community members

Update 2 (March 6, 23) We made a shortlist of the most promising suggestions from the answers provided, and we then shared our findings with Philippe Beaudette, our VP of Community. After some ...
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Which Stack Exchange website for printer problems?

I have a problem with my printer and my Mac and Adobe illustrator. Which Stack Exchange website would I use for this? Is there a Stack Exchange website I would use for this? Adobe Illustrator's colors ...
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Is it not recommended to accept an answer quickly, because it might not encourage users to write more answers? [duplicate]

A moderator told me to not accept an answer too soon because it hinders users from writing more answers. But the accepted answer fits my needs, AND it even looks like a Canonical Answer to me. Is that ...
12 votes
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Why are some Stack Exchange sites so inactive?

Why are some Stack Exchange sites so inactive? For instance, Writing.SE shows questions from 2 weeks ago on its homepage, and it appears to have very low overall activity as well (including a large ...
30 votes
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Site maintenance - Wednesday, December 13, 2023 @ 01:00 UTC (Tuesday, December 12 @ 8:00 pm EST)

We have planned maintenance that will impact Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange sites. The window is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13, 01:00 UTC- 02:00 UTC (Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 8:00 PM-9:00 ...
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We're Formalizing How We Announce Tests A Bit

We're going to be running a whole lot of tests in the near future (mostly on Stack Overflow) and we'd like to take a moment to set everyone's expectations consistently when it comes to how, what, when ...
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iPhone push notifications

What are the current methods to get push notifications on the iPhone? I am looking for something that would display a badge or a banner on the iPhone when someone posts an answer to my question or a ...
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Let's talk about (community) health

In my team, we spend a lot of time thinking about the nebulously defined concept of "community health". It seems to be one of those things that everyone knows is important, but nobody can ...
104 votes
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Incident update and uptime reporting

There has been some confusion during some recent incidents that we’d like to address. Some of the confusion stems from our status pages/banners that we’re going to update. The other point of ...
89 votes
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An example of a generative AI tool: Suggesting better question titles

With all the conversation around generative AI and our early explorations into it, I thought it might be useful to post some screenshots that show examples of the type of early experiments that we’re ...
347 votes
6 answers

How do I write a good title?

A good title helps your question get the attention it deserves. What goes into a good title? Return to FAQ index
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Seeking feedback on tag colors update

With the delivery of our new colors, we deprecated our “powder blue”. We understand that the brightness of the post summaries once the tags started using the primary blue and the lack of hierarchy ...
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Does Stack Exchange have Inter-Community Mechanisms to Prevent Repercussions Against Contributors Who Fairly Challenge a Deeply-Held Community Belief?

Stack Exchange is a great Q&A site and often provides satisfying answers in a way that other curated platforms, such as Wikipedia, cannot. Underpinning this platform is a community. Community ...
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Are questions about astrology on-topic on any SE site?

Is there any site on Stack Exchange where I can ask questions about astrology or the zodiac? This has been asked at the Mythology site, Tags astrology and zodiac, where I responded with the following,...
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What should I write in the question body if the title already explains everything?

< Do I need to write anything here? >
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Site Sponsorships — Bringing Resources BACK to Stack Exchange

As our devs continue to work on features like Talent and Channels (now called Teams), I've been anxiously looking for ways to increase engagement in our current Stack Exchange sites to help assure ...
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Has Stack Exchange started restricting the archiving of user profile pages on the WayBack Machine?

Searching the Wayback Machine for URLs of user profile pages doesn't return some user pages, eg. my user profile pages on the SE sites that I have ever joined since August (when my account was ...
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What is "Luncheon meat detected" in SmokeDetector on Chat?

I recently noticed an odd warning by the SmokeDetector bot about this question: What does this mean? Should I be worried about it?
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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. You may also want to take a look at the ...
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When should I ask why a question I asked was downvoted?

Once on Meta, I asked a quite badly received question and then asked why it was downvoted. My question: Why was my question - Why does downvoting mean 'no?' - downvoted? about why my other ...
274 votes
60 answers

What are the hidden features of Stack Exchange?

What features of Stack Exchange sites do you consider "hidden"?
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Design Vision Updates to the Left Navigation

Update – November 7th, 2023 The visual changes proposed in this post have now shipped and should be live! These changes include: icon consistency (icons for all items) minor spacing and text color ...
117 votes
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Sunsetting Winter/Summer Bash: Rationale and Next Steps

This year, we made the difficult decision to sunset Winter/Summer Bash. Winter Bash has been an annual event on Stack Exchange each December for the past decade. What are the origin and goals of ...
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Lifehacks vs Home Improvement

I want to sort out and tidy up in a nice way cables in my home. Will it be related to: Lifehacks? Home Improvement?
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Is your question about programming? [closed]

I am constantly annoyed when people frame comments as questions. Hence on Stack Overflow where it says: How to Ask Is your question about programming? It's actually not a question. What it ...
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Practical effects of the October 2023 layoff

I hope that by now you’ve all had a chance to read and digest the announcement and the blog post about today’s layoff. This was not an easy decision to make, nor is this an easy conversation to have. ...
80 votes
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How can we improve the Stack Exchange API?

The Stack Exchange API allows users to programmatically query and connect to the Stack Exchange Network of sites. The API is currently in version 2.3. We’re collecting feedback from users of the API, ...
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If *all* of a user's many answers promote the same thing but they properly disclose affiliation, is it spam?

I just saw a user on a small site posting a bunch of uncited AI-generated posts (which is plagiarism) that all promote the same thing. They properly disclose their affiliation in each post. I read ...
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Mandatory comment for voting to close as unclear

This question has an increasing number of close votes. However: It has a positive score. Its answers have a positive score. Reading answers and comments, it is clear that is not off-topic nor an ...
7 votes
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Should upvotes on new answers to old/unanswered/upvoted questions be weighted differently?

Note: This question has marked as a possible duplicate of: How about a difficulty rating for questions? However: This question is not about a 'difficulty rating' for questions based on their perceived ...
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Please make all blue tags black and gray in per-site metas

In most per-site metas common tags have black (and gray) cards; an example is Meta Physics SE. But there are some sites that have colored common tag cards such as Meta Philosophy SE. And the color of ...
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What Stack Exchange site is suitable for home security cameras?

I recently purchased a Lorex security camera system for my house, much like this one. I have some questions about it. Should I ask on Super User? I'm not drilling holes, but I want to expand ...
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Where would this question about negotiating hourly rate go?

I'm not sure where to post this question. I'm in the process of negotiating with my current employer about my 1099 hourly rate. The background is that I was contracted to my current employer through ...
25 votes
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Image size limit: Why it is set to 2 MiB?

From older Meta posts it seem to me that the file size limit was higher in the past, and linked to the limits allowed by imgur. However, now the limit is 2 MiB, and imgur allows much more than that (&...
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New colors launched

November 21, 2023: To help with internal managing issues, you may see a reference number added next to the status tag on your post. These numbers don't determine the order or priority of issues but ...

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