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 Great Moderator Flag Turkey Shoot [on hold]

I went from flag weight 120 to flag weight 591 in a matter of hours because of the tips from this this question. Flagging non-answers was great fun and I still want to keep going even though I am ...
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How do weekly topic challenges work?

A handful of sites have conducted a variation of the "weekly topic challenge" idea. I, myself, have become quite fond of them since they do seem to be effective at increasing asking rate and can be a ...
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Would a positive approach to question validation help with the friendliness/quality divide?

Friendliness/Quality Divide OK, that question probably does not make a lot of sense on its own, so let me at least explain the last part. With "friendliness/quality divide" I mean the currently ...
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Stack Exchange Security vs. Online Forums [on hold]

How secure is Stack Exchange compared to online forums such as Reddit or Quora? Better? Worse? How difficult is it to hack and how secure is user information?
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Publish questions only after First Posts review

I have been reading Sara Chipp's recent blog post which explained how new users in Stack Overflow are afraid of being judged by multiple people. I think that multiple people telling you how your ...
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What signifies “Good” self promotion? (or: Self Promotion Part Infinity)

We've been through the self-promotion discussion before, many, many, many times. We've even produced a proposed FAQ entry for it. However, with all these examples of what not to do, it's still hard ...
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The new action/submit buttons [duplicate]

IMHO, the new blackish action/submit buttons don't fit into the overall design of the page at all. For me they feel like a fist on the eye (as we say in the German language room). They have this very ...
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Summarized list of diamond moderator tools pages with strings which need to be added into Transifex

In this post I want to summarize links to all posts related to localization of mod tools pages. Moderator private messages: The absence of some strings in Transifex. Post flag history page: Add ...
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Is the answer “Don't do that” an acceptable response to a “how do I” question? [duplicate]

Hold up! before you click that button to report this question as a duplicate of this, consider that not only is that question 10 years old, but is also fairly non-specific, and doesn't make good use ...
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Flag declined after an edit. How can we fix this?

I flagged an answer as "Not an answer" because it was nothing but a link. I downvoted it, flagged it, and left a comment. After some coaxing from another member and myself, the poster edited the ...
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Academic papers using Stack Exchange data

As a result of being interested in Stack Overflow data myself, the need arose to track other Stack Overflow-based research. The following is an attempt to list the academic papers mentioning Stack ...
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What's your favorite unicorn recipe? [closed]

Please post your favorite unicorn recipes. Here's mine: Marinate four filets of prime unicorn meat in the following: One cup of aged balsamic vinegar Two tablespoons of rosemary Eight ...
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Is it OK to close an on-topic question from a bad user? [duplicate]

Imagine the following scenario. A user gets suspended (fairly) on some site, then creates a new account and asks an on-topic question (the new account asks the question and does nothing else). The IP ...
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Listing companies which has no job posts? [migrated]

You can navigate to that kind of companies through a 'developer story' of a specific user, but cannot list them on https://stackoverflow.com/jobs/companies. Is this possible or this feature is not ...
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Alternative /ask page layout

Charlie Owen put together a great mockup of an alternative /ask page layout: (Source: flickr.com) Please do read the whole write-up here, which goes into great detail, with specific annotations and ...
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Could we be a little less eager with the duplicate votes to close?

It was pointed out to me it was unfair to single out folks with dupe-hammers for this. It was a poor choice of words, on my part. The core of the post is still something I feel needs addressing, so I ...
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Should SE move in the long term to SLACK / DISCORD or chat alike system?

I didn't see any discussion alike and hence would like to check it out in case it is being discussed in the background by the fathers of the site. Many pro's and con's, personally I dislike it (real ...
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Not see the inbox messages for the deleted accounts

If I had an account on an SE site, deleted it, and then made a new account on the same website, I am going to get the inbox messages from the old account (assuming all of these are created using the ...
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Why would only ♦ moderators be “Interested in the status of tasks you've already reviewed?”

Most of you know what an empty review queue looks like: However, ♦ moderators see something different: Interested in the status of tasks you've already reviewed? View your complete review ...
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The psychology of downvoting others without telling them why!

I have been active on different SO/SE forums for quite a while. I have rarely downvoted anyone. I usually try to let the person know what is wrong with their question/answer first and help them ...
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What does constructive criticism of a design change look like?

Last week we rolled out the new network theme to several sites. Some of these sites had beautiful designs previously and now have a less striking look. Unsurprisingly, the response to these changes ...
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Why can I flag my own question/answer?

It makes sense that I can delete my own question/answer if I think that it's not a good post. It also makes sense that I can edit it to improve it. But why would I flag my own question/answer?
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Let's not be [argumentative]

The tag argumentative seems to be another tag with little use and no clear purpose. Some of the nine current uses are along with subjective where the question refers to the old "subjective and ...
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We're testing advertisements across the network

For several years we've had advertising solely on technology-related sites. But many of our sites aren't about technology at all, so we haven't sold ads for them. Traditionally, that hasn't been a ...
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Custom Filters release announcement

After an extended alpha period, we are pleased to announce the release of Custom Filters (formerly known as Custom Question Lists). Custom Filters provide a rich UI for building more tailored views ...
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Awarding bounty on your other account's question: legal or not? [duplicate]

Is it considered legal behaviour if you operate several accounts on a given SE site, and then award a bounty on one account's rep to another's question to circumvent "3 active bounties at a given ...
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When someone answers my question correctly and completely, what should I do? [duplicate]

Good manners says to say thank you when somebody answers your question. E-mail load control suggests not replying "thanks" because it's too much e-mail and people would rather have less. I'm not sure ...
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Automatic quality control and their effects on participation and contribution

I am interested in studying how automatic quality control can affect participation and contribution in online discussion communities. Many content generation platforms are struggling with balancing ...
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How can I verify an account as belonging to a Stack Exchange employee?

Recently on Meta SO, someone reported an animated ad. Someone using the name Will Westendorf responded, with the claim that they are an official Stack Exchange employee. However, their profile does ...
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How can we communicate to users who try and get their question reopened that the community disagrees with the reopening?

Many times, a question gets closed, and then the author edits it in an attempt to get it reopened. However, in many of these cases, the close reason still ends up applying, and so users in the reopen ...
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Is it appropriate for a site admin to curtail requested information from a user? [duplicate]

Update: I realized that this post attracted a lot of downvotes maybe because it's lacking context. A question got posted on The Workplace SE. I wrote an answer to it. I realized I can slightly edit ...
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What should the Super User ads look like? [closed]

Last week, Kyle Cronin noticed that we had put up some Server Fault ads (both on Stack Overflow and TDWTF) and started the Love the new Server Fault ad! discussion. So my question is... what ...
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“Freeze” askers' edit/update privileges for a short period after asking a question on Meta

We had already discussed at length ideas about hiding downvotes/upvotes etc. and I realize why a lot of the previous suggestions to hide/modify the downvote view was faulty. But another idea sort of ...
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How to deal with this behavior?

How do we deal with this behavior, and what is the term for it? [POSTSCRIPT: this post is not about any one individual question, or answer, or comment, or downvote, all of which are irrelevant, as am ...
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How to handle a professional argument at Stack Exchange sites

I am an oldtimer on Stack Overflow, but I only recently became involved. In that respect I am more of a newbie than a veteran. Which leads me to my question: How should a professional ...
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Why are there so few Notes / Domino questions on SO? [closed]

Is the number of IBM Lotus Notes / Domino questions on SO indicative of the size of the developer community, quality of the community, or something else? I realize this is probably argumentative, but ...
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I've had my first pissing match on SO — now what?

After asking a question on SO, an answerer and I got into a verbal tussle. Basically, I at first misunderstood a part of the answer, but then felt that the answer wasn't clear enough to me. I felt ...
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Which technology/framework was used to develop the Stack Exchange mobile app?

I am just curious to know - which technology/framework was used to develop the Stack Exchange mobile apps? Is it native Android and native iOS (Swift/Objective-C) or hybrid frameworks (React Native, ...
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Podcast #66 - Discussion Ideas. (Unofficial) [closed]

Well we got Jon's question answered on podcast 65. So +1 for us (and Jon) What would you like to see discussed on Podcast #66? Please post only one topic per user and look down the list and vote up ...
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Greasemonkey script to show current daily reputation cap [closed]

Important: this no longer works and needs a patch; see my answer. I've just finished creating yet another greasemonkey script. This script will display your reputation earned today and the time till ...
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“Edit your question to provide status and progress updates” means what?

In the Help Center on the What should I do if no one answers my question? page there is some advice which I think appears in the Help Center of every site: To get better answers, you may need to ...
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Make it easier to edit “My Communities” list

Currently when we edit the "My Communities" list in the top bar, we have to: Type at least part of the desired site name. Click the item that shows up. Click "Add". Three whole steps! If I want to ...
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My thought on the “Minimal, Complete, and Verifiable example” [closed]

I am not a very active user on stackoverflow, but during my ten-year career as a developer I have often asked questions and received satisfactory answers. I noticed with disappointment that the only ...
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Close votes are to recommend closure flags, as reopen votes are to…what? [duplicate]

Those who have the "cast close and reopen votes" privilege can cast close and reopen votes to close and reopen questions. For those who do not, they can raise recommended closure flags to close ...
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What's the point of downvoting a question without commenting it? [duplicate]

This has been discussed in general, but I asked a question which had 0 answer and 0 comment and was downvoted... What's the point ?
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Moderator Flag Dashboard soft launch

Previous post Moderator flag dashboard design refresh (alpha) As hopefully most moderators are aware, we've been working over the last few months to revamp the moderator flag dashboard. ...
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Tag synonym dashboard 2.0

Back in January, we had a week-long internal "make-a-thon" where a bunch of people across the company got into teams, did some brainstorming, and worked to improve various parts of our UI. Bonus if ...
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What happens to my rep if an answer is migrated to a stack where I'm not a member? [duplicate]

I answer a question -- which, I'll admit, already has a couple close votes, but which seems to be to be a pretty simple and on-topic ask. An hour or so later, I get a notification that my answer has ...
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Should meta requests be closed as duplicates of announcements if the same thing is requested in an answer to the announcement?

Whenever a new feature is announced by the SE team, it's typical for people to report bugs and request features by posting answers to the announcement. However, it often happens that some people who ...
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Tags for Rasa NLU & Rasa Core are deprecated - please merge Stackoverflow tags to Rasa [migrated]

I'm a Machine Learning Solutions Architect at Rasa. Nurturing our open source community is part of our mission statement, and as part of this we are working hard to provide answers to our users on ...