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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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How to contact a user on a site? [duplicate]

I am not talking about contacting a user about a question/answer on a site. It's just for other information or asking for some personal advice, or just commenting a user on his/her 'about' profile! ...
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Updating the Hot Network Questions List - now with a bit more network and a little less “hotness”!

Some of you may have noticed that we've been making some changes to the Hot Network Questions on the back end over the last week or so. I'm here announcing our first round of changes to how the HNQ ...
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Stack Exchange as a class assignment?

I'm a professor of Computer Science at an American university. I teach a variety of courses, ranging from Intro to C++ to Advanced TCP/IP Programming. For the upcoming semester, I was considering ...
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Covert a interger to decimal [on hold]

,get_rate_of_return (ibm_tower ,rate_of_return) as (select TC.ibm_tower ,cast(TR.total_surveys_returned/TC.total as decimal(10,4)) from gettowercounts TC ,...
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How many votes on questions by sock puppets does it take to suspend his account? [duplicate]

If a sock puppet votes on a question or an answer, how many times can it do that before the account gets suspended or deleted?
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Announcing Our Amazing 2018 Stuff-A-Way! [closed]

Mar 5 UPDATE: This order is proving a bit more laborious to expedite than our vendor had originally anticipated, so these boxes haven't been shipped out yet. Anyone who filled in a form should receive ...
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Will Stack Overflow's engine be (someday, or ever) open sourced?

Will Stack Overflow's engine become open source one day? Warning: Some of the answers to this question no longer apply to the current situation. In the time since the question was asked Hosted ...
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Thanks SE, love the swag!

In the Amazing 2018 Stuff-A-Way, SE sent me the following: I just wanted to say thank you. I already put the stickers on my travel trunks and had to wash the mug three times by now. Unfortunately, ...
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An SE site for identifying an old postcard

Is there any place in SE universe to ask a question or seek for a help in identifying an old (probably pre-II world war) postcard, based on its front image (reproduction of Carl von. Bergen XIX ...
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Dealing with HNQ drama before it happens - how do we deal with questions that can lead to trouble?

Sometimes stuff creeps into HNQ that doesn't belong. While I'm a moderator of one site that doesn't get into the HNQ, and the worst I'd face on the other is a question that's decidedly meh, having a ...
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Wheres the best site for accessibility learning?(request discussion) [on hold]

I want to learn the basics of accessibility and learn how to code a little dont know where to begin...all help much appreciated.
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Reputation requirements compared

How do reputation requirements for various privileges compare on Stack Overflow vs a graduated Stack Exchange 2.0 site vs a site in public or private beta? Return to FAQ Index
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In the last hours, why do new users with the association bonus think that Web Applications is about developing web apps rather than using them?

On Web Applications today, May 17, 2019 GMT-5, we've received several questions about developing web applications from new users with the association bonus (reputation = 101). We have always had this ...
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What is the impact of the recent changes to how Hot Network Questions work?

It's been almost two months since some major changes were made to the Hot Network Questions (HNQ), including a timeline event when a post hits HNQ, a (configurable) maximum number of questions each ...
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Just solved a problem, not on StackOverflow, but would like to share the solution [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I ask a question I know the answer to? I just spent a few hours solving a problem, but it wasn't on StackOverflow. StackOverflow seems like a good place to post the ...
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Why is there no French Stack Overflow?

There is English Stack Overflow. There is Spanish Stack Overflow. There is Portuguese Stack Overflow. There is Japanese Stack Overflow. There is Russian Stack Overflow. But no.. French SO? Why?
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Where should I ask a question about the principle of image convolution?

I understand the principle of image convolution. Maybe. I think it is this: You use a small matrix with numbers in it, Then take a sample of an image with as many pixels as you have numbers in your ...
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When a user has one of their questions or answers deleted, why don't you notify them about the deletion, and send the removed content by email? [duplicate]

Some questions or answers can take a while to write. For example, I had written a question on http://productivity.stackexchange.com, and one day it got silently deleted, meaning I cannot access it ...
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When a question is deleted, why doesn't the author get notified? [duplicate]

Question #255137 has this topic discussed about comments, and the main reasoning there for not notifying users about deleted comments, is that comments are second-class citizens, are not posts, and ...
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University Ambassadors for SE community promotion

Recently, I stumbled upon this old post (2011) on Quantitative Finance SE: Quant.SE University Ambassadors Program: calling students and teachers, which announced an (private?) initiative to run a "...
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Has anyone ever hacked Stack Overflow?

While chatting with friends about hacking, a guy said that "if a site is getting popular/ or any competitive, it will somehow face severe hacks. Some used to expose it, others hide it". Out of ...
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How can I learn from a site as a beginner? [duplicate]

Suppose I have no technical knowledge on a topic, and there is a Stack Exchange site for that topic. I want to gain knowledge on that topic. I have been in some sites for quite a few months. I know ...
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What do you think of a set of Stack Exchange sites for universities?

So at my university (Aberystwyth) we all seem to have Q&A groups on Facebook for all the various courses and disciplines. Alongside societies, websites and all the rest. I think it would be ...
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How can I encourage Stack Overflow to rein in the 'subjective' vigilantes?

I'm on SO pretty much every day researching something to do with programming, and over the last month or two, I find I'm growing frustrated and a little disgusted at how many interesting questions ...
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What aspects of psychology does Stack Overflow take advantage of?

I think it's interesting the way Stack Overflow has garnered such a following. I think that the success of Stack Overflow has a lot to do with how Stack Overflow is taking advantage of how people ...
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Are Area 51 private betas automatic yet?

So, I'm aware that the first few Stack Exchange sites were pushed into private beta one at a time so that the team could work out the kinks in the process. I'm also aware that the commitment counter ...
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Help section update related to ##UserID## in data.stackexchange

On help page of data.stackexchange, It is stated that: The ##UserId## parameter is treated specially for users who are logged in. If they have an account on the target site that shares the email ...
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Can there be too many answers to a question?

Sometimes there are many answers to a single question, for example this question on Stack Overflow, with 60+ answers. I find it to be too many. Is there a procedure to maybe close such questions, or ...
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Usage of the word “binding”

First of all, this is really two questions: a specific question and the meta question: where do I ask questions that are of the same type as the specific question? I am only expecting an answer to ...
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Software architecture/Design question, where to ask? [duplicate]

I've noticed that every design/architecture question on Stack Overflow is closed as opinion based. Where should I ask my questions then?
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Using spoiler to have better answers [on hold]

I recently asked this question. That was a homework problem; the response people gave was very nice, but in one answer they basically solved it for me. That was the most useful answer. I think there ...
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Ask first, get an answer, then edit question to invalidate answer? [duplicate]

Wait, what? (This question has already been marked once since posting.) Is this something that happens regularly? Or is it just something that happens only every once in a while? I'm not looking ...
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Why does Meta Stack Exchange have reputation? [duplicate]

On the per-site-metas, users don't have a reputation score different from their score on the site (so a user's meta.stackoverflow reputation is just their Stack Overflow reputation). But meta....
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What Easter Eggs do the chat sites have?

According to balpha, the SE chat sites may have individual Easter eggs, depending on the site. If you find them, please post. Edit: Because it's so easy to make this stuff up, a screenshot as proof ...
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Does meta have to mean murder?

It's often said on this site that meta means murder and that this acts as a deterrent. Our site, which is supposed to act as the central clearinghouse for network-wide matters, doesn't have a great ...
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Is there a report that shows Stack Overflow developer survey answer trends over time? [closed]

I'm curious about the developer survey answer trends year over year. I see the survey has been conducted since 2011, and it would be really interesting to see answer trends over time. Does such a ...
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Custom question lists April status update

Previous posts: Original announcement Alpha launch announcement October 2018 status update December 2018 status update January 2019 status update After a long hiatus, a new Custom ...
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Q&A for Marketing and Advertising (Technology)

I would love to see a marketing (product marketing) and advertising section within the Stack Exchange network. Is there a current alternative? Where can I ask and answer questions that are specific to ...
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Why do I see tags that I don't want to watch?

Why do I sometimes see questions with tags that I don't watch on the home page? I dislike it and I always have to add a new tag to my list of ignored tags. Will there be an upgrade to this feature? ...
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Will translations be an improvement? [duplicate]

Will the website be translated in time? Is it in the process? It will 'seduce' a lot of Asian people. For example, what can be a lot of new contributors and also for people who don't speak English. ...
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What can we do about spoilers in titles? [duplicate]

There is a problem with questions that contain spoilers in the title appearing in the Hot Network Questions. Unfortunately there are technical reasons why they can't be blocked using he ignore tag ...
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What is the purpose of the tumbleweed badge?

What is the purpose of the tumbleweed badge? Why is asking questions no one answers or looks at a desirable accomplishment?
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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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In the interest of the “Be nice” policy, can we make the mod and system messages more polite?

Here on Stack Exchange we're encouraged to be nice, but I feel like the canned messages from mods and from the system aren't setting a good example in this regard. Example 1 Comments are not for ...
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Can/Should you be able to upvote your own posts?

I think not. Your own posts should either automatically upvoted by the creator or not upvotable by the creator.
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Improve the UX so it's obvious that the previous answer will be unaccepted when accepting another one

A new user receives a good answer Clicks the tick✅ next to it Receives another good answer Proceeds to tick that as well Unexpected[to a new user] result: First answer gets unaccepted User potentially ...
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Loosen the “no suspension in the past year” requirement for nominees, or at least listen to the community

Recently on Physics SE there's been a dramatic election, where the only 40-scored and top nominee was banned from nominating due to their suspension in the last year, which created a dense wave of ...
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A question “wizard”?

This is an idea that splintered off from Which tags on stackoverflow do you think needs to be improved and how?. I decided to bring it up as its own question as a possible proposal. While I do think ...
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Questions summary [closed]

I have a couple of quite specific questions on Math SE that are related to the same problem I am trying to solve. I was wondering if it makes sense to make a new question about the overall problem ...
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Why did my question become a duplicate?

I posted this question: Why cannot we comment-reply more than one person in comments, and anyone in questions/answers? It is about why we have these limitations. I was not wondering at all about the ...