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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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Why are we happy to delete open questions with 0 score but not terrible, incorrect answers?

I’ve come across some really bad answers on Stack Exchange, including quite a few that are just one sentence with no sources or badly written speculation with no basis. From what I understand, our ...
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How can I prevent my questions from being removed by roomba (Stack Exchange's automated question deletion system) after a user was removed?

The removal of a user might result in the loss of upvotes on some of my questions, which might in turn result in roomba* (Stack Exchange's automated question deletion system) deleting some of my ...
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Any way to fix the vote disparity between poll questions and regular questions?

This seems like a problem: Community-wiki questions, particularly polls, tend to destroy regular questions in a bunch of areas: number of answers number of close votes number of reopen votes ...
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Examples of questions on Meta.SE that would merit a Very Low Quality (VLQ) flag

In this answer responding to a user asking about why their Very Low Quality (VLQ) flag was declined on a blatantly off-topic question here on Meta.SE, Tinkeringbell ♦ mentions, The VLQ flag IS NOT ...
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Is there a limit for “user was deleted” being propagated as reputation being removed? [duplicate]

Today I saw the following: Clearly the removed user has voted a tremendous number of times on politics and it is plausible that this is related to voting irregularity. However, I remember that ...
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Has anyone made a “social button” for Stack Overflow?

Something along the lines of these: http://blog.lunarpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/socialbuttons.png (image is broken) I haven't seen one yet, but if one exists, that would be great.
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Does Stack Exchange have a “Verified Account” feature?

Is there a "Verified Account" feature at Stack Exchange like the one used by twitter? If not, should there be? I ask because I just saw this answer from new user "Jeffrey Richter," and I am not ...
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Massive user removal in one night?

I woke up this morning to find that I suffered massive drop in points across network because of lots of users were removed . What happened to those users? Was there a database cleanup?
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Are there highly upvoted, accepted answers that quote just a website? [duplicate]

I recall, but not where, some highly upvoted, accepted answers somewhere that merely quoted text from a website, save one or two sentences sourcing the quote. I ask as this answer (where I quoted a ...
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Writing.SE clamours for graduation

Writing.SE has raised the issue of our desire to graduate a year ago Here it is: we're tired of being a beta site. We believe we have been a consistently successful site, we've been around for more ...
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Replacing the login e-mail address doesn't replace the notification e-mail address

A few days ago, I changed the e-mail address associated with my Stack Exchange account by adding the new e-mail address, then deleting the old one and deleting the old address from the mail service. ...
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Is there any Hot Network Questions archive? [duplicate]

Because questions that have been HNQd are usually the interesting ones... Would like to see a list of such Qs?
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Answering duplicates

I've seen users of various Stack Exchange sites marking a question as duplicate and even closing it. But new users may be unaware that their question already exists and also has an answer. If it were ...
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Is it OK to be facetious?

Although I searched for it, I did not find a question that directly address this topic (not for a specific case but) in general. And I am genuinely asking to know the answer to make my own behavior ...
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Oracle Application Express 4.0 [on hold]

About 5 hours ago, I had posted "Application Express 4.0" questions pertaining to how I downloaded the free product from OTN, but discovered the install to be confusing/complicated, asking whether I ...
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Answer disappeared without any clue about the reason

Yesterday, I came to a question in StackOverflow about how to sort a data array with different fields and render into an html table using JavaScript. I provided an answer posting a function and some ...
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When are data posted to Stack Exchange Data Explorer? [duplicate]

When are data posted to Stack Exchange Data Explorer? What is the frequency of data being posted to Stack Exchange Data Explorer?
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Can we add “Be Honest” back into the Code of Conduct?

Background & Motivation After reading this blog post about the Code of Conduct, I have a suggestion to add "Be Honest" back into the Code of Conduct. Yes, I realize the blog post is nearly a ...
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Does Area 51 have its own history or usage stats?

Area51.SE has the usage statistics and other information about all the other Stack Exchange networks except itself. I even searched it on the site and as the screenshot above shows, there is no ...
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Is There a Privilege to Answer Questions for a User? [on hold]

Can high rep people earn a privilege to answer questions for others after say, a year? If not, why not? The unanswered tab is littered with questions from people who joined, asked a question and ...
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Can somebody better explain the Tenacious badge?

I just acquired the Tenacious badge but the description is leaving me wondering what exactly I've done to acquire it. Description: Zero score accepted answers: more than 5 and 20% of total.
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How is misrepresentation of Stack Exchange in the media (and in science) handled?

I'm a regular reader of the site of the British newspaper The Guardian. The quality of the articles is generally high and they cover a wide range of topics. Today I was surprised to come across an ...
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The NEW new “Be Nice” Policy (“Code of Conduct”) — Updated with your feedback [duplicate]

Update: Thanks for all the additional feedback below. We incorporated a lot of your suggestions, and this is going live (as https://meta.stackexchange.com/help/be-nice). We're also looking at ways ...
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Undeleting a bad question further worsens reputation [duplicate]

If an undeleted question does not have a chance of getting up vote due to the question being not worth a try, how will it help in getting out of question ban? Leaving it as deleted too does not help ...
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Is the visual design of Area 51 intended to appeal largely to geeks?

Space, aliens, freakin' unicorns. Area 51's all a bit geek-centric (making it inherently more male-oriented). However, aren't we supposed to be proposing sites for the internet community at large? Isn'...
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I would like more specifics on how the Announcer badge is awarded

When I post a link to a question or answer, and my user ID is part of the link, I know it is counted toward the Announcer badge when someone else clicks on it. However, I have received the Announcer ...
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Where to ask a question about compression? [duplicate]

I want to ask a question about compression and I'm unsure where to ask the question because I couldn't find any sites where this question would fit according to the Help Center. The question: Is ...
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Where would I ask a question regarding the cycle time of a SIMATIC PLC with high-speed analog module

I have a quite specific question regarding the sampling rate of a hs-anolog modul in combination with the cycle-time of my program (TIA-portal V15) running on a Siemens Simatic CPU 1510SP-1 PN for ET ...
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Is the [c#3.0] tag new, and should it exist? [closed]

What happened here? (source: tejp.de) Was it a retag? (I couldn't find any [retag-request] about this.) If it's the result of a retag, shouldn't the tag rather be [c#-3.0]? This format seems to ...
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Why aren't Stack Exchange moderators paid for their service?

Why are moderators of Stack Exchange communities never paid for their service? Moderators remove spam from the site, so why should they struggle and never get paid? https://meta.stackexchange.com/...
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Unicorn Meta Zoo #3: How do we grade questions?

Welcome to the Unicorn Meta Zoo, a podcast by members of the Stack Exchange community team. If you want to avoid spoilers, jump straight to the audio. Participants We're talking about whether or not ...
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Unicorn Meta Zoo #2: What is the role of moderators?

Welcome to the second episode of Unicorn Meta Zoo, a brand new podcast by members of the Stack Exchange community team. If you want to avoid spoilers, jump straight to the audio. Participants We're ...
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An SE site for identifying an old postcard

Is there any place in the SE-universe to ask a question or seek for help in identifying an old (probably pre world war II) postcard, based on its front image (reproduction of Carl von. Bergen XIX ...
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Downvotes and close of beginner question

I experienced it several times, that beginner questions are closed or downvoted. Now I read the FAQ and found the following. A question is closed if it is exact duplicate off topic not ...
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Stack Exchange appears to be less suitable for inexperienced coders than it used to be before [duplicate]

In the past, the programming sites of Stack Exchange (e.g. Stack Overflow) used to accept fairly straightforward questions about HTML, CSS, JS and alike, scripting in powershell or BASH or simple ...
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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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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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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) [closed]

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?