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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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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 dosen't get into the HNQ, and the worst I'd face on the other is a s question that's decidedly meh, having a ...
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Are suspensions considered infallible? [on hold]

I'd suppose and hope that the bulk of users who are served with suspensions, (i.e. given a 1 rep., and banned from asking or answering questions), merit their bans, and the SE network is much better ...
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Announcing the arrival of Valued Associate #679: Cesar Manara

We mentioned last year that we were looking to rev up on additional resources for the Stack Exchange network and this announcement is meant to support that claim. Due to the increased growth of our ...
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Which stack exchange sites support Launchpad log ins? [duplicate]

The first and most important question, which SE sites support launchpad authentification? 2nd follow up question Why does SE, not support launchpad authentication on all it's sites? It offer gmail ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled April 23, 2019 at 23:30 UTC (7:30pm US/Eastern)

Current status We have hit some unexpected issues and have rescheduled - title and dates below are updated. The work listed below for Monday/Tuesday has already been completed, the rest of the work ...
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Is the community bot ruining the community by bumping old posts?

I have been an active member of UX Stack Exchange for a little over 2 years and in that time, I have noticed the Community bot push years old posts to the top of the questions homepage. Now, I ...
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When a comment doesn't contravene the CoC but gets deleted all the same

I often delete my own comments when there are typos, when they might be interpreted in the wrong way, or their wording needs improvement. I also do my utmost to delete comments that are no longer ...
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Which technology/framework is used to develop the Stack Exchange mobile app?

I am just curious to know - which technology/framework is used to develop the Stack Exchange mobile app? Is it native Android and native iOS (Swift/Objective-C) or hybrid frameworks (React Native, ...
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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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Why is “The Definitive C++ Book List” question allowed, but other book recommendation questions are not? [on hold]

Why does The Definitive C++ Book Guide and List get a pass, but I can't ask my own book recommendation question? Can I ask my own book recommendation question in a way that is acceptable to the ...
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Shall I accept an answer that answers part of my question?

So I bet you all met into a scenario, where someone wrote a good, detailed answer which answers part (or most, or the core) of your question. Then should you mark it as accepted? Or should you just ...
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If my comment is flagged “Unfriendly or unkind” how do I know?

How can a new user or any user on Stack Exchange sites know if their comments are coming across "Unfriendly or unkind"? Is there a notification when someone flags it? if it's deleted (in the handling ...
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Unupvote loses you more rep than downvote

User A has 5 reputation. User A posts an answer and receives: upvote +10 then unupvote -10 rep = 5 (neutral feedback) upvote + 10 then downvote -2 rep = 13 (negative feedback) How come user A ...
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Stack Overflow has engaged in ideological censorship and unwelcoming behavior [on hold]

What happened? On April 10, 2019, a user posted a response to a Meta question discussing how SO might take action in response to the gender disparity in the programming industry. The post essentially ...
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Where is Experience Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

I'm looking for "Experience Stack Exchange" or probably "Personal Experience Stack Exchange" site (I can't recall the exact name) but can't find it. I used to visit it few years ago or so. On that ...
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Custom question lists October status update

Previous posts: Custom question lists: finding questions you can answer Custom question lists is available for testing Hi, I'm continuing the work on the Custom Question Lists project. (...
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Is the Stack Overflow homepage “too confusing” or “too complicated”?

Elaborating on feedback from the Hanselminutes podcast with regards to a UI that works for programmers may not work for SE2.0’s world domination plans I personally think the average ...
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How should sockpuppets be handled on Stack Exchange?

A high-reputation, highly-active user has already been dinged once for a sockpuppet, and I just dinged him again. He probably has another sockpuppet as well. What are the guidelines for handling ...
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How does Stack Overflow syntax highlight citations so well?

I posted a citation in an answer to a question, reproduced here: H. Muhammad and R. Ierusalimschy. C APIs in extension and extensible languages. Journal of Universal Computer Science, 13(6):839–853, ...
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If your son would ask, “Dad, why… ?”, would you answer: “Too broad, closed”?

I think, the answer is no. Instead, you would do this: You would decode, what your son really wants to know. You would summarize an answer on your best skills. Doing this, you would optimize an ...
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Why can 10k users see the so-called “deleted” posts? [duplicate]

Since deleted posts are visible to 10k users why isn't the button called hide or the post really deleted? What is the reason that 10k users can still see them? Isn't the purpose of deleting something ...
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Has a rating scale been considered for new answers in the review queue?

I am a relatively low-reputation user on Stack Exchange since I typically do not write a lot of answers, but I enjoy helping out in the review queues. For the most part, questions are either obviously ...
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Should comments be trimmed on FAQ questions? Should answers be curated?

When I see a question like Do posts have to be in English on Stack Exchange?, I wonder how any person who really wants to know the answer is going to make use of it. In this case, I see three barriers ...
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What makes an official FAQ?

What qualifies a question as an official FAQ? For example, this question has an answer with twelve votes, but no accepted answers, and no founders weighing in. The answer refers to the FAQ on ...
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/faq HUHN! What is it good for? [on hold]

So JA wants to restructure the /faq page for SE sites. Because current /faqs suck. Or at least that's my assumption. I think there's another assumption we should examine... Why have a /faq page ...
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Usability improvements for the community FAQ

tl;dr? Skip directly to the gray box at the bottom. The community FAQ doesn't get enough respect. By definition, its entries carry the moderator-only tag faq, which bestows a degree of official-ness. ...
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Do these FAQ questions need to be cleaned up?

I am referring to Can I answer my own questions, even if I knew the answer before asking? and What HTML tags are allowed on Stack Exchange sites? The first question contains some answers that repeat ...
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“You can only post once every 40 minutes”: Why is this timeout applied to a site *and* its meta? Should it be? [duplicate]

Just a few minutes ago, I went to post a question on the Android Enthusiasts meta, to ask them to make a tag for the model of phone I had just asked a question about, since it didn't exist and thus I ...
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Current state of the stack ignores user needs

I read the blog, I re-read it, I made notes and re-read it again, I walked away and then re-read it for a fifth and sixth time. I still found none of my concerns addressed (see end). First, there ...
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What is the correct chat flag to flag “unfriendly” messages?

During the new update to comment flags, a new option "It's unfriendly or unkind" was added. This is different from the "It contains harassment, bigotry, or abuse." comment flag. As I understand, the ...
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Should I edit abusive posts?

When I see a abusive post that is a bit beyond PG-13 like: Go punch sand you lint-licker I will flag it as abusive but I feel like I shouldn't leave such profanities up for other people to see ...
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Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”?

I have often wondered at the practice on Stack Overflow, Server Fault, and the other sites where someone will ask a question and an answer will come in that says Look here: http://link ...
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Does Jeff Atwood sleep? [closed]

I'm pretty sure Jeff lives in the US, but judging from his activity, I'm not sure. He seems to be alive at 2am(Central) and I also see him at 9am. Sure, this is 7 hours difference for him to sleep, ...
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Can a user make two accounts that both get the site reputation bonus at 200 rep then merge the two accounts, getting the association bonus twice?

If an alternate account earns 200 reputation and gets the association bonus, then the alternate account is merged with a different account that also has earned the association bonus, do both bonuses ...
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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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What recurring competitions are held across various communities?

A lot of communities have or have had friendly competitions, whether for best question, or best answer, or questions of a particular category, etc. etc. I'm interested in what sites are doing other ...
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Why was my “view” count limited to my question views?

On one site, I had one question with something like 50 views. So my estimated view count was 50 views. It would seem logical that everyone who read that thread read my question. But I had written ...
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Automatically protecting questions from junk answers

Given the many junk answers that tend to accumulate, and the current absurdly low rep threshold for bypassing protection of questions, should questions be automatically protected? I'm not after ...
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Is Comment Converter available on sites other than DBA Stack Exchange?

I have just seen an automatic answer being put for one of my questions on DBA. This was made by Comment Converter which seems to be quite useful as it already got a gold badge. The user profile ...
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Why did Stack Overflow's 2010 survey not include Python in its choices for technologies? [closed]

In the 2010 survey I took today there was no choice for Python under "Which technologies do you use...". I see 16,028 Python tagged questions on SO currently and only 6,556 Ruby tagged questions and ...
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What to do if a user asks a question that can be improved if asked differently?

There are many examples of questions opened in SO that are not in their best forms when asked. Considering the OP is open for suggestions, how do we point the right directions? For example, in a ...
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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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Toward a philosophy of Chat

TL;DR: The Problem This keeps happening in chat: Surprise at flags on vulgar messages. Language that would invariably get your comments deleted on the main site occasionally gets flagged and deleted ...
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Did the SO favicon just change?

It looks to me as if the SO favicon just changed to some weird red and blue thing with the text "jB". Did anyone else notice this? And what does it stand for?
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Unicorn Meta Zoo #1: Why another podcast?

Welcome to the 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. Listener grooveplex has started a wiki ...
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What limits should we place on automated voting?

This has come up a few times now in moderator circles, but with the exception of Andy's Robot there hasn't been a lot of public discussion that's applicable. That feels kinda negligent to me, so... ...
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Where can I ask about if an online service exists?

I am looking for an online service to generate a chart over a custom keyboard layout for e.g. gaming, but I'm unsure - does a Stack Exchange site exist where such a question would be considered ...
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Where does the following question about inflating bicycle tyres belong?

I want to inflate both of my bicycle's tyres. Both valves have a cover. I remove the cover of the first valve and inflate the tire. Now, what is the better way to proceed: Put the cover ...
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Some questions regarding CoC and flagging comment to understand them better

Motivation Let me first try to explain my main motivation for writing this post. It is, to put simply, to try to understand our new Code of Conduct (henceforth CoC) and the scheme of flagging chat ...
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Does low reputation cause the user to have any restrictions? [duplicate]

What are the restriction given by a low reputation? Do the modalities of giving answers or interact with other Stack Exchange users would change ?