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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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Discord: The name of the dice emoji is :game_DIE: [on hold]

Hum... I was just coding a nice and sweet Discord bot that can roll a dice when you ask it to do so... and then i saw this: If my English is right (wich is not the case), the English for a dice is a....
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Moderator flag dashboard design refresh (alpha)

Earlier this year, we started work on a design refresh for the moderator flag dashboard, and ran a limited alpha on a few sites. Today, we're opening it up to the rest of the network, with the goal ...
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On which Stack Exchange site should I post subjective questions? [duplicate]

I just got a question closed because it was rendered subjective by the moderators. The question is important to me and I believe other people would benefit. So, I ask the following non subjective ...
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Which is the best place to post general advice questions to get ideas, opinions, and advice? [duplicate]

I don't want to ask opinion based or non specific questions that devalue question and answers and not benefit from search engine ratings or waste peoples valuable time So not problems or questions ...
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Where to post signal processing questions that involve programming?

I think this is the right site to ask this question. I have a signal processing question that also involves my implementation in Python. So it's both mathematical and programming oriented. Where's ...
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Why different frame of same video have different size? [on hold]

In a video I am working on, I had to split the video into frames. But I have noticed the size of most of the frame is different. A solid white frame have a size of 2KB but some have the size of 36KB. ...
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Comments: You've heard of +1, you've heard of -1. Now get ready for ±0!

In comments, some people voluntarily write "+1" or "-1" to indicate what they did vote-wise on the post. But when people want to say that they weren't the person who downvoted, there's no way to ...
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Why can't 10K users search for others' deleted posts? [duplicate]

I have been trying to get to 10 thousand reputation for a while on Science Fiction & Fantasy (taking a while :P) but learned something weird a few weeks ago: users with 10,000 reputation can't ...
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Is “Answer Ratio” really an Appropriate Metric?

(Prologue: I was told this question was supposed to be here vs. meta.stackexchange.com so I've copied it from over there.) While taking a look at the current "Answer Ratio" for WordPress Answers it ...
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Are rumors of a film true? I hope so by golly!

I heard that there is a film being made. If so, please consider my poster: Then people at the Tavern (Lasse V. Karlsen, Yi Jiang, Diago, Tim) had some suggestions: Anyway, I hope people make some ...
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Should 'Hi', 'thanks', taglines, and salutations be removed from posts?

I edit a lot of posts every day. I often run across posts with 'Hi' and 'Thanks' on the top and the bottom of the post respectively. I also run across things like: --User Should these items be ...
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What is “code golf” on Stack Overflow? [closed]

See http://codegolf.stackexchange.com It seems that someone gives us a problem to solve, tags the question code-golf and the winner is whoever completes the solution in the fewest characters. I haven'...
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Why was Stack Overflow named Stack Overflow? Where does its money come from? [duplicate]

Why was Stack Overflow named Stack Overflow? Of course the stack overflow is a concept in programming, but I think there's more to it than that. What are the other reasons that this particular name ...
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“Stack Overflow Isn't Very Welcoming” especially […] marginalized groups?

In today's blog post "Stack Overflow isn't very welcoming" Jay Hanlon writes: Too many people experience Stack Overflow as a hostile or elitist place, especially newer coders, women, people of ...
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Should we burninate the [groups] tag?

I recently found out that Meta Stack Exchange has a groups tag. It has 9 questions and no tag wiki or excerpt, and really doesn't add any useful information to questions. On most (not all) questions, ...
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Create a new Stack Exchange site to comment on Economist articles [duplicate]

In my view The Economist is one of the best sources of political and economic information. Unfortunately they disabled comments on their side, but they are still publishing a lot stuff that is worth ...
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Stack Overflow “standard” language [duplicate]

don't you think that Stack Overflow's FAQ should mention that posts should be written in English? I understand that, since the site itself is English-oriented, it should be clear. Also, there haven't ...
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What are the guidelines for flagging posts for migration to another site? [duplicate]

I see a post on site A that I want to migrate to site B (where site B is not on the list of eligible sites for migration when closing a question as off topic, or I don't have enough reputation to vote-...
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For 15k+ users: Guidelines on Protecting Questions? [duplicate]

Just got a notice on StackOverflow that I can now "protect questions" .... I've seen diamond moderators do this a few times before, but for the most part I haven't seen it used too often. Therefore I ...
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What are the “Bad Things,” if any, associated with the declined flag count? [on hold]

Premise There should be an FAQ that addresses the consequences (if any) of a high "declined flag" count or a low helpful:declined ratio. Analysis There are a LOT of questions on meta surrounding ...
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Add to FAQ: How to give good answers [duplicate]

I wanted to check the FAQ to see if there was a guide on giving good answers, and I couldn't find one. Am I blind? Should this be added? What made me think of it is a common theme in bad answers I ...
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Ads on SE sites are flashy and resource-intensive

SE had very high standards for ads on Stack Overflow, ads were curated, generally static images and well-behaved. I found the stance SE took on acceptable ads admirable, and they certainly left some ...
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Receiving help on research articles [duplicate]

If someone receives some help on some research article from any of the stackexchange websites, should those people be included as co-authors and in such a scenario how to contact them?
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Inserting code method should be changed

I realize this suggestion would affect only the Stack Exchange sites that use code as part of their questions. However, since my suggestion would involve a re-code, if it's accepted, I thought it best ...
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On Piling On (or, Flagging Flagged Posts) [on hold]

Every once in a while, I notice an alert when I log onto the Stack Exchange: Wanting to be a good Stack Exchange citizen, I'll often click on that highlighted number, and see what's going on. ...
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Could some Google questions be useful?

The question How should we deal with Google questions? defines a Google question as a question that you can find the answer to by a simple Google search and according to anon's answer, such a question ...
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Will there be an option to permanently keep this year's April Fools design active?

In light of the recent site redesigns, I was amazed at how much I liked the design of this year's April Fools prank. It looks so bad that it is hilariously awesome. A lot of questions have been posted ...
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Do the criteria for a link-only answer differ on Meta than on main sites?

Just now someone asked a question about Markdown syntax for chat messages, and an employee answered with the following response: For chat markdown, click on the help button located at the bottom of ...
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What is the appropriate way of handling cross-posting?

Recently, two identical questions (copy-paste) were asked by the same user here on MSE, as well as on Stack Overflow. The question is on-topic on both sides, and the question on SO is currently ...
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What are the technical difficulties that would be caused by MathJax in chat?

There were many discussions about MathJax in chat both on this meta and on per-site-metas. (One of the main arguments why it might be useful seems to be that comments are rendered differently when ...
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Should certain sites specifically encourage askers to tag with location?

There's a few specific sites (Workplace, Academia, Law, IPS, Money, etc.) that commonly appear the Hot Network Questions list. On these sites, questions often greatly benefit from location tags yet ...
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Should status-declined (moderator-only tags) be allowed as the “Top tag”?

I came to Meta Stack Exchange today to find something a bit... disheartening: It may be discouraging to users if their top tag on Meta is status-declined. Should this be allowed?
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How frequently do people actually follow tags?

I have noticed that, even with the most popular tags (such as discussion), there are very few followers for tags. I have read about tags in the Help Center to try and find some more info about this, ...
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Why not have religion.stackexchange.com instead of Christianity/Judaism/Biblical Hermeneutics?

From a categorization perspective, I feel creating particular sites for each aspect of religion eats up needless room, and spreads the religious answers thinner than they need be. I'm not going to ...
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Are there any clones/alternatives for running a Stack Exchange style Q&A site?

Since the source code for this site isn't available for purchase or external use, I'm looking for software that can run a Q&A environment similar to Stack Exchange. Are there any such pieces of ...
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Stack Exchange for Popular Music and Music Videos

Is there a Stack Exchange where questions can be asked regarding musical artists, music videos, etc? For example, if someone was wondering about how a band formed, which artists hail from a certain ...
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Why do some community wiki posts say “unknown”? [duplicate]

Why do some community wiki posts say that the OP is "unknown", while others actually have a username under "community wiki"? For example, this answer has a username on it, while this answer just says ...
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Editor improvements for images and links

We are launching some editor improvements today. These improvements are required as a part of our responsive design efforts, but we think they are generally useful in any case. So we are making them ...
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Is it ok to give two different answers to a question? [duplicate]

A moderator has deleted one of my answers in two different cases. If a person comes up with two substantially different answers that are based on substantially different viewpoints, is it not ...
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Why is the question about e-mail spoofing closed? [migrated]

How to Stop Email Spoofing [closed] is an interesting question, even when its formulated as a careless one-liner. But the question is valid, the asker did basic research (he mentions SPF) and the ...
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Short url for StackOverflow?

Sometimes, writing stackoverflow.com and hitting Enter on keyboard comes longer and harder. If there was a chance to enter here with shorter urls like so.to, so.in or ,stck.in`, or etc. could it be ...
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Does different colors of a question in “Top Questions” list mean different reputation points? [duplicate]

There are three questions in this figure: Two of them has a colorful background, and the middle one has not. Does this indicate the question is from a fresh new user? Or not a lot of reputation ...
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Why do some questions in question lists have a yellow background? [duplicate]

On SO, when I'm scrolling through "questions" some have a yellow background. Is this intuitive to everyone but me? What is the yellow background trying to tell me about this particular question?
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Declined NAA flag? [on hold]

I flagged this as Not An Answer and just saw it declined, which I hadn't seen coming. For posterity, here is the answer, which is by the OP of the question: Sorry for the late answer , I've found ...
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Title for the icons in per-site and per-site meta

When hover the icons of the Meta User and Main User in the profile page on per-site and per-site meta, I see the title as meta site favicon and parent site favicon. These titles are applied only for ...
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How to deal with questions that might get more attention on Stack Overflow, when more appropriate for another board [duplicate]

I was just reading this question regarding the appropriate place to post questions about WAMP (XAMPP in my case, but the same question): Do questions on WAMP belong on Stack Overflow, Server Fault or ...
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What to do with cross-site duplicates?

What's the right course of action for cross-site duplicates? There are two flavors: A question is posted which belongs on another site and ends up already having been asked there. I can't find an ...
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Unicorn Meta Zoo #4: What makes for a healthy community?

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 are talking about the ...
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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 ...