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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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Does the Stack Exchange owner have a user account?

Just a curious question, does he/she actually use this site or any of the sub topic sites? If so, where is his/her account?
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web application functional requirements dataset [on hold]

I am developing a machine learning project which analyzes requirement specification and categories the functional requirements in to categories like database, web socket, backend technology, etc. I'm ...
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Connection between DBi and meters and best omni antenna [on hold]

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I am doing a project with Arduino, which involves wireless transmission of data, and I am trying to decide which omnidirectional monopole antenna ...
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Are some sites in Stack Exchange dying because only duplicate questions remain?

As SE is a Q&A network with different websites for different fields of expertise, is it possible that some of the more 'obscure' websites that cover a narrow field slowly die out? There is only a ...
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Under what cases would a user be suspended from chat for 3,200+ years? [on hold]

Note: this question was originally closed as "too broad" since it originally asked five questions. However, I've edited it down to two very similar questions. Additionally, the standard for "too broad"...
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Is cross-posting a question on multiple Stack Exchange sites permitted if the question is on-topic for each site?

It is possible to migrate a question from one Stack Exchange site to another by closing, but if I have a question that I think is on-topic for multiple Stack Exchange sites, is it OK to post it on ...
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What are the effective communication channels for effecting change to SE?

It seems clear at this point that MSE is not a useful mechanism for pointing out problems on SE sites and getting resolution for them. It is useful in some ways. If SE staff ask questions about ...
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Enable automatic deletion of old, unanswered, zero-score questions after a year?

Related to Meta Super User efforts: Old unanswered inactive questions with low views/votes and Meta Server Fault efforts: Cleaning house, really old, unloved questions We already auto-remove ...
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Are [[locked]-questions] [locked]?

We have both locked and locked-questions, but not locked-answers. Judging by the posts tagged by them, it appears to me they're good candidates for a merge. Also, the excerpt of locked reads For ...
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Has the SE blog moved on from Disqus?

On recent blog posts, the comments look pretty ugly: No borders ... it feels like no CSS has been applied at all. Look at how terrible the alignment for the input boxes is. No voting (and ...
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Adobe-sponsored tags [on hold]

Whoa! Very cool. A welcome and smart way to bring users and company together in a way that benefits everyone involved - exactly the kind of advertising we need more of. Is this something that'll be ...
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Will the asking policy ever be updated?

Today I was about to ask a question and came across this This is from my dba stack account and you can check that I have not asked more than 3 or 4 questions which I believe none needed updates or ...
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Who cut the cheese? [closed]

UPDATE: JNat will be sending out emails to collect addresses from the lucky users getting a cheese board — be on the lookout for those! :) We've moved quite a bit of stuff around this year, and you'...
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How long can a temporary suspension be?

I ran into a user profile that states: This account is temporarily suspended to cool down. The suspension period ends on Apr 27 '24 at 7:54 At first, it seemed like a somewhat longish ...
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Inconsistency between help/editing and help/privileges/edit

help/privileges/edit discourages trivial edits: Tiny, trivial edits are discouraged - try to make the post significantly better when you edit, correcting all problems that you observe. help/...
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Do we have incentive to burninate the [incentive] tag?

The incentive tag has 18 questions ATM which aren't much. I can't see any benefit having such a tag, being meta and without any real value. Should we burninate it? If I'll see no compelling reason ...
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Give advertise notification for one who do injust and insults other users [duplicate]

I remember last year in the section called Electrical Engineering and I asked a question out of curiosity, just to consult with others, and some users called me a trol for absolutely no good reason! ...
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What happens if there are no candidates in an election?

On Freelancing.SE, we are holding our first election. We had three Pro-Tempore mods, one of which is myself. The other two mods are stepping down after the election, and we have two spots open. It's ...
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Posting comments on LQP reviews

I have just encountered a review item on which I was unsure. https://superuser.com/review/low-quality-posts/838262 It is from SuperUser's Low Quality Posts queue, a self-answer: To answer my own ...
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Thank you for my cheese overflow board!

I was one of the ones who did not come in the top 25 in the who cut the cheese contest, and was very surprised to find an email from JNat about the cheese board. 😲 Fast forward to just three days ...
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Edits to a post to provide a snippet, but the snippet doesn't work

I found an edit to a post of mine on the 4th Feb this year. To be honest, there wasn't anything wrong with the post (other than a cheeky response/salutation, which I've now removed), but the user ...
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Suggestions for Winter Bash 2019

Winter Bash 2018 is over now, and no one has opened this recurring question for the next round, so I'll just do it. Please post your suggestions regarding how to make Winter Bash 2019 even more fun ...
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Does Stack Overflow's voting UI encourage quick, poorly thought out answers? [on hold]

I'm relatively new to Stack Overflow, but I've noticed one interesting element to the way the UI works. Often, the earliest answer that is somewhat correct begins to be voted up by the community on ...
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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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Where should I ask about “cold mailing” an employee?

I am trying to cold mail an employee from an organization about interview preparation etc so I can get a job offer. Which Stack Exchange site would be suitable for such discussion? Workplace?
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Quick Comment Option to Contributors [duplicate]

Recently I felt that one feature is really required on Stack Overflow. I am active user since I love Stack Overflow. I love to review questions and visit this Newest tab for each new questions. I ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for March 17, 2018 at 13:00 UTC (9AM US/Eastern) [on hold]

Update: The maintenance went as planned. We were read-only for less than 10 minutes and everything is back online and working as expected. tl;dr; Planned service interruption that will impact all ...
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What flagging is for? [duplicate]

What is the purpose of flagging a post or comment? What does it do?
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Editing bounty messages, is it finally time for a little “Love”?

I start a lot of bounties and when I add a bounty remark I often get it right the first time. Once when a mistake in my message was problematic a moderator was kind enough to take the time to help me ...
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Is copy-pasting your own answer between Stack Exchange sites appropriate?

I recently posted a question and self-answer on Stack Overflow. Because (in my opinion), it's the best contribution I have made to the site thus far, I would like to post it on other topic-appropriate ...
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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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Fastest Gun in the West Problem

I feel like there's a problem with Stack Overflow, as the number of people prowling it increases. Each question's answers are sorted by descending score and then by descending time of posting. This ...
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What is an acceptable answer?

I answered a question and my answer was: (pick one) Deleted Converted to a comment Added to my question as an edit Why was this? Why was my answer not acceptable? What is the definition of an ...
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Having suggestions when an image is too large to reduce size

Imagine this. You're uploading an image and then you get this error: Your image is too large and you don't know what to do. How about below adding some suggestions on what to do? I personally use ...
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Why is Stack Exchange, Inc. registered in Delaware?

As far as I'm aware, Stack Exchange's headquarters are in New York, NY. There are other offices, such as one in San Francisco, CA and one in London, United Kingdom, among others. Yet the company is ...
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Where do I ask a question about development, product management, UX design… when considering a career change towards software development? [duplicate]

I'm a professional completely OUTSIDE of the software development field, but I'm considering a career change in that direction. I'm interested in learning about development, product management, UX ...
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When is high reputation too high?

Stack Overflow is maturing very nicely. As many people are saying in a recent thread there are numerous good reasons for us all to be here and we're making the most of it. A few moments ago there ...
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Where to ask a question about an IDE? [duplicate]

Where to ask a question about an IDE? It's programming related (well, kinda), but it's also a question about software. It's most likely that programmers will be able to answer the question correctly. ...
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The Help Vampire problem

What is Stack Overflow's long-term solution for the Help Vampire problem? Quote from article follows: Identifying Help Vampires can be tricky, because they look like any ordinary person (or ...
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Why accept an answer that isn't an answer? [closed]

First off, I like the idea of accept rate. I'm tired of giving good answers and not having them accepted. The idea of adding another incentive to accept answers was another great idea by SO. I have ...
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Will making my question community wiki kill the incentive to post answers for it?

Most of the time, when I post questions, I try to remind myself that what I'm looking for is answers, not empty rep. As such, I'm in favor of turning the things that I post into community wiki's. ...
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Revisiting the “Hot Network Questions” feature, what are our shared goals for having it?

Some things happened yesterday that caused a need for us to (quickly) remove a site's eligibility to contribute to the list of hot network questions. For those of you not familiar with what we've come ...
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Why do you post to Stack Overflow? [on hold]

I'm interested in your answer to this question: Why do you post to Stack Overflow? In other words, what drives you to contribute here? Is it an aspiration for recognition of expertise? Is it a need ...
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Time for some more swag! [closed]

UPDATE: I just sent out emails to collect addresses from the lucky users getting these watches — be on the lookout for those, and try to fill it in the next two weeks! :) On occasion of our ...
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Is it okay to ask intentionally dupe questions to help to find a real one? [duplicate]

Imagine a situation, that I've once read a question (and its answers) on a site. I would need the information again, so I try to find the question as I can (mainly, asking the search bar of the SE, ...
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How/where to ask about recommended practices, websites, etc. in freelancing?

I wanted to ask a question about freelancing, recommended practices, web sites, etc., but I see lot of such questions are closed as off-topic. Where or how should I ask such question?
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Should Stack Exchange start using the Zero Clause BSD license for code snippets?

The Zero Clause BSD license was originally from Rob Landley's Toybox project and was added to choosealicense.com yesterday. It seems the ideal license for sharing code snippets given it drops the ...
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How do I provide incentive to answer my question when I have no reputation?

My user page on Stack Overflow is asking me if I have "considered accepting an answer or starting a bounty" for the following question: Windows Mobile App - Play MMS Stream? Which happens to be my ...
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Adding incentive for editing

Not saying you should get rep for editing other people's posts but allow for some mechanism to encourage people to clean up questions (and answers if needed) Some ideas to start the discussion: Edit ...
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The buggy Bugs page

A visitor or user who clicks the Bugs tab, situated on the Top Questions Page, is presented with a single page of bugs currently ranked highest. These upvotes might lead an inexperienced user (and ...