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Question regarding edit vs. suggested edit [duplicate]

I know that at 2000 reputation, users receive the editing privilege, meaning they can edit a post directly without going through peer-reviewing. However, users whose reputation is below 2000, can ...
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Anonymous contribution (without an account) while suspended?

If a user is suspended on some site, they cannot interact with the site using their account. I have read in several places that creating another account to bypass suspension is wrong. (In general, ...
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What does the green box in front of c# tag means? [migrated]

So, I follow C# and starting from today I can see a green box before the tag as follow: Can anybody explain what it means and why do I see it? Just curious!
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Update Sheriff badge description to reflect the existence of elected pro-tem moderators

The Sheriff badge is currently awarded to users who have Served as an elected moderator for at least 1 year. This was correct when elections were tied to a site graduating from beta; however, we ...
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What does it mean when an answer is submitted by Community?

What does it mean when an answer is submitted by Community? (The example I came across - the screenshot is from the Aviation home page.) Surely a user didn't answer and delete the unregistered ...
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People behavior : newcomer answer destroyed because it's not a comment, but he can't wrote comment on other posts because he has 1 reputation point [migrated]

A newcommer helped us on a post on SeasonnedAdvice : A strange cooker or fait-tout or... what can it be?. Because it was is first post on StackExchange, he wasn't able to post a comment with 1 ...
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Where can we discuss anomalies? [duplicate]

Like on which Stack Exchange site can we discuss all these ghosts, whether or not their fake, all these "seen on cameras", etc.?
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Should staff be allowed to vote, edit votes, and change sites?

I know this question isn't going to change company policy externally, much less internally, but I think it's very important that the community gets a voice in this. Should Stack Exchange staff be ...
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Will the recent flush of Beta graduations impact sites that meet criteria?

In the recent big news Congratulations to our 29 oldest beta sites - They're now no longer beta! a bunch of sites got "Promoted" and I think that is great and I don't have any issues with it. But ...
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What should the criteria be for Stack Exchange sites to leave beta?

Today SE removed the "beta" label from 29 established sites, recognizing a need that has been plaguing many of our sites for years. Until today, under SE's rules there were two states: "graduated" if ...
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Congratulations to our 29 oldest beta sites - They're now no longer beta!

If you're a user on a long-toiling beta site that's been waiting 7-8 years to get out of beta, this may be the post you've been waiting for. The 29 Beta sites that are 7+ years old no longer have the ...
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What is the highest amount of reputation lost in a single day?

I know what I am asking is a bit weird question, but while surfing around I found the highest reputation gain in a single day. I thought: why not try the highest amount of reputation lost in a single ...
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Is it just my impression or is the quality of the questions lower and lower? How can this be fixed? [duplicate]

I check the new questions every day, but I didn't find any interesting question in a long time. What can be the cause and how can we improve this? Could it be the fact we close the questions too ...
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Similar questions feature blinds me from seeing my own typing, unexpectedly puts links under my cursor

I like the idea of the Similar questions feature and I've found one suggestion helpful so far, but there are two things that interrupt my flow when I am writing a question post. Suddenly and ...
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Employee profiles are now marked with a “Staff” indicator

Starting today, all staff member accounts will have "Staff" next to their name on their user profile. It looks like this: For reference, it used to look like this: We took our cue from the existing ...
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Why is it a problem, to collect so many rep as possible? [closed]

The rep is not given for anything. It correlates well with the useful work for the sites. People doing this, they are not "rep farmers". More exactly, yes they are, but it is a good thing (for the ...
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Should we be able to flag a question as belonging to any other Stack Exchange site? [duplicate]

I've recently come across this question on the Poker Stack Exchange site. I flagged it as off-topic as it's really a code question rather than a poker one (the OP already understands every poker-...
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How can a user have a different reputation on a per-site meta than they have on the main site? [duplicate]

A certain user (I won't mention them here) has 4 reputation on a Stack Exchange site's per-site meta and 1 reputation on the site itself. The user is not banned or "temporarily suspended" on either ...
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What flags *must* be handled by moderators?

What flags can only be handled by a moderator, as opposed to "community" action by non-moderator users?
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Should the reputation total reputation table be extended from 100,000+?

Well, the title basically covers it. Here's SO's score table, it's capped to 100,000 +: I am aware this would show a 0 count for other sites, although, not all sites show the same maximum (50,000+) ...
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Should I have asked this question here instead of on meta.math?

Ad URLs should not use path nested under stackexchange.com (but maybe a subdomain instead) I asked that question on meta.math because I thought advertisement behavior was community-specific, and it's ...
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What are the evil posts that the community bot downvotes? [duplicate]

The description of the Community user mentions: Own downvotes on spam/evil posts that get permanently deleted Should the correct wording be "inappropriate" instead of evil? What does an evil post ...
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Together for the good of the community: what community problems do you see?

Note: By "community" in the questions below I mean all some-language-speaking software developers in general not only Stack Overflow in the language users. I think each one of us wants as much ...
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Let's take a look at the interaction between staff and the “power users” of the network

Recently, it was announced that the "Hot on Meta" questions would no longer show up on the SO sidebar. Sara Chipps elaborated a drop on why: Stack Overflow Employees have panic attacks and ...
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Cost of producing [not only] fitness equipment - does it have a home in SO family?

I've found out this closed question about the cost of kettlebells. I find it an interesting question that certainly is answerable, because in such a competitive area like fitness equipment, if nobody ...
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We have several Stack Apps userscripts that help with moderation, but the recent UI changes break them

I don't have anything against change, but there are APIs and userscripts we use to moderate our site. The recent UI changes that moved the stats on when things were asked/active and viewed have ...
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Has the blog become a place for advertisment?

Seeing the current disruption on MSO, I took my post here. As it is not about SO, but more about SE, albeit the background of the MSO discussion certainly plays a role. Recently SE (the company) ...
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Is single-vote-to-close too powerful of an ability to hand out?

An hour after it was posted, my question was instantly closed by somebody with a gold badge as a duplicate of a (vaguely-posed) question whose sole answer cannot be used to solve my Minimal, ...
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Why is there a clustering of answers at full (half) hours between answers?

I analyzed posting data from several SE communities and found that time gaps of almost precisely 30, 60, 90, and 120 minutes between consecutive answers are particular frequent. The figures show this ...
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Is cross-posting the same question in different languages allowed?

I saw the question Is cross-posting permitted and I am wondering: What's the deal with multiple languages? For example asking something on the the German TeXWelt (of course written in German) and on ...
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Could someone help me understand why I can't post on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Like I have said in the title I am not sure why I can't post questions on Stack Overflow. My account profile looks fine. I was able to make one post recently, but I can't make another now. I have ...
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Does Stack Exchange have the intention to become carbon neutral?

In this post on Sustainable Living SE a rough estimate was calculated for the carbon footprint of the Stack Exchange platform. It says that in 2018 their hosting company QTS used 32% renewable energy....
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Why Stack Exchange is no longer a fun place for learning and sharing knowledge, and how we can change this [closed]

I have been a longtime lurker on Stack Exchange, and enjoyed using it as a reference and learning tool. I am happy to see it grow, but I am increasingly worried about where it's going. Prompted by ...
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What are the most common first names of users on Stack Overflow?

I am curious about what the most common first names are on Stack Overflow. I wondered if there was a BigQuery I could write to accomplish answering this question, but it doesn't seem feasible. Does ...
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How long does it take to mint a new tag badge? [duplicate]

I just got a tag badge on [linguistics.se] as the first user for that specific tag. It took surprisingly long from fulfilling the criteria to receiving the badge. So my question out of curiosity: How ...
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Why can't I report a bad answer on Super User?

I saw a bad answer here. I understand why, as a new user, I can't do certain things like comment. But reporting is something I should be able to do. What reason is there for limiting new users from ...
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Unicorn Meta Zoo #6: Interview with Catija

Welcome to the Unicorn Meta Zoo, a podcast by members of the Stack Exchange Community Management Team. If you want to avoid spoilers, jump straight to the audio. Participants Back in May, Jon ...
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What distinguishes 'harassment, abuse, and bigotry' and 'unfriendly or unkind', and is it ever appropriate to flag one after the other is declined?

I recently came across a meta post, regarding a behavior someone found irksome and wished to see a response to. In response to an answer, one comment blamed it on a 'cultural thing' in a 'particular ...
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Is this type of content 'inappropriate content' for the chat?

When today I connected to the chat (SOes) I saw that yesterday I was suspended 30 minutes for 'inappropriate content'. I clicked on the notification and I saw the flagged message, it was this: https:/...
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Is it ethical to merge work and private SE accounts?

I am leaving a job and I would like to have access to the questions I asked on SE forums to be accessible to me. However, the account I used while working is bound to a work email address. I am ...
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When can you get a Google cached view of a deleted post?

I have observed that for most deleted questions on SE sites, you can not get a Google Cache version. I have some reasons to believe that for some deleted questions, you can in fact a Google Cache ...
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Show tag descriptions when asking a question?

I am a user of English Language SE, but I think this question might apply throughout the site. Often new users (but not always new users) will add tags which aren't really relevant to the question. ...
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Why not show the appointed/elected date for moderators on ALL Stack Exchange sites?

Why doesn't the https://stackexchange.com/about/moderators page have the elected/appointed date for moderators on all sites? I see that (to name a few): Christianity does display the date Islam does ...
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Are we aiming for a single answer that covers everything about a question on Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

So I was thinking about why only one answer can be accepted to any particular question on Stack Exchange. I was thinking, most likely, so there would develop one answer that covers "everything" about ...
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How to clean up Stack overflow account, means delete all deleted answers or Posts on my account permanently from SO? [duplicate]

I know if we delete any post or answer it is not deleted permanently, Suppose for example this post which is deleted including my answer but still the post is visible to users having 10K+ reputations. ...
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Any SE sites with independent hosting?

Are there any SE sites which have independent hosting (i.e. they run SE software but not on SE servers)? Or all SE sites are hosted on SE servers?
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Stack Exchange Security vs. Online Forums [closed]

How secure is Stack Exchange compared to online forums such as Reddit or Quora? Better? Worse? How difficult is it to hack and how secure is user information?
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Would a positive approach to question validation help with the friendliness/quality divide?

Friendliness/Quality Divide OK, that question probably does not make a lot of sense on its own, so let me at least explain the last part. With "friendliness/quality divide" I mean the currently ...
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Publish questions only after First Posts review

I have been reading Sara Chipp's recent blog post which explained how new users in Stack Overflow are afraid of being judged by multiple people. I think that multiple people telling you how your ...
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Is the answer “Don't do that” an acceptable response to a “how do I” question? [duplicate]

Hold up! before you click that button to report this question as a duplicate of this, consider that not only is that question 10 years old, but is also fairly non-specific, and doesn't make good use ...