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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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Different standards of conduct on different Stack Exchange sites? [closed]

I want to know clearly, if diversity in the working standard of good and bad conduct across different sites should be flexibly allowed or if we should have the same standard of defining good and bad ...
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Where can I ask questions about Android USB Phone Drivers?

I faced a problem when I tried to install an Android USB Phone Driver on a Samsung phone I had. It showed an error on my computer when I was installing the driver on the phone using the "Computer ...
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I'm entitled to a cheese board? Really?

I'm sure you know about all the cheesy happenings here on Meta. I understood that only the top 25 answers would receive a cheese board. Mine did not come close to the top 25. Yesterday I received an ...
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Where to ask clearly opinionated questions? [duplicate]

The question I have is fairly technically. I would like to know why the software industry prefers a specific software framework. Where should I ask that kind of question?
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Does Stack Exchange have a policy of forcing its employees into Mandatory Arbitration over Sexual Harassment claims?

I was just reading this article released today by the Intercept GOOGLE AND FACEBOOK ENDED MANDATORY ARBITRATION FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS. WILL WORKERS OUTSIDE THE TECH INDUSTRY BENEFIT? And, ...
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Please Join Us in Welcoming Our New Meta Stack Exchange Moderators!

We're really excited to announce the appointment of three new community moderators to Meta Stack Exchange! I know this might come as a really big surprise to some, and I can't wait to talk about it, ...
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Should we retract badges in case of serial voting by multiple sock puppets? [duplicate]

As far as I know all badges being earned once will be never retracted, e.g. when votes are changed on vote dependent badge like “great answer” etc. But what if the badge was earned by serial voting of ...
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is it acceptable to update a question with content added in comments?

Sometimes when a new user post a question and the other users ask him to provide more details, explain clearly his use case or provide a specific code, he will provide that in comments with a bad ...
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Is there a defined process to communicate with Stack Overflow Inc? [duplicate]

Some time ago I asked how to fix triage on SO META. Last week, then put a comment under a response of Joe Friend asking if he could comment on that. No response. So, in the end, I accepted that ...
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Questions about a very specific topic that are related to each other

Suppose I have many questions about a single, very specific topic. All these questions relate to each other, by which I mean that they give each other context. Should I post all these questions at ...
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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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What's the reason for a deleted question without any notification to delete its answer? [duplicate]

I answered a question, but after two days the question was deleted, so its answers deleted after also without any notification to me. I found my deleted answer in Deleted Recent Answers list, then I ...
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What should I do if I have a comment but don't have the ability to make one? [duplicate]

I made an account on Stack Exchange recently. On a post, I had a comment to make that wouldn't make sense as a full answer. However, I can't make comments yet. What should I do in this scenario? My ...
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Why does the “contact” page link to Google, Facebook, and Yahoo? [duplicate]

The contact page on each Stack Exchange site links to Facebook, Yahoo, and Google: I am puzzled. If I have an issue for which I need to contact Stack Exchange, why would I find links to Facebook, ...
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What happened to meta Town Hall chats?

As the title of the announcement post suggests, Town Hall chats are currently on hiatus. Why were they discontinued after six sessions? Weren't there plans to run them every two weeks? If I remember ...
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What is a good Stack Exchange site to ask this question about general programming language tutorials and examples? [duplicate]

I have a question about programming tutorials / examples that I want to ask, but I don't want to get down votes doing so: When you are learning how to program in a certain language or with a ...
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How should I refer to the OP?

Numerous times I want to refer to the OP, and I found myself writing (s)he or his/her. What is the right way to do so? Maybe the answer is that I should continue using the (s)he, but it would be ...
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Where can we ask encoding-related questions which are not related to security or encryption?

I want to ask a question, related to encoding for machine learning. I tried on the encryption Stack Exchange site, but it was not related to encryption. So where should I ask such a question?
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Where could I ask a question about the rules of the EuroJackpot lottery?

I saw a question on Stack Exchange where the poster seemed to be trying to generate valid EuroJackpot lottery numbers. I looked up the official rules, but they are ambiguous. I want to know if the ...
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Where could I ask a question about urban or regional planning?

I think that urban or regional planners might be able to help me. I want to know if there is research available that indicates how far people are willing to drive from a highway to refuel. If anybody ...
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Remove any indication to the indication tag?

I believe the indication tag should be burninated. The term itself is too broad and doesn't really fit as a meta tag. With 12 questions only it should be simple even for one or two users, just want ...
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If questions are closed as being too broad or unclear, should they not be deleted too quick?

I understand the reason to delete unclear or too broad questions. In short, it bases on the broken window theory, which states that minor forms of bad behavior encourage worse ones. A neighborhood ...
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Historically locked question reaching Hot Network Questions via vote manipulation

(Related to this question is this question, which also discusses a historical lock on a hot network question. However, the situation in this case seems to be somewhat unique; in particular, the ...
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Answering questions that are asked in a language I don't know

I have a filter feed set up that automatically shows me all the questions tagged with [clojure] across the entire network. Occasionally (as is the case now), a Clojure question will appear that was ...
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Should I paraphrase the cross-site duplicate when posting it as an answer?

This Stack Overflow question had an answer on Software Engineering. After reading this answer here, I went ahead and posted an answer, since I feel like that question is on topic on both sites. In ...
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Putting Restrictions On Those Who Close/Edit/Move To Chat — Again [closed]

As I suspected would happen, my original thread on restricting close, edit, and move to chat was closed (AND deleted). I think statistics should be kept on those who do this, and if enough of us ...
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Arbitrary behaviour of community via upvoting low quality questions and downvoting better questions [duplicate]

A while back I saw a question (Q1) about why the unix command cat was called that and what was the use when you could simply use vim. Question was well received and upvoted, but the actual reaction ...
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Limit one question per week [duplicate]

May I know why I cannot post any question on this site? When I look at the help center it says...I have posted too many questions with poor quality. But I really don't understand how's that even ...
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To estimate how much time I've spent on SE, what tools are available to help, or at least how can I “vacuum up” all of my timestamps?

I just wrote the following comment: While SE isn't social media per se I've asked about 1,500 questions in SE, and I could probably reconstruct a metric for total hours spent if I applied some ...
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How are the questions in the “Month” tab selected?

I have noticed the "Month" tab in the top questions page, which from what I assume, is probably the top questions of the month. The odd thing is that I notice questions with more than 2 down votes, ...
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Blind experiment to evaluate upvote and downvote tendency by author reputation [closed]

I have a sneaking suspicion that the decision whether to upvote / downvote content relies heavily on the reputation of the author of the question. This phenomenon is known as the fallacy of origins. ...
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Award additional badges for above 2,000 review tasks

While some gold badges are cumulable without huge effort, like Famous Question (10,000 views) or Great Answer (score of 100), it seems that the time spent in reviewing cannot be rewarded anymore past ...
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How do I know who made a post Community Wiki from the Stack Overflow data dump?

Is it possible to determine who made a post closed or community wiki and why from the Stack Overflow data dump?
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Can I ask if an algorithm I wrote is a new one (unique) and ask for review / feedback here?

Was wondering if I can post details of a sorting algorithm variation I wrote and get feedback on my understanding of it, whether its really unique and so on. If not, is it possible to suggest a place ...
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Implications of the Help Center: “Plagiarism doesn't matter unless it's an answer”

When you actually read what's written in the Help Center, it strongly implies that only answers need to give attribution (see added emphasis): Plagiarism - posting the work of others with no ...
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Is the revenue made by the Amazon Affiliate link rewriting enough to offset the costs of maintaining it?

As most of us active here know, all Amazon links that are posted here (at least for U.S. amazon.com, not for Amazon in other countries, e.g. amazon.co.uk, amazon.in, etc.) are rewritten to go through ...
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New users should be able to comment in order to contribute [duplicate]

Here are some of my observations: many new users are often technically strong enough to contribute. new users are often "forced" to use an answer as the only way of contributing. I believe injustice ...
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What happens if my question is closed, and a moderator recommends reposting it to another site?

After How do I tell my dermatologist that I took more Epuris than he prescribed, without offending him? was closed, this moderator recommended posting to IPS. But I'd shudder at seeing this detailed ...
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How can I add a meta site to the communities tab?

I notice many screenshots showing their communities tab, and most of them have meta sites while mine doesn't. How can I add meta sites to my communities tab? My communities tab: Example of another ...
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What is the community's opinion on modifying older-style duplicate closures to the newer style?

This is not a duplicate of Editing duplicate banner edited into the text of the question. The main question there is only if something "special" will happen if someone edits out the automatic text. ...
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Is down-voting disagreement or poor quality indication? [duplicate]

Consider a well written, properly presented and clear question on either a subject that could be controversial or proposing simply an unpopular concept. The question gets well reasoned, detailed ...
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Allow posts older than 7 days to be flagged as VLQ

I find it strange that we cannot flag posts older than 7 Days as Very Low Quality. I have read this answer from Shog9 and understand the reasonings for why the time limit was implemented in that ...
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Is there a new algorithm for hot network questions?

I've noticed some extremely un-hot mathematics questions pop up on the hot network questions list. Low number of upvotes, only one answer, etc. Even odder, there's always at least one MathOverflow ...
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Should I feel bad if most of my famous question badges are from duplicates?

I asked some questions on Ask Ubuntu some which got me a few Famous Question badges. Then something happened there all got closed as duplicates. After seeing this I started to question did I deserve ...
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Collapsible/Pauseable GIFs in chat

An extension of this question, gifs are fun, but in chat, they can get annoying. Especially when the conversation dies and all you can see is the same image looping constantly, it has sometimes led to ...
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Nationality, does it matter in Stack Exchange?

Yesterday, a Stack Exchange fellow commoner contacted me through my personal email address as an official representative of Stack Exchange. He tried to flatter me as the 800th "user" coming from ...
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Rankings regarding “helpful flags”, “edited”, “vote count”?

The "gamification" is mainly built around reputation, so it is straight forward to get a ranking of community members by reputation points (example: Stack Overflow). I did a bit of searching, but I ...
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Does Stack Exchange offer a website to ask questions you don't know where to ask? [duplicate]

There are so many Stack Exchange websites and some of them are very similar (it's hard to tell them apart) that for some questions I don't know which one of them I should choose. Consequently, I ask ...
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How to connect to my old account which was using OpenID [duplicate]

I've noticed today that users can't use OpenID for login anymore. I have an old account with linked only to OpenID. How I can login into my old Stack Overflow profile now?
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Why are old (and abandoned) questions getting bumped to home page?

I'm a big fan of WordPress, - and want to help the community by answering questions on the dedicated Stack Exchange. However, - I can see that 'Community' has started to bump old questions to the ...