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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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Please give suspended users an option to explain their side of the story on the meta site

As it is written here by Jon Ericson (CM), the secrecy of the details of the individual suspensions is reasoned to protect the suspended users: Since suspended users are unable to tell their side ...
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What should I do when I notice posts with images hosted on suspicious non-Imgur domains?

The two main issues with posts containing images hosted on non-http://stack.imgur.com/ domains are: Link rot. Potential spam — in case the hoster replaces the images with advertisements. There are ...
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Where on Stack Exchange does this question about comparing countries on traits belong?

Where on Stack Exchange does the following question belong? Country A has 16 million inhabitants and 2.000 MW of solar panel generated power, also a GDP of $50.000 per capita Country B has ...
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I assume I am following guidelines, so why was my edit rejected? What did I miss? [closed]

Well, my recent two edits have been rejected. And I have already went through already answered similar questions like this & this. And after reading above two links, I understood that there are ...
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Why aren't high-rep users able to post from IP addresses that are automatically banned?

As explicitly stated in the last section of the FAQ (emphasis mine), My account is in good standing. Why am I still blocked? The ban also takes in account the IP address. If you browse from a ...
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Looking back at the Time Machine

This year Microsoft banned April Fools, which deprived the internet of their unique sense of humor as illustrated by Clippy and Windows 9. Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange users were not so lucky. ...
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Should answers that can attribute severe legal consequences be discouraged? [duplicate]

Context: How should I respond when I lied about my education and the company finds out through background check? The most upvoted answer may be the ethically correct thing to do, but there's ...
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Find a random unanswered question

I'd like to find a random unanswered question on my site. I know of the 'Unanswered' tab on the All Questions page (/questions), but that sorts by votes. Is there a way to get it to sort randomly? ...
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Why are the question filters so strict? [duplicate]

There is so much red whenever I try to ask a question and I was wondering if you could help me.
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Why does 'user:ID deleted:1 is:question' return undeleted results when reputation is insufficient for correct results?

I have high rep in Space Exploration SE, so the user:12102 deleted:1 is:question returns exactly what I've asked for, a list of my own deleted questions. But when I repeat the same kind of search ...
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Can SE be considered to a both dangerous and helpful network? [duplicate]

While I feel that SO or SE helps people especially programmers and sysadmins to get knowledge on things they really need to do or work on I tend to feel the down votes, regulation of questions and ...
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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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Time machine makes website usable [duplicate]

When using the time machine, the website becomes usable: Links are correctly underlined. (good for... something, I don't remember what it's called) The font (comic sans) is much more readable, each ...
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More information for TagSynonyms to calculate transitivity of tag synonyms

I want to calculate all the tag synonyms possible for any given tag. TagSynonyms table gives the relation between Tag1 -> Tag1Master. As per TagSynonyms table, Master tag can be mapped to multiple ...
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Is this year April fool joke really welcoming? Are we joking about technology or people?

I think by now almost everyone using the site has already seen the fake "90's style" redesign that was created as an April Fool joke. Many words were already spent discussing about it. From people ...
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Is it a prank or are we seriously looking for a new CEO?

I am wondering if Stack Overflow is really getting a new CEO or it's a part of today's prank.
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Is it possible to track the question-to-answer ratio of users on a given site?

I'm trying to run a query which takes the top, say, 50 users on a site (bonus points if you can edit this number when running the query), and outputs a table listing all of the users, how many ...
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Guest book does not appear to be saving data? [duplicate]

The new Guest Book seems like a nice idea, but it doesn't appear to be saving any data entered into it. Entered text appears immediately upon submitting the form on the current page via JavaScript, ...
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Why was my edit rejected even though it complies with the guidelines?

I read some posts about this question, and still it doesn't make sense that my edit suggestion was rejected. Posts that I read: Why was my edit rejected? Why was my suggested edit rejected ...
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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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Announcing the Stack Exchange Time Machine [closed]

We are living in the gold age of user-generated content. Anyone can post a joke before breakfast, become a meme by lunch and be fired for the joke at the end of business. Ok, it's more like the "tin ...
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Should we prank not-logged-in users?

At the moment, this is what Interpersonal.SE looks like for a user who doesn't have an account and just followed a link from Google: Now, I'm a frequent user of this site and I know that it isn't ...
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Why am I welcomed to Stack Overflow rather than to Stack Exchange when I am on another Stack Exchange site?

I noticed that when I am in a Stack Exchange site other than Stack Overflow, I always get the: WELCOME TO STACKOVERFLOW when the April fool joke happens. For example, a screenshot when I am in ...
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Is `time-travel` a bug? [duplicate]

Is time-travel a bug or does it want us back in the 1990's? Is this how Stack Exchange sites looked like in the 90's?
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What testing is done on 'April Fool' pranks?

So, we have just had an 'April Fools' jape that activated on 31st March for many people wan't capable of being disabled site-wide (although this has been fixed) isn't capable of being disabled ...
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Isn't time consuming questioning in sites of SE? [duplicate]

Experts suggest that before you ask a question follow the following faithfully : READ how to ask READ FAQs for stack exchange Then Search for the site, lookup it's domain.. Search then Research ...
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Should we comment or write an answer? [duplicate]

Sometimes I've seen (reading other users questions, comments and answers) that comments are sometimes better off than answers. Some comments do lead us to some fruitful conclusion. In comments, ...
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All your sites are full with ads from a company I'm not interested in. Can I somehow turn them off?

As example: (Originally from the main page of the Android SE) However, I am not really interested in Microsoft's products, and their flashing1 things about their latest, most wonderful offers are ...
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Duplicate Question Close Reason No Longer Suggests an Edit

When a question was closed as a duplicate earlier today, I noticed that the close reason suggested that the user ask a new question: This seems to be a change from an earlier message, which also ...
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What is an appropriate way to indicate a previously asked question needs to be readdressed? [duplicate]

I'm about to use a specific example to highlight a general question I recently posted an answer to What to do with cross-site duplicates? That question was originally asked, and a best-answer chosen,...
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Some guidance tips as a brand new user to Stack Exchange [duplicate]

I'm a brand new user to Stack Exchange and I was wondering if I could get some guidance on how this site works and how to ask questions. I have been told by my friends I need to be clear and ...
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What good is downvoting really? Seems not to serve much useful purpose [duplicate]

I'm not a fan of the downvoting feature in general; frankly, I think it should be removed from all of the stackexchange sites. Negative feedback leads to negative results. I recognize that the intent ...
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My questions keep getting closed; how do I improve? [duplicate]

Often when I ask a question it gets closed, but I don't understand what makes it too broad or off-topic and people aren't explaining it in comments. I'm getting frustrated; I want to contribute ...
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Is the ability to downvote questions necessary?

I'm wondering whether the ability to downvote questions in the currently implemented way is the best way to handle bad questions. I'm ignoring meta sites for this, as they're far more complicated and ...
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How to handle a off topic or closed question? [duplicate]

How could one handle any closed or off topic questions? I have googled many times, browsed through the FAQs. But seriously I couldn't understand how to get my doubts clarified here, I mean how to ...
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Where to ask about computer desk recommendations? [duplicate]

I am a programmer and looking at updating my current computer desk. There are many requirements and wants; however, I have not been able to find a site that allows me to search on those requirements. ...
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What affects the visibility of a question?

I have been a regular user of the UX Stack Exchange website for about 2 years and I have always wondered about what brings more views to the question. And not just within the aforementioned site or ...
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Which network site for FDA software compliance questions?

Which network site should I use for FDA software compliance questions? I was thinking maybe Stack Overflow but it seems like kind of a gray area to me. I'm not planning on relying on answers from the ...
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Why shouldn't existing answers that don't match the typical pattern of good answers be skimmed only?

I understand generally one should read existing answers before giving another one. This can avoid duplicated answer, add more votes to them, and even when the existing answers miss your point, they ...
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Where can I ask a question regarding the policies and their applications of public school education on evolutionary biology in the USA?

In the USA and/or California. I initially asked this question on the biology SE, you can see here How is evolution taught in public school education i.e. K-12? Those of you who work with students ...
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What's with the uptick in blatantly off-topic posts lately?

Generally, we tend to get around a few blatantly off-topic questions here on this site because...reasons. However, yesterday and today (UTC), I noticed that the number of off-topic questions had ...
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Minor concerns about the new question side-bar content

I'm posting a question on Seasoned Advice and saw this: This seems off for a couple reasons: One, it seems odd to have code formatting instructions on the side bar of a cooking site. Even if it was ...
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Why do XKCD comics onebox?

I'm curious as to why only XKCD comics are eligible for oneboxing in chat. XKCD is not the only webcomic out there, but as far as I know no other comics onebox by default.
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What do I do when I can't vote to close a question but want a mod to look at it?

I found a related question What is the guidance for using "Standard Flags?" about using standard flags and custom moderator intervention flag. Using custom flag directly takes them to ...
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Does LastActivityDate for a question from Posts.xml consider answers, comments, votes? [duplicate]

From some answers regarding LastActivityDate, I know that LastActivityDate of a question considers: a) Posting a question, b) Answering a question, c) Edits to either question or answer(s) I want ...
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How do I answer a bug report?

I regularly see bug reports on Meta, occasionally with heavily upvoted answers. When is it appropriate to answer a bug report? How would I write a good answer to a bug report? How could I write an ...
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A main-page question that can also be interpreted as a meta question. What to prepare before asking it?

(An alternative title for this question is: Is it fine to give meta advice on the main page?) In one site, there is a question (let's call it question 1) in the form "how do I achieve X?". I give ...
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How do you re-ask someone else's question when the existing answers do not work for you? [duplicate]

I have a problem with GitHub Pages, whereby a very simple site (in here) gives a 404 Not Found error. I have tried all eighteen (!) solutions suggested in the different answers to How to fix page 404 ...
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A new answer provides a better solution to the accepted one; can I edit the accepted answer and paraphrase the new one?

I have found a question where the accepted answer is correct, but out-of-date. A newer answer gives a better solution for more recent versions of the library. I am neither the asker nor the answerer,...
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Does Stack Exchange generally “not split off subjects simply to give them their own space”?

On my Area 51 proposal for an anti-natalism site (unilaterally closed and now deleted, as I recorded here, Robert Cartaino commented: This subject is already well-covered by a live Stack Exchange ...