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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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Reviewers can single-handedly reject suggested edits

I recently found this on Mathematics Meta. The Reject and Edit can be abused to reject single-handedly. There are examples of edits being rejected here, here, here and here. Because when they select ...
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Difference Between Musics Fans Beta and Musics: Practice & Theory

So I've been wanted to join a Stack site pertaining to playing Guitar, Bass, and Banjo and where I can get help learning how to improve technique and get assistance in making TABS for popular songs, ...
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Where should I ask my question about ISP networks?

I tried asking the following in networking, but it does not seem to fit the topics. Maybe there is a better place to ask? I have a pretty general question about how networks work on ISP (Internet ...
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Option to migrate comment to answer? [duplicate]

A lot of times I see answers in comments, especially on questions from HNQ (Hot Network Questions). The trouble is they are sometimes helpful advice or may have many upvotes. I have been flagging such ...
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Question titles cannot be similar to those of a closed question

I wish to ask a question (on any Stack Exchange board) with a similar (or identical) title to a question that is closed. But I'm not able to do this. It seems to me that this is a mistake. If the ...
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Exporting Answers/Questions prior to deleting profile

I was wondering if anyone knew of any good utilities to download all questions/answers? I am about to delete my profile but would like a copy of my work.
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Let's not be [argumentative]

The tag argumentative seems to be another tag with little use and no clear purpose. Some of the nine current uses are along with subjective where the question refers to the old "subjective and ...
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Custom Question Lists: Pre-launch Update

We're really close to launching custom question lists and we're extremely excited to be in the final phases of fine-tuning the back-end notification mechanism and finalizing all of the UX components. ...
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Pasting Excel cells as an image [duplicate]

When I copy a cell content from Excel 2013, it is pasted as a regular text to most / all apps . Tried: Skype, Word 2013, Notepad++, Chrome (address bar), other website (Google Help), Windows 10 (...
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feature request: develop more ways to build reputation for new users [duplicate]

I don't have an exact solution to offer, but as a longstanding low reputation user I find it frustrating and discouraging that I have to wait for someone to upvote my questions before I can be ...
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What to do if a user asks a question that can be improved if asked differently?

There are many examples of questions opened in SO that are not in their best forms when asked. Considering the OP is open for suggestions, how do we point the right directions? For example, in a ...
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What actually happens to someone whose account is hacked by a spammer or hostile?

In an answer on Meta Stack Overflow, Brad Larson ♦ mentions, In the vast majority of cases where the 100-point penalty is applied and a moderator notices, the account is also destroyed.... The ...
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Are too many comments irrelevant?

SE has a pretty well-defined concept of low vs high quality questions and also answers. See, e.g. this discussion and also this blog entry and also the low-quality-posts tag. The general layout, ...
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Are “unofficial” fun or swag questions allowed?

A recent question about possibly applying a historical lock to old swag/fun posts led me to think about how on-topicness is defined for swag/fun questions. Right now, all or virtually all of our fun ...
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Should we let users delete their answers in official swag events after it's already over?

I just noticed someone who deleted their answer in the recent swag contest, apparently because being frustrated at not getting the swag yet. I don't think that's a valid reason to delete the answer. ...
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Revisit the decision not allowing to create tags from mobile

You can't create tags when using the mobile version of the site; when you attempt to do so, you're greeted with the following error message: New tags cannot be created from the mobile site. The tag ...
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Gratitudes, Niceties, and Jokes as a comment? [duplicate]

I have been a member of many SE sites for years now, as a result, I am quite familiar with the guidelines and expectations on the platform. However, even after reviewing the help section I can't seem ...
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Why isn't “last seen” called “last active” instead?

I wonder why the "last seen" stat is called like that: If it is to show the last time you visited the site, then shouldn't it be called "last visit" or "last active"? For example, this answer says: ...
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Should we de-synonymize [first-posts] from [new-users]?

I noticed that first-posts is a synonym of new-users. While the term "first posts" can refer to the first posts made by new users, the words "First Posts" can also specifically refer to the review ...
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Clarify the difference between the first two bounty reasons, or merge them

I've just started offering bounties on my questions, and to me the first two possible reasons for offering a bounty seem like the same thing: Authoritative reference needed: Looking for an answer ...
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Should all comments be deleted?

Sometimes, mods delete comments. In fact, sometimes mods delete entire comment threads. This inspires people to come to this meta or site-specific metas to ask "why were my comments deleted" (e.g. ...
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I want to answer questions in Stack Overflow but I have 0 rep and I don't want to ask dumb questions… How to Proceed? [closed]

I'm an engineer with 20+ Years of Exp in Java/.Net/the kitchen sink/etc. and very regular user of the site. Sometimes I feel pity for the poor engineer that's going to be stuck with his problem ...
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What happened to code fences and Stack Snippets?

I just noticed that something weird happened today with code fences and Stack Snippets. Examples: <h1>Hello World!<h1> Hello World! Seems like the boxes are bigger. What is ...
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Migrating Comments to Chat Off Topic (preserve on-topic comments? / what is off-topic?)

I'm writing here in Meta because I had the entirety of comments under a question I wrote moved to a chat, and the original comments deleted. Also here is a link to my post on medicalsciences.meta. ...
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Goodbye and thank you, Jaydles!

Today is Jay Hanlon’s (aka Jaydles) last day at Stack Overflow. Since I’ve been working with him for nearly 7 years now, I wanted to take a minute to wish him a public goodbye. Jay joined us way back ...
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Page title while asking a question should be distinctive from already asked question after title has been entered

Before entering the question title↑, the page title was “Ask a Question - Meta Stack Exchange” While asking this question, the page title adapts to what is written inside of the question title text ...
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Contriving questions to fit answers [duplicate]

There have been a couple of questions here on meta asking about changing questions to fit existing answers. However, this presupposes the existence of a question for which there exists a question/...
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File Sharing Links, are they allowed, or should they be avoided? [duplicate]

See: Please add a system to allow file uploads attached to questions and answers Question has largely already been answered (in above link); I have found further discussion helpful, as clarification ...
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Where should I go to ask a question about guns?

I spend most of my time on the Writing Beta SE, because I'm a writer. I have a question about how to refer to and explain gun mechanics in my novel, as I am not experienced with guns, but these types ...
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Updating the Hot Network Questions List - now with a bit more network and a little less “hotness”!

Some of you may have noticed that we've been making some changes to the Hot Network Questions on the back end over the last week or so. I'm here announcing our first round of changes to how the HNQ ...
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Do the referencing guidelines apply to images as well as text?

I was having a discussion with a user who included an image in their post without indicating the source. My understanding is that any content that is not the work of the author needs to be attributed,...
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Tag wiki request for [deleted-room] [closed]

There is no tag wiki for deleted-room. Can someone create a tag wiki? I don't have the reputation to do the wiki and I couldn't find a good wiki.
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This tag needs some [clarification]

The tag clarification seems to be useless. When looking at the questions, I see two main use cases: as a meta-tag for questions where the author wants to have something explained similar to comments ...
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Stats about askers and answerers in Stack Exchange

How can I get the statistics data of how many people ask questions and how many answer here? I'm curious about the distributions and seeing if more people ask than answer.
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What are the rules for moderator re-appointment after suspension?

It seems to be Stack Exchange's policy, that moderators are elected for life and can also be reinstated when they wish to continue their duties after stepping down. (example). I have now heard of/...
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Meta Stack Exchange should not be listed as a “Technology” site

Meta.Se does not qualify as a "Technology" site and should go in another category: the obvious correct answer of "Weird and Wonderful", or missing that any of "Culture/Recreation", "Business" or "...
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Where should I ask a question on the law of a former state or political body?

Where would be the best place on Stack Exchange to ask a specific question about the law of a political entity that no longer exists, such as the Confederate States of America (CSA), East Germany (DDR)...
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Is there a site for discussing history of art?

Is there a Stack Exchange community for discussing about the history of art? I am interested in this subject, the evolution of art (painting), the evolution of art movements in history, and ...
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Should question quality be considered during a suggested edit review? [duplicate]

Every now and then I come across suggested edits to questions which I feel are not worth editing. Usually those are off-topic or overly broad in a very obvious way, so making them on-topic would ...
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Why does it say that the Community user does not participate in any other communities?

I know that the Community user is in every site, but when looking at its profile on any individual site, it says "This user does not participate in any other communities currently": Why is this?
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Why are these comments considered acceptable on the site?

My flags on this post were declined. Not only were they declined, very quickly, my comments were deleted from under the post. Why were these declined?
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Searching all SE sites with view=list#name for keyword results in a bumpy ride

If I go to stackexchange.com and click all sites and list as names https://stackexchange.com/sites?view=list#name and then use my chrome browser to search for instances of "teach" I get 19 results. ...
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Do Moderators Need to Be Professional or Not?

I was surprised this evening that one particular moderator, who is this one, was completely unprofessional and exhibited substantial disdain to a fellow user on this website (myself). In short, I have ...
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EU's article 13 will heavily censor the web. Should we do something?

Creative Commons is against article 13: It’s an extreme dragnet that will harm creativity and fundamental rights. Delete it. GitHub, Debian, LibreOffice, SUSE, KDE are against it. [It] ...
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Is there a way to know the new launched sites over the years?

Stack Exchange now has more than 170 sites. Is there a way to know when those sites were launched? I know I can download all dumps and figure it out, but is there any cheaper way to do so?
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Android app alternatives [duplicate]

It looks like the official stack exchange app has been abandoned, so I abandoned it as well. It lacks a ton of features,and is kinda crappy. However, I really miss push notifications and not having to ...
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Why will the “hot meta questions” sidebar include the question I'm viewing?

On the regular SE sites, if you're viewing a hot network question, that question does not appear on the sidebar list of hot network questions. However, it does appear with hot meta questions, as I ...
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Association bonus conflicts with 'Trusted User' privilege

When you hit 200 reputation on any Stack Exchange site, you are met with the prompt: You've earned a bonus 100 reputation because we trust you on other sites in the network. The key part is: ...
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Why should the Help Page provide information on the website only?

The Help Center of Buddhism SE is very resourceful for including a list of resources, which in my experience the only site that make use of this section. Some arguments: Putting content about the ...
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Is resources reduction one of the important reasons that questions/answers are deleted?

Today I clicked a link to a question on SO and got, 404 - This question was removed from Stack Overflow for reasons of moderation. That took me to another page, Why and how are some questions deleted?...