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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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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 ...
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Reminding user(s) not to spam when asking about promoting SE content. rude?

On Area 51 meta someone asked a question about promoting his proposal which I answered here. Now on Stack Exchange since we don't like spam I don't like the idea of someone spamming something from ...
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How does Stack Overflow determine that a question was upvoted by the questioner's sock puppet?

How does Stack Overflow determine sock puppet accounts that give "fake" upvotes to questions? I am specifically interested in the statistical approach Stack Overflow takes (IP addresses or user-...
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When do the holiday hats start appearing again for late 2018?

When will the holiday hats start appearing again on the Stack Exchange sites?
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Why do answers to good questions always get a higher score than the question itself? [duplicate]

This is always the case and I am so curious to know why. Here are examples (the highest voted questions from various sites): Stack Overflow: Why is it faster to process a sorted array than an ...
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A French “clone” of SE? [duplicate]

I was looking up info for a question on Movies SE and found the exact same question OP had, but in French on this site. The OP of the post I was trying to answer did not post this question elsewhere, ...
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Stack Exchange should resume development on the mobile apps [closed]

The iOS app has been abandoned for at least a year now. What is Stack Exchange's current mobile strategy? Will development resume, and if so, when?
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What to do with a question on a technical problem that isn't actually a problem?

I ran into this old question today that made me wonder what to do. The OP asks about a problem in his XSLT (trying to count some nodes) and says the result is incorrect. It turns out however that both ...
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Custom question lists October status update

Previous posts: Custom question lists: finding questions you can answer Custom question lists is available for testing Hi, I'm continuing the work on the Custom Question Lists project. (...
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Is SE now, unintentionally, functionally closed to inexperienced users? [duplicate]

Based on the answers to the question posed here, it was stated that the goal of SE is not to aid the individual, but create a solid knowledge base of useful problems and solutions for posterity. ...
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Is it OK to edit someone's wrong answer [closed]

This question had already took place here: Editing someone else's wrong answer to make it right But there's no clear answer My question is: Is it OK to edit someone's wrong answer to make it ...
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Should there be an option to ask “sub-questions?”

I have run into multiple situations where I will ask a question and then a comment or answer will raise another related question. However, it seems that simply adding the new question in the comments ...
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Maximum size and bandwidth of SE “voting telegraphy”? Is this a known thing? [duplicate]

Several months ago I was looking at one of my posts, and I noticed an up vote started to toggle. The vote count incremented by one, then decremented again, cyclicly. At my end the rate seemed faster ...
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What is it about the “Ask Question” button that makes it update my Area51.meta profile?

In Area 51, if my main profile gets some form of update, like an avatar or reputation change, I have to wait a while for my Discussions profile to update (sync) due to caching. However, I can just ...
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How to prevent privileged users from dumbing down a site? [closed]

Is there something that can be done to prevent curators from dumbing down a SE site? I've witnessed this behavior several times in the following forms 1: a user asks a question that is either not ...
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Editor improvements for images and links

We are launching some editor improvements today. These improvements are required as a part of our responsive design efforts, but we think they are generally useful in any case. So we are making them ...
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How to give a chance to my cheesy riddle?

I submitted a poor answer on the competition Who Cut the Cheese? Then, I put a lot of effort into making an online cheesy riddle, but I couldn't create a new post, so I edited the bad, negative-scored ...
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How to show gratitude to all the people who posted great answers to my question? [duplicate]

I have posted a question about the Romans in London (UK) and I liked all the comments and specially both answers that were given to my question. Both answers were very good, I just chose the one I ...
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What is the cause of the recent increase in blatantly off-topic posts on Meta?

Since a few days, I have the feeling that there are a lot more blatantly off-topic questions ('lost souls') on Meta Stack Exchange. OK, that could be just a feeling, so I've created a short script (...
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When should comments be kept? [closed]

In this question, Could a satellite in LEO “pump” or change mass distribution to gain forward momentum? some of the comments are valuable and directly pertains to the question. I can clean up my own ...
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Why is the Sheriff badge being awarded on Meta.SE?

According to the badge report for the Sheriff badge here on MSE, the badge was awarded once in 2016 and once in 2017. The badge text specifies that the badge criteria is "Served as an elected ...
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Is a new Code of Conduct really going to solve the bad rep? Or is it a deeper issue? [closed]

FINAL EDIT Thanks for the great answers explaining the concept behind SE and its goals. However, when it comes to the negative feedback (specifically the downvoting) I think - even in light of the ...
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Preventing the HNQ feedback-loop

We all know that the HNQ causes good- or okay-questions to be flooded with activity, especially if they have an abnormal or controversial title. There’s no need to get into the mess which kicked off ...
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Why can't own answers be deleted in the Android app? [duplicate]

I seem to recall asking for this feature some years ago and being told it wasn't going to happen, but it seems silly to me that if I suddenly realize I posted a stupid answer that can't be redeemed, I ...
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Downvoting off-topic MSE posts is counterproductive

Several times a day, people make clearly off-topic posts on MSE. And I've noticed something of a trend with these posts. Obviously, people vote-to-close them as off-topic. But they also get downvoted ...
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Does Amazon Alexa use Stack Exchange content, and if so, is it done legally?

According to the Stack Exchange content license (CC-BY-SA), uses of content on Stack Exchange sites must be properly attributed. However, I have noticed Amazon Alexa (accessed using an Echo device) ...
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Undo suggested edit which is already in pending review [duplicate]

I edited a post which was in need to have the code formatting fix, and at the same time the post's author fixed what I was fixing before I hit the Save Edits button! Now my edit, which there is no ...
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Should 1-off bad reports in First Post/Late Post queue be reported?

Say we have this review: This is an obviously bad review here, as the post should have at least been met with a flag/comment, as this is clearly NAA. My question boils down to the following: Should ...
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Are there scenarios where an historically locked question can be moved to a different Stack Exchange website?

Questions may be historically locked when they have a high view count but are off-topic for a given community. In a situation where a historically locked question would fit better in a different ...
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How can we help SE manage our feedback?

Stack Exchange is both cursed and blessed with a user community that cares deeply about the network. Many of us know what it is like to be asked to do more than is humanly possible by people who ...
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The 'new user, read our CoC' notifications make me feel unwelcome

The 'new user, read our CoC' notifications creep me out. They're making me feel unwelcome. There has been plenty of fearmongering and drama around the phrase 'code of conduct' across the Internet, ...
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Can we flag questions with content/trigger warnings?

Part of my daily routine is to go to stackexchange.com and see the hot questions. Today this hot question was up: https://pets.stackexchange.com/questions/21575/how-can-i-fix-my-relationship-with-my-...
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Can employees please comment on lower-priority requests indicating that they're being looked into?

This is not a duplicate of Can we have a guaranteed pipeline for responses from Stack Exchange?. That specifically refers to high-profile requests that receive a lot of votes, and the answer there ...
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Why are my edits rejected which clarify/append applicable versions? [closed]

Since software issues commonly exist across numerous versions, when I find a question about the same issue I am experiencing but on a different version, it seems reasonable to note the additional ...
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What to do if people discuss a problem outside of Stack Exchange by private communication? [duplicate]

I was looking for some explanation in the FAQs about this problem but I could not find anything. I will explain: User A asks a question about X User B starts helping him in the comments. After a few ...
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Where can I ask a question about aircraft tracking algorithms?

Where should I ask questions about tracking algorithms that is used for example in radars? I see that there are tags for both Radar and tracking on Electrical Engineering SE. But I did not find tags ...
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Where would I ask a question about creating smart TV applications?

I'm trying to decide if creating a smart TV application is the way to go or if I should use some alternative approach like a Raspberry Pi or IoT device. Which Stack Exchange site would be the most ...
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Where could I ask questions about power grids?

Would it be right to ask something about power grids at Electrical Engineering? I'm interested in the history of the 345 kV voltage level. My question relates to the following: According to this ...
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How is the effectiveness of HNQs measured?

We're being asked to give feedback on what should be done with the Hot Network Questions list that's shown on the right-hand side of the screen. Ideas range from elaborate—relying on communities ...
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The Terminal: a chat room for international site users

One of the key factors of our success is effective communication. I am glad to introduce a chat room “The Terminal”. It’s a place for international site users and anyone else who is passionate about ...
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Undeleting a question as opposed to posting anew (possibly elsewhere)

I recently posted a question on the Software Engineering site (Link) that was deleted fairly quickly. The on-hold reason while it was active had noted that they believed I was seeking a software ...
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Search function on site profile to find old questions or answer you wrote? [duplicate]

I have been decently active on Stack Overflow for some time now and I have started to notice that I am finding questions that I know I have already answered in the past. I am wanting to find some of ...
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Your community’s current problems, findings, and initiatives

Remember how you started programming? I’d bet that when many of you were kids who played with graphic editors after school and at some point decided to find out what the difference between .img and ....
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Is it okay to delete all characters within a bad question that can't be deleted?

Right now I am in a fix. I asked one question, which was received very badly by the community. I quickly realized my mistake and tried to delete it, but unfortunately, I already had 3 answers by then ...
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Should Stack Exchange hire someone to deal with off-platform interactions? [duplicate]

Sadly, SE doesn't have anymore the list of all their paid employees, so I can't verify that there is someone dedicated to this. Yet the recent events on off platform venues and the response of SE as ...
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Does the featured site get measurably more traffic?

Is there any significant increase in traffic to the featured-site of any particular day? How large is this effect? For people unfamiliar with the featured site: it's a graduated site randomly chosen ...
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SE needs a better social media policy (and could us experienced users get a little love too?)

I don't particularly think I can add more to what Monica's said about what went wrong, and how it's hurting the community. Things could have gone better. I don't really see people getting any happier ...
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What should be the reply when a user declares they are becoming inactive?

This is majorly based on experience and some part is hypothetical. We generally see that some users rage quit after a bad experience on the site like a suspension or closing of questions. While some ...
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Why does the preview not show the title? [duplicate]

(e.g. on this site.) This omission hides the alterations that the site makes automatically and silently upon submission e.g. this one.
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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 ...