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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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Should we add any friction to edits on posts that are old or probably obsolete?

Lately I've seen a lot of small edits here on Meta to posts that are obsolete -- for example, past Winterbashes, site functionality that has since been changed, and bugs that were status-completed ...
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Questions with opinion-based answers put on hold [duplicate]

I have seen related questions been asked on this forum, but none of them actually reached the point I would like to be clarified. From my perspective, every single non-math/logic question is opinion-...
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Why do we get fewer characters in custom mod flags on comments than on posts?

I recently went to raise a custom mod flag on a troublesome comment, and found myself running up against the character limit. I thought that I had raised custom flags with much longer comments before, ...
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In the interest of the “Be nice” policy, can we make the mod and system messages more polite?

Here on Stack Exchange we're encouraged to be nice, but I feel like the canned messages from mods and from the system aren't setting a good example in this regard. Example 1 Comments are not for ...
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Valuable responses to my question are spread over numerous answers. As the asker, how can I make them more visible?

In my recent question on Travel Stack Exchange I attracted a lot of attention (not least in part because it was a hot network question) and I got a lot of answers. Frustratingly, early answers drove ...
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Reward someone who edited their answer as obsolete to point to mine

I've been active on SO since 2009, and have seen many old questions get new answers as technology changes. Sometimes the accepted answer becomes suboptimal, and the OP is no longer active to mark ...
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Is there somewhere where I can ask general programming or best practice questions? [duplicate]

Sometimes it would be really helpful to ask other users how they would deal with a certain problem, or what best practice would be with regards to solving a problem. This does not involve specific ...
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What is the impact of the recent changes to how Hot Network Questions work?

It's been almost two months since some major changes were made to the Hot Network Questions (HNQ), including a timeline event when a post hits HNQ, a (configurable) maximum number of questions each ...
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Are link based answers ok if they link to other Stack Exchange Answers?

Is it ever ok to provide an answer to a question that's essentially a link only answer to another Stack Exchange question or answer? Often I do this when The answers of the other question could be ...
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When there is a mismatch between the question title and question content - is an answer off-topic?

I am addressing the situation when there is a mismatch between what the question title asks for, and what the question body asks for. Given the mismatch, any answer can address either the title or the ...
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Would this two-account situation be appropriate? [closed]

Disclaimer: I know self-answers are encouraged. Take extra/illicit/morally reprehensible/dishonest rep gain out of the equation. This discussion will inform my actions on a similar online community. ...
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Custom question lists April status update

Previous posts: Original announcement Alpha launch announcement October 2018 status update December 2018 status update January 2019 status update After a long hiatus, a new Custom ...
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Is an account needed to post images on Stack Exchange using Imgur? [duplicate]

How do I post images on Stack Exchange using Imgur? Do I have to make an account on Imgur?
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Is there a preferred method/format for replacing broken links with links to archived copies?

Is there a preferred method/format for replacing broken links with links to archived copies. I was viewing this question: Get id of div from its class name and found this answer: https://...
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What will happen to the SE, if something happens to the imgur.com?

Nearly all the images of nearly all the posts will suddenly disappear. I suspect, recovery work will start on the spot, probably by asking for the local user caches of the readers, and digging in the ...
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Where should I ask questions about falcons?

I'd like to ask a question about peregrine falcons and what happens if they swallow the birdring of another bird they've caught. Which community would be the right one for this question? It doesn't ...
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Is there a way to prevent appearance of untranslatable strings in SE code base?

Being a part of "Stack Overflow in Russian" translation team I'm wondering why do some new strings not able to translate due to the lack in translation database? As far as I know for the string ...
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What is the point of “primarily opinion based” for networks that do not deal with exact science?

I am asking this my self for some time and I cannot figure it out: Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be ...
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Where should HPC questions about schedulers go: StackOverflow, SuperUser, Computational Science (beta), Unix/Linux or ServerFault?

Cross-posting on multiple sites is discouraged: Is cross-posting a question on multiple Stack Exchange sites permitted if the question is on-topic for each site? How we should deal with questions ...
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Seeking clarification on the idea of contacting a moderator via chat on a different stack site

Right now, my post is on hold. I have taken in consideration of the improvement on the post. Since, I am unable to make contact with moderators who put the question on hold. Perhaps, I'm being ...
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Are pictures of this or that past dictator appropriate as avatar pictures? [duplicate]

I just came across a user who used this picture of fascist dictator Mussolini for his avatar. Is that legit, or well, not?
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Where to ask for advice on software projects

Is there a community here on the Stack Exchange network or somewhere else on the internet where I can ask and receive answers questions such as: If I needed to purchase 10 copies of Windows 10 Pro, ...
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What to do when you put two days of formulating a question and it still gets downvoted? [duplicate]

I have spent hours reading, formulating practice questions, using grammar check, and studying research papers. I have taken a break from Stack Exchange for probably 4 days, hoping that this will ...
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Is there a process to handle a user wanting to run in a moderator election, but being absent during the election period?

I recently encouraged a user in chat to run in the pro tempore election on Interpersonal Skills, to which the user responded that they will be quite off the grid during the election period. This ...
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Request to burninate the “Unclear what you're asking” close reason [duplicate]

Updated; see examples at the bottom of this question I've seen many examples of questions that were closed with the reason "Unclear what you're asking" that had received multiple answers. This feels ...
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Unable to see menu bar present on top of Answer body [closed]

I am unable to see Menu bar present on top of Body.. Is it bug or I am the only one who is unable to see this menu bar Browser : Chrome version: 73.0.3683.103 Firefox Internet Explorer Only for ...
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Why are questions downvoted because of grammatical errors?

Of what use is it to the community for someone to take the time to down-vote a question I posted because of two typos?
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Reputation Expiration and Deterioration [duplicate]

I think that making reputation temporary will increase constant participation, since the reputation will slowly decrease if they do not participate and gain more reputation. I thought of two ways to ...
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Unicorn Meta Zoo #2: What is the role of moderators?

Welcome to the second episode of Unicorn Meta Zoo, a brand new podcast by members of the Stack Exchange community team. If you want to avoid spoilers, jump straight to the audio. Participants We're ...
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Does deleting your profile and starting a new one violate any rules?

I have learned recently that I can delete my account and start a new one. Now there are some rules to this for example if you are in a suspension the suspension and/or ban would continue under the new ...
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Why would someone signing up for Travel want to subscribe to news from Stack Overflow?

I just happened to notice this checkbox option in the sign-up page on Travel: It seems odd to have an option to sign up for Stack Overflow emails when the site has nothing to do with Stack Overflow. ...
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Cross-answer Debating

Let's say that Party A responds to a question with a 'reasonable' answer. Party B responds to the same question with their own 'reasonable' answer, and also uses the opportunity to specifically ...
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Deleted posts could create confusion for colour blind users; is there something to be done about it?

I'm a mod on Game Development and today, in chat, a user has asked me to delete something they mistakenly posted as an answer instead of a comment. And so I went ahead and deleted the answer. But ...
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Is showing 1 reputation for a suspended user too harsh?

When a user applies for a job and links his/her Stack Overflow profile and in case he is suspended, it just shows 1 reputation which really makes a bad first impression and could be a hindrance in his/...
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What can moderators do about suspended chat users who attempt to engage with users via their chat profiles?

Recently, we encountered a rather persistent user in a chat room, repeatedly attempting to engage with other users in the chat by editing their chat profile description and repeatedly leaving and re-...
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The question wizard might be useful for Meta Stack Exchange too; should we give it a try?

tl;dr Due to the special nature of Meta and the high rate of "lost souls", should we try out the Ask a Question Wizard here on Meta Stack Exchange too? General idea In case anyone doesn't know yet, ...
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Stack Overflow increasingly unfriendly to newbies [closed]

As a newbie to posting on Stack Overflow I wanted to give feedback as there are a couple of elements which I have felt are a little unfriendly. I created an account here several years ago but haven'...
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Help new users with *effectively placed* guidance

(I wrote this and was pointed here to Meta.) At Network Engineering we get very many questions which are off-topic, typically for being homework, repeats, or not fulfilling the non-obvious but quite ...
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Dealing with HNQ drama before it happens - how do we deal with questions that can lead to trouble?

Sometimes stuff creeps into HNQ that doesn't belong. While I'm a moderator of one site that doesn't get into the HNQ, and the worst I'd face on the other is a question that's decidedly meh, having a ...
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Are suspensions considered infallible? [closed]

I'd suppose and hope that the bulk of users who are served with suspensions, (i.e. given a 1 rep., and banned from asking or answering questions), merit their bans, and the SE network is much better ...
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Is the community bot ruining the community by bumping old posts?

I have been an active member of UX Stack Exchange for a little over 2 years and in that time, I have noticed the Community bot push years old posts to the top of the questions homepage. Now, I ...
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Which technology/framework is used to develop the Stack Exchange mobile app?

I am just curious to know - which technology/framework is used to develop the Stack Exchange mobile app? Is it native Android and native iOS (Swift/Objective-C) or hybrid frameworks (React Native, ...
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Shall I accept an answer that answers part of my question?

So I bet you all met into a scenario, where someone wrote a good, detailed answer which answers part (or most, or the core) of your question. Then should you mark it as accepted? Or should you just ...
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When a comment doesn't contravene the CoC but gets deleted all the same

I often delete my own comments when there are typos, when they might be interpreted in the wrong way, or their wording needs improvement. I also do my utmost to delete comments that are no longer ...
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Where is Experience Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

I'm looking for "Experience Stack Exchange" or probably "Personal Experience Stack Exchange" site (I can't recall the exact name) but can't find it. I used to visit it few years ago or so. On that ...
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Why can 10k users see the so-called “deleted” posts? [duplicate]

Since deleted posts are visible to 10k users why isn't the button called hide or the post really deleted? What is the reason that 10k users can still see them? Isn't the purpose of deleting something ...
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What is the correct chat flag to flag “unfriendly” messages?

During the new update to comment flags, a new option "It's unfriendly or unkind" was added. This is different from the "It contains harassment, bigotry, or abuse." comment flag. As I understand, the ...
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Should I edit abusive posts?

When I see a abusive post that is a bit beyond PG-13 like: Go punch sand you lint-licker I will flag it as abusive but I feel like I shouldn't leave such profanities up for other people to see ...
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Can a user make two accounts that both get the site reputation bonus at 200 rep then merge the two accounts, getting the association bonus twice?

If an alternate account earns 200 reputation and gets the association bonus, then the alternate account is merged with a different account that also has earned the association bonus, do both bonuses ...
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Stack Overflow has engaged in ideological censorship and unwelcoming behavior [closed]

What happened? On April 10, 2019, a user posted a response to a Meta question discussing how SO might take action in response to the gender disparity in the programming industry. The post essentially ...