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Is it OK to close an on-topic question from a bad user? [duplicate]

Imagine the following scenario. A user gets suspended (fairly) on some site, then creates a new account and asks an on-topic question (the new account asks the question and does nothing else). The IP ...
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Listing companies which has no job posts? [migrated]

You can navigate to that kind of companies through a 'developer story' of a specific user, but cannot list them on https://stackoverflow.com/jobs/companies. Is this possible or this feature is not ...
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Not see the inbox messages for the deleted accounts

If I had an account on an SE site, deleted it, and then made a new account on the same website, I am going to get the inbox messages from the old account (assuming all of these are created using the ...
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Why would only ♦ moderators be “Interested in the status of tasks you've already reviewed?”

Most of you know what an empty review queue looks like: However, ♦ moderators see something different: Interested in the status of tasks you've already reviewed? View your complete review ...
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Could we be a little less eager with the duplicate votes to close?

It was pointed out to me it was unfair to single out folks with dupe-hammers for this. It was a poor choice of words, on my part. The core of the post is still something I feel needs addressing, so I ...
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The psychology of downvoting others without telling them why! [duplicate]

I have been active on different SO/SE forums for quite a while. I have rarely downvoted anyone. I usually try to let the person know what is wrong with their question/answer first and help them ...
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Automatic quality control and their effects on participation and contribution

I am interested in studying how automatic quality control can affect participation and contribution in online discussion communities. Many content generation platforms are struggling with balancing ...
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How can I verify an account as belonging to a Stack Exchange employee? [duplicate]

Recently on Meta SO, someone reported an animated ad. Someone using the name Will Westendorf responded, with the claim that they are an official Stack Exchange employee. However, their profile does ...
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Should SE move in the long term to SLACK / DISCORD or chat alike system?

I didn't see any discussion alike and hence would like to check it out in case it is being discussed in the background by the fathers of the site. Many pro's and con's, personally I dislike it (real ...
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Is it appropriate for a site admin to curtail requested information from a user? [duplicate]

Update: I realized that this post attracted a lot of downvotes maybe because it's lacking context. A question got posted on The Workplace SE. I wrote an answer to it. I realized I can slightly edit ...
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Summarized list of diamond moderator tools pages with strings which need to be added into Transifex

In this post I want to summarize links to all posts related to localization of mod tools pages. Moderator private messages: The absence of some strings in Transifex. Post flag history page: Add ...
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“Edit your question to provide status and progress updates” means what?

In the Help Center on the What should I do if no one answers my question? page there is some advice which I think appears in the Help Center of every site: To get better answers, you may need to ...
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Close votes are to recommend closure flags, as reopen votes are to…what? [duplicate]

Those who have the "cast close and reopen votes" privilege can cast close and reopen votes to close and reopen questions. For those who do not, they can raise recommended closure flags to close ...
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What happens to my rep if an answer is migrated to a stack where I'm not a member? [duplicate]

I answer a question -- which, I'll admit, already has a couple close votes, but which seems to be to be a pretty simple and on-topic ask. An hour or so later, I get a notification that my answer has ...
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Should meta requests be closed as duplicates of announcements if the same thing is requested in an answer to the announcement?

Whenever a new feature is announced by the SE team, it's typical for people to report bugs and request features by posting answers to the announcement. However, it often happens that some people who ...
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Should we always accept a better answer, or also reward response speed? [duplicate]

Case in point here. Akrun gave a great answer in ~2 minutes. Grada's answer is slightly better (because it's simpler and more generalizable), but came in a little later (but still before Akrun's ...
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Why is my question still unclear after lots of edits according to suggestions? [closed]

My question is marked as unclear for 2-3 days. I've edited it a lot and made more specific, answerable. But it's still marked unclear.
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Looking to ask question on OCR tool recommendation - where would I ask this on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

I'm looking to build a license plate detector, but I am struggling to get the last part of the process working i.e. a character classifier for each character I've segmented from the license plate. ...
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What happens to a user who has received a ton of downvotes?

I was always curious to what happens to users that have a ton of downvotes on their question/topics. Maybe I'm just finding this unfair for this guy. After all, he is just doing his job to post an ...
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Can a bounty be awarded to a non-accepted answer? [duplicate]

I have a problem one of the users who asked awhile ago about something related to SQL injection. I provided an answer for his problem, and some solutions, but he did not accept my answer nor did he ...
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My thought on the “Minimal, Complete, and Verifiable example” [closed]

I am not a very active user on stackoverflow, but during my ten-year career as a developer I have often asked questions and received satisfactory answers. I noticed with disappointment that the only ...
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Where can I ask a question about a basic cell phone? [duplicate]

I have a (Verizon) basic (aka "dumb") cell phone, and I have a question about SMS capabilities. Is there a Stack Exchange site for my question?
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Migrated questions over time

I was looking at the number of migrated questions on Stack Exchange sites. Here is what I found. I suspect that the peak in 2011 is because of the creation of new Stack Exchange sites and moving ...
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Where can I ask questions about IT architecture? [duplicate]

I have a number of specific questions regarding the design of a high write throughput data ingestion stack into a highly relational database. Where can ask high level software architecture questions ...
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Where do I ask a question about the allocated/legal RF transmitted signals in the USA?

I posted the below question in some of the GNURadio communities here on this website, then I got denied and my question was considered as off-topic since that was a GNURadio programming forum. Now I'm ...
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Is requesting downvotes for my own post against the rules?

I would like to see if it's allowed to have people downvote my own post for arbitrary reasons. Is this allowed? Will I get banned for requesting downvotes on my own posts??
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Where to direct request for advice on CMS? [duplicate]

I am looking for advice from the experienced community about the right direction for a CMS (content management system) based project I have upcoming, but I'm unsure of the right site to post this on. ...
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Do we need an alternative channel for “feature requests”?

I shouldn't have to post my feature requests as a "Questions". They aren't questions. They don't need an "answer", they just need a "response". But the site treats them like a regular Q/A. If we ...
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Any widget to close questions as off-topic in one click from questions list?

I am moderating a site overflown by off-topic questions sent to us by the wizard. 80% of the questions can be recognized as totally off-topic by just looking at the questions list. Problem: I still ...
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How do I sign up for Area 51 when I get a completing redirect page?

I want to sign up for Area 51 however, I always get stuck with this page, is their something that can be done about this? Is there something I am missing? I want to propose a new site but ...
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“We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context” was added to this question [duplicate]

The following automated response was given to this question: We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer; explain why your answer is ...
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Should I keep downvoting questions with answers that aren't accepted?

Sometimes people ask questions and never bother to follow up and accept the (obviously correct) answer. My solution is to downvote the question. Even if the question is good, they were too lazy to ...
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Renewing a closed beta on Area 51

Is it possible to bring back a proposal for a site that was closed a few years ago due to lack of traffic? The site was very close to fulfilling all the requirements. The only problem was that it had ...
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Is there a site for City Planning and/or Road Traffic Management?

The question I'm looking to pose is: Our state Dept of Transportation are considering adding some Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) along a state road that passes through our ...
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Unicorn Meta Zoo #5: Interview with Cesar M

Welcome to the Unicorn Meta Zoo, a podcast by members of the Stack Exchange community team. If you want to avoid spoilers, jump straight to the audio. Participants An interview with Cesar M, our ...
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Academic Advancements Made on the Stack Exchange Network

Have any significant/notable academic advancements (like new theorems or proofs in mathematics, or new scientific concepts, etc.) emerged from discussions on the Stack Exchange network?
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Custom Filters release announcement

After an extended alpha period, we are pleased to announce the release of Custom Filters (formerly known as Custom Question Lists). Custom Filters provide a rich UI for building more tailored views ...
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Should I remove my comment that became irrelevant after an edit?

Someone posted an incorrect answer, I pointed it out, they edited the answer so it is now correct and my comment is no longer relevant. What is the etiquette: should I remove my comment or post a ...
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Where's the “Greatest Hits” question page?

A user on EL&U meta has told us we now have a Greatest Hits Questions Page. Here is the link https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/greatest-hits?page=1 But I don't know how to reach it ...
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What is the point of limiting bounties to a maximum of 500 reputation? [duplicate]

I have looked at the Help Center article about bounties and do not understand why there is a maximum on the amount of reputation you can offer as a bounty.
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Has anyone ever been expelled from Stack Exchange?

Reading through the Code of Conduct, the tours, etc., I noticed that people could have their accounts expelled! I thought this was fairly severe and, thus, wanted to know whether it had happened ...
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Copying other answers

I've noticed a trend where some users post an answer as early as possible that's not very good but gets some up-votes. Then when better answers are posted, they simply copy/paste the contents of those ...
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Moderator Flag Dashboard soft launch [duplicate]

Previous post Moderator flag dashboard design refresh (alpha) As hopefully most moderators are aware, we've been working over the last few months to revamp the moderator flag dashboard. ...
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What should I do when answers contradict each other, but both sides seem correct?

I recently asked a question on the Politics Stack Exchange site, which I thought was a "Yes or No only" question and the first three answers where clearly stating no. I was about to accept an ...
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Is there a Stack Exchange site for technical theatre lighting design?

Is there a Stack Exchange website that focusses on technical theatre lighting design? I am aware of such Stack sites such as Sound Design and Video Production and these are all primarily encapsulated ...
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Please help me to understand (and eventually to explain) when it's necessary to use expletives in a Meta site

Tl;Dr When talking about the use on expletives on local or network-wide Meta, that are not about the name of tool, programming language, or the word itself on a language site, what do we understand ...
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What is “Meta Cruft”?

While working on my question Should we have a tag for questions involving new users asking blatantly off-topic questions here on MSE? , two different users referred to editing out what they called "...
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Should edits for double spaces be allowed?

I just had a post edited for a questionable grammatical 'thingie' and for double spacing after a period/full stop. That's right. Like this. See? No, you can't! Unless I do this.  There it is....
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How to handle highly respected, non-abusive but unhelpful user

I post a question. I’ve been a user for a decade, so I take my time isolating my issue, carefully writing it up, adding screenshots, sample code. Within two minutes the same highly-respected user ...
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Report crypto mining phishing site of Stack Overflow and NSFW ads [duplicate]

After browsing Google Search looking for a specific answer, I ran into a phishing website or similar (first page in Google search). It looks exactly the same as the legitimate Stack Overflow site....