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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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Suggestions for Winter Bash 2019

Winter Bash 2018 is over now, and no one has opened this recurring question for the next round, so I'll just do it. Please post your suggestions regarding how to make Winter Bash 2019 even more fun ...
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Make [answers-in-comments] a synonym of [answers-as-comments]

The tags answers-in-comments and answers-as-comments seem to refer to exactly the same thing: comments that should be answers. Because of that, answers-in-comments should be made a synonym of answers-...
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Why do users downvote duplicates, but not origins?

I seen it several times before, but still can’t clearly understand: why do user downvote posts which a closed as duplicates, and on the same time don’t downvote origin posts? Do they want to drop ...
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Announcing Our Amazing 2018 Stuff-A-Way! [closed]

UPDATE: JNat just sent out emails to collect addresses — be on the lookout for those, and try to fill it in the next two weeks! :) Did you receive any gifts that you'd appreciate a lot more if they ...
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Why do some people change their usernames when participating in different Stack Exchange sites? [closed]

I just realized that Stack Exchange allows users to have different usernames in different communities. It doesn't appear that it's common for people to change their usernames, but the ones that do, I'...
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Can you debate a mod if they make an edit on your question? [duplicate]

A mod changed a few spellings on one of my questions that I don't agree with. Where is the best place to discuss this with him?
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When does Winter Bash take place? [duplicate]

Winter Bash 2018 took place from December 12th through January 1st. Do all Winter Bash competitions take place at this date range? Where can I look it up?
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Why do you need 250 reputation to view close votes on your own posts, but you can always see delete/undelete votes?

I've noticed that users can always view delete/undelete votes on their own posts, regardless of their reputation. However, it takes 250 reputation to view close/reopen votes on your own posts. I can ...
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2018: a year in spam

End-of-year posts seem to have become the tradition these days, so I'm back again with a third Year in Spam. Welcome back, folks, to another round of statistics you never needed to know. All times/...
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Let's give top winter bashers some reputation!

The people like eLRuLL, Eran, and Panda are really good at Winter Bash, with 30/30 hats! They deserve a reward! Hats aren't just for fun because getting a hat means that you did something good on the ...
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No “2018: A year in moderation” here?

Shog9 has been posting posts titled "2018: a year in moderation" in all the child-metas (e.g., here's the post on MSO) with some interesting statistics on how many various moderation tasks are ...
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2018: a year in closing

Continuing my sometimes-annual practice of posting these numbers, here is the information on how many questions were closed on various sites around the network in 2018: Site ...
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Does Stack Exchange Markdown support MermaidJS?

MermaidJS was my favourite cool thing in 2018! But I can't find a way to draw MermaidJS graph or sequenceDiagram on Stack Overflow. I've seen many Markdown tools such as StackEdit, Typora, Markdown ...
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Why is the Winter Bash chatroom not linked to this site?

The Winter Bash chatroom is not linked to a particular site, so there are no hats available for getting a star on New Year's Eve. In my opinion, it should be linked to this site (i.e., Meta Stack ...
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Find top Stack Overflow users by their technology stack and location [duplicate]

How to find top Stack Overflow users by their technology stack and location?
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Let's shoot down the Fastest Swag-Hunter in the West

The Bad Guy If you have competed in one of the Stack Exchange competitions which run here on Meta from time to time, you know all about the Fastest Gun in the West Problem. This problem is ...
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How much does community bulletin add to visibility of the question?

It seems that posts on meta which are displayed in community bulletin get more views than other posts. Of course, this could have many reasons. (Maybe the discussions were interesting enough to ...
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How does this review comment make sense?

Simple question: can anybody help me understand what moved a reviewer to reject with this review comment: This edit was intended to address the author of the post and makes no sense as an edit. ...
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What can be an informal name for MSE? [closed]

Formally, Meta Stack Exchange should be called as Meta Stack Exchange or MSE. But when writing on specialized sites, I frequently use: This has been discussed somewhere on the meta or the ____ ...
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What should happen to comments that suggested changes to a post after the post was edited to reflect those changes?

A little while ago, I ran across this comment: This should have the meta tag, shouldn't it? The meta tag later got added to the post, and the comment is still there. I'm wondering, what should I ...
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Suggestion for the help center/tour

I'm a fairly new user, and as such I made sure to read the help center and take the tour. Since doing that and spending more time on the exchanges I've found more features that actually aren't ...
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Could (should?) we exclude the Formatting Sandbox from the Low Quality review queue?

Every so now and again I see an "answer" from the Formatting Sandbox on the Low Quality review queue, presumably automatically added there due to the number of downvotes it received. However, the ...
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Wait for user to update question before voting [duplicate]

I was reviewing questions with close votes in StackOverflow and for some of the questions, the question was voted to be closed because the user had not updated the question with enough details on the ...
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Dealing with “Legacy” posts which… are not that nice

We've come across a few posts as mods that don't really meet the 'modern' standards of SE. Its a bit of a pickle since we can either delete them, edit them (unilaterally) or leave them alone. None of ...
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How can I let the users know that a long discussion with a mod is not a fight?

I am sure this situation gets arise often network wide. At least I came across some during my experience. Generally, there is no compulsion that moderators should participate in chat and answer ...
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Flag as “a duplicate” vs “should be closed -> duplicate of”

I recently noticed that there are two very similar flags that can be used, "a duplicate" and "should be closed -> duplicate of". They look like they should accomplish the exact same task, and I don't ...
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Should “is this offensive?” chat flags about non-English messages be sent to language-speakers somehow?

I don't speak Russian, and probably many users don't. Should there be some way to send flagged messages in chat that need to be reviewed and aren't in English preferentially to users who are more ...
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Why do you need to add a bounty to get attention on Stack Exchange Meta?

When you post a question here you already spend time on it, formatting and wording it correctly, backup up everything with quotations and research. But when you post a bug or feature request if you ...
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How do I draw attention to a meta post?

It's now a week since I have reported this bug on Chess Meta, and the question has received only 13 views. I would like to share this question, but I am also afraid this would be considered spamming. ...
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Why should a flag be declined if it was correct at the time? [duplicate]

A question was posted a couple of days ago that was blatantly off topic. I do not yet have 3,000 reputation here so I am unable to vote to close a question. Instead I flagged it with the "Blatantly ...
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Thank you for my cheese overflow board!

I was one of the ones who did not come in the top 25 in the who cut the cheese contest, and was very surprised to find an email from JNat about the cheese board. 😲 Fast forward to just three days ...
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How is the end date for Winter Bash decided?

On the Winter Bash 2018 page I read that Winter Bash will end on January 2nd: the hats get put back in their boxes on January 2nd! Earlier years Winter Bash has ended on January 4th: the hats ...
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Keyword-based spam detection to keep spam questions out of the network [duplicate]

Over the course of the Winter Bash, I have encountered a lot of spam questions here on MSE, the common pattern among them being the keyword "keto diet" or simply "keto". No doubt they are deleted as ...
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Is it OK to notify that I'll not be answering or commenting for some time?

I've got an active question, but I will be away until the new year. Is it OK to add a comment saying I'll be away or is it rude?
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Changing the duplicate message [duplicate]

Currently, the duplicate message looks something like this: It says that the if the answers do not address your question you should ask a new one. But you can edit it as well to put it in the ...
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Allowing a site to modify VTC text or disable a VTC reason altogether

Over at Worldbuilding we have what is very likely a unique problem. Many (if not most) of our questions are "primarily opinion-based" by definition when considering the wording used by Stack Exchange....
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Edit Post Counter Stays Hard Coded on Magento.SE

Most of the time I can see on Magento.SE that some users always keep editing posts whether it's going to be helpful or not. (That's not my concern). I did that same thing today (For checking editing ...
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Why do recently edited old questions suddenly get votes?

I was looking back at some old questions of mine on two different Stack Exchange sites and made small edits to them for clarity. In one case I fixed some bad indenting and in another case I changed a ...
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Deleting my downvoted, but answered question [duplicate]

I asked a question on Stack Exchange that got downvoted multiple times, but I can't delete it since people have answered it. What should I do?
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Could we change the tag excerpt/wiki and clean up the [survey] tag?

Currently the survey excerpt says DO NOT USE this tag; questions about the annual Stack Overflow user surveys should be asked on Meta Stack Overflow, not here. But this tag could be used on ...
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Where is the best place to post suggested improvements for a SE Site - Here at Meta or on the actual Site itself?

I have a number of suggestions to improve a site's look, feel, design, etc. and wonder where or who to direct those thoughts: The Moderators, who are either elected or appointed, I believe just '...
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Which site to ask about identifying a (human) language / audio clip / song

I found an MP3 on my hard drive of a beautiful piece of music which I suspect I may have recorded myself... at some time in the past, before forgetting about it. Although it's mainly instrumental, It ...
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Where can I ask how Google Weather gets all its data?

I want to ask the following question: How does Google Weather get all data like temperature and wind etc. Of every city. Do they collect data from satellites? On which Stack Exchange site would ...
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Make a “gif” knitting

How do all of you make a gif knit with the winter bash knitting website? I saw a couple of gifs from this question here And I thought maybe I could make mine into one. But I'm not too sure how?
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Why no Solstice hat?

There appears to be no Solstice hat this year (unless it's super secret). I haven't seen anyone with a Solstice hat, and it's not on the Winter Bash 2018 Hat list. Where in the World hats that looked ...
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Custom question lists December status update

Previous posts: Custom question lists: finding questions you can answer Custom question lists is available for testing Custom question lists October status update Nothing new has ...
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Images of the hats from Arqade's 2011 Hat Dash

The present Winter Bash started out in 2011 on Gaming Stack Exchange exclusively as "Hat Dash". All the images of the hats that year seem to be located in a PNG file: http://hatdash.com/content/img/...
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Auto-expand the editor size up to the screen/view size while the text grows

For example, if I am typing and I hit the editor current box size, instead of adding the scroll bar, expand the editor box size up to the screen view size. Only then, add the scroll bar. This is ...
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winter bash hat? [duplicate]

I am new to this meta StackExchange community, So I do not have much knowledge about Winter Bash and earning hat meaning in my profile. Is is just of fun or really mean something.
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Please make [polling] a synonymous of [list-questions]?

This question use both tags What close reason for polling questions? list-questions (34 questions) has tag excerpt and wiki, polling (36 questions) doesn't. I think that list-questions should be the ...