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Would Stack Exchange consider moving away from Google services?

I've been following Google, and their growing pattern of content censorship and manipulation, for a while now. The recent expose by Project Veritas (more to the point, Youtube's/Google's decision to ...
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Are questions posted to the “Meta” of a Stack Exchange site eligible for Hot Network Questions? [duplicate]

Well, I have been on the Stack Exchange network for a while and you know, your eyes often go to the Hot Network Questions page or pane, maybe both. I never saw a question posted to a Meta of the ...
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Enterprise Stack Overflow for education

I am a teacher in Computer Science at a relatively large university with about 2k students enrolled in our bachelor and master programme combined. This morning I sent an email to our programme ...
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Is there any correlation between low-quality questions and the devices they originated from?

I cannot see myself using my phone to ask a question on any Stack Exchange networks. The comfort and experience simply doesn't compare with the non-mobile web version. I know that I would probably ...
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Which inactive users have the most reputation?

I'm referring to users like Arturo Magidin. Let me know if there's a better adjective than 'inactive', but Arturo Magidin's profile encapsulates it: With the move of MathOverflow into the SE ...
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Is it okay to submit bug reports and feedback here about the iOS app, even though it's not being developed? [duplicate]

It seems that every iOS app feedback submission here is met with a reminder that the Stack Exchange iOS app isn't currently being worked on. Is it okay to make submissions here about the app anyway, ...
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What are our options for safeguarding a minor asking about potentially dangerous activities?

I saw a post on Travel Stack Exchange by a minor and tried to respond as best I could, but I'm concerned it may be something beyond the remit of the Q&A format here. If any admins could take a ...
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Are questions about the MSE chatrooms on topic on MSE? If so, how can we best to understand some cryptic room descriptions?

I'd like to know, basically, if questions about current MSE chat rooms are on topic on MSE. I'd like to know, because I have concerns about many MSE users, particular askers, likely are not able to ...
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How should I handle useless answers on bountied questions? [duplicate]

Most of the times, when I start a bounty on a question without any answer for a long time, I got several useless answers. Sometimes these are off-topic "spam" and contain a solution which is not ...
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Should we remind users with a link to their question?

What this question is about: It occurred to me that even experienced users occasionally forget that they either: received viable answers to existing questions or need to edit existing questions to ...
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What could be legitimate reasons for heavily downvoting a post on meta [duplicate]

On this site, I've not seen a whole lot of very upvoted questions, unlike on other sites. But in the past couple of days alone at least two questions have been downvoted up to 26 times. I personally ...
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My edit to remove expletives on a Meta site was reverted and my flag for ♦ moderator attention was rejected. What's next? [closed]

On Stack Overflow en Español Meta, there is a "question" where the OP is complaining that they were suspended one hour on the chat because they used expletives (actually one specific expletive). On ...
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Has a graduated site ever closed down? [duplicate]

Sometimes, sites in beta can be shut down due to stuff like lack of activity. Has this ever happened to a Stack Exchange Network site that had already left beta? If so, what caused that?
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I have reached much more than ~35k people. Where can I see all my Stack Exchange effect since arriving? [duplicate]

Under my Webmasters StackExchange profile it is mentioned that I have reached ~35k people so far with all my posts. Well, that's only for Webmasters SE, but what about all my other Stack Exchange web ...
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What changes have resulted from SE network sites becoming a source of income?

Nearly three years ago, display ads stopped being an SO-only thing and came to some other relevant sites. More recently, this programme widened to include affiliate ads on most sites. Both times, one ...
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Are there any great reasons for or against having a paid for tier for the main SE sites, and what could that entail?

There's been a few suggestions from fellow users that we should consider having a paid tier on SE. Now, SE's fundamentally against being behind a paywall of any sort. I also remember someone ...
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Site analytics in StackOverflow en español shows an unknown referring site

I've just earned the privilege to view this data and I noticed that the list of referring sites was surprising: The first referring site is evillegast.github.io, but that site does not exist. ...
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We're testing advertisements across the network

For several years we've had advertising solely on technology-related sites. But many of our sites aren't about technology at all, so we haven't sold ads for them. Traditionally, that hasn't been a ...
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Curious badge is not being awarded [duplicate]

Why have I not received the Curious badge, even though I have asked 11 positive voted questions? That's what the badge tracker indicates: These are my question list. https://stackoverflow.com/users/...
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Why is this post “locked” instead of removed?

This (old) post about how to gain rep fast by essentially being anti-community seems like it should have been removed long ago. Why has it been allowed to stay around all these years? I'm assuming it'...
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Does badge Lifejacket potentially disclose one of your votes?

Regarding the Lifejacket and Lifeboat badges, according to Glorfindel: Do note that your own votes on the question don't count [toward the badge]. DavidG noted in a comment in the above question ...
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Tag synonym dashboard 2.0

Back in January, we had a week-long internal "make-a-thon" where a bunch of people across the company got into teams, did some brainstorming, and worked to improve various parts of our UI. Bonus if ...
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Will there be any product updates?

Back in 2017 and the earlier quarters of 2018, the team published monthly updates as to which features were discussed, denied or implemented. This was done at 2018 monthly product team updates and ...
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Handling sock puppets farming rep via accepting answers, not upvoting

I've been keeping an eye on two accounts that are pretty obviously sock puppets, and are farming (small amounts of) rep off of each other. I believe they are sock puppets because: The accounts were ...
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Should we have a tag for questions involving new users asking blatantly off-topic questions here on MSE?

We all know about the persistent problem of new users posting blatantly off-topic questions here on Meta Stack Exchange for many reasons. This problem dates back to at least 2013, and happens often ...
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Repeated downvotes on my posts [duplicate]

Yesterday someone started downvoting my answers. I ignored the downvotes knowing that the system will reverse them, and the system did reverse some of those downvotes. Today I flagged one of my ...
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What is the harm of an “overlapping” question? (usually closed as a duplicate)

I often see questions marked as duplicates because they "overlap" another question. Usually, the correct answer is a part of an accepted answer on another question. Why wouldn't we want to allow the ...
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Where to ask: Is OpenGL 4.5 supported on enough hardware that it can used without worrying about too many people being unable to use my application?

I have the following question: Is OpenGL 4.5 supported on enough hardware that it can be safely used without worrying about too many people being unable to use my application? Should I post it on ...
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Why can't 10K users search for others' deleted posts? [duplicate]

I have been trying to get to 10 thousand reputation for a while on Science Fiction & Fantasy (taking a while :P) but learned something weird a few weeks ago: users with 10,000 reputation can't ...
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Should we burninate the [groups] tag?

I recently found out that Meta Stack Exchange has a groups tag. It has 9 questions and no tag wiki or excerpt, and really doesn't add any useful information to questions. On most (not all) questions, ...
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Ads on SE sites are excessively animated, irrelevant, dubious and resource-intensive

SE had very high standards for ads on Stack Overflow, ads were curated, generally static images and well-behaved. I found the stance SE took on acceptable ads admirable, and they certainly left some ...
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Inserting code method should be changed

I realize this suggestion would affect only the Stack Exchange sites that use code as part of their questions. However, since my suggestion would involve a re-code, if it's accepted, I thought it best ...
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What is the appropriate way of handling cross-posting?

Recently, two identical questions (copy-paste) were asked by the same user here on MSE, as well as on Stack Overflow. The question is on-topic on both sides, and the question on SO is currently ...
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Do the criteria for a link-only answer differ on Meta than on main sites?

Just now someone asked a question about Markdown syntax for chat messages, and an employee answered with the following response: For chat markdown, click on the help button located at the bottom of ...
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What are the technical difficulties that would be caused by MathJax in chat?

There were many discussions about MathJax in chat both on this meta and on per-site-metas. (One of the main arguments why it might be useful seems to be that comments are rendered differently when ...
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Should certain sites specifically encourage askers to tag with location?

There's a few specific sites (Workplace, Academia, Law, IPS, Money, etc.) that commonly appear the Hot Network Questions list. On these sites, questions often greatly benefit from location tags yet ...
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How frequently do people actually follow tags?

I have noticed that, even with the most popular tags (such as discussion), there are very few followers for tags. I have read about tags in the Help Center to try and find some more info about this, ...
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Why do some community wiki posts say “unknown”? [duplicate]

Why do some community wiki posts say that the OP is "unknown", while others actually have a username under "community wiki"? For example, this answer has a username on it, while this answer just says ...
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Is it ok to give two different answers to a question? [duplicate]

A moderator has deleted one of my answers in two different cases. If a person comes up with two substantially different answers that are based on substantially different viewpoints, is it not ...
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Should status-declined (moderator-only tags) be allowed as the “Top tag”?

I came to Meta Stack Exchange today to find something a bit... disheartening: It may be discouraging to users if their top tag on Meta is status-declined. Should this be allowed?
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Unicorn Meta Zoo #4: What makes for a healthy community?

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 We are talking about the ...
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What are the benefits of chatrooms for asking questions?

What are the benefits of using a chatroom instead of asking a question directly on a Stack Exchange site?
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Let's clean up [hot-questions] and (un)related tags

We currently have the following 'hot' tags on Meta Stack Exchange: hot-questions Hot Network Questions in the right-hand sidebar, the “hot” tab on each site, and on stackexchange.com. hot-tab, ...
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How to deal with questions that might get more attention on Stack Overflow, when more appropriate for another board [duplicate]

I was just reading this question regarding the appropriate place to post questions about WAMP (XAMPP in my case, but the same question): Do questions on WAMP belong on Stack Overflow, Server Fault or ...
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Alternatives to the term “rant”

On several of the sites I frequent, we occasionally get questions posted by people who are facing difficult situations, consisting mainly of them expressing how upset they are. In many cases, the ...
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Soft question: code of ethics of using answers in writing an academic paper

Do we have any code of ethics about using the answers in Stack Exchange for writing the academic paper? Situation 1. Someone is writing a paper, but stuck. He found several answers in the Stack ...
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Are there any plans for celebrating the 10th anniversary of Meta Stack Exchange?

Is there any plan for Meta Stack Exchange's 10th anniversary? The first question was posted on Meta Stack Exchange on June 28, 2009. A few months before, Stack Overflow celebrated their 10th year ...
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When were bounties first introduced?

By looking at some relevant questions I can tell that bounties were introduced approximately 10 years ago, but does anyone remembers the exact date that bounties were introduced? I took a look at the ...
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When can candidates be called up after the election?

In the FAQ there is a line stating that it moderators who "nearly won" elections can be added: In some cases, election runner-ups may later be called in to meet additional demand. Also, there were ...
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Let's get these tags [locked] down - do we need them all?

I just wrote a question about post notices on locked questions. When using the tag picker, I realized that we have three tags that are all really versions of the same tag: locked - 86 locked-...