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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 do I see tags that I don't watch?

Why do I sometimes see questions with tags that I don't watch on the home page? I dislike it and I always have to add a new tag to my list of ignored tags. Will there be an upgrade to this feature ? ...
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Now you can know if a question really hit the HNQ

I noticed this new addition. It is now stated in the revision history if a question has made it to the Hot Network Questions, example:
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How can I get spam deleted faster?

Usually spam I see on the SE network is deleted very fast. But occasionally the system utterly fails and we're left with spam on the site for hours. Sometimes this happens because nobody's there to ...
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Making a Most Active Contributors report on all sites

On Ask Different we have every month, a report posted on Meta for the whole month. This includes: Reputation stats Most active users stats Stats for all review queues Highest voted questions ...
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Time for a “thank you”!

Thank you, Stack Exchange and JNat for this that arrived in the mail today just in time for my trip tomorrow! Despite watching all the spam from Stack Exchange users and also from DHL, this is a ...
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What should I do about unjustly closed questions? [closed]

When I browse through Stack Overflow, I sometimes see closed questions which shouldn't be closed in my opinion. For example, this question is closed. I flagged it as "in need of moderator intervention"...
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If development on the Stack Exchange iOS/Android apps has ceased indefinitely, what should we to do their bug reports and feature requests?

It's been a while since the SE team last had an iOS or Android developer, and development job on the apps have not had any insights for years. That, however, doesn't deny the fact that there are ...
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Allow tag edits while suggested question edits are pending

I follow some tags and many questions are wrongly tagged with them. In these cases, I don't care about some formatting or grammar changes someone suggested and possibly read a long post that I'm not ...
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Make user aware they can’t make an edit before they start editing iOS

I’ve had this issue several times now. I go onto a post in the iOS app, put a lot of work into an edit on a site without editing privileges, click submit and then it says I can’t suggest edits to the ...
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Registration messages unification

If you try to add post to favorites, you will see this message: But if you try to vote on post, you'll see this: Could we unify this messages?
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Answers disappearing, by the Roomba process

With this post in mind, and particular its answer, I found answers of mine suddenly disappearing, and no where to be found. My own "recently deleted answers" were though, but it seems that answers ...
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Regarding automatic conversion of community wikis

I found that there were some events that automatically convert questions/answers to community wikis (see Stop using community wiki as a reputation denial mechanism). For example, Automatic ...
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Gathering a full year of question data from the API

I want to try doing a data analysis project based on a large amount of SO question data. Specifically, I want to take a year worth of question data (from 2018/01/01 to 2019/01/01), and look for ...
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Question was migrated, but users corrupted the title, answered the question, then deleted the whole question and answer: can I migrate it back here?

A few days ago, I posted this question here: My account seems to have been "destroyed" but not in accordance with the information I am able to find about how "destroying" works. I ...
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Where to ask about Stack Overflow for teams

When should questions about Stack Overflow for teams be asked here on Meta Stack Exchange and when on Meta Stack Overflow? The tag wiki excerpt is not really useful, as it doesn't specify when a ...
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Unupvote loses you more rep than downvote

User A has 5 reputation. User A posts an answer and receives: upvote +10 then unupvote -10 rep = 5 (neutral feedback) upvote + 10 then downvote -2 rep = 13 (negative feedback) How come user A ...
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Where can a user ask a question about their behavior on a Stack Exchange site?

Asking about one's own activity on a Stack Exchange site violates this principle. Make it relevant to others We like to help as many people at a time as we can. Make it clear how your ...
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Change of 'Unanswered' to 'Unresolved' for Meta

I think that the 'Unanswered' tab should be name-changed to 'Unresolved', since the name does not reflect the contents. When I first joined SE, I was very puzzled as to why there were answered ...
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Should Hot Network Questions (HNQs) be customizable? [duplicate]

I apologize if this has already been suggested elsewhere; I did a cursory search that did not return any results. At the least, it looks like this suggestion does not have it's own question on Meta. ...
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What kind of questions warrant manual or immediate deletion on Meta?

Unlike main sites, (heavily) downvoted questions on Meta aren't necessarily of low quality, and therefore don't always warrant deletion. Then, what kind of questions should 20k users and moderators ...
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Do we need the ability to tag questions “rep-ability”?

I find 5 questions tagged rep-ability and am not sure what it means or if it's needed. It seems the tag was later added by a single user. It also has no usage guidance. Searching for "rep ability" ...
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Encouraging people to vote

Low vote count could be remedied with making Supporter and Critic badges capable of being awarded multiple times. Like one badge per 10 votes. What do you think?
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Which review action on an edit that introduces good and bad changes? [duplicate]

Every now and then an edit will be suggested that introduces both good changes and bad ones, and I'm not sure which of "Improve Edit" or "Reject and Edit" actions is better suited to such a case. I ...
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Complementing user stats

Could positive response, meaning the number of okayed or upvoted answers be made a percentage and complement the Q&A user stats? The same goes for upvoted questions. For example: Positive response:...
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When should I vote to close as “off-topic -> does not appear to seek input and discussion from the community” vs “unclear what you're asking”?

Two of the close reasons here on meta, "Off-topic -> This questions does not appear to seek input and discussion from the community" and "Unclear what you're asking", seem to mean essentially the same ...
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When are questions about Stacks - Stack Exchanges design system - on-topic here on Meta Stack Exchange?

Stacks is a design system that is developed for Stack Exchange and maintained by Stack Exchange developers. In this way, it is both, about the Stack Exchange network and third-party. When is a ...
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How to ping users with the same display name in chat and in comments?

Notion To simplify writing, I'll simply refer "users with same profile display name (case insensitive) user" as "users" (with quotes), and an arbitrarily user picked from "users" as "user" (with ...
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How to find the current top questions by number of views? Or the quarterly number of views per question?

Stack Overflow provides the total number of pageviews per question - but it doesn't tell you if those views are historical or if the question is still current. How can I find the current top questions?...
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Does the Stack Exchange owner have a user account?

Just a curious question, does he/she actually use this site or any of the sub topic sites? If so, where is his/her account?
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Are some sites in Stack Exchange dying because only duplicate questions remain?

As SE is a Q&A network with different websites for different fields of expertise, is it possible that some of the more 'obscure' websites that cover a narrow field slowly die out? There is only a ...
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Are [[locked]-questions] [locked]?

We have both locked and locked-questions, but not locked-answers. Judging by the posts tagged by them, it appears to me they're good candidates for a merge. Also, the excerpt of locked reads For ...
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Under what cases would a user be suspended from chat for 3,200+ years?

Note: this question was originally closed as "too broad" since it originally asked five questions. However, I've edited it down to two very similar questions. Additionally, the standard for "too broad"...
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Will the asking policy ever be updated?

Today I was about to ask a question and came across this This is from my dba stack account and you can check that I have not asked more than 3 or 4 questions which I believe none needed updates or ...
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Posting comments on LQP reviews

I have just encountered a review item on which I was unsure. https://superuser.com/review/low-quality-posts/838262 It is from SuperUser's Low Quality Posts queue, a self-answer: To answer my own ...
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Edits to a post to provide a snippet, but the snippet doesn't work

I found an edit to a post of mine on the 4th Feb this year. To be honest, there wasn't anything wrong with the post (other than a cheeky response/salutation, which I've now removed), but the user ...
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Where should I ask about “cold mailing” an employee?

I am trying to cold mail an employee from an organization about interview preparation etc so I can get a job offer. Which Stack Exchange site would be suitable for such discussion? Workplace?
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Quick Comment Option to Contributors [duplicate]

Recently I felt that one feature is really required on Stack Overflow. I am active user since I love Stack Overflow. I love to review questions and visit this Newest tab for each new questions. I ...
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Editing bounty messages, is it finally time for a little “Love”?

I start a lot of bounties and when I add a bounty remark I often get it right the first time. Once when a mistake in my message was problematic a moderator was kind enough to take the time to help me ...
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Do we have incentive to burninate the [incentive] tag?

The incentive tag has 18 questions ATM which aren't much. I can't see any benefit having such a tag, being meta and without any real value. Should we burninate it? If I'll see no compelling reason ...
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Is copy-pasting your own answer between Stack Exchange sites appropriate?

I recently posted a question and self-answer on Stack Overflow. Because (in my opinion), it's the best contribution I have made to the site thus far, I would like to post it on other topic-appropriate ...
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Is it okay to ask intentionally dupe questions to help to find a real one? [duplicate]

Imagine a situation, that I've once read a question (and its answers) on a site. I would need the information again, so I try to find the question as I can (mainly, asking the search bar of the SE, ...
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Why was the Ubuntu Code of Conduct clause removed from the Ask Ubuntu terms of service?

Looking back at the old Terms of Service, I noticed they used to contain a special paragraph about Ask Ubuntu. When accessing the askubuntu.com, meta.askubuntu.com, or chat.askubuntu.com sites ("...
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Send my link “Sponsored links for this tag” [duplicate]

I saw this thing many times. I do now know whether anyone clicking on these links or not but I thought to put my link on this section. Is there any way to send my links or SO just getting randomly ...
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Are old, link-only answers not-an-answer?

Yesterday I stumbled upon this answer due to the question being bumped. It is, by the official definition, considered not an answer: If you strip the markup (link), you are left with NO useful ...
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Where to ask question about google maps

I've got a curiosity about google maps. I found in some areas of the regular roadmap, they use a different color schemes. I'd like to know why. Where would such a question be appropriate? There are ...
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New Year Algorithm 2019 on International Sites

International communities have one very remarkable initiative that began several years ago on Stack Overflow in Russian: we celebrate the beginning of the new year with a contest for the best ...
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Is downvoting your own question as an alt account, could that get you banned or something? [duplicate]

Obviously, upvoting your own question as an alt account is voting fraud, but what if I were to downvote my own question as a sockpuppet? How would that look?
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What happens if there are no candidates in an election?

On Freelancing.SE, we are holding our first election. We had three Pro-Tempore mods, one of which is myself. The other two mods are stepping down after the election, and we have two spots open. It's ...
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Where can questions about our community-run moderation tools be asked?

The question Smoke detector bad keyword detection was recently closed due to not being "about the software that powers the Stack Exchange network, within the scope defined in the help center." MEE is ...
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Smoke detector bad keyword detection

Recently, the smoke detector has identified a Math.SE question as a post containing bad keywords. As a 10k user on Math.SE, I can't see any spam in this post. What has triggered the alarm? What ...