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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 the posts with no accepted answers be deleted?

Some questions in Stack Overflow doesn't have an accepted answer and this doesn't provide any value to the users. As a developer myself, my first preference will be to look for a solution with ...
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Creating Wikipedia User boxes for Stack Exchange Websites

Wikipedia has a feature called Userboxes which are used in user pages on it to provide stylized information about the user. There are many many types of userboxes, describing interests, achievements, ...
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Could migration to a site where the original poster is not active influence the involvement in the question?

I encountered this question correlation of features and target in predicting red wine quality in machine learning which was migrated from Stack Overflow to stats.stackexchange I got puzzled about ...
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Why does Meta allow posts that are not questions?

I have searched to see if there was any post about this but the only thing I could find was this answer explaining what Meta is, and it still suggests that Meta is supposed to be used for asking ...
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Help me opine about a new election system

I have been reflecting on some ideas around our current election system which were (originally) prompted by our pro tem appointment process. First, I think the Community Team needs to get out of the ...
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Why do we have two sidebar columns instead of combining them into one?

I know that SE is committed to both left nav and responsive design, and I'm not trying to disrupt that. The main reason the new design isn't working well for me is that the new left nav combines with ...
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Why all the downvotes on “updated site theme is now live” announcements?

Why all the downvotes on "updated site theme is now live" announcements? I have just taken a sample and found sites with downvotes: Software Engineering's updated site theme is ready for ...
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Downvote on specific topics within 1 minute [duplicate]

I have received downvotes on my Stack Overflow Qt questions. As those downvotes are all within 1 minute, I doubt they are justified. Strange, they only cover my Qt questions, not the latest. How ...
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What is the ideal SE site to ask about population growth and demographics in general?

What is the ideal SE site to ask about population growth and demographics in general?
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What does the Home Screen do that the Question Screen doesn't?

I'm one of the folks that don't like the left nav bar (hanging out mostly on EESE). I tried hiding it, but notice that I constantly need to hit the "Questions" choice. If I just click on the site ...
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Tag editing bumps questions [duplicate]

I have seen a situation where a great number of questions were being bumped to the top of the active queue as they were being edited by one person one after the other. The reason for the edits was to ...
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How to use Stack Exchange without letting Google track me through its reCAPTCHA?

Sometimes Stack Exchange thinks I'm a robot and it asks me to do some reCAPTCHA but the reCAPTCHA doesn't load and I get this in my logs: The resource at “https://www.google.com/recaptcha/api.js?...
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Meta account not showing on other sites.

Good day to all. My problem is, that all of my other accounts are showing on other Stack Exchange sites, but this one isn't. Link to other Site account: https://stackoverflow.com/users/9621927/...
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Where is the best place to discuss downvotes? [duplicate]

I see some users indicating that they've received downvotes in the comments, and asking their downvoter to justify why they downvoted the question. Is this acceptable for discussion? Should this ...
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Three “hamburgers” but still no direct link to meta

Users from EL&U will know I am not an admirer of the new theme which has befallen on my once beloved site. See my answer on English Language & Usage's updated site theme is ready for ...
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Should the Teacher badge be encouraged so soon?

I've seen that the Teacher badge (first answer) is the second recommended badge after Student (first question). It's encouraged by the "Go get it" button. Why are we encouraging newbies to answer ...
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Responsive design for international sites has been released

I am excited to announce that international sites have gotten the new responsive design Wednesday, September 26th. Last week, all beta and undesigned sites got the new theme: Some things to be ...
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Is the SE iOS app being maintained? [duplicate]

I noticed the iOS Stack Exchange app is still using the old iOS form factor (pre-iPhone X). Is the app being actively developed? If not consider open sourcing it so the community can contribute.
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Does the new unified design theme result in more off-topic questions where lost users asked on the wrong site?

This is partially a request for opinion, and partially a request for statistics. For a very long time, Meta Stack Exchange has suffered from a problem where a lot of users ask blatantly off-topic ...
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Why does SE force me to permanently lose my reputation for asking a 'bad' question? [duplicate]

This has happened with me many times across the SE network. For example, someone has downvoted another of my questions for no apparent reason, affecting my 'rep'. However, SE strongly discourages me ...
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Moderators… on Cross Validated [duplicate]

Suppose there is a question, "How to get started with applying item response theory and what software to use?" Suppose the top-rated answer cites my name and work a couple of times. Suppose all ...
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Why don't code snippets work in Tag Wikis?

I noticed code snippets don't work in tag wikis. E.g. https://stackoverflow.com/tags/css/info My reasoning for asking: In most front end tags there will be examples of the relevant code. Snippets ...
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Why do some parts of the standard theme use different fonts than the rest of the site?

We've been asked why different parts of the responsive design site theme have noticably different fonts on some sites: As you can see, the logo and the question titles are in a serif font and ...
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How can I provide a utility on sites without Stack Snippets in an appropriate manner?

I just wrote this answer and in the last paragraph I decided to create a small utility as part of the answer. The utility is needed for the process. After submitting, I found that Android Enthusiasts ...
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Is the design change on Chrome related to design changes on SE? [closed]

At the same time as I saw design changes to a beta SE site that I visit, I noticed the design of Google Chrome also changed and the changes in appearance were very similar. Are these changes related ...
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Plans to upgrade “Featured On Meta” sidebar widget to use Stacks design components?

I'm wondering if there are any plans to modify the "Featured On Meta" sidebar widget to use the same styling as other widgets such as a recently launched "Tag Watching" widgets. When "Tag Watching" ...
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Why I’m randomly getting this alert on my iPad while browsing stackexchange?

Since last week, I’m getting this security alert while browsing Stack Exchange websites on my iPad (and only on this device). More specifically it happens when I click a link from inside a page and ...
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Which Stack Exchange site is for asking about images?

I have a bunch of jpg images that won't open on multiple PC's and appear to be corrupt. I would like to provide an example image and hexdump to see if someone could help figure out the problem. Which ...
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Don't you think minus rep could cause negative effect? [duplicate]

When you gain something, it means that you will lose it some days. That is indeed. However, there is 2 kinds of losing. Lost something without aware of it and vice versa. And I believe that when we ...
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Why can you not remove downvotes [duplicate]

I have on a few occasions in the past, downvoted a question and then after re-evaluation thought that it shouldn’t have been. When trying to cancel the downvote or changing it to an upvote, I find ...
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How does SO prevent malicious downvotes as a revenge against the community?

I've recently fallen victim to unexplained downvotes in one of my posts. While this was obviously enraging, it brought up an interesting question about SO regulations against downvoting. Suppose that ...
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Responsive design released for all Beta & Undesigned sites

This is now out for all of the sites We've had the new default unified theme up on Programming Puzzles & Code Golf for a month and a half now and the response there has been really positive. We ...
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What to do with a user insulting my other personal accounts? [duplicate]

Previously a user posted a question that doesn't expose the real problem. It's likely that it's an XY problem and that has been explained clearly why in the comments. Anyway I've posted a real ...
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Please rename [winterbash-leaderboard] to [winter-bash-leaderboard]

Note the tag winterbash-leaderboard. All of the other Winter Bash tags are winter-bash*. Can this tag please be changed to winter-bash-leaderboard to be consistent? (I grok that it was probably ...
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Is a “recap” or “effects so far” of the welcome wagon coming?

In the last couple of months Stack Exchange has undertaken significant effort to make the network more welcoming. From a regular user's perspective, we can only see the internal consequences and ...
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What's a kinder way to stake a help vampire?

I've had to deal with users who sometimes exhibit some of the qualities of a help vampire on chat, some of which are unique to Stack Exchange. They barge in and ask questions. Sometimes they randomly ...
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Use colored text for badge counts instead of badge logos

I was looking at some posts by users with many thousands of badges, and I noticed that there were two lines required for displaying the badges. This was caused by the badge icons (●). Should we remove ...
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What do I get from answering questions? [duplicate]

I have started answering on Stack Overflow two months ago, and I'm giving up a lot of my free time. What benefit I will get on a personal and professional level by answering on Stack Overflow? Does ...
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Put the right column into the new theme's left column

The new theme that's currently moving into beta is intended to be more uniform and 'responsive'. Much of the response so far has been negative, but it seems that it's here to stay. Some of the ...
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Are [stackexchange-team] and [employees] the same?

stackexchange-team and employees have similar tag excerpts. None of them have a tag wiki stackchange-team (23 questions) For questions about the team of people behind the Stack Exchange network (...
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How to design a code annotation tool for Stack Overflow?

We are currently working on a research project on how to turn community knowledge into AI. We would like to extend the current Stack Overflow UI with annotation tools for given text and code examples. ...
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Harder question, when missing an expert are far less treated, even if they are “good” questions [duplicate]

Easy question are answered quite quickly, there's a small competition on them, to get easy reputation points... But these will usually get zero score. Better questions, which are usually harder, get ...
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Should we burninate the [stackexchange] tag? [duplicate]

I didn't notice it until recently, but apparently we have a stackexchange tag. IMHO it's rather pointless; as you may guess, This tag is for questions about the entire network of Q&A sites that ...
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What is the difference between “only applicable to one specific site” and “a general question stems from a specific example”?

The reason I ask Would adding more examples to a post be acceptable? in the mother meta instead of the child meta is because I think it's applicable to other sites as well. So what is the difference ...
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Would adding more examples to a post be acceptable?

For example, in this question, the OP lists two examples of the model. I know another one, and think that it doesn't change the meaning of it. But as it's also out of the author's awareness/intention, ...
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Voting for A New Feature

I have seen new features being both highly appreciated and highly criticized, especially the new contributor banner. I wonder will it be better if, for every new feature, the veteran users first vote ...
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Where should I ask this question about CS quote?

You have several computer science related sites, but I can't find one to ask a particular question. I'm trying to source a computer science quote I remember before using it anywhere, so I go to ...
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It looks like this website is copying Mathematica SE questions automatically [duplicate]

A user in the comment section of this Mathematica SE question noticed that the question also appeared on another website: http://mathematics.filegala.com/2018/09/14/asymptotic-density-of-twin-primes-...
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Add link to open the Next badge page on the profile activity page

The "Next tag badge" and "Newest" badge widget have this button: But "Next badge" widget doesn't: Can you add the button on this popup to open the badge page?
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Where to ask question about email hosting? [duplicate]

What is the best Stack Exchange site to get feedback on e-mail hosting? In a nutshell, I'm trying to get some feedback on affordable email hosting providers to host 18,000+ e-mail accounts with some ...