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What to do concretely about the new “Every question asker gets more reputation retroactively, no questions asked” (pun not intended)

Following yet another blog post that will undoubtedly raise the distance between SE and their core user community, I am wondering whether anyone has any good idea on how to counteract the new top-down ...
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Should the weight of question upvotes be reduced?

After thinking about Should the weight of downvotes be increased? which I declined for the reasons specified in my answer, and Please charge rep for questions after threshold I have a proposal. ...
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What does everybody think about giving more points for question upvotes? [duplicate]

A blog post on stackoverflow revealed that upvotes on questions on all stack exchange communities would be rewarded 10 reputation instead of 5. What does the community think about this change? When ...
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Regarding “rep inflation” from the recalculation and actions that require certain amounts of rep

Now that apparently we're all going to be getting some sweet rep (or at least those of use who have asked positive questions), is there going to be any change to the rep required for, as an example, ...
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How will retroactive reputation gain affect the user graph?

It's mentioned here that Stack Overflow community and Stack Exchange will receive reputation retroactively based on asked questions in the past. We’re recalculating reputation for every Stack ...
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Is SE staff open to dialogue and find a different solution about gender pronouns? [duplicate]

The new CoC is now in effect. And it includes the new gender pronouns aspect. But many users (like me) are more than sure that the feeling of one group cannot prevail over others. One mod has been ...
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An Update to our Community and an Apology

Last week we made an important decision for our community. We removed a moderator for repeatedly violating our existing Code of Conduct and being unwilling to accept our CM’s repeated requests to ...
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Keeping special status for Accepted Answers without sticking them to top forever?

I often see complaints about highly voted answers (an indicator of community respect) appearing below an accepted answer which may have far fewer votes e.g. Shouldn't the answer with more votes be ...
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Is there any impact analysis being done for the question reputation change similar to the one done in the past?

Rewarding the Questions Askers seems to be the opposite of this proposal. Back then, one of the answers included a nice analysis of what the effect would be when this change occurs. I think it would ...
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Will I know how much reputation I gained from the change in Question rep?

So Question up-votes will now be worth 10 points and will be retroactively applied. I know that the rep-cap will still apply when this takes place. I know that it will appear as if I always had this ...
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Under age users - could they just be suspended until of age?

We had a user who as far as we can tell on travel.se, was deleted on puzzling.se for being underage, and so all their accounts were removed. They were an incredibly useful user on Travel, and if they ...
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Is it ok to call a question silly?

The latest CoC at the time of writing states the following. I feel the example violates all three sentences. Whether you’ve come to ask questions or to generously share what you know, join us in ...
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Regarding the recalc in question rep increase what happens due to the cap?

When the recalc runs what happens regarding rep capping on particular days? Say I earned 200 solely from questions on one day, will I earn a further 200 when the recalc runs or will I earn zero? On a ...
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New Reputation Calculation - was the community asked?

Stack Exchange is recalculating everyone's reputation to award more reputation for receiving an upvote on a question. To my knowledge, the community wasn't asked for input on whether this was a good ...
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Is there a good term/phrase to denote the “current events”?

I just answered on Warning potential new moderators? and people (rightfully) rejected my first version where I spoke about "the Monica situation". I agree, we shouldn't associate the name of a ...
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Checking in with the Lavender community

Lavender mods had written a letter to SE pertaining to their issues. They asked roughly for three things: Pay attention to the complaints by LGBTQ+ users about disrespect Consequences for ...
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Firing mods and forced relicensing: is Stack Exchange still interested in cooperating with the community?

The last weeks and days have seen some erratic behaviour by Stack Exchange Inc., such as likely illegal changes to the content license and the firing of an upstanding community moderator with no ...
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Monica's situation continues unresolved, is SE hoping the problem just goes away?

This surfaced in the apology thread, but I believe it deserves more exposure. The apology thread was posted October 6th, 2019. In it, the idea was expressed that SE, the company, had done wrong by ...
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Should we have a tag for significant points in time? [duplicate]

There are many discussions about the current incidence. For example: Summing up the main issues (The Story So Far) Disclose the discussion that started the current SE-moderators debate An Update to ...
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Feedback post: Moderator review and reinstatement processes

The Moderator review and reinstatement processes posted 21 October 2019 have been discussed with the moderators and the two posts below reflect the agreed process for removing or reinstating ...
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Functional vs. non functional requirements [on hold]

can anyone help me understand what are the technical requirements, functional requirements and what are the non-functional requirements and how I can separate the first from the second? I am really ...
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Question about rejected edit that doesn't follow regular rejection reasons [on hold]

Edit in question: https://stackoverflow.com/review/suggested-edits/24554150 for answer in question: https://stackoverflow.com/a/3002635/2757283 The reason used for rejection was: This edit does ...
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Is the re-licensing situation perceived as much less important than Monica's defamation lawsuit? [on hold]

When one compares the two (currently) relevant GoFundMe pages Defend Monica from Defamation by Stack Overflow and Lawsuit against Stack Exchange relicensing it is obvious that the first one attracts ...
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I am non-binary - recent events have made SE less safe for me (and other members of the LGBTQ community)

I am a member of the network and posting anonymously for my safety. CW: References to and examples of hate speech I don't want to put blame anywhere, but unfortunately due to the huge turmoil ...
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How can I browse stack Exchange as a “Look at this nice trick”-kind of site?

The title of this question is not really clear, so let me rephrase this: From time to time I stumble upon some piece of code or program of which I think: "Wow, this is incredible handy ! Such a pity ...
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Is there an equivalent of the iOS app feed for the mobile website?

On the iOS app, when you select the menu button, on of the options besides selecting a specific SE site, is “Feed”. This shows some suggested questions to check out plus recent responses to comments ...
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New Post Notices rollout on Stack Overflow

As has been previously announced, we have been working for some time on a full refresh for post notices. I am happy to announce that all initial development work and testing has been completed, and ...
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People who abuse the voting system because they're upset, revoke their arrows?

Can we revoke voting privileges from those go through profiles and up-vote or down-vote spam others? Sure, the system re-sets it, most of the time if it's big enough to catch it, but if we actually ...
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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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iOS Program Questions…Which Site?

I've just applied to the iOS program and have some general questions that I cannot find covered on the Apple site. I'd like to ask them on a StackExchange site, but I'm confused as to whether they ...
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Maybe it's time to formally drop support for IE 11

For the most part, SE officially supports the last two versions of browsers. IE11's a bit of an evolutionary dead end, with even its successor's engine moving over to Blink. While it gets security ...
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Add ability to leave comments on my own answer [duplicate]

I don't have a lot of rep on here, or on some other SO sites. But sometimes I leave an answer and people start discussing or asking questions in the comments of that answer. Unfortunately, I can't ...
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Will we hear from the Director of Public Q&A regarding current events?

As one of the primary participants in the current drama theatre that is MSE, will the Director of Public Q&A direct her efforts to the public Q&A (not Twitter)? I hold hope that if / when she ...
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Is this an appropriate place to call for the resignation of an SO employee?

In a completely hypothetical situation wherein a known employee of Stack Overflow takes public actions that are objectively detrimental to both the company and community, and for which actions shows ...
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Post for clarifications on the updated pronouns FAQ

Over the past week we've been busy reviewing our previous FAQ to directly address concerns over pronoun usage. We tried to anticipate likely questions, but… missed the mark a bit. Inspired by the ...
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How long can a temporary suspension be?

I ran into a user profile that states: This account is temporarily suspended to cool down. The suspension period ends on Apr 27 '24 at 7:54 At first, it seemed like a somewhat longish ...
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Summing up the main issues (The Story So Far)

Could we have a neutral summing up of the issues (without any editorializing)? I will attempt to do so in an answer, big picture style. Or you could think of this as "The Story So Far" for those who ...
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Has stirring the pot reached the point of being counter productive?

There are a number of on-going and recent issues that have incensed many of us--how welcoming the atmosphere is for members of the trans community, licensing, the CoC, Monica's demodding and public ...
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Dear Stack Exchange: a statement and a letter from your moderators

Dear Stack Exchange, Inc., We know you know about this already, so we'll keep this brief. The past two weeks have been rough. Lots of moderators have lost confidence in you; for some, it was the ...
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An apology to our community, and next steps

I’m David Fullerton, Stack Overflow’s CTO, responsible for the product, engineering, and community teams. I joined Stack Overflow in 2010 because I believed in the vision and mission of Stack ...
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The Lord of the Hats: The Return of the Chicken 🐔 [closed]

...Also known as "The Quest for the Winter Chicken of the Bash, Part 3" (part 2 here). So, winter has come again. As every year, the staff members try their best to hide some funny Easter eggs, ...
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How should I recommend a different duplicate target?

When I encountered this question I recommended closing it as a duplicate of this post, but I soon noticed that the question was not quite similar enough, and none of the answers really answer it. ...
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We Really Love Hats!

Winter Bash is approaching and the general sentiment is meh. I tend to agree, nobody is in mood for festive activities... besides that after having a few bashes, it gets less interesting. On the ...
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Should the weight of question upvotes be increased network-wide?

Stack Exchange has expressed an interest in increasing the reputation earned from question upvotes from 5 to 10 on all sites. Do you think this is a good idea?
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How to overcome “Edits must be at least 6 characters”?

On Stack Overflow, there was a question with an incorrectly formatted list, which lacked a newline before it and thus came out like this: 1. Hello 2. Something else 3. Goodbye I changed it to the ...
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I don't know agile software development. Where do I ask questions about it? [duplicate]

What's the best Stack Exchange site to ask questions about agile software development on?
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What did Monica do to violate the CoC?

According to SO, they removed a moderator for repeatedly violating our existing Code of Conduct and being unwilling to accept our CM’s repeated requests to change that behavior. As Monica says, ...
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Warning potential new moderators?

Several moderators have left their positions. To the best of my knowledge there has been no attempt by SE to fill those missing volunteer positions. While I am currently a moderator on a small SE ...
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Was my question not good enough? [on hold]

So back in January I hit my limit on asking "bad questions". Since then I did a lot of work on all my questions to fix them up. I read all the guides and reached out here to see what else I could do ...
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How can one appropriately and constructively criticize or complain about a Stack Exchange employee on Meta Stack Exchange?

Related: Is this an appropriate place to call for the resignation of an SO employee? In an answer to the question above, Shog9 ♦ mentioned that calling for a staff member's immediate removal can be ...