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Appearance of sock puppet-y users in comments [duplicate]

Over the past week or so, I've run into some accounts that seem questionable. I understand that they may not actually be sock puppets as defined below, but they do appear to be users masking their ...
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Is it encouraged to intentionally post duplicates for searchability?

I know that according to Dr. Strangedupe, leaving existing duplicate questions is good for searchability. But what about intentionally asking a duplicate question with different terms? This comment ...
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To what extent might scores, on my posts on one SE site, affect scores on another?

As my formal training in biology was limited to about 40 hours, half a century ago, in a classroom of a state school system that had been (and remains) legally banned from discussion of a concept ...
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Possible loophole in system found by eccentric user behaviour

Not long ago here on main meta, a user posted a question, a rudimentary one which attracted a downvote almost immediately. Their response was almost as quick; they deleted their account. Subsequently, ...
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Some changes to the profile while we make it responsive

Update 1 I’ve restored the profile age to all and fixed a few bugs y’all reported. I’ll be addressing individual answers as best as I can. Original post On our way to a fully responsive Stack Overflow,...
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What can we do to stop spammers from exploiting the grace period?

Recently, spammers on WordPress Development discovered a "new" trick - the grace period. They post a spam post without the link and immediately edit it in. Yesterday, I happened to spot yet another ...
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Best answer versus best solution

I was recently in a bit of a quandary over which answer to accept to this question. Of the answers I got, two were the clear leaders and, of course, I up-voted both. Choosing a 'winner' was more ...
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New post summary designs on site home pages and greatest hits now; everywhere else eventually

Update 3 - 2022-02-01 We've rolled out another small set of changes + bugfixes. The largest change was that we removed the yellow from watched tags entirely, leaving just the new "watched" ...
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Is it legal to copy Stack Overflow questions and answers?

I just found http://programmingfaq.w3ec.com/faq/4761/whats-the-hi-lo-algorithm which has an exact copy of this Stack Overflow question, What's the Hi/Lo Algorithm, with all its answers and no ...
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Is the Texas anti-censoring law a concern for SE sites?

Texas has recently passed a bill that allows users to sue social media sites for "censoring" their content. To quote CNN: Texas’s law makes it illegal for any social media platform with 50 ...
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Is it acceptable to ask duplicate questions? [duplicate]

If you know that your question is a duplicate, is it a good idea to ask the question anyway and mark it as a duplicate right after the creation? I googled the question "does vector range ...
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"I have read your message" moderator message

This feature request is regarding this question on the response to moderator's message: Add a small message box for the user to either tick or type a quick message back to acknowledge the moderator's ...
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Do I need to reply to a moderator message? [duplicate]

I recently received a message from a moderator for my "bad" reviewing queues (yes, I'm guilty of this), but is it compulsory to message back? Or does it seem slightly rude to ignore their ...
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Is it okay to flag blatant spam using two accounts?

I understand that using two or more accounts to vote on the same post (or interact with it in almost any way) is against the rules. That being said, what if I encounter a blatant spam/scam post that ...
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Why does the protected notice appear at the bottom of the page for me on some sites, instead of the top?

So I join Stack Overflow for like almost more than a year like this and mostly I found the question that have been protected by "someone" will be show like the bottom picture. You can directly see ...
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Are developers/moderators keen on adding new reputation achievements?

I recently joined Stack Exchange, and have seen the reputation "achievements" or privileges and having access to tools, e.g., moderator tools at 10K rep. And I also have seen many people ...
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Using Stack Exchange to look for scholarly articles and working with the scientific community

I have been part of a university for a few years now. I have learnt on my own and from my colleagues how to look for scientific papers and how the community works. I realized I could not find any ...
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Is it Better to Leave a Comment or Pose a New Question Asking for Elaboration?

Sometimes after I receive a good answer to a question, the poster will leave an additional suggestion for me as they have done for my most recent question. This sparks my curiosity, and I would like ...
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Where should I ask about MDM policies used with 802.1x Wi-Fi?

Meta: Due to the cross-purpose functions of servers and networking, I have no idea if this question is more suitable on Server Fault, Network Engineering, or the Information Security Stack Exchange. ...
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Where should I ask "general programming questions"?

A question I am currently trying to ask is roughly as follows: I am trying to develop a C++ static library which can work on multiple platforms (in fact, the whole point of the library is that it ...
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Should this site have a tag for "default tags"?

When a new Stack Exchange site is created, some tags are automatically created on its corresponding meta site. (I don't think there are any such tags on the main/regular Stack Exchange site itself.) ...
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John Oliver calling out Stack Exchange cookie dialog

In the recent Data Brokers episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver showed this picture: (jump to relevant part around 18:57) which is of the Stack Exchange cookie screen. He said this: Privacy ...
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Reputation icon links to Stack Exchange instead of the current network site

Regardless of which Stack Exchange page I'm on, the top-bar reputation icon is an <a> that links to https://stackexchange.com/users/<user:me>?tab=reputation When browsing (e.g.) Stack ...
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Is paraphrasing someone else's ideas and not crediting them considered plagiarism? [closed]

A certain SE site has a new policy to blindly delete all answers that cite scholars, papers and journals without looking at the merits of the arguments and if the citation addresses the question or ...
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Where should I ask communication engineering questions?

I want to ask doubts on subjects given below: Signals and systems Control systems Analog and digital communication Also it would be helpful if I get to know where to ask general or mental-aptitude ...
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subjective questions allowed and banned at the same time? [duplicate]

Today I posted a question which I really liked: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/2775377/how-to-save-the-world-from-your-computer shortly after it was closed as "subjective" If that is a ...
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Why does the "About Us" link to about "Stack Overflow"?

Consider: I understand that the "About Us" can't be different for each Stack Exchange site, but would it make sense to link to something about Stack Exchange, rather than Stack Overflow? ...
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Clarifying fair use regarding a Stack Exchange site and an Imgur hosted image

On the Japanese site, there is some concern regarding the use of a photograph taken of a comic book. The question is located here. I am actually the person who asked the question and took the photo. I ...
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The tags [about-page] and [stackexchange-tour] should merge

The tags about-page and stackexchange-tour mean exactly the same thing: The about-page tag's description: For questions relating to the Stack Exchange 'About' page, now also referred to as the '...
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How might the Staging Ground & the new Ask Wizard work on the Stack Exchange network?

We have been working for some time now researching ways to improve the new user onboarding process while also addressing issues with question quality from new question askers. Based on our user ...
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Formatting Sandbox

Notes: Answers will occasionally be moved to the Sandbox archive when there are too many of them. When using them to report bugs, keep an eye on the post. You may also want to take a look at the ...
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How can I turn on dark mode on Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

I have tried to turn on dark mode on Stack Exchange web application from my "edit profile page" and "settings page" but there is no option for that. Is there any way to turn on ...
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Why don't people read the question before editing and commenting? [closed]

I noticed some minor problem in the design of SO (and probably other Stack Exchange Network sites). So, I emailed them with the issue, and they replied me with a link to Stack Exchange Meta, so I ...
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Are the images from deleted posts kept?

What happens to the images from deleted questions and/or answers? Will they be kept or they will be deleted with the answer? What happens with the images, that are edited out from the post? The ...
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Reviewing Edits - what counts as plagiarism?

What are the bounds of plagiarism when considering a suggested edit? For example, I've just rejected an edit to multiprocessing, because the text was lifted directly from the Wikipedia page of the ...
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Can I post code from a reflector?

In my answer to this question I originally posted some code that I copied directly from reflector after disassembling one Microsoft's .NET dlls. Shortly after a comment was posted (which has since ...
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Is there a new kind of spam floating around the network nowadays (Spring 2022)?

This post is more of a “heads up” post than anything else since this recent spam trend I have seen seems quite novel and interesting. I noticed this post on Super User (now deleted and flagged as spam,...
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Is it OK to crosspost Stack Overflow questions, now that the Portuguese SO is open?

Somehow related (but not exactly) to Is it OK to translate and repost Stack Overflow questions/answers in different language? Let's suppose I have a question in the following manner: How do to x with ...
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New Feature: Table Support

Update: I've just enabled this feature network-wide. All sites across Stack Exchange are now able to use tables. Thanks for all the feedback. We'll keep monitoring this question and we'll continue to ...
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Where can I ask cryptocurrency or blockchain questions?

There seems to be a plethora of places where you can ask cryptocurrency and blockchain (distributed ledger, mining etc.) related questions on Stack Exchange. However, there doesn't seem to be a ...
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Why doesn't the homepage of SE sites explain what the site is for?

I finally got tired of scrolling through the site list and created a note to remind me. My goal is to not post questions to the wrong community. I find deciding between Super User vs. Stack Overflow ...
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Should [rss] and [feed] tags be merged?

Should rss and feed tags be merged? rss For questions about the various RSS feeds provided by Stack Exchange sites. feed Use this tag for questions about Stack Exchange RSS feeds (existing or ...
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Is altering the entire question allowed?

If you have had no answers and only downvotes, is it allowed to completely change the question? As an example: Original Question: Should I begin programming with VB.NET or C++? Then getting a lot of ...
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Swag is coming back! (temporarily paused)

Update May 2022 I know everyone (myself included) has been excited by the return of swag. I just wanted to give y'all a heads up that we're currently revamping our swag options and shipping process, ...
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Can I ask another question based on the previous question and its comment?

I don't know if it is duplication but I wanted to make another question which is modified based on my previous question and its comments. For example, I posted a question about a claim and its proof. ...
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Why are there SE sites for bitcoin and Ethereum, but not for blockchains / distributed ledgers?

Cf. Stack Exchange website for cryptocurrencies in general Blockchains, or even more generally, distributed ledger technology or short DLT, is the foundational technology underneath cryptocurrencies ...
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Some sites are offline, but no blog or Twitter information. Is all OK?

Worldbuilding and Biology, for example, have been offline for about 15 minutes, Science Fiction & Fantasy and Psychology & Neuroscience for somewhat less. Meta disappeared for a bit, but it is ...
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Employee profiles are now marked with a “Staff” indicator

As of 31 July 2019, all staff member accounts have "Staff" next to their name on their user profile. It looks like this: (This is an updated image from the original one included in this ...
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How should we deal with a question being bumped repeatedly via edits performed by the author of the accepted answer?

I noticed this question had been bumped recently, and when looking at the edit history it appears that a single user edits the title repeatedly. Presumably in an effort to gain exposure for their ...
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Do fun-with-literalism answers (that block further edits) break the CoC?

Context: cheeky nonanswers that have fun at an asker's* expense. * Not everyone is an expert in the field or a proficient English speakers, so it's very common for askers to use an incorrect word/...

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