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Did the kerning/leading just change on SE?

It's very slight, but I just ran through all my SE tabs in Safari refreshing one after the other, as I do a hundred times a day [when I'm bored] & everything on each page just spaced a tiny bit ...
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What IP addresses and ports are required for firewall exceptions for Stack Overflow sites? [duplicate]

While using the Stack Exchange sites, image uploading is restricted in my office by default and I need to request an exception to interact with Stack Exchange sites (i.e., post questions answers with ...
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How to refine / improve a posed question?

Suppose I asked a question in an area where I am no expert. Then the question is getting answers that point out that the question is ambiguous or has not enough information for a meaningful answer. ...
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Is there a Stack Exchange site for culture and cultural differences?

In particular, I would like to ask this question, but I cannot find a Stack Exchange site for it: Are Americans indeed reluctant to exercise "position power"? I'm reading the book "High Output ...
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Is there a mechanism for closing graduated SE sites?

I'm familiar with the Area 51->Beta->Graduation process for creating new SE sites, but is there an established mechanism for closing SE sites either permanently or temporarily? Has it been done before?...
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The bounty gambit: Is it misuse to add e.g. a 50-point bounty aiming to attract >5 upvotes? [duplicate]

On some of my posts (like this one) I feel like it would be worthwhile playing the bounty gambit: add a bounty with the sole aim of getting those points back and more in upvotes. E.g. a 50-point ...
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When is a featured post not featured?

Currently there are three posts tagged “featured” on Meta.SE but only two appear in Featured on Meta. For example, on EL&U (English Language & Usage) we see "Thank you, Roberto Cartaino" and “...
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When can someone show gratitude on this site for things a person has done (not necessarily on this site)?

I have read this question. It doesn't seem like a question to me; it looks more like a comment one can put below questions and answers. I thought one should avoid comments (assuming this question is ...
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What should I do if I am afraid to post for fear of downvote hell?

--- The General Question --- Should I avoid posting (writing questions or answers) unless I am willing (and able) to put forth the exorbitant effort required to produce "exceptional content". **Will ...
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Would it be helpful if the user community defined its own “survey”, and “publishes” that as a meta question?

I just came across Is there any user satisfaction data for other SE sites than Stack Overflow? and I think, most likely, the bleak answer will be: no, there is no official survey data that explicitly ...
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Is there any user satisfaction data for other SE sites than Stack Overflow?

A lot has been written and said about users finding Stack Overflow unwelcoming. For example, see The Loop 2: Understanding Site Satisfaction on the weblog, or What about the community is "toxic&...
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Delete an answered question, when I cannot safely comment on the answer? [duplicate]

I have run into the awkward situation, where I've posted a programming question, and received an answer, that I cannot apply due to project guidelines. The account under which I posted the question ...
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Edit question offline including in particular pictures, title and text

I often prepare a Stack Exchange question when I am offline (for example in a train) with my Emacs and then copy and paste it if I am online again. Now if I include several pictures I have to upload ...
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Stack Exchange requires external JavaScript from another domain, which is blocked or failed to load

[Whatever] Stack Exchange requires external JavaScript from another domain, which is blocked or failed to load. I am now getting this 'banner warning' when I visit any Stack Exchange site using ...
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What about the community is “toxic”?

In Chapter #2 of The Loop, the following graph is being shown: The blog post states the following as explanation for what it defines as "unwelcoming": Unwelcoming community (10.6% of responses):...
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Why are “approving a pending duplicate vote” and “casting a close-as-duplicate vote” different actions when done by the asker?

When a question is flagged/close-voted as duplicate by other users, the question asker has the possibility to unilaterally approve this vote and have the question closed. If this happens, the last ...
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Should linked questions be more visible?

Every now and then I remember that there are actually links to other questions on the right hand side. For people who don't know: Whenever you post a URL to another question, the question that links ...
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When is an elected moderator shown as “departed” on the election page?

On Philosophy, one of the elected moderators has since deleted their account, and they're shown as "Departed" on the election page: However, on The Workplace, one of the elected moderators still ...
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Why do I see so many answers in comments? [duplicate]

Why do I see so many answers in comments on SO? Aren't we supposed to answer questions in an answer post? Is it ok/should I flag these types of "answers?" I know this is frustrating to me to be ...
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Does Victoria Taylor's firing from Reddit in 2015 seem similar to recent events? What can Stack Exchange learn from it?

Victoria Taylor was fired from Reddit in 2015; her story shares some similarities with Shog9 and Robert Cartaino's firing from Stack Exchange. Maybe there's some lessons to be learned, so I list some ...
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Did this question require editing?

This question is already asked on local meta. I want answers based on experience of other sites. I could've asked in moderators team, but I prefer public sites whenever possible. Yes, I'm a moderator ...
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Why is a bug report about Stack Overflow's search functionality considered “off-topic”?

A bug report I posted earlier today (Search fails to find matching issues) was just closed due to being "off-topic". This is despite the fact that it is a very clear, easy to reproduce bug affecting ...
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A plea to the new CEO: drop the marketing buzzwords

The new Stack Overflow CEO has started interacting directly with the community. There was a blog, a podcast, and even some direct responses to user questions. Those are all great starts, but one of my ...
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Audit fail message and our more friendly community

I'm more of a reader than a contributor on SO, but I try to jump in sometimes when I can. I tried to triage a post today and it turned out to be an audit. I suggested a moderator review because it had ...
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Does re-opening, using the dupe hammer, cause the question to be modified? [duplicate]

I saw my own question in the recently active question lists as this: And I wonder what caused this specific user to show up as having modified it. I know that edits, and (deleted) answers cause a ...
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Was the recent increase in reputation for question upvotes applied retroactively to all users? [duplicate]

I had recently come back to Stack Exchange after some absence and noticed that all my reputation scores had increased. At first, I thought I had gotten some upvotes in the meantime, but after looking ...
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“Scripting the Future of Stack Overflow” blog post discussion on MSO

Our CEO just posted a blog post to kick off 2020 and reflect on his first 90 days. You can see his blog post here and his Meta Stack Overflow post here. Please follow the second link to engage with ...
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Merging technical sites with Stack Overflow

Listening to the recent podcast A chat with our CEO about the future of our company and community it seems that merging other SE technical sites with Stack Overflow is imminent. That was also vaguely ...
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Are any of the “community members” SE Inc. is talking to … around here?

The latest podcast mentions again that there are "community members" that get to talk to SE Inc., for example via streaming during the SE Inc. "come together" in Austin lately. Also the "post loop" ...
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CEO in Stack Overflow Podcast - Is there a transcribed version available?

In the most recent Stack Overflow Podcast, announced in this blogpost, it is claimed that the CEO talks about the future of our company and community. The title of the blogpost is: Podcast: A chat ...
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When not logged in, why is my search limited to 500 hits?

In answering this question I stumbled upon some peculiar behavior. No account: 500 hits Incognito mode: 500 hits I'm not sure why this is... Question: When not logged in, why is my search limited ...
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In 2019, which sites had the fewest/most moderator-handled flags per question?

I just ask out of curiosity... Question: In 2019, which sites had the fewest/most moderator-handled flags per question? How to calculate this: from Shog9's Chinese.SE 2019: a year in moderation: ...
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Question about whether a working solution is bad practise [closed]

I want to ask a conceptual question whether some code piece that works perfectly fine is considered an example of bad practice or misuse of some design pattern / library that is available. I was ...
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How do you interact with a moderator?

Recently, there have been many unfortunate incidents relating to our moderators. Several have felt the need to stop moderating - others have (maybe) been thrown out (?). I have great respect for our ...
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Is the CEO's job now to prepare Stack Exchange for acquisition? [duplicate]

It's normal for a company to have a spate of firings 2-3 months after a new CEO is installed as they determine what cultural changes they want to make to an organization they must lead. Bringing the ...
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How does the activity on SE-sites compare to previous months/years?

There has been some turmoil lately, and many highly active users, moderators and community moderators have stepped down. I'm wondering how/if this has affected the activity on various SE-sites (and ...
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Why Bounty Notification seems like question has answers when there are no answer? [duplicate]

Recently, I activated a bounty of 100 on one of my questions. The bounty grace period has now ended. Here is a link to my question: Stack_overflow_bounty_question. The notification of bounty appears ...
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Quora users (bots?) are copying a significant amount of Stack Exchange questions to Quora, without proper attribution [duplicate]

Quora users (bots?) are copying a significant amount of Stack Exchange questions to Quora, without proper attribution. It seems quite systematic. Examples from https://money.stackexchange.com: Are ...
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We need to stop hoping for change in, or help from, SO Inc

This is a message primarily aimed at the avid SE users. Those of us who spend several hours, most every day, asking or answering or editing or closing or reopening or otherwise contributing to the ...
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SE seems pretty set in their path to change the sites as we know them and the testimony of former employees are proof of that

A Tweet from Tim Post that always stood out to me was the following: We never manage through sharp sticks, ultimatums or threats. I honestly believe this is why we have the most professional ...
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Can we trust the impartiality of answers on Stack Exchange anymore? [closed]

Stack Overflow Inc. has recently fired several high profile members and implemented policies that have caused many other high profile members to quit the network. I am concerned that the quality of ...
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Please don't let Stack Exchange die [closed]

With the recent flow of moderator resignations, I am quite worried. I have no right to be as I myself have made a couple of trash questions in the past, but I just feel like a lot of people have a ...
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Where on Stack Exchange can I ask questions about internships? [closed]

I've looked through some of the sites, and I don't know where's a good place to ask questions about data science research opportunities?
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What is Stack Overflow's plan for continued growth as a company in 2020?

Juan M delivered an unpleasant message to the community yesterday detailing how SE plans to move forward after the dismissal of Shog and Robert. Here's an excerpt from the post: We’re seeking to ...
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Is it possible to see which percentile I'm in for the given year?

I see on my profile below my reputation score "top x% this month". My questions are: 1) Is it possible to see which specific percentile I'm in? I don't know if they just show "10%" for everyone in ...
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Change in roles for Jon Ericson (leaving SE)

It’s a bit surreal to be writing this post—not many people can say they left their dream job twice. Today is my last day as an employee of Stack Overflow. I’ll be joining College Confidential as their ...
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Why does the Stack Overflow evaluation system give me so more points? [duplicate]

I have never learnt IT knowledge at school, and there wasn't any PC in my young age. To learn IT knowledge make me happy. I am wondering why the Stack Overflow evaluation system gave me 8000 ...
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Do we have a problem with hostile moderator resignation posts?

In a recent answer, Juan M ♦ mentioned that: Lately, we have had an increase of resignation posts that have served to host combative and hurtful words to attack Stack employees, other mods, and ...
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Editing code with security issues or performance issues

I often edit code on stackoverflow when I see a security issue or a big performance issue that can be changed without altering the meaning of the answer, so in all fairness I would call it an useful ...
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Web browser versus IOS app syntax/text [closed]

On Stack Exchange I use the chrome browser and sometimes I use the actual stack exchange app to ask questions. But sometimes when I get answers the text is sometimes different from when I use the ...