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Feature / policy request: Bot Sandbox

I'd like to revive an old discussion how exactly to provide bot accounts (i.e. accounts which provide some sort of user-run automation on the site) with enough reputation to be able to perform their ...
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Our partnership with Google and commitment to socially responsible AI

Today, we announced an exciting new partnership with Google to bring Google's Gemini to Stack Overflow and to provide Stack Overflow content directly within Google Cloud. The story of this partnership ...
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User activity reputation graph missing on Cross Validated

Typically there was a user reputation cumulative graph on the activity page. For example, mine for Meta Stack Exchange looks like this on Feb. 28, 2024 https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/341152/carl:...
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What site should I post a question about an error given from a SEDE (Stack Exchange Data Explorer) query?

I am working on composing a SEDE (Stack Exchange Data Explorer) query to find questions from 3-4 months ago that do not have any accepted answers that I feel like I could answer (as in limiting it to ...
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The tag curation workflow is unnecessarily cumbersome

I found this discussion when I was trying to figure out why I couldn't improve a suggested tag wiki edit that had a typo in it: Allow 'improve' for Tag Wiki Edit Suggestions Tag wiki edit suggestions ...
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Stack Exchange's stance on using AI to write questions

I have read Stack Overflow's current stance on AI generated content and understand the decision making process that went into deciding that AI generated content was not suitable for answering ...
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Should I respond to a question where I have worthwhile information to contribute, but no concrete answer?

I saw a question where a person describes their context, to which I have a considerable amount of information that I am certain the user (and similar users like him) will find useful, but none that ...
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Getting question banned [duplicate]

So, I got banned on the Mathematics Stack Exchange site for asking a bunch of stupid questions. I edited the ones that could be saved and deleted most of the questions that were just easy, but it's ...
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Where can I ask about the history of medicine?

Specifically, I have a couple questions about what medical knowledge and capabilities existed in the Roman Empire, specifically Judaea, during the 1st century AD. Is there a Stack Exchange site where ...
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How can we prevent open questions from being closed? [duplicate]

Compute similarity of two GPS track lines is an example of a problem that happens fairly often with the algorithm tag. What looks like a bad question to people without a good understanding of ...
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Let's have a single form to ask questions and have machine learning suggest subsite for it

One of the common problems on practically any site of Stack Exchange are questions that are off-topic. Many users do not read the FAQ or take the tour, but even to an experienced member (like myself) ...
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Why doesn't the username in mentions not get auto-edited when the original one does? [duplicate]

I used to go by "d4rk4ng31" (um, as you might have already guessed, silly teenage years) which then I changed (long back, but I just noticed this as I am not a very active member anymore). I ...
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How do I see answers to my questions?

It says 10 people saw my question but no one has bothered to answer yet. What does that mean?
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Changing how community leadership works on Stack Exchange: a proposal and rough timeline

For nearly fifteen years, Stack Exchange community leadership has taken a very simple form: there is the community-at-large, and there are moderators elected by ranked-choice voting. This system is ...
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Is implying moderator misconduct a violation of code of conduct? [duplicate]

While I believe the original revision of the question below provides sufficient details to distinguish itself from the duplicates, I'd like to tldr it: What recourse do I have if I believe a ...
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Why is there no Stack app available for mobile devices? [duplicate]

Description: As every Stack user knows that Stack itself is a combination of many great platforms for different purposes. Its accessibility from a mobile device/remote device would impact its ...
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Why is there no way to upgrade a half-bounty to a full bounty after 7 days? Maybe some way should be implemented?

I don't understand why this gets downvoted for merely disliking the suggestion. The downvote button says: "The question does not show any research effort, it is unclear or not useful." It ...
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Upcoming privacy updates: removal of the Activity data section and Google conversion pixel deprecation

Activity Data section within the Users Preference page Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange sites currently have an “Activity data” section within the Users Preference page. It looks like this: What’s ...
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How can I find on which sites my question will be on-topic? [duplicate]

I'm going to ask a question about a web application, in detail how to arrange the objects on the page so the application is well usable on most devices and appears nice and practical to end users. I ...
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Is the term "Indian spammer" offensive?

I recently encountered a post here on Meta Stack Exchange that was worded very similarly to a poorly-received post by a now-suspended user. I flagged the post as relating to a likely sock-puppet of ...
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The correct use of chat rooms, for new users (improve visibility and description)

This publication is not related to the chat rooms created or derived from the comments on question and/or answer posts. Maybe this question is bad for old users who already know how to use the ...
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Proposed changes to Help Center articles to include mention of AI-generated content policy

Feb 22 2024 Update: I have just rolled out the network-wide version of the help center article that mentions content generated by generative artificial intelligence tools must be referenced. I have ...
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Duplicate answers?

Observe the following scenario: You post an answer to a question, and then remember that there is another method to solve the problem. You edit your answer, but after a few minutes someone else post ...
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Where could I ask a question on what effect an action has on crime rates?

What would be the appropriate site, if any, for this question? Do signs indicating that a gun owner lives in a home increase or decrease the likelihood of a burglary? It is fairly common in certain ...
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Logged in or not?

There are several related items in meta, but I can’t tell whether they are the duplicates to this.  And if they were, I can’t put an image in a comment, so … These were displayed on the same page ...
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Did the number of questions decrease with the arrival of ChatGPT? [duplicate]

I know: If this effect exists, it would be hard to separate from other possible reasons, and it might be too early to ask anyway. In any case, ChatGPT is very "servile" - people with ...
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When is it OK for site moderators to go against the consensus established by their community? And when should such a decision be overturned?

Last year in particular I made a few gambles as a moderator by establishing new policies on the local meta without first gathering community consensus. However, every time I found my policies ...
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Is my reputation and reach on my Stack Exchange linked to my Stack Overflow profile? [closed]

I just linked my Stack Overflow profile to my meta.stackexchange profile. Is the platform going to link both reputations and reach together?
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What would you like to change about the moderator election process?

Update – February 13th, 2024 Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and expressed their interest in joining the working group. The selection has been made, and those individuals have been invited....
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Where would I ask questions related to notetaking on Obsidian?

I have a few questions about the note taking app Obsidian, but I'm not too sure where to ask them. I've seen some Obsidian tags on the main page Stack Overflow, but I realized those questions are more ...
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Why is there no "duplicate answer" comment on late answer reviews? [duplicate]

When reviewing Late Answers, the Delete option description reads Answer does not address the question, is a duplicate, or cannot be improved.emphasis added as shown here: However, when I select ...
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How can I assign a bounty and the "accepted answer" checkmark to more than two equally good answers?

I posted a question and added a 100 point bounty. I got (so far) three equally great answers. Each of the answers approached the problem from a different angle. All three answers are independent. All ...
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I want to use content from a Stack Overflow / Stack Exchange question and answer. How do I comply with the Attribution requirements?

One of the requirements of the CC BY-SA license used for content on the Network is Attribution. What does proper attribution look like for questions and answers found on the Network?
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What is the correct meaning/interpretation of the number of upvotes next to an answer on Stack Exchange?

I am not so naive to think that this wasn't asked/discussed, but I have not found a close enough fit to my question (yet). Also, I will appreciate any improvements to my question (also as per language)...
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Cookie consent going down hill

SE's cookie reject seems to have just got a lot worse. I now have to both opt-out, and then reject "legitimate interest". But that is not enough; I have to then go through all the vendors, ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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2023: a year in closing

One of the traditions we have here on MSE as the calendar year changes, is to post some statistics about post closures and reopenings across the network for the preceding calendar year. In light of ...
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Stack Gives Back 2023 is now complete!

Stack Gives Back is an annual tradition where the company donates $100 to a charity on behalf of each moderator on the Stack Exchange network. We are thrilled to announce that we donated $53,600 USD ...
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Should migrations continue to be allowed if the author is question-banned but their 6-month rate has opened up, or should they be blocked?

This is a follow-up to my prior question Are migrations allowed if the user is banned on the destination site, but their 6-month limit has opened up?. For context, users who are banned from asking ...
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Updates to the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) – January 2024

As part of our ongoing efforts to review and update policies, we’ve updated our Acceptable Use Policy. These changes come after a review period in which we made adjustments as a result of moderator ...
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YouTube Channels Stealing SE Network Content

Although this has been reported before (1, 2), and the current canonical guidance for how to approach sites or scrapers copying SE content is also available, I wanted to share information that I have ...
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Can I edit a question to make it clearer when an answer asks for clarification? [duplicate]

This question addresses the specific case where an answer asks for clarification of the terms of the question thus it is not a duplicate question The following question has been reworded to make it ...
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How can I hide optionally right side panel at stackexchange.com?

Is there a built-in way to hide right-side panel (with links and blog entities) when reading answers to questions at stackexchange.com? It takes significant place on screen and makes text and code too ...
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Old And Incorrect Answers Are A Big Problem

There has been discussion about answers which have been incorrect due to language/framework updates (Introducing Outdated Answers project, and the various linked questions in that question). ...
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Low quality posts: Other Action

When reviewing answers in the Low quality posts review queue there seems like there should be an option for other action instead of just looks okay, edit, and delete/recommend deletion. I am asking ...
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How should I inform a user I'm using their answer in a book?

I used my popular question Do Projects Ever End Early? as the basis of a book I wrote. (Available for free, for a limited time, here.) What is the appropriate protocol to inform the 14 users whose ...
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Talking to the Community user [closed]

Is it possible to talk to the Community user? If not, why? So you may know it's a bot that sometimes bumps old unanswered questions, owns community votes, own downvotes on permanently deleted ...
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What is the best formatting to quote an LLM/ChatGPT question/answer?

Say I want to mention what ChatGPT said. How is the best way to delineate what is the prompt and what is the response?
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Where can I ask if recycled aluminium is safe for using as cooking pots?

As per the title, I've seen many YouTubers heat up old aluminium cans and then mold the liquid in to cooking pots (among other things) and I'm wondering whether the pots are likely to melt or ...
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Why does my question get this many views?

I recently asked a question on the fairly unpopular "Yocto" tag. That is, most new questions have barely 20 to 30 views. Now this one has amassed more than 3k views in just one day, which I ...
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