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What is the best response to explicit, self-admitted revenge downvotes?

I found a number of questions on Meta relating to revenge downvoting, but most of them were discussing the situation in which a user suddenly receives a deluge of malicious downvotes. My situation is ...
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Is there a succession plan for Stack Exchange sites if Stack Exchange goes bankrupt?

I recently found that an internet community I've been a part of for the past decade (run by a fairly well-known startup) was shut down. It seems that the public offering/community they maintained was ...
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Cross-language site use and suspensions

Imagine that a user was currently suspended on the Stack Overflow site in one language (currently English, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, as far as I'm aware). Should they be allowed to ...
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How do I make a stack exchange without going through the whole area 51 thing [duplicate]

I really want an answer for this since I don't know how to make an Stack Exchange. I want to make one just for myself and my friends and my friends' friends. Is there any way I can do this? I saw ...
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Should I mark this as the accepted answer?

I seem to run into this situation frequently where an answer is given which doesn't answer the question but gives me a clue from which I can find the answer. I want to give the member credit for the ...
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Burninate the “inappropriate-advertisements” tag

Because we now have the Report this ad feature, I'm requesting that this tag be removed. (That post is not yet marked status-completed, but this comment says it was released network-wide nearly a ...
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CEO Blog Post: Feedback on “Communities and Connections will Power our Growth in 2021”

It’s been a year since I had the honor to join Stack Overflow as CEO. We’ve made a lot of progress in that time, and also faced challenges unlike anything seen in our lifetimes. I’m immensely proud of ...
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Notifications when replies/ comments are posted in chat rooms? [duplicate]

The comments and replies made on my own question/ answer or followed question go into my INBOX and the notification shows in the top right corner (right between the profile image and reputation image)....
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May I speak English in the chat related to a localized site? [duplicate]

May I speak English in the chat related to a localized site? For example, may I speak English in Stack Overflow in Russian chat? And is there any rule about it? P.S. I guess I may because a chat is ...
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Where can I ask a question about random choice?

I have written a program which should generate random numbers. Basic implementation: Capture current time >> wait 0.00001 seconds >> capture time again and subtract both of them. Since ...
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Why is the mobile web so limited?

The mobile web is very limited and is lacking lots of features that are available in the desktop (full site) version. Why is that? What is the reasoning? Some example of the things I can't do on ...
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Default profile picture from Facebook is being displayed, instead of Facebook picture if a user joined before Stack using Facebook API v2+

Facebook changed how their API serves profile pictures that are requested with a non-application scope UID. Now because before Graph API 2 all applications shared the original UID, if users like me ...
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Why can't I favorite articles on Stack Exchange websites? [duplicate]

I don't have enough points to vote, and I just wish I could favorite posts and see them to use as a reference, instead of keeping them in a Google Docs document or bookmarking them.
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Why does SE not answer people with not enough knowledge on a topic? [closed]

In my SE experience, I have noticed many questions which were asked by unexperienced users. The quick reply was either a quick answer with not much effort in explaining. This has happened many times ...
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Best SE site to ask about AA battery details?

Might be a topic that slips in the cracks. It sort of fits the "consumer electronics" and "gadgets" site attempts, I'm not sure whether it would be welcome in "electrical ...
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Stack Exchange is only helpful if you already know lots about the topic [duplicate]

You only build up a good score on Stack Exchange sites where you already know lots about the topic. On sites where you don't know much about the topic, you're liable to risk being banned for asking ...
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Why do we allow other users to edit our posts? [duplicate]

A warning: This is feedback. My question is mostly rhetorical. I would like to state that I feel insulted and demeaned when another user edits my lovingly-crafted question or answer, removing elements ...
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Starting a bounty on a question [duplicate]

I can only start a bounty on a question after two days from the time of question posted. Why can't I start a bounty on a question immediately? Why do I need to wait two days for starting a bounty?
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Hide votes for self-answered by community wiki questions for a few hours

Don't start reading this with a pre-conceived idea. I know similar topics have been discussed before. You want to share some piece of knowledge you've been searching for. You finally took the time to ...
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Search changes for anonymous users

We wanted to share some of what's been happening on the network lately behind the scenes. We do our best to keep fires from being visible but that's not always possible and when it happens my goal is ...
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Why was my question “How to change the content of a page with out it changing (reloading) the page?” closed? [migrated]

Just saying I have recently Edited it. Here is a link to How to change the content of a page with out it changing (reloading) the page? It was closed for details or clarity. Meaning that it needed ...
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MSE Feedback post: Feedback on Q4 2020 Community and Public Platform Roadmap

I just posted to our blog about our Fourth Quarter Community Roadmap for 2020. Please see the post for details on the projects that our Community and Public Platform teams aim to deliver this quarter....
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Is it good to provide a GitHub link to whole source code rather than a snippet in question? [closed]

I am facing a problem in my code. But I am completely unaware of what part of the code is causing the problem. I can explain in details about what problems I am facing, but not what might be causing ...
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Syntax Highlighting FAQ List Updates

Update: I've gone ahead and updated the FAQ with the specified changes I recently became aware of the fact that the full list of language identifiers for the syntax highlighter on SE is a bit... ...
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Where to ask questions about the history of the design of Internet Protocol (IP)?

Seeing Moon base internet functionality in Worldbuilding reminded me of how I began an old Space SE question Are there discussions or plans for extending the internet into space beyond Earth? Many ...
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Does SE have a mechanism against users handing their account to another person?

This is something I've been thinking about since joining Stack Exchange a few years ago, and is something that might worry me about the future authenticity of answers. Does Stack Exchange have any way ...
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Multiple titles for a single question [closed]

Often when a question comes to Stack Overflow, it gets closed and deleted. It is good in some sense that it reduces the number of duplicates, but it is also a concern that different users use ...
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Why can metasmoke and Smoke Detector get reputation?

I'm just curious about why (not how) metasmoke and Smoke Detector can get reputation. Their profiles state that they are bots, but Smoke Detector even asked a question on Stack Overflow. I thought ...
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How can I “ping” other communities / Stack Exchange sites without cross-posting the question?

I found that an interesting and important question that someone asked on one SE site is likely to benefit from answers coming from users who frequent other SE sites. What are the best ways to attract ...
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Leave closed question standing and submit new on-topic version or edit closed question and vote for reopening?

The question What supplement is most chemically similar to chamomile? was posed in MedicalSciences.SE and was subsequently closed for personal medical advice. 2 days later, Active ingredient of ...
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Why do some vote-totals show pluses/minuses, and others don't? [duplicate]

Some of the vote-totals show pluses (+) and minuses (-), as shown below: Or just minuses: Or neither: Why aren't they consistent?
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What materials are in Stack Exchange's diversity & inclusion training program?

Recently, Teresa Dietrich said that: All members of the Community Team and selected members of the Public Platform Team have already taken 13 hours of Diversity & Inclusion Training. This ...
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How can I find an answer to a difficult-to-formulate question?

In rare cases I want to search something on the Internet and I am pretty sure that the answer is there, but I am not able to formulate my search to get there (although I am an experienced searcher). ...
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On downvotes, or more precisely, why people downvote things

After seeing the downvotes survey and, honestly, being very surprised that downvotes are targeted again, I took the initiative to sign up as a completely new user on SO, to understand, in my own way, ...
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Let's not engage in [social-manipulation]

I just encountered the tag social-manipulation (currently three questions, no tag wiki). The tag is unclear and seems to portend a rant about what the poster sees as social issues on the site or ...
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Evading question ban by triggering the automatic merger of accounts [duplicate]

While trying to ask a question, one could get: We are no longer accepting questions from this account. See the Help Center to learn more. This is of course something counterproductive towards a ...
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I want to reward someone for writing a good answer for my question, but without starting a bounty [duplicate]

I want to reward to someone for writing a good answer for my question. This reward system will be only for the question owner and who gave the answer. Users only will give a reward for an answer of ...
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Why doesn't Stack Overflow have a “Chat” link like the rest of the sites? [duplicate]

In the footer (bottom left corner) of every site in the network there is a "Chat" link, for example: ENGLISH LANGUAGE & USAGE Tour Help Chat <---- Contact Feedback Mobile Disable ...
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Why can't reopen vote be retracted? [duplicate]

I've just realised that when you vote to reopen a question, you can't retract it afterwards. On the other hand, close votes can be retracted. Why can't "reopen votes" be retracted?
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Be more proactive when a user continuously downvotes another user

Stack Exchange should be more proactive when a user continuously downvotes another user. Example: I saw on https://travel.stackexchange.com/users/1810?tab=reputation: This was triggered by the "...
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Is moving self-answers in questions into separate answers under the Community user valid under CC BY-SA?

Prompted by my question at How best to deal with self-answers edited into questions? which was somewhat answered with a link to What to do when OP answers his/her own question in an edit?, which then ...
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Is it acceptable to dig up ancient post to fix a common misspelling

Lately I noticed quite a number of questions being bumped to the front page that are ancient. Say 8-10 years old. These (often closed) questions are bumped back to the front page by the acceptance of ...
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How do you alert users properly that a URL is outdated or broken? [duplicate]

I have been searching for answers on Stack Exchange websites and I frequently see the answers providing links to other websites. This is in itself not a problem. The issue is that I also frequently ...
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Site recommendation for asking presentation related questions

I am an undergraduate student who is assigned with the tasks of implementing presentations for my project work. I need to know if there is a site on Stack Exchange to ask about the best practices (as ...
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Is there a reason some moderators don't delete NAAs immediately?

Something I've noticed on a lot of SE sites outside the largest ones is that often moderators comment on NAAs without actually deleting them straight away. This is an example I flagged five hours ago ...
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New feature proposal: move 'closed' questions to a “Recycle Bin” [duplicate]

Whenever a question is 'closed' in any of the Stack Exchange forums, for ANY reason, it instantly becomes locked: i.e., it is not answerable anymore. Now, some questions could be edited and then re-...
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Confused about the use of [confused-users]

The confused-users tag has eleven questions and no tag wiki or excerpt. Since most support questions are asked by slightly, moderately or completely confused users, and otherwise they might be helped ...
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When closing a post, send an edit request to an active community member

I'm a new lurker in psychology.stackexchange.com and I've noticed that it's getting harder and harder to ask questions, especially because the moderators have kept closing posts that are sometimes ...
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Good practices for describing progress made on a question?

I have recently started asking some more complex questions on which I have made partial but significant progress toward an answer since originally asking the question. Can someone recommend good ...
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Why does SO allow people to continue answering a question when one is accepted and highly voted up? [duplicate]

Simple question, title says it all. For example I have a few posts where the answers that are accepted are highly voted up by the community, which indicates they are, based on my questions, vastly ...

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