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Questions that may not necessarily have a clear-cut right or wrong answer and are often subjective. If your question isn't a bug report, feature request, or request for assistance, or question with a concrete answer, it's probably a discussion.

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How to deal with corrupt mods? [duplicate]

I recently got into a debate with a mod. I won so they banned me and erased the question and answer I was discussing. Can I respond to this? Is there a way to suggest that maybe rules exist for a ...
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On communication, tone deafness, and engaging constructively with folks in email communications with users

I had an interesting set of emails sent to me, ostensibly by marketing. Apparently there's a different set of emails sent to others, and there's a negative response to that as well on MSO. Admittedly ...
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“ You have reached your question limit” [duplicate]

I am getting a question limit error. But it also links to https://stackoverflow.com/help/question-bans Which is it? I don't see either error being applicable. I only asked 11 questions so the limit ...
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We're switching to CommonMark

I’m Ham and I’m a developer on the Teams team here at Stack Overflow. Over the past few months, I’ve been heads down working on the way we turn Markdown into HTML when writing and editing posts across ...
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Is there any policy dealing with usernames content? [duplicate]

Recently I was in stackoverflow.com, which is the main site I use, and in a comment I saw a username called <someusername> 'SO- stop being evil'. I find the username distracting, because it ...
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Why different domain for Super User, Stack Over Flow, Ask Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Why different domains for Ask Ubuntu, Stack Over Flow, Server Fault and a few other old sites when all other sites are hosted on stackexchange.com domain?
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Should an answer that builds on another answer to the same question contain the delta or be self-contained? [duplicate]

Suppose a question has a good answer, but I have a correction or further information to add - more than would work nicely in an edit or a comment. How should I add my incremental improvement answer? ...
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Dropping a question, and then just logging out and leaving [duplicate]

This is an etiquette and maybe even rules question. I take the questions I ask seriously over at StackExchange. I form my question in an editor, I check for clarity and make edits, I take care to ...
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Dear Stack Overflow, Account Questions Bans Are Inappropriate [duplicate]

I am a novice programmer who does not grasp the fundamentals of some more profound topics, such as the nature of asynchronous operations and containerised deployment through Docker. Yes, I recently ...
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How to use DAT Tape do a full disk backup of Ubuntu system [migrated]

I am using Ubuntu 20.04 and it works very well, and I have a IBM DDS-5 tape drive, I use it with tar command backup some files in /home volume. Is there any way I can use a tape drive to make a ...
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What posts should be escalated to staff using [status-review], and how do I escalate them?

For context on how this process came to be, please see our initial commitment to responding to Meta and Mods, our guidelines for the testing period, and the results of the initial test and next steps. ...
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“You always meet twice”-like badge? [duplicate]

I was wondering if stackoverflow had a badge when the following interactions happen between two users: user A answered a question from user B, user B answered a question from user A. And if such a ...
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What guidance, if any, will be issued to moderators and users making edits following the recent US Executive Order?

It seems that any Stack Exchange site could fall foul of the recent US "Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship", which could put liability onto Stack Exchange if content is edited by ...
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Switch theme (dark mode) across all Stack Exchange sites [duplicate]

Why isn't there any option to switch my theme across all of Stack Exchange? I am on 6-7 different sites and for those who are on more than that number would definitely find this more convenient. No ...
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Mathematics and MathOverflow - Are these communities redundant? [duplicate]

I noticed Stack Exchange has two sites with titles that indicate redundancy. I'm just wondering if there is a difference between these two and if it is necessary to have to ask a duplicate question to ...
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Why is the auto-replace for on-site question-links with the respective question-title only enabled in posts but not in comments? [duplicate]

When you paste an url in a question or answer (i.e. a post), its link text is automatically replaced with the title of linked-to question, like so: Replace trilogy raw links with the current question ...
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Bug when shortening Jon Skeet's >1m rep in posts [duplicate]

Jon Skeet's rep is showing up as 1185k instead of 1.2m in posts, and this massive (!) number is being squeezed into a tiny space. And at a glance, it's not obvious that he actually has over 1 million ...
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Ask for confirmation when down voting a question or an answer

When question or an answer is down voted can we have a confirmation popup asking user if they are certain? The same would apply if it was a star rating system when giving a 1 star out of 5. The ...
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Make it clearer that a question is self answered

I have noticed that when people are asking a question just to self answer it right away, they - for very obvious reasons - does not put to much effort into the actual question. Why would they? They ...
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Why is there more than one Stack Exchange site for one topic? [duplicate]

There is one Stack Exchange site, Unix & Linux, where every question on any Unix-like operating system, including Linux, is welcome. So why a separate site, Ask Ubuntu? Ubuntu is based on Linux ...
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Is there any etiquette for moderators when closing a question? [closed]

If a moderator force-closes a question, is there any etiquette that they should say something rather than just jump in and close it? I had an unusual case where a moderator commented (more than once) ...
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What criteria will the following note be added? [duplicate]

When I browse the page of the list of the questions I have asked, there is a note on the side saying Have you considered accepting an answer or starting a bounty for this question? My questions ...
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Feedback for The Loop - May 2020

May’s “The Loop” blog post was just posted, you can read it here. A popular response last month to our post about how we receive, prioritize and implement feedback was a question around how this ...
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How can I suggest to change “X is a duplicate of Y” to “Y is a duplicate of X”?

Example situation: How do I full-screen my CMD? is marked as a duplicate of Fullscreen Vista's Command Prompt, or Replacement. But: the first is more general (Windows): higher-voted more marked ...
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Clarification Needed For Editing Guideline [duplicate]

Notice: This post is not duplicate at all because the OP does not want to know the difference between substantial and minor edits; The OP wants to know why the Editing Guideline is not sharply and ...
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What kind and in which circumstances can or should content be cited in a reply on Stack Exchange?

In particular, I would like to understand what the policy is regarding scientific papers (i.e., peer reviewed contents) and non-peer reviewed non-fiction sources. In my experience, up to now on Stack ...
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How did 'Stack exchange' get it's name? [duplicate]

Stack exchange is a network of QnA websites and I don't see how they could have named it "Stack Exchange" . I mean, it definitely makes sense from a computer background, now that we're analysing in ...
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Can good answers definitely lift a question ban? [duplicate]

Can good answers definitely lift a question ban? An elected moderator of the site in question says that no number of good answers will ever lift a question ban. He also says that the only reliable ...
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Proper SE site to ask about the “Flying Spaghetti Monster”

What is the proper SE site to ask the following question? I was reading the Flying Spaghetti Monster and this question came in my mind: Maybe in the middle east this kind of action happen ...
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How can I view top contributors in a country by week?

I just want to view the top contributors based on the reputation points by this week in a given country. select row_number() over(order by reputation desc) , reputation , views , id as ...
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Quality of search results in general

I didn't really know how to break this down or ask it in a way that would be focused and concretely provable and answerable. It may very well be "in my head", but I am reasonably confident it is not, ...
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Do well-voted and detailed answers signal for well asked questions?

It is known that in professional sites like StackExchange - subsites users take question very seriously. A good question is a mix of all sorts of things such as making the users think, research, and ...
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iOS Mobile App - Push notifications down from 5/25 - 6/4

Push notifications will be down on the iOS SE mobile app from 5/25 - 6/4. Our iOS certificate for the SE mobile app is set to expire on May 25th and the team is working through some account recovery ...
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How old can a question get before it's considered “dead” [migrated]

I've noticed that on stackoverflow, most questions get answered pretty quickly (<30 minutes for the first answer, with more answers coming in over the course of the next day or so). But if a ...
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Is there a preferred format for numbers on Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

In the US and UK, numbers have a comma separating the thousands and a period separating the decimal portion. The median round-trip time is 1,256,532.65 milliseconds. In much of the EU, as well as ...
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What is the etiquette for extending my question?

I've recently asked a question, then thought about it more, and now I want to add to my question something like "I've tried A and it didn't work. Might B work?" What is the etiquette for this kind of ...
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Can I ask my question about some understanding issues with some code on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Background I have been trying to learn Python, so I tried solo learn, but I got stuck at some point. Then I tried the book "Learning Python the hard way", but I got stuck at some point there too. ...
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2020 Community-a-thon: Increasing SE staff engagement with our sites and communities

As was announced in the Q2 roadmap and subsequently discussed on MSE, we will be hosting an internal company Community-a-thon event in June. The exact dates are still to be decided, but it should ...
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Why does downvoting on Meta Stack Exchange reduce reputation if it signals disagreement? [duplicate]

According to user @luuklag, downvotes signal disagreement: Because this is a forum for suggesting new ideas and pointing out different issues that are related to this site, some people would agree ...
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Why did the bountied questions increase so rapidly? [closed]

I don't get it, just yesterday, the bounties questions on Stack Overflow was about 50, and today, 500! Any ideas?
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What would be a good SE site to ask a question about building a wooden bike jump?

So in my run through the list of SE sites, I was able to narrow down my options to just a few. I want to ask a question asking for advice finding a good design to build a wooden bike jump off of. The ...
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Why are Unicode characters allowed in usernames?

I find it to be very informal, Some names can vary between Japanese letter/words (for example!) or mathematical notations. It makes it way harder to find these accounts in a simple search. For a site ...
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Is there a Demonstrable Correlation between Question/Answer Length and Reputation?

Is the length of a question or answer positively correlated to a user's reputation? The fineprint: We'd like to explore questions and answers separately as they are qualitatively different things. We ...
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When will the Stack Overflow Survey 2020 results be announced? [duplicate]

When will the results be announced? It has been more than three months since the survey was published.
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Is the “review your question” page expected to be beneficial if none of the detectable warnings are triggered?

As per this announcement of the new ask page 2 months ago (March 2020): after you've written your question, you are taken to a 2nd page which prompts you to "Review your question". There are 2 ...
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Profile picture on Stack Exchange [duplicate]

It's been a month or so that I have started using Stack Exchange. Almost everytime I have noticed that my profile pic is different than it was before. The geometry as well as the color. Can anyone ...
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Insightful Questions and Answers? [duplicate]

Have there been any SE questions and answers that have truly advanced some discipline or area of study? What I mean by truly is formally, or significantly... I'm looking for questions that are ...
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Editing old questions should bump them?

Look at this: A fellow decided to "curate" some old questions and now the feed is completely polluted with old questions that prob don't make anymore sense, since most of them are about a buggy patch ...
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Limited options for migrating questions to other sites [duplicate]

Often when it seems that a question is more appropriate to be asked on another site, the flagged options presented are insufficient for the proper site. For example, I found a question on the Data ...
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Does it make sense to tag questions based on their answers?

I have seen several cases on several different sites on the network where I have been tempted to add a tag to a question before realizing that the subject of the tag appears only in the answer, often ...

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