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Announcing the arrival of Valued Associate #1214: Dalmarus

We have been on a journey to revamp and improve the /contact support experience - it has moved back to the Community Team, we hired dedicated folks to do it, and switched systems more than once by now....
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How do I find out why I got question banned on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

I was learning some SQL today and ran into a roadblock while trying to understand check constraints. Everyone was very helpful and I was able to comprehend what I was confused about. However, after I ...
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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why does sort by Trending appear to favour recent downvotes over older upvotes? [migrated]

I was reading through the answers to this question with "sorted by:" set to Trending, and noticed something curious towards the bottom of the page; an answer with fairly negative feedback (-...
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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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My question got deleted by a moderator...I want to appeal and know why my post has been deleted [migrated]

I am new here, so I don't have much experience here but still I would like to know why the moderator deleted by question in Stackoverflow. But I don't know how to appeal. Someone said that we can ...
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Is there a community for cybersecurity or hacking? [duplicate]

I have a router. Is there a community for hacking that could help me crack it and any more projects/learning topics I need assistance with in the future? I am a beginner with cybersecurity, but I ...
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How to choose the best answer for bounties [duplicate]

I am in a problem. I made a bounty and I got 2 good answers, but they are "different". I know the bounty system is to award the effort and help others to find the best answer, and that is ...
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Where would it be appropriate for me to ask about possible code optimizations? [duplicate]

Where do I want to ask questions about my completed, but slow code? I need advice on how to optimize a program I made in Python.
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Where can I ask my question about classification schemas of human activities?

My question Are there popular classification schemas of human activities? on Project Management Stack Exchange has been closed as off-topic. It is about classification of human activities into e.g. ...
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Is downvoting en masse an on-topic question "friendly"?

On Meta we often see off-topic questions that have no rhyme or reason: too many if truth be told. These questions are downvoted by the community, closed swiftly, removed from the main page and deleted ...
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Can (would) a moderator delete my question? [duplicate]

I recall having asked a question on the Biology, Medical Sciences, or Psychology & Neuroscience site a while back. I can't find the question I had asked - and yes, I know how to find them on my ...
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Should Very Low Quality flag be used on Answers that are link-only where link(s) lead to content that could answer question (i.e. are not SPAM)?

On 15 Aug 2020 I edited an answer by @TimPost to The limits to a Very Low Quality answer. That answer, after my edit, stated: If you use the 'Very Low Quality' flag, you're sending a signal to ...
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Should the [blocked] tag on MSE be eliminated?

I just noticed that there's a tag on MSE called blocked that's currently on 36 questions. It has no tag wiki/excerpt, and the name is unhelpfully generic/vague as well. As such, it seems like this tag ...
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Is calling an individual user or their post "pedantic" a CoC violation?

It happened someone called my post (or maybe me) pedantic. @bad_coder I don't say you're wrong in posting this, but I can see why people downvote this, as they could find it pedantic. I'm wondering ...
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Community service hours on SE

If high-schoolers or other eligible individuals wish to amass community service hours by participating in Stack Exchange sites on a volunteer basis, is there/can we implement a mechanism by which ...
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New tag [knowledge-article] [migrated]

I have seen the tag [knowledge-article] that has about 33 questions and I review some of them they were notes on programming related to frameworks by Google cloud and Intel OpenVINO. I checked the ...
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Why is this deleted meta question considered spam or abusive? (Why were my flags to remove the spam or rude/abusive flags declined?)

This question here on this site was deleted ten years ago, as it was a non-useful joke question. (It was posted during an era when joke questions were not necessarily considered bad or harmful ...
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Is traffic from search engines included in the question view counts? [duplicate]

This should apply to all sites, but I'll write from the perspective of Arts & Crafts. According to the analytics, 93% of our site's traffic is from search engines. People don't use Google to ...
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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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Are throw-away lines referencing bigoted activity against the CoC?

In some cases, references to bigoted activity are essential to the question itself: Example from Academia Example from the Workplace However, I saw a question today from IPS that made me wonder ...
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On what SE page can I ask questions about journalism and FOIA requests?

Recently, I took part in a large, international investigative journalistic project on dumps of oily waste water by ships. In that context, I did a FOIA request to the Dutch government. Whereas the ...
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Introduce an optional "SE Gold" subscription so that we can support SE directly without ads + tracking

As an alternative to peddling ads, tracking, and Fortune 500 SaaS, Stack Exchange should investigate an optional tier of monetary support directly from its dedicated user base of public Q&A users. ...
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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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A gallery for a project which will involve multiple Stack Exchange questions

My project is fixing up an old bicycle, but I think the question could apply to lots of sites, not just bicycles. I am starting a project which is probably going to require (and be worthy of) several ...
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Is there a way for users to collaborate on a post?

There are times when multiple users wish to jointly prepare a question or answer, and not release it for general viewing before it is done. If it is of more than trivial length, that isn't practical ...
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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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The help for chat on pingability is too vague

The chat help pages say To get another user's attention, mention them – type @ and then the first part of their name. Your mention will be highlighted on their screen – @someone. This will happen ...
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Let's close [jobs] questions!

Stack Overflow discontinued Stack Overflow Jobs and Developer Story on March 31, 2022. Since most of the posts with jobs tag are not relevant today because of the discontinuation, let's close the ...
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How can you merge accounts when you've not got access to old email? [duplicate]

I have this old account and I can't log in to the email associated with it anymore: https://stackoverflow.com/users/847047/avenas8808 https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/171485/avenas8808 How can I ...
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Why is the header bar suddenly brighter and with a different layout? [duplicate]

Before: After: In particular, the profile picture seems a bit jammed in, and the icons have gotten visibly brighter. What is this change and why did it occur?
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