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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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Is It Time To Decentralize?

Is It Time To Decentralize? Disclaimer: Some may take this as a middle finger to SE and/or staff. I genuinely don't intend that. I think SE should want to decentralize, and could benefit from it. ...
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Is there a stackexchange site for culture and cultural differences?

In particular, I would like to ask this question, but I cannot find a stackexchange site for it: Are Americans indeed reluctant to exercise "position power"? I'm reading the book "High Output ...
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What IPs and PORTs are required for firewall exception for Stackoverflow sites? [duplicate]

While using Stackoverflow sites, image uploading is restricted in my office by default and I need to request for exception to interact with Stackoverflow sites (i.e. post questions answers with images ...
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Firing mods and forced relicensing: is Stack Exchange still interested in cooperating with the community?

The last weeks and days have seen some erratic behaviour by Stack Exchange Inc., such as likely illegal changes to the content license and the firing of an upstanding community moderator with no ...
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Formatting Sandbox

Note: Answers will occasionally be moved to the Sandbox archive when there are too many of them. When using them to report bugs, keep an eye. As per Jeff's suggestion in this comment: You can use ...
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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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How did various SE sites react to the pronouns controversy? [closed]

As an example, Spanish.SE started a satirical translation golf mocking the official announcement on why Monica Cellio was fired. Did other SE websites have interesting reactions to the recent ...
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Is there a mechanism for closing launched 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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I am sorry. Please, accept my apology

To the Community Team and those behind them. To the developers and those who assist them. To any Stack Exchange employee who might have read something I said out of anger and took it personally. ...
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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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Post for clarifications on the updated pronouns FAQ

Over the past week we've been busy reviewing our previous FAQ to directly address concerns over pronoun usage. We tried to anticipate likely questions, but… missed the mark a bit. Inspired by the ...
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Can the community satisfy Sparky's demands before the earth is destroyed? [A novel Winter Bash idea]

Out of character: This is a Winter Bash idea motivated by comments such as: As an aside, I would love to hear suggestions from people that have nothing to do with hats. This was the 8th year we've ...
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Firing Community Managers: Stack Exchange is not interested in cooperating with the community, is it?

Less than a month ago, there was some settling of the incident with firing Monica. It's obvious that there was not a lot of approval from the community on the course of action chosen by SE, or the ...
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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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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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Is the usage of 'folks' mandated by policy?

(Edit - This seems to be a polarising question, with equal votes both up and down (currently 16-16). I am beginning to suspect that in the US this may seem a sarcastic question, since 'folks' is in ...
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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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Thank you, Shog9

@Shog9, a longtime Community Manager here at Stack Exchange, has just tweeted that he is no longer working at Stack Overflow: @shog9: Well... I suddenly find myself in need of work. If anyone's ...
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Thank you, Robert Cartaino

The title says it all. Thank you, Robert Cartaino, for everything you did for SE and the community. I don't post much on MSE, but have been a mod for about eight years. There is a lot that can go on ...
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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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Adding chat transcripts as an available data dump

Since the chat system has received a bit more love recently (thank you @balpha), it would appear now is the time to make any suggestions regarding additional functionality. Chat is still an important ...
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Checking in with “*Monica*” users

On 2019-12-23 Monica Cellio updated her gofundme to announce a legal settlement with SE Inc. (Latest) Since that day, I've been wondering if (or what) that means for that unorganized ad-hoc "...
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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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Time for a major shift in strategy and approach

This post is addressed to the people who still believe they have a future at Stack Exchange, and who still hold out some hope that there can be a way out of this mess. If you have no such hope left, I ...
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What are the next steps we as a community should take?

It has been near three months now since the tipping point of the community. Many of us are still very not happy with SE. The situation with Monica is at an impasse SE has told us: "We aren't ...
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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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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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Help section update related to ##UserID## in data.stackexchange

On help page of data.stackexchange, It is stated that: The ##UserId## parameter is treated specially for users who are logged in. If they have an account on the target site that shares the email ...
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What did Monica do to violate the CoC?

According to SO, they removed a moderator for repeatedly violating our existing Code of Conduct and being unwilling to accept our CM’s repeated requests to change that behavior. As Monica says, ...
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Why do people object to the license change so strongly despite having preference towards the proposed new license (CC 4)?

I noticed that many are happy to have their content (questions and answers) published under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license, which was proposed recently, but received a great backlash. The last time ...
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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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Joel Spolsky's profile description is Co-founder & CEO. Should it be updated?

In the blog authors page, the description of the Joel Spolsky's profile is Co-founder & CEO. On October 1st, 2019, Prashanth Chandrasekar joined as New CEO. Is it required to update Joel Spolsky'...
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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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Is there Stack Exchange site for questions about where to buy programming related products?

Is there a Stack Exchange site where these two questions about where to buy programming related products would be on topic? What are the best webshops to buy programming books? Buying the book Code ...
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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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If Stack Exchange ceased operations tomorrow, where would you go for Q&A? [closed]

The SE Network covers a wide variety of subjects. Some communities are more active than others. Over the years, I've used a variety of online forums to ask questions, but there is a convenience in ...
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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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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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How to (or request feature to) designate the answer you submit as partial or diverging? [duplicate]

Beware! This is my first SE post, so some of what follows may be seen as taboo by more experienced or professional community members. I wrote as clearly & well-formatted as I could. For TL;DR, ...
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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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To stay or to quit: a conflicted user's guide

I've been a Stack Exchange user for over five years, and a moderator on one Stack Exchange site for three and a half of those years. In that time, there have been occasions when I've entertained the ...
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Will Meta Stack Exchange be removed now?

This is a question related to the new feedback procedures announcement. This site (Meta Stack Exchange) has various functions: (per the help center) Meta is for... ... Stack Exchange users ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Checking in with moderators that suspended their activity

As of December 24th, 2019, there seem to be maybe 24 moderators who suspended activity and are still in that state as a result of the ongoing fiasco centered around SE's firing of Monica Cellio. ...
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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 ...