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Are SE donations happening this year?

In previous years SE has reached out to moderators, offering to donate money on their behalf to charity. Is that continuing this year, or has it gone away? Reference to the process. Who picks to ...
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Correlation between reputation and use of actual name on SO

Has anyone looked at the statistical correlation between a person's reputation and their use of their actual name on SO vs. use of a "handle" or nickname? I sometimes see users with obvious "developer"...
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Is Stack Exchange still planning to respond to the community's open letters?

On October 6th, moderators, ex-moderators, and members of the community published two open letters to Stack Exchange Inc.. These letters have, as of today, been signed 768 times (general letter) and ...
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Which answer should I mark as correct - the first comments or the first answer?

After asking a question on SE, one user, in the comments section, asked one question and, with my answer, he asked another question and added a consideration that solved my problem. I thanked him and ...
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How to do “polls” in “chat”?

Moderation decided to close and delete my question Winter Bash … does it matter to you this year? I asked today. In the explanation about that close/deletion, moderator Tinkeringbell also mentioned: ...
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Could Stack Exchange be less American-centric?

In the loop survey, a question wrecks my mind: Note that this survey has been updated; the original version had far fewer options which staff explained was a mistake. Of course I selected Other: ...
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If 95%+ of comments have been rated as “fine”, does the site deserve its reputation of “unwelcoming”? Do we still need to focus on it?

Quick review There's been much ado over the last 5 years ago about the SE network being "unwelcoming". From the summer of love to the code of conduct, from the welcome wagon to the instantaneous ...
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Will a [discussion] tag make the requirements for a [feature-request] weaker?

Inspired by this question: Hide notifications about a specific question? I am wondering if the use of the discussion tag makes the requirements for a feature-request question weaker than described in ...
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What to do when a question is “attacked” by the comment brigade

So there's a first time question, and yes surprisingly it's not that great.. what to do? Vote to close, Attach a snarky comment and get 10 million (exaggeration obviously) up-votes Sit back and ...
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Suggestions for Winter Bash 2019

Winter Bash 2018 is over now, and no one has opened this recurring question for the next round, so I'll just do it. Please post your suggestions regarding how to make Winter Bash 2019 even more fun ...
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Let's not have hats on Meta Stack Exchange for 2019

The idea of Winter Bash 2019 has...not been popular among Meta regulars. It does look like it is going forward in general. Could we make an exception and remove Meta Stack Exchange from the sites ...
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Winter Bash 2018 Knitting

This year's Winter Bash got us great hat challenges, but it also gave us a very nice tool for knitting on the main Winter Bash site. Is there a challenge related to this knitting tool? Here is my ...
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Is Stack Exchange / Stack Overflow dying? [closed]

I read SO (pun intended) much negative stuff about the company behind Stack Overflow, that I am starting to wonder if Stack Overflow is dying. It seems to me that most people in the community are very ...
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Updated comment flagging - Supporting the new Code of Conduct

We're no strangers to discussion of the flag dialogues, particularly when it comes to comment flags. Since that discussion two years ago we've been reassessing how comments are used on the network and ...
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Open hostility from SE staff towards the community - trying to understand it

Upon multiple occasions SE staff members have expressed open hostility towards the community as a whole, as well as towards specific members of the community. Specific references are avoided here ...
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Should we have a tag for questions involving new users asking blatantly off-topic questions here on MSE?

We all know about the persistent problem of new users posting blatantly off-topic questions here on Meta Stack Exchange for many reasons. This problem dates back to at least 2013, and happens often ...
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Is the Teachers' Lounge toxic, if so why?

To clarify, as described below. I have seen various mods in the past few weeks describe TL as toxic. I have also seen various accounts of very undesirable behaviour that goes on in there. However, I ...
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Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator!

This feature is now live across the network. We've been doing quite a bit of research into ways that we could help new users have better experiences that ultimately lead them to becoming increasingly ...
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Winter Bash 2019 - is it happening this year?

On a lighter note for meta, I was wondering if there was any heads up on a start date. From past years it looks like we're about a month out. I'm a huge fan of any hat targets that focus on answering ...
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Does Fram's ban on Wikipedia seem similar to recent events? What can Stack Exchange learn from it?

There's an interesting Buzzfeed article: Bernstein, The Culture War Has Finally Come For Wikipedia, June 27, 2019. It shows striking similarity to the current happenings here. Quoting Cherry picking ...
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An apology to our community, and next steps

I’m David Fullerton, Stack Overflow’s CTO, responsible for the product, engineering, and community teams. I joined Stack Overflow in 2010 because I believed in the vision and mission of Stack ...
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How can we improve the inconsistent tagging of the questions relating to the recent uproar and associated issues?

Question description There are many questions (~250 in the last five weeks) relating to Firing mods and forced relicensing: is Stack Exchange still interested in cooperating with the community? ...
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Policing gender expressions and pronouns

The current FAQ on pronouns says the following: 8. What if someone wants to be referred to as "the Great and Mighty One" or by an obscenity or something? If something is obviously unreasonable ...
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Boycotting The Loop will not help

I've read a couple comments where people have said they won't submit feedback to The Loop because they oppose the initiative. But boycotting The Loop won't help - it will just silence your voice. If ...
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Is it possible (in 2019) to appeal a Community♦ judgement? (“This question was deleted as spam or offensive”) [duplicate]

Earlier today I asked a question, seeking to clarify whether Stack Exchange (the commercial organisation) subscribes to a particular pseudo-scientific idea or not. There ensued an animated, albeit ...
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Should we downvote duplicates?

Should duplicates be downvoted as a punishment for not searching first, or is just closing enough?
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Unicorns vs ponies

The unicorn tag wiki says that unicorn are way better than ponies. I think this is heavily opinion based and it is against the rules of the site. My rank would be: Pegasus, that can fly so is way ...
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What happened to Unicorn Meta Zoo?

We used to get one or two Unicorn Meta Zoo podcast posts per month, but this seems to have abruptly stopped in late September, with the last one being significantly more poorly-received by the ...
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Does piling up downvotes help the site in any useful way?

I am new here, but I’ve noticed that downvoting on this site tends to be quite virulent with respect to off-topic questions or questions which probably are poorly formulated. Though I understand ...
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Stack Overflow Podcast on SoundCloud

If I am not mistaken, Stack Overflow's official SoundCloud is https://soundcloud.com/stack-exchange/ But I can see only four new podcasts here (from the last 30 days) - https://soundcloud.com/...
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Will there be a version of The Loop survey for users of the Stack Exchange network?

The newly announced The Loop survey asks for our satisfaction and thoughts about using Stack Overflow. Will there be a version of this survey for users of the Stack Exchange network, or is the ...
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Useful, systematic feedback to a user's review queue actions

Lacking confidence in my reviewing abilities, I usually avoid the review queue. But, I've been asking a decent amount of questions lately and haven't found many questions I could answer (so as to ...
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Dear Stack Exchange: a statement and a letter from your moderators

Dear Stack Exchange, Inc., We know you know about this already, so we'll keep this brief. The past two weeks have been rough. Lots of moderators have lost confidence in you; for some, it was the ...
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Is there a list of non-moderators who have stated they suspended activities due to recent events? [closed]

There are lists of moderators that have resigned or suspended activity due to the series of events1 instigated by Stack Exchange starting September 5, 2019, but I've only seen speculation on the ...
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What is an electric unicorn?

The About of the SE chat bot writes: I'm just a bot. Sometimes I post feed items, sometimes I post room status changes, sometimes I dream about electric unicorns. I'm not a native speaker so I don'...
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Where should I ask my question about an electromagnetic charger?

I have a question about some electrical gadgets. I first tried to ask it in Physics.SE, but it was migrated to ElectricalEngineering.SE, and then locked there. Now, I have still no answer to my ...
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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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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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Related tags recommendation gone rogue? [closed]

I took a screenshot as I'm not sure how long this tag page is going to last :-) https://stackoverflow.com/tags/pileofshite/info I just don't understand how both php and wordpress have been suggested ...
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How can we resolve the current drama without causing any more harm to vulnerable groups?

Context: I am a non-binary user who uses singular they as my chosen pronoun. I'm also a relatively new user who just started paying attention to meta right when the situation over the sudden firing of ...
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What can we do about duplicate downvoting?

I understand why we mark questions as duplicates and close them-- it makes sense. However, I don't think downvotes and duplicates should go hand in hand, which is how the system currently works. ...
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How can a student ask better questions on Stack Exchange sites? [duplicate]

I usually ask learning-related questions on Stack Exchange sites and unintentionally get myself voted down with bad questions. When checking my questions like a year or so later, I see that the ...
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Should All Agile-related Area51 Proposals be folded into a more general “Agile” site? [closed]

**Note: This is a very case specific question, more like Jeff's proposal for merging Developer Testing & programmers, even though I'm totally against it. Also, this should not be confused with ...
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Low visibility tags are too hard to moderate

I am the fourth place in votes in the Corona tag on Stack Overflow, yet my total score there is 32. The top score is 69. Yet the tag is fairly active, mostly because Stack Overflow is better to ...
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How were the racial backgrounds used by The Loop and previous surveys designed?

In the current version of "The Loop", the following question is asked: Which racial background(s) do you identify with? Please select all that apply. (optional) Multiracial Hispanic ...
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Stack Overflow is doing me ongoing harm; it's time to fix it!

Over the last month, Stack Overflow has violated its own policies and precedents to cause egregious and unnecessary harm to me -- to my reputation (personal and professional), to my health, and to my ...
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I've narrowed my question down substantially. Should I edit the original or create a new one?

I asked a general question to which I received some answers that were ok, but not really a solution. I narrowed the problem down to one very specific thing, which is much narrower than the original ...
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Rephrase someone else's main question text

I wonder if it's acceptable to rephrase someone else's main question text. My English is far from being perfect, and I'm quite a noob at Stack Overflow, but today I've almost totally rewritten someone ...
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Is there an organized community of moderators?

I understand how our moderators get elected, what they do, and so on. Beyond that, I know the moderator agreement, which basically clarifies the restrictions under which moderators operate, and that ...
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What is the view on accounts shared by multiple users on Stack Overflow?

It has been my understanding that accounts are suppose to be for a specific user. This user, Devart, is a company: LinqConnect by Devart. No doubt, this account has provided some quality answers. ...