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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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Destructive formatting bug

Bad formatting bug at smokedetector page when accessed through a linked-link. The link is as follows: [meta.stackexchange.com/questions/296077/sandbox-archive/288114#288114] Click here to access the ...
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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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Finding meta.stackexchange.com on Data S.E [duplicate]

It is well known that Data Explorer can extract data from all Stack Exchange sites, even including meta sites and Primary Meta Stack Exchange (metaSE). I request for the functionality to switch sites ...
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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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Do we have a site where I may ask farming and animal husbandry questions?

I wanted to ask questions about poultry, animal husbandry and farming practices. Is there a site for those questions?
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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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Where to ask about the meaning of a joke?

If you have a short fictional story which you don't quite get, where on Stack Exchange would you go?
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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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URL of Meta Stack Exchange chat room transcript (which I opened from inbox) contains 2 slashes after “chat.meta.stackexchange.com”. Why?

I was chatting in a chat room and I went offline after some time. When I came back online, I checked my inbox and there was a chat reply in the chat room. The URL of the transcript (which I opened ...
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I mean… still “google it” answers?

Stack Overflow is already more than 2 years old, and I still find people with high reputation answering to my questions with a plain Wikipedia link or a "do a google search". I may condone ...
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Alternatives for placeholders in Markdown?

Which one is the best way of writing a "placeholder" (I don't know if it has another name) in Markdown? I mean a string inside a code listing that the reader should consider as a generic ...
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Where do “Deciding which technology to use” questions belong on the network?

I often face people asking questions, about which technology is best to use in a particular software development task. Whether Ruby on Rails is better than ASP.NET when it comes to server-to-server ...
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Username / company association

This question touches on Is there ever a time to create a user for a company?, but (a) is not identical and (b) The terms and conditions referenced in some answers appear to have changed. (...
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Where do I ask questions from the intersection of software engineering, translations, and linguistics? [duplicate]

This is a repost of a quickly closed question to make it clear that it has nothing to do with naming conventions. Naming conventions are, well conventions: following simple patterns and using simple ...
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Update Sheriff badge description to reflect the existence of elected pro-tem moderators and appointed non-beta moderators

The Sheriff badge is currently awarded to users who have Served as an elected moderator for at least 1 year. This was correct when elections were tied to a site leaving beta and elections were the ...
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Year of being elected as moderator missing in stackexchange.com/about/moderators

There are 10 moderators for Ask Ubuntu as of writing this post. In https://stackexchange.com/about/moderators, the year of being elected as moderator is missing for one of the moderators (Marco Ceppi♦...
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What is the most downvoted *accepted* answer in Stack Exchange history?

I just saw this question/answer combo on Workplace.SE: Should I raise concerns about a co-worker possibly leaving? ...In the past few weeks Joe has taken a few unplanned half days off... I ...
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Feedback post: New moderator reinstatement and appeal process revisions

We have not made any significant changes to the current moderator reinstatement policy since it was released. Though it has functioned well for the cases to which it was applied, we acknowledge that ...
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We expect some Q3 projects to be delayed

TL;DR; Our overall goal is to communicate early and often, especially if we know that some of our commitments are changing. With this post we want to share that delivery dates for some Q3 projects ...
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Are we scaring away new users? [duplicate]

This is most prevalant in SO but it happens everywhere Misguided new user posts HORRIBLE question It gets closed/deleted User never comes back to SO How do we let them know it's bad to post these ...
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Usability issues for first-time Stack Exchange users - a micro-study

I come from lands afar, also known as Hardware Recommendations Stack Exchange. Over there, we have a serious problem with first-time Stack Exchange users coming along and asking off-topic questions - ...
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Are general “let's discuss this proposal” threads allowed on Area 51 Discussion Zone?

A recent proposal on Area 51 has yielded a corresponding question (About Islam medical science) on Area 51 Discussion Zone, with the "question" simply a statement of the proposal's merits ...
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How long should SE store IP addresses of users?

Right now as far as I know, SE stores the IP addresses used to access any SE site forever. Every moderator or employee with moderator powers can see a list of every IP address a user ever accessed the ...
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Rules for closing the question as duplicate [closed]

I have bad experience today on my question that is closed. I see it was decided by single person? Will that be previously by group of people vote then close right? Why there is no time interval to ...
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I've been getting grammar corrections rejected - resulting in a ban, while in the past every single one was always accepted. Review system broken? [closed]

I've so far been very impressed with Stack Overflow's unique review system, which has been a marked improvement on most any other. Yet, I got banned for reviewing... What I think happened was that non-...
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Can I ask different questions with the same title twice on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

I want to ask two different questions with the same title on Stack Overflow. Is this possible? If it is not then why can I not? I have two different purposes for the same title. We cannot explain our ...
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Is there a Q&A site where I can ask questions for a best term for constructs in software engineering? [duplicate]

I do not know to what extent this is a personal thing as it's not something I think I have seen others struggle with, but, when programming, I think a lot about proper names for classes; I use ...
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Can I use a title with an error message on Stack Overflow? [closed]

I wanted to make a title like this: Laravel 6 Error: GET http://localhost/fonts/vendor/@fortawesome/fontawesome-free/webfa-solid-900.woff2?55071ae1abc18726e23174192ebc0b68 net::ERR_ABORTED 404 Can I ...
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Pirate's eye (Feature request to disable watched/ignored-tags with a single click)

The Pirate's eye The current design of all stack-exchange sites allow the users to Watch and Ignore tags. The purpose of this feature has been described in the following post: What do “watched tags” ...
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Should we have FAQ style questions for tag related terms coined by the community that are commonly used across SE sites?

I have being participating and reading discussions about tags. On some of these discussions the OP included a tag term that looks easy to understand like "hyphenated tag" (a tag having an ...
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Can we prevent some of the low-quality questions from entering our system?

Stack Overflow has been wildly successful. And maybe in some ways too successful. I am concerned that Stack Overflow is being inundated by a stream of low-quality questions from users who are ...
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Why are people casting fewer votes [closed]

Fewer people are casting their votes. Check these queries: Votes https://data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/1303081/votes-on-posts-year-on-year Posts https://data.stackexchange.com/...
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“Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account” message on Stack Overflow [duplicate]

I have been blocked from asking questions. An expert did not accept, that I did not mention the code and that I did not mention the whole XML-document. But I was not using any code and it was only a ...
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What Stack Exchange site should be used for miscellaneous questions, if there is no site for that topic? [duplicate]

If some question is of some rare topic, and no Stack Exchange site has this topic, is there some special Stack Exchange site meant for such rare "Misc" questions, like misc.stackexchange.com ...
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Feedback for The Loop, September 2020: Summer Bridge to Tech for Kids

September’s Loop Blog post was just published: Summer Bridge to Tech for Kids. In this post, we go over the Summer Bridge program that we got to be a part of! The purpose of the program is to expose ...
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Display “Welcome back! If you found this question useful” message only to certain users who don't vote?

I vote very often on questions and answers, yet I still see this message extremely frequently. Is there any option to either Turn it off permanently, or Perhaps have it displayed more intelligently (...
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Are there any plans to raise from the dead r/StackOverflow and r/StackExchange subreddits in the near future?

This past year the company has committed to "Community growth" as one of the priority points on the to-do list. I was wondering if that includes (re)taking ownership of the subreddits named ...
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Revisiting the “Hot Network Questions” feature, what are our shared goals for having it?

Thanks for your input here and elsewhere on Meta. Please see the results of this discussion on the update post: Updating the Hot Network Questions List - now with a bit more network and a little less &...
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Fixing complex syntax highlighting of existing posts [duplicate]

I noticed when reading Goodbye, Prettify. Hello highlight.js! Swapping out our Syntax Highlighter that the syntax: <!-- language: lang-foo --> something in the Foo programming language is ...
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Should I down vote a question if an edit is waiting for approval?

I see a question that I think should be down voted. I see that it has an edit that is waiting for approval (gray edit button). Question: Should I down vote it because right now, as it is, it ...
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Data Explorer syntax or language reference?

Where can I find a syntax or language reference for the query language used on http://data.stackexchange.com/?
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Does tagging two software systems really make a question into two questions? [duplicate]

I am asking this in the context of the GIS Stack Exchange site where I've seen this issue arise multiple times. A person will ask "how do I do X?". They tag the question with two software ...
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How can I find out the name of user who has asked the most questions on Stack Overflow [duplicate]

I would like to know who has asked the most number of questions and how many they asked.
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What does the “Current event” post notice mean?

The recently introduced "Current event" post notice feels incomplete: At the very least, it needs a period at the end to complete the sentence. Aside from that, what is a future visitor of ...
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Stack Exchange and Stack Overflow have moved to CC BY-SA 4.0

Effective today, all Subscriber Content on Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange network will be available under the terms of version 4.0 of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) ...
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Any successful mergers of Stack Exchange sites?

Have there been any successful mergers? This is some basic Q&A about merging sites, but I'm looking for more information.
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Salvage questions on closed sites via migration

I was pretty sad to hear that some sites are being closed. I understand why it's necessary, though. But, some of the sites have overlap with other, established sited. TheoreticalPhy.SE and Astro.SE ...
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Adopting WindowsPhone into RetroComputing? [closed]

In a little over 4 years windows phone will be vintage and although updates have stalled at this point have there been any successful mergers? This has been discussed briefly on WindowsPhone.se and a ...