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How does Stack Exchange search for non English words work (or Korean specifically if that matters)?

NOTE: it seems Meta Stack Exchange blocks posts with Korean characters so I have reformulated this question using only English. You can view the actual question on Korean language meta here. Let's ...
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Is “stackoverflow em Português” for Brazilians only?

Why is the URL for stackoverflow em Português (or Stack Overflow em Português?) https://br.stackoverflow.com/ rather than https://pt.stackoverflow.com/? br is the language code for Breton. It's also ...
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Is it a good practice to write an answer to respond to another answer, rather than actually answer the question?

Let's say there is a question: What can a rainbow unicorn do? And there's an answer: It can live in the 5th dimension Is it a problem if I post an answer starting with "I don't know the ...
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Can you help a poor unicorn to find its way back home?

Our poor /unicorn Sparkles got lost, and is stuck in a never ending loop of dashing and jumping. While it may be fun to watch him run and to make him jump, he does need some help to find his way back ...
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Winter Bash 2015 post-mortem

I was a big fan of Jon's approach to wrapping up Winter Bash last year, pairing the traditional blog post with a deeper dive here on meta. So I'm stealing it continuing to implement a successful ...
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Net Neutrality and Stack Overflow / Stack Exchange

It's July 12th! (2017) (in Coordinated Universal Stack Exchange Time) Today we're gonna be showing a banner directing readers to the blog post (and thus, indirectly, this discussion) from every Stack ...
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Best site for juggling related questions

What is the best Stack Exchange site to ask questions relating to all things juggling? Is there even a site that would be appropriate for a question like this?
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Hat Dash scoreboard/scoring flaw?

A very simple, yet addictive game... but is anyone else noticing that their scores aren't being recorded? My highest score overall is 2,543 (December 17th) which should put me at 15th (as of December ...
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Dealing with a question you've answered, but have partially / completely misunderstood?

I'm pretty sure this happens to someone out there now and then: You've read a question, done the work with writing a pretty decent answer, at least you think you have, then you find some detail in the ...
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Questions about the new minimum age for diamond moderators

Today we've released a policy that moderators must be 18 years old or older to be diamond moderators on our sites. Since the policy post isn't well-suited to address questions about the policy, that's ...
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Can we become our own “Northwind” for teaching SQL / databases?

In the Microsoft ecosystem there are some standard databases like Northwind ... The Northwind Traders sample database contains the sales data for a fictitious company called Northwind Traders, which ...
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Hat Dash Strategy and Mechanics 🏃‍♂️🦄🎩

Accessing Hat Dash The Hat Dash game can be accessed two ways: Controls To jump, press space or ↑. If your device has touch controls, you can press the touchscreen to jump. To duck, press ↓. This ...
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Does meta have to mean murder?

It's often said on this site that meta means murder and that this acts as a deterrent. Our site, which is supposed to act as the central clearinghouse for network-wide matters, doesn't have a great ...
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How does this question “not appear to seek input and discussion from the community”?

Question in question: Is it a good practice to write an answer to respond to another answer, rather than actually answer the question? It is closed for being off-topic with the reason: This question ...
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Free Vote-Based Advertising for Open Source Projects

As Stack Overflow has grown, it has become increasingly clear that we're going to have a significant amount of unsold ad inventory for the forseeable future. Thus, we'd like to put that space to good ...
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Is Stack Exchange accessible for the blind and visually impaired and what can be done to improve it?

Some time ago, I raised a question on Stack Overflow asking for text-based browser support. In the comment section, user Shane triggered a small, nonetheless important discussion, and I quote: It ...
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Swag for non-SO folks - a couple of thoughts

The return of swag post is very welcome, however I see a couple of tiny things that we could perhaps improve. In the early years of Security.SE, giving sec.SE t-shirts to speakers at conferences and ...
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On which SE should I ask questions about B corps?

I'd like to ask a question about B corps on one of the SE sites. More specifically, I'd like to ask about companies that once had a B corp certification, but lost it for some reason. I'm planning on ...
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Should the requirement for 100 questions in a tag for tag badges be removed?

Inspired by a poor soul who wanted a my-little-pony badge. waffles describes this here as an anti-gaming feature. However, I'm not sure if that's necessarily true. If anything, it seems to me that ...
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Stack Overflow clones in Google!

What is the best way to keep the various Stack Overflow clones and aggregators out of my Google search results? Sites that are not to be named; I'm looking at you. They are seriously messing up ...
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Who raised the most helpful flags on Stack Overflow and Meta?

There is a lot of discussion around meta about how to raise a helpful flag and flags getting declined, but I wonder: Who raised the largest number of helpful flags on Stack Overflow and Meta?
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A question about “Where in the world” hat [duplicate]

This is a follow-up question for How did I earn both the Sun and the Moon version of Where in the World?, in which the description for these hats are included. Ask, answer, or vote ±12h from Dec 21, ...
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What would be the impact of downvoting a question because you disagree with it?

It seems to me that when there is a topic that involves strong emotions, people will use the (down)vote to express their disagreement with the content of the question, regardless of whether the ...
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How do I answer a bug report?

I regularly see bug reports on Meta, occasionally with heavily upvoted answers. When is it appropriate to answer a bug report? How would I write a good answer to a bug report? How could I write an ...
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Are questions that have answers on other websites OK on Stack Overflow? [closed]

Following a comment I received on this: Are questions that have answers on other websites OK on Stack Overflow? For example, questions that have answers on the Pytorch forums, such as this one. ...
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It shouldn’t be possible to flag questions as Very Low Quality

The “very low quality” flag, on questions, is vague. It means “do something”, and that’s not helpful. I think it’s pretty well covered by the variety of flaggable close reasons/an actual close vote, ...
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Should research level only sites be allowed?

There is a conflict going on with regards to the cstheory site at the moment on area51, that needs to be resolved. cstheory.SE is a research-level only site. It allows only questions that "can be ...
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Should we upvote questions without research effort?

(There are many questions on the topic but my questions is not the same as the others. Scroll to the bottom to see more) There are many questions over all the exchange sites that are very short and ...
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Why do we require “research effort”? [duplicate]

I think consensus is that we want StackExchange to be the go-to place for any question anyone may ever have, as long as this question is on-topic for the specific SE domain. People often mention that ...
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Is lack of (other) research a reason to downvote?

I recently downvoted two questions for a lack of fundamental research (with a comment explaining why). Is that a valid reason? To be specific: Someone had an ampersand embedded in an XML attribute ...
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Research Effort

What is a research effort (or the lack of it)? As seen here - Imitating a static method
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Should a clear lack of research be grounds for closing a question?

This question was recently closed (partly thanks to my own vote to close it.) While it was closed as being "off topic", I'm not sure that's actually the case. The poster asked about resources for ...
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xspdf is polluting Google search results using Stack Overflow content [duplicate]

More and more lately I am getting a lot of Google results from xspdf when searching for programming questions. e.g. https://www.xspdf.com/resolution/57076008.html The problem is these are copy pasted ...
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Hat display bug [duplicate]

My "hat" is shown twice in my answer, once in my sig, and again above. MacOS 10.14.6; Safari Version 14.0.2 (14610.3.7.1.10)
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Why is StackChess' account blocked on Twitter?

I just noticed a strange thing: the account that tweets HNQ on Chess.SE (StackChess) has been suspended. This must have happened between Jan 29 and Jan 30 Yet, there are still sites (Workplace, ...
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Why is the winter bashed themed as such when users of the network are from all around the world (and it's summer in half the Globe)? [duplicate]

These aren't the geographically located Olympics. I am from the Southern Hemisphere and this makes me feel alienated, as sometimes occurs in other forums and communities. I think many people will ...
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Summer in Saint Helena

The Winter Bash site is located at http://winterba.sh/. Only one problem: .sh is the ccTLD for the British dependency of Saint Helena. Saint Helena is in the Southern Hemisphere. It's Summer in ...
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Stack site for reviewing of academic paper preprints?

I have a preprint of a paper which I intend to only upload to my personal webpage. My question is: does a site similar to https://codereview.stackexchange.com exist for requesting review of a preprint?...
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I am wearing a hat on Stack Overflow, but when I update the page it does not appear immediately

I have a mask for my avatar on the Stack Overflow website. However, when I go through Stack Overflow back and forth, for example, go home from the Questions tab, my mask does not appear on my avatar ...
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Winter Bash 2020 hat names & references explained

Here is a list of the 'etymology' for the Winter Bash 2020 hats. Everything about the naming (whether related to Stack Exchange mechanics, memes or anything else that isn't obvious to most readers) ...
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What can we do to stop spammers from exploiting the grace period?

Recently, spammers on WordPress Development discovered a "new" trick - the grace period. They post a spam post without the link and immediately edit it in. Yesterday, I happened to spot yet another ...
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Closing and Downvoting questions on facebook.stackoverflow.com [closed]

I asked a question on the 'new' Facebook Stack Overflow, and feel this is very developer related - I am having an issue posting to a Facebook page with code that used to work. So if I had left out ...
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Do moderators still indicate their interest before hats are turned on for their sites?

The Winter Bash FAQ page includes the following question every year. Why are you doing this to us? For sites that have hats on by default, your moderator teams or your communities indicated that hats ...
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What should I do about upvoted, inactive, unanswered questions that I'm also trying to find the answer for? [duplicate]

One question has been suggested as a possible duplicate. However, my question points out a few specific scenarios that could be worth discussing. Another question is also relevant, as it's about ...
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What is the best site for questions about telegraphy? [closed]

I have (actually a couple of) questions about telegraphs. Would this be best on Retrocomputing, Electrical Engineering, or History?
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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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How many upvotes does Jon Skeet have?

Since daily rep caps out at 200, a large majority of upvotes on Jon's posts never get "counted" as rep. For example, more than 70 upvotes on 11/17/17 did not count toward his rep total. My question ...
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Hats on Stack Exchange flairs? [duplicate]

Why don’t hats seem to appear on Stack Exchange's flairs? Are they OK to appear or not? I did not try myself and saw other's. By flair I refer to the icon Stack Exchange provides to put on other ...
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In what order are the hats displayed on a user's profile?

In what order are the hats displayed on a user's profile (not to confuse with a similar question regarding the order of the hats on the leader board)? For example, here is the order on my profile: On ...
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Does the '10' in some of the hat triggers mean anything?

There are two new hats with a 10 in their trigger: Rep Hunter: 10 answers in 1 day with positive scores Matryoshka: 10 successful close or reopen votes There might be secret hats qualifying for this ...