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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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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. ...
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Is MSE understaffed in terms of moderators?

Background (skip if you don't like meta comments) I saw a post by Journeyman Geek stating (emphasis mine): Monumentally long comment threads are a pain to moderate, and the mods have enough on ...
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Have the question voting patterns changed after increasing question upvote points to 10?

Are there any statistics that would show changes in voting patterns across SE sites since there was a change in the reputation system rewarding question upvotes with 10 points? I am asking about ...
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Improve or hide tooltip for original location in migration banner

When viewing a migrated question, a banner appears with a link to the revision list of the question at its original location. Hovering over it does not really provide new information: it's the title ...
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What about that new feedback mechanism?

Last week, that blog announcement about the sudden change to the question weight, ended with: ... along with some new feedback mechanisms we will be announcing next week... Now, unless I missed ...
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Are there any objections to using singular they for everyone?

Disclaimer: I am in no way part of any under-represented group, quite the contrary, so if anyone feels that I am out of place with this suggestion please let me know. Of what we can piece together ...
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Why taking responsibility for other people's feelings doesn't work

The whole kerfluffle around pronouns centers around a singular premise. This premise was first asserted in the "Stack Overflow is Not Very Welcoming, it's Time for That to Change" blog post: Too ...
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Should small sites be restrictive in what questions they accept or be as open as possible?

Sometimes I post a seemingly on-topic question on a small Stack Exchange site, only to have a mod close it a few hours later by marking it as off-topic for the site. While I understand that trying to ...
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Is the Community capable of coming up with better solutions than “the Loop”?

My irony bone has absolutely snapped in two over the last few days. We have a company trying to monetize a system where they've spent tremendous resources assembling a huge community of experts to ...
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Why do you stay?

As I read about the Monica controversy, part of me feels very disheartened. Clearly this community means something to people, the passion in the words I read affirms that for me. At the same time ...
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Where to ask questions about companies' policies on sharing information regarding health plans?

Where to ask questions about companies' policies on sharing information regarding health plans? Example: Title: Why do some companies in the United States ask their employees not to share ...
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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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Closing a question for other user's answers? [duplicate]

I came across this question before it was closed about analyzing two situations, and determining what causes made one more important than another. Seeing that it was closed is understandable because ...
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The “loop” has arrived. What does the community think about it?

According to plan, SE Inc. has released a lengthy blog post about "the loop", and their vision of a new "community feedback" system. Or something: TLDR; We’re going to be sharing our product ...
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Is Stack Exchange staff removing GoFundMe links?

According to this announcement, Stack Exchange staff will actively remove links to a legal fund campaign from user profiles, posts, and comments Yet browsing around Meta Stack Exchange, I still ...
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Should Senior Stack Exchange Community Members be enabled to vote Stack Exchange Executive Staff off the payroll?

Stack Exchange Executive Staff will be under the impression - as company executive staff generally are - that the company is theirs. But Stack Exchange is an unusual organisation very much based on a ...
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Should I avoid coworkers on Stack Exchange sites?

At work we are a few programmers behind one static public IP address. I have introduced a coworker to Stack Overflow (SO) and of course another one uses SO regularly. Although we don't have much ...
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Identifying security vulnerabilities in answers [duplicate]

I read this blog and have the following questions and feature request. Please help. Most of the times, the answers are approved by users who might just want "a" solution to the problem. They might ...
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We're testing advertisements across the network

For several years we've had advertising solely on technology-related sites. But many of our sites aren't about technology at all, so we haven't sold ads for them. Traditionally, that hasn't been a ...
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Why was my profile edited to remove my dissenting stance on pronoun usage?

Since my answer to the original CoC FAQ had been deleted right away, I had published my position on the CoC change in the "about" section of my profile (all of my profiles to be precise). This has ...
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Is this an appropriate place to call for the resignation of an SO employee?

In a completely hypothetical situation wherein a known employee of Stack Overflow takes public actions that are objectively detrimental to both the company and community, and for which actions shows ...
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Improving question system and general thinking [closed]

How can we improve the question system altogether? This comes from a fact: it's as easy for a question maker not to get rewarded for a question (even if it's a good one) as it is for a network user ...
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The cluttered and not very useful Bugs page

Any visitor or user who clicks the Bugs tab, situated on the Top Questions Page, is presented with *single page of bugs ranked in order of votes. These upvotes might lead an inexperienced user (and ...
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Does suspension reflect “normal for all people working at a company to access the internet with the same IP address due to firewalls etc”? [duplicate]

I talked to some colleagues. I don't know if we share IP, but we upvoted some of each other's questions as we in fact found them insightful! We didn't know this was against the rules, and we didn't ...
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Is Stack Exchange interested to learn from another similar case at GitLab?

I've seen a bunch of things lately and finally this is my last thought on this process. Stack Exchange sites are communities: we're not one community, but multiple which overlap in myriads of manners ...
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Why doesn't the community hardly ever use other channels of communication?

The other day, I saw the term "TDD" explained as "Twitter driven development", referring to the chance of "something happening" after sending a tweet to SE Inc. being much higher, compared to writing ...
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Joel left, and SE as we know it is dead

The recent blog post, which I don't even want to link to, made it perfectly clear for me. Joel left, and with that SE as we know it died. It will take a while before it's totally gone, but it will go ...
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Should users be able to re-delete their question after they delete it and it's undeleted by the community/mods?

Consider these questions (I'm sure there's way more examples, but I was a firsthand witness to these two; feel free to edit if you have more): Trouble converting recursive case to Haskell Nested Loop ...
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How can we appreciate and encourage voters?

In this answer shortly prior to We're Rewarding the Question Askers, I wrote I feel it's better to put more effort into encouraging users to selectively upvote worthwhile questions. Make them stand ...
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There is no nuance to the 'Frustration Feedback' bar chart, in the loop blog

The first thing that struck me about the recent blog post was this lop-sided bar chart. I didn't think it would be productive to post a comment on it, so I'm airing my frustrations with this bar ...
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What is a “thread” called on SE?

How do we refer to a question and all of its answers and comments collectively? What is the normal word to use for this? I associate thread more with forums, not with SE. But is it used? What's the ...
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Please unlock “Fram's ban on Wikipedia…What can Stack Exchange learn from it?”

The following question, Does the Fram's ban on Wikipedia seem similar to recent events? What can Stack Exchange learn from it? by Rebecca J. Stones has been locked by a moderator. No comments can ...
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How to deal with an accepted answer that is not answering the question? [duplicate]

I recently came across a question in Workplace SE where the accepted answer does not provide a solution to the question. From the most upvoted comment on the answer, I'm curious how this is the ...
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How can the answers given in the Loop be analysed in a meaningful way?

I've recently taken the survey. Based on my (admittedly limited) understanding of statistics and social science, I can't come up with a meaningful way to analyse the results. Some of the problems ...
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Is this question part of a cryptocurrency scam? [closed]

I came across this question by chance How do I recover from a cryptocurrency scam?. It is the first question of this account and it directly accepted an answer by another fresh account. The accepted ...
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What do the plans for incorporating “new ways to say thanks” look like?

A recent Tweet from @StackOverflow on Twitter said: Announcing our new reactions feature, available today on Stack Overflow for Teams for Basic and Business tiers, and coming to Enterprise in 2020. ...
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How to going back from a question ban? [duplicate]

How to going back from a question ban ? I'm pretty sure this issue isn't from today...but I still don't really understand. Back in the days, I had an account who got banned for this reason (and back ...
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Have mods ever been a (potentially) powerful lobby?

Other mods are leaving as a sign of protest for recent and well-known facts. By now, mods resignations appear to be just ordinary business and common users have probably started to get used to it, ...
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Is this a troll or a bot answering? [duplicate]

This really caught my attention. As you can below this photo, there's user (Maybe a person or maybe bot) answered the question but it is not answer the question. So is this person just a pure troll ...
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Why is SE removing links and community ads about legal issues?

Stack Exchange staff will actively remove links to a legal fund campaign from user profiles, posts, and comments, as well as community ads surrounding Monica's situation and reinstatement. Why? [This ...
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The prompt for new users to write a good question

Is there any way on earth to get a Jeff Atwood replacement? Since February 6, 2012 I think the quality of the questions have gone down. IMHO the absence of Jeff is reflected on this site. I ...
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Is Microsoft Q&A the beginning of the end for SO?

I saw Microsoft has created its own Q&A system, designed to incorporate the same Stack Overflow-style Q&A, but with additional samples, documentation and tutorials. Someone asked "Why ...
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Is SE admitting they don't deem recent issues as important?

In this recent blog SE lists out some of the problems with meta. They make some great points, but this one in particular stood out to me: Meta requests don’t integrate with any existing ...
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Focusing on race, gender and sexuality makes minorities feel exposed and unwelcome

Before the Code of Conduct debacle, I never felt like a member of a minority. I was just a developer asking and answering questions. Now I feel pressured to come out of closet and announce every ...
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Regarding “rep inflation” from the recalculation and actions that require certain amounts of rep

Now that apparently we're all going to be getting some sweet rep (or at least those of use who have asked positive questions), is there going to be any change to the rep required for, as an example, ...
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Stack Overflow made the BBC news - Copycat coders create 'vulnerable' apps

Is this an attack on Stack Overflow? Q&A sites? GitHub? The Internet? What are we doing here? Does it benefit anyone? Do we have a moral conscience/responsibility to think and act about these ...