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Story identification, meta-tags?

I was wondering which SE site would be best to ask about hardly hearable (for me) quote from (probably) some movie, that I have encountered on some YT clip here. Movies? Story-identification tag has ...
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How do “we” get a custom warning when asking a question on a Stack Exchange site? [duplicate]

When I ask a question on Stack Overflow with the tag of regex, Stack Overflow greets me with this custom warning: I'd love to create one of these for the pandas tag. I'm assuming this is a ...
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Does the company want to enforce CoC irrespective of the backlash it received?

It has been a week since https://meta.stackexchange.com/q/334900/357396 [now deleted] was announced and made a faq immediately. Since it was posted, it received a major backlash. It stands as 378/1976 ...
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How should pronoun-only edits be handled?

Currently there are multiple posts on main page bumped up by edit saying My pronouns are He / Him I just answered on one of them before looking at the date it was asked - no changes since 2015 ...
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How does the new CoC apply to second-person pronouns?

There has been vigorous discussion here on meta about the new Code of Conduct and its requirements regarding pronouns. The discussion has been exclusive to third-person singular pronouns, but nothing ...
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How many more casualties in the war on pronouns? [duplicate]

I've been reading posts and comments all over the network for many years and never felt like I need to register. I've also been watching what's going on here since the pronoun-crisis broke out and I ...
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Does Stack Exchange, Inc. really care about the LGBTQ+ community?

Does Stack Exchange, Inc. really care about us? Because it doesn't feel like that. Meta is burning with hatred and heinous speech and SE Inc. is nowhere to be seen. Sure, they made a post that ...
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Neopronouns or trolling?

It’s the 112 rep question: Am I looking at someone’s legitimate pronouns or trolling? (It’s unfortunate I have to ask, but this is just where we are right now.) I’ve seen “my pronouns are [insert ...
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How to disentangle the CoC discussion from the Monica issue?

The last question in the unofficial and awesome Pronominal Proposal is Q30. I heard that someone was removed as a moderator for pronoun-related behaviour that seems, according to the above, as if ...
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Is SE still safe for queer/trans folks? [duplicate]

Regarding the firestorm that was Monica's firing, mods resigning, SE non-apologizing, then backpedaling, then apologizing, then putting out the wildly negatively received FAQ on the new CoC regarding ...
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Neopronouns: please be lenient with users who are not native English speakers

While the SE network is mostly in English, the community is made up of people from all over the world, a majority of whom are not native English speakers. It is always a struggle to learn a foreign ...
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Was Monica's firing intended to “disrupt the status quo”? [closed]

After following this from a distance for a while, I came across a fascinating comment: Interestingly, the entire genesis of this (at least publicly) was discussed at 32:00m on the #causeascene ...
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Why haven't the statements to the Register been retracted?

Why haven't the statements made by the Stack Exchange director of community: In response to an email from The Register, Stack Exchange director of community Sara Chipps said, "On Friday, we ...
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Should we just impose a blanket ban on identity politics? [closed]

After looking at this whole CoC war and all of the backlash on other tech communities with similar ones, it seems that bringing identity politics into discussions and policy decisions is a major flash ...
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Checking in with the Lavender community

Lavender mods had written a letter to SE pertaining to their issues. They asked roughly for three things: Pay attention to the complaints by LGBTQ+ users about disrespect Consequences for ...
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Are SE staff open to dialogue and find a different solution about gender pronouns? [duplicate]

The new CoC is now in effect. And it includes the new gender pronouns aspect. But many users (like me) are more than sure that the feeling of one group cannot prevail over others. One mod has been ...
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History of badges, reputation along with questions and answers [closed]

Is there a way we can go back to look at reputation/badges history? i.e the number of questions(asked/answered) before getting a badge, and number of questions asked/answered after getting a badge.
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Do we have any searchable public resources pages?

Stack may have hidden resources, such as clear, well-written, well tag info. (I know I've put some time into various tags, exhaustively linking to reliable sources on the subject, which I've seen ...
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What does ɴᴏᴛ count as a “neopronoun”? [duplicate]

Recently I have come across the curious neologism neopronouns. I have a lifelong interest in languages and linguistics, but this is a new concept for me. Prior to a month or so ago I had never heard ...
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Should there be a colorimetry site? [duplicate]

I wonder where to place question specific to the mathematics of colors (aka "colorimetry"). Some people at the photography site think such questions don't fit there. If so where should they be asked? ...
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How effective are tag warnings?

tag-warnings intend to warn users when they use certain tags. Is there any data on how effective those tag warnings are? A/B studies, before/after studies, or otherwise; do they have a significant ...
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How much are tag warnings used?

Although I'm reasonably experienced on Stack Exchange (8+ years of activity, 40 sites with 500+ reputation, 247k total rep) and have been a diamond moderator on one site for some 5 years, today I saw ...
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Does the size of a bounty matter?

Is there any evidence that the size of a bounty affects the quality or quantity of responses? Anecdotally it seems that it does not, and that the existence of a bounty is sufficient. However, is ...
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Why wasn't reputation loss on downvoted questions doubled as well?

The official reasoning behind doubling the reward for question upvotes from +5 to +10 was - when I understood it correctly - SE (inc.) wants to encourage the community to generate more "good" ...
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Rule violation penalties: Written warning, Suspension for 7 days, 30 days, 365 days, and then what?

The system-recommended penalties for repeatedly-occurring serious rule violations on Stack Exchange are: Written warning 7-day suspension 30-day suspension 365-day suspension What ...
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Can my answer about current events be undeleted?

In mid-November, SE staff posted a Q&A style announcement "Why is SE removing links and community ads about legal issues?" here on meta. To my knowledge, this was the first "official" post from SE ...
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How can we put pressure on Stack Exchange Inc. without damaging the community?

Is there a constructive way to put pressure on Stack Exchange (the company) without putting any pressure on the community in general and the moderators in particular? Goals Give Monica her diamond(s)...
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How can we help Monica Cellio?

Monica's demotion as a moderator was in the words of Stack Exchange's CTO a procedural error . The consensus among witnesses and users is that the faulty process resulted in an erroneous outcome. ...
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How many people re-post their question in the correct place after accidentally posting it here?

As a lurker here on MSE, I regularly see people posting questions that were meant for another site on the network, usually by mistake. These questions invariably receive comments directing them to the ...
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Why was the reputation change not announced on this meta site?

I'm aware that there was a blog announcing the reputation change, but I only just came across the meta post. I was surprised to see it on the SO meta rather than here because it affects all SE sites. ...
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Making a better image uploader

For those who don't know me, I'm a product designer here at Stack Overflow. Currently I'm working on a project called Teams (for more information about Teams and other projects, read Tim's post on ...
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To what extent can I responsibly advertise an open-source project related to SE?

A group of SE users and I are collaborating on an open-source project similar to the SE network (basically an alternative for frustrated users), and I would like to get the word out to interested SE ...
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Understanding risks of logging into Stack Exchange sites from a shared computer or network

What are the risks of logging in from a shared computer? What about on a shared network, but on a personal laptop? I have, in many cases, wanted to log in from a shared computer or shared network, ...
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As a regular user, what is my incentive to continue to contribute?

I'm a half active user who has been mildly contributing to SO and SE, and I have watched the recent conflict arise over the last few weeks. Frankly, it disgusts me. I'm not your top-of-the-bar high-...
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Where can I ask questions about integration with Oracle products?

Which SE site, if any, would be the right place to ask questions about Oracle products, particularly about integration with Opera? It's neither code nor DB related, so it won't be welcome in ...
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New procedures for mitigating closer hostilities [duplicate]

Voting to close a question on any SE site should force the voters to actually sit down and state the case why this question should be closed. No more just pushing buttons and leaving but you actually ...
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Is “helpful flag” data accessible via SEDE? [duplicate]

I'm looking to find the top flaggers on a given site, and am trying to do so in SEDE. I was inclined to write up a SEDE query, but, to my amateur eye, there doesn't seem to be any table that lists ...
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Monica's situation continues unresolved, is SE hoping the problem just goes away?

This surfaced in the apology thread, but I believe it deserves more exposure. The apology thread was posted October 6th, 2019. In it, the idea was expressed that SE, the company, had done wrong by ...
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Is burnination a [niche-area]?

Do we need the niche-area tag (6 questions, with half of them closed or marked as a dupe, no tag wiki) here on Meta Stack Exchange? I question its utility for two reasons: It's not really possible ...
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Why are “interesting” tags highlighted using JavaScript?

I assume everyone has used the "interesting tags" feature. You select a tag and the questions with selected tag are highlighted by addition of the CSS class tagged-interesting. The highlighting is ...
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Points system favours helping beginners [duplicate]

I'm not really sure if there is a solution to this but it strikes me that 90% of the time you are going to get most of your points by answering questions from beginners. These tend to get mass ...
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Does Stack Exchange generally “not split off subjects simply to give them their own space”?

On my Area 51 proposal for an anti-natalism site (unilaterally closed and now deleted, as I recorded here, Robert Cartaino commented: This subject is already well-covered by a live Stack Exchange ...
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Lifting question ban impossible if there are no mediocre questions [duplicate]

A question ban can be lifted only if you improve existing questions, see here. However, there might be situations where it is impossible to improve existing questions, namely if the user has posted ...
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How does Stack Exchange check for duplicates?

I want to ask, how you check for duplicates. Background: The company I work for has a wiki, Confluence, set up by me. With more and more articles coming along, duplicates are starting to pop up. They'...
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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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What effect does the current crisis have on the SE network?

Outraged users are telling Stack Exchange Inc. that their management of the current crisis is endangering the wellbeing of the Stack Exchange sites. This warning has been repeated in many forms ...
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Is Stack Exchange in violation of New York labor law, in using volunteer moderators?

Is Stack Exchange in violation of New York labor law, in using volunteer moderators? I found a New York State Department of Labor - Division of Labor Standards Frequently Asked Questions document, ...
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Are there other cases were users were incorrectly blamed not to have done an edit to an answer? [migrated]

I'm unhappy with following situation: This question from 2010 about Python has a good answer from June 2013 implicitly using Python 2. On October 2013 in a comment it was mentioned what to do when ...
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Has anyone out there tried to stop gaining rep so as to not surpass 10k?

I recently discovered, or possibly rediscovered, that all deleted items are "forced-visible to all 10k users all the time." I never considered rep gain to be something with a downside before, ...
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Can moderators lock users' accounts? [duplicate]

Can moderators lock user accounts? If so, what are the main reasons that they would do so?