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This YouTube channel is creating videos based on SO questions. Is this ok? [duplicate]

Check out this channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaZL4eLD7a30Fa8QI-sRi_g/videos Each of these videos shows a woman presenting a problem. It's the same generic opening and closing each time ...
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Let's improve the "How do I ask a good question?" page

I did find this question, but I have a bunch of suggestions. Also yes, some of this is from my post over on AU Meta I think the "How do I ask a good question?" Help Center page could use ...
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Where should I ask a question about using OpenGL shaders in Minecraft?

I asked a question about replacing OpenGL shaders with a resource pack for Minecraft on a non-SE forum. That site, The Minecraft Forum, seems to have less activity than it used to. I think it would be ...
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How can Stack Exchange encourage more voting?

The following search link queries Stack Overflow for Q&A with an accepted answer, and the question score is zero. Add a [tag] for results relevant to you. https://stackoverflow.com/search?tab=...
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'Suggested edit queue is full' displayed on every question I try to edit [duplicate]

I've tried editing more than 20 questions as a test and they all showed that Suggested edit queue is full message. Then I tried again literally 4 seconds after a question was uploaded (when I clicked ...
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Please welcome Valued Associate #1301 - Emerson

I've been so incredibly lucky and happy to have Bella and Salmon, the previous newest hires for Trust & Safety, join me last year. It's only been 9 months, and I'm proud of the work they've done, ...
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Questionable blog "content"

Consider the recent blog post "The last technical interview you’ll ever take". It is labeled, honestly, partner-content. What it really is is a complete crock of advertising baloney, without ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 00:00-03:00 AM UTC (Monday, August 22, 8:00-11:00 PM US/EDT)

tl;dr Planned upgrades that will impact Stack Overflow & Stack Exchange Network sites including Chat. All sites will be read-only for up to 3 hours beginning shortly after Tuesday, August 23, 2022 ...
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Is there a way to check the change of geographical distribution of user base on SE?

I found geographical distribution checkers on SEDE, but is there a way to see how the population changes with time? I want to see, for instance, from what country most people are joining vs from what ...
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Have covert review audits been secretly rolled-out on some sites?

Recently, in the last few weeks I've noticed a shift, reviews turning-up particularly in the reopen queue which show no indication of having been edited to be any more on-topic. (Of course, they've ...
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Is this duplicate closure, of a question asking to discuss the content of an answer, correct?

I just asked What can I do if I have a feature idea that was already requested, but the author removed the suggestion in the meantime? here a few hours ago. That is a discussion regarding how to ...
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What can I do if I have a feature idea that was already requested, but the author removed the suggestion in the meantime? [duplicate]

I've come up with a feature suggestion for the Stack Exchange engine. After searching the site to ensure my suggestion wasn't already requested, I found an existing post requesting the same thing. The ...
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Does Stack Exchange have a backup plan in the case of an overwhelming amount of irrelevant content?

I was recently using Physics Stack Exchange when suddenly, in 1 hour, a lot of new questions started coming up. I was just wondering if a group of people (maybe a rival company) started a program to ...
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Trustworthiness of proposed links?

If a question is asked and someone proposes a link to some executable etc. as a solution to the question, has there been a case that malware was being suggested (perhaps unknowingly too)? Is there a ...
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Does SE in general have a problem with simple questions that aren't googleable?

I've used a few Stack Exchange sites and am thinking of close / downvotes on Linguistics, Philosophy and English Language & Usage especially. While it is obvious that SE should tolerate or even ...
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Should I downvote non-answers? [duplicate]

When a non-answer is posted on a question, I know I should flag it as not an answer. Should I also downvote?
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"The BEST answers are voted up and rise to the top" or "The MOST POPULAR answers are voted up and rise to the top"?

The banner at the top of each Stack Exchange site says "The best answers are voted up and rise to the top". Would it be better to say "The most popular answers are voted up and rise to ...
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Recent site instability, major outages – July/August 2022

On Friday, July 29th, starting at 13:36 UTC, we experienced a very large surge in traffic to our web servers, indicating a DDoS attack. This surge effectively brought down the Stack Exchange Network ...
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Should users be allowed to use "admin" as their username? What about offensive words?

I would like to know more about the policies for users when creating their accounts in the SE/SO network. One of the questions I have is if there are policies and restrictions on the use of some ...
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Is "Be nice be respectful" policy implemented on main sites and not rooms? [duplicate]

Based on my past experience, I feel "Be nice be respectful" policy or "Code of conduct" is not implemented in chat rooms as better as they are in main sites. Because they have ...
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Making the 'Original Question' and 'Last Answered' dates easy to see instead of assuming duplicate, as tech evolves [duplicate]

There's a lot of talk about removing or penalizing questions because they are "duplicates", but there's a lot of times when a question should be reasonably reasked because the technology or ...
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Update wording in subject of automated "100k reputation" email

I recently received an automated email from @juan.garza of the Community Management Team. Subject: Bicycles Stack Exchange — You're killing it. Now my immediate thought was "what have I done ...
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Where can I ask for help regarding questions on the LSAT (Law school admission test)?

Where can I ask questions when I need help with the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)? I am trying to practice LSAT questions and I'm having some problems with it. Example question from the LSAT that ...
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Should I advertise a Beta site by posting on Metas of other related sites?

Our Bioacoustics SE site has reached the beta stage. This multidisciplinary site encompasses many disciplines, and there are potential overlaps with other general SE sites. I posted an "ad" ...
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Implementing uber-votes on questions

This question is essentially a variation of Bounty-like facility for rewarding excellent questions in the spirit of GentlePurpleRain's comment here. I reproduce the linked question and comment below: ...
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How do we draw attention to our bug reports? [duplicate]

I posted this bug. It got ~35 views and 6 upvotes within a couple days of posting it. But then, people stopped viewing the question, and it hasn't really gotten any views or signs that the staff might ...
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Sites unavailable, intermittent behaviour

Sites failing to update when refreshed, going to "Service unavailable" screen. Physics, biology, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Medical, Psychology and Skeptics. Worldbuilding being an exception went ...
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How can I get the number of accounts that viewed a question? [duplicate]

We can see a question's views by looking at the top of the question. But some people might view the question multiple times. How can I get the number of unique viewers? Perhaps using a SEDE query?
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What makes people upvote a question? [duplicate]

Whenever I ask a question on any site (especially meta sites), its answers get more upvotes than itself (especially the accepted answer), even if the question is very poorly received, and sometimes ...
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Is there anything for micro-negative actions when flagging a question?

Is there anything in between rude/abusive when flagging a question? SE being a multiracial and global company, it is important for me to have a certain consensus of action against statements that are ...
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Do I have to worry about patent issues for code posted on Stack Overflow?

I purposely named this question similar to Do I have to worry about copyright issues for code posted on Stack Overflow?. Since Fedora is banning CC-0 licensed source code citing issue of explicitly ...
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Reputation is based on opinions [duplicate]

Here's a contradiction I found: Questions on most Stack Exchange sites have to be seeking facts and not opinions Reputation in those same sites is based on people's votes, which are their opinions ...
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Why can't < 250 rep. people close their questions as duplicates?

I asked this question. Later, I found an answer to another question that answered my question. I was about to close the question as duplicate, but I realized that I didn't have the 250-rep privilege ...
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Do we have any conditions for someone using an SE post as a source? [duplicate]

I just found the following article. https://www.baeldung.com/executable-jar-with-maven Which looks like it’s heavily based on https://stackoverflow.com/a/23986765/330457
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Some markup is formatted weird on stackoverflow.com [closed]

TEST 1: 1) This is my first piece of text. This is my first piece of text. This is my first piece of text. This is my first piece of text. This is my first piece of text. This is my first piece of ...
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Can we, when, and how, say that X does not exist or is not possible?

My question is related to that one, starting with: I had a question of the form "does something like X exist?" Except I'm wondering, as a potential replier, not the poster: can we say no, ...
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Should there be a warning before users leave a Stack Exchange site?

There are unfortunately people who would seek to post disguised malicious links on Stack Exchange sites with the hopes of catching potential high (or low) value targets off-guard. For example say ...
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Why are there Stack Overflow references in profile settings on all community sites? [duplicate]

There are references to Stack Overflow in the profile settings across all community sites. As I understand it, Stack Exchange is the parent company. So shouldn't this be saying Stack Exchange?
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In the top banner shown to users who haven't logged in, the site description is inaccurate on per-site metas [duplicate]

Let's take a look at the text in the top banner of Ask Ubuntu Meta: Ask Ubuntu Meta is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It only takes a minute to sign up. Well, Ask Ubuntu ...
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The "you shouldn't want to do that" response

This question is mostly about the broader Stack Exchange network, rather than Stack Overflow. I have a recurring issue when I asking questions on Stack Exchange, across the whole network: very often, ...
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How can I update a question (from someone else) with keywords so you can find it better?

I sometimes have the problem that I cannot find an existing answer in Stack Exchange. So I would really like to "improve" a question by adding keywords to make it easier to find. Is there ...
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Why does the "Code of Conduct" mention a very controversial company (Google) by name?

In the official Code of Conduct, which has been copied to every other community, Google is mentioned by name. People with an IT affinity often use alternative search engines because they not agree ...
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How can an Arabic-only speaker benefit from different sites of Stack Exchange Network?

I know some people who would like to benefit from different sites of the Stack Exchange network, but they are beginners in the English language, so is there any way they can benefit from the Stack ...
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Where can I ask about how to differentiate between fact and opinion? [closed]

I read the differentiations between facts and opinions, and I either have doubts about them (which is unlikely), or I misunderstand them. Is it a matter of understanding language definitions or ...
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How to ensure that ownership of all my contributions on the Stack Exchange network is transferred to Community Wiki after my demise? [duplicate]

I wish my affairs to be settled when I'm dead. This includes avoiding the false impression that I am still alive and reachable when actually I am dead. This also means that internet accounts that I ...
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Where can I ask about a company's business model and decisions?

Where on Stack Exchange can I ask the following question? Why does Google want to make money from YouTube through ads?
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Should the Community user's reputation be displayed or hidden?

Now and then, the Community user is shown as the last user who modified a post: Since it's a bot and not a real user, would it make sense not to show its reputation (and badges)? The concept of ...
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What can I do if I have a good argument for a feature change, but there's already a negatively-received existing post that makes a weak argument?

Sometimes, I've come up with a suggestion for a feature change to be made to the Stack Exchange engine. Based on several guideline posts on how to write well-received feature requests, I've come up ...
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Should I report issues on iPad?

I was using my iPad recently, and realised how weird the formatting was on the SE sites, like really screwed up - profile page, question page, review queues etc. Should I report the issue? Or do I not ...
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"How Rust manages memory using ownership and borrowing" blog post contains numerous errors

First, a quick disclaimer: I don't know Rust (or Go). So I'm going to focus on only things that are obvious to a programmer unfamiliar with the languages discussed in the post. I'm sure a Rust or Go ...
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