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Change in roles for Jon Ericson (leaving SE)

It’s a bit surreal to be writing this post—not many people can say they left their dream job twice. Today is my last day as an employee of Stack Overflow. I’ll be joining College Confidential as their ...
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Why does the Stack Overflow evaluation system give me so more points? [duplicate]

I have never learnt IT knowledge at school, and there wasn't any PC in my young age. To learn IT knowledge make me happy. I am wondering why the Stack Overflow evaluation system gave me 8000 ...
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Do we have a problem with hostile moderator resignation posts?

In a recent answer, Juan M ♦ mentioned that: Lately, we have had an increase of resignation posts that have served to host combative and hurtful words to attack Stack employees, other mods, and ...
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Editing code with security issues or performance issues

I often edit code on stackoverflow when I see a security issue or a big performance issue that can be changed without altering the meaning of the answer, so in all fairness I would call it an useful ...
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Web browser versus IOS app syntax/text [closed]

On Stack Exchange I use the chrome browser and sometimes I use the actual stack exchange app to ask questions. But sometimes when I get answers the text is sometimes different from when I use the ...
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Can the community satisfy Sparky's demands before the earth is destroyed? [A novel Winter Bash idea]

Out of character: This is a Winter Bash idea motivated by comments such as: As an aside, I would love to hear suggestions from people that have nothing to do with hats. This was the 8th year we've ...
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The UI is confusing when you add a synonym tag and it disappears

Late last year I started to suggest edits about complex-analysis and also related tags such like holomorphic-functions. I was not aware that holomorphic-functions was a synonym of complex-analysis ...
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Moderator Resignations are now being un-featured early. Is this the only solution? Why can't we moderate them as usual? [duplicate]

Ex-Moderator Madara Uchiha's resignation notice was recently untagged as featured by a staff member, which removes it from the featured box on the related community's sidebar. This is rather early for ...
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Why do some people on Stack Exchange seem to only denigrate users on here? [duplicate]

As useful as forums can be for people learning coding/languages, why do some people feel the need to denigrate others on here who are not at the same level as they are? Do they not remember what it's ...
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Why do you need reputation to access meta? [duplicate]

Why is participating in meta a privilege in Stack Overflow? https://stackoverflow.com/help/privileges/participate-in-meta
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Timeline duplicates list edited, suggest improvement

Thank you for the great new feature Timeline, that we see now in questions and answers, it gives you a great vison about what happened in a post. I would suggest to list the full url of the duplicate ...
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One user answers all questions or tag monopoly [duplicate]

There are some users at Stack Overflow who answer all questions with some special tag almost 24/7. They give in 5 mins all the possible options in their answer (and for this tag not many options are ...
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Remember when Stack Exchange and the Community worked side-by-side to “make the Internet a better place”? Can we go back to this please?

I've been here for 10+ years now*. Like for a lot of people, Stack Exchange isn't a random website: it's a major chunk of my life. Years ago, Stack Exchange and the Community worked side-by-side ...
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Time for a major shift in strategy and approach

This post is addressed to the people who still believe they have a future at Stack Exchange, and who still hold out some hope that there can be a way out of this mess. If you have no such hope left, I ...
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Why do privileges in meta and stack require different amounts of reputation? [duplicate]

So I suddenly decided to earn some reputation on meta as I have been so concentrated on Stack Overflow. So when I switched to meta, I started noticing how the same privileges required more or less ...
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Why did my question get a ton of views in 2 days?

I recently asked my first question on the Graphic Design Community and got some great answers. To my surprise, within a day it said that it had 2k views. Now it has 4k, which is a ton. Before most ...
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I am sorry. Please, accept my apology

To the Community Team and those behind them. To the developers and those who assist them. To any Stack Exchange employee who might have read something I said out of anger and took it personally. ...
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I am asked to accept answers, and also when I do, users also asked why I accepted somebody's answer but not his

What can I do? Some users would say I need to accept answers. Sometimes I don't know the topic enough to be certain which answer is the most correct. Also I don't want accepting an answer to ...
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How long can Moderator Resignation notices be featured?

How long are moderator resignation posts allowed to be featured in the sidebars of our sites?
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If Stack Exchange ceased operations tomorrow, where would you go for Q&A? [closed]

The SE Network covers a wide variety of subjects. Some communities are more active than others. Over the years, I've used a variety of online forums to ask questions, but there is a convenience in ...
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What will be Teresa Dietrich's new role at Stack Overflow?

It was announced today that Teresa Dietrich will be joining Stack Overflow as a Chief Product Officer. When reading the website, there seems to be little to no information regarding this function. ...
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Should you post a probably correct answer as an answer or a comment? [duplicate]

Many people often post possibly correct answers as comments, because they're not sure if it's correct and don't want to receive downvotes. However, these comments often are correct and this causes ...
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Which close reason prevails? [duplicate]

If a question is closed by enough users and all of the closure reasons are different then which reason prevails above the question? Do close reasons have a hierarchy? Or maybe it gets closed for the ...
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SEI's recent business decisions and concerns about its long-term financial stability and growth

Over the last several months, we've seen a number of events transpire that reflect an aggressive effort by Stack Exchange, Inc (SEI) to monetize its platform. The removal of Monica as moderator, CoC ...
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Why is Stack Exchange so restrictive of user permissions? [duplicate]

For example, if I wish to add a valid comment, I require 50 reputation to do so, and this is required for each different stack exchange. For example, I can't go to the Travel Stack Exchange and drop ...
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FAQ/Handbook: communication channels used by Stack Overflow/Stack Exchange

stackoverflow.com and stackexchange.com are websites where online communities ask and answer questions. Communication is important for communities. This should also include communication with the ...
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In defense of sanity, let's shake hands. Stack Exchange has changed, and it's ok

I think we need to shake hands, and realize that our "communities" are going to have to migrate. It's ok. There are other, amazing platforms out there. This one has decided to move on without us, and ...
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Why was the Community/Moderator hammer used on this question? [closed]

So there's this question How to stop Visual Studio (2019) from adding line on the end of file?, which clearly had some problems, but with patience and effort I was able to work through it in the ...
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After the recent CM departures, are there plans to shut down network sites or Area 51?

Yesterday, there were some major staffing changes, and the end result is that two long-time Community Managers, Shog9 and Robert Cartaino, are no longer with Stack Overflow, Inc. This seems to be a ...
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Are there special guidelines for moderating exceptionally old questions?

This question pertains to a very old and fairly insignificant question of my own from nearly a decade ago. Is Stack Overflow an appropriate place for DotNetNuke questions? The question was recently ...
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Thank you, Robert Cartaino

The title says it all. Thank you, Robert Cartaino, for everything you did for SE and the community. I don't post much on MSE, but have been a mod for about eight years. There is a lot that can go on ...
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I feel helpless. Is there anything we can do to help guide SE?

Preface I'm a newer contributor, but a long time visitor. As a result, my view is more of an outsider's view. Take my points with that in mind. Stack Exchange appeared to flourish under the ...
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Would a drug related question best belong on “Biology.SE”, “Medical Sciences.SE” or “Chemistry.SE”?

First of all, an important detail: Chemistry.SE has a tag for "drugs", and Biology.SE doesn't (it has one for "pharmacology"). Yet, I am still a little uncertain, and considering this question could ...
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Why is SE gutting the CM team?

It looks like SE has fired two of the most experienced CMs just now. What does this mean for the community, and for the plans SE has for the future of the network? In a blog post about new feedback ...
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Firing Community Managers: Stack Exchange is not interested in cooperating with the community, is it?

Less than a month ago, there was some settling of the incident with firing Monica. It's obvious that there was not a lot of approval from the community on the course of action chosen by SE, or the ...
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Thank you, Shog9

@Shog9, a longtime Community Manager here at Stack Exchange, has just tweeted that he is no longer working at Stack Overflow: @shog9: Well... I suddenly find myself in need of work. If anyone's ...
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Should mobile app questions be closed now that the apps are officially retired?

Today, Yaakov Ellis, a Stack Exchange staff member, stated in response to an app bug report that, We are not providing any further support for the mobile apps. There will not be any more builds ...
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Why some phrases auto recognised as tags and other not [duplicate]

In Stackoverflow when I search for angular it show me the tag [angular] and so I can follow it and when I search for vue or react it isn't. Angular search: Vue search: When I search for [vue] it is ...
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Who decides upon the title for blog posts?

Who decides upon the title of blog posts on the Stack Overflow blog, such as Tapping into the coding power of migrants and refugees in Mexico? Is it the author of the blog post, Stack Exchange, Inc., ...
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Where is all the [activity]

Currently there are multiple tags in regard to the same thing, the activity tab of a user profile. There are: activity recent-activity activity-summary With the following excerpts: Use this tag ...
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Why was “Update: an agreement with Monica Cellio” historically locked?

The question Update: an agreement with Monica Cellio was given a historical lock yesterday. According to the tag wiki for historical-lock, A historical lock preserves older content that was very ...
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The problematic of inter-language migrating, the difficult of communication and my personal case

My case I originally posted my question at Portuguese Stack Overflow (PT-SO), but it was closed because it was out of the programming scope. The moderator advised me to post it on Super ...
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Description of the “Flag as duplicate” doesn't match official staff reply

I know I'm not the only person noticing inconsistencies in the description since it started Should we change the description of "Duplicate of"? Duplicate explanation should encourage ...
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How can we evaluate what were the impacts of “Rewarding the Question Askers” on a specific site? [duplicate]

The reputation value from 5 to 10 on positive votes for questions has recently been changed to better reward users who create questions. But ... what were the impacts on each community? Has the ...
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Conduct a [survey] about tags on Meta

The survey tag on Meta Stack Exchange is about the Stack Overflow Developer Survey (formerly known as the Stack Overflow Annual User Survey and properly under other names as well). Stack Overflow, so ...
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What proportion of Peer-Pressure and Disciplined-badge-earning posts stay deleted?

As far as I know, one can earn the Peer Pressure and Disciplined badges by deleting and subsequently undeleting posts with the appropriate scores (-3 and +3, respectively). See: I cheated on the ...
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How big can a minimal example be? [closed]

I have a bug in my numerical methods code (related to scientific computing). I understand that in order to ask for help, such as for identifying a bug in the code, one has to provide a minimal working ...
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The historical lock on the new post notices announcement should be removed and replaced with something else

New Post Notices are live network-wide, the original announcement of the new post notices, has been historically locked. I understand the intention of doing so: the announcement has run its course, ...
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What is the process for having a site's close threshold lowered?

Stack Overflow now has a 3 close vote threshold We’re lowering the close/reopen vote threshold on Stack Overflow from 5 to 3. Shog9 then made this comment Other sites can have whatever ...
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Why are there badges that promote poor answers?

From what I realize, badges are used for promotion and as a sign of recognition of a certain useful activity. However, I cannot understand the purpose of some badges that seem to encourage to lower ...