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Introduce an optional "SE Gold" subscription so that we can support SE directly without ads + tracking

As an alternative to peddling ads, tracking, and Fortune 500 SaaS, Stack Exchange should investigate an optional tier of monetary support directly from its dedicated user base of public Q&A users. ...
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John Oliver calling out Stack Exchange cookie dialog

In the recent Data Brokers episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver showed this picture: (jump to relevant part around 18:57) which is of the Stack Exchange cookie screen. He said this: Privacy ...
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A gallery for a project which will involve multiple Stack Exchange questions

My project is fixing up an old bicycle, but I think the question could apply to lots of sites, not just bicycles. I am starting a project which is probably going to require (and be worthy of) several ...
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Is there a way for users to collaborate on a post?

There are times when multiple users wish to jointly prepare a question or answer, and not release it for general viewing before it is done. If it is of more than trivial length, that isn't practical ...
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How might the Staging Ground & the new Ask Wizard work on the Stack Exchange network?

We have been working for some time now researching ways to improve the new user onboarding process while also addressing issues with question quality from new question askers. Based on our user ...
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The help for chat on pingability is too vague

The chat help pages say To get another user's attention, mention them – type @ and then the first part of their name. Your mention will be highlighted on their screen – @someone. This will happen ...
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Let's close [jobs] questions!

Stack Overflow discontinued Stack Overflow Jobs and Developer Story on March 31, 2022. Since most of the posts with jobs tag are not relevant today because of the discontinuation, let's close the ...
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How can you merge accounts when you've not got access to old email? [duplicate]

I have this old account and I can't log in to the email associated with it anymore: https://stackoverflow.com/users/847047/avenas8808 https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/171485/avenas8808 How can I ...
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Why is the header bar suddenly brighter and with a different layout? [duplicate]

Before: After: In particular, the profile picture seems a bit jammed in, and the icons have gotten visibly brighter. What is this change and why did it occur?
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What is an appropriate SE site to ask about understanding an algorithm of a dead language?

I'm working with an old system that uses an obscure language that is mostly dead at this point. The original programmer did a number of very confusing things (I'm told it was for job security reasons) ...
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How to locate unwritten rules which suspend your account

Fundamentally any punishment is intended to remedy undesirable behavior Yet when there is no definition of what is desirable or undesirable, punishment crosses the line into abuse as, it is not ...
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How to deal with "Please follow us on <social-media>"? [duplicate]

I just came across an answer thats ends with: Hope you like it. Please follow us on Telegram and Instagram Removed the links so they won't get any clicks Screenshot How should I deal with requests ...
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Real-time, site-specific traffic indicators?

Are there any real-time indicators of site traffic available? I'm aware of Real time SE specific traffic page?, and my question is different. I'm thinking more along the lines of access to real-time ...
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Option to limit main page username associations to post authors

Question and answer posts are the meat of SE sites. A significant portion of posts could potentially benefit from editing, but editing is a background curation function that, by definition, is not ...
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Are questions about how to use Process Monitor on topic to Super User?

I asked this question on Super User, because it seemed that Super User was the most appropriate SE site, based on its on topic page. My reasoning was that I was asking for general help about using ...
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Can I update a link in a post by another person if both old and new links were written by me?

A page I wrote on a website I used to run has been edited in a way that makes it less useful. I have a new website with a better version of this information. If someone on Stack Exchange has linked to ...
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Where can I ask about my graph algorithm?

I am a programmer, but not a researcher; my level is below PhD. I thought about extending the idea of smart pointers (where shared pointers counts references, but not releases cycles) to be fully ...
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What is the correct procedure for reviewing when you have too many edits pending?

I was recently working through some of the Late Answers review queue on Stack Overflow, but had a question regarding what to do when a user has "too many pending edits" and is unable to take ...
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Where to ask about reasons for a mismatch of aerial photo to on-the-ground photo

I have a photo taken on the ground along a street and the matching aerial photo showing the rows of houses. There is one house with the roof seemingly turned in the wrong direction 90° - there is no ...
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Should you ask a Stack Exchange Community if it wants a certain tag? [duplicate]

Suppose you went a Stack Exchange community (lets use Stack Overflow as an example) and intended to ask a question. However, you want to use a tag that you now discover does not exist. You have enough ...
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How should we flag obvious troll questions? [duplicate]

From time to time, I encounter questions that are obviously trolling (i.e., not a real question) but not spam and not using abusive language and I often wonder what the best course of action is when ...
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Footer contains "Legal" and "Terms of Service", but they are pointing to the same page

Site footer has a link for "Legal" (https://stackoverflow.com/legal) and a link for "Terms of Service" (https://stackoverflow.com/legal/terms-of-service). I noticed the former page ...
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Should support of any invasion be considered intimidation and harassment?

A recent post has indicated that the use of "Z" imagery related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine falls under the "intimidation and harassment" policy and is banned on the network,...
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Approve and leave closed, review again in reopen queue

In the suggested edit review queue I voted to Approve and leave closed, while another reviewer voted Approve and reopen. The other reviewer's action sent the post to the Reopen queue, which is by ...
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Where has the Stack Exchange official dump gone? archive.org/details/stackexchange [duplicate]

Why do I see this message after I only download StackOverflow-Posts.7z? I have tried to use a VPN, but I receive the same error message: This item is no longer available. Items may be taken down for ...
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Can I upvote multiple posts from the same person if they are helpful?

I posted a few questions on Stack Overflow. After getting answers, I felt like they were all right as they solved my problems. So, I accepted all of them. From then, whenever I visit the website, I ...
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AI to use grammar syntax for auto-flagging comments

We were having a titillating discussion in the Teacher's Lounge about toxic comments when it came up that "imperatives" could indicate rude comments. I won't defend this, but I'll explain ...
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Why do I see a "View answer" link for all of my answers? [duplicate]

Why do I see the link text as View answer for all of my answers?
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Moderators can close question without voting. Do they have too much power to restrict the discussion? [duplicate]

I saw that there are a lot of similar questions. But I noticed that only recently moderators started closing questions bypassing the usual voting, one moderator is enough to close it, like this one. ...
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Is Stack Exchange blocked in/by Russia?

Stack Exchange recently announced that they are not blocking Russia. However, is the converse also true—that Russia is not blocking Stack Exchange? (I'm asking this because if Russia is not blocking ...
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From "Reinstate Monica" to "Save Ukraine" [duplicate]

I’ve noticed that profile names are more and more used to display slogans or to make some form of propaganda. It all probably started with the “Monicagate” when a number of users across all SE sites ...
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Periodic outages again?

Many of the Stack Exchange sites have been going off and on such as Worldbuilding, Medical Sciences, Psychology & Neuroscience and Writing over the last couple of hours for me. The maintenance ...
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How can I jump to the oldest page of comments for a user?

Suppose I want to find the oldest page of comments of a user by URL. Here is mine https://math.stackexchange.com/users/717650/etemon?tab=activity&sort=comments&page=27 But as you can see, in ...
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Is it acceptable to replace neopronouns used for made-up characters with neutral pronouns in an example in a post?

Should answers contain neopronouns where the generic or plural form would be more appropriate? I am talking about a slightly older answer, as I wanted to let the issue cool down a bit first. In this ...
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What site-specific changes can be made to the Ask Question page to help askers on that site write better questions?

I've seen that some sites have customized content on their Ask Question page. For example, here's some custom content on the English Language & Usage ask Question page. They have extra information ...
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Is there a Stack Exchange domain for "design" overview? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a place to discuss design, which would boil down to pseudo-code and ideas, not code implementation. Would https://codereview.stackexchange.com/ be a place for that?
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Bounties with no deadline [duplicate]

Today I discovered that a number of Stack Exchange sites maintain a list of bounties with no deadline. As this is unsupported by Stack Exchange, this is done outside the normal bounty system in an ...
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Why can't we object to a downvote? [duplicate]

I saw this as a closed question, and maybe I am wrong for starting it up again, but there should be a method for objecting to a downvote. Please keep in mind, some of us are not the best with "...
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Is asking for guidance a "request for materials"? [closed]

Why are questions asking about guidance closed as off-topic requests for materials? Would it not be beneficial to the community to allow the more experienced users to pour their knowledge on the newer ...
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Does anyone have an account on every Stack Exchange site?

Does anyone have an account on every Stack Exchange site? Also, why would anyone do that? Bonus points for all of the Beta sites.
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Can we get statistics about the effect of the war in Ukraine on Stack Exchange communities? [closed]

Simple questions: Is there increased/reduced traffic on communities such as "Russian Language" or the "Russian Stack Overflow"? Did you observe (coordinated) efforts of spreading ...
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Problem with reputation system and duplicates

I think there might be a problem with duplicates and the reputation system. I have been on SE for quite a while. I happened to change my account a while ago; I am not new here. Reputation is supposed ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Friday, March 18th, 00:30-2:00 UTC (Thursday, March 17th, 8:30-10:00 PM EDT)

This maintenance is finished as of 01:29 UTC. tl;dr Planned service interruption that will impact all Stack Overflow & Stack Exchange sites, Jobs, and Chat. All sites may be read-only for up to ...
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Where can I ask questions related to smart TV repairs?

I own a TV repair workshop and I am looking for Q&A sites where I can exchange knowledge related to repairing LCD, LED TV/Smart TV, monitors, and computers. Which SE sites would be suitable for ...
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Please welcome Valued Associate #1065 - Bert!

Today, I’d like to welcome Bert, who joined the community team last week as a new staff community manager. (The “staff” in his title is a description of his seniority…. Our CMs go from Associate CM, ...
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What will Stack Exchange be doing to show support for Ukraine?

It has been decided that Stack Exchange Q&A access will not be restricted in Russia. Given that, what will Stack Exchange be doing to show support for the people of Ukraine? Clearly, all ...
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Stack Exchange Public Q&A access will not be restricted in Russia

Like so many people around the world, we are watching the tragic and unlawful invasion of Ukraine unfold. Several of the discussions on Meta and in conversations with us have raised the question of ...
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Where to ask a fictional astronomy question?

I have a question about planets, eclipses and how a day would work on a moon like Pandora in the movie Avatar, orbiting a massive planet. Where should I post it? On Movies & Tv it's obviously off-...
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Should we switch from marking a question as opinion-based into marking an answer as opinion-based?

I think that possibility to mark questions as opinion-based is problematic for few reasons: It is just hard or impossible to predict if question is opinion based. asker has to predict what other ...
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General programming language questions in chat.stackoverflow?

I would like to know a little bit more about the common use cases of certain programming languages and the optimal "combo" of programming languages (2 or 3). I wish to learn which ones would ...
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