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Don't always have a 'Join this Community' Button [duplicate]

I already have accounts on a bunch of Stack Exchange sites. Mostly when I'm looking at posting on a new SE site, I can see a blue 'Join this Community' button, which gives me a painless "extend my ...
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Does the community consider the “coerced speech” complaint largely resolved?

An objection to the original (now-deleted) pronoun-related FAQ was in regards to coerced speech. See for example Bye Stack Exchange, I'm done. Coerced speech is incompatible with freedom. From ...
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First view when posting a question

I noticed that when I post a question, there's always at least one view Asked today Viewed 1 times Is the 1st view always the OP?
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Why are there *both* different “sub-sites” and “tags”? [duplicate]

I've used this site for years and years and it constantly confuses me how it's split up into a bunch of "sub-sites" which all love to redirect around my questions to other sub-sites. Yet they still ...
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To reach out: on Monica, the Lavender community, and the future of the Stack Exchange network

Over the past weeks, the uproar has been vast, spanning the new Code of Conduct, Stack Exchange's conduct over the years, and more. Gallons of internet ink have been spilled by everyone involved, ...
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Is the reputation system still valid on Meta? [duplicate]

I see people asking similar questions since the beginning of Stack Exchange, for different reasons. What I think, especially after the latest events, seeing up and downvotes as a way to agree or ...
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Will we hear from the Director of Public Q&A regarding current events?

As one of the primary participants in the current drama theatre that is MSE, will the Director of Public Q&A direct her efforts to the public Q&A (not Twitter)? I hold hope that if / when she ...
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Is Stack Exchange interested to learn from another similar case?

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 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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Make the “all queues” link on the Review Queues dropdown persistent

While in the process of completing one's daily review tasks, the Review Queue dropdown looks similar to this: Note the "all queues" link, which handily redirects to the site's /review page, allowing ...
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Does the algorithmic nature of the publication terms, invalidate the binding nature of it? [duplicate]

So it seems that on SE, I cannot delete my own answer, because of the terms of service. My understanding of contracts, is that there must be "consideration" for a tos to be binding. In this case, I ...
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How is it possible that I own the copyright to my own content on SE, but I can't delete it?

It seems to me that SE holds contradictory positions: That the users own the copyright to their content That the users cannot remove their own content from the site That there is no 'consideration' ...
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What, if anything, can SE do to resolve the ongoing conflict in a timely way?

Back in late September, at the inception of the current mess, I was under the impression that if SE had immediately reinstated Monica and withdrawn the new CoC, the furious atmosphere would have ...
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Since SE is US based, is the new CoC compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

Since there are disabilities, such as autism, which may make compliance with the CoC difficult, what steps will SE take to make sure they are in compliance with the ADA, and what reasonable ...
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Time of Accepted Answer in Stack Exchange Dump [duplicate]

I was looking into the Stack Exchange dump and wanted to try to get more information on when an accepted answer is declared. The Votes table had been suggested in a previous post since it has a type ...
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Was Monica's firing intended to “disrupt the status quo”?

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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Should a suggested edit that adds clarification be accepted?

I recently stumbled across this suggested edit in the Suggested edits review queue. It took some thought as usually , I would just reject the edit immediately for this reason after reading what was ...
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Radical proposal: Meta sites should not use the same software as the main sites

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the toxicity of the Meta sites, whether in reference to users, moderators, or SE staff (e.g., [1][2] from the past few days). I would venture that much ...
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Where will you draw the line?

related: Why is the f word still allowed in profiles? , Rules for Profiles , One user is putting another user in the pillory on his profile page. Is it really ok? , Can I link to my Male Enhancement ...
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What can we do, as a community, to help make MSE a friendlier place again?

MSE is burning, there is fire everywhere. I'm terrified every time I write a question over here and I make myself ready for a fight every time I write an answer. I don't dare to look at comments or ...
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Why was this flag on alleged Code of Conduct violations declined?

Monica recently posted a question making her case to the community, she argued: My patience is not infinite; the company has already dragged this out for nearly a month while harm continues to ...
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Is it acceptable to discuss the validity of the preferred pronoun policy, and where can I do so?

The question entitled "Post for clarifications on the updated pronouns FAQ" has become a protected post so that I cannot reply to it. I do not have a reputation greater than 10 without the association ...
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Stack Overflow is doing me ongoing harm; it's time to fix it!

Over the last month, Stack Overflow has violated its own policies and precedents to cause egregious and unnecessary harm to me -- to my reputation (personal and professional), to my health, and to my ...
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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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Feedback post: CM review and reinstatement processes [closed]

So the next post in the debacle has landed; Feedback post: Moderator review and reinstatement processes. I was just wondering, is there going to be a CM Review process coming out at some point? Hear ...
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How exactly do deleted answers interact with reputation calculation with respect to the daily rep cap?

How exactly do deleted answers interact with retroactive reputation calculation with respect to the daily rep cap? Say I have an answer that earns me 200 reputation in one day. Later that same day, ...
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Do Spam posts’ personal info need to be redacted?

I recently saw a spam post (deleted) and flagged it for redaction as it contained a phone number, full name and email. The flag got declined with this message: declined - its spam, no need to ...
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“Boilerplate” mod messages are “impersonal” and leave users “confused”

After receiving his first suspension, ex-moderator Robert Harvey voices this perspective on boilerplate mod messages: I'd prefer a meta post asking for better transparency in mod messages. I used ...
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What exactly is the difference between the old and the new FAQ?

Since SE saw it fit to do what (for a regular user) would be considered "vandalizing" and deleted the original FAQ, I'm unable to ascertain the differences between the old and the new one. Can ...
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Let's use Town Hall chats to bridge the gap between company and community

It seems that Stack Exchange is doing an increasingly poor job of communicating with the community about policy changes, decision-making processes, and problem solving. This has caused or exacerbated ...
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How can we move forward if SE will not admit to wrongdoing for legal reasons?

As I understand, one of the major grievances of the community recently over the situation with Monica is that the Stack Exchange team has not apologized for or admitted to any wrongdoing over making ...
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Is restricting access to controversial information beneficial to both the community and company? [duplicate]

The question Official FAQ on gender pronouns and Code of Conduct changes was recently deleted by its poster (a CM, if that matters). And an another revision of CoC was introduced. What I want to ...
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Post for clarifications on the updated pronouns FAQ

Over the past week we've been busy reviewing our previous FAQ to directly address concerns over pronoun usage. We tried to anticipate likely questions, but… missed the mark a bit. Inspired by the ...
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Is Stack Exchange in the later part of the methodology cycle?

I swore that what I'm seeing around here is something I've read about before; and sure enough from a person that's close to the structure here: big-macs-vs-the-naked-chef The TL;DR of that article ...
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Why was Robert Harvey suspended?

Robert, one of the most important moderators of Stack Overflow recently resigned. I have noticed his account was suspended today. Normally I would not ask, but given the open accusations of ...
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Mouse over hint for pronoun [duplicate]

Some concerns about pronounce in the new CoC involve workflow -- i.e., the need to go to a profile page to learn how someone chooses to be addressed. I notice that reputation pops up as a hint during ...
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Directly editing or leaving a comment instead? [duplicate]

I tried to find a faq post about that, but couldn't find one. When should one directly edit a post and when should one just suggest improvement in comments instead? So far, I have been using my "gut ...
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What if I misgendered someone in a past comment that still persists?

5 years ago, I posted a comment using the pronoun 'he' as a shortcut. My comment went like this: OP you should read the answer of @user-1248177 . He gives more information than I on this specific ...
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Have there been any statements from the CEO in relation to the current crisis of confidence?

I have just read the blog post, An Interview with Stack Overflow CEO Prashanth Chandrasekar. The interview contains nothing in relation to the current situation where moderators are resigning and at ...
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How severe is the problem of hate sites since the new CoC?

This is meant to be a companion post of sorts to I am non-binary - recent events have made SE less safe for me (and other members of the LGBTQ community) The above post has gotten a lot of attention ...
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Could all of the “confusion” around pronouns have been avoided if instead it was deliberate misgendering that was targeted?

I think it worthwhile pointing out that the deliberate misuse of pronouns is often a specific instance of misgendering. But not every case of misgendering is pronoun "abuse". In almost all content on ...
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Why should the accuser decide or be allowed to define confidentiality? [duplicate]

So there is a witch hunt, and the accusers are allowed to hide behind confidential curtains. How — or if — the outcome of such a meeting is shared with the broader community will be left to the ...
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Not Satisfied with Existing Question&Answer but want to avoid duplicate label. Advice? [duplicate]

This scenario has happened several times (ex. my last Stack Overflow question): I have a question. I search and find a similar (or even nigh identical) question which has been answered, often with ...
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Is it time for Stack Exchange, Inc and the community to legally separate amicably?

There's no need to rehash the issues that have led to a lack of trust between the employees of Stack Exchange, Inc and the members of the community. Suffice it to say that astoundingly they continue ...
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Can we please stop tweeting questions for HNQs from sites with reduced moderation?

I understand there's an algorithm that tweets a question with a high number of views in (x amount of time). Two of the three mods on Parenting have suspended activity due to well known recent ...
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Neopronouns: please be lenient with users that are not native English speakers

While the SE network is mostly in English, the community is made from 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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Is there any concerted action that could be taken to ensure that Monica not be forgotten in the discussion about the new policies? [closed]

I proposed one action (which I drastically edited in response to comments) that was not favorably received. I am now editing again, in response to further comments. I think I have adequately ...
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Feedback post: Moderator review and reinstatement processes

The Moderator review and reinstatement processes posted 21 October 2019 have been discussed with the moderators and the two posts below reflect the agreed process for removing or reinstating ...
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which community would be able to help me find adequate networking devices for securing home use and plain networking

I need to buy the simplest set of networking devices that provide adequate security which community would be able to give insight into which devices i should buy or which concepts need to be ...
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Can mods contextually delete comments?

Recently, I've seen comments get deleted but the context around them aren't: (For clarity, the above comments are all responses, 4 initial comments were deleted, the top one is in response to ...