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If multiple answers work for a question, should all be voted on?

Should someone vote for multiple answers if they work for the specific question?
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Should you downvote an answer that didn't work for you, even if it worked for others?

Is it justified to downvote an answer that didn't work for you specifically, even if it worked for others?
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Make a feature to mark your own question as solved by yourself already without any answer's help! [duplicate]

This option is way better than just setting a question as solved through checking an answer that might or might not be correct leading to a bias. And since there are many cases already that some ...
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Who were the last moderators directly appointed without an election?

When the moderator pro-tempore system was first implemented, mods would be hand-picked from the community by CMs, often after a nomination thread on Meta - the votes on the nominations would influence ...
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On-topic (non-closed & non-locked) posts that you're not allowed to answer?

Is it true that there are types of (meta) posts that are on-topic, non-closed, and non-locked, that you're not allowed to answer? I saw this discussion post on a per-site meta, and all the answers ...
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Is there a Stack Exchange site for this question looking for a term for a specific pattern of dates?

I was wondering where I should post the following question on Stack Exchange. After much thought - and since there isn't a common Meta site - I decided that here would be a good place to start ...
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How to clarify a question closed as site specific

My question How to handle an unnecessarily complex question was closed as site specific. I didn't intend it as such, as any Stack Exchange site can have the kind of overly complex question the meta ...
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Response to a moderator on a Stack Exchange site

I got an edit by a moderator (https://chinese.stackexchange.com/posts/50585/revisions) and would like to respond without distracting others' focus on questions/answers. How can I do so?
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Meta SE's "access review queues" privilege mentions queues that don't exist

Having just earned 2k reputation, I received access to the first available review queues. This is what the description on the Privileges page says: Access the First posts and Late answers review ...
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Can the 'receive your first Gold Badge' description be changed?

Every time I notice the following suggestion, I get slightly amused: You don't have a gold badge yet. Write an answer that scores 100 or more to earn your first. I think this is not helpful advice ...
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How can we request a question to be [featured] in Meta Stack Exchange and per-site metas?

What is the appropriate way for a normal user (without diamond moderator privilege) to request a question to be featured in Meta Stack Exchange and per-site metas? If the OP of the post is a staff ...
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Does SO Portuguese have more downvotes than SO English? [closed]

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that SO Portuguese often has more downvotes than SO English? Further, is there a way for us to find data to test this hypothesis? If this is true, I wonder why ...
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Can't people here be nicer? [duplicate]

I've been using this site since about two years ago, and I've realised that people are very unfriendly here. Until now, I haven't got an upvote from anyone or a positive comment on my questions, ...
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A day in the life of a moderator

An election is being scheduled on one of the sites that I participate on, and one of the moderators took some time to write a description of what being a moderator is like from their perspective. I ...
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What answer should one accept when they both answer different aspects of the question? [duplicate]

This question of mine asks for multiple things, and two different answers cover different parts. Is here the metric which answer took the most time and work? Because I wouldn't know. Or is it which ...
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What is the retention time of images uploaded to https://i.stack.imgur.com?

I sometimes use SO to upload images to i.stack.imgur.com, but without posting any questions. I found this trick very convenient when I need a permalink to previews or thumbnails. What is the risk that ...
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How can a User's CreationDate be after they have posted?

I am currently analysing an Archive-Datadump of the apple.stackexchange.org. When looking on the posts.xml together with the users.xml, there is a strange anomaly. The earliest CreationDate among ...
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Which site in the Stack Exchange network has the highest ratio of meta-traffic to main-site-traffic?

Which site in the Stack Exchange network has the highest and lowest traffic on its meta site relative to its main site? At first I was thinking that Stack Overflow had the highest ratio, as its meta ...
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We're changing the word "Active" to "Modified" below the title on question pages

In the coming weeks, we're going to implement a small change: We are changing the word "Active" to "Modified" in the subhead displayed below the title when you're viewing a ...
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Where can we ask questions about film identification?

Film identification questions are off-topic on Movies & TV SE, so where can we ask them now?
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What's with the SE pulse survey and is the community OK with SE gathering personal data?

So first of all a "pulse survey" is basically a survey to factor user sentiment about something. This is usually a product or something that a company sells. How did we do then? How ...
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Will extra statistics be included in the new post summary layouts, and when?

Since Stack Exchange introduced and implemented the new post summary designs in January 2022; hundreds of users have voiced their dissent. But no one, as far as I could tell, actually referenced one ...
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Hyphenation in titles makes it difficult to read quickly [duplicate]

I couldn’t find any announcement about this, so I expect it’s a recent change (or a bug): some words in the titles of questions on the Home page are now broken into two lines with a hyphen. This is ...
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Is there a way to appropriately nudge a moderator to handle my old flags, or is waiting the only option?

Moderators are hard working volunteers, this we can all agree. The moderators on many Stack Exchange networks, including this one, are also very efficient. But on other smaller sites, even the ...
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Revisiting changes to answer sorting menu: better use of space, moving menu into a dropdown, ascending/descending sort options, clearer descriptions

Update (Mar 21, 2022): The dropdown menu for the answer-sorting options is now live. Update (Feb 9, 2022): I've added an additional question in the Feedback section below. Last week, I posted ...
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Update on the ongoing DDoS attacks and blocking Tor exit nodes

For the past month, Stack Overflow has been hit by weekly DDoS attacks that progressively grew in size and scope. In each incident, the attacker(s) have been changing their methodology and responding ...
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What kind of actions are bots allowed to do?

Based on all of the Stack Exchange API endpoints, especially the [auth required] ones, what actions are bots allowed to do? There is a lot of things you can do with the API, so here's some that are ...
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Did the recent change in layout of question lists have an impact on site usage and if yes, how much?

Recently, a new post summary design and greatest hits page design was rolled out (and is expected to be extended to all other such lists of questions everywhere). It was met with strong disapproval ...
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Years in dates will now display with all four digits

We have released an update to the way in which we render dates in the UI across the network. Up until now, whenever a date that included the year was rendered (which would typically be for dates ...
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Confusing background color in question list

I am not sure if this is new or I just haven't been paying attention, but a number of questions have a sort of peach (or whatever) background color in the question list and sidebar, e.g. on Stack ...
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Correct site for SaaS tools

I'm going to be stringing a bunch of cloud SaaS tools together (is that redundant?) to create an automation solution, and will have a bunch of questions. Is the correct site Stack Overflow? Or Super ...
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Which site can I ask questions about personal development?

Can I ask questions regarding "internal" personal development, i.e. about dealing with certain aspects of one's mind, on the Interpersonal Skills SE site? I think it wouldn't quite fit ...
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A duplicated question with bad writing and bad tagging but better answers [duplicate]

The first question was asked, with all possible tags, but received no long answers. A few months later, the second question was asked without address the first one. The second was poorly worded with ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 2:00AM UTC (Friday, February 18, 2022 at 9:00PM US/EST)

tl;dr Planned service interruption that will impact all Stack Exchange sites, Jobs, and Chat. All sites may be read-only for up to 2 hours on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 2:00AM UTC (Friday, ...
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Some sites are offline, but no blog or Twitter information. Is all OK?

Worldbuilding and Biology, for example, have been offline for about 15 minutes, Science Fiction & Fantasy and Psychology & Neuroscience for somewhat less. Meta disappeared for a bit, but it is ...
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How can I answer questions with affiliate links? [duplicate]

I am new here. As an affiliate marketer, what can I do to be able to post affiliate links to answers questions about new technology, health and design on stackoverflow.com?
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Cardano is leaving Beta

Congratulations to the community on Cardano! They have officially left Public Beta as of today. In December, we had 59 sites on the Stack Exchange Network shed their Beta labels. We also announced ...
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Where to ask for advice on senior project

I would like to ask the following question. Which Stack Exchange site would be the most appropriate? I need some guidance for my senior project. I would like to have your opinion regarding its ...
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User icons on homepage are distracting [duplicate]

User profile icons are among the most colorful and varied elements on the homepage. They draw attention to themselves but don't add value or readability. Displaying icons there encourages users to ...
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What site is best to use for questions about the differences between cleaning products?

I was trying to put oil on my paper shredder for the first time, and I wanted to know how to do it properly. After going through my shredder's manual, I bought some oil they sell and noticed it had a ...
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What does [active] mean?

Inspired by What does active mean? which had the very ambiguous active tag (thanks @Amplitwist for the edit). It has 19 questions but no tag excerpt. If you search in the tag list for activ, you'll ...
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Line break when entering a Space while editing a post

This situation will potentially be hard to recreate, but there is a question on Arqade that when editing changes spaces (Space) into hard enters/line breaks (Enter). It happens when editing this ...
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How do you answer a question whose premise can be improved?

If a user asks a question that is based on bad practice or can be optimised, should/can answers suggest a solution that goes beyond the bounds of the original question? If so, what is the best way to ...
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Are we allowed to use emojis in comments?

I was wondering if we are allowed to use emojis (not excessively of course) in the comments to a post. This came to my mind when writing: I don’t know if we are referring to the same restrictions ...
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Should trusted close/reopen voters and reviewers have their votes weighted more than others'?

In Q3 2021 I finalized my research around three vote close/reopen and I was pretty happy with the outcomes - as were the sites that got to test it out. While the benefit to each site was different, ...
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Law, English, or somewhere else? Where should these two questions go?

I have two questions: In many jurisdictions, one can swear or affirm with the same legal implications. Does saying, "I solemnly affirm ..." mean the same thing as "I affirm," thus ...
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Did giving 10 reputation for each question upvote (instead of 5) have the desired effect?

In 2019, Stack Exchange started giving 10 reputation for every question upvote, instead of 5. Has any study investigated whether the quality or quantity of questions increased after that change?
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Changes to answer sorting menu: moving menu, "Newest" sort option, renaming sort options [duplicate]

Update (Feb. 8, 2022): I appreciate all the thoughtful feedback on this post. Your input caused us to rethink some of what we originally proposed. Rather than update this post with all the changes, I ...
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Are there recent stats available for browser usage, screen size, etc. for Stack Exchange site users?

I have noticed that the Stack Exchange layout is being changed from time to time and that it seems to get worse for the desktop users, a fact also mentioned in one of the top comments for the post ...
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How should I reply to a comment which is a request for code?

In a comments discussion I was asked in a comment to share my code. Unfortunately the code exceeds the number of characters allowed in the comment. I'm not a question owner nor the answer.
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