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Let's talk about (community) health

In my team, we spend a lot of time thinking about the nebulously defined concept of "community health". It seems to be one of those things that everyone knows is important, but nobody can ...
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How should ask a question about involving a knowledge gap? [closed]

How should I post a question asking for help to identify a knowledge gap? Currently, I have an issue related to database design. In the legacy database that I am now in charge of maintaining, I've ...
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Should upvotes on new answers to old/unanswered/upvoted questions be weighted differently?

Note: This question has marked as a possible duplicate of: How about a difficulty rating for questions? However: This question is not about a 'difficulty rating' for questions based on their perceived ...
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Is the commenting/answering policy designed to force content generation, whilst maintaining a closed community?

I signed up to Stack Exchange recently, only to discover that the only way to participate in the conversation is to post questions first. This lead me to look closer at the site. What I discovered was ...
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What can be done if a user accepts an incorrect or inadequate answer to his question due to some bias? [duplicate]

I've noticed that a lot of users on Meta, especially new users, have various biases towards and against certain answerers. I wondered what would the protocol be if a user, who already has a few ...
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How is OverflowAI search going to compete with search engine + generative AI chatbot technologies?

Note: This post is primarily addressed to the company. When I say "you" in this post, I am referring to the company. A couple weeks ago, Microsoft dropped "Copilot" / "New ...
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How do I write an accessible Stack Exchange post?

Accessibility is important for making sure that posts and content on the Stack Exchange network can be read and understood by as many people as possible, including people with disabilities. Because ...
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Etiquette for inviting to chat: Asking about removing "noise" / "chit chat" from own Meta SE answered questions

I want to clean up my posts on Meta Stack Exchange from noise/chit-chat. I know that these edits should not invalidate the answers. How should I proceed if I'm unsure about a part? More specifically, ...
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Can I search the posts of a deleted user for specific keywords like I can do with posts from extant users?

I remember reading a very good answer on a site from a particular user who unfortunately has deleted their account and left SE. But of course all the posts are still available as part of the archival ...
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How to ask about the origin of certain "rule" and its "ruling" attributes

How do I ask about the source of terms and "rules" not explained on a per-site Tour and Help Center without disturbing too much Meta Stack Exchange? Should I make a post for each term and a ...
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Why do magic links work only in comments?

Is there a specific reason why magic links such as [so], [meta.se], etc. do not work in questions and answers, too? Is this by design? They would be handy, especially in the meta sites.
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Cannot open https://stackoverflow.com/

I have not been able to open the link https://stackoverflow.com/ recently. The page said "You are not allowed to perform this action." But I can open "https://meta.stackexchange.com/&...
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Incident update and uptime reporting

There has been some confusion during some recent incidents that we’d like to address. Some of the confusion stems from our status pages/banners that we’re going to update. The other point of ...
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Questions and answers containing copyrighted images

What is the official policy on questions and answers with embedded copyrighted photos? Does the fair use doctrine apply? Is there a difference between high-res "commercial" photos (like &...
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Artificial "intelligence" and Stack Overflow copyright

A comment to one of my answers: This was a really creative way to circumvent the problem. Bing GPT gave me the exact text that you wrote here(i searched and came here to give you the very well ...
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Abusing deleted post edit history as a poor man's version control system?

I've stumbled upon this deleted answer. It has nothing to do with the question, and the poster deleted it immediately, then proceeded to edit it 20 27 times over the next few hours, with random bits ...
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Can I voluntarily cast a single close vote despite having a gold badge? [duplicate]

Voting to close as duplicate can be done by gold-badge owners without requiring votes from other people ("dupehammer"). This is often sensible and useful. However, is it possible to ...
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Is [spoonfeeding] a meta-tag? Is it really a relevant meta meme?

I added this spoonfeeding to a question I posted a few moments ago, before that question, it had four questions closed. I looked at the FAQ about the Meta Memes, and spoonfeeding is not included. ...
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Which site fits questions regarding the meaning of a portion of text in any book?

I am reading the book The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by James Gleick. There are some instances where I fail to understand the meaning of a sentence the author writes. Mostly that's not ...
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Only Math SE won't stay open in Chrome/macOS, and other SE sites are fine. Is it just me?

For a week or two, I've been having trouble with the Math SE main page even though other SE main pages are okay. The two screenshots show what happens when I toggle between Space SE and Math SE. But ...
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Update: New Colors Launched

November 22, 2023: To help with internal managing issues, you may see a reference number added next to the status tag on your post. These numbers don't determine the order or priority of issues but ...
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How do I get help with an issue involving an image which is meant to be confidential?

I was going to ask a question on a Stack Exchange website about why my website's SVG logo was appearing pixelated on my HiDPI screen in the Safari browser. The logo in question is an original graphic ...
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What happened to the visits/day property on the "All Sites" page on stackexchange.com?

On stackexchange.com, the list of all sites contains several stats for every network site. One of them was visits/day, but this has disappeared. For an old screenshot where visits/day was included, ...
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Will a user still be punished if their historical bad behaviour/sock-puppeting is later discovered? [duplicate]

Imagine a user has two accounts on the same site. But after a while, they remove one of the accounts. I don't know if it's still discoverable that a user once had a second account on a site but if the ...
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What we really need to know to understand your community

Obviously, being there and seeing for myself is ideal, but with a network as big as ours, that’s not always possible. So please tell me: what’s one thing that you think it's critical to know, in ...
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Do we have a canonical question about retagging based on answer?

I'm looking for a canonical question about retagging based on an answer. I.E. in my question When should site-specific tags be included in site recommendation questions?, the comment by Nij It never ...
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Is Stack Overflow just a badly run company?

A well-run company is supposed to be led from the top with a good vision of what it can be. With the kind of decisions that have been made recently, I don't see that's the case. New Colors update ...
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Having a chat server for every site

This might seem like a stupid question but I recently found out (okay maybe not that recently) that there are unique chat servers for Stack Overflow and Meta Stack Exchange. Why cannot we have a chat ...
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When should site-specific tags be included in site recommendation questions?

There are several site-recommendation questions, including site-specific tags; however, several questions recommend, i.e, Web Applications SE not having a tag for this site. There are 6 questions, ...
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New colors launched

November 21, 2023: To help with internal managing issues, you may see a reference number added next to the status tag on your post. These numbers don't determine the order or priority of issues but ...
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What is the best way to keep Stack Overflow strong now that we have ChatGPT? [closed]

I saw an article, After ChatGPT disruption, Stack Overflow lays off 28 percent of staff. Stack Overflow helps me a ton. I suspect many AI's knowledge comes from user-generated content on the Internet.....
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Where should I ask a question for a software recommendation for any OS?

I have a question to solve a problem within any OS available (Windows desktop, web/Google Chrome plugin, and Android). It relates to text-to-speech in mixed language texts for language learning. As ...
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Why is the 'Favorite' count so low in the Stack Overflow data? [duplicate]

In the Stack Overflow database, there is a column called "favorite count". I have found that favorite count indicates users find the question interesting or save it for later review. I have ...
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Thank You, V2Blast

V2Blast is one of those folks who - to me represented a rare mix of skills. I knew him before he was hired and I often found he was a tireless advocate of the places he community managed at and ...
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Practical effects of the October 2023 layoff

I hope that by now you’ve all had a chance to read and digest the announcement and the blog post about today’s layoff. This was not an easy decision to make, nor is this an easy conversation to have. ...
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Thank you, Catija

I've had the pleasure of working with some great community managers here. Cat is one of those folks who's always been cheerful, and deeply cared about this spot. We often nagged her to go to sleep ...
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I'm stepping down as a meta moderator — in response to recent actions by the company

One of my goals as a meta moderator has always been to try to nudge the company in the right direction and to try to help keep ties between the company and community strong. I've pushed for a good ...
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Community notice: October 2023 layoff announcement [duplicate]

I’d like to call your attention to today’s blog post from Prashanth. Unfortunately, we’ve made the difficult decision to reduce our headcount by roughly 28%. There are more details at the blog, and I ...
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Does the Code of Conduct prohibit content justifying war crimes?

In war it is generally not acceptable to intentionally target civilians. This is usually addressed by either customary international law or by actual international treaty law. Intentionally killing ...
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Is casting R/A flags on blatant, but uncited, LLM-generated content acceptable?

This is about LLM-generated content that wouldn't otherwise be R/A, not abusive content that happens to be LLM-generated. Also, spam is still spam, even if it's AI-generated. For sake of discussion, I'...
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What should we do with the [alias] tag?

Since we've been seeing some meta-tag discussion these past few days, here's another: What should we do with the six-question wiki-less alias tag? It seems to have been used as a synonym of tag-...
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Do we need a [hardware] reset on this tag?

The hardware tag (here on MSE) is a bit of a mess. Here's the wiki: This tag is for questions about the hardware the Stack Exchange software uses to either build or run their software. Do not use ...
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What's the longest question duplicate chain on SE?

I wonder what the longest question duplicate chain is on SE. For example, Matching files with various extensions using for loop is closed a duplicate of Brace expansion with variable?, which is closed ...
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This tag encompasses a large [web] of topics

We have a web tag here on MSE. I think it should go. It was 21 questions (as of now) with no tag wiki or info. It includes the following topics: The "web" version of SE (in contrast to the ...
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Where can I ask a question about a software project's existing online documentation?

At work, I use a library called wxPython to write graphical user interfaces. Its online documentation is very useful in helping me do this, but I'm struggling to understand why the characters ^^ are ...
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Where can I ask a question about VPN design?

I have the following question about VPN design: Are there VPNs implemented to use several connections instead of just one? Some sites I have already tried: Stack Overflow: closed as off-topic ...
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Why are all communities unlinked? [duplicate]

I examine questions on Stack Overflow, Stack Exchange, and the subdomains for specializations. Every time I want to upvote or save a question or ask one on a new site, I am prompted to make a new ...
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What is the correct way to reply to community wiki FAQ questions with an accepted answer?

There is a FAQ community wiki question Why isn't providing feedback mandatory on downvotes, and why are requests suggesting such negatively received? with the accepted answer, in which I disagree ...
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Prevent comments when downvoting

There have been numerous posts (here on MSE, on MSO, and other meta sites) requesting some form of explanation with downvotes. Although most curators are quite sceptical that any such scheme would be ...
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Should we clean up our AI-related tags?

We have the following tags: chatgpt ai-tools generative-ai (synonym of gen-ai) (this is different from prompt-design-site) overflowai artificial-intelligence1 robots (despite the tag wiki, this is ...
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