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Google Code Prettify has been officially discontinued; it's time for SE to maintain their own highlighter

On April 21, 2020, Google announced that their Prettify syntax highlighter, that Stack Exchange uses, has been discontinued and is no longer being maintained. The repository has been marked read-only ...
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Improve accuracy in the reasons for suspension

From a FAQ answer here on Meta (emphasis mine): When an account is suspended [...] The user page will have a visual reminder that the account is in timed suspension. It will also include a brief ...
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`[faq]` magic link does not magically link to the FAQ

There is a [faq] magic link. When you use it, it appears to work, and it gets rendered as FAQ. However, despite the fact that it is the [faq] magic link, that it gets rendered as FAQ, and that it ...
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Why should someone edit questions from years (3 to 7 years ago, for example)? [duplicate]

What is the use/help to others in editing questions already answered years ago? It is happening on a Stack Exchange site, where a user is editing questions with accepted answers from 2015 or even ...
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What are the number of active participants joining Stack Overflow every day? [closed]

Inspired by a graph posted on blog: https://stackoverflow.blog/2020/05/07/the-way-forward/ CEO says: Along with the surge in traffic to our sites, we have also seen an encouraging lift in new ...
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Are community ads still a thing? [duplicate]

Are community ads still a thing? The last activity on the offical tag was in 2013, and I can’t remember when I last saw a community ad banner (this might be due to ad blocking, although I’ve in ...
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Where should I ask my question about partition types and performance? [duplicate]

I have a question about partition types and their performance for an external HDD. So is there any Stack Exchange site in which I could ask this question? I have searched on the Internet, but I ...
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Inconsistent tag suggestions: `comma` -> `command-line`; `comman` -> `command`; `command` -> `command`

Note to close voters: the tag suggestion algorithm is the same for all Stack Exchange websites, this is why I'm posting the question here even though my example is from https://unix.stackexchange.com (...
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Favorites are now known as Bookmarks

As mentioned previously, we are renaming the Favorites feature to Bookmarks. This allows us to both match how it's currently used more closely and communicate what to expect from it better. Some more ...
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CEO Blog: The Way Forward

Hello members of the Meta Community - Hope you all are staying safe during these unprecedented times. I wanted to share my quarterly blog post that I wrote today: The Way Forward: Three months ago,...
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Can I get suspended for bumping my post?

I recently posted a question on sci-fi SE, which failed to garner enough views/answers/comments. I decided to edit the title to draw more audiences, which I did, but my edit was rolled back and I was ...
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Introducing the possibility of creating folders in favorites section [duplicate]

I tried to see if it is possible to create folders in the section of favorites, to organise the related question in different topics. Personally I have saved different questions because I still can't ...
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Judgment of “not an answer”

When a “question” is actually four questions, none of which can actually be answered, should saying so really be deleted as "not an answer"?
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engineering.stackexchange, Appropriate Question? [closed]

First I want to apologize to the group for asking a question that I agree was way too broad. With that said I thought best to come here and discuss the possibility of posting another question. Note ...
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What post query does Stack Overflow fire to get a question's details with answers, tags, votes, etc.?

As I was reading to get a question or post below, a query may be fired by Stack Overflow: SELECT * # Replace the actual fields FROM posts WHERE (Id = {POST_ID}) OR (ParentId = {POST_ID}) ORDER BY ...
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Why can I not log in to Stack Exchange Android app using a Google account?

I recently installed the Stack Exchange app from Google Play Store, and every time I tried to log in to my account from the application using Google account, it shows me unable to verify your Google ...
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Is the problem of “drive-by-voting” more general than HNQs? [duplicate]

I think this is not an unusual situation for many Stack Exchange users: I might have a beginners' question concerning some area I am not familiar with, for example, about JavaScript, SQL, sed, ... (to ...
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Do I benefit from Stack Exchange badges/scores? [closed]

https://stackoverflow.com/review says there are no review queues available to you because one of my reviews wasn't helpful...Come back on Sep 3 at 6:41 to continue reviewing. OK. So the question ...
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What should we do when the top answer is out of date and the edit review queue is full? [duplicate]

Recently I came across a small, but meaningful JavaScript question: Is there any functions like Promise.all() but that runs all promises even after one fails? It was closed as a duplicate, and that ...
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The [tools] tag is too ambiguous. Let's burninate it

The tools tag has 34 questions and no tag wiki/usage guidance. Its most recently posted question was asked on January 31st of last year. The questions tagged with tools appear to be either related to ...
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Strategy for old technical questions having obsolete answers [duplicate]

I have seen a lot of old questions with great old answers which are up for new answers as technology has evolved. One such example would be of answers on Android development. A lot has changed since ...
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Introducing the Moderator Council - and its first, pro-tempore, representatives

When I was a moderator, I often referred to moderation on Stack Exchange as being a janitor: cleaning up spam, deleting non-answers, removing rudeness, and eradicating a seemingly-endless stream of ...
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Whose answer should you accept: Another person's or your own? [duplicate]

I asked a question about a programming problem and someone wrote a couple of comments, trying to help me find the source of the problem and even pointing out a problem with my code that was easy to ...
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Is the Stack Exchange Meta site advertised?

I've noticed that there are a low number of users on Stack Exchange Meta, compared to other SE sites, such as Stack Overflow. Do the Stack Exchange Team ever advertise this site?
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Why does the `FAQ for Stack Exchange Sites` appear in the unanswered tab?

When I opened the 'Unanswered' tab on the side, as shown below, the first question that shows up is the FAQ. Why is it there? Why isn't it removed from the 'Unanswered' tab?
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Why can you not answer a question more than once? [closed]

When you have a question, and you have multiple suggestions, you have to put it in the same answer. Why can't SE sites allow you to answer a question more than once?
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What is the best place to upload files for use in questions? [duplicate]

Let's say I have a file, such as a HTML file or a Node project in a ZIP file. Where is the best place to upload this file when adding it to a question on Stack Overflow or another SE site?
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What recourse do I have if I believe an SO employee has unfairly declined a feature request? [closed]

I made a feature request a while back, and a Staff-marked user (who is a paid employee, as I understand correctly) marked it status-declined before the community had voted much on it (must have been -...
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Avoiding misuse of SE/SO for online university tests during COVID-19

A number of science and technology-related sites have traditionally considered homework off-topic. As far as I understand, this is because we aim to create a base of answers which are useful for ...
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Tighten vote-to-close conditions for high-score questions [duplicate]

I've seen some questions with score 5+ on the verge of getting closed and sometimes I thought "Mmmh that's a shame". I know I can vote to re-open but perhaps we don't have to go through that. Surely ...
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“Detailed answers to any questions you might have” wording improvement

The wording for the Help Center has always struck me as particularly...unhelpful. Could it be reconsidered? My usual use case is I'm trying to find out what is on- and off-topic for a given site. ...
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Improving Review Queues - Design overview II: Changing review bans and other new features

This is one of three project announcements for Improving Review Queues. We’ve summarized the project objectives and goals here. As a reminder, this project is still in the early stages of discovery. ...
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Improving Review Queues - Design overview I: Onboarding and updating workflows

This is one of three project announcements for Improving Review Queues. We’ve summarized the project objectives and goals here. As a reminder, this project is still in the early stages of discovery. ...
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Improving the Review Queues - Project overview

As part of our Q2 roadmap, the Community Product team is working towards improving Review Queues. This project is still in the early stages of discovery. In addition to user research interviews, we ...
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Does/could/should SE prompt users harder to vote on and accept answers to their questions?

If I remember rightly, when I view a question to which I haven't yet accepted an answer, I sometimes see a reminder to accept an answer. But I was wondering if SE sites could push users harder to ...
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New Feedback Tag – [product-discovery]

As a product team, we’re taking a look at our end-to-end product development lifecycle and identifying points where project work has reached a milestone that can be shared with you for input. We ...
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How can the required number of votes for community promotion ads be lowered on smaller sites?

Martial Arts SE just got our first community ads a few months ago. The requirement is that in order for an ad to be shown, it must have at least 6 votes. However, I'm sure I speak for many small ...
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How does Stack Exchange allow two similar questions to hit HNQ?

See these two questions. They are very much similar to each other. I was shocked to see both these questions hit the HNQ. How does Stack Exchange allow two similar questions to hit HNQ?
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How is the current pandemic negatively affecting some SE sites?

I just read this blog post about the change in traffic due to the pandemic. It's very interesting and I'm grateful to the people who took the time to write it. However, it only talks about SE sites ...
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Close voters can be seen by those without the privilege to do so [duplicate]

This is what I see from my account (which has the close vote privilege): It says "Viewable by the post author and users with the close/reopen votes privilege," yet this is not true. Here is ...
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What is the proper capitalization of “Question” and “Answer”?

Basically, I've been capitalizing Question and Answer when referring to Stack Exchange Questions and Answers - that is, the pieces of content on the site - to distinguish them from just questions and ...
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Let new-comers know what they should know

I would like to focus two things here: Neither the Tour, nor Ask A Question, shows What the question poster should when someone answers their question? which most of the new comers often don't know ...
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Which Stack Exchange website has the highest question close percentage? [duplicate]

Which Stack Exchange website has the highest question close percentage? I see on https://medicalsciences.stackexchange.com/tools/question-close-stats that Medical Sciences Stack Exchange's question ...
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No minimum question limit on SE sites? [closed]

I was browsing the Stack Overflow site (specifically the machine-learning tag (ML)) and I was surprised by how short the questions are becoming in that place. ML is fast growing, but there isn't any ...
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A bug In Stack Exchange Data Query for How Unsung Am I

I was surfing through the How Unsung Am I data queries, because I felt I would receive that soon. But one of the famous query by Martijn Pieters showed that I had to go a long way to get that. But ...
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Will a draft of the new moderator agreement be published on Meta to solicit feedback before it's implemented?

Will a draft of the new moderator agreement (see The Q1 2020 Community Roadmap is on the Blog) be published on SE Meta to solicit feedback before it's implemented? After all, non-moderator users have ...
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Question Close Updates

This week we rolled out a series of changes to improve parts of the question close workflow. You can read more about the details of these changes here. For context, the overall effort to improve ...
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Is it an abuse of power if a moderator edits a user's meta post by adding their objections against the post itself?

Recently, a diamond moderator of this math sub-site of Stack Exchange, added comments (see below) into a meta post that they objects against. (The edit was rolled back by the post maker later though.)...
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This month’s “The Loop” is all about how we utilize feedback

One thing we’ve discussed a lot in the past here on Meta and at Stack Overflow is how we receive, prioritize and implement feedback. A project that we announced in Q1 this year was identifying and ...
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Break Up stackoverflow? [duplicate]

I think it might be time to consider breaking up stackoverflow into several different sites. I just posted a JS question. I never even saw it on the first page. As soon as it's off the first page, the ...