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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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Can I remove comments that are now obsolete (superfluous)? [duplicate]

A question is made. An answer is given. Comments are given on the answer and request the answer be changed. The answer gets changed and the back-and-forth comments are now superfluous (unnecessary). ...
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How useful is the frequent tab on the “All Questions“ page? And to whom?

As I'm typing the title, the system volunteers a list of posts inspired by the words "frequent" and "tab" but despite this, it's evident by the relatively low number of upvotes ...
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Rename [deleted-recent-posts] to [deleted-posts-page]

The tag deleted-recent-posts was created for the pages that contained lists of a given user's deleted questions or answers, and which formerly constrained themselves to only those posts made in the ...
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What is the community feedback weight in deciding if a UI/UX is going to be "committed" or reverted? [duplicate]

I have recently noticed a change in the post list when a significant part of it became almost unreadable when compared to the previous version. I did not like it and I was pleased to find out that I ...
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Could the company explain how their recent actions fit in with the stated "commitment to rebuild relationship with our community"?

SE inc. has stated that they're committed to rebuilding a relationship with the community. Given this fact, I would like to ask the company to explain certain recent events. If you haven't already, ...
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How does a lay user of an SE site ever get to the Greatest Hits page? [duplicate]

I was recently made aware that there is such a thing as a "Greatest Hits" page for SE sites, due to this kerfuffle. But - isn't it effectively a secret easter egg? Are lay, regular users ...
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Remove yellow badge around watched tags [duplicate]

I'm trying my best to see these changes with fresh eyes, and not simply be apprehensive about any changes. However, I can't find a justification for making watched tags yellow. To me, bright icons ...
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What search engine software does Area 51 use?

I was on the Area 51 Stack Exchange site and used the search bar. I was confused as to why it was working so quickly and that's when I realized it was using JavaScript. Eventually I found that you can ...
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Projection of future traffic for major programming languages

I have found from around 2017 or 2018, the following graph made by Stack Overflow: Where could I find a more recent version? I have looked at 2021 Developer Survey and didn't see anything related (...
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In what site can I ask about the comparative characteristics of a family of languages?

In February 2021, I asked the question Pronunciation of "ll" in the Romance languages on the Language Learning site. I received 2 answers and I accepted 1 answer. However, my question was ...
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Review Audit with a "Pending Edit" - What happens if I approve the edit?

Earlier today, I was presented with this audit in the First Questions review queue on Stack Overflow. (Actually, I have been given that audit twice today, within a 20 minute time-frame, and four times ...
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When implementing a major design / workflow change, offer an opt-in beta testing option before release

As we've seen recently with both the updated user profile and homepage designs, it's difficult sometimes to gauge the impact that this will have on users' experience just from screenshots or a video ...
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Is vote count being less prominent an intended feature of the new design?

I don't want to judge the new design, although I think it desires a serious discussion on UX.stackexchange. What is striking to me, how less prominent the vote count has become. It's hidden somewhere ...
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Is there a community about nutrition?

Is there a community about nutrition and diet, from a scientific, health and diet related perspective? Maybe it is nested in Chemistry or Medical Science.
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My people reached count decreased from 250k to 11k

I have used Stack Overflow for the last two months. One week ago, I had a 250k "people reached" count shown on my profile. Suddenly, it decreased and it shows 11k people reached. I don't ...
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Can I ask for a recent feature change to be reverted in whole, and what are the chances of such a request succeeding?

(This is a general question and isn't specifically asking about one particular change.) In the current times, quite a few radical changes are being made to the Stack Exchange engine, such as the ...
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What are the actual guidelines for deleting popular off-topic closed questions?

I recently noticed a relatively popular question (34 upvotes on the question, 42 on the top answer) get deleted on Stack Overflow (https://stackoverflow.com/q/29876518/1108305). This question was ...
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Where do I ask a question about a specific case regarding Wikipedia?

I first tried asking the following question on the Web Applications site. The question was closed as opinion-based on that site. I asked what I can do on the meta site. I was told that the question is ...
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Would I be allowed to post links to services that bypass paywalls?

Every now and then, mainly on sites like Skeptics, I come across a Stack Exchange post that links to a paywalled article. This isn't great, because even if the post is quoting the linked material like ...
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How does this site avoid copyright infringement?

Once in a while I see the Worldbuilding site. But if answers from this site literally become integrated into books, games, movies, apps and so on, how does the user of the answer avoid any claim to ...
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Stack Exchange proxied by Chinese government listed as a Google search result

I was googling some problems and noticed some results (on the first page) pointing to http://security.stackexchange.com.3567586363.proxy.jyj.lf.gov.cn/questions/112355/how-to-further-ensure-ssh-...
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Asking a tag question/question tag or opposite yes/no question to avoid getting downvotes for a 'no' answer or other 'rejection' [closed]

I read some meta posts that are yes/no questions often use downvotes to indicate a 'no' answer even if the question is good. I don't know about Christianity SE, but I recall I read they do that on ...
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Do some Stack Exchange sites really allow joke answers? [duplicate]

(It looks like this post is about question posts specifically rather than answer posts.) Quora has a specific report reason for joke/troll answers. I cannot believe that Stack Exchange which even ...
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Where should I ask Docker networking related questions?

On Stack Exchange, where would you ask a question related to networking or network configuration in Docker / Docker Compose (especially if you are still 'somewhere in the middle/lowest part' of the ...
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MathJax inconsistency between preview and rendered post

I cannot show it here or in the Sandbox directly since there is no MathJax on Meta.SE. There is a Sandbox in Cryptgraphy Meta that one can test there; just click edit and see the difference. The ...
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How to delicately promote a Stack Exchange related application to high-rep users? [duplicate]

I've read these questions: Is it ok to promote my services (not products) when answering a very broad question? [duplicate] How do I mention my own products in answers? [duplicate] How can I link to ...
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Is there any situation where it's appropriate to flag a comment on a deleted post as "No longer needed"?

I know that deleted posts are hidden from the majority of the viewers, and same goes for the comments that were on the posts before they got deleted. There is still the option to flag such comments, ...
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New post summary designs on site home pages and greatest hits now; everywhere else eventually

Update 3 - 2022-02-01 We've rolled out another small set of changes + bugfixes. The largest change was that we removed the yellow from watched tags entirely, leaving just the new "watched" ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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We’ve made changes to our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy - January 2022

We’ve just made two adjustments to our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy. They were made to return a section that was accidentally removed about the DMCA Designated Agent - there’s little to no ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a Stack Exchange question to generate or locate citations for a site like Wikipedia?

First, since this is meta, I am keeping the question somewhat broad about the topics in question to be more applicable, while trying to keep the scope fairly narrow for the essence of the specific ...
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Where to ask soft questions about Software Development [duplicate]

I have an opinion based question about software development and I'm wondering where to ask it. For reference draft of the question is as follows: Title: How to handle constraints on user input data ...
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Chat menu design

If you go to any Stack Exchange chatroom site (e.g. Stack Exchange Chat) the top bar is different than the regular pages. This should be changed to the 'modern' design; if not possible, could you ...
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Can the review-needed indicator be based on votes about to age away, rather than total tasks?

As a moderator, I generally ignore the close votes queue for the reasons outlined here, on the (apparently false) assumption that if a review queue requires attention, then it will turn red. However, ...
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Which site is appropriate for me to ask about textbooks?

I have jumped to a couple of sites asking for the answers to the multiple-choice questions of the APUSH Amsco textbook("AMSCO Advanced Placement Edition: United States History, Newman, John J., ...
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Wikipedia community

Has a Ask Wikipedia community ever been considered to discuss Wikipedia's rules and policy outside of Wikipedia? If yes where can we find the discussions? It already exists on Wikipedia, of course. It'...
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Where can I get help with making design decisions for my application? [duplicate]

I am working on a full-stack application, and I've got a feature that I want to implement. Now I am not sure how I should design that. For me, it's not trivial and has many things to take into ...
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"How to Edit" information in edit page is meaningless to OP

I am a user without the edit privilege in Ask Ubuntu. When I click the edit button on my own post, this is shown: The How to Edit information is kinda meaningless to the OP. How to Edit Correct ...
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If a topic is renamed, should its tag generally be renamed along with it?

Should a general guideline for all Stack Exchange sites be that when a topic is renamed, the corresponding tag is renamed to match? I.e., should name synchronization be the default? Example: Super ...
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How can I view all my automatically deleted questions [duplicate]

Scenario 1: I ask a Stack Overflow question Link it to a GitHub issue The GitHub project maintainer is unresponsive for one year The question does not get much attention After one year the question ...
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What hour will hats stop?

As mentioned in the Winter Bash FAQ page, Winter Bash ends on January 5th... Is the end of Winter Bash January 5th UTC 23:59? Or January 5th UTC 11:59? It isn't clear on the FAQ page.
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Why no Christmas or similar holiday hats?

I was expecting some holiday hats like Christmas, Hanukkah, or New year but none of them were there this time. Any reason for skipping Holiday hats?
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"Hats off" to Yaakov!

As we begin to take our "hats off" as Winter Bash 2021 comes to an end, I want to also take my "hats off" to Yaakov for his absolutely amazing helpfulness, kindness and patience ...
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First answers review queue - Edit queue is full at the moment

I have recently reached the possibility of using the "review queues". Often and willingly I try to help the community of Stack Overflow as I can, focusing mainly on the "first questions&...
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Where can I ask "Is there any way to see a deleted website other than the most obvious options?"

I want to ask the following question: Is there any way to see a deleted website other than archive.org, archive.is, Google or Yandex cache? There was a publication on the impact of one Syberian ...
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2021: a year in closing

I am thrilled to share that this year we are continuing Shog9’s tradition of sharing numbers on closed posts across the network. Please welcome stats that highlight how many questions were closed on ...
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Déjà vu implies glitch in the matrix: question became HNQ six times in two seconds [duplicate]

In the first Matrix movie Trinity says: A déjà vu is usually a glitch in the matrix, it happens when they change something. Related: Why do the machines allow the memory of déjà vu to ...
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