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Should migrations continue to be allowed if the author is question-banned but their 6-month rate has opened up, or should they be blocked?

This is a follow-up to my prior question Are migrations allowed if the user is banned on the destination site, but their 6-month limit has opened up?. For context, users who are banned from asking ...
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Updates to the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) – January 2024

As part of our ongoing efforts to review and update policies, we’ve updated our Acceptable Use Policy. These changes come after a review period in which we made adjustments as a result of moderator ...
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YouTube Channels Stealing SE Network Content

Although this has been reported before (1, 2), and the current canonical guidance for how to approach sites or scrapers copying SE content is also available, I wanted to share information that I have ...
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Can I edit a question to make it clearer when an answer asks for clarification? [duplicate]

This question addresses the specific case where an answer asks for clarification of the terms of the question thus it is not a duplicate question The following question has been reworded to make it ...
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How can I hide optionally right side panel at stackexchange.com?

Is there a built-in way to hide right-side panel (with links and blog entities) when reading answers to questions at stackexchange.com? It takes significant place on screen and makes text and code too ...
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Old And Incorrect Answers Are A Big Problem

There has been discussion about answers which have been incorrect due to language/framework updates (Introducing Outdated Answers project, and the various linked questions in that question). ...
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Low quality posts: Other Action

When reviewing answers in the Low quality posts review queue there seems like there should be an option for other action instead of just looks okay, edit, and delete/recommend deletion. I am asking ...
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How should I inform a user I'm using their answer in a book?

I used my popular question Do Projects Ever End Early? as the basis of a book I wrote. (Available for free, for a limited time, here.) What is the appropriate protocol to inform the 14 users whose ...
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Talking to the Community user [closed]

Is it possible to talk to the Community user? If not, why? So you may know it's a bot that sometimes bumps old unanswered questions, owns community votes, own downvotes on permanently deleted ...
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What is the best formatting to quote an LLM/ChatGPT question/answer?

Say I want to mention what ChatGPT said. How is the best way to delineate what is the prompt and what is the response?
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Where can I ask if recycled aluminium is safe for using as cooking pots?

As per the title, I've seen many YouTubers heat up old aluminium cans and then mold the liquid in to cooking pots (among other things) and I'm wondering whether the pots are likely to melt or ...
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Why does my question get this many views?

I recently asked a question on the fairly unpopular "Yocto" tag. That is, most new questions have barely 20 to 30 views. Now this one has amassed more than 3k views in just one day, which I ...
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What Stack Exchange website can I ask for website recommendations?

Is there a Stack Exchange community I can ask for website recommendations? Specifically, I am looking for a website that tells about the differences between two words that are often confused with each ...
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If I let ChatGPT improve a post of mine linguistically, does that count as "AI generated content"?

As a non-native English speaker, I am often a little bit unsure about grammar, wording, or phrasing of my posts. Ignoring the fact that this might be hard to detect by others: if I ask an LLM like ...
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Is it possible to require pre-approval for content on an SE site? If not, how can I deal with a site with too much hostile content?

The comments on this Politics SE answer are but one of example of how argumentative and caustic people can be to each other specifically on that SE site compared to other SE sites. I am open to the ...
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What can we do with [culture]? It hasn't a tag wiki and most questions are old

The tag culture doesn't have a tag wiki. Required tags: As of January 16th, 2024, there are 16 questions tagged discussion, three questions tagged feature-request, and one question tagged support. ...
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Stack Exchange site names for API URL query parameter

When calling a Stack Exchange API we need to specify which site we are trying to fetch the data from in a API URL query parameter (site=webapps.meta) like below: https://api.stackexchange.com/docs/...
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Why have I been able to access the Suggested Edits queues when I have <2K rep? [duplicate]

Back when I had around 850 reputation on the Mathematics Stack Exchange, I got a review task in the Suggested Edits queue for this question of mine. The thing is, this was back when I had way less ...
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Why is the maximum image size one can upload in the chat twice larger than the maximum image size one can upload in a question or answer?

The upload limit for images and GIF files in questions and answers is 2 MiB, while the chat uploader has a size limit of 4 MiB for JPG and PNG (I haven't looked at GIF). In both cases, large images ...
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Question downvotes issues in regards to the points system [closed]

I noticed that recently I am losing reputation points due to a question that gets downvotes. I don't understand how I got the points in the first place, but that's a different story. I don't want to ...
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Explain reasons for accepting an answer in Help Center

A new user on an SE site indicated in the comments that one of the answers to their posted question was best. I left a comment encouraging them to accept that answer, and gave a link to this help ...
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What was the "test" I was given on the "first questions" list about? [duplicate]

So, recently I reached 500 reputation on MSE, which gives me access to a tool in which I can review first answers and first questions. I noticed there was a question in the "First Questions" ...
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When discussing in chat about an alleged CoC violation, is it ok to link to the post containing the alleged CoC violation? If not, how to discuss it?

When discussing in the chat about an alleged CoC violation, is it ok to link to the post containing the alleged CoC violation? If not, how to publicly discuss the alleged CoC violation? Motivation of ...
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Somebody needs to watch the health of review queues, network-wide

What I've noticed is that on many sites reviews fall by the wayside. They either don't get done, or there's some other major problem with how they're being done (e.g., robo-reviewing). This is most ...
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How should a user who writes a chat message that is deemed in violation of the Code of Conduct be disciplined? [duplicate]

If a user writes a chat message that is deemed a violation of the code of conduct, should they receive a chat suspension, an account suspension, or both?
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Update/recreate question with unhelpful answers [duplicate]

I asked a question a couple of months ago: How to mitigate risk of having cash with you when abroad? The answers were unhelpful ...as I added on a comment: "be street-smart" and similar ...
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What recourse does a (mistakenly?) deleted spam account have? [duplicate]

There is of course a specific post that prompted this, but I'm not going to link it unless necessary. Anyway, to the point; under the idea that a user's account is destroyed because it was labeled a ...
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Which Stack Exchange site to post this question: Re-enable GitHub two-factor authentication with Authenticator app when switching to a new smartphone?

I posted a self Q&A on Stack Overflow: Re-enable GitHub two-factor authentication with Authenticator app when switching to a new smartphone. It got closed because "This question does not ...
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Answering-in-answer-posts versus answering-in-comments. What is the metric? What are the motives, etiquettes? What is ideal?

I'm noticing that more often than not, across all the communities that I interact with, people will answer a question via a comment rather than by posting an answer. Is there a tracked metric for the ...
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Why were yesterday’s answers from me deleted and my account blocked? [closed]

I subscribed yesterday to address two unresolved threads about incremental site build technologies, for which I have subject matter experience in the field. Can someone help me understand why my ...
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It appears that people are making simple edits and answers just for reputation points

I hesitate to ask questions on Stack Exchange as usually I will get lots of edits and answers, but usually the edits are formatting and spelling, and the answers are simplistic (e.g., read the ...
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What's the benefit of keeping questions around that have negative votes? Isn't it just an embarrassment to the OP?

What's the benefit of keeping questions around that have negative votes? Isn't it just an embarrassment to the OP? And the OP is discouraged to delete the question if the question has been answered by ...
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Why was this answer deleted and marked as offensive? [closed]

This is the question: And this is the answer which was deleted and marked as offensive: But checking the revision The content was: Which is nothing offensive. Also, the answer is valid because AWS ...
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Someone copy-pasted my Database Administrators Stack Exchange site question on YouTube [duplicate]

I asked a question on the Database Administrators Stack Exchange site a few days back: MySQL 8 query doesn't prefer index with higher cardinality Today, I randomly found this video on YouTube. ...
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Usenet: should good questions be ported to StackExchange?

Since about 2005 I’ve posted on Usenet, in comp.lang.postscript. Some of these posts have been ‘small’ questions or answers, some have been more substantial (e.g., the two linked from Bézier ...
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Is it okay to make small edits to meta posts to change my vote?

If I see a meta answer that I voted on a long time ago, but I now have a different opinion on the topic and want to change my vote, is it okay to make a minor edit to the post so I can change my vote?
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Update to our Advertising Guidelines

Today, we have updated our Advertising Guidelines as follows: “Retargeting pixels are not allowed on any campaign. allowed for a limited number of vetted and pre-approved Programmatic partners.” ”...
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Should you undo your vote after an answer was edited?

Let's say you upvote an answer because it answers the question and helps OP fix a problem. Within a couple of minutes of upvoting, this answer is edited slightly - not enough to change it completely ...
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Links to scientific articles in Q/A/C

How can we choose links to scientific articles in questions (Q), answers (A), and comments (C)? On some Stack Exchange sites, e.g., involved in science, it's indispensable to link to scientific ...
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Feature of posting a question as an anonymous guest user (without having an account) is not useful and it leads to incorrect answers / comments

Posting a question as an anonymous guest user (without having an account) is allowed but for commenting 50 reputations are required. A guest user (who doesn't have an account) can't accrue any ...
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Do we need comments saying what comments are for?

I am seeing a more frequent use of comments on a question that are posted right after the question is stating what the purpose of comments are. The question and comment get posted within seconds of ...
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Since there is no Winter Bash, can we share uplifting and inspirational thoughts for this time of the year? [closed]

At this time of the year (December 2023) the focus of most literature and television adverts seems to be about eating, drinking, giving presents and the copious consumption of material "things&...
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"See vote breakout" dialog confusing

Here the user presses "See vote breakout" but it apparently is not a button. And the second "See votes", the one I highlighted in magenta, is apparently just a dialog title. ...
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Update to cookie consent modal for EEA/UK users

Our sites feature a cookie consent banner to ask users for permission to store cookies on their devices. It currently looks like this: In order for us to continue to serve personalized ads in the EEA ...
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Farewell Yaakov and thanks for the haiku!

You may soon notice one fewer diamond around the site. The amazing developer, tech lead, and community advocate Yaakov Ellis - user 51(!) - has taken an opportunity elsewhere and today, December 7th, ...
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Is it possible to start a niche site / community in Area 51?

I suffer from a rare chronic health condition (CSF leaks) and it has two major groups in Facebook with over 7000 members, over 100 posts/comments per day. It's a very helpful community, but the ...
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Problem with vote buttons—color change without actually voting

I've encountered an issue with vote buttons. I think it's a real issue when using a tablet (for reasons that will become apparent), but I've reproduced it in a PC browser. The new vote buttons can ...
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Is it not recommended to accept an answer quickly, because it might not encourage users to write more answers? [duplicate]

A moderator told me to not accept an answer too soon because it hinders users from writing more answers. But the accepted answer fits my needs, AND it even looks like a Canonical Answer to me. Is that ...
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Is Stack Exchange vulnerable to manipulation by an artificial general intelligence?

I recently read the post Is Stack Overflow's reputation system vulnerable to manipulation? which was reassuring, but I'm wondering if it is likely that the tools and the people who use them could be ...
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Site maintenance - Wednesday, December 13, 2023 @ 01:00 UTC (Tuesday, December 12 @ 8:00 pm EST)

UPDATE: The maintenance window has closed. The network is no longer in read-only mode. Thank you for your patience. We have planned maintenance that will impact Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange sites....
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