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How is the CoC about to change? [duplicate]

In this discussion, ex-moderator Monica Cellio describes a change to the Code of Conduct: A director had dropped into the room to announce an upcoming change to the Code of Conduct; unlike the rest ...
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Firing mods and forced relicensing: is Stack Exchange still interested in cooperating with the community?

The last weeks and days have seen some erratic behaviour by Stack Exchange Inc., such as likely illegal changes to the content license and the firing of an upstanding community moderator with no ...
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What is “OP” referring to for nested citation? [duplicate]

I've already read through this post, and I know "OP" stands for Original Poster. Now I would like to know what is "OP" referring to for nested citation? Assume, asker A posted a question (...
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Licensing question: Should Stack Exchange delete all my questions and answers when my account gets closed?

While Stack Exchange can claim that all posts here are automatically CC BY-SA, that would fail when a user deletes their account (or gets banned) as they then become user5876892 or whatever. So ...
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Do comments that promote a user's post fall under spam?

Our current definition of spam focuses mainly on someone trying to sell you an off-site product. What makes something spam and when should I flag it? A post should be marked as spam only if it ...
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Stack Overflow - Developer Story Tab [migrated]

In Developer story tab we can see the contribution of the user for a particular technology or tag. It will be nice if clicking on those tags redirects to some meaningful page/tab. There can be two ...
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Acceptable answer for a code golf [migrated]

The code golf stackexchange tour gives a detailed explanation on, how to ask a code golf question. But what about how to answer? I have multiple questions about: How to give an answer?. Neither the ...
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Graphic Design Stack Exchange AMA with UXPin, and you're all invited! [closed]

UXPin has offered to do an Ask Me Anything with us on Graphic Design SE. We of course are excited and want to make this a big success. You're all welcome to come join in on asking questions and ...
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How is anyone *helped* by deleting relevant questions added to a post? [closed]

I recently viewed a question that was nearly identical to a question I have (requesting AppleScript solutions), and there were at least three helpful responses. My question is essentially the same--...
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Wouldn't it be more useful to show how many people have the maximum amount of reviews of a specific type today?

As there is a limit of 20 reviews per basic review type it might be much more useful to display the number of people who have reached the maximum votes for today instead of just displaying 20 random ...
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If a different question contains the correct answer, should the question be marked as a duplicate? [duplicate]

The situation I am referring to is this recent question on the Worldbuilding Stack Exchange. The situation is as follows: Question A is created with a certain question. Question B is an older, ...
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Count city wise users from Stackoverflow Database

How do I get City wise users count from Stackoverflow Database? I found one Location field in Users table which may contains City, State, Country I wanted to get count all the City wise Users from ...
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Are the blog goals for the next year just repeating our goals for this year?

The current blog post talks about big goals for the year ahead. We want to make Stack Overflow more diverse, inclusive, and welcoming. Isn't it 2019 with 2020 in sight? Weren't being "diverse", "...
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Unicorn Meta Zoo #9: How do we handle problem users?

Welcome to the Unicorn Meta Zoo, a podcast by members of the Stack Exchange community team. If you want to avoid spoilers, jump straight to the audio (transcript). Participants We are talking about ...
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Are regular moderator elections a good idea? [duplicate]

There is ample discussion on Meta showing that moderators hold their position until they resign or are forced out. This is strikingly unlike elections anywhere else in the world, as far as I know. My ...
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Does copying of my own text (with minor edits) from Stack Exchange come under purview of plagiarism?

I have a mathematical proof of my own for my research article which I wanted to share with Stack Exchange to get a confirmation of how correct my proof is. But, I am scared of plagiarism when ...
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Why are there so many users named “user<random number>”? [duplicate]

Are the deleted users automatically renamed to user<random number>, e.g. user354353, or user240249 or are they actually naming their accounts like this?
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Where can I ask a PayPal business question? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a site where I can ask a PayPal business account question. The essence of my question would be: Am I obligated to use PayPal's invoicing system for their online payments service? And ...
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Synonymize/merge [newsletter] into [community-digests]

Apparently, the newsletters have been renamed to Community digests. (I haven't seen an announcement or something.) In my opinion, we should do the same for the newsletter tag here. I have already ...
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What is the ideal number of questions SE wants for any answer for the best search effectiveness? [duplicate]

After reading former SE co-founder Jeff Atwood's blog post Dr. Strangedupe I came to this problem. If I post a wonderful description about the features of a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, do we want users to ...
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Is it acceptable to copy your own answer verbatim from an off-site resource?

An answer on Stack Overflow was recently brought to my attention as possible plagiarism, but I determined that the source of the suspected plagiarism was actually written and posted by the answerer ...
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What to do about mistaken copyediting if reverting a bad reversion gets rejected?

What can be done if a well-meaning but misinformed editor changes a question away from standard English and attempts to fix it are rejected as "completely superfluous"? Example This example will be ...
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How do I find all questions containing certain text and the user is from a certain country?

I am trying to build the following query: Find all questions containing certain text and the user is from a certain country. What I have done so far is: SELECT q.Id AS [Post Link], q....
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User deletes his own question after getting an answer [closed]

I answered a question today on a site (How can I count "\n\n" in a string with Python?) and two minutes after I answered the question, the author thanked users in the comments and deleted ...
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Is it acceptable to ask questions that have content from multiple subjects?

I want to ask a question on the 'Mythology and Folklore' site, pertaining to world ending entities in mythology. In the description I am including the inspiration for the question, which is the lore ...
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Include relevant site participation for privilege threshold instead of reputation alone

Currently, the privilege is decided by a minimum reputation, say 2000 for edits. Suppose Alice has been a long-time user and keeps the site clean and organized by making quality edits, and has a rep ...
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Where do I get a community for a proposal? [duplicate]

For a proposal I need 200 people. My Question is simple: Where do I find them? Is there any site, or other social network for proposing stack sites or similar to this use?
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Seeking Stack Overflow data dump from 2012 to 2016

From this answer to All Stack Exchange data dumps, the historical versions of Stack Overflow data dump are provided. However, from 2012 to 2016, it seems that the data dumps are not available. Has ...
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What could be the reason for duplicating an existing question?

This question was asked today on Parenting. It immediately rang a bell when I read it so I went for search which returned a result very quickly: this question. As you can see, except for very minimal ...
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Does an iOS app with Sign In with Apple ID work on iOS 12? [migrated]

I want to know whether an iOS app with Sign In with Apple ID runs on iOS 12 or not.
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Are interstitial ads, video ads and autoplay audio ads coming to SE?

There is a new blog post on the Stack Exchange company blog announcing SE's advertising principles. But reading that there are very few principles actually mentioned in the post, it directs that part ...
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Am I hacked? Or what happened with my reputation? [duplicate]

I just logged in- and.. I am worried. Is it okay? Just to make sure, I don't use and never wished to use and never used a hacking engine.
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Please post here your site's useful lists of canonical posts, potential duplicate targets, faq, etc [closed]

Please post here your site's master list of basics that are used to refer participants to. The name is not the most important thing! It might be called potential duplicate targets, reference list, ...
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Use a privacy-friendly reCaptcha alternative

I'm very concerned with Google tracking my online activity. According to this article, Google's reCaptcha v3 poses significant privacy concerns, including: sending "hardware and software information, ...
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Common reasons why your meta post may be negatively received

This post functions as a complement to How can I participate in meta and not die trying? As you may already be aware, meta is one such grim place where disagreements happen. It just seems so ...
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Following up issues that former employees were handling

I was lead into a trail of investigation into a UI issue from this post on Meta Stack Overflow Review queue showing review alert for users who can't review, that led me to this post Please don'...
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Why is Stack Exchange allowing Google ads though they have their own profitable revenue model via https://stackoverflow.com/jobs? [duplicate]

Why is Stack Exchange allowing Google ads though they have their own profitable revenue model via https://stackoverflow.com/jobs? I mean, I just recently saw Google ads here. Don't you think it adds ...
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In Ask Different visited questions are coloured the same as non visited

I think this is very unique of AskDifferent compared to the vast majority, if not all, of the rest of the network. I just visited "Equivalent of =SUM(ABOVE) in numbers?", and yet everything will look ...
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What's the best way to compose very long answers?

In the process of writing very long answers, whether on meta sites or main sites, what is the best way to format content for future visitors? For the record, I am not talking about the validity of ...
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Capitalization inconsistencies between the favicon.ico and icon-16.png pictures for several non-designed sites

Well this is very unimportant, but captured my attention. Linguistics.SE favorite icon in browser capitalises only the L, but in Tabs Outliner (just installed) capitalises all the three letters. I ...
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What's responsible for the increase in the number of accounts created every week here on Meta Stack Exchange?

I've noticed that since the past year, the number of accounts created on Meta Stack Exchange every week has increased noticeably, and has sustained a much higher rate than it has sustained for the ...
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Is a downvote legitimate if the voter's lack of knowledge is what makes the question unclear? [duplicate]

If a question is unclear to a person on this site, but is actually a well formed, concise question to someone with the correct background knowledge - would the person who doesn't understand still be ...
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Clarification on “what if _ happened?” off-topic questions

Many (all?) Stack Exchange sites include an off-topic question category that reads: you are asking an open-ended, hypothetical question: “What if ______ happened?” I read this as referring ...
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On which Stack Exchange site should I post questions about app recommendations? [duplicate]

I have to find the desired app of which I know the description (for example, currently I am searching for an app through which we can write text on wallpaper.
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User is suspended till '18, but it is 2019 and he/she is still suspended? [duplicate]

Just now I saw a user with a banner on his/her profile page that says the user is suspended until '18. Right now, it is 2019. The user should have been set free last year, but for some reason he/she ...
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Community for questions about Algorithm puzzles Like LeetCode, HackerRank, CodeSignal

Is there any Stack Exchange community that is available to discuss programming puzzles? Most of the sites have built-in discussion forums (I know LeetCode has one), but I was wondering if there is ...
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Should I flag questions that are recruitment tests? [migrated]

While the specific context here is from Stack Overflow, the question being asked here is not only relevant to Stack Overflow, and can be applied to other technical sites as well. Found a question ...
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On which site can I ask a question about the similarities and differences between data science and machine learning? [duplicate]

I have a basic question, mainly about the similarities and differences between data science (DS) and machine learning (ML). When I put it up on Stack Overflow, someone want to delete my post ...
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Why are mods declining flags to add [featured] to pertinent questions?

I as well as other users have flagged some of the recent questions about ads and tracking users, so people can have some forewarning before their information is all over the internet. However, the ...
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New users appearing on reputation leagues have total reputation less than year reputation [duplicate]

I've noticed that users who were not previously ranked on the philosophy reputation league have total reputation less than their year reputation. Here is an example: I imagine this should be at ...