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Why some phrases auto recognised as tags and other not [duplicate]

In Stackoverflow when I search for angular it show me the tag [angular] and so I can follow it and when I search for vue or react it isn't. Angular search: Vue search: When I search for [vue] it is ...
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Who decides upon the title for blog posts?

Who decides upon the title of blog posts on the Stack Overflow blog, such as Tapping into the coding power of migrants and refugees in Mexico? Is it the author of the blog post, Stack Exchange, Inc., ...
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Where is all the [activity]

Currently there are multiple tags in regard to the same thing, the activity tab of a user profile. There are: activity recent-activity activity-summary With the following excerpts: Use this tag ...
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Why was “Update: an agreement with Monica Cellio” historically locked?

The question Update: an agreement with Monica Cellio was given a historical lock yesterday. According to the tag wiki for historical-lock, A historical lock preserves older content that was very ...
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The problematic of inter-language migrating, the difficult of communication and my personal case

My case I originally posted my question at Portuguese Stack Overflow (PT-SO), but it was closed because it was out of the programming scope. The moderator advised me to post it on Super ...
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Description of the “Flag as duplicate” doesn't match official staff reply

I know I'm not the only person noticing inconsistencies in the description since it started Should we change the description of "Duplicate of"? Duplicate explanation should encourage ...
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How can we evaluate what were the impacts of “Rewarding the Question Askers” on a specific site? [duplicate]

The reputation value from 5 to 10 on positive votes for questions has recently been changed to better reward users who create questions. But ... what were the impacts on each community? Has the ...
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Conduct a [survey] about tags on Meta

The survey tag on Meta Stack Exchange is about the Stack Overflow Developer Survey (formerly known as the Stack Overflow Annual User Survey and properly under other names as well). Stack Overflow, so ...
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What proportion of Peer-Pressure and Disciplined-badge-earning posts stay deleted?

As far as I know, one can earn the Peer Pressure and Disciplined badges by deleting and subsequently undeleting posts with the appropriate scores (-3 and +3, respectively). See: I cheated on the ...
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How big can a minimal example be? [closed]

I have a bug in my numerical methods code (related to scientific computing). I understand that in order to ask for help, such as for identifying a bug in the code, one has to provide a minimal working ...
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The historical lock on the new post notices announcement should be removed and replaced with something else

New Post Notices are live network-wide, the original announcement of the new post notices, has been historically locked. I understand the intention of doing so: the announcement has run its course, ...
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What is the process for having a site's close threshold lowered?

Stack Overflow now has a 3 close vote threshold We’re lowering the close/reopen vote threshold on Stack Overflow from 5 to 3. Shog9 then made this comment Other sites can have whatever ...
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Why are there badges that promote poor answers?

From what I realize, badges are used for promotion and as a sign of recognition of a certain useful activity. However, I cannot understand the purpose of some badges that seem to encourage to lower ...
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Is it against the rules to proselytize your favorite things instead of answering the question?

So I'm basically at the boiling point with Microsoft's Cult of TypeScript. When I ask a question in JavaScript and someone uses the answers or comments to deride me for not using TypeScript, can I ...
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About Codes of Conduct and the welcoming spirit of SE

As a casual user of SE I have some concerns about the CoC and the welcoming spirit of SE. My personal experience is this: More often than not I feel unwelcome (as a novice and non-specialist) because ...
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Who is the intended audience for the Stack Overflow blog?

So I can't make sense of the blog. I just don't understand who the intended audience for it is. The blog has posts about: Ads for Teams: 1, 2 Ads for other companies/organisations: 1, 2, 3, 4 ...
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Is there a better way to easily understand information and differing sides in multiple-page Meta posts? [duplicate]

It can be difficult to navigate the magnitude of answers available on certain types of posts. These posts usually span multiple pages and by definition hide a lot of information. While reading all ...
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How to ask a good question if you don't know the subject very well?

How can one ask a good question in a subject he doesn't know much about? For example, I'm a developer. Even though I may not know Java, I know how to ask a good question about Java because it's my ...
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Why was the original Q&A apology about Monica Cellio deleted? [duplicate]

After reading on the subject, in one of the many, many Q&As and comments on it, I noticed the original link is now a 404 page (https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/334248/an-update-to-our-...
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Why break the tradition?

It all started out in 2011 on the Gaming Stack Exchange under the name of Hat Dash. Participants of Arqade really liked it, and in 2012, it became a fun event for the whole Stack Exchange network ...
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Let's disambiguate / burninate [filter]

The filter tag, used on 27 questions has no excerpt or wiki, and it's used in quite a few different situations, see below. I think we should get rid of it, but slowly, in order not to flood the ...
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How to handle a question that was asked in good faith, deleted, and then vandalized while deleted?

A user asked a question on a Stack Exchange site in good faith, but it was a very poor-quality question and ended up getting deleted by the community. Shortly after it was deleted, the asker edited it,...
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May a diamond moderator utilize a second, non-diamond account e.g. to cast regular close votes?

This question is prompted by: Add a way for moderators to cast a normal, non binding close/open vote and Do moderators not have a way to just push a post into the close queue?. Basically, some ...
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2019: a year in closing

Closing and reopening questions is a very small part of what goes on around this network... But it gets a lot of attention, and always has. Particularly over the past year, as we've tested some pretty ...
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Why is there a 40 minutes time limit for posting questions [duplicate]

This is a follow up question to this question: Posting only once every 40 minutes even for experienced users? Why is there a limit for people under 124 rep? As long as there's a limit for number of ...
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Correct way to get rid of old unnecessary comments

What is the correct way to get rid of old unnecessary comments? I often visit one of my old posts and see that the comments have become "unnecessary", I then want to get rid of those comments. The ...
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Checking in with “*Monica*” users

On 2019-12-23 Monica Cellio updated her gofundme to announce a legal settlement with SE Inc. (Latest) Since that day, I've been wondering if (or what) that means for that unorganized ad-hoc "...
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On a small site, if almost all closed questions are closed using a diamond hammer, is this good or bad, and should anything be done?

On some smaller sites... Without pointing fingers, I've seen widespread diamond moderator closures, taken to the extreme where almost all closed questions are closed using a diamond hammer; not just ...
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Why am I forced to use the newest chat interface?

When logging into chat-stackexange I am presented with this message: The new mobile version of chat is now the default mobile version on devices that support it. Unlike the classic (okay, ...
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Daily reputation cap doesn't account for reputation * loss* due to bounty awarded?

There are many Q&A's around this and the best explanation of daily cap model is from this answer that uses the bucket analogy. It is an old answer but gives a good understanding. My confusion is ...
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Why was my recurring question about suggestions for Winter Bash 2020 received so negatively? [closed]

Recently, I asked Suggestions for Winter Bash 2020, which is a recurring yearly question asking for suggestions about the next year's Winter Bash (or other winter celebration). It is a recurring ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Suggestions for Winter Bash 2020

Winter Bash 2019 is almost over, and as it's the new year, it's now time to open up the recurring question for the next Winter Bash. Please post your suggestions regarding how to make Winter Bash ...
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How can a user tell if the lack of any response is because of their question or something else? [closed]

So far I've asked 4 questions on SO (within 5 months or so), and the only response to any of them has been an up-vote on one question. Beyond that, I've not received any answers, nor even comments of ...
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What if Monica runs for Moderator in an open election?

There is an agreement between Monica Cellio and SE about the slander issues. And an offer to consider using the moderator reinstatement process? which everyone knew before the offer was made she ...
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Definitive grammar resources for usage of neo-pronouns at SE [duplicate]

I am not an English language native, and as such, I may be less sensitive to the difference between open usage of neo-pronouns and plain bad English. In the light of the recent discussions, is it ...
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My question (which had an answer from a Stack Exchange staff) was deleted by a moderator, what should I do next appropriately?

I recently posted the following question on meta: Has Stack Exchange ever permanently kicked out (by the longest possible suspension) a high rep troll? (now closed and deleted by a moderator) Some ...
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I have gotten one upvote for a question, but 10 points were awarded. How come? [duplicate]

Look here: And now here: Can you see what I mean? One upvote, 10 points. I can remember though that at first 5 points were awarded, which changed into 10. Why?
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Replace the 100k and 250k swag instead of just dropping it

In a half-sentence to https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/341194 Unfortunately, we are no longer able to promise swag for any activities on our site. That covers spontaneous contests which aren't ...
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Will there be an Amazing 2019 Stuff-A-Way?

Almost a year ago, there was an Amazing 2018 Stuff-A-Way. It encouraged charitable giving and was rewarded with swag. I even learned new ways to give to charity. :-) Will Stack Exchange have an ...
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Why are comments being deleted so quickly at the moment?

I realise that comments are only supposed to be temporary, but they exist to serve a purpose: improving posts. Comments often point out flaws in an answer and end up being highly upvoted, i.e. ...
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What is a statistically significant number of up-votes?

Up-votes and down-votes are intended to indicate whether the Stack Exchange community feels a particular answer "is useful", as explained in the FAQ: "When should I vote?". How many up-votes does an ...
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Who is Monica Cellio? [duplicate]

Who is Monica Cellio? I’m new here and not familiar with why there are so many questions regarding her. I can’t find her on SE either.
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All Stack Exchange emails come from Stack Overflow [duplicate]

When I get an email about an inbox notification on any Stack Exchange site it comes from "Stack Overflow <do-not-reply@stackoverflow.email>" And I think they should at least change the name ...
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Checking in with moderators that suspended their activity

As of December 24th, 2019, there seem to be maybe 24 moderators who suspended activity and are still in that state as a result of the ongoing fiasco centered around SE's firing of Monica Cellio. ...
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Why was “An Update to our Community and an Apology” deleted?

Recently, Sara Chipps posted her message Update: an agreement with Monica Cellio. After reading it, I wanted to compare it with her previous post about this subject. It turns out that she deleted it. ...
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Why is my +number in the users list physics SE site less than my +number on my profile? [closed]

This question is no longer needed because I now know how the system works. Nevertheless, I ask it. It can become more clear to others as well. One can see on the users' site of physics SE site that ...
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Image descriptions are very rarely written in by users [duplicate]

I have noticed that although when inserting an image part of the code that SE Inserts when you upload it is text saying "Enter image description here" but people very rarely put image descriptions ...
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What are the results of question reputation changes after one month?

More than month ago question upvotes were changed in value from +5 to +10. Right now we can talk about results/metrics and how it affected the community. I guess SE had assumptions before this change....
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Educating users gently about pronoun usage

This is a follow up to Can a user use neopronouns for any third party? where the community response has been "don't use neopronouns that are uncalled for". It seems to me that certain people are ...