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Should Senior Stack Exchange Community Members be enabled to vote Stack Exchange Executive Staff off the payroll?

Stack Exchange Executive Staff will be under the impression - as company executive staff generally are - that the company is theirs. But Stack Exchange is an unusual organisation very much based on a ...
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Improving question system and general thinking [closed]

How can we improve the question system altogether? This comes from a fact: it's as easy for a question maker not to get rewarded for a question (even if it's a good one) as it is for a network user ...
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Should users be able to re-delete their question after they delete it and it's undeleted by the community/mods?

Consider these questions (I'm sure there's way more examples, but I was a firsthand witness to these two; feel free to edit if you have more): Trouble converting recursive case to Haskell Nested Loop ...
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How to deal with an accepted answer that is not answering the question? [duplicate]

I recently came across a question in Workplace SE where the accepted answer does not provide a solution to the question. From the most upvoted comment on the answer, I'm curious how this is the ...
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How can the answers given in the Loop be analysed in a meaningful way?

I've recently taken the survey. Based on my (admittedly limited) understanding of statistics and social science, I can't come up with a meaningful way to analyse the results. Some of the problems ...
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Is this question part of a cryptocurrency scam? [closed]

I came across this question by chance How do I recover from a cryptocurrency scam?. It is the first question of this account and it directly accepted an answer by another fresh account. The accepted ...
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Is this a troll or a bot answering? [duplicate]

This really caught my attention. As you can below this photo, there's user (Maybe a person or maybe bot) answered the question but it is not answer the question. So is this person just a pure troll ...
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Why doesn't the community hardly ever use other channels of communication?

The other day, I saw the term "TDD" explained as "Twitter driven development", referring to the chance of "something happening" after sending a tweet to SE Inc. being much higher, compared to writing ...
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How's it fair for a moderator to delete my account and dissociate my questions and answers? [closed]

Edit I found the email that proves a moderator deleted my account. And nobody appears to believe me before? Even if you suspend me, why dissociate my questions and answers? How can I manage or ...
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What do the plans for incorporating “new ways to say thanks” look like?

A recent Tweet from @StackOverflow on Twitter said: Announcing our new reactions feature, available today on Stack Overflow for Teams for Basic and Business tiers, and coming to Enterprise in 2020. ...
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Have mods ever been a (potentially) powerful lobby?

Other mods are leaving as a sign of protest for recent and well-known facts. By now, mods resignations appear to be just ordinary business and common users have probably started to get used to it, ...
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Is SE admitting they don't deem recent issues as important?

In this recent blog SE lists out some of the problems with meta. They make some great points, but this one in particular stood out to me: Meta requests don’t integrate with any existing ...
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There is no nuance to the 'Frustration Feedback' bar chart, in the loop blog

The first thing that struck me about the recent blog post was this lop-sided bar chart. I didn't think it would be productive to post a comment on it, so I'm airing my frustrations with this bar ...
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Is Stack Exchange staff removing GoFundMe links?

According to this announcement, Stack Exchange staff will actively remove links to a legal fund campaign from user profiles, posts, and comments Yet browsing around Meta Stack Exchange, I still ...
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How can we appreciate and encourage voters?

In this answer shortly prior to We're Rewarding the Question Askers, I wrote I feel it's better to put more effort into encouraging users to selectively upvote worthwhile questions. Make them stand ...
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What can we do about duplicate downvoting?

I understand why we mark questions as duplicates and close them-- it makes sense. However, I don't think downvotes and duplicates should go hand in hand, which is how the system currently works. ...
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Please don't bring The Loop to per-site metas

On my fourth reading of the blog post introducing The Loop, I noticed something that seems to indicate that the company wants to introduce changes in how the child metas function - something I didn't ...
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Is Microsoft Q&A the beginning of the end for SO?

I saw Microsoft has created its own Q&A system, designed to incorporate the same Stack Overflow-style Q&A, but with additional samples, documentation and tutorials. Someone asked "Why ...
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Are we doing anything but spinning our wheels?

There is no real conversation between the users here and the management of SE, and has not been for, what, six weeks? Both groups are out of their depth. We are out of our depth because we have no ...
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Is “The Loop” covered by SO's Privacy and GDPR policies?

SO's "GDPR Policy" states in part we describe how we collect and use your data, and how we use technologies like cookies to understand how we can better help developers. However, The Loop's first ...
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Is the Community capable of coming up with better solutions than “the Loop”?

My irony bone has absolutely snapped in two over the last few days. We have a company trying to monetize a system where they've spent tremendous resources assembling a huge community of experts to ...
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Boycotting The Loop will not help

I've read a couple comments where people have said they won't submit feedback to The Loop because they oppose the initiative. But boycotting The Loop won't help - it will just silence your voice. If ...
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Will comments on “The Loop” blog posting be shared?

From The Loop Blog Entry Our commitment to you, moving forward, is to continue to share reports on what we’re learning here publicly on the blog. I can't help noticing that after this has been ...
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What is the role of Meta after the arrival of “The Loop”? [duplicate]

Meta is ( was?) a place where the community can come together to discuss about site policies, feature requests and to understand about how the site works. The community can vote up or down a question ...
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Focusing on race, gender and sexuality makes minorities feel exposed and unwelcome

Before the Code of Conduct debacle, I never felt like a member of a minority. I was just a developer asking and answering questions. Now I feel pressured to come out of closet and announce every ...
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Could Stack Exchange be less American-centric?

In the loop survey, a question wrecks my mind: Note that this survey has been updated; the original version had far fewer options which staff explained was a mistake. Of course I selected Other: ...
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“In the loop”, what are the selection criteria for the working group users?

We’ll share regular updates about what we learn through our research, as well as create a new working group of users (made up of people from all corners of the developer community — from folks new to ...
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How should the new pronoun policy be applied to Spanish language?

For Spanish speaking users is not so simple. We don't have "he" or "she", we have programadores y programadoras, arquitectos y arquitectas, .... We finish by using only masculine terms, because if ...
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How can I declare images I create to be in the “public domain” prior to uploading them to Stack Exchange?

Many images I upload are unimportant things like screenshots. I simply don't care about copyright, and want to be able to declare them in the public domain prior to uploading them to Stack Exchange. ...
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Where can I find site community blogs?

At one point, all sites had blogs, although this was later discontinued for the majority of sites. I've also heard that some stacks still run their own blogs! Where can I find these site blogs?
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What gives SE the legal right, under the CC-BY-SA license, to modify user profiles without indicating that the content has changed?

The Terms of Service clearly indicated that all content that you provide to SO Inc is licensed under CC-BY-SA, and that would include your About Me section of your user profile, which SO Inc is ...
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Will there be a version of The Loop survey for users of the Stack Exchange network?

The newly announced The Loop survey asks for our satisfaction and thoughts about using Stack Overflow. Will there be a version of this survey for users of the Stack Exchange network, or is the ...
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Joel left, and SE as we know it is dead

The recent blog post, which I don't even want to link to, made it perfectly clear for me. Joel left, and with that SE as we know it died. It will take a while before it's totally gone, but it will go ...
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Will Meta Stack Exchange be removed now?

This is a question related to the new feedback procedures announcement. This site (Meta Stack Exchange) has various functions: (per the help center) Meta is for... ... Stack Exchange users ...
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The “loop” has arrived. What does the community think about it?

According to plan, SE Inc. has released a lengthy blog post about "the loop", and their vision of a new "community feedback" system. Or something: TLDR; We’re going to be sharing our product ...
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Serial down voting those who write serially bad answers

I'm concerned about whether my own pattern of behaviour might be interpreted as serially down-voting another user. But I find myself conflicted about whether to continue or not because I am NOT down-...
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Why can't they just delete the account instead of suspending a user network-wide for more than a century? [duplicate]

On this question, a user is mentioned who is "suspended" till 2292, which means the suspension period expires on the 23rd century (2201-2300). This question mentions another user who is suspended ...
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As a workaround to Imgur being blocked, is there a image hosting site which allows URL uploads and does not violate CC BY-SA 4.0 copyright?

Imgur is blocked in China (and probably in some other countries as well as many workplaces and educational institutions). This is annoying for Chinese users and Chinese.SE in particular. Workaround: ...
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Where to ask: Etiquette on GitHub / Open Source Development: Should I help with the triage of issues?

I often wander in the issues of a big Open Source project on GitHub. I feel that I now know enough to spot some old issues that can be closed. I'm tempted to do so but I wonder if it's polite (helps ...
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Making valid use of comments containing “-1”

I am trying to check if there are good/valid uses of "-1" comments. I know this is not valid: -1: Bad post. But is this okay? With all due respect, I don't think this is a very helpful ...
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What is the story behind the “I really hate unicorns” close reason? 🦄

According to the Question Close Stats in the 10k Tools here on Meta Stack Exchange, Shog9 created a new close reason in June 2013 that stated: Questions about unicorns are off-topic because I ...
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What will the community's next step be now that SE has declared inactivity and silence towards the current events? [closed]

I suppose you all have read this unpopular answer. People have responded critically and sarcastically towards SE's declaration that they "will not be answering any questions or comments about that ...
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SEDE footer still links to version 3.0 of Creative Commons license

According to Stack Exchange and Stack Overflow have moved to CC BY-SA 4.0, subscriber content is now licensed under version 4.0 of the Creative Commons license. The change is reflected in the footer ...
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Clarification on the ban of the meme about pluralization bugs

On top of an answer describing a meme about pluralization bugs, there was a deprecation notice posted (from August 2018): This meme is officially deprecated. Please do not use this meme. It ...
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Proper SE site to ask about how to bypass Iran's internet restrictions for Google access

I have one question about the Internet problem in Iran which I asked on Stack Overflow (How to Bypass Iran intranet Restrictions for google access and). It was closed as an off-topic question, so ...
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How can I write special symbols in a Stack Overflow question? [duplicate]

I would like to know if is there any link or documentation which explains how to write special symbols. An example from Math.SE, like a pow or something, is this: And so on... Sometimes people edit ...
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Next math renderer MathJax v3 versus KaTeX?

Currently the stack exchange sites use MathJax v2 (see Which Stack Exchange sites use MathJax? for list of sites) which slowly becomes obsolete as new version 3.0.0 is in last beta. Since MathJax v3 ...
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How does “Unsung Hero” encourage positive behavior? [duplicate]

Badges are supposed to encourage positive behavior (this is even in the badges tag description). However, I am having trouble understanding how the badge Unsung Hero (zero score accepted answers: more ...
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Low-quality questions should be easier deletable by their OP

There is nothing better than someone, who wants to maintain a high-value account. In fact, many users do but there are are a few things that complicate that matter. I think that low-quality, low-...
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Do we have any searchable public resources pages?

Stack may have hidden resources, such as clear, well-written, well tag info. (I know I've put some time into various tags, exhaustively linking to reliable sources on the subject, which I've seen ...