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Change the colour of quotes to blue, grey or black?

Note: not a duplicate of Please revert the quote background from white to yellow Many people dislike the change of citation colours from yellow and orange to white and grey: Please revert the quote ...
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Review effect on reputation

I have recently had enough reputation on Stack Overflow to review posts, and it's super exciting. However, I am faced with a bit of a challenge. Some posts do not meet community standards and require ...
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How can I close my own bad question after putting a bounty on it?

I asked a question about a problem that can not be reproduced. I was assuming a database state that was not correct (a query on a table that does not exist). It's fine if the points are gone, but I ...
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​[how-to] get rid of this tag?

The how-to tag has no tag wiki but 37 questions covering widely different topics. I'd be inclined to associate 'how to' questions with support ("How do I use Stack Exchange feature X") but users have ...
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How does the community understand and define meaningful user engagement?

This question is a follow up to How does SE Inc. understand and define meaningful user engagement?, which was asked yesterday and focused specifically how SE Inc. defines and looks at user engagement. ...
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Which measurable evidence (data) is SE directly presenting to its users for them to improve their content? [closed]

As I have researched and tried to learn how SE works by reading different comments, answers, questions and blog posts, I have come to the conclusion that SE is interested in becoming the Q/A site ...
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Why are there separate Stack Exchange sites for various Artificial Intelligence topics?

My question has similarities to this one, but also has other aspects to it. The answer points out that the top tags on all three websites differ. But here are a few points to consider: In practical ...
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Are moderators required to write real answers to posts questioning their actions?

I understand moderators have a tough job but sometimes a normal user doesn't understand why their flag was declined or why their post was closed or deleted without sufficient explanation by a ...
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Basic information is nearly impossible to find on SE

Key facts: What's "basic" for someone depends on the expertise the person has in a given topic What's "basic" also changes with time due to the development of mankind themselves If there is a big gap ...
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What does *description* in query refer to?

A nice guy @rene gave the answer to keywords search on SEDE might need improvement builder.Where(@" qs.Title LIKE @search OR qs.[Description] LIKE @search", new { search = '%...
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What ways does SE provide to handle complex questions in an agile way?

I have a question which originates on previous assumptions and informations. I formulate this question in a way that contains (from my point of view) enough background information for someone to see ...
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Shorten the FAQ on being downvoted to make it more friendly to new users

Suggestion I suggest shortening this particular FAQ Answer significantly: https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/121351/718637 and also to shorten the FAQ itself. Reasons I feel that particular answer ...
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Is it allowed to use Stack Exchange to connect to People? [duplicate]

Is it allowed to use Stack Exchange to find people who would like to work on a project? I am basically looking for students who are interested in creating something to show to future employers.
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keywords search on SEDE might need improvement

I wrote a query to list all posts for a given user by user id. SELECT id, PostTypeId, posts.Title, Body, CreationDate FROM posts WHERE posts.OwnerUserId = 9872 which could be found by search the ...
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Why “flag” a question when I have access to “close”?

As this answer: If you have the privilege to cast close votes, it doesn't matter at all if you do it via the 'close' link or via the 'flag' link and the option 'Should be closed ...'. It will ...
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I wrote a query to word count a user, could someone please give some feedback?

Sometimes I would like use word count to describe someone's contribution, so, I wrote a query (https://data.stackexchange.com/ell/query/1206589/word-count-a-user) to do the job: DECLARE @total_count ...
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Is a user deleted in one Stack Exchange deleted in all of them? [duplicate]

I'm considering deleting my profile on one site, but want to know something before I proceed. Is a user deleted in one Stack Exchange site deleted in all of them? Can I delete only the one profile?
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How to handle situation when another community member has a different view?

Yesterday, I get into an interesting conversation which I don't know how should it be handled. I had a question regarding enabling and disabling a functionality in Laravel Nova, after some hours, I ...
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Why are we so quick to close question? [closed]

I left Wikipedia years ago because of the constant warring between deletionists and whatever else you call "regular" people who contribute content instead of trying to delete everything that gets ...
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Question closed before I updated it. Do I need to just write a new one or just wait? [duplicate]

I recently asked this question: How to go about finding where traffic is getting held up? I just now updated the question, and honestly I don't know if it's an acceptable question even now, but it's ...
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Some minor edits (few characters) are sometimes major edits because of different meanings. How to deal with them? [duplicate]

A question might talk about Latin-based languages, and refer to them as Romantic languages. From the context, and the capitalized "R", it is clear that they meant to say Romanic languages, as in ...
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How to find a sentence contains a sequence of specific words in a specific order?

I am trying to find the posts contain sentences like "*carefully *listen*". * stands for none or any characters carefully has to be put before listen carefully doesn't need to be next to listen ...
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Is there a proofing tool for writing tag excerpts?

One peculiar thing about editing the excerpt for a tag wiki is that sometimes the leading words are omitted in certain contexts. Sometimes this is desirable, but sometimes it comes across as weird. ...
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Our Commitment to Responding to Meta and Moderators

As Teresa mentioned in our Q1 roadmap blog post, the company is working on establishing our commitment to responding on our Meta sites and to our moderators, by setting up a new Meta engagement policy....
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New hiding close-voted posts feature suggestion

In the 2020 community roadmap, it refers to a new feature for hiding posts that have a close vote: We are making fundamental changes to how our close question system works so that it’s a friendlier ...
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Is it OK to license content under “the latest version of CC BY-SA at the time being”?

So... we've all seen the recent chaos caused by the license change from CC 3.0 to CC 4.0, and it's foreseeable that a similar disaster will occur when changing again to a future version of CC (4.1 or ...
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Why should moderators' Q&As show a diamond?

Why should moderators' user cards show a diamond (♦︎︎︎) when they post a question or answer or comment? I don't mean "why do they" -- the answer to which is, "because they're moderators" -- but why ...
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Data explorer query request: a plot of total views vs. reputation

There's a recent push to be more welcoming to beginners. This leads me to the question: Are people coming to Stack Exchange because of questions made by low-rep users? To get some data (not opinions)...
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Is “Stack Gives Back” for 2019 going to happen?

Recognizing that I resigned right before the questionnaire should have gone out for Moderators to choose their charity, so I wouldn't have likely been asked to take part; I haven't heard anything ...
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The new ask page is now live on the network!

After rolling it out to the International Stack Overflow sites last week, we're rolling out the new ask page to the whole network today. The new page was designed with the goal of helping new askers ...
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An Update On Creative Commons Licensing

We’d like to provide you with an update to our transition to version 4.0 of the CC BY-SA license. We realize that this is something that you care deeply about, and that our response to your concerns ...
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How can high-activity questions be more wiki-like, driven by the community? [duplicate]

Some old questions on SE have 1M+ views, and many of them have 30+ answers. See https://stackoverflow.com/search?q=+is%3Aquestion+views%3A1000000..++ for the ~1000 most viewed questions. From just the ...
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Why should people post on this site? [duplicate]

I have been a part of this site for a number of years now and was thinking to myself the other day... Why exactly do I post here? This is not a forum, extended discussions are actively discouraged. ...
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How to find posts by part of keywords?

By using full keywords, I can find the expected post. using part of keywords can not. without the pair of quotation marks, I got unexpected post How to find posts by part of keywords?
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How bold should old accepted answers be edited when they become outdated? [duplicate]

Case in point: How do you assert that a certain exception is thrown in JUnit 4 tests? The accepted answer is not the best answer anymore, yet visitors to this page asking for this question are likely ...
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Is there a complete list of possible staging in Stack Exchange Network?

Is there a complete list of possible staging in Stack Exchange Network? I've gone through Area 51, some posts (Are graduating sites considered launched?), (How can I tell when a site graduated from ...
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What is Stack Exchange's stance on users that move Playground insults elsewhere? [duplicate]

Yesterday, on Stack Overflow, I gave some constructive criticism to a user, when I downvoted (how foolish of me, I know!). Unfortunately as some users do, my point was taking poorly; in this case it ...
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In what time should I expect to get certain amount of reputation in SO? [closed]

Considering that I have some intermediate level knowledge in my domain, In what time should I expect to reach 5000 reputation in SO (keeping in mind that I am a regular user) ? Since, last few months ...
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Has the quality of questions decreased on all SE sites, or only on SO? How do we alter this dynamic in the short term? [closed]

Since the recent events, the quality of questions has decreased in Stack Overflow, featuring questions with no code or where the OP does not know how to ask a proper question (Can we re-advertise the ...
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Is the use of “Disclaimer” to disclose existent affiliation correct?

We all know that on Stack Exchange users are required to disclose affiliation with links and potential promotions they post. In case of being unaffiliated, one often writes a "disclaimer". Searching ...
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Shouldn't my answer in Law Meta be reinstated? (abuse of flags) [closed]

A user posted on Law Meta this question after learning that the activity levels on Law SE are pretty low. I posted my answer yesterday, and it was deleted/hidden & locked by Community few hours ...
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Will the Android app be receiving any future updates? [duplicate]

Will there be a new version of the Android app? It's been without any update for a long time and it doesn't seem to be working really well.
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I don't know if a question about computer appliances belongs in Super User stack

I have a question about possibilities of appliances using thunderbolt enabled USB-C ports and if they have the capability of powering a device and video on the same port. I won't into the specifics ...
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Can a badge be awarded for reading a post?

First of all, my apologies if it has already been asked, but my initial research has lead to no results. I haven't discussed with my Community first, because before asking them if they agree with the ...
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“RSVP for our webinar with Stack Overflow” How do I make it stop

I received an email from a recruiter today entitled "RSVP for our webinar with Stack Overflow", Stack Overflow+Hays Hays is hosting a webinar with Stack Overflow and I'd like to personally ...
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New close/reopen privilege explanation for users who earn it for the first time

Earlier this afternoon we released a new feature aimed at educating folks about the "Cast close and reopen votes" privilege when they earn it. Going forward, when a user visits a question after ...
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The newer close reasons don't account for questions that are too general and require lengthy answers

There are some questions that are incredibly broad. These used to be closed under the "too broad" reason, but that went away. These questions now fall right between two of the new categories: Needs ...
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How can I cancel pending edit review of mine? [duplicate]

I edited someone's post to improve it. While edit is in pending for peer review, I realized that my edit was wrong and I want to revert it back to original post. How can I cancel my edit review before ...
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Why does the company want to increase engagement on Stack Overflow?

Having read the roadmap, people are asking why the company is focused in increasing engagement on Stack Overflow. I think that is the stated ambition ... Though our active user base continues to ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 13:00 UTC (9AM US/Eastern)

Update: The maintenance went as planned. tl;dr; Planned service interruption that will impact all Stack Overflow/Stack Exchange sites, Jobs, Chat, and Teams. All sites will be read-only for up to an ...

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