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Alternatives to the term “rant”

On several of the sites I frequent, we occasionally get questions posted by people who are facing difficult situations, consisting mainly of them expressing how upset they are. In many cases, the ...
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Soft question: code of ethics of using answers in writing an academic paper

Do we have any code of ethics about using the answers in Stack Exchange for writing the academic paper? Situation 1. Someone is writing a paper, but stuck. He found several answers in the Stack ...
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Are there any plans for celebrating the 10th anniversary of Meta Stack Exchange?

Is there any plan for Meta Stack Exchange's 10th anniversary? The first question was posted on Meta Stack Exchange on June 28, 2009. A few months before, Stack Overflow celebrated their 10th year ...
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When were bounties first introduced?

By looking at some relevant questions I can tell that bounties were introduced approximately 10 years ago, but does anyone remembers the exact date that bounties were introduced? I took a look at the ...
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When can candidates be called up after the election?

In the FAQ there is a line stating that it moderators who "nearly won" elections can be added: In some cases, election runner-ups may later be called in to meet additional demand. Also, there were ...
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Let's get these tags [locked] down - do we need them all?

I just wrote a question about post notices on locked questions. When using the tag picker, I realized that we have three tags that are all really versions of the same tag: locked - 86 locked-...
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Adjusting the lock post notices - draft text and reasoning

A few months ago we updated some of the text in the lock tool for moderators. At that time I noted that the post notice text for the various locks could use an update to be more helpful. Right now, ...
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Could some Google questions be useful?

The question How should we deal with Google questions? defines a Google question as a question that you can find the answer to by a simple Google search and according to anon's answer, such a question ...
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Should I repost a question if the first edition was bad, has been fixed, and is still open?

I asked a bad question. After many comments from other users and many edits on my part, it is now a good question. However, the comments are littered with corrections to older versions. Should I ...
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Does accepting an answer invalidate a Low Quality Post review task?

I have encountered a post with a weird timeline: 13:19 - Answer was posted. 13:20 - Answer was flagged as Very Low Quality. 13:35 - A Low-Quality review task was created. 13:36 - Answer was ...
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This question has an open bounty and can't be closed - duplicate? [duplicate]

I put a bounty on this question, because there wasn't any obvious solution. However, recently I found a similar question. But I can't mark it as a duplicate since I put on the bounty. What should I do?...
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Another user updated the code snippet on my answer & it's incorrect/introduced an error. What's my course of action?

Another user updated the code snippet on my answer & it's incorrect/introduced an error. What's my course of action? I can't seem to send them a message, so do I have to manually fix their edit? ...
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Do prefixes in tags have an effect on discoverability?

I am looking for evidence on whether adding hyphenated prefixes to tag names has any effect upon their discoverability by askers. Anecdotal evidence is helpful for my purposes, so reports on whether, ...
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Why people are downvoting this question? [closed]

Can anybody please tell me what is wrong with this question? People are down voting it and I am not getting any comments telling the reason. Which technology would be good to use to calculate ...
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Given the positive “public opinion” on explaining downvotes, why is it disallowed? [duplicate]

See this question: Encouraging people to explain downvotes considering the opinions expressed in there, I don't understand why downvote-explaining comments are disallowed: Not every downvote can be ...
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Network-wide tour page says “may be closed” - maybe replace it with “may be put on hold”? [duplicate]

The network-wide tour page (including Stack Overflow and every other SE site I checked, but not Meta.SE) says the following: Questions that need improvement may be closed until someone fixes them. ...
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Should the cross-site link title conversion limit be increased on this site?

I noticed this answer which has seven links to posts on different per-site metas. When typing up the post in the preview, the post renders just fine, and all the links render correctly as titles: ...
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Code sample button to insert code fences with backticks by default

At least on stackoverflow, new users tend insert their code using the {} "code sample" button in the formatting bar, which uses 4 spaces to pad the code. And I've seen several times when that ...
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Flagging a series of no longer necessary comments [duplicate]

I have several times seen situations where there is a conversation in comments that is no longer necessary (e.g. "can you clarify x", "clarification", "you should ask x as a separate question", "okay, ...
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Does using code syntax for non-code content causes accessibility issues? [duplicate]

I ask because I was told it does when I was working as web developer. On the other hand, diamond moderator who posted this: https://russian.stackexchange.com/a/19767/12008 insists on using this syntax ...
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Can suspensions be bypassed? [duplicate]

If a user is suspended from Stack Exchange, couldn't they just create a new account with a different email address and then just merge the two accounts after their suspension? This would completely ...
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Moderator flag dashboard design refresh (alpha)

Earlier this year, we started work on a design refresh for the moderator flag dashboard, and ran a limited alpha on a few sites. Today, we're opening it up to the rest of the network, with the goal ...
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Let's not put tag name before the question's title in browser title

I've missed the moment when we've started to put tag name first in the webpage title (or the fact that it was the case since the very beginning), however to me this seems to be a very, well, how it is ...
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Where do I ask “What are video games nowadays considered as”?

I have the following question which I'm unsure on which site in the SE network it would be on-topic: Nowadays, the majority of people consider video games as a form of light entertainment. But to ...
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I read the FAQ about deletion but something's not right…

I was casually looking at my bounty stats when I noticed one of the questions I answered had been deleted. The question was posted in March 2016. For the sake of brevity, below are the facts. The ...
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Any problem with burninating [problem-user] tag?

The problem-user tag has 12 questions for now, and I don't think it's a proper tag. In some it's just useless, in others can be replaced with users tag and perhaps adding abuse tag if it's about ...
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Should we allow others to delete questions with well-received answers if the asker himself can't delete that question? [closed]

Here is a question that was asked that was negatively received. It has a -24 vote count. Clearly, the community has judged it negatively. But, the answer by Jon Ericson has 17 upvotes. The logic ...
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The network sites' icons are not expressive [closed]

Every time I lookup the section Hot Network Questions, I must hover my mouse on some questions to show where the link leads because the icon makes it not immediately apparent what that site is. I am ...
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Not able to login to chat.stackoverflow.com [duplicate]

I have an account in stackoverflow.com, today I tried to join a chat room for some technical discussion and help. But I am not able to login to it. chat.stackoverflow.com is throwing "Something bad ...
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Where can I ask a question about a laser engraver device?

I'm having trouble with a laser engraver that I recently acquired. Most other places I've tried give me general advice on maintenance that I'm already aware of but don't help me solve the problem I ...
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What is the rationale for disallowing questions regarding obsolete technologies and hardware and unprofessional practices in some SE sites?

SE sites like Stack Overflow, Super User and Server Fault often discourage questions that concern obsolete technologies and hardware. Some also discourage seemingly "unprofessional" practices such as ...
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Is there a limit for “user was deleted” being propagated as reputation being removed? [duplicate]

Today I saw the following: Clearly the removed user has voted a tremendous number of times on politics and it is plausible that this is related to voting irregularity. However, I remember that ...
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Massive user removal in one night?

I woke up this morning to find that I suffered a massive drop in reputation points across the network because lots of users had been removed. What happened to those users? Was there a database ...
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Why are we happy to delete open questions with 0 score but not terrible, incorrect answers?

I’ve come across some really bad answers on Stack Exchange, including quite a few that are just one sentence with no sources or badly written speculation with no basis. From what I understand, our ...
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Are there highly upvoted, accepted answers that quote just a website? [duplicate]

I recall, but not where, some highly upvoted, accepted answers somewhere that merely quoted text from a website, save one or two sentences sourcing the quote. I ask as this answer (where I quoted a ...
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Replacing the login e-mail address doesn't replace the notification e-mail address

A few days ago, I changed the e-mail address associated with my Stack Exchange account by adding the new e-mail address, then deleting the old one and deleting the old address from the mail service. ...
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Examples of questions on Meta.SE that would merit a Very Low Quality (VLQ) flag

In this answer responding to a user asking about why their Very Low Quality (VLQ) flag was declined on a blatantly off-topic question here on Meta.SE, Tinkeringbell ♦ mentions, The VLQ flag IS NOT ...
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Answering duplicates

I've seen users of various Stack Exchange sites marking a question as duplicate and even closing it. But new users may be unaware that their question already exists and also has an answer. If it were ...
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Answer disappeared without any clue about the reason

Yesterday, I came to a question in StackOverflow about how to sort a data array with different fields and render into an html table using JavaScript. I provided an answer posting a function and some ...
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Can we add “Be Honest” back into the Code of Conduct?

Background & Motivation After reading this blog post about the Code of Conduct, I have a suggestion to add "Be Honest" back into the Code of Conduct. Yes, I realize the blog post is nearly a ...
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Does Area 51 have its own history or usage stats?

Area51.SE has the usage statistics and other information about all the other Stack Exchange networks except itself. I even searched it on the site and as the screenshot above shows, there is no ...
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Is it OK to be facetious?

Although I searched for it, I did not find a question that directly address this topic (not for a specific case but) in general. And I am genuinely asking to know the answer to make my own behavior ...
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How is misrepresentation of Stack Exchange in the media (and in science) handled?

I'm a regular reader of the site of the British newspaper The Guardian. The quality of the articles is generally high and they cover a wide range of topics. Today I was surprised to come across an ...
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I would like more specifics on how the Announcer badge is awarded

When I post a link to a question or answer, and my user ID is part of the link, I know it is counted toward the Announcer badge when someone else clicks on it. However, I have received the Announcer ...
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Where to ask a question about compression? [duplicate]

I want to ask a question about compression and I'm unsure where to ask the question because I couldn't find any sites where this question would fit according to the Help Center. The question: Is ...
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Where would I ask a question regarding the cycle time of a SIMATIC PLC with high-speed analog module

I have a quite specific question regarding the sampling rate of a hs-anolog modul in combination with the cycle-time of my program (TIA-portal V15) running on a Siemens Simatic CPU 1510SP-1 PN for ET ...
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Unicorn Meta Zoo #3: How do we grade questions?

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. Participants We're talking about whether or not ...
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Stack Exchange appears to be less suitable for inexperienced coders than it used to be before [duplicate]

In the past, the programming sites of Stack Exchange (e.g. Stack Overflow) used to accept fairly straightforward questions about HTML, CSS, JS and alike, scripting in powershell or BASH or simple ...
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How to contact a user on a site? [duplicate]

I am not talking about contacting a user about a question/answer on a site. It's just for other information or asking for some personal advice, or just commenting a user on his/her 'about' profile! ...
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How many votes on questions by sock puppets does it take to suspend his account? [duplicate]

If a sock puppet votes on a question or an answer, how many times can it do that before the account gets suspended or deleted?