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Ensure that all relevant elections details are available on all screen sizes

Gardening & Landscaping is running an election at the moment. Users that log into …/elections from devices with differently-sized screens get vastly different levels of information regarding the ...
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Can the 40 minute timer be removed for high reputation users across the network? [duplicate]

I often daydream and spend the bulk of my day thinking about up various topics. Once I have digested these topics into good quality questions I would like to, in one burst, ask perhaps three different ...
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Should/do we discourage edits, by privileged users or not, to off-topic questions that will end up deleted?

This is not a duplicate of Is "don't polish turds" a valid rejection reason"?. We want to prevent those edits from getting into the queue in the first place. That also focuses ...
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The reopen process in the help center suggests steps that don't seem easy and/or possible. Documentation issue?

More than five years ago I asked a question about how to check the content of a non-optional value using guard. The first example of four, unfortunately, used an optional array as the input. The other ...
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Updates to Privacy Policy (September 2021)

As you know, periodically we update our privacy policy. Today is one of those days: we've made a few changes to the privacy policy. The policy covers how we collect and use data on the entire network, ...
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Profile image changes (Gravatar images won’t be recoverable after email change)

TL/DR: You won't be able to switch back to your old Gravatar image if you change your email (or have changed your email in the past). Please save and re-upload your Gravatar image if you want to keep ...
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Where in my cross-posted question should I mention that the question is cross-posted?

What I understand about cross-posting: Usually, don't. But whenever you do (like if it's really justified to do so), then mention it. Ok, assuming for the sake of argument that something is allowed to ...
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Why has a user's second question appeared in the "first question" review queue?

This question over at LawSE has just popped up as a First Question review, but it's the user's second question (this is the first) which doesn't seem right to me. Am I missing something or is it a ...
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Is there a policy for extending bounty periods in cases where there is SE network outage or maintenance? [duplicate]

If I start a bounty, I expect that bounty to last 7 days unless I award the bounty before the time of expiry. What happens if there is Stack Exchange Network maintenance or outage during that time? Is ...
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Could SE include a citation tool? [duplicate]

To help everyone provide proper references to support their answers, could SE include a tool in the editor that builds citations in a standard format? Perhaps Harvard referencing? Could also include ...
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What is the line between citing sources and advertising?

In one of my recent answers, I cited an article that had been written by a market leader in the space. I am not, in anyway, affiliated with the source nor was I paid to link to their article. I ...
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Should poor grammar be fixed in a meta post where the OP is asking if (their) poor grammar is okay for the main site?

On a Stack Exchange site where users must post in English, a user who said their native language wasn't English asked on its meta site whether having poor grammar should stop them from posting (on the ...
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Community team Q4/2021 Roadmap

This is just an FYI: I've just published the Q4 2021 Community team roadmap on the blog (and it's early, even!). I'm taking questions or comments here, or over there. :-)
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Can my username and profile picture be my company?

Let's assume I submit high-quality and unbiased answers, that contain no marketing ploys, no suggestions and no references to my company: they will be as unbiased as any other contributor's. Most of ...
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Where can I ask help with Ethernet jacket colours?

I would like to ask the following, but was not sure whether it best fit into Super User, Server Fault or perhaps somewhere else. Which Ethernet cable jacket colours should I use? We have the ...
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The Skills of Great mods

I'm spending a lot of time thinking about mods, mod tools, and the critical skills that great mods have in common. Can you tell me about a time a mod did something that struck you as really ...
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Where should I ask this SharePoint data upload question?

My question on Super User was closed. I assumed the question needed to be at Super User since there is no code involved. Here's the question: Upload directly to SharePoint from another website Is it ...
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Planned SEDE maintenance scheduled for Sept 22, 2021 at 01:00-04:00 UTC (Sept 21 9:00 pm-midnight EDT)

Note: The originally planned second window on Sept 24 is cancelled as the upgrade was a success within the first window. Note: 2021-09-21 0225Z - Maintenance has ended. Please leave a comment if there ...
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Should we burn this [browser-enhancement]?

The browser-enhancement has 32 questions, no tag wiki or excerpt. A quarter of those are questions about Greasemonkey scripts that have been closed and should've been posted on StackApps. For those ...
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Where do I find help with naming that song?

I would like to ask the following. What is the name of this song? This dance track has been on my mind for days and I cannot think of its name! All I can remember is the lyrics of "I know I'll ...
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Trying to understand a "-12 Serial voting was reversed" reputation entry

I understand what serial voting is in general, having read some of "What is serial voting...", but I woke up this morning to find the message -12 Serial voting was reversed in my 'reputation'...
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Is there any user data that can be used to infer how many answers are read on individual posts?

On Skeptics we are discussing the new "unpinned answer" feature and I had the thought that perhaps the discussion often assumes the premise that only the top answer is typically read. I don'...
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"Other action" in "First answers" doesn't fully complete the review

Following community feedback to the recent changes in review queues, as in this answer (and some other, very similar requests on that post), the UI team have now added an "Other action" ...
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How should I handle my low-quality questions?

I have asked some questions that have been voted down. Now I think it is not a good question and I want to delete it. But sometimes it tells me that a user answered this question which took the user's ...
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Should answer scores decay? Discussion on making answer rankings for older questions more dynamic

Folks, this has nothing to do with reputation. It’s about ranking answers. Please stop trying to close it as a duplicate of one of the decade old discussions about reputation. I think it would be ...
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The site settings section of user preferences is now fully responsive

As of this morning, the following sections of user preferences are now fully responsive: Preferences Flair Applications My logins Hide communities Delete profile If anything looks strange, please ...
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Does it make sense restricting someone from asking questions? [closed]

What sense does it make restricting users from asking questions when the sole purpose of being here is to ask questions? Sometimes, the administrators might not understand the questions asked due to ...
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Are downvotes by low-rep users actually recorded anywhere? [duplicate]

Low-reputation users on an SE site that try downvoting a question get the following message: But the downvote doesn't seem to be recorded anywhere, e.g. if a downvote a post as a low-rep users on a ...
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Are there rewards for translators on Stack Exchange sites?

Are there any rewards (eg. badge(s) or reputation benefits) available for the people who contribute to the translations of non-English Stack Exchange sites (eg. Stack Overflow en español) through ...
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What drives you to keep accruing reputation? [closed]

So after 25k reputation points it seems that is the maximum of privileges here on meta or Stack Exchange. For users with 25k+, what is the drive to keep getting more reputation points? I've seen some ...
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Do privilege reputation requirements mean feedback on the new user experience is being lost?

The Question Are there user stories where feedback on the new user experience could be being lost due to reputation requirements and, if there are, is there any way to improve the situation without ...
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Is there a way to handle incorrect, but highly upvoted answers? [duplicate]

Consider this question: How to download and save a file from Internet using Java? It's a relatively simple question, but the most-upvoted answer (which is accepted) is also wrong. There's a number of ...
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What value would showing an unpinned accepted answer selection have to readers?

Genuine question stemming from Should the 'accept' icon be updated? Assuming SE will go ahead and unpin accepted answers. Is there any value in showing the selected answer (most helpful to the ...
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Should the 'accept' icon be updated?

I've on occasion seen people misinterpreting the check mark as: The answer is correct/perfect The answer is approved So when the answer doesn't meet those expectations, the asker may not accept (...
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Where can I find help about FTTP broadband?

I would like to ask the following. Can I connect our external FTTP optical fibre to the WAN port on our router? We have BT Fibre to the Premises, FTTP, and a Unifi Dream Machine Pro, UDMP. Currently, ...
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When will Stack Overflow remove my ban? [duplicate]

Some months ago, I got banned from asking a question on Stack Overflow, because I was new and asking non-programming related questions on that site. So Stack Overflow banned me. Now if I try to ask a ...
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Spam flag if it's off-topic but doesn't actually link to product/company, but profile does?

This question was posted on Stack Overflow today: I already know that recycling is the best way to dispose of our computer equipment, according to me almost each and every part of computer are ...
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Why I go by Rosie (discussion about people using pseudonyms for privacy reasons)

It’s been almost seven months since I joined the Community Team at Stack Overflow. I’ve been having a wonderful time learning the ropes, working with incredible colleagues across the company, and ...
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Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers

Today we changed the way we sort answers on Stack Overflow. We no longer pin the accepted answer (with the green checkmark) to the top of the list of answers. By default, we now sort strictly by votes ...
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Should the [software] tag be uninstalled?

The tag software here on this site doesn't seem to serve much purpose in categorization. The excerpt for the tag states the following: Use this tag for questions about the software that powers the ...
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When someone adds a "language identifier" to a code block does the specified syntax highlighting show in the "suggested edits" "queue"?

When I edit someone's code block with a language identifier: Example: from: ``` def py ``` to: ```python def py ``` Is that change reflected in the Suggested edits queue in the Inline or side-by-...
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How can I self-answer my closed question? [duplicate]

I posted a question, however it was closed with a reason I don't understand. I've found the answer myself and I would like to share the answer with the community, is there any way I can leave the ...
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A user answering duplicate questions and dupe-hammering them afterwards [duplicate]

For a long time now a six-figure user has been consistently answering questions from a certain tag and dupe-hammering quite a few of them right afterwards. I didn't think much of it until recently: I ...
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"Add a comment" doesn't appear below a question but appears below an answer when not logged in [duplicate]

I was trying to check into the situation described in the recent question - Trying to comment on a particular question on the full site crashes Android Chrome I was not logged in. I was checking it in ...
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User preferences page responsiveness

Update 2021-09-07 This is now live cross-network. Now that the navigation of the user profiles and settings are ready for responsiveness, we can start making individual pages responsive. 🎉 We plan ...
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Proposal for awarding credit towards First Questions/Answers badges based on First Posts activity

Update (2021-09-14): This is now live See below for details on how it works. Carryover credit for First posts review work is now being taken into account when calculating eligibility for the Reviewer ...
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The canned comments left by the Community user are less than helpful, in some cases [duplicate]

I've seen a few examples: A comment on a post about licensing on Software Engineering indicating that the post needs clarification. The post is clear enough to know that it is off-topic. Editing for ...
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Adjust the Help Center text about flagging a question for moderator attention to have it reopened [duplicate]

Currently, the Help Center article about reopening closed questions says: If a moderator (user with a ♦ symbol after their name) closed the question, then you may flag it for moderator attention. ...
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Community user seems to have started to post comments since ~ Aug 26? [duplicate]

It seems since a few days the Community user bot has started to post comments to certain questions and answers on several sites. Interestingly, these are comments for which I would expect a certain ...
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All title typography conversions were removed from all sites today. Were they useful on some sites, or should they stay removed everywhere?

For a very long time (since at least 2010, perhaps 2008), the system would make modifications to post titles so that they'd better conform to English style guides: When "straight quotes" ...

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