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Please consider gathering Meta feedback before the “ship” stage

The blog post "The Loop #1: How we conduct research on the Community team" sheds a little light on how the current process for making changes on Stack Exchange works. Today, our research process ...
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How can I merge/combine all Stack Exchange accounts? [duplicate]

Is it possible to merge all Stack Exchange Sites accounts like StackOverflow & AskUbuntu, SuperUser, etc. so that the trust (impact, reputation and badges) of all accounts gets added up into one ...
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If “a reasonable person would find this content inappropriate…” flag is rejected, is the flagger being judged as unreasonable?

Currently we have the "rude and abusive" flag: rude or abusive A reasonable person would find this content inappropriate for respectful discourse. Hence... Question: If "a reasonable person ...
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What purpose does Meta Stack Exchange serve for *you*?

Note: I am aware that this is the epitome of an opinion-based question. I am explicitly asking for people's personal opinions. Bearing in mind that this is meta and it works differently from a regular ...
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Unfitting “This Is Fine” hat

In light of the turmoil the SE community is in the midst of I see the "This Is Fine" hat as (at best) an egregious oversight. We have a quote from one of the new WB devs "...not enough bandwidth ...
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Typo on Winter Bash 2019 page

Winter Bash is on! I am very excited about hats though I don't own one yet :-( I was just hanging around clicking on random cards on the Winter Bash page when I came across this after I clicked on ...
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Should we close old Winter Bash questions?

I see a few questions in the Close Votes review queue here on Meta Stack Exchange for specific questions about the challenges and rewards of Winter Bashes gone by. Some people are voting to close them ...
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What can a questioner do if a well-written question goes almost completely unnoticed? [duplicate]

I recently posted a question to Stack Overflow, which I think was well-written and thought-out. However, since dozens of questions are posted every minute, I feel like it is getting close to ...
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Why is it not offensive to compare users to kindergarteners requiring babysitting?

I came across the following in an answer by rene: This isn't kindergarten and we're not here to babysit everyone. If you have to ask yourself if your post is considered to be acting in good faith/...
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Will there be a blog post for Winter Bash 2019?

In years past, there would be an announcement on the Stack Overflow Blog to launch Winter Bash. WB 2012 WB 2013 WB 2014 WB 2015 WB 2016 (even includes a video!) WB 2017 WB 2018 There doesn't seem to ...
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Winter Bash 2019 Knitting

Repost of Winter Bash 2018 Knitting Just go here and click Start Knitting! Share your knits in the answers.
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❄️ Winter Bash 2019 Hat list ❄️

The Winter Bash is back and the hats are listed below. As always, there are only two answers: one for the secret hats, and one for the regular hats. The secret hat list will be updated as we learn ...
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What is considered acceptable feedback?

In the past 48 hours, a question related to the specific wording of the Code of Conduct (archive link) went from being open to deleted, and its author was subject to a 7-day suspension. The topic of ...
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How are questions with titles that differ only in minor words to rude and abusive questions treated?

The Holocaust denial trolling questions https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/36478/is-there-a-way-to-refute-this-image and https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/36450/can-you-refute-...
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Is there any plan for archiving the Stack Exchange network similar to GitHub's Arctic Code Vault?

GitHub announced in mid-November 2019 about their Code Vault Program. They plan to capture a snapshot of every active public repository on 02/02/2020 and preserve that data in the Arctic Code Vault. ...
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Changes to the duplicate auto comment, making a difference to how duplicate flags are perceived

Stack Exchange have been getting a hard time with regards to recent changes made, so I thought it would be good to point out a small thing, I think, is making a good change. I am refering to the ...
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Where to ask questions about which GitHub plan (Free, Pro, Team or Enterprise) are best?

I would like to ask a question about which GitHub plan (Free, Pro, Team or Enterprise) would be best for the start-up company I'm working in currently. Is there a recommended Stack Exchange forum for ...
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If we do something about the “sandmen” I might consider treating newbies with kid gloves

Background. SE has periodically pressed forward campaigns trying to make the site friendlier to new users. Summer of Love (several editions), Be-Nice-policy,... Apparently they have largely failed. At ...
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We don't have any [friends]

The tag friends (8 non-deleted questions, no tag wiki) is one of those useless meta tags. It seems to refer to several different concepts: Adding some kind of social media-style 'friends list' to the ...
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Is it considered poor form to answer old and inactive questions? (thread resurrection) [duplicate]

I think the title says it all. On some support boards and forums it is considered poor form because it causes activity that bothers some. Especially to those that monitors that site's "newest changes" ...
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Changing a login email done through Stack Overflow instead of Stack Exchange, and in two different places

First I should clarify that I don't ask a question like "How do change a Stack Exchange login email?" and there are already such few (duplicated) questions. I ask the following question to better ...
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Are “too broad” and “needs more focus” abolishable?

Q&A can be conducted at different levels of details. If a question asks about the big picture, an answer should just answer the big picture. The sun is giagantic, but when you see from the Earth, ...
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Can anyone link examples where the new COC policy on gender pronouns was used?

A bit of time has now passed since Stack Exchange decided to implement the new code of conduct. I don't want to beat a dead horse here, but I am curious to see what the actual results of this are. One ...
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Using user answers for commercial projects

I'm an individual and work from my home. Does user codes/answers posted on Stackoverflow can be (whenever if I re-write them or copy them as they are): Used on my private C# project which I built ...
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Which answer should I mark as correct - the first comments or the first answer?

After asking a question on SE, one user, in the comments section, asked one question and, with my answer, he asked another question and added a consideration that solved my problem. I thanked him and ...
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Will a [discussion] tag make the requirements for a [feature-request] weaker?

Inspired by this question: Hide notifications about a specific question? I am wondering if the use of the discussion tag makes the requirements for a feature-request question weaker than described in ...
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Let's not have hats on Meta Stack Exchange for 2019

The idea of Winter Bash 2019 has...not been popular among Meta regulars. It does look like it is going forward in general. Could we make an exception and remove Meta Stack Exchange from the sites ...
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How to do “polls” in “chat”?

Moderation decided to close and delete my question Winter Bash … does it matter to you this year? I asked today. In the explanation about that close/deletion, moderator Tinkeringbell also mentioned: ...
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Is it possible (in 2019) to appeal a Community♦ judgement? (“This question was deleted as spam or offensive”) [duplicate]

Earlier today I asked a question, seeking to clarify whether Stack Exchange (the commercial organisation) subscribes to a particular pseudo-scientific idea or not. There ensued an animated, albeit ...
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What happened to Unicorn Meta Zoo?

We used to get one or two Unicorn Meta Zoo podcast posts per month, but this seems to have abruptly stopped in late September, with the last one being significantly more poorly-received by the ...
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Stack Overflow Podcast on SoundCloud

If I am not mistaken, Stack Overflow's official SoundCloud is https://soundcloud.com/stack-exchange/ But I can see only four new podcasts here (from the last 30 days) - https://soundcloud.com/...
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Where should I ask my question about an electromagnetic charger?

I have a question about some electrical gadgets. I first tried to ask it in Physics.SE, but it was migrated to ElectricalEngineering.SE, and then locked there. Now, I have still no answer to my ...
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Useful, systematic feedback to a user's review queue actions

Lacking confidence in my reviewing abilities, I usually avoid the review queue. But, I've been asking a decent amount of questions lately and haven't found many questions I could answer (so as to ...
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Is Stack Exchange / Stack Overflow dying? [closed]

I read SO (pun intended) much negative stuff about the company behind Stack Overflow, that I am starting to wonder if Stack Overflow is dying. It seems to me that most people in the community are very ...
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Related tags recommendation gone rogue? [closed]

I took a screenshot as I'm not sure how long this tag page is going to last :-) https://stackoverflow.com/tags/pileofshite/info I just don't understand how both php and wordpress have been suggested ...
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Are SE donations happening this year?

In previous years SE has reached out to moderators, offering to donate money on their behalf to charity. Is that continuing this year, or has it gone away? Reference to the process. Who picks to ...
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Is there an organized community of moderators?

I understand how our moderators get elected, what they do, and so on. Beyond that, I know the moderator agreement, which basically clarifies the restrictions under which moderators operate, and that ...
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Have the question voting patterns changed after increasing question upvote points to 10?

Are there any statistics that would show changes in voting patterns across SE sites since there was a change in the reputation system rewarding question upvotes with 10 points? I am asking about ...
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How were the racial backgrounds used by The Loop and previous surveys designed?

In the current version of "The Loop", the following question is asked: Which racial background(s) do you identify with? Please select all that apply. (optional) Multiracial Hispanic ...
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Improve or hide tooltip for original location in migration banner

When viewing a migrated question, a banner appears with a link to the revision list of the question at its original location. Hovering over it does not really provide new information: it's the title ...
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Should small sites be restrictive in what questions they accept or be as open as possible?

Sometimes I post a seemingly on-topic question on a small Stack Exchange site, only to have a mod close it a few hours later by marking it as off-topic for the site. While I understand that trying to ...
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Where to ask questions about companies' policies on sharing information regarding health plans?

Where to ask questions about companies' policies on sharing information regarding health plans? Example: Title: Why do some companies in the United States ask their employees not to share ...
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How can a student ask better questions on Stack Exchange sites? [duplicate]

I usually ask learning-related questions on Stack Exchange sites and unintentionally get myself voted down with bad questions. When checking my questions like a year or so later, I see that the ...
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Identifying security vulnerabilities in answers [duplicate]

I read this blog and have the following questions and feature request. Please help. Most of the times, the answers are approved by users who might just want "a" solution to the problem. They might ...
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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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