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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 ...
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Should there be a colorimetry site? [duplicate]

I wonder where to place question specific to the mathematics of colors (aka "colorimetry"). Some people at the photography site think such questions don't fit there. If so where should they be asked? ...
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Are questions that talk about “today”, “recently”, etc. considered harmful?

Across many SE, but especially 'current events' sorts of SE like Politics, I find myself seeing questions that start with "Today..." or "Recently..." or "This morning..." or whatnot, and it always ...
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How effective are tag warnings?

tag-warnings intend to warn users when they use certain tags. Is there any data on how effective those tag warnings are? A/B studies, before/after studies, or otherwise; do they have a significant ...
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How much are tag warnings used?

Although I'm reasonably experienced on Stack Exchange (8+ years of activity, 40 sites with 500+ reputation, 247k total rep) and have been a diamond moderator on one site for some 5 years, today I saw ...
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History of badges, reputation along with questions and answers [closed]

Is there a way we can go back to look at reputation/badges history? i.e the number of questions(asked/answered) before getting a badge, and number of questions asked/answered after getting a badge.
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What about that new feedback mechanism?

Last week, that blog announcement about the sudden change to the question weight, ended with: ... along with some new feedback mechanisms we will be announcing next week... Now, unless I missed ...
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I want to chat with a specific user to ask them a question, how can I do that? [duplicate]

I want to ask a question to a specific user on Islam.SE, but I don't have the reputation to create or participate in chat. How can I ask my question to this user?
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Please unlock “Fram's ban on Wikipedia…What can Stack Exchange learn from it?”

The following question, Does the Fram's ban on Wikipedia seem similar to recent events? What can Stack Exchange learn from it? by Rebecca J. Stones has been locked by a moderator. No comments can ...
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Can my answer about current events be undeleted?

In mid-November, SE staff posted a Q&A style announcement "Why is SE removing links and community ads about legal issues?" here on meta. To my knowledge, this was the first "official" post from SE ...
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What new things can be done to increase participation in MSE?

There are concerns that MSE participants are a tiny and potentially unrepresentative subset of the community. What can we do to increase participation on MSE by users of other Stack Exchange sites, ...
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Rules around deleting or editing tags [duplicate]

I know we need 1500 points to be able to create tags on Stack Overflow. Now I wonder about the rules around removing or editing tags. Would it need consensus of a certain number of people to ...
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Where can I ask questions about integration with Oracle products?

Which SE site, if any, would be the right place to ask questions about Oracle products, particularly about integration with Opera? It's neither code nor DB related, so it won't be welcome in ...
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Is “helpful flag” data accessible via SEDE? [duplicate]

I'm looking to find the top flaggers on a given site, and am trying to do so in SEDE. I was inclined to write up a SEDE query, but, to my amateur eye, there doesn't seem to be any table that lists ...
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New procedures for mitigating closer hostilities [duplicate]

Voting to close a question on any SE site should force the voters to actually sit down and state the case why this question should be closed. No more just pushing buttons and leaving but you actually ...
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How many people re-post their question in the correct place after accidentally posting it here?

As a lurker here on MSE, I regularly see people posting questions that were meant for another site on the network, usually by mistake. These questions invariably receive comments directing them to the ...
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Is MSE understaffed in terms of moderators?

Background (skip if you don't like meta comments) I saw a post by Journeyman Geek stating (emphasis mine): Monumentally long comment threads are a pain to moderate, and the mods have enough on ...
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To what extent can I responsibly advertise an open-source project related to SE?

A group of SE users and I are collaborating on an open-source project similar to the SE network (basically an alternative for frustrated users), and I would like to get the word out to interested SE ...
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Is burnination a [niche-area]?

Do we need the niche-area tag (6 questions, with half of them closed or marked as a dupe, no tag wiki) here on Meta Stack Exchange? I question its utility for two reasons: It's not really possible ...
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Is the voting and reputation system sustainable? How can we improve it or maybe it should be replaced?

Is voting still sustainable? The number of votes going down and the dynamics changing towards questions and answers only being relevant during the first few days. This makes the rating system, by ...
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Does Fram's ban on Wikipedia seem similar to recent events? What can Stack Exchange learn from it?

There's an interesting Buzzfeed article: Bernstein, The Culture War Has Finally Come For Wikipedia, June 27, 2019. It shows striking similarity to the current happenings here. Quoting Cherry picking ...
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Joel Spolsky's profile description is Co-founder & CEO. Should it be updated?

In the blog authors page, the description of the Joel Spolsky's profile is Co-founder & CEO. On October 1st, 2019, Prashanth Chandrasekar joined as New CEO. Is it required to update Joel Spolsky'...
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Possibility to object to closing? [duplicate]

After a question get closed, it can be reopened after it was substantially enhanced. But it may be substantially enhanced while it has one or more close votes, but not closed yet. I think it should ...
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Lifting question ban impossible if there are no mediocre questions [duplicate]

A question ban can be lifted only if you improve existing questions, see here. However, there might be situations where it is impossible to improve existing questions, namely if the user has posted ...

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