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Rollout of responsive design site themes - Tracking post

This post will be updated as the responsive design and left navigation layouts are released on each site. Previously, we tried this out by releasing still screenshots of the site designs and getting ...
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Global flag history tab for moderator tools

In the moderator tools, there is a flag queue, and flags can be dismissed as valid/invalid. However, sometimes I want to review recent flags, whether I or another moderator acted upon it. I'm aware ...
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Review queues architecture wrap up

The planned work on Review Queues includes Backend Architecture changes (listed on our Public Platform roadmap for February). As this project is now concluded, I would like to report to the Community ...
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We’re Updating The GDPR-Related Sections Of Our Legal Portal

We’re doing a bit of an overhaul in our legal portal when it comes to how we organize our GDPR-related pages and information. There’s no change in what we collect or how we use it. Our goal is to make ...
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2019: a year in closing

Closing and reopening questions is a very small part of what goes on around this network... But it gets a lot of attention, and always has. Particularly over the past year, as we've tested some pretty ...
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Stack Overflow doesn't notify a user when editing privileges are lost

I recently had a run-in with some minor edits, and lost my edit suggestion privileges for a week. I want to discuss part of the experience that was weird. I only found out about my loss of privileges ...
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How does Stack Exchange handle the creation of a new Stack Exchange site, in terms of backend?

I'm not sure if it's possible for SE folks to disclose architectural details, but I'm very curious about what happens in the backend when a new SE site is created. Is there one big database that ...
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How to link to open-source contributions?

On my http://careers.stackoverflow.com profile, there is a place to add Open Source projects. I don't actually own any open source projects, but I contribute to a number. The value of this ...
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Would it be possible to organize the stackoverflow community to oppose SOPA?

While I realize this is a technical Q & A site, many normally non-political organizations, including the Internet Society and Wikipedia are either opposing or considering opposing the bill, so I ...
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Brief possible service interruption

Micro Version: Possible service interruption. All Stack Exchange/Stack Overflow sites might be briefly unavailable during a 30-minute period on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 starting at 8PM US/Eastern (...
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Left nav is now sticky

We've updated the left nav so that it is now sticky. We are planning to add this ability to scroll the left nav independently, but that will be added later since it shouldn't be needed by anyone ...
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Careers.StackOverflow for freelancing work?

There's already a careers.stackover for "regular jobs." Are there any plans for expanding this to help people find freelancing work on smaller projects?
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A lot of sites are going to be 10 this year - could we do something to celebrate?

Admittedly, the other site I mod is 11, and I embarrassingly missed the anniversary in the midst of a bunch of things. I had a mod go "My community is coming up on its 10 year anniversary, and I ...
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Dogfooding and Jobs - what's with SE using an external jobs portal and… not their own?

I've gotten back into the habit of checking the "work here" page on Stack Overflow, partially because it's a good way to read the tea leaves on the direction of the company. It has, as far ...
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Are we doing anything but spinning our wheels?

There is no real conversation between the users here and the management of SE, and has not been for, what, six weeks? Both groups are out of their depth. We are out of our depth because we have no ...
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Winter Bash 2015 post-mortem

I was a big fan of Jon's approach to wrapping up Winter Bash last year, pairing the traditional blog post with a deeper dive here on meta. So I'm stealing it continuing to implement a successful ...
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A Not-So-Long Time Ago In a StackExchange A Mouse-Click Away… Lady Stackicorn vs Evil Twinicorn!

So I'm sure a lot of you are aware of Aarthi's Roaming Unicorn project. (If not: we have a super-cool SE unicorn plushie named Lady Stackicorn, and she's been roaming the globe and having super cool ...
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Apply filter to exclude particular tag in close vote queue

In the review queue we have filter which allows us to quickly see the questions in which we have expertise in, which is great for productivity. But here is a scenario, I have expertise in Java and a ...
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Stars are now evil?

As a room owner of a chat.SE room, I recently noticed a button that I can use: Great! I don't know when I would ever need to use it, but that's beside the point. When I click the button, this dialog ...
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On communication, tone deafness, and engaging constructively with folks in email communications with users

I had an interesting set of emails sent to me, ostensibly by marketing. Apparently there's a different set of emails sent to others, and there's a negative response to that as well on MSO. Admittedly ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in [Stack Exchange land](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zulu_Time)... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange ...
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A thank-you note to the technical folks at SE Inc: great job regarding question-weights!

Unfortunately, I have to start with a brief disclaimer: I very much dislike how SE Inc. again made another decision (about changing questions weight) that affects the community without consulting the ...
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Topbar tells me about a +1 recovered from a deleted DVed post, but detail view doesn't show it

The topbar only tells us about reputation gains (see related issue with lost rep). But sometimes it only half-tells us: The explanation of that +1 is nowhere to be found here. An answer that I ...
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Change the color of the moderator inbox diamond

Currently the diamond that notifies you of changes to the moderator inbox changes its color from grey to blue. Grey Diamond: Blue Diamond: I think the blue blends far too well into the design of ...
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Awkward Enlightened badge explanation, and a possible improvement

This is replacing a previous question (deleted, so 10K only) on the description of the Enlightened badge in the Help Center: First to answer and accepted with score of 10 or more. This badge can be ...
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Should mobile app questions be closed now that the apps are officially retired?

Today, Yaakov Ellis, a Stack Exchange staff member, stated in response to an app bug report that, We are not providing any further support for the mobile apps. There will not be any more builds ...
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Questions / bug-reports get deleted on meta without notice

Questions and bug-reports seem to get deleted without notice here on meta. I posted a bug report about 20 minutes ago, which just disappeared. This question So we can't report bugs anymore was ...
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Moderator Flag Dashboard hard launch

Previous posts Moderator Flag Dashboard soft launch Moderator flag dashboard design refresh (alpha) As of today, the Moderator Flag Dashboard is officially graduated and the old version ...
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Responsive design now available on all sites; new theme customization coming soon

It's been a long process, but the changes we announced back in March are done. Most sites will see their new themes live for all users on November 30. Some sites with blocking issues may have to wait ...
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Can we do more to warn anonymous users away from invalid edit suggestions?

I don't know if all sites have this problem, but I suspect it extends beyond just Seasoned Advice. Sometimes we seem to go through periods where we have a constant stream of invalid suggested edits ...
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Show both question user owner and last-activity user on question listing

In the questions list it shows the name of the last active user on that question. Wouldn't it be nice to show both user that asked (fixed) and last-activity below? Example here:
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Why does the “Post Locked” explanation suggest visiting Meta… on Meta?

The "Post Locked" banner suggests visiting Meta to get more info... even if the post in question is on Meta. Shouldn't it link to the FAQ instead? Granted, the FAQ does not contain any info on this ...
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Survey for Moderators who step down

As Teresa shared on her announcement here on meta, we have finalized this survey and sent it to moderators who recently stepped down. We will be creating a Moderator offboarding process, including ...
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Do we really need “Top network askers”?

I was browsing the main Stack Exchange page and came across the "Hot posts" tab. It is a fun thing to see the diversity of the entire network. Then I noticed that there is a list with "Top network ...
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Why does the community user have favorites (stars)?

I noticed on the Network User page that the Community User has starred a question on the Skeptics site. So why does the community user have a starred post? Does the community user own stars from ...
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Will you publish Winter Bash 2015 source code for snowball animation?

I like the snowball animation for Winter Bash 2015 - do you plan to make the source code public? It would be a great inspiration for making similar animations for our own projects!
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Comment vote throttling makes it annoying to clean up obsolete chat

If I have a back-and-forth of say 4 comments each while refining an answer, I will then need to clean up my comments (presuming they are incorporated into the answer), then possibly flag my partner's. ...
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Spam flagging on-topic answers

I have noticed that the community, on finding a posted answer that appears to promote a product or service, looks up the user's account and spam flags all the other answers for that user that also ...
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SO (chat) Plugin for Pidgin

Belongs these: IRC access for the chat? Offer an XMPP method for chat Protocol and server of chat.stackoverflow.com? I think a plugin for Pidgin (popular free/open source messaging client) that ...
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Is flair still new? You can probably remove the <sup style=“background-color:yellow”>new</sup> on user pages now

If you go to your user page it still says get the NEW flair...probably ok to replace that little yellow box now
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Does Amazon Alexa use Stack Exchange content, and if so, is it done legally?

According to the Stack Exchange content license (CC-BY-SA), uses of content on Stack Exchange sites must be properly attributed. However, I have noticed Amazon Alexa (accessed using an Echo device) ...
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Good Subjective and Knowledge Questions vs Problems You Face

Currently the Don't Ask page of SE sites indicates "You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face" however Good Subjective, Bad Subjective, as well as a ...
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We're Formalizing How We Announce Tests A Bit

We're going to be running a whole lot of tests in the near future (mostly on Stack Overflow) and we'd like to take a moment to set everyone's expectations consistently when it comes to how, what, when ...
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How should moderators handle a custom flag to re-open a question?

As a moderator I occasionally encounter a custom flag "in need of moderator intervention" with a request to re-open a closed question. I am generally reluctant to unilaterally override the decision of ...
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Why is this question a hot question?

Is Photography such a low volume site that https://photo.stackexchange.com/questions/56891/why-would-i-bother-to-participate-any-further-on-this-web-site (now migrated to their meta: https://photo....
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Open Source ads need a more specific focus

SO's Open Source advertisement initiative is great, but I've been thinking the ads featured should be more concrete in terms of what kind of contributors they are looking for. Usually, they ...
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Make use of the trackable badge space once all are earnt

I recently earned all of the badges that are trackable over on my main site Science Fiction and Fantasy. I'm not quite sure what I was expecting or if I figured it would be empty but of course, it ...
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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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Unicorn Meta Zoo #6: Interview with Catija

Welcome to the Unicorn Meta Zoo, a podcast by members of the Stack Exchange Community Management Team. If you want to avoid spoilers, jump straight to the audio. Participants Back in May, Jon ...
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Minor concerns about the new question side-bar content

I'm posting a question on Seasoned Advice and saw this: This seems off for a couple reasons: One, it seems odd to have code formatting instructions on the side bar of a cooking site. Even if it was ...

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