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Does the featured site get measurably more traffic?

Is there any significant increase in traffic to the featured-site of any particular day? How large is this effect? For people unfamiliar with the featured site: it's a graduated site randomly chosen ...
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How could localized sites translate strings before the update actually rolled out?

We have questions about that on ru Stack Overflow: Как в локализованных сообществах заранее узнавать о нововведениях в сети SE? Нет перевода текстов на индикаторах новичков. Нет перевода строк в ...
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The numbers for the HNQ list

This is a follow up to Limit the number of questions per site in the Hot Network Questions list Between 2017-06-06 00:00:02 and 2017-07-20 00:00:10, I have collected 1032 data points, one for each ...
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Discouraging repwhoring - Reverse rep from answers posted shortly before the question gets closed

TL;DR I'm proposing the following: When someone posts an answer and the corresponding question is closed within a certain amount of time after that, then, for certain close reasons, all rep gained ...
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Please upvote and accept this question

Today I decided to do a search on "please up vote," and it got 31 results. I thought, that's not bad, so I reduced it to 8 by editing. Well, that felt pretty good, until I did a few more searches. ...
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Was scrape worth changing to s****e here?

I just stumbled over this change (second revision): https://stackoverflow.com/revisions/17225363/2 and I'm wondering what the sense of it could be because I never thought that scrape is an offending ...
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Why is the 'plink' noise in chat not an account setting?

First, let's explain what I am on about. That little 'plink' noise you get by default when some one posts a message at you on chat. I HATE it with a passion! At first I was ok with the noise, as I ...
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Stack Exchange Community Statistics results: In which ways do unregistered users participate?

Source: In which ways do unregistered users participate? Data source: February 6, 2012 NDA dump The results here are only for StackOverflow, as it pretty well dominates the network. The final month ...
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I'm changing the “not generally applicable” close reason here on Meta SE

This is a small administrative note. For the past 3 years and 11 months, we've had an off-topic reason defined here for use on questions that are only relevant to a specific site: This question ...
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The first response sets the tone. Is this a problem?

I think there's a trend and am curious if others disagree: The first person to respond to a new question has remarkable power of influence over everyone else who looks at the question. If the first ...
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Adding chat transcripts as an available data dump

Since the chat system has received a bit more love recently (thank you @balpha), it would appear now is the time to make any suggestions regarding additional functionality. Chat is still an important ...
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Why can 1 rep users post so many answers so fast?

I just came across this(10k only) on Ask Ubuntu. (Image Link) A new, one-rep user just posted thirteen "abusive" answers over fifteen minutes. Is there ever a legitimate reason for a user, especially ...
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Even more serial minor edits

Related: 1 2 3 4 5 This user has recently been spamming suggested edits, mostly on the javascript tag, and all they do is change code formatting to his own coding style, mainly 1. adding spaces ...
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Can negatively-received [feature-request]s lead to a question ban?

Should a few negatively-receieved feature requests from the same user cause a question ban on meta? Since voting on feature-requests is used to express the community's agreement/disagreement with the ...
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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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No “2018: A year in moderation” here?

Shog9 has been posting posts titled "2018: a year in moderation" in all the child-metas (e.g., here's the post on MSO) with some interesting statistics on how many various moderation tasks are ...
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Cross-posts, egregiously off-topic questions and the vanishing delete link

Having been a participant on Programmers for quite some time now, I am no stranger to new users and drive-by posters. Despite Programmers' reputation as "the least understood site on the network," ...
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Is it bad that I have so many disputed flags?

On one site (Stack Overflow), I have 211 disputed flags and 333 helpful flags. That is, I have more than half as many disputed flags as helpful flags. 38% of my non-pending, non-aged-away post flags ...
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Our favorite mod hats

Several of our favorite MSO trolls mods wear hats or other things on their heads in their user images. In particular: (yes, Shog is in there twice) As you can see, hats and other head ...
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Which global “counters” (reputation, badges, …) are computed and updated on the fly? How?

I have searched meta for an answer, but found only some bits. Interesting bits, but still something is missing from the big picture. It is widely known that reputation is both updated on the fly, ...
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Multiple edit suggestion approvals on same question by same user in quick succession

The same user has been able to do three different suggested edit approvals on the same answer in the space of 5 minutes. Not only that, two of the suggested edits came from the same user (different to ...
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Stack Exchange Community Statistics results: What can we learn about migrations?

Data source: June, 2011 (23 SE sites, not including Meta sites) Question source: What can we learn about migrations? Where do migrations originate, and where do they end up? Sources (min 100) ...
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Chat-migrated comments: “Discussion between …”

While it is not listed in the Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange, there seems to be a new feature which allows migrating longer comment threads to chat. Or I suddenly got more chatty, I remarked ...
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Vote analysis for stackoverflow moderator election

I've analyzed the votes based on the .blt file User : [1st, 2nd, 3rd] ------------------------------------ Robert C. Cartaino : [045, 061, 074] ...
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Mobile experience of the website not standardized, very impractical to use and add code

Title says it all. When writing an answer on a mobile device the options for adding snippets do not appear at all in any way in the slightest, there's no way I can either add, or even view, a code ...
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Planned Maintenance scheduled for Tuesday, September 29, 2020 for Data Explorer

Update: The maintenance went as planned. tl;dr; Planned service interruption that will impact Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE). The site will be inaccessible for up to 12 hours on September 29, ...
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Link to “What's a positive question record” canonical post when people have a negative question record

Every now and then people will ask what a positive question record is and how it is calculated, generating unnecessary duplicates and perhaps wasting time & energy. This could somewhat be ...
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Deletion notification

I just found out that one of my answers had been deleted 17 days ago. It had 18 up votes and I don't have the rep to see down votes, close votes, or whatever else would have notified me that it was ...
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The “hot” questions algorithm should use logic to avoid controversial questions

There's an existing proposal to let moderators opt-out questions from HNQ: Allow mods or gold tag badge holders to prevent question from being on hot network questions list I would like to add: there ...
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Stack Exchange iOS app is getting new question nav

tl;dr I'm making question listings more useful with custom views similar to new-nav. It's currently in beta. Screenshots below. There are a fair number of the outstanding iOS app bugs/feature ...
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Leading question on 2013 survey?

I found this question on the 2013 survey a little leading: How often are you contacted by recruiters? ( ) An insane amount ( ) A slightly less than insane amount ( ) Never There's no way to say &...
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Boostrap? Am I going insane?

I know some typos are more common than others, but by now "Boostrap" is so incredibly common that I'm beginning to feel it's not them, it's me! So, the question must be asked. Assuming that "Boostrap"...
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Kill the reading tag

The reading tag currently has 492 questions. Arbitrarily checking 15 of those revealed that the tag doesn't really add anything; it's far too general and applies to many languages and situations. ...
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Can we clean up the flag comment dialog a bit?

Since the SO designers and developers have been updating the look of the site lately, I wanted to see if we could also tweak the flag comment dialog box a bit, so the OCD side of me can rest easier. ...
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Review frenzy - approval on pending edit rejection and simultaneous conflicting edits

It seems the new review system insights a frenzy of contributors operating simultaneously on the same item in the queue. With appreciation to community endeavors, there are two things I find ...
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Update Coral Project Code of Conduct link in our CoC page

At the end of our Code of Conduct page, we have following line: This text incorporates ideas and language from the Coral Project and Buffer codes of conduct. I would link to point out that the ...
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Exempt users with the association bonus from the IP-based question rate limit

I've just created an account on Cross Validated, and typed up my first question. Unfortunately, when I try to submit it, I get an You can only post once every 40 minutes error message. I've never ...
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Change the “Stage 1 - Warning” part of the enforcement section of the code of conduct to reflect actual real enforcement

When reading over the new code of conduct I found something concerning in the "enforcements" section. For most first-time misconduct, moderators will remove offending content and send a warning. ...
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How does the 72 hour limit mentioned in the AUP affect suspensions?

I just came across the Acceptable Usage Policy There's a bit in there that goes If you are found to be in violation of any of the below policies, you will receive a notice via email. Unless you ...
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How can we make comment moderation one-pass instead of two-pass?

A fairly common experience I have goes something like this: Auto-flag is raised due to comment volume. I visit the post and start reading the 32 comments currently there. (More arrive while I'm ...
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How should I vote?

This is the current FAQ for voting on Stack Exchange (long-windily mentioning what votes do and their importance, having little to say about how to conduct one's own voting habits. Plenty of questions ...
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Filter Newsletter feed by interesting tags

I am a regular SO user and just received my first SO Newsletter. Its a nice way to keep yourself up-to-date with some interesting questions / answers and get a chance to help with unanswered questions ...
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Can we bring ancient duplicates up to date?

In the past, before we had the current closure notes the community user edited in the possible duplicates inside the text of the question, once the question got closed. See for example here. Today ...
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Why do we get fewer characters in custom mod flags on comments than on posts?

I recently went to raise a custom mod flag on a troublesome comment, and found myself running up against the character limit. I thought that I had raised custom flags with much longer comments before, ...
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Why was the Ubuntu Code of Conduct clause removed from the Ask Ubuntu terms of service?

Looking back at the old Terms of Service, I noticed they used to contain a special paragraph about Ask Ubuntu. When accessing the askubuntu.com, meta.askubuntu.com, or chat.askubuntu.com sites ("...
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Why do we have two sidebar columns instead of combining them into one?

I know that SE is committed to both left nav and responsive design, and I'm not trying to disrupt that. The main reason the new design isn't working well for me is that the new left nav combines with ...
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How does Stack Exchange check for duplicates?

I want to ask, how you check for duplicates. Background: The company I work for has a wiki, Confluence, set up by me. With more and more articles coming along, duplicates are starting to pop up. They'...
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Improved IME Handling is now active

In the past there was an issue (reported for example on the Japanese Language Meta) where pressing the Enter key to select an IME suggestion would also submit the comment. The good news is that we ...
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When should comments be flagged/deleted on per-site metas?

We all know what comments are for -- and aren't, but that guidance is, naturally, geared toward main sites, where we want to keep things clean and focused. Meta, on the other hand, is a site's "...
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Easier mechanism to display MathJax in comments

Prelude I am currently aware of the reason behind why the Android App does not allow rendering of MathJax in comments via with no explanation to indicate otherwise. This issue is a technical one that ...

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