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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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Yo dawg, I heard you like betas (iOS9 edition)

iOS 9 is coming out pretty soon and I finally managed to get an iOS 9 build of our app out for testing. Now I just need testers. If you're one of the surprising 7% of our app users running an iOS9 ...
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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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Stack Exchange September 2014 Data Dump is available

The complete Stack Exchange data dump up to September 2014 is ready and can be found hosted on the Internet Archive. The latest can always be found here: https://archive.org/details/stackexchange ...
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What do askers do after the first vote to close as duplicate?

When a question gets a single vote-to-close identifying a possible duplicate, a large banner appears only to the asker of the question saying that the question has already been asked and may have an ...
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Rejecting minor edits - already accepted

While reviewing suggested edits, I often reject edits as "minor", e.g. fixing one spelling mistake, removing "thanks" at the end, etc. From reading other posts on meta, I see that I'm not alone in ...
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Who wrote the Microsoft case study about Stack Overflow?

I just happened to notice this case study (archived), published two years ago. It explains how Stack Overflow is using ASP.NET MVC to gain high performance, fast development and easier testing and ...
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Survey Gopher was incorrectly three-dimensionalized

The new Survey Gopher has a nice perspective survey pad, with an ugly unmodified SO logo in it. The logo needs to have matching perspective.
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Automatic duplicate detection hinders moderators on meta

Don't get me wrong - I love that duplicates are now automatically detected and stopped from being posted. But there are edge cases where this new feature is a problem, and prevents real work from ...
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Addition to faq or /ask: Stick around

I think this should be added to the faq and/or on the /ask page: Advice to stick around for about 15 minutes after posting. Often this is the time when the fate of a question (or answer) is decided (...
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Meta Stack Overflow statistics graphs

For the first time, I've created statistics graphs for meta.stackoverflow.com. Here's a couple of the distinctive "this must be meta" graphs: Many of the graphs are disrupted a bit prior to the date ...
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What materials are in Stack Exchange's diversity & inclusion training program?

Recently, Teresa Dietrich said that: All members of the Community Team and selected members of the Public Platform Team have already taken 13 hours of Diversity & Inclusion Training. This ...
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Ask hard questions on the Moderator Questionnaire

The Stack Exchange Moderator Questionnaire is a routine part of the election process. It's a way for the community to gauge the candidates' fitness for the job; for voters to read a bit into who ...
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Use a privacy-friendly reCaptcha alternative

I'm very concerned with Google tracking my online activity. According to this article, Google's reCaptcha v3 poses significant privacy concerns, including: sending "hardware and software information, ...
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Why would only ♦ moderators be “Interested in the status of tasks you've already reviewed?”

Most of you know what an empty review queue looks like: However, ♦ moderators see something different: Interested in the status of tasks you've already reviewed? View your complete review ...
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Are there any plans to graduate any beta sites soon?

It's been more than a year since a beta site was graduated – the latest being Bitcoin in October 2017. Since then, the SE team has been busy with the rolling out of responsive design themes which ...
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Review spring cleaning: performance improvements and responsive design

This is just a heads-up that there's a lot of work underway right now on the Review system, mostly in the areas of cleanup and bug-fixing. The review system we have now was originally built over the ...
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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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Stack Exchange should review and document their data retention policies

Recently, Stack Overflow posted a blog post about their Providence system (see also a 2015 blog post by Kevin Montrose about this same subject). This is related to the Personalized Prediction Data. ...
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Has live streaming Stack Exchange podcasts been discontinued?

Previously, the Stack Exchange podcasts were live streamed on YouTube or Livestream. However, the last live streamed podcast was from September 1st; there have been two additional podcasts since then. ...
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Why do some “Ask Question” buttons on some sites not stand out and aren't attractive

I have this question after reading an article of Dmitry Fadeyev, the designer of ux.SE (Designing UX Exchange) (I was linked to his blog in this question). In his blog, he wrote: Because it’s a ...
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Is there a formal process for submitting Community Ads?

I like community-ads. They have the word community in them, and I find it's a great way of making the "bigger brother" graduated sites give some visibility to beta sites. On graduated sites, ...
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Users who can't write good posts ≠ users who want to write good posts

I recently came across this post, which states (emphasis mine): ..The problem that became evident was that people who want to learn how to write a good question and people who can't write a good ...
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Was this moderator deleted answer a mistake?

I was about to flag a question as a duplicate because there is a question with a well written answer that I often answer that I often reference covering the same topic. However when I went to the ...
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How to ask about the 'halting problem' on StackOverflow, regarding the title filter

At the time of this question, the word 'problem' is disallowed as a title word in StackOverflow. Some problems have been mentioned about it, ex. here. This is a question about accepted/acceptable ...
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What deleted answers count toward the answer ban?

According to the canonical post on automatic bans: Yes, ... deleted answers count towards an automatic ban. Now, this is not very specific, and I suspect that is intentional. However there are ...
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Should we add “What is real question” link to the close tab of FAQ?

Questions can be closed as "Not a Real Question." But on the close tab of FAQ, there is no link to point to What is considered a "real question"? It is already on FAQ index but wouldn't ...
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How were the ratios between the daily rep cap, vote rep values and max number of votes per day established?

This is not about questioning or critiquing how StackOverflow works or wanting to change anything. This is simply about trying to learn how one would approach setting those numbers if one were to ...
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Why does Stack Overflow use HTML divs instead of lists for the question list?

Okay first of all I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, even though it's about the site itself it's about programming, too. But here it goes: When I am doing web development I ...
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Feedback on The Loop: Adding review guidance to the help center

I just posted to our blog about our recent review guidance work for the help center. In the post, I go into detail about our motivations, thinking, and the work that took place to complete this ...
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Are these synonyms: [code], [code-block], [code-formatting]?

I came across a question today that was tagged with code which seemed an odd tag to have here on Meta. Turned out that tag has 127 question and its description says: For questions or problems ...
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Is there any correlation between low-quality questions and the devices they originated from?

I cannot see myself using my phone to ask a question on any Stack Exchange networks. The comfort and experience simply doesn't compare with the non-mobile web version. I know that I would probably ...
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Inclusion project — help new users discover the way we work, a specific suggestion

I think we could easily redesign a few aspects of the UI in such a way that the user is able to do what often seems to them to be the right thing while learning how we work. An example of the sort of ...
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Can we have read only access to the HNQ word blacklist?

As explained in Profanity in hot questions list there is a blacklist of words that will prevent a question from appearing in the Hot Network Questions sidebar on other Stack Exchange sites. Can we ...
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Should the spam handling guidance be consolidated into a single post?

As a regular SPAM flagger based on the reports of the Smoke Detector I run now and then into posts that not only receive spam flags but also close votes, an edit or comments and I imagine NAA/VLQ ...
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How many people have I actually helped?

In my Stack Overflow profile, it says that I've "reached 7.9 million people." That's very flattering, but how many of those people were just there due to a Google Search, and they happened to land on ...
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Why don't meta sites use common tag wikis for common tags?

Some tags such as discussion and retag-request have, or should have, the same wiki across MSE and all per-site metas. I propose that tags can be whitelisted here on MSE to have their wikis copied to ...
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Insist on “on-topicness” when user enters Ask Question page

Off-topic and not constructive questions are an annoyance. I would like to reformulate the remarks made in this unanswered question (and also partially this question) but bring hopefully more ...
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User admits to bad behavior in a real-life situation, how do we best respond?

I just ran into this question on the Academia Stack Exchange: I was caught cheating on an exam, how can I minimize the damage? The user admitted to the incident and asked for advice. However, there ...
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Stackoverflow designer T-shirt suggestions

Since like we totally need some Stackoverflow t-shirts and it would be utterly boring for everyone to be wearing the same thing, I thought I would dedicate some April 1st time to design a few new t-...
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What to do in the case of a user removing code from questions

At the end of last week, I answered a question which seemed like homework. I didn't just give the answer, only some suggestions on fixing the implementation. It seems that after I helped the user, ...
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Critique of new programming language first Q&As

I recently inquired into asking & answering questions about a niche programming language here on Meta in this question and received some encouraging answers and useful guidelines. Today I finally ...
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Show a graph depicting the review progress over time

The new review tool is very well thought through and even catches "old stuff" which isn't acceptable judging from the quality demands that we expect today in SO. I was just wondering if this is a ...
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Requesting a link-insertion-like dialog box for the code insertion

When inserting a bunch of codes (I am not talking about inline code insertion for sure), I always copy it from the source, paste it to SE's text editor, highlight it, and press {} button. The ...
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What was the reason for not using nested tags?

Note: this is a general interest question, rather than a feature request. I noticed that nested tags have been discussed before, and declined. However, there was no reason given - just this from Jeff ...
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Could the Help be better? (code section)

I think that the help should be the most clear thing. I'm about to suggest an edit to the Code section in the Markdown Help, because: It's lacking to mention an imporant feature: how to apply 4 space ...
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I'm cloning the StackExchange chat UI - yay or boo?

I'm working on a clone of the Stack Exchange chat. Many of the UI aspects of the SE chat are cloned entirely. The back-end, I'm guessing, is very different. While I don't, of course, use a single line ...
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Has there been a significant change of activity in the 29 old beta sites that graduated in August 2019 since the graduation?

In August 2019, 29 of the oldest beta sites graduated (in name at least) in an attempt to "mean the end of the monolith we currently refer to as "Graduation" in favor of a well-defined set of small ...
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What are the plans for the future usage of meta sites by the company?

Recently, it was announced that the meta sites would be decreased in their importance, in favor of other "communication loops" implemented by SO. I wrote a request to change that at Please consider ...
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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 the last beta. Since MathJax ...

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