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Governing meta for all of Stack Exchange sites. Use this tag to ask questions about this very site, aka MSE.

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Why was Robert Harvey suspended?

Robert, one of the most important moderators of Stack Overflow recently resigned. I have noticed his account was suspended today. Normally I would not ask, but given the open accusations of having ...
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Provide official podcast transcripts

There has been some level of effort to provide written transcripts of official Stack Exchange podcasts. Transcripts for the first four Unicorn Meta Zoo podcasts were posted on Github, and the ninth ...
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Gold badge holder(s) in “Discussion” closing/opening post(s) on meta as duplicate

I have just seen a post closed as a duplicate by someone who has the dupe hammer powers due to having a gold badge in the discussion tag. This hits me as an unintended outcome, as no one can be a ...
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Can't switch sites to Meta Stack Exchange when running SEDE query

I know that I can choose a query to run on Meta.SE, but when I'm looking at a query from another site, Meta.SE doesn't appear in the dropdown when I try to switch the site:
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How can I keep track of all the developments surrounding the current controversy?

As I'm sure most readers are probably aware of by now, there has been an ongoing controversy for the last couple of weeks surrounding the new Code of Conduct, the removal of a moderator, many ...
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The meta.stackexchange question 79453 should be moved to meta.stackoverflow

The question Revert tag synonym [mysqldb] -> [mysql] should be moved to https://meta.stackoverflow.com. I refer to the The future of meta.stackoverflow and meta.stackexchange, saying: [W]hich ...
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Meta: Can we influence and change policy or is our role reduced to exegesis of company commandments and acclamation?

There is this obscure document that says What is "meta"? How does it work? Meta Stack Exchange is the part of the site where users discuss the workings and policies of Stack Overflow the ...
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Why was this “No longer needed” on a comment flag declined?

The question Why does this user have a negative tag score on MSO, but not on MSE? was asked earlier this month here on Meta Stack Exchange, asking why a particular user had zero tag score on one site ...
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Allow staff members to opt out of reputation

Related: How do downvoted questions/announcements affect staff/moderators? I have wanted to post something like this at least since I saw a staff member drop all the way to one reputation on the ...
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Why are the Code of Conduct changes received so negatively, and what can / could have been done to change that?

The announcement of the Code of Conduct changes is sitting now, three days after being posted, on a score of -916 (with 1180 downvotes). I can't remember a change announcement being received so ...
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Why Are Meta Stack Exchange Downvotes Mechanically Different? [duplicate]

I seem to have been ambushed by a subtle difference: elsewhere, Meta seemed to be about discussing solutions and expressing one's agreement or disagreement with them by upvotes or downvotes, with the ...
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Are there any topic boundaries for the private chat room Teachers' Lounge?

Because privacy and confidentiality means "what happens here, stays here", does that mean that participants there can freely voice concerns or questions that when brought to the public would be closed,...
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Should we have a tag for significant points in time?

There are many discussions about the current incidence. For example: Summing up the main issues (The Story So Far) Disclose the discussion that started the current SE-moderators debate An Update to ...
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What happened to the original four Meta Stack Exchange moderators?

In November 2018, Meta Stack Exchange received its first set of community moderators since the Meta Stack Overflow-Meta Stack Exchange split (which saw this site being renamed from the former to the ...
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Why does this user have a negative tag score on MSO, but not on MSE?

I found a user that has a net negative post score on both MSO and MSE. On MSO, the user has a negative tag score: However, on MSE, the score is not negative (screenshot from MSE): Is the tag score ...
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New lock type: “Official Announcement Lock” [duplicate]

I have wanted to propose something along these lines, but a comment by rjzii stated it very well: @GeorgeStocker In all fairness, an official SE post should just be locked from the beginning as a ...
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What disputes need to be resolved with respect to “An Update to our Community and an Apology”?

The question An Update to our Community and an Apology was locked about ten hours ago with a message that clarification can be sought right here on Meta Stack Exchange: This post has been locked ...
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Are the meta mods overwhelmed?

I have had a flag pending for 20+ hours now. In the past flags have always been handled in under an hour. I understand that the current turmoil is generating a LOT of work - abusive language is flying ...
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Bulletin board doesn't show 3 featured questions at a time

We know that questions with featured are visible throughout the network in the bulletin board i.e., The Yellow Box. Currently there are 3 featured questions out of which only two are visible on the ...
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Does downvoting an answer on Meta cost rep now? [duplicate]

I recently (an hour or so ago) downvoted this answer (which had been at a score of 0 before my downvote, in case that's relevant), and I saw my Meta.SE rep go from 101 to 100 (and got a notification ...
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Meta tags are inconsistently writing “Stack Exchange” with or without a space in their names

On Meta, here are some tags: stack-exchange stack-exchange-button stack-exchange-openid stack-exchange-team stackexchange-hq stackexchange-filter russian-stackexchange stackexchange-tour ...
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Synonymize/merge [newsletter] into [community-digests]

Apparently, the newsletters have been renamed to Community digests. (I haven't seen an announcement or something.) In my opinion, we should do the same for the newsletter tag here. I have already ...
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Common reasons why your meta post may be negatively received

This post functions as a complement to How can I participate in meta and not die trying? As you may already be aware, meta is one such grim place where disagreements happen. It just seems so ...
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What's responsible for the increase in the number of accounts created every week here on Meta Stack Exchange?

I've noticed that since the past year, the number of accounts created on Meta Stack Exchange every week has increased noticeably, and has sustained a much higher rate than it has sustained for the ...
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Why are mods declining flags to add [featured] to pertinent questions?

I as well as other users have flagged some of the recent questions about ads and tracking users, so people can have some forewarning before their information is all over the internet. However, the ...
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This site does not have any [community-standards]

The community-standards (30 questions, no tag wiki) tag here on Meta Stack Exchange seems unclear. It seems to imply some sort of social standard or community consensus is happening or being requested,...
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Should [sharing] and [share-this] be merged/synonymized?

We currently have two tags on Meta Stack Exchange about sharing: sharing (79 questions) For questions relating to sharing a post or promoting the site via email, on Facebook, or on Twitter. ...
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Why was the bounty on this question cancelled?

A user had put a bounty on this question. The bounty was later cleared by a moderator, who sent the user a private message citing the reason for revoking the bounty (supplied by the user in chat): ...
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Serial removal of [flag-weight] tag in progress via suggested edits - should we do anything?

I see a large number of proposals in the Suggested Edits queue right here on Meta Stack Exchange where the same user is trying to serially edit out (bulk untag?) the flag-weight tag. I understand ...
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The plurals tag has lua syntax enabled

For some obscure reason - the plurals tag has lua syntax enabled. This ought to be fixed, since it might get confusing if for some reason there's code in a question with such tag. Could we remove ...
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Show MSE posts authored by staff members on the homepage regardless of the vote count

I strongly suggest to always allow showing posts created by SO Staff members on the frontpage of Meta SE. Currently, if the post reaches "−8" vote count, it is hidden from the frontpage. While this ...
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Hiding downvoted questions silences important discussions on Meta

I just noticed a particular MSE post today on a topic I care about that was posted almost a week ago, which I entirely missed before. I'm a pretty avid MSE user, and this happens quite rarely to me. ...
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XML syntax highlighting bug for “<style>” elements [duplicate]

The following XML fragment has incorrect syntax highlighting for comments and nested attributes: <style name="MyApp.ActionBarTheme" parent="@style/ThemeOverlay.ActionBar"> <!-- This ...
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Time for [regression] to make an egression?

I just noticed that one of my questions was tagged regression. I think that's a meta-tag, not a proper Meta tag: Avoid meta-tags Do not use meta-tags in questions. Here are some tips to help ...
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The [featured-tab] tag should be renamed now that the “Featured” tab is now “Bountied”

As we all know, The "Featured" tab is now "Bountied". However, on this site, we still have the featured-tab tag that refers to the old name of this tab. This tag should be ...
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Does Meta have a different standard for NAA?

There is an answer here (screenshot) which does not attempt answer a question and instead posts a joke in response to a whimsical bounty message. Several people flagged it as NAA and it quickly ...
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'Meta user' link missing on the Stack Apps profile page [duplicate]

I am a newbie in using the Stack Apps website. When I visit my profile on this website I can't see the 'Meta user' link on the left side of the 'Network profile' link. Please see the below image:
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Why are [featured] questions not on the featured questions tab?

I think the title says it all. Why are featured questions not on the featured questions page? Ps. I know they are two seperate things but it makes for very poor UX to use the same term for two ...
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Kotlin highlighting?

I motion to reopen Support Kotlin in code highlighting as there's a lot of evidence It says If Kotlin becomes more popular in the future, we will reconsider. Evidence of maturity There's a ...
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Request: Don't delete duplicate questions with unique titles and please think twice before downvoting them

Judging by the score, it seems a sizable number of users appear to disagree with the request. The downvotes don't bother me, they don't, but I would like to be sure that everyone is on the same page ...
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Could we be a little less eager with the duplicate votes to close?

It was pointed out to me it was unfair to single out folks with dupe-hammers for this. It was a poor choice of words, on my part. The core of the post is still something I feel needs addressing, so I ...
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Should meta requests be closed as duplicates of announcements if the same thing is requested in an answer to the announcement?

Whenever a new feature is announced by the SE team, it's typical for people to report bugs and request features by posting answers to the announcement. However, it often happens that some people who ...
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Do we need an alternative channel for “feature requests”?

I shouldn't have to post my feature requests as a "Questions". They aren't questions. They don't need an "answer", they just need a "response". But the site treats them like a regular Q/A. If we ...
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Is there a difference between “It's No Longer Needed” flag between main and per meta sites?

Is there a difference between usage of "It's No Longer Needed" (INLN or NLN) comment flag on main site and per meta site? There are four kinds of comment flags. It contains harassment, bigotry,...
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Can someone fix the broken links in this historically-locked question?

This contains some broken links: Changes to syntax highlighting But it can not changed, because it is locked. Can someone fix this?
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Please help me to understand (and eventually to explain) when it's necessary to use expletives in a Meta site

Tl;Dr When talking about the use on expletives on local or network-wide Meta, that are not about the name of tool, programming language, or the word itself on a language site, what do we understand ...
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What is “Meta Cruft”?

While working on my question Should we have a tag for questions involving new users asking blatantly off-topic questions here on MSE? , two different users referred to editing out what they called "...
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Non-English meta and Area 51

Not speaking English should not be a reason for your concerns not being taken into account. We are probably losing a great deal of knowledge and ideas due to the language barrier. I know there are ...
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Is it okay to submit bug reports and feedback here about the iOS app, even though it's not being developed? [duplicate]

It seems that every iOS app feedback submission here is met with a reminder that the Stack Exchange iOS app isn't currently being worked on. Is it okay to make submissions here about the app anyway, ...
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What could be legitimate reasons for heavily downvoting a post on meta [duplicate]

On this site, I've not seen a whole lot of very upvoted questions, unlike on other sites. But in the past couple of days alone at least two questions have been downvoted up to 26 times. I personally ...