Questions tagged [meta]

'Meta' is the governing meta site for all Stack Exchange sites together. Use this tag to ask questions about this very site, a.k.a. MSE. In some sense, the [meta] tag is Meta-Meta Stack Exchange.

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Is there a policy on “important things on MSO copied to MSE” posts?

Last month, the new Stack Exchange CEO made a post on MSO to engage with the community: CEO's 2020 Kickoff Blog: Where do you see Stack Overflow going? Since this was important for the entire ...
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Improving my question about the Teachers' Lounge so it can be reopened

I am trying to improve my Meta Stack Exchange question Rename the Teachers' Lounge in order to get it reopened. It was closed in October 2019 for the reason "This question does not appear to be ...
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Add a community feedback step before implementing policy or process changes [duplicate]

In a recent post, Teresa Dietrich announced this process for policy changes: We have defined a standard process for new policy or process review that includes Community Managers, employees who are ...
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Could we go to the meta sites more quickly?

Currently when wanting to see the current questions in a meta site of a specific community (without using the URL because that would involve extra work), this means I have to: click in the site ...
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Are moderators the appropriate representatives for a pro-tempore council?

In a variety of blog posts, ranging from the initial announcement of the Loop to this latest post, there has been mounting suspense regarding formation of a group of user representatives to discuss ...
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Who exactly does SE Inc. consider “Meta”?

In the new blog post Community working group updates: February 2020 we were told: We’ve got a broad group of folks looking at the problem of how far out of alignment we’ve become with our meta ...
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What data about meta has eluded Stack Exchange until recently?

In the recent blog post there is the following paragraph (emphasis mine): Opinions and feelings about the best way forward are extremely valid things to consider, but the devil is in the details ...
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Why were my comments pointing out an error in an answer deleted?

I have twice posted comments under an answer by moderator Tinkeringbell to the question Under age users - could they just be suspended until of age? These comments have pointed out that the answer ...
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Why are efforts by SE Inc. only made transparent after complaints come in?

The other day, SE Inc updated the FAQ with their post When will CMs or moderators remove the [featured] tag from actively featured meta questions? Almost immediately leading to a community member ...
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Is SE going to solely hand out edicts or actually engage with the community?

SE recently changed their policy about featuring posts, specifically about moderator resignation notices. This change was posted on MSE as essentially an announcement, without any discussion. Just ...
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Where do I put these [waffles]?

I've never fully understood the waffles tag. About half of the tag's current questions seem to have nothing to do with waffles per se, but seem to include the tag as a point or humor or whimsy. The ...
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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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What is Meta for? [duplicate]

I recently asked here if I could ask a certain type of DIY question. It received a score of -3 and was eventually closed. My question: isn't the purpose of Meta to make sure that I ask correct ...
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Can we replace the “no longer reproducible” close reason with a [status-obsolete] tag?

Here on MSE, we have a close reason for bug reports and feature requests that have been rendered obsolete by changes to the system: The problem described here can no longer be reproduced. Changes ...
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When can someone show gratitude on this site for things a person has done (not necessarily on this site)?

I have read this question. It doesn't seem like a question to me; it looks more like a comment one can put below questions and answers. I thought one should avoid comments (assuming this question is ...
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Would it be helpful if the user community defined its own “survey”, and “publishes” that as a meta question?

I just came across Is there any user satisfaction data for other SE sites than Stack Overflow? and I think, most likely, the bleak answer will be: no, there is no official survey data that explicitly ...
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Why is a bug report about Stack Overflow's search functionality considered “off-topic”?

A bug report I posted earlier today (Search fails to find matching issues) was just closed due to being "off-topic". This is despite the fact that it is a very clear, easy to reproduce bug affecting ...
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SE seems pretty set in their path to change the sites as we know them and the testimony of former employees are proof of that

A Tweet from Tim Post that always stood out to me was the following: We never manage through sharp sticks, ultimatums or threats. I honestly believe this is why we have the most professional ...
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My question about having an option for hiding “Featured on Meta” has been closed as duplicate incorrectly [closed]

May I ask why my question was closed a duplicate? Please note that I am not asking how to do this myself via a user script but to have it as an option in the user settings page. It's a feature ...
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FAQ/Handbook: communication channels used by Stack Overflow/Stack Exchange

stackoverflow.com and stackexchange.com are websites where online communities ask and answer questions. Communication is important for communities. This should also include communication with the ...
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I feel helpless. Is there anything we can do to help guide SE?

Preface I'm a newer contributor, but a long time visitor. As a result, my view is more of an outsider's view. Take my points with that in mind. Stack Exchange appeared to flourish under the ...
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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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Why was “Update: an agreement with Monica Cellio” historically locked?

The question Update: an agreement with Monica Cellio was given a historical lock yesterday. According to the tag wiki for historical-lock, A historical lock preserves older content that was very ...
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Conduct a [survey] about tags on Meta

The survey tag on Meta Stack Exchange is about the Stack Overflow Developer Survey (formerly known as the Stack Overflow Annual User Survey and properly under other names as well). Stack Overflow, so ...
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The historical lock on the new post notices announcement should be removed and replaced with something else

New Post Notices are live network-wide, the original announcement of the new post notices, has been historically locked. I understand the intention of doing so: the announcement has run its course, ...
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Let's disambiguate / burninate [filter]

The filter tag, used on 27 questions has no excerpt or wiki, and it's used in quite a few different situations, see below. I think we should get rid of it, but slowly, in order not to flood the ...
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Why was my recurring question about suggestions for Winter Bash 2020 received so negatively? [closed]

Recently, I asked Suggestions for Winter Bash 2020, which is a recurring yearly question asking for suggestions about the next year's Winter Bash (or other winter celebration). It is a recurring ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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My question (which had an answer from a Stack Exchange staff) was deleted by a moderator, what should I do next appropriately?

I recently posted the following question on meta: Has Stack Exchange ever permanently kicked out (by the longest possible suspension) a high rep troll? (now closed and deleted by a moderator) Some ...
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Has there been an increase in suspensions on MSE lately?

I have recently noticed several "high-rep"(1) users (who were pretty active over the past weeks and months) are currently suspended, adding to plenty of other suspensions I've noticed since October ...
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Why was “An Update to our Community and an Apology” deleted?

Recently, Sara Chipps posted her message Update: an agreement with Monica Cellio. After reading it, I wanted to compare it with her previous post about this subject. It turns out that she deleted it. ...
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How can these two users be a member of Meta for longer than the site exists?

During some ... research ... I encountered two users here: George Claghorn, member since 2009-06-25 Jeff Hardy, member since 2009-06-26 How can they be a member of Meta Stack Exchange for longer ...
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Checking in on the possible changing scope of meta

With the research and feedback being taken from the wider community and less so from meta feedback, it would follow that many of the feature requests and discussions may not be as relevant on meta. ...
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Is Meta no longer useful for community research?

The Community Design Lead at Stack Overflow has openly admitted Meta is no longer used for conducting research on new features or for asking feedback. Does she have a valid point or has Meta really ...
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Please consider gathering Meta feedback before the “ship” stage

The blog post "The Loop #1: How we conduct research on the Community team" sheds a little light on how the current process for making changes on Stack Exchange works. Today, our research process ...
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What purpose does Meta Stack Exchange serve for *you*?

Note: I am aware that this is the epitome of an opinion-based question. I am explicitly asking for people's personal opinions. Bearing in mind that this is meta and it works differently from a regular ...
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Should we close old Winter Bash questions?

I see a few questions in the Close Votes review queue here on Meta Stack Exchange for specific questions about the challenges and rewards of Winter Bashes gone by. Some people are voting to close them ...
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We don't have any [friends]

The tag friends (8 non-deleted questions, no tag wiki) is one of those useless meta tags. It seems to refer to several different concepts: Adding some kind of social media-style 'friends list' to the ...
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What is the purpose of MSE in contrast to chat and defining community consensus?

This is what I think (or believe) how the MSE Q&A site and the various chat rooms "come together" as basis of our community: Within the various chat-rooms, depending on scope and audience, topics ...
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Let's not have hats on Meta Stack Exchange for 2019

The idea of Winter Bash 2019 has...not been popular among Meta regulars. It does look like it is going forward in general. Could we make an exception and remove Meta Stack Exchange from the sites ...
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When to close a bug report as no longer reproducible?

See User profile pages broken. It is a bug report from 2017. At one point it was closed after being marked status-completed for the reason: The problem described here can no longer be reproduced. ...
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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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How will Stack Exchange get the resources to track and handle all the new feedback gathered by The Loop?

Stack Exchange has announced: With our new mixed method research approach, one thing we lost was regular, in-depth conversation with a group of folks highly invested in Stack Overflow’s growth. We ...
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Was this question deleted? And if yes, why?

I just now was reading this question - "the-loop-has-arrived-what-does-the-community-think-about-it", then I refreshed the page and it was a 404. What happened to it? Was this question deleted? And if ...
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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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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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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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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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