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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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Stack Overflow is getting a Meta of its own

We've grown considerably as a network since the days of the original trilogy, when the prospect of growing into a network of over 100 thriving Q&A sites was a distant glimmer in a cloudy night sky....
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The future of meta.stackoverflow and meta.stackexchange

Historically this site, meta.stackoverflow, has been the place to ask questions about not just Stack Overflow, but the functioning of the entire Stack Exchange (2.0) network, including Area 51 and ...
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Change upvote/downvote tooltip on meta sites

Since voting on meta sites mean something different on the main sites, can you change the tooltip as well: This question is useful and clear --> I agree This question is unclear or not useful --> I ...
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How do I participate in Meta and not die trying?

Meta doesn't like me; I can't seem to keep my points. How can I post better and be well-received?
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Change rep required to downvote on MSE

To make your opinion known on MSE you need both up and downvotes. Given at the moment you need 125 rep to downvote on this site, the voting patterns will be skewed positive because not everyone is ...
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Get rid of the question ban on Meta; suspend actively harmful users manually

This user appears to have been question banned because of two unpopular Meta suggestions. (He says so in Chat) Look at the two contributions that appear to have gotten him banned. Like those of many ...
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What are the effective communication channels for effecting change to SE?

It seems clear at this point that MSE is not a useful mechanism for pointing out problems on SE sites and getting resolution for them. It is useful in some ways. If SE staff ask questions about ...
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Can you bring the color back to meta?

I find the this gray color scheme extremely difficult to read. It's also very hard to tell the difference between questions with answers and without.
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Now that Jeff Atwood is moving on, who will be “in charge”?

Now that Jeff Atwood is moving on (see Joel's blog, and Jeff's own), who will be succeeding him as the ultimate authority over feature requests, change requests, cross-site policy, and the like? To ...
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A Proposal for More Constructive Downvoting on Meta: Express Disagreement by Answering the Question

Downvoting legitimate questions on Meta because one disagrees with the question's premise has become a bit of a problem. Question bans on users asking legitimate questions are a real possibility. ...
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Deleted Meta Questions Archive

Some keep deleting questions with a lot of discussion, both relevant and/or historical, and we can't search on deleted questions. Some of them are locked so that they cannot be undeleted, so I'm ...
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Keep “Employee” on the profile of SE employees on meta

Currently, SE employees are given diamonds wherever they need them. I agree with Jeff on this to some degree, employees shouldn't be treated any different. But... on meta, employees are different. ...
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Please Join Us in Welcoming Our New Meta Stack Exchange Moderators!

We're really excited to announce the appointment of three new community moderators to Meta Stack Exchange! I know this might come as a really big surprise to some, and I can't wait to talk about it, ...
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Can we have a guaranteed pipeline for responses from Stack Exchange?

I think we should have some mechanism that automatically flags certain meta posts (both child metas and here) for Stack Exchange staff attention when they get beyond a certain point. The thresholds ...
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Can moderators from other sites be differentiated here?

I am active mainly on Programmers now, but keep an eye out on meta and stackoverflow for questions about Programmers. Several times I have seen questions/answers from our moderators, but the only ...
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What is the “meta effect”?

I often hear the term "meta effect" on many meta SE sites. What is the meta effect? I have Googled it but can't find anything about it on any meta site.
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A more “meta” logo? [closed]

I think that the Meta logo does not reflect its "meta" nature. What about something like that instead: Or or, as suggested by random, something more ouroboros such as: Any other ideas?
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“We're no longer accepting” message should not be hosted on meta [duplicate]

When users receive a question ban they see a message that links them to a post on meta in the faq tag. I would like to put forward the hypothesis that this is the way most of the users who post ...
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What is a meta for?

A guest at my house over the weekend stood puzzled next to my driveway. "What is that for?" she asked, pointing to a framework of 2x4s and hardware cloth perched on an old tire amid piles of sand. "...
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Code licensing proposal — Point of order!

There have been two rounds of discussion about code licensing: The MIT License – Clarity on Using Code on Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange A New Code License: The MIT, this time with Attribution ...
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Add a note about downvoting on Meta

There is a lot of irritation and whining from newbies when their suggestions get downvoted because they don't understand that votes have a different meaning here. This is unnecessary, and I'm ...
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Why isn't Meta funny anymore? [closed]

I remember when I first began to frequent Meta there were jokes galore. And the moderators seemed pretty lax with humorous questions (and sometimes answers). Then, something changed and Jeff began ...
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Show your work: one simple trick to make meta effective

Every day, good-hearted people come to these sites and run into serious problems. And then you come here or to another meta site, seeking to propose a solution to the problem you've encountered... And ...
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How should low-reputation MSE users express disagreement with a (proposed) network-wide change?

We have come in a very nice discussion over here. While the question at hand is a duplicate, OP raises a valid point: It overwhelmingly affects Stack Overflow where I have plenty of rep points, yet ...
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How does Meta Stack Exchange work?

Meta Stack Exchange seems to have different rules and user behavior than the "regular" Stack Exchange sites. How is it different? Individual questions answered below: What do votes mean on Meta? ...
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You can't see the question owner's special color

When the owner of a question comments on their question or an answer to their question or self-answers their question, they get a special color for the box around their username. The problem is, you ...
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Comment vote coloring is backwards

High voted comments are in black text and look boring and unremarkable, while comments with a few votes have the red "hot" color on them. (I have no idea what is with the blue 25 :P) Could this be ...
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Meta duplicates don't require an answer. Don't suggest there is one when that's not true

This request was sparked by this particular question. The vote to close as a duplicate on meta, in contrast to the main site, does not require for the duplicate to have an answer. Yet, the closure ...
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Rep for “view vote count” privilege should be lower (on meta)

1000 rep is required on meta to view vote count breakdown. The reason given is that the query is expensive, and the high amount of rep required limits the number of queries. Whilst this seems fairly ...
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Where do I ask where to ask?

If I have a specific question I want to ask about, but I don't know which Stack Exchange site would be on topic for asking that question, where can I ask where to ask that question? Is there any ...
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What topics can be discussed here? [duplicate]

Update: Maybe we can convert this question into an FAQ-style question? I didn't find a place where the style and type of questions for meta are described (as it is the case e.g. in the SO faq or in ...
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What about meta-meta Stack Exchange?

Meta Stack Exchange (which emerged from Meta Stack Overflow after the Stack Exchange network was spawned) is great; it gives you a chance to talk about the Stack Exchange network in a disconnected ...
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Please undelete the “New user Profile” discussion

The issue in question has a separate feature request now: New user profile - revert to simpler design in first tab The discussion on the new user profile: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/...
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Free meta from the tyranny of nofollow!

(Yes, the title is obviously hyperbole. See comments below.) In this comment, Shog9 confirms that all links from meta sites to outside the Stack Exchange network are marked with rel=nofollow, causing ...
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Meta Image Contest

On Meta, we have many 'meta' memes. Unicorns, waffles, etc. We even have an entire sub-category of memes specifically designed for images, such as free-hand circles and lens flares. Well, it is times ...
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Can we re-request features that were declined a sufficient while ago?

As I was browsing earlier today, I really happened to like an answer to a question. The question didn't interest me so much, and the answer was actually a tangential reply to some of the comments in ...
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How do I get attention for old, unfixed bug reports and feature requests without official responses here on Meta?

I posted a question here on Meta Stack Exchange, or on a per-site meta, regarding a bug I found in the system. I got no comments, or a few comments stating that this is a legitimate bug (and not by ...
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What is the cause of the recent increase in blatantly off-topic posts on Meta?

Since a few days, I have the feeling that there are a lot more blatantly off-topic questions ('lost souls') on Meta Stack Exchange. OK, that could be just a feeling, so I've created a short script (...
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What is up with the waffle fetish? [closed]

Setting aside the fact that waffles were created in the seventh circle of hell, cause suffering and apocalyptic horror wherever they are witnessed, and are instruments of pure evil, where did the ...
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Just in time help for Meta “Why downvotes?” comments [duplicate]

Upvotes and downvotes are different on Meta, a lesson lots of users learn every day on SE. Often one's first experience with this results in "Why downvotes" or "Could someone explain why this is ...
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Why are tags on MSE being regularly removed/deprecated without discussion?

For a while now, on a daily basis, the front page of Meta.SE has been populated with old questions bumped because of retaggings -- mostly removals. Today ignore seems to be the target. As far as I ...
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On Meta, have Community ignore posts with a [status-*] tag when bumping

Just ran across this post, which was bumped by Community for having been unanswered. However, it was answered by Jeff (no upvotes), along with a status-declined tag. I gave an upvote so that it wouldn'...
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People get lost and crash into meta - maybe we need roadblocks for their safety

I used to think that Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog's idea of a survey was a terrible idea - it didn't actually fix anything, and I suspect most folks asking off-topic questions here are drivebys. On ...
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Does meta have to mean murder?

It's often said on this site that meta means murder and that this acts as a deterrent. Our site, which is supposed to act as the central clearinghouse for network-wide matters, doesn't have a great ...
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Should the automated ban on questions used on SO apply to Meta as well?

From this question, it appears that the same system for blocking new questions by those that have a history of bad questions used on Stack Overflow also applies to Meta Stack Overflow. Should it? ...
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Can the team provide some explanation for declined feature requests?

Could the team try to leave at least a little explanation when tagging a feature-request post with the "status-declined" tag? On Uservoice there was usually a brief explanation. I'm not saying it ...
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Voting on Meta is not just for (dis)agreement. Update the help center to reflect this

Voting on Meta is a bit of a two-headed beast. In addition to the regular meaning of votes as on other sites, the votes on Meta are sometimes also cast to express agreement or disagreement. In the ...
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Put [stackexchange] in the stack for tag exchanges

It looks like the stackexchange tag is a holdover from the pre-split days when this site was called Meta Stack Overflow and also served as the meta site for Stack Overflow (in addition to its current ...
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Is “whining” really a serious enough concern to justify not implementing useful features?

"Whining" seems to be a significant concern for the Stack Exchange team that is often a strong reason for opposition against various feature-request's. For example: Show all of my question/answers ...
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What is the current ETA of Meta Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

In Stack Overflow is getting a place of its own, the estimated time of arrival was around the middle of January: I'm extremely pleased to announce that we've finally worked out the remaining ...