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Creative Commons Licensing UI and Data Updates

When we last updated you to clarify concerns and answer questions about our transition to version 4.0 of the CC BY-SA license we committed to posting updates to the UI and addressing unanswered ...
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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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The company’s commitment to rebuilding the relationship with you, our community

My name is Teresa Dietrich. About a month ago, I joined Stack Overflow as Head of Product and Community, reporting directly to the CEO. During my years as an engineer and technology leader, I saw the ...
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OK to comment I'm livestreaming an attempt to answer?

EDIT: To clarify, I still post the answer on StackExchange when I'm done (I usually type out the answer while on stream). Currently, when I post an answer I've livestreamed, I include a link to the ...
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Why are bounties now also censored?

On the question Stack Overflow is doing me ongoing harm; it's time to fix it! there was some activity. As indicated per homepage activity by a user. So I clicked it and wanted to know what's ...
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Are excessively long display names for political messaging allowed on SE sites?

I've seen a number of users who have appended "Reinstate Monica" or "Supports Monica" to their display names, resulting in a very long name. Back when I started on Stack Overflow (around 9 years ago, ...
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Community Shielding mechanism?

With all the mess currently happening in the Stack Exchange community, it seems like it would be appropriate to give the community more of an ability to "protect" discussions from Stack Exchange Inc. ...
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Change in the weight of upvote on questions: Distraction or bad timing and the absence of community involvement?

It's not a secret that SE is running with multiple issues, the unfortunate loss of moderators like Aza which get escalated into the directions which nobody wanted, and the SOpocalypse. Now after a day ...
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What, if anything, can SE do to resolve the ongoing conflict in a timely way?

Back in late September, at the inception of the current mess, I was under the impression that if SE had immediately reinstated Monica and withdrawn the new CoC, the furious atmosphere would have ...
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Is Stack Exchange in the later part of the methodology cycle?

I swore that what I'm seeing around here is something I've read about before; and sure enough from a person that's close to the structure here: big-macs-vs-the-naked-chef The TL;DR of that article ...
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Could all of the “confusion” around pronouns have been avoided if instead it was deliberate misgendering that was targeted?

I think it worthwhile pointing out that the deliberate misuse of pronouns is often a specific instance of misgendering. But not every case of misgendering is pronoun "abuse". In almost all content on ...
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What other policies does Stack Exchange need?

It's become very apparent over the past few weeks that certain employees of Stack Exchange have not been able to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with community expectations. The result of ...
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Under what circumstances will Stack Exchange, Inc. share private/sensitive information with the press?

What are Stack Exchange, Inc.'s policies regarding whether and when private or sensitive information will be shared by the company with the public, and particularly with the press? By "private ...
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Is the usage of 'folks' mandated by policy?

(Edit - This seems to be a polarising question, with equal votes both up and down (currently 16-16). I am beginning to suspect that in the US this may seem a sarcastic question, since 'folks' is in ...
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The new CEO discusses his vision for the growth of SO, in an article behind a paywall

Yesterday I stumbled on a Facebook post by SO, which quotes the new CEO: If we did not not have our community, we would not exist. It's very much part of our DNA. Further on the Facebook posts ...
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This is not the same site I registered on [closed]

I registered on Stack Overflow 7 years ago. I was amazed by the site, as it put a large focus on the programming community, building a place where everyone was free to ask and answer, as long as they ...
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Does Stack Exchange insist on a special language for posts? Please describe

Reading a bit about recent Monica Cellio related posts, I am afraid that I may be using a language that is a lot like English, but might not be the Stack-Exchange-approved version of English. For ...
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Publish a procedure for reinstating a removed moderator [duplicate]

As part of the follow-up to their hurried removal of Monica Cellio from her moderator position at six different Stack Exchange communities, Stack Overflow, Inc. has committed to "releas[ing] an ...
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What would be the best way to advocate for real change in the culture of Stack Exchange? [closed]

While this is only my third question on SE, I've used the site for years. As an amateur science enthusiast, I Google frequently for answers to science questions and often find myself on one of the SE ...
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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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Why aren't high-rep users able to post from IP addresses that are automatically banned?

As explicitly stated in the last section of the FAQ (emphasis mine), My account is in good standing. Why am I still blocked? The ban also takes in account the IP address. If you browse from a ...
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Will the asking policy ever be updated?

Today I was about to ask a question and came across this This is from my dba stack account and you can check that I have not asked more than 3 or 4 questions which I believe none needed updates or ...
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Where do I ask for a suggestion of a movie/documentary about running for office?

I want to ask for a movie that would show the negative aspects of running for office in the U.S. I believe you cannot ask for the identification of a movie on movies.stackexchange.com. Would it be ...
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Who decides on a site's content policy?

Why are there different content policies on different sites? For example: homework-like questions are strongly discouraged on Physics and are immediately put on hold. Such questions however are asked ...
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Is it against rules to add a closing statement to an answer or question? [duplicate]

Whenever I answer a question I would always conclude it with what I feel to be a proper closing such as "I hope this helped you. You have a wonderful day!". However on certain sites people of a much ...
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What should the policy be about mock profanity?

By "mock profanity", I am referring to using the top keyboard row with the shift in place of where profanity would have been. The relevant question I asked started: !@#&%!@$# spammers are ...
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What is the policy for directing questions to other websites (forums)?

Twice today I found myself wanting to tell a questioner that s(he) would be better served by turning to a distribution-specific forum. Is there a Stack Exchange policy about this? references: Kali ...
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Are highly upvoted answers, accepted answers posted here considered as rules?

On Hinduism Meta, I often find users citing answers posted on this site as if they are rules. I was of the impression though, that rules are the ones which are covered in the Help Center. So, are ...
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How to perform a necessary short edit? [duplicate]

The Stack Exchange policy seems to be to disallow edits of fewer than six characters. However, often in technical subjects an edit of a single character can make a critical difference. I just ...
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What is the policy for bulk question moving towards newer SE sites if fulfilling certain criteria

What is the current policy to move questions on certain event? For example, site "Software Engineering" has about 45K questions; I think many of them relate rather to the topic "DevOps" - for example ...
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Can multiple people use the same account? [duplicate]

On Workplace.SE, we have come across an interesting user, who seemed to have had a roller coaster ride in his first week at work. Quoting JackArbiter's comment on this user from the chat: This guy ...
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Why do some SE sites have looser policy than others

I know that Stack Exchange requires questions to be specific, unambiguous, and having single-solution. For example, in the tour page (my emphasis): Ask about... Specific issues within each site'...
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What's the official Stack Overflow / Stack Exchange policy regarding bots?

One can build bots to comment and answer questions on Stack Overflow (or on any Stack Exchange site). Is that allowed? What's the official Stack Overflow / Stack Exchange policy regarding bots? See ...
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Experience: Lessons-Learned as it pertains to a specific question [duplicate]

A lesson learned is knowledge or understanding gained by experience. The experience may be positive, as in a successful test or mission, or negative, as in a mishap or failure...A lesson must be ...
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Does Stack Exchange have a policy about supporting sites' occasional competitions by providing swag for prizes or otherwise?

Firstly, since this was not apparent, I'm a Travel Stack Exchange contributor since it was in Area 51. I don't have a company or an organization or even a job right now. I'm an independent traveller ...
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What is the policy on SE name changes and how to change it in a pinch?

I had changed my name to Troll. At the time I did not know of the internet definition of the word troll. After receiving lots of down votes and negativity I was then was told what it meant in a ...
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Are meta tags banned across the board on all Stack Exchange sites or can each site decide if it wants to allow meta tags?

I think it was now six years ago that Stack Exchange told us that meta tags are bad. They convinced me. Up till now we'd managed to keep them off the travel site. Though I suppose a couple of our ...
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Weird sentence in the Content policy

I found a weird sentence in the content policy: When your account is suspended, public access to content contributed under that account may be blocked or removed, and your account may be suspended ...
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Is Swastika really treated as offensive even when it's used for religious purpose in Profile pictures or chat?

I have heard many controversies regarding the use of a swastika in Stack Exchange network. But all the cases I noticed were clearly using a Nazi swastika. To make it clear swastika are of different ...
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Can I be successful using Stack Exchange?

Recently, I was talking with a friend I had attended school with and I had mentioned to him that I had joined the Stack Overflow community. He is a more experienced programmer than myself and said he ...
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Sudden voting increase in 2015 [closed]

As part of a research, I study StackExchange voting along time. Looking at the data - http://data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/356895/votes-in-2015, There is a sudden increase of(~15%) in the ...
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Policy to use the data in applications

I developed an extension for Chrome and Opera, but I'm not using the Stackexchange API, instead my extension accesses the page data http://stackexchange.com (using Ajax) and displays in the extension. ...
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Why is SE consolidating my accounts against my will? [duplicate]

I am a longtime SO user, but recently I created a new account for Parenting SE. (As in, new username associated with a different email address.) I do this because I use SO and similar sites (Server ...
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What is the network policy on questions involving adult themes?

World Building has questions on inbreeding, bestiality, genital transplants and other adult topics. Writers has questions on writing erotic scenes and erotic fiction. Travel has questions about the ...
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Have a special lock for meta sites for historical (out of date) policy decisions

Some sites have gone some significant changes of scope policy over the years. At one time the homework tag was policy on Stack overflow. It isn't anymore. And then there's the entire early history of ...
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What’s the current rationale of not migrating questions that aren’t site-specific to MSE (in particular from MSO)?

TL;DR: MSO still is used like before the MSO–MSE split by most SO users. Is this really intended, and if yes, why? Recently, I visited Stack Overflow somewhat more often and through the sidebar ...
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Asking questions not of personal interest [duplicate]

There are sometimes questions that come to mind, to ask on the site. They could be very general, or relate to common examples. However, I personally may not be interested in knowing the answer, or I ...
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How should I attribute free images?

When I wrote this answer, I didn't want to confuse people with what type of paper clip I was discussing, so I hit up Google for free pictures. I figured that, to keep site rules, as well as just ...
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Where is the explicit statement to bar malicious/illegal hacking questions? [duplicate]

As a specimen consider the following genuine question: I have a list of hashs (md5), around 50K. I'm looking for the best solution to write a script that compare my hashlist to a huge (many GB ...
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What's the official SE response to serious mentions of suicide or self-harm in posts?

Last night on Mi Yodeya, someone posted a question that was basically a suicide note, along with the question of what Judaism thought about suicide. The question was put on hold very quickly, and ...