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Is questioning Israel's right to exist allowed on the Stack Exchange network? [closed]

Is questioning Israel's right to exist allowed on the Stack Exchange network?
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Minor terminology improvement for the AI policy

https://physics.stackexchange.com/help/ai-policy, https://webapps.stackexchange.com/help/ai-policy, https://superuser.com/help/ai-policy, https://serverfault.com/help/ai-policy, etc. state: ...
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Can we get an [ai-policy] magic link?

Now that sites have AI policies, it seems like we would benefit from a magic link, like [ai-policy], linking to the site's respective help page. I tested this just now, but it didn't work, and it's ...
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Stack Exchange IP Block Exemption Policy (Tor)

Does Stack Exchange have an IP Block Exemption Policy? There are countless at-risk users around the world who must use Tor for all Internet activity to protect themselves and/or their families. ...
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Updates to the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) – January 2024

As part of our ongoing efforts to review and update policies, we’ve updated our Acceptable Use Policy. These changes come after a review period in which we made adjustments as a result of moderator ...
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Can staff please post an answer upon tagging a question as [status-completed]?

Related: Remove questions with moderator tags from the Unanswered list (2011) We currently have 425 wholly-unanswered questions marked status-completed. This is a problem for three reasons: Answers ...
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We're rolling back the changes to the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

I’m writing this post to let you know that we’re fully rolling back the changes made yesterday to the AUP and having them go through moderator review. I also want to briefly talk about how it happened:...
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Updates to the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) [duplicate]

Update (21 Nov 2023): We're rolling back this change to the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP); we will revise it and route it through the moderator review process as should have done. If you have further ...
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Is uncited LLM usage considered a CoC violation under the Inauthentic Usage policy?

In the new CoC, there's an Inauthentic Usage policy that prohibits "Plagiarizing or copying content from websites, books, or other online and offline tools without proper attribution in a manner ...
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(Interim) Policy on AI-content detection reports

This post is (finally) to announce that I have formally rescinded the policy on Generative AI (specifically the one regarding GPT content detectors, which was announced on the moderators team and ...
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The company's commitment to the data dumps, the API, and SEDE

Many words have been written around the company's commitment to the ongoing existence of the data dumps, the API, and the Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE). Much of that text can be confusing or ...
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(Historical) Policy on the use of GPT detectors

The policy below was posted on the Mod Team on May 29, 2023 to update moderators as to changes in how the GPT policy should be enforced. A day later, a shortened version of this policy was published ...
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Does the company acknowledge misusing the press, and why won't it agree on a no-comment policy?

As people continue to comment trying to get me on their side about what is right or wrong to do (and probably voting based on that) I am sadly forced to add this notice to point out what I assumed was ...
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If SE won't allow heuristics to identify AI, how does it plan on stopping spam-profile accounts boosted by AI posts?

I've now seen more than 2,000 posts that I suspect are AI on Stack Overflow alone. I've flagged over 1,200 of these. The remainder were already handled, handled under one of the other flags, or in ...
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Price of AI floodgates inaction

I was going to post this as an answer (among many) under @Philippe's Statement from SO: June 5, 2023 Moderator Action, but that's currently locked, apparently due to concerns about the title, out of ...
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With AI answers now being essentially unmoderated, what data might be surfacing that demonstrates the old policy was effective?

It's been about a week since the community and moderators lost the ability to effectively moderate AI content. Given that time, we should start to see some data/patterns emerge that could tell us (...
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Why wasn't the new policy about AI generated content made more visible outside of Meta?

As by question title if the company considers (by their own claim) Meta just a "minority" of the network userbase, why wasn't the new policy about AI generated content advertised more to the ...
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Fix the misleading parts of the new policy on AI-authored content and feature it

SE has decreed a new policy on how moderators are allowed to handle, or not handle AI-authored content: What is the network policy regarding AI Generated content? This has very wide-reaching ...
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Sustainability of new AI generated content policy

There is a user on Stack Overflow, who posted six answers within 12 (!) minutes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Those answers are quite clearly AI-generated: common style, extreme speed, extreme variety of ...
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Discussion: Network policy regarding AI Generated content

A new Network policy regarding AI Generated content was recently announced by Stack Exchange. As discussion is not currently permitted on such posts, please discuss the policy in the answers here so ...
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Should dissenting answers on new policy posts be deleted by staff?

Staff are deleting dissenting answers on What is the network policy regarding AI Generated content?, with the justification that they "don't typically host answers on policy posts". This ...
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Please follow your own policies on making new policies

Your policy on making policies is crystal-clear: Stack Exchange, Inc. agrees that it will: [...] Post previews for review of all new official policies in the Moderators Teams instance with the policy ...
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Can we please get more information on the "network policy regarding AI Generated content" post?

Meta notes: This was originally posted as an answer in response to What is the network policy regarding AI Generated content?. Some of the requests for more information have been addressed in GPT on ...
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What is the network policy regarding AI Generated content? [closed]

Earlier this week, Stack Exchange released guidance to moderators on how to moderate AI Generated content. What does this guidance include?
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Should ascribing things to "the Jews" collectively on SE sites be disallowed? [closed]

I came across the question Under the laws of which regime was Jesus sentenced to death on the cross? on HNQ, but I'm not a member there and don't think this policy question is really site-specific (it ...
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The concept of "opinion-based" questions needs serious revision. Otherwise SE is destined to mediocrity [duplicate]

There are tons of topics on Meta about opinion-based questions. Obviously, the subject matter of opinion based questions is anything but intuitive. Stack Exchange is about quality. Fine. Noted. Stack ...
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GPT policy rationale on other SE websites

Stack Overflow recently released its policy on GPT. There are also some implications in the writing that the rationale is well beyond GPT and software. In general, such answers should be fact-based ...
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Ban ChatGPT network-wide

Use of ChatGPT generated text for posts on Stack Overflow is temporarily banned. However, the reasons for the ban really apply to much or all of the network, and certainly for sites that are similar ...
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How can I determine the validity of answers on this site, meta.stackexchange.com?

I'm having some trouble judging the validity of some answers on Meta Stack Exchange; that is, gauging whether an answer should be interpreted as official policy or not. For example, let's say somebody ...
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Should users be allowed to use "admin" as their username? What about offensive words?

I would like to know more about the policies for users when creating their accounts in the SE/SO network. One of the questions I have is if there are policies and restrictions on the use of some ...
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Should support of any invasion be considered intimidation and harassment?

A recent post has indicated that the use of "Z" imagery related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine falls under the "intimidation and harassment" policy and is banned on the network,...
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Is there any official guidance on the usage of imagery containing the Russian military marking Z?

Has SE staff issued any official guidance in regards to the usage of images with the Z on profile pictures and about me sections of profiles?
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Where do I find the official guidance that I can link to regular users about handling posts from apparently suicidal users?

This came up again recently, with a post from an apparently suicidal user. In this case, the problem was exacerbated by the post itself including profanity/cursing too, which is usually cleaned up ...
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Should we open up each Stack Exchange policy to discussion by allowing each policy to be made into a question?

Some context - How does and how should site governance work? I understand that any websites must follow external policy (an example is - don't put underage users at risk of seeing nudity, etc.) and it ...
Technolo Jesus's user avatar
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Is considering a user's track record before voting to close considered acceptable?

On History Stack Exchange, we have a policy of heightened scrutiny on questions that involve certain controversial topics due to the frequency with which these topics are used by trolls. One ...
Robert Columbia's user avatar
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Opinion-based questions and answers should be allowed [duplicate]

The policy/rule/guideline of the Stack Exchange network of restricting opinion-based questions and answers may have good motivations, but I think it restricts too much the free flow of information and ...
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Send an email to users if any changes are made in the privacy policy and/or terms of service

If any changes are made in the privacy policy and/or terms of service of SE/SO, please send an email to the users (at least a month in advance before the legal agreement comes into effect). For ...
Random Person's user avatar
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Updates to Privacy Policy (September 2021)

As you know, periodically we update our privacy policy. Today is one of those days: we've made a few changes to the privacy policy. The policy covers how we collect and use data on the entire network, ...
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Can the recommendation to ask a new question when it's closed be removed everywhere? It never works [duplicate]

Since my previous question was closed as a duplicate but the issue wasn't resolved, I'm asking a new one as the close reason recommends me to. It either demonstrates the issue or should stand based ...
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Reviewing the Stack Exchange Policy on Low-quality Contribution [closed]

Need A Discussion discussion To clarify the subject, let me start this post with a real example. I, as a novice user, posted several posts which were deleted naturally or unnaturally. Since some ...
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Is there a policy for a moderator to fix a confusing or contradicting closing?

People ask questions at all sites, and frequently some of the questions are closed by moderators. Moderators are not perfect and occasionally they leave unclear or contradicting closing information ...
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Why were two policies deleted from MSE?

Last week two policies were posted to MSE: What are our policies regarding underage users? What are our policies regarding threats of self-harm and suicide? They have now been deleted, why?
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Are there any visual graphs or tree hierarchy lists of meta policy posts?

Similar to browsing a listing of current government or state laws (or Wikipedia for a visual example), I would like to be able to see: The general/overview list of all policy topics; List of all ...
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Can policy-locked posts be locked for comments? What happens if the comments end up going out of hand on a policy-locked post?

Recently, the new Policy Lock feature was introduced, to allow staff members to lock posts for editing by non-staff while still permitting votes and comments. However, I'm wondering what will happen ...
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Is there an Area 51 policy on offering money to people who follow or commit to their proposals?

I just received this email from [email protected] (XYZ and SOMECRYPTO are not the real names): I’m XYZ, a community member of SOMECRYPTO, a high-throughput and high-security blockchain platform. Our ...
Nicolas Raoul's user avatar
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What is Stack Exchange's official stance on words such as "black list", "white list", "master", "slave", and so on?

I've just had one of my answers edited on Stack Overflow to swap out "black list" and "white list" for "deny list" and "allow list" respectively. There was no ...
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Has your site blanket-banned a whole class of questions that were originally on-topic, and how did that work out?

I'm brainstorming streamlining close reasons at Chinese.SE where there are few question styles which are problematic (e.g. "what's a good resource for XYZ?"; "what does this say?")....
Rebecca J. Stones's user avatar
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New post lock available on meta sites: Policy Lock

We have just released a new type of post lock on meta sites called the Policy Lock. This lock can only be used by our Community Team, and when applied to a question or answer it will prevent any edits ...
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Are all current SE policies in the Help Center?

As we know, all users should follow the SE policies, so all policies should be easily accessible to all users. I think the only place one can find them is the Help Center. So, the following question ...
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Is there a "statute of limitations" on misbehavior?

Background: A "statute of limitations" is a law that provides that certain very old transgressions are no longer punishable today - the idea that e.g. it's a waste of everyone's time to ...
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