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Questions tagged [policy]

is for questions related to policies of Stack Exchange.

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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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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 ...
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What should moderators (or passing editors) do about suspected plagiarized or copyrighted images in posts?

I can't seem to find a canonical reference about Stack Exchange's policy regarding inclusion of images from the Internet in questions and answers. I'm not even sure whether this comes under copyright ...
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Is it acceptable or expected to ask a question on an SE site when you are not an expert?

I often find myself going to new SE sites when I have what I think is a fairly complicated question that experts on the subject should be able to answer. What I hope for is a concise answer to a ...
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Stack Exchange account picture policy

I have just realised that the picture I chose for my account has been changed back to the original and not by me. Has anyone else experienced this? The picture wasn't offensive or anything, so I am ...
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Affiliation with organization and its products/services in the response

I recently started on Stack Exchange, and have found myself in sort of a dilemma. When my answer is based on the technologies that are shipped by my employer (Microsoft), I am always in a quandary as ...
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What could have triggered a question ban in this case? [duplicate]

I would like to know what triggers a question ban? Is it based on votes? After self deleting a question on programmers, I got a question ban. What's the reason? This question is submitted at MSO per ...
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Is it up to each site to decide which kind of questions go on main vs meta? Or is meta only for questions about the site?

My understanding about meta sites on Stack Exchange is that they are for asking questions about the sites themselves. "Meta questions". But I've noticed that some site allow three kinds of questions: ...
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Is it OK for users to reopen questions against policy?

So, we are having this discussion on Physics Meta, which has been had in different forms in the past. Two points keep coming up: If a policy objectively says that a post is closeable (not closeable),...
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Where can I find/join discussion on the scope of SO (on-topic/off-topic questions)?

While I understand the merits of removing certain types of questions from SO (opinion-based questions, or questions generating discussion rather than straight answers, etc.), I also see downsides of ...
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Grammatical error in the SE Content Policy

Content Policy - Stack Exchange In the second paragraph, there is this sentence, error bolded by me: We reserve the right to immediately suspend, without notice, any content, account, or IP ...
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SO policy on directing questions to specific entities [duplicate]

Specificly, this question - Can we get an OFFICIAL Instagram Response was just asked Due to this policy by instagram which states We are actively monitoring Stack Overflow and we will be removing ...
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Did SE change its Q&A format to just-another-Internet-forum?

The “TL;DR” is at the bottom of this posting, which reads: So did SE change its Q&A policy, is Sound Design a failed beta, or are there just different rules there than on all other SE sites? ...
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Do you have to follow instructions on Meta but not the FAQ?

I asked this question, while it's not a great question, the FAQ didn't say anything about it. Then a user said that this topic is discussed on meta and topics like mine will be closed. I didn't read ...
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Should we replace general tags on a question if there is a more specific tag that is more applicable?

I saw a proposed edit in the review queue that added a java tag to an android question. The question had nothing to do with Java, but everything to do with Android. Since the Java tag added no value ...
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Should I copy or link to **my** answer for multiple questions?

I am pretty sure it is bad form (and probably plagirism) to copy somebody else's answer for a question into another question as your answer. That was covered in this question. But what about my ...
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What are the pros and cons of supporting anonymous participation on Stack Exchange?

I was reading this answer, and it included the following: Stack Exchange doesn't make it too hard for someone to create an account just to post crap. So far though, the benefits far outweigh ...
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Discourage pasted problem statements from coding sites?

If you browse the algorithms tag on SO often, you'll see a lot of questions about code challenges found online. I don't see this as a problem, provided people are trying to get help rather than a "...
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Standardizing & Simplifying SE Site Names

NOTE: We're not going through and re-evaluating / changing every site name in the network. The guidelines below are what we will use for new sites created going forward, and if the community supports ...
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Is it allowed to use the content of a (not-closed) SE site to A new Q & A site based on an SE clone?

Related: Is it allowed to read the data dump of a closed SE site into a clone SE site model to start a new Q&A site? Similar to the related question, but what if the site is not closed? ...
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How to properly decide on a new site policy?

This question was asked on meta.codereview.SE for deciding on a new site policy. There was not much for a response but all the response agreed on one thing. Now there seem to be people saying that ...
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How to moderate questions with only a misformatted link to jsfiddle and no code

Context I've come to medium-low-quality questions such as this one Which contains only a misformatted link to jsfiddle, and no code. I understand, from this feature request, that this is a bad ...
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Is it acceptable to ask for upvote/accept in an answer when submitting it?

I searched duplicates, and my impression was that requests may be acceptable, or at least tolerated, after questioner has indicated the answer solved his problem, and with the request for points via a ...
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Scope of MSO-unique voting policy

According to https://meta.stackoverflow.com/help/whats-meta, the MSO-unique "votes as agreement/disagreement" is limited to posts of type feature-request. In practice, however, this guideline seems to ...
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Does Stack Overflow have a policy about inbound links? [duplicate]

Has any specific policy about acceptability of links to Stack Overflow from third parties been adopted? How does the StackOverflow community feel about this kind of thing? I came across this ...
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Random down voting of questions on Stack Overflow [duplicate]

I posted a question on Stack Overflow and got a down vote. What I don't understand is the reason for down vote. Here is my post: Figuring out the complexity of the code Does random down voting ...
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Policy on closing quality questions or questions which have been reviewed previously

This is a two part question. Are we keeping track of repeated close votes by the same person? Here are bunch of reviews from the last couple days: What is the best practice for multiple Include ...
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Is there a rule or policy about collusion in moderator elections?

Christianity.SE is having a mod election, and someone suggested colluding to ensure that the 4 pro-tem mods get elected: WITHDRAWN: How can those with a "current mods" preference ensure *...