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Questions tagged [support]

A request for assistance with one of the site's features, or a question where you're expecting a concrete answer, and not discussion. If your question is not reporting a bug, requesting a new feature, or soliciting open discussion, this tag is probably the right one.

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The reCAPTCHA has become too difficult for humans to solve

The reCAPTCHAs have suddenly become almost illegible. I regularly have to change it four or five times before I find one I can read. I am tempted to just enter the known word (an easy guess), and ...
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How do I “share” a link for the new badges?

On Stack Overflow, I see a set of three new badges: Announcer (bronze), Booster (silver), and Publicist (gold). Their common description is "Shared a link to a question that was visited by x ...
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Isn't the “vote too old to be changed” a little too eager?

My vote was only seconds old, minutes at the most. Didn't it occur to SO coders that sometimes, on a second read, you realize that the answer is actually wrong (perhaps when you read the right one a ...
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Will Area 51 be supported in the app?

Will Area 51 be supported on the Android App in the future? I visit A51 rather frequently and I would like to see it in the App.
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Is there a grace period for correction of edits?

I just edited this question twice, because I had left a typo in the title after the first edit. In the revision history, both edits seem to have been merged into one, using the edit summary from the ...
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Cancel a vote so that the tally goes back to zero and not minus

If I vote up a post, the vote score will increase from 0 to 1. But then I might change my mind or repent my actions and wish to take back that vote. If I vote it down, the score will be minus ...
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Filtering questions by multiple tags

I know you can select a tag and then click on unanswered to view the unanswered questions for that tag. But is there a way to view questions only for a certain set of tags > 1 tag? Mainly I'd like ...
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How do I use Stack Exchange if I'm under 13 years old?

I was just reading the Terms of Service, and noticed something: You must be at least 13 years old to access or use the Network or Services, including without limitation to complete a Stack Overflow ...
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Who gets the “Was this post useful to you?” feedback?

I just read this Electronics SE answer. I found the explanation very clear and interesting, but I don't want to create an account on that site. So, I clicked Yes by "Was this post useful to you?" Who ...
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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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Is there a sandbox to post test questions?

I have noticed a behaviour that may or may not be a Markdown bug. It is a discrepancy between the preview and the rendered result, which is why I would need to post a question to check it out. Is ...
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Bandwagon effect in close votes

I have suspected this for a while, because in the review queue I often see questions people have voted to close as "not constructive" that several people have marked as "not a real question", and ...
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How do I post a screenshot on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Please tell me, with all the freehand circles and illustrative figures you can muster, how one goes about posting a screenshot in a question on Stack Overflow?
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Sudden increase in off-topic posts on MSE

It seems that the Updated Terms of Service message linking to the MSE post discussing it had a undesired side effect: there is a huge increase in off-topic (mostly programming) questions. (Not to ...
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Rejection of text containing SQL statements

OK, I've been having weird problems for the last 1/2 hour trying to post an answer to a database-related question on StackOverflow, and I keep getting this result (on Firefox 3.6) The connection ...
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Is there a page that displays questions with zero answers?

The "Unanswered" button gives a page with already answered questions, just those not already concluded/checked as answered as well as those that don't have an answer with an upvote. Where can I find ...
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How do I use formatting in comments? [duplicate]

I see some people write comments that are for example - in italics. I do not see any way of doing that while writing my comments. Why is it so?
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Text formatting now allowed in comments (List of proven and disproven abilities)

What special formatting tricks can be done in the comments now? Proven: **text** or __text__ = Bolding = text *text* or _text_ = Italics = text `text` = Code Formatting = text [example](http://...
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All Stack Exchange data dumps

The original ClearBits link to the September 2011 data dump has broken. How can I access it and other previous data dumps? The Internet Archive only has the latest one.
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Why don't we treat rubbish the same as spam?

Spam gets fairly heavily punished - 100 reputation penalty, if I recall correctly, and the content itself gets hidden in the revision history. Now if we just have some rubbish: ...
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Where are the Stack Exchange data dumps?

I see a lot of talk around here regarding the Stack Overflow public data dump. Where is it? How can I play with it? Return to FAQ index
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Is there a way to follow people's activity? [duplicate]

Is there a way to follow a particular person (or List<Person>) easily? Some people answer the questions in a very educative way, and I don't want to miss them.
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Why do votes get locked?

I downvoted a question and now really can't say why, so I wanted to remove my downvote. However, I get the message: You last voted on this question yesterday Your vote is now locked in unless ...
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Why can any user edit any other user's question or answer?

I see an "edit" link after each question and answer. So I was wondering: how come any user can change any other user's question or answer? I think the reason behind it is that each one can share his ...
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When will inactive accounts be deleted? [duplicate]

Will inactive accounts be deleted? If so, what happens to questions and answers made by those accounts? What are the criteria for deletion?
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Who owns the content I post?

Does Stack Exchange own the content that I post? What do I do if I want all of my posts and my user account deleted? Return to FAQ Index
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Question banning should work differently on Meta

I just wanted to report a problem with Data Explorer and realized I was banned from asking questions on meta. Probably because I asked 3 questions with a score <= -10. Reading through the reasons ...
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I accidentally created a tag. How do I delete it? [duplicate]

I attempted to ask a question regarding "object-role-modeling" (it's a design methodology that doesn't get nearly as much attention as it should). Unfortunately, when I wrote the question, I made a ...
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What EXACTLY happens when I ask to delete my account?

I have meticulously read through similar questions, answers and their comments but I still do not understand how the deletion is done. From what I understand I email the customer service and then they ...
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How can I view all my unaccepted questions across SE?

I mean to get back them, really I do. So, how can I view all my unaccepted questions across the Stack Exchange network? Searching for user:me hasaccepted:0 works for a single site, but the ...
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Who has the power to delete a comment?

I posted a comment on the following question. My comment was: You will have to work on your [accept rate](http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5234/how-does-accepting-an-answer-work). Currently it'...
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Location in profile was changed without edit or knowing

The location on my profile page it has changed from NRW to North Rhine-Westphalia. However, I did not edit that value or field myself. Did someone else change it? Why did it change?
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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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Images manually uploaded to Imgur are not displaying?

I noticed that on at least one of my old answers, the recent imgur problem reared its 404 heads: The broken url is http://i.stack.imgur.com/9c4aL.png. I already took a look at: Is imgur losing ...
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Image uploads not working on Chrome

When I try to upload an image, I'm presented with the following dialog box, The dialog box does not allow uploading either from my computer or by posting a link. This happens only on Chrome browser (...
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Should I avoid deleting my questions?

My Stack Overflow account is blocked. When I try to ask a question it shows me the error below. Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account. I did some research and found that ...
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50 questions / 30 days limit with only 2 questions posted

I have only asked 2 questions ever; when I now try to ask a question, it says that I have exceeeded the limit of 50 questions/30 days. What's going on? How can I fix it?
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How could a user with 1 reputation point leave a comment?

On this question on Super User … How to Copy Mac files to external NTFS hard drive? … there is a comment: Yes, it is possible. Check out this question: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/447/… – ...
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Can flags send a post into the Low Quality Posts review queue?

I'm trying to clear the last few TODOs in What are the guidelines for reviewing?, so it can eventually go into the FAQ. The section on the Low Quality Posts queue currently says: Questions appear ...
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How does reputation between the main site and its meta work on SE 2.0?

I noticed that the reputation from the main site carried over to meta on Gaming (at least the first upvote), I guess that doesn't work the other way around, right? Is it then impossible to have a ...
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Why did I receive a message saying I have been granted a privilege, yet I don't have enough reputation?

The site shown a message saying I have been granted a privilege, but the reputation required for that privilege is higher than the one I actually have. What happened? Return to FAQ index
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Which links and sites are handled specially in chat?

There is a special linking to some sites in chat, also known as "onebox". What is the full list of supported and integrated sites? Return to FAQ index
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Where can I see how many posts have I edited?

I've found here many queries to check edit counts, and I get different results for each one. Which one is the most accurate and up-to-date query? Or is there any way to see the edit count in stats?
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Hardware questions and Stack Exchange

Recently I wondered about a webcam on my laptop; about the driver problem with it and about all stuff related to devices and hardware. I see, that the Stack Exchange network has Q&A about: ...
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User suggested great corrective edit to my answer, but the edit was rejected. What can I do to approve it? [duplicate]

A nice user suggested a good corrective edit to my answer. The edit, though very good and desirable, was rejected. I do not understand the reasons, and I did not find a way to contact those people who ...
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What does the number next to the review link in the top bar actually mean?

What is the actual source of the number displayed next to the review link in the top bar? I found Notification for reviews shows way too many (via Review flag count is still wrong and similar) but, ...
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Why am I jon.doe when logging into Data Explorer?

I just tried to login to the Data Explorer and it gave me a jon.doe user. I used the same openid... How can I link this to my other accounts?
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What time is it? [duplicate]

Where can I see the current server time on Stack Overflow?
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What markdown formatting features are available for Bounty remarks?

According to the community FAQ, backticks and inline links are available for the bounty remark. What other formatting features of Markdown are also supported on Bounty remarks?
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How many on or off topic votes does a question need to count against questions needed now? [closed]

I was just looking at this question on Area51. It has eleven great on topic votes, and no other votes. The site still says they need ten questions of all sorts? What's the new goal? I'm worried ...