Questions tagged [support]

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Are the Data-Dumps Cumulative?

The data-dump is absolutely awesome. Thanks guys. I know that you have plans to release a new one each month, and seed it as well, but I'm curious about the size-increase from month to month. Will the ...
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Mixing automatic syntax highlighting with manual markup

Related to Code-Coloring for Inline-Code in Answers It would be nice to be able to use the automatic syntax highlighting on a block of code, and at the same time manually insert markup for specific ...
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On Private-Beta and User-Selection [closed]

According to Podcast #60, Super User will be going into Private-Beta "Sometime in July." I'm curious how the SO-Team picks users to participate in the Private-Beta. Is the selection based on community-...
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How should you respond to “Give me a fish” / RTFM questions?

How should you respond to "Give me a fish" / RTFM questions? I mean the case where people post questions simply to get someone else to write their code for them, on topics that would usually be the ...
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Database schema documentation for the public data dump and SEDE

Stack Exchange releases "data dumps" of all its publicly available content roughly every three months via archive.org, and also makes that information queryable over the Internet at the Stack Exchange ...
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Syndication feed for the whole Meta site?

I do not find in meta.so.com a syndication feed for all the questions, only for the tags. Since meta has much less traffic than StackOverflow, it would be sensible. I was able to follow ...
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What are the criteria for a Feature-Requests

What constitutes a (good|acceptable|worth-developing) feature-request? It seems as though I see many people requesting things, myself included, which are quickly met with "nah, the so-team shouldn't ...
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How long do deleted questions live in the system?

How much time do deleted posts live on for before they get cleared from the database? I'm asking because I can't find a question of my own. It got deleted few months back, but it has some insights I'd ...
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Licencing code snippets

A little while ago I provided an answer on Stackoverflow that someone liked and asked me via private email if he could use portions of it in production code, which I was happy for him to do. What is ...
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Why might I lose 2 rep “invisibly”?

Just occasionally, I lose two rep as if I've been downvoted, but no downvote shows in either my own rep tracker or the one on Stack Overflow itself. It's just happened now — my reputation went ...
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Is there documentation on how to use Stack Overflow?

I asked a Meta SO question about RSS feeds. Now I am wondering if there is documentation on learning all of the ins and outs of SO. What are the different URL combinations that I can use? How do I ...
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Can I put a bounty on a CW question?

Can I put a bounty on a community wiki question? While I haven't found any information eliminating this possibility, I have also not found a confirmation answer. Given the special nature of CW ...
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Congratulations, You Won “Enthusiast”…Err, Woot [closed]

I signed into SO today to find the magical orange-overseer alerting me that I've won a new badge called "Enthusiast." I was pretty excited, and rushed to my profile to check it out - well, there's "...
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Is there a web call or some sort of meta api to get all new comments in the last N hours?

Is there an undocumented web call or some sort of meta API to get all new comments globally in the last N hours?
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How is the Birthday field kept private?

How is the Birthday field kept private from other users? When is the display field Age changed? Is it changed just on the first of each month or randomly within an random range of Birthday? Original ...
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Is there a way to do RSS feeds on a set of tags

Hello It seems to me that if I want to actually help on StackOverflow.com that I might want to monitor new questions using an RSS feed for certain tags only. That way I could see questions that ...
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Odd Reputation Number: 90 + 20 + 10 = 121?

It's not clear to me that this is because of the reputation drop issue earlier today. My current reputation number here on meta is 121. I was curious to see how that number came about, so clicked on ...
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How do I track people answering my comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Suggestion - notify user when their name is mentioned in comment How do I track when people comment on an answer after me (it may be a reply to me)? Or when I comment the ...
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What's the recommended syntax for an image with a link?

What's the recommended syntax for an image with a hyperlink? I tried doing it with the markdown toolbar buttons and the image and link buttons conflict with each other, so I had to resort to HTML. ...
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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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How do I upvote or downvote comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do comment voting and flagging work? How do I upvote or downvote comments?
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Subscribing to the Stack Overflow podcast with Zune player

What is a/the URL of the Stack Overflow podcast feed that works with Microsoft's Zune software/player?
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What is the difference between “hot” and “active” questions?

The two tabs have following tooltips Active : "Questions that have recent activity" Hot : Questions with recent interest and activity They seem to display different questions with some common ground....
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Do closed questions ever get deleted? [duplicate]

Do closed questions ever get deleted and, if so, is reputation recalculated (subtracted) for that question and all its answers? What happens here in meta, given that feature request "questions" are ...
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What HTML tags are allowed on Stack Exchange sites?

The Stack Overflow site engine, as you know, uses Markdown for questions and answers. Per the Markdown specification, you are allowed to freely intermix HTML and Markdown tags. Not all HTML tags are ...
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Can't log in with my OpenID - Troubleshooting Tips [duplicate]

I'm experiencing trouble with OpenID sign-in on site. What are the needful steps that can help on troubleshooting OpenID login issues? Return to FAQ index
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How long does it take for badges to be awarded? How are they generated?

Do badges get calculated in real time, or do they get calculated by an external service? How long does it take for a badge to be awarded, once its requirements are met? Does Stack Overflow use any ...
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Can I view the Markdown-source of an unedited question/answer?

Once a post has been edited, you can go into the revision list, and click "View Source". If a post has not been edited (and I don't have the edit privilege) is there any way to see the raw Markdown? ...
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Why is my gravatar on Meta Stack Overflow different from my gravatar on Stack Overflow?

Why is my gravatar on Meta Stack Overflow different than my gravatar on Stack Overflow? My profiles are: https://meta.stackoverflow.com/users/10026/ykaganovich https://stackoverflow.com/users/10026/...
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How do you earn the Enthusiast badge? [duplicate]

I thought I would have this badge by now, but perhaps I didn't visit the site one day. Or perhaps I don't understand the meaning of "visit". The description for this badge says "Visited the site each ...
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Rollback own edit?

Could we have the ability to rollback our own edits? Why? I just edited my own question slightly too hastily, realised I had been stupid, went to click "Rollback", and realised the button wasn't ...
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Royalties from a Stack Overflow-sourced book

Please read the whole post, this is relevant. I have been pondering the idea of writing a book for kids and/or people new to programming. I would post questions on SO and use the answer(s) in the ...
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When a question converts to community wiki, what rules wiki the answers?

I asked this question which was changed by someone to community wiki. Strangely, not all of the answers were changed to wiki as well. The question never reached the 30 answer auto-wiki limit. Also ...
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Why are SO and MSO at different SVN Revisions?

Since they are the same engine, I figured they would be running the same code base, just with different databases. However Meta is at svn revision 3813 while SO is at 3772, nearly 50 revisions behind. ...
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Better Rep Tracking [closed]

I often come to Stack Overflow to find that my reputation score has changed. I want to know what it was that made my rep go up (or down). There is the rep graph on my profile page, but this only shows ...
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Why are badges sometimes not awarded?

I answered this question earlier. I was the only answer, it got 10+ votes, and it was accepted. I am pretty sure this is the requirement for the Enlightened badge. I have seen many awarded since so I ...
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How often do CAPTCHAs appear? [duplicate]

Really just looking for honest answers from fellow users for this one. How often do you get CAPTCHAs, and what were you doing when it appeared? Some future scripts I'm working on may attempt ...
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Is a bounty still auto-awarded if you downvote the answer?

I asked a question. I put up a bounty after a period with no answers, and there was only one answer. Nobody else answered, and one person voted this answer up (only one, no downvotes). I voted that ...
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When the original author of the question tries to close it, does it still require 4 more votes?

When the original author of the question tries to close it, does it still require 4 more votes? It would make sense just to close the question if the request came from the original author.
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What are the guidelines for community wiki on Meta Stack Overflow?

When should questions on Meta Stack Overflow be community wiki? I have seen a lot of non-community-wiki questions here that would have been community wiki on Stack Overflow. Obviously the rules are ...
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Tag Highlighting

I find the following behavior weird, am I the only one? I haven't found any other questions here or in UV that address this "issue". Click on "Questions" (My Interesting Tags get highlighted) Click ...
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LINQ tags in Stack Overflow [closed]

There are a lot of LINQ tags in Stack Overflow: linq, linq-to-objects, linq-to-entities, linq-to-xml and a lot of crazy stuff. There one big tag that doesn't follow the more or less general pattern of ...
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Unregistered user - how can I return to my question to select an answer? SO has forgotten I was the questioner

SO recognised me yesterday and I gave my email, to become a unregistered user and ask the question. But somehow today its not tracked that I asked that question, so I can't edit the question, tick an ...
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How should feature requests/bug reports work on Meta? [duplicate]

On UserVoice, it's clear how the bug/feature request procedure works: Enter a bug Gain votes (or don't) Get declined by an admin or get a bug fix How will this work on Meta (this site? Is there any ...
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Why is vote time missing in the SE data dump and SEDE?

Is there a particular reason why vote times are omitted in the data dump? IMO this could be a very useful data-set. Is this one of the steps that was done to anonymize the data, or does it simply not ...
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Data Dump - Posts.xml — 'score'

Browsing through the data dump, I have found a column named 'score'. From what I can tell it is simply restricted to being an integer value. My guess is that it's the sum of upvotes - downvotes, ...
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Where can I track my upvotes from community wiki?

How can I track my daily community wiki upvotes or downvotes, except for my profile page?
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Problems using SO with Firefox

Is anybody else having problems with Firefox in SO today? For instance: can't vote toolbar of edit body doesn't show close options window doesn't show up. What's going on? IE seems to work ...
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How do I change my login provider(s)?

I no longer use the service that I originally used to register, and would like to change the service I use to log in, or at least add a second account. Is this possible? How do I change my login ...
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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 ...