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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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FAQ for Stack Exchange sites

Community FAQ For sites in the Stack Exchange 2.0 network To see a list of commonly used words and phrases, see the glossary. For official guidance from Stack Exchange, visit the Help Center. ...
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My accepted answer was deleted, didn't match FAQs

I answered this question. My answer was accepted as correct, and then a moderator deleted it. I read the "Why was my question deleted?" FAQs and it didn't match any category. Any help here? Here is ...
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Can an anonymous user opt out of arbitration?

The new terms of service announced recently include an arbitration clause. The new terms specify that one can opt out of arbitration by sending a letter including their name and their mailing address ...
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What happened to the arbitration opt-out profile setting?

From a comment by Tim Post concerning the arbitration opt-out process: You'll get a response, and our system is pretty good at catching spoofs (if someone makes DNS lie, then, well, nobody can ...
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How do I ping the right bob?

We have two bobs at the moment. Bob (with the fox avatar) is a long time user, and bob, with the green avatar. I'd like to ping Bob, without bothering bob with my pings. I see two ways to do this - ...
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Repeated vandalism attempts

These two users seem to be fighting each other by defacing each others' posts with gibberish - https://stackoverflow.com/users/1699283/patel-the-rock?tab=activity#patel-the-rock?tab=activity&...
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How many requests are too many?

I'm writing a small script that makes a large amount of requests in order to obtain data that can't be acquired via the API (for example, getting a user's network profile URL, scraping the network ...
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What “visitors” count towards the publicity badges?

I was just thinking about these badges and how exactly your number of visitors is calculated. Really, this boils down into three key groups which you could gain counts from: New visitors: Those who ...
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10k Deleted List not showing full range

The Recent Occurrences:Recently Deleted list in the 10k tools won't show all the posts in the chosen date range. It appears to limit out at 45 posts (with no pagination).
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Why do some users have two site accounts, each tied to the same network profile?

(Please read carefully. This isn't about sock puppets.) I just noticed that this user has two Stack Overflow accounts. Their other account is listed as having the same network account as the former ...
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Does anyone read messages on review audits?

Often, when reviewing a lot of edits I get a fake audit test. I usually reject them with a message. Are these messages stored anywhere, or am I just talking to myself again?
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How much more bandwidth was eaten up in 2013 & 2014 compared to 2012?

2 years ago, I asked the question How much bandwidth does SE eat up? Nick Craver gave a detailed answer, and the short of it was a whopping 60TB of data per month! I'm wondering how has SE's ...
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Chatbanned user can still join chat with offensive user names

This fine gentleman is apparently chatbanned, but continues to join various rooms over and over (possibly in an automated fashion). His current name is intentionally offensive, as are his previous ...
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Is it intentional that the April Fool's time travel feature has to be deactivated on a per-site basis?

It seems to me that the time travel feature has to be deactivated on a per-site basis. I've tried this in Edge and Chrome. Is this intentional? It's fine for people using one or two sites, but gives ...
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Can a community have its own internal magic links?

I'm talking about magic links, which are very useful while posting comments. We frequently use [tour] , [help], [ask], [ans] etc. while introducing new users about How Stack Exchange works. On ...
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Do downvotes/flags still affect the original owner of a community wiki post other than for rep calculation?

Some time ago I was pointed to a ranting/rude answer that was immediately converted to wiki by the poster. Since at the time it seemed pretty clear that the poster originally posted the rant and then ...
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Why doesn't the new TOS email or blog post mention the arbitration clause?

Tim Post's initial post on the new TOS provides a three-point summary of the new terms, along with a link to the new text and an opportunity to ask questions. That, of course, sparked a re-...
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Regular Stack Exchange Data Dumps

The Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE) is now updated on a weekly basis. It would be nice if all of that public data was made accessible off-line on a regular and consistent basis. The SEDE says that ...
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Vote buttons, stars, and moderator margin controls just got a lot lighter

The controls in the left margin of a post -- vote buttons, star, and moderator controls (timeline, flag count, deleted comments) are now a much lighter shade of gray than they used to be. Before (...
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How is Stack Exchange preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

Is Stack Exchange making any changes in preparation for GDPR? What will the procedures be in order to comply with this regulation? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a ...
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How could localized sites translate strings before the update actually rolled out?

We have questions about that on ru Stack Overflow: Как в локализованных сообществах заранее узнавать о нововведениях в сети SE? Нет перевода текстов на индикаторах новичков. Нет перевода строк в ...
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does serial undownvote script kick in after duplicate accounts merge?

There is a user who managed to get sort of protection provided by the "serial" script so that their posts regularly get a portion of undownvotes when script kicks in (Reputation tab in the user ...
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Can we make managing recurring events easier?

My site uses community events heavily; we have week-long events every week (plus a dozen or so others), which occur on a repeating schedule, like this: The events occur each year in (generally) the ...
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Kill the reading tag

The reading tag currently has 492 questions. Arbitrarily checking 15 of those revealed that the tag doesn't really add anything; it's far too general and applies to many languages and situations. ...
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A call for MATLAB link maintenance

I recently noticed that the documentation pages for MATLAB on the MathWorks site have been updated to a new format. Unfortunately, this also involves a new format for many of the page URLs, breaking a ...
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Why is the “code:” search option not documented?

When searching for a post, it is possible to filter the posts by a string that must be present in a block code, such as with code:"preg_match". This search option is not documented, though. Does it ...
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Can't paste data to question, get prompted for Image?

I am trying to ask a Question on SE, and have some mock data in Excel I've copied, and am simply trying to paste in to my question. I've done this before dozens of times, but suddenly am having this ...
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Being above 10,000 rep, my newest edit was placed in a review queue as if I was a low-rep user?

I made a minor edit to: log difference measure and was informed that the edit was put in a review queue. In fact, it was, and I can even decide on my own edit: Note that I'm displayed as "anonymous ...
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Will aggregate-per-site data from the moderator engagement survey be made public?

From the first July 2018 moderator newsletter: We’re starting a yearly tradition by sending out a short engagement survey to all moderators…. The survey is completely optional and anonymous; ...
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Who is responsible for DMCA takedown counterclaims on authorless / disassociated / CW posts?

The TOS states that users are responsible for filing DMCA takedown counterclaims, and gives guidance: A subscriber who believes they are the wrongful subject of a copyright takedown notice may file ...
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Missing outage postmortem for 2015-05-05

The Stack Exchange network experienced a network-wide outage on May 5 (Note: due to timezone differences dates may be off by one): StackExchange Status ‏@StackStatus May 5 We are investigating ...
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Why do I keep getting logged out of Stack Overflow?

I keep on getting logged out of Stack Overflow on my personal computer. This can happen even when I've been logged in earlier in the same day. It used to be that I'd never get logged out of SO (which ...
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Why does sstatic.net serve cookies?

According to sstatic.net: This is a fast, cookieless domain intended for static content delivered to the Stack Exchange family of websites However, all responses from the server set a cookie ...
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Reviews Audits: Are Repeat Failers Audited More Often?

I've just been allowed to review again after a month banning; I'm not proud of it, but it was totally my own fault. I used to review every day in my lunch break in work, so I used to clear a good ...
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Message about already having edited 15 posts by retagging them

I got this message right now: The edits it refers to were only retaggings, as far as I can tell. However, I can still retag my posts. Does retagging count towards the "At most 15 edits to old posts" ...
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Who's to blame?! (aka newer chat message appears before older chat messsage)

So, I just saw this in The Tavern: The second message was posted before the first, yet appears after that message. Checking the ID of the messages, the ID of the first (!!/blame) is 5935908, ...
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Where to ask about frozen badgers?

I want to ask the following question, which may be suitable for pets or politics, but I'm not really sure either way – or if it’s on topic anywhere? Why does Peterborough City Council freeze ...
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Why do I have godlike gist powers?

I thought chat oneboxed gists. And in fact, it does. I oneboxed gist #5363882 some minutes ago. Someone was surprised at that, and gave it a try—his link didn't get oneboxed. And then the Lounge<...
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More Constituent badges than Caucus badges?

On the Math Stack Exchange site, I apparently have earned more Constituent badges than Caucus badges, which seems odd—doesn't voting in an election (which grants the Constituent badge) necessitate ...
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Hot questions of a specific site

Is there anyway to see the list of recent hot questions of only a specific SE site? I am looking for a way to see only those hot questions that appear in the "hot questions" tab of StackExchange menu....
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New “Thank you” when flagging a comment

The interface for flagging comments has changed. When I flag a comment as "Not relevant" (or anything else, but that's the one I use when working the queues) I get a green "Thank you" message. EVERY ...
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Why does the SEDE ReviewTaskResults table not include user data, which is all public anyway?

I wanted to do some data mining on the SEDE, and I ran across a limitation which I cannot understand. The Data Explorer table ReviewTaskResults currently contains the following information: Id ...
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How are the chatrooms shown in the sidebar selected?

The side bar on the right usually displays some interesting stuff. For example community bulletin, hot network questions, recent badges etc. On some pages some chat rooms are shown in the side bar. ...
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How is this user still around?

Just flagged a drive by abuse from this guy which I was surprised didn't get acted on, so I checked his chat history which is mostly troll - let alone the deleted messaged.
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Please always write time zone information in numeric format (e.g. GMT-X)

Currently there is a global site message of There will be a short outage starting at 12:30 Eastern time as we tune the Database hardware which completely fails to give me the intended ...
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Can I advertise Stack Exchange sites on my web site?

We have many cross-site advertisements on the Stack Exchange network, highlighting questions, an Area51 proposed sites, and of course the per-site community promition ads etc. An example: Is there ...
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Please undo tag merge of [cordova] and [phonegap]

There has been a merge request about this and the accepted and high voted answer was not to merge. Still the merge was done [status-completed]. A lot of people complained about this issue because ...
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Did I just downvote this answer twice?

I absolutely loathe the fact that I have to link to this garbage answer to explain what I did because it is spam. What I did in this order: Flagged the answer as spam Downvoted the answer Upvoted ...
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Merge beta and beta-sites

beta-phase (51) and beta-sites (40) are both being used interchangeably on meta - perhaps they should be merged and synonyms created, or just remove beta-sites? (Beta-phase has Beta as a synonym.) ...
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My answer is shown as up-voted from me

I was looking at Will anybody help me gauge the quality of my question? and I noticed that my answer is shown me as up-voted from me. How is that possible? Even in the case my account were merged ...