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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What shortened URLs are available through s.tk?

It was announced on the Stack Exchange Podcast episode #23 (at 1:05:26) that Stack Exchange has its own URL shortener, http://s.tk/. Users can't create their own, they can only use the ones that are ...
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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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Stack Overflow returning HTTP error code 418 (I'm a teapot)?

First a little background: I recently wrote a reverse proxy which I have found to work wonderfully so far, and being an avid Stack Overflow user, I thought I would try it out there. I was ...
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How to upload an image to a post?

Sometimes I need to upload, embed, or display inline an image in a question or answer. How can I do that? Return to FAQ index
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How can I move a discussion to chat before being prompted? [duplicate]

I posted an answer to a question, and a user posted a comment that I feel is better handled in chat. In a previous question, I was prompted to move the comment to chat when it went over a certain ...
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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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Spam Profiles are getting my goat. Could we have better tools for mods to deal with profile spam?

Super User got hit by another batch of spammers creating profiles. They've got accounts on other sites from what I've heard from other mods and from the comments here. Last time it was streaming. Now ...
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The vote fraud script breaks legitimate polling questions - A serial downvoter's lament

I've downvoted several of the answers on these Meta discussions: The Workplace self-evaluation: let's get critical! The Workplace self-evaluation: let's get critical! Both questions are typical self ...
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How do “badges” work?

What are badges? How do users get badges? How can users get tag badges? What can cause a badge to be lost/revoked/taken away after it is awarded? How can I suggest a new badge? For more information,...
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Deleted Meta Questions Archive

Some keep deleting questions with a lot of discussion, both relevant and/or historical, and we can't search on deleted questions. Some of them are locked so that they cannot be undeleted, so I'm ...
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What's up with the new CSS?

I've just noticed the new rep/vote counts look different, and not in a good way (IMO, obviously people will disagree). What else has been changed, and is it permanent?
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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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Why is the edit button disabled?

I edited some questions before, but I get an error message when clicking the edit button. I thought there was a problem with the specific question, but I cannot click it on any question. What's going ...
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Eeeek! Where did the reputation graph go? [closed]

The reputation graph no longer shows up on my profile when I click on the reputation tab. Is it gone now (like the mail icon)? Or has it been moved somewhere else? I do like the more detailed ...
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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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What is this “answer your own question” jazz?

I showed up here to write a perfectly normal rant about misaligned pixels, and there's a big fat checkbox cluttering up the "Ask" page: WHAT THE EEEEK IS THIS NEW ABOMINATION?
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What happened to flag weight? [duplicate]

I just noticed that my profile on Programmers no longer shows my flag weight. Instead I see the number of helpful flags. At the same time, the definition for the Marshal badge has been changed to "500 ...
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What kind of edits contribute to the editor badges?

The descriptions for the editing badges are: Editor: First edit Strunk & White: Edited 80 posts Copy Editor: Edited 500 posts Does "posts" include your own questions/answers, or are these ...
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Does Markdown have a way to express strikeout?

I've been using <s> to put strikeout in posts -- is there a Markdown way of doing it? It seems like -[Text here] would make sense, hehe :)
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Having a bad start. Is that normal?

I'm sorry to bother you with my thoughts but since I'm quite new here, I am not familiar with this. Stack Overflow was my first choice for help for a long time. I decided, now that I'm a bit better in ...
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What is an SE “day”? When does each day start?

When does a day start on the Stack Exchange network? Some badges (Enthusiast, Fanatic, Mortarboard) and voting limits are bound by and relate heavily to the concept of a day. Do days correspond to ...
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How can I write math formula in a post?

I want to ask something that contains a mathematical formula. How can I write the equation? Is there a page that shows the syntax? I thought there must be some syntax like in Wikipedia or ...
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When should I vote to delete a question?

My question is simple - when should I cast delete votes? I've recently reached enough rep on one of the sites to be able to cast delete votes. I am not sure when a question is supposed to be deleted ...
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How much bandwidth does SE eat up?

I recently saw this image posted in an answer on Meta by @Nick Craver ♦: I'm interested to know how much bandwidth (in total GB/TB) gets used on average each month for such a large site, and on which ...
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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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“STOP! Look and Listen” audit tricked me

I have noticed this "STOP! Look and Listen" message when the system audits you by having you review something to check how you respond. However, this audit came up and I was tricked. I wanted to up ...
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Where are my starred Questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do favorite questions work? Stack Overflow has a feature that you can star whatever questions you like, but how can I find my starred questions and their answers? Where is ...
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How do I change the email address associated with my Stack Exchange OpenID? [duplicate]

I registered my Stack Overflow account using the Stack Exchange OpenID provider. I later changed my e-mail, but I cannot change the e-mail address associated with my OpenID for some reason. Why is ...
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How can I reference another user in an answer?

I want to reference another user in my answer like I do in comments (@user). How can I do this?
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How can I see all my rejected edits?

I looked at one of my approved edits and found I had a whopping four rejected edits (that is much more than what I expected). I was able to see a snippet of a half a dozen recent edits and see the one ...
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What are the moderation tools available to 10,000+ reputation users?

The site FAQ refers to moderation tools, available to users who've earned more than 10,000 reputation: 10,000   Delete closed questions, access to moderation tools What are these tools ...
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How do I change my profile picture, or avatar?

Where does the image come from? How do I change my profile picture, or avatar? How do I change my profile picture on all SE sites at once? How can I use different avatars on different SE sites? How do ...
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The Real Essential Questions of Every Beta

The blog post Seven Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta gets linked to prominently from every beta's meta. However, this blog post is somewhat inaccurate and misdirects new users. In almost every ...
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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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What can cause a question to be bumped?

What can cause a question to be "bumped" to the first page in the Active tab of a Stack Exchange site? (Changing the "Last Active" date.) Return to FAQ Index.
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Someone contacted me by email but my email is not public

Last week I got an email to my email address saying "I saw on Stack Overflow that you were interested in.." and the content of the question I asked. The email suggested I'll star a bug \ feature ...
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What are the criteria for questions to be selected for Hot Network Questions?

I really like the new Stack Exchange home page, where certain questions from the Stack Exchange Network are presented, along with a hotness rating that is described as "arbitrary" in its tooltip. Such ...
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How can I propose a new site?

I have an idea or subject that should have a Q&A, and want to propose a new site. How can I do this? Related: What makes a winning site proposal? Return to FAQ index
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How can I get the 2012 April Fool's joke to appear?

Honest question, I can't seem to get the April Fool's Joke to appear. Is there some condition it requires? Is it only on some sites? I've heard you just open a tab with an SE site/post in it and ...
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What is the daily reputation cap and how can I hit it?

I've found some questions and those two badges "Epic" and "Legendary" regarding the "daily reputation cap". What is it and how can I hit it?
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Why does the Community user approve and reject edits?

Why does the Community user sometimes approve or reject edits? How does a machine know if my edit is valid? What does it mean if my edit was rejected by Community? See also: Who is the ...
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What is a “locked” post?

A post can be locked. What does it mean to lock a post? Who can lock a post? When should a post be locked? Return to FAQ index
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Someone flagged my question as already answered, but it's not

I asked this question regarding a very specific feature of Tiles (wildcarding) and whether or not it works with Spring Webflow. Within hours someone had marked it with "This question may already have ...
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What should I do if a user posts sensitive information as part of a question or answer?

I've observed several incidents where users inadvertently posted detailed, sensitive information. For example, a Server Fault user who posted a question with working login credentials to his actual ...
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How does SO's new auto-login feature work?

SO and SU just told me I've been logged in. I'm guessing because I'm already logged into my Google account... but how does SO know that?
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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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What is the difference between disputed and declined flags?

I'm looking at my flag count, and I see a couple 'declined' flags and a few 'disputed' flags, and I'm wondering: what is the difference between the two? I've had both disputed and declined flags ...
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How to strike text? [duplicate]

Sorry but I couldn't find this info. How do I strike the text?
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How can I find my comments on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: List of Comments on User Tab Sometimes I ask other users for clarifications by commenting on questions. How do I find the comments I've written on Stack Overflow?
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How can we get rid of misspelled and unused (or “zombie”) tags?

During the re-tagging of questions, tags sometimes become orphaned from existing questions. Are these zombie tags ever removed from the tags list? What if a tag is misspelled and needs to be removed?...