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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Can we get a gallery of unicorns?

When all's said and done today, could you post a gallery of all the animations. Even as much as I'll be voting today, I'd love to make sure I get to see all of them!
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Creating an image link in Markdown format [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: recommended syntax for an image with a link How can I create an image link using the Markdown format? I want an output like <a href="" rel="some text"><img src="/path/...
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What does it mean when someone's an Unregistered User?

I looked at someone's profile and it said Unregistered User. What does that mean?
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What other hidden or inobvious RSS feeds are available on Stack Exchange and its sites?

I know about finding the RSS feed icon at the bottom of any "Top Questions" page, giving access to recent, featured, hot, week & month questions feeds. I also know that you can get RSS feeds from ...
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How can I get the “cleanup” badge

In other words, what counts as "First Rollback"?
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Problem with users not accepting answers

I am facing a recurring problem on Stack Overflow that goes like this: Someone asks a question. I answer, and we chat until their problem is solved. Then they leave the site, forgetting to upvote ...
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May 13, 2010 updates break high contrast Windows mode

With the new updates applied within the past 24 hours or so I can no longer see the vote up/down buttons. For accessibility reasons I found it necessary to replace all website specified colors with ...
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Users are calling me a plagiarist. What do I do?

Other users have been leaving me angry and hostile comments accusing me of plagiarism and saying that I'm a liar and I should stop stealing answers. But I have only been copying content from other ...
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I'm seeing stars! (I can see who starred a message and so can you)

So I was making a chatbot in Ruby for SE chat, and I discovered that I could find out the starrer of a message. I'm pretty sure stars, like votes, are supposed to be anonymous. Although this ...
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How to mention/tag any user in a post?

Is there any way mention/tag any user in question or answer?
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What is a historical lock, and what is it used for?

Historical locks are sometimes applied to questions. What is a historical lock? What is the purpose of a historical lock? How are questions affected by historical locking? When is it appropriate to ...
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How does editing work?

It is possible for users to edit an existing post. How do edits work? Who may edit a question or answer? How can you tell what has been changed between edits? For more information, see "Why can ...
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“OpenID 2.0 for Google Accounts is going away”; will this affect Stack Exchange?

Apparently, for some reason, Google is retiring its OpenID 2.0 platform. I got this notice while logging in with Disqus, but not with Stack Exchange. So... is Stack Exchange going to be affected by ...
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What are tag synonyms and merged tags? How do they work?

What are tag synonyms? How can tag synonyms be distinguished from "real" tags? How are new tag synonyms created? Who can create tag synonyms? How can I delete/reverse/undo bad tag synonyms? What are ...
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How do I use a small font size in questions and answers?

Is there any way to use a small font size in questions or answers? That is, for the purpose of minor and possibly irrelevant information? I've checked the Markdown syntax but couldn't find anything. ...
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Why does flag marking as helpful/declined not always correlate with moderator action?

I flagged a post and (choose one) my flag was marked as helpful, yet nothing was done my flag was marked as declined, yet the post was deleted/edited/closed Why? Return to FAQ index
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The global reputation recalc of March 2010 [closed]

I lost a ton of reputation in March of 2010! Why did this happen?
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How can I search for specific comments?

Sometimes I can best remember a question by its comments. How can I search for a question that way? Downloading the data dump is not viable because it may be a question posted today.
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Suggested edit system is causing grief, needs to be rethought

Over the past few weeks, there have been a number of complaints about users making suggested edits en masse whose quality was at least questionable. Let an example of a low-quality edit be the ...
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Why are the moderators being so strict with quality related flags recently?

I recently flagged a question as "very low quality", just like I've flagged many questions in the past. However, my flag was found to be unhelpful this time. The same thing happened when I recently ...
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Which Stack Exchange website for machine learning and computational algorithms?

I'm currently working on many machine learning and computational algorithms, such as Singular Value Decomposition, Support Vector Machines, and others. I'd like to ask questions about these topics, ...
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Is there a way to know when one of my comments gets “upvoted”?

If I leave a comment and someone liked it, is there a way to see it? If not... why not? It's something that would be nice to know.
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Stack Exchange Blogs Compromised and Passwords Reset [closed]

Some of our WordPress instances were exploited yesterday at 11 AM UTC. We noticed that the compromise had taken place today and took the blogs offline as soon as we noticed. We have since restored the ...
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Are taglines & signatures disallowed?

I recently had a number of my valid answers voted down because people objected to the fact that I added a tagline to the end. The answers were correct for the questions asked and the downvotes were ...
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Is it possible to have definition lists in Markdown?

Just wrote this question, and was wondering if there's a markdown sharp syntax for specifying a definition list -- would have made specifying those function arguments a bit more natural... If there's ...
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What features did the Community Team discuss, have implemented, or have denied last month?

This process is deprecated/on indefinite hold. See this Meta post for updates from the DAG team, and this other one for more context on the changes in the process. On a weekly basis, the ...
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Is it possible to lose badges?

Is it possible to lose badges after they've been awarded?
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How can I cancel an edit I made on another user's question or answer?

Edits made by users who do not have edit privileges are placed in a queue until it is peer reviewed. E.g., I edited someone else's answer. but changed my mind. If I'd edited my own question/answer, ...
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How do I properly use the “Not an Answer” flag?

What is the "Not an Answer" flag and what is its purpose? When should I use this flag? When should I not use this flag? But I'm still not sure if I'm using the flag correctly... An answer is "Not an ...
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When are moderator flags automatically dismissed as “aged away” by the system?

Moderator flags can be dismissed as aged away. What does this dismiss reason mean? What causes flags to be dismissed with this reason? Do aged away flags affect my daily flag amount? Can I cast a ...
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When should I create a new tag? How do I request a new tag if I don't have enough rep?

Can someone please create the tag foo on our site? We need to have it because Foo is a recent/upcoming release / edition / model / episode of a popular, established OS / board game / bike brand /...
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How do the Stack Exchange WebSockets work? What are all the options you can send to them?

The Stack Exchange WebSockets are handy for various things (like handling spam). For example, try running this JavaScript in your browser's console: var w = new WebSocket("ws://qa.sockets....
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I see “Welcome back! If you found this question useful…” message very frequently

For the past few weeks, almost every time I link directly from Google into a question I see the banner: Welcome back! If you found this question useful, don't forget to vote both the question and ...
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How to combine bold and “code sample” in Markdown? [duplicate]

How can I make a word in a code sample bold? I only see asterisks around the expected bold text. sample **sample** sample
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Has Stack Overflow been haiku-hacked?

When for the first time A new question I answer This haiku appears: Little slab of meat In a wash of clear jelly Now I heat the pan Such a message is Very strange; is anyone Seeing the same ...
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When exactly does the Unsung Hero badge get awarded? [duplicate]

A while ago, I spotted the gold badge, Unsung Hero, which carries the description, Zero score accepted answers: more than 10 and 25% of total. The way I interpret that is that you need more than 10 ...
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About your blog post: Introducing Beyond Coding: Free professional skills training for emerging devs in NYC

There are a few things I don't understand about your most recent blog post. Your link, asserting that there are five open jobs for every qualified developer is to a page describing a gap of Agile ...
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How do I write a good answer to a question?

Are there guidelines for what constitutes a good answer? Let's discuss. Perhaps, we can come up with some ideas for the FAQ. Building off Should the official FAQ include information on how to ...
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Dissecting the Stack Overflow views counter [duplicate]

The last couple of days I've been trying to understand how the Stack Overflow page views counter works. I wish to add a views counter to a project of mine and investigating the options. Stack Overflow ...
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Key stroke combination markdown? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Keyboard Glyphs I got an answer with some cool keystroke formatting, but I don't see how to do it on the markdown reference, or the more detailed markdown reference -- maybe I ...
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Why didn't (or did) I or some other user get a hat although the requirements were (or weren't) fulfilled?

During Winter Bash, users can earn hats. But sometimes it seems that a hat was awarded even though its requirements weren't (yet) met, or vice versa. What could the reason for this be?
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I'm on vacation in NYC. Can I visit/tour the Stack Exchange Headquarters?

To make this question less localized: "If one is in New York City, is it possible to tour the Stack Exchange Headquarters?" Original Question (7/14/2012): I live in Los Angeles (Orange County ...
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Houston, we are web bugged!

OK, so I noticed that on every page load (at least here and on Stack Overflow but guess on any Stack Exchange site) there is request for that external JS file: http://b.scorecardresearch.com/beacon.js ...
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What reputation do you need on Stack Overflow to receive an invite to Careers?

What reputation do you need to have on Stack Overflow to receive an invite to Careers? The site says "Stack Overflow grants new invites to users fitting certain criteria of activity on Stack Exchange ...
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Blog post invites people to apply to become CEO of Stack Exchange, Inc., but doesn't indicate how to apply

Having just seen the blog post about Joel stepping down as CEO, I am (of course) immediately wondering how to apply. In his haste to publish the news, he seems to have left of that vital bit of ...
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“Improve” treated as improper response to proper response to audit

For the first time I failed an audit in review, but I sure don't think I should have. I saw the edit wasn't that good, so I hit the improve button to clean things up and got this message: This was ...
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How do I earn the Johnny Three-hats hat?

This question already has an answer here: How do I earn the Johnny Three-hats hat? 1 answer I recently earned a secret hat. Is there any way to tell how I earned this hat? marked as duplicate of ...
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How can I make my own Stack Overflow? [closed]

For some reason, I'm having difficulty remembering. I've got a photo of the ingredients, but some advice on exactly how to combine them would be appreciated.
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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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How can I report a specific bad user?

Every once in a while we get a question about how to report a bad user to the admins. Sometimes it's a spammer, sometimes it's a troll, sometimes it's just someone who had a momentary blip in the "...