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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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Is it possible to lose badges?

Is it possible to lose badges after they've been awarded?
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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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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 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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“OpenID 2.0 for Google Accounts is going away”; will this affect Stack Exchange? [closed]

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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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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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 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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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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Is there a plan for dealing with all the moderator vacancies?

As many are aware of by now, a whole bunch of moderators are no longer serving in that capacity. Between all those individuals there are (as of now) about 50 moderator positions that became unfilled ...
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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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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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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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Why does it incorrectly say I lost 8,000 rep?

How'd this happen? I thought that these votes were old enough to not cause such a significant loss. Due to the daily rep cap of 200, I didn't even gain 8000 rep from that answer which was posted less ...
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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 Community ...
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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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How to find users by name

I have a whole bunch of people I would love to follow or at least check out on Stack Overflow. I know them from places like Github as well as personal friends. However I am having a really hard time ...
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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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How do I use superscript and subscript characters in questions

When I need to ask questions occasionally I'll need a super or a subscript letter or number for pseudo-code or math equations. I've seen this done in questions like in this answer: Special ...
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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 "...
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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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What kinds of question titles put a site's HNQ presence at risk?

Last month Stack Exchange removed a site from the Hot Network Questions list across the network because of a complaint about some questions that appeared there. I'm not here to rehash that decision (...
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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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Is there a way to see who voted on your posts?

Is there a way to see who voted (upvotes and/or downvotes) on your answers and/or questions?
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Today's (possibly) inappropriate ad: possible stem cell scam on Biology

Actually I'm rather asking for clarification about this one, honest. On the one hand, the ad itself isn't that inappropriate, on the other hand, it advocates a new kind of treatment with zero side ...
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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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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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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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Which Stack Exchange sites use MathJax?

As the title says, I could use an exhaustive list of all Stack Exchange sites that use MathJax. If the list included any site-specific customizations made to the MathJax configuration on each site, ...
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How do I sort the questions by the number of views?

The question is in the title, how do I sort the questions by the number of view? If not that, I'd settle for any suggestion on how to view the "Most Viewed" questions.
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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 be the reason for this?
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One post with multiple questions or multiple posts?

I want to ask several questions about the same problem domain but each question is independent from the others. Should I put all the questions in a single post or should I split them and send multiple ...
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Can a GDPR request take up to a month to process?

Out of curiosity, I've submitted a GDPR request just now. (I live in the Netherlands, so the GDPR applies to me) The fact that I've had to confirm my request through my attached email is excellent, ...
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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 long do Tenacious and Unsung Hero badges take to be awarded?

Just curious whether the process takes a while, and whether it scrapes through history to determine if it was once valid or not. Currently, I have 6 0-vote accepted answers and 20 1+-vote answers (on ...
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Am I using the “Invalid Flag” flag wrongly? [closed]

It seems that each time I've flagged a flag as an "Invalid Flag", it's been disputed. The question here was flagged as "Low Quality". I flagged the flag as Invalid, it's status ...
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Show recently cast downvotes

The recent switch to "free" downvotes has a side-effect: As far as I can see, there is no longer a way to see questions one has recently downvoted. This makes it impossible to find and revisit those ...
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Google indexing issue for keyword 'StackOverflow'

Maybe this is a temporary issue. I will check later in the night today and update/close this thread. [2013-02-27] For most of the world, this issue should now be resolved and non-repro, and the ...
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Clearly communicate that the Stack Exchange Android App is no longer being developed

Stack Exchange Android App seems to have been abandoned/orphaned, because it hasn't seen any updates since June 2017, because it is November 2019 as of this writing. Please warn other potential users ...
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Moderator legal liability

I've scanned the privacy policy, terms of service, and moderator agreement and, so far as I can tell, moderators are fully and completely liable for any and every action they take in the process of ...
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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 does Meta Stack Exchange work?

Meta Stack Exchange seems to have different rules and user behavior than the "regular" Stack Exchange sites. How is it different? Individual questions answered below: What do votes mean on Meta? ...
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What is my user ID?

I'm in the data explorer, and I need my user ID for a query. Problem is, I don't know what it is, if it's not my username.

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