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SO Dataset query to retrieve questions, related answers and comments with a specific question tag

For a small part of my master thesis I need to retrieve a dataset from SEDE that contains all questions as well as the related multiple answers (and if possible also comments) with the tag "text-...
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Is there a good reason the various Stack Exchanges are not alphabetized in the grid view on the "all sites" main page? [duplicate]

The order of icons on the page appears quite random, and makes searching difficult. Why are they not organized in some useful manner? ADDENDUM: Several ...
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Why is the Google Analytics cookie defined as "strictly necessary" and saved without consent?

When you open a Stack Exchange site the first time you are asked about your consent for storing cookies. You can disallow all cookies except those that are defined as "strictly necessary". ...
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Formatting Sandbox

Notes: Answers will occasionally be moved to the Sandbox archive when there are too many of them. When using them to report bugs, keep an eye on the post. You may also want to take a look at the ...
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Who is on the Community Management Team, and what does it do?

The members of the Community Management Team (sometimes referred to as the Community Team or CMs) are employees of Stack Exchange the company, but not all SE employees are Community Management Team ...
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Has a CM (specifically) gone back to being a mod before?

I know that some Stack Exchange site moderators have become Stack Exchange employees and then later left the company and gone back to being moderators on their individual sites. Sklivvz and Jeremy ...
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Is the accept/bounty reminder still shown after the Activity page revamp in 2021?

Back in 2019-2020, there was still an accept/bounty reminder that was shown on the user's profile page (despite the possible layout bug): Alignment issue with the accept reminder message in Activity -&...
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Is it possible to turn off "reputation score" notifications?

I have no problem with inbox notifications, but the reputation score notifications distract me a lot (the ones that tell you: "+5" if someone thumbs up your question). After looking through ...
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I already took the census. Why does the 'Census' badge not show on my profile?

I completed the developer survey, but I did not get the Census badge credited to my account. I took the census while I was not logged in and logged in after the fact. I'm not able to retake the census ...
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Did something change with Stack Exchange's cross-domain login process? (no longer working)

I have my web browser set to block all third-party cookies. The only place where this is an issue is on Stack Exchange sites, where it prevents a log in action on one site from successfully logging ...
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How to get tags of questions answered by a user in Stack Exchange Data Explorer

I can't solve this problem: using a remote DBMS from the Stack Overflow site (URL: Write a SQL query that displays the names of users with a ...
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Does a flag get stuck on pending if the post is migrated?

So I followed the FAQ's migration flow chart, and flagged a post—custom flag/"in need of moderator intervention" since the only migrate to option is to the local meta—for it to be migrated ...
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How do I find out why I got question banned on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

I was learning some SQL today and ran into a roadblock while trying to understand check constraints. Everyone was very helpful and I was able to comprehend what I was confused about. However, after I ...
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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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Consolidating accounts [duplicate]

I'll mostly be using the Physics Stack Exchange site (PSE), but I may send occasional questions to the astronomy one (ASE). My user name's Edouard on the former, but different on the latter. ASE ...
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How can I close this kind of question for being "off-topic"? [closed]

I want to close a question on French Language that is absolutely not about the French language at all; it's just a random question in French. When I press "Close", the only options I have ...
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Person icon with drop down symbol in the top bar [duplicate]

There is an person icon with a drop down symbol in the Stack Exchange header (top bar). Clicking on that doesn't respond any. What is the icon for? Screenshot for reference:
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To what extent might scores, on my posts on one SE site, affect scores on another?

As my formal training in biology was limited to about 40 hours, half a century ago, in a classroom of a state school system that had been (and remains) legally banned from discussion of a concept ...
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What is migration and how does it work?

I posted a question which was closed as off-topic and it seems like it could fit on another site in the network. How can I go about moving it there? What is migration? When can a question be migrated,...
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Account not linked with

I created an account at data.stackexchange, but it never got linked with my SO account. For any other SE site I create an account in it will say that my account is already linked with other SE sites (...
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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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Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange

This is an unofficial list/changelog of new features and various changes to Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange network. It is maintained by the community, while a Stack Exchange employee changes ...
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Can't sign up into Area 51

I wanted to propose a new site, so I went to If I click on the link "Propose a new technology site" then it shows: Area 51 >> Login Error Unable to ...
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Reputation bug?

On my English Language Learners account (ELL), my reputation suddenly went down by 2, even though there was nothing in the reputation changes drop down menu. The very next day I received the Unsung ...
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How does comment voting and flagging work?

Comments can now be upvoted and flagged. How do those features work? Do users get rep for their upvoted comments? Do upvoted comments have any effect on comment sorting? And can users see their own ...
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What makes a comment substantive enough to deactivate "one-flag deletion" due to "certain keywords"?

Per How do comments work? Comments containing certain keywords can be deleted with a single flag. It is thought "thanks" is one of them. Which for a second was alarming; a single flag can ...
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Can a question be immediately closed without any close votes?

One of my recent question was closed immediately (within 1 min) without any votes to close. I wonder if this is normal if the question is not blatantly off-topic, spam, etc. We should assume that ...
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What Replacement Strings are available for use in Community Specific Close Reasons?

I've been working on a project to update some of our Community Specific closure reasons on Stack Overflow. In my research, I've been looking network wide at our various community's closure reasons. I'...
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Has the Stack Exchange websites' design started to update faster than before?

I am not sure if it is just me, but I feel in the last six months the changes on the SE interface have been occurring at a rate much greater than when I began using this site. Is there a reason for ...
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Where I can ask question about developers community and about contacts? [duplicate]

I've asked a question about AMO on Super User, but it was closed as off-topic. Where I can ask questions like this? I need to some instructions or contacts to challenge the unfair moderation decision ...
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Why is my Python code not highlighted? [duplicate]

I have posted the following code in my question: import numpy as np for i in range(3): n = np.random.randint(2, 10000) m = np.random.randint(1, n) A = np.random.randn(m, n) * ((1 / m) ** ...
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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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Can you help Stack Exchange find the missing election?

There is an oddity we encountered during development of the ElectionBot that might or might not be by-design. Normally, elections are numbered sequentially, and thus we assumed this is a reliable ...
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What tags exist by default on child metas?

Some tags are automatically created when a new child meta is spawned, including mod-only tags like featured and mandatory tags like discussion, as well as some ordinary tags like bounty, users, and ...
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Why was my "shopping list" question closed?

My question was closed for being a "shopping list question", even though it was very much related to the topic of the site. Why?
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Is paraphrasing someone else's ideas and not crediting them considered plagiarism? [closed]

A certain SE site has a new policy to blindly delete all answers that cite scholars, papers and journals without looking at the merits of the arguments and if the citation addresses the question or ...
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Which Stack Exchange sites have dedicated sponsors?

Some Stack Exchange sites have a 'sponsored by' logo just under the top bar: Which sites in the network are/were sponsored, by which company/organization/product and when did that start?
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How can I get answers fast?

How do I ask a question so that it can get a quick response? I see some of the questions are very old and still not answered, but some others get a very quick response. Return to FAQ index
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How many answers did I facilitate and (roughly) how much answer rep was generated?

Answers to Who asked the most number of questions on Stack Exchange? include SEDE scripts for site-specific and network-wide methods to rank users who've asked the most questions. Someone pointed me ...
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Why did this uploaded image disappear?

A post on Super User was deleted. Its final revision contained an uploaded image, which has since been deleted from Stack Exchange's image host (Imgur): Why did this image disappear? The original ...
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Questions about merging sock puppet accounts

Recently I created two accounts, and I must admit, I use them to sock puppet (not on meta), but now I want to merge them, because it's really hard to live with this lie, and I have several questions: ...
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Can I create a hyperlink inside a code block?

Suppose I have the following code: List<Integer> list = new ArrayList<Integer>(); Is there a way to make ArrayList above point to its documentation?
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Why didn't my edit go in the Review Queue? And if it did why didn't I get +2 rep? [duplicate]

I edited this question to show the current terminology, and was expecting the canned response saying it was waiting for peer review - however the question updated immediately. My rep at the time was ...
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Is there a way to differentiate between transparent and white parts of images?

I saw an answer that displays a transparent image with a white circle in the center. Is there a way to differentiate between the two parts? I know that I can right click on the image and open the ...
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How can I find the revisions history for the help center?

Some parts of the help center can be edited by the moderators and, of course, any part can be edited by a Stack Exchange employees. According to this post, the link to revisions is accessible to ...
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404: Q1 2022 Community team roadmap not found

Since we are now on our way into the second month of the Q2 of 2022, it is time to address the elephant in the room: where is the Q1 2022 Community team roadmap? It hasn't been published on the blog; ...
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Review queue sizes are incorrect

The review queue sizes on the /review page on Stack Apps (and maybe other sites as well) are off. When I visit in a private browser window (or while logged in with a ...
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Can I make a private Stack Exchange site? [duplicate]

I want to make a private Stack Exchange site (self-hosted preferred). Is this possible? If Stack Overflow's software is not available for use, are there alternatives?
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Why are relevance points added to the query string of search results?

I just noticed that search results now contain a new query string parameter named "s" with value in the format of s=[a]|[B] where "a" is the search result index and "b" ...
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Documentation for Stack Exchange engine URLs?

I have found mentions of various Stack Exchange engine URLs (/question/NNNN, /question/NNNN/question-title-spelled-out, /answer/NNNN, /user/NNNN, /q/NNNN, /a/NNNN, /u/NNNN, etc.) scattered around in ...

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