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Questions tagged [terminology]

The use or definition of a term in the context of Stack Exchange.

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Has “the SE Network” been changed to “the SO Network”?

Today as most of you did, I received an email entitled [Terms of Service and Privacy] What's new In the last paragraph, I noticed this expression: Please read these updated terms and take your ...
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Meaning of 'CVers'? [duplicate]

I have seen this used on a few posts and tried searching what it stands for. Sure it will be glaringly obvious once someone tells me, but what does 'CVers' mean?
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Technical term for an SE page with question and answers [duplicate]

Which term should be used for subj? "Question" is ambiguous because it can also mean just the question part. "Thread" is used, too, as per What is a "thread" called on SE? , but the current ...
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What's a frozen post?

When trying to add a comment to a deleted post (supposing I've managed to make the comment box and the "add comment" button appear, see this bug), I get the following error message (emphasis mine): ...
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What's the difference between [retag-request] and [synonym-request]?

I'm a bit unclear what the difference is between a retag-request and a synonym-request. retag-request This tag is for requests to replace one tag with another existing tag. It also applies to ...
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What is the proper way to refer to a given Stack Exchange Network Site? [duplicate]

One of the problems I've encountered is how to refer to a given site within the Stack Exchange network. Of course, each site has its own name, but what if I want to use a non-specific place holder? "...
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More consistent wording for the synonyms creation page

The tag pages - such as https://superuser.com/tags/synonyms?tab=newest&filter=all refer to "master" and "synonym." The "create a tag synonym" page refers to them as "source" and "target." Could ...
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Under “all actions”, why are edits called “revisions”?

In order to edit a post, I click on a link called edit. To finish editing I click a button entitled Save Edits. Afterwards, the post says edited 1 min ago. So why does the "all actions" section of ...
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What is a “thread” called on SE?

How do we refer to a question and all of its answers and comments collectively? What is the normal word to use for this? I associate thread more with forums, not with SE. But is it used? What's the ...
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Does “topic” have a special meaning on Stack Exchange, and should it?

Often on at least some Stack Exchange sites you see people equate "topic" with any and all qualities of a question, answer, or comment, rather than just their topic in the usual English sense. ...
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Should I refer to SE topics as “topic.se” or “topic@se” [duplicate]

As I've realized on this meta post at the RPi SE, there are multiple .se domains that are ambiguous with the SEs on the site. I frequently see people refer to stacks as "Topic.SE" (RPi.se for example)....
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Name for “read-only” user on Stack Exchange

Is there a name for or something to reference Stack Exchange users that only they look and don't collaborate or provide knowledge (ie. answers)?
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What is a “spam seed”?

Here I found a new terminology first time: Looks like a spam seed is a post, which "is designed to allow spammers to post questions so it looks legitimate". What does this mean? Maybe it is some ...
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What are these “useful artifacts” on Stack Exchange?

The phrase "useful artifact" or similar appears semi-frequently on the Stack Exchange network, usually when someone is explaining or commenting on site policies on Meta. I've even started using it ...
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What is the “meta effect”?

I often hear the term "meta effect" on many meta SE sites. What is the meta effect? I have Googled it but can't find anything about it on any meta site.
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What do meta SE users mean by referring to SE as a Mechanical Turk

Some meta posts refer, in disparaging terms, to users of SE sites (especially SO) who treat the site as a Mechanical Turk. What do they mean by that?
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“Closed” is to “Reopened” as “On Hold” is to (what)?

Now that questions are first "On Hold" instead of "Closed", what is the best phrase to use when telling users the requirements to "Reopen" their question? Although behind the scenes everything is ...
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Requesting help from others on terminology for your answer

Sometimes, I know the answer to a question, but I don't know the accepted, scholarly, book-definition vernacular to use in my description of the answer. While it is never my intent to publish ...
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What is the official term to use to call the one who posted a question? [duplicate]

This maybe sound very "common sense" but is there a official term here in stackoverflow to call the one who posted a question? I searched some posts and I saw "asker", "poster", "one who posted a ...
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Change “Vote to close” to “Nominate to close”

I realized a confusion in the word "voting". Currently, you can either "vote to close", "vote to re-open", "vote to delete", or "upvote/downvote". Refer to a comment of mine on this question. I am ...
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What is the difference between markup and Markdown?

I am not sure what the difference between Markdown and markup is. I've read both of these terms in several posts on Meta. Googling them brings up some financial terms; not the correct context for this....
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How do I ask for the right vocabulary for searching?

I don't know the precise word to use for my question. It may not even exist. Suppose I am making an anagram service, but I don't know the word "anagram". I want to ask "What search terms are useful ...
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What is “SO Proper”?

I have heard many people refer to something called "SO Proper", what exactly is this?
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Can OP be used to refer to someone who has posted an answer?

Stack Exchange Glossary mentions that OP is: Original Poster. A quick way to point at the person who wrote the question. Is there any such terminology to point at the person who posted an answer?...
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Term for simplest possible description of problem [closed]

I'm looking for the term that people use to describe the simplest statement of a problem. I've seen it several times on Meta and on SO. [If you think this question is inappropriate, please answer it ...
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Canonical definitions of the Stack Exchange jargon terms “private beta” and “public beta”

In answering a question on the new patents beta site I wanted to tell the OP about the concepts of "Private Beta" and "Public Beta" here on Stack Exchange. But I can't seem to find canonical / ...
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The Unanswered Section vs. the Unanswered Question Tab: A Critique

First, a foreword: I've searched rigorously for a question that addresses the same concern that I'm about to detail, but the closest I've came is this question. I certainly hope others understand that ...
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Is there a better term for subdomains of SE?

It can get tedious using the term subdomain to keep referring to math.stackexchange.com, tex.stackexchange.com etc. Is there a better term to use?
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Questions about terminology related to computer programming

Should questions about computer programming terminology be addressed on Stack Overflow, or should they be addressed elsewhere (i. e., on Super User, English Language & Usage, or Programmers?) ...
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“Diamond Moderator” vs “Moderator”, are they the same? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Who are the diamond moderators, and what is their role? I usually refer to the elected mods (and community/dev/etc mods) as just that, a "mod" or "moderator", but lately I've ...
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What is the definition of a list question?

After an extensive discussion in chat I've come to the conclusion there are some unclarities relating to list questions. In an attempt to tackle this problem in a more constructive format I first want ...
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What is a Wiki Edit?

What actually constitutes a "wiki edit" on Stack Exchange? How is that different to a normal question edit? I have looked at the first 50-60 related questions and they all involve details. For ...
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Atheism is being closed 3/18; does that mean at 00:00 after 3/17 or 00:00 after 3/18?

I know this may seem like a dumb question, but to clarify [Atheism.se is being] "closed on 3/18." Does that mean tomorrow morning, it will be locked; or does it mean that at the end of tomorrow it ...
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What's StackExchange-ese for “OP”?

As in "Original Poster". How do I refer to the user who asked the question in the third person, other than by account name?
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What is the XY problem?

What is the XY problem? When asking questions, how do I recognize when I'm falling into it? How do I avoid it? Return to FAQ index
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What is a “protected” question?

Questions can be protected. What does it mean for a question to be protected? Why are some questions protected? Who can protect and unprotect questions? Who can answer a protected question? When ...
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Why is it called Area 51?

According to the FAQ: "We like the little aliens." This seems well targeted to appeal to the Stack Overflow / Server Fault / Super User audience, but way off the mark if the goal is to "make the ...
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How should we refer to the “trilogy” + StackExchange?

Crossposted from StackApps as per a request in there. I'm currently designing an app for the StackApps beta. One of the challenges I found when writing descriptions and user-facing material for my ...
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Change “on-topic?” to “belongs?”

Something can be on-topic and still not appropriate for the site. This initially confused me, and a handful of my first 10 votes got switched after reconsidering what is being asked. Therefore, is ...
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What is the accepted, cool kid, abbreviation for StackOverflow

I reference it at work, and I'm too lazy to type Stack Overflow into Office Communicator, plus it eats away at my character limit. Also, it would help if I could differentiate between the website and ...
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Rename tags to labels

I've been thinking more about tagging and the apparent problem so many people on SO seem to have with the concept. The number of times I've had to fix questions tagged visual and studio or sql and ...
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What is FGITW and SCITE?

I only read Meta every so often but I've seen lots of talk about SCITE and FGITW. I have no idea what these are! Can someone please define and explain these abbreviations?
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How reasonable is it to correct terminology in questions and tags?

I've come across various questions with incorrect use of terminology in them. The primary abuses (in C# questions) are: Referring to "C# 3.5" (which doesn't exist) instead of "C# 3.0" or ".NET 3.5" ...
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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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What is a “closed”, “on hold”, or “duplicate” question?

Questions can be put on hold, closed, or marked as duplicate. What does it mean for a question to be closed or “on hold”? What does it mean for a question to be "marked as duplicate"? Who can put a ...