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Why are Unicode characters allowed in usernames?

I find it to be very informal, Some names can vary between Japanese letter/words (for example!) or mathematical notations. It makes it way harder to find these accounts in a simple search. For a site ...
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Is it worthwhile to try to engage spammers?

I used to have an in-your-face attitude toward people who posted spam, often adding mocking comments in their own broken-English style of writing (e.g. "high qality SPAM, download now, click here flag ...
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Is there a way to find users with the largest number of helpful flags? [duplicate]

In each user's profile, number of helpful flags is displayed - so this is a public information. However, I did not find this number in the data explorer. Question: Is there some simple way to find ...
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How can I find out which user earned badge X the most often?

Each badge has a list of when and to whom it has been awarded, e.g. this one. Since some badges can be awarded multiple times, is there a way to get a list of users who earned a specific badge most ...
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What should I do if I see a new account from a suspended user?

Yesterday, a contributor (questioner) on a site was suspended for 365 days. That very same person, with a thinly veiled avatar change, returns today as if nothing has happened! It would appear that it'...
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Why are there a lot of users with Reinstate Monica in the username? [duplicate]

Across all Stack Exchange network sites I have seen a lot of users with "Reinstate Monica" in the username, and I am not sure what this means.
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How can these two users be a member of Meta for longer than the site exists?

During some ... research ... I encountered two users here: George Claghorn, member since 2009-06-25 Jeff Hardy, member since 2009-06-26 How can they be a member of Meta Stack Exchange for longer ...
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Is it possible to create a Data Explorer query that returns questions from users who have more answers than questions?

I've found a query that returns questions from users with a certain minimum reputation: select top 20 p.id as [Post Link], p.score, p.viewcount, p.answercount, p.tags, u.reputation from posts p, ...
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How popular are Stack Exchange sites in comparison to each other?

My habitat is ux.stackexchange.com, but sometimes it feels like there are only 10 users that discuss something between them. I wonder what is the number of daily and monthly active users across each ...
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Let's say they reinstate Monica. What then?

I am sort of an outsider to all of this, and apologize in advance if this is a duplicate (but I could not find this question). I have a very simple-minded question. Let us assume that the company ...
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To reach out: on Monica, the Lavender community, and the future of the Stack Exchange network

Over the past weeks, the uproar has been vast, spanning the new Code of Conduct, Stack Exchange's conduct over the years, and more. Gallons of internet ink have been spilled by everyone involved, ...
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Have we already had discussions about how to function more effectively in such a culturally diverse online community?

Tl;Dr The Stack Exchange community is culturally very diverse. Please help me find discussions on Meta SE about how to be nice with all the community members while moderating the sites and communicate ...
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Why was my username changed without notice and can I change it again?

Yesterday, I changed my username and avatar picture to reflect something I find cool and interesting, combat ready rotary-winged aircraft (who didn't love the show Airwolf!). For clarity the ...
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Stack Exchange All Site page directing to the wrong users

On this page: https://stackexchange.com/sites When I click on the site, and on a user avatar, it takes me to a different user profile. It appears to be doing this for all of the sites and profiles, ...
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User badges not showing reputation or badge counts [duplicate]

On all questions (at least on SO and MSE), I'm no longer seeing badge counts or reputation numbers on user badges on posts (both answers and questions): Is this intended? Part of testing going on? ...
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Kings, Farmers, and Moderators

I spend most of my SE time on Worldbuilding and rarely post or even spectate over here. But after taking a three-month hiatus changing locale and jobs in the real world, I logged back onto SE only to ...
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Not able to see Location in Stack Exchange Data Explorer [duplicate]

I am using the following query in Stack Exchange Data Explorer: SELECT Id, DisplayName, Reputation, Location FROM users WHERE Id = '3628106' ORDER BY Reputation DESC But I don't see Location in the ...
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Stack Exchange Security vs. Online Forums [closed]

How secure is Stack Exchange compared to online forums such as Reddit or Quora? Better? Worse? How difficult is it to hack and how secure is user information?
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How is a single month duration defined on a Stack Exchange site?

A user profile on any of the Stack Exchange websites shows the age of the account in terms of number of years and months. Member for 1 year, 4 months How is a single month duration defined and ...
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Mobile site shows users’ total reputation rather than interval reputation

If I go to the mobile site and sort users by reputation by month or other intervals, the page shows their total reputation numbers, rather than their reputation numbers during the interval. The ...
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Why does user searching start at 3 letters?

Why does the user search only activates after at least 3 letters have been typed? Searching for tags does not seem to have this mechanism.
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How to contact a user on a site? [duplicate]

I am not talking about contacting a user about a question/answer on a site. It's just for other information or asking for some personal advice, or just commenting a user on his/her 'about' profile! ...
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Why cannot we comment-reply more than one person in comments, and anyone in questions/answers? [duplicate]

I think the comment-reply (ping) mechanism is way too limited. You can only reply to one person in a comment. And you can't use an @ whatsoever in questions and answers. It just doesn't make sense to ...
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Disallow user names which result in unclickable links

This is not a duplicate of Why are usernames allowed to be composed entirely of non-visible Unicode characters? as that simply asks why this ability exists. This is a feature request asking for this ...
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Is it possible to track the question-to-answer ratio of users on a given site?

I'm trying to run a query which takes the top, say, 50 users on a site (bonus points if you can edit this number when running the query), and outputs a table listing all of the users, how many ...
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The default period for the users page is different on Stack Overflow and other Stack Exchange sites

The default period for the /users page is different on Stack Overflow and all other Stack Exchange sites. Previously for the /users page, the default period is set as "week". Now except Stack ...
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How can I order users by the number of questions they have asked on Stack Overflow?

How can I order users by the number of questions they have asked on Stack Overflow?
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Does the Stack Exchange owner have a user account?

Just a curious question, does he/she actually use this site or any of the sub topic sites? If so, where is his/her account?
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How can I get the summary of questions a user ask from the Stack Overflow data dump?

I need information about how many questions a user asks, how many of them are resolved, and how many of them remain unanswered. Is there any way to get this information from the SO data dump?
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Alignment issue in users page while searching user

There is an alignment issue occurred while searching the users in the Users page. The grid cells' height is increased while fetching the result. Once the result fetched, the grid's height become ...
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Is there a way to track a user's review history?

Is there a way to see an individual's review history? I don't think there is. I've checked the tools page on the review menu, a privilege afforded to users with 10K, and didn't find what I was ...
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Nationality, does it matter in Stack Exchange?

Yesterday, a Stack Exchange fellow commoner contacted me through my personal email address as an official representative of Stack Exchange. He tried to flatter me as the 800th "user" coming from ...
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reputation that's given to other users by me

Is there or can there be a counter that shows how much reputation my participation in the SE sites has given to other users? For example, when I vote up or down a question or an answer, mark my ...
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On dollar signs in the user Location field, and character limits on overlong Locations displayed in the Users page

Here's one of the weirder bugs I've seen in some time: I have no idea why the user in question chose to enter... whatever that string is, as their location. I don't really care - I think it's ...
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What's a kinder way to stake a help vampire?

I've had to deal with users who sometimes exhibit some of the qualities of a help vampire on chat, some of which are unique to Stack Exchange. They barge in and ask questions. Sometimes they randomly ...
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Is it possible to verify a Stack Overflow user's account?

I want a user of my website to get certain privileges based on his Stack Overflow rating. Obviously, I need to verify the Stack Overflow user is who he says it is - or I would have probably a hundred "...
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Is there a way to see a Stack Exchange site's oldest users?

In the 'Users' section of each Stack Exchange site, there is a 'New User' section that shows the newest members of the site. But, is there any good way to see the oldest members of each site? I have ...
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Is there any way to track the users who I have personally upvoted?

A coworker of mine just stated: It's crazy you remember their names When I mentioned something along the lines of You should trust the answer from , I find they know their stuff Which led to ...
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Under what conditions are inactive users removed? [duplicate]

Today I noticed on one of the sites that I moderate that a user account was removed due to inactivity. What are the conditions for being removed for inactivity? I was not aware that this was grounds ...
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Why did I get a notification for an edit on another user's post? [closed]

This edit was on a question that was not asked by me, but by another user with the same username as me (Nils). The notification was in my Stack Exchange inbox. I think this is a bug somewhere in the ...
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How to report a user [duplicate]

Every once in a while we get a question about how to report a bad user to the administrators. Sometimes it's a spammer, sometimes it's a troll, and sometimes it's just someone who had a momentary blip ...
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Why is Stack Exchange run by the community?

I've been told everywhere (including the help center!) about the fact that Stack Exchange is run by the community. Why is this?
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Why is it NOT possible to “Follow” or “Friend” someone on Stack when it's a win-win-win for everyone? [duplicate]

(FYI, here are the guidelines on dups: How should duplicate questions be handled? ) I know that this question has many duplicate versions. That in and of itself should be a reason to pay attention to ...
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Why aren't questions/answers/comments necessarily anonymous if votes are anonymous?

This is not a duplicate of questions asking about features that would allow users to post anonymously or about whether or not anonymous posting is allowed. I am asking why should the user/reputation ...
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How to deal with spam user posting ad in their profile page [duplicate]

At our Stack Exchange site we have some users created recently that have no activity, simply a name and profile which contains an add for some car insurance quotes. How can we deal with users like ...
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Should we let people know that their actions are being discussed on meta, if so what's the best way?

Whenever I post something on SO meta about a particular post or review, I ping the people involved with that post or review. It seems to be the equitable thing to do, allow people to speak up, if ...
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Can I see who follows a certain tag?

I wonder whether it is possible to see which users are following a specific tag. If I hover my mouse on a tag I can see how many users are following this tag but I'm not able to see who follows this ...
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Data on who offered bounties

Is there a way to know who offered bounties on each question on SE? We are working with the SO datadump, and there is data there on bounties in the Votes.xml file. However, there is no information on ...
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Do large events (e.g. Christmas) have an impact on user activity within Stack Exchange?

For example, large celebrations such as Christmas Day or New Years' Day - I imagine people would be more inclined to spend some time offline during events like these. Are there noticeable changes in ...
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Why prevent users from asking questions? [closed]

I am currently not allowed to ask any questions in Physics SE. It is displayed on the ask page that I've reached my question limit. And a link is also displayed to a help centre page, from where I get ...

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