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Not able to see Location in StackExchange Data Explorer [duplicate]

I am using the following query in StackExchange Data Explorer: SELECT Id, DisplayName, Reputation, Location FROM users WHERE Id = '3628106' ORDER BY Reputation DESC But not seeing Location in the ...
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Stack Exchange Security vs. Online Forums [on hold]

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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Why are badges hidden in user cards when the account is suspended?

For suspended users, badges are not shown in their user cards at all. They only show "1" with their avatars and usernames, as if they are new users. Why is this?
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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 add in their profile page? [duplicate]

At our stack exchange we have some users created recently that have no activity, simply a name and profile which contains add for some car insurance quotes. How can we deal with users like that? Are ...
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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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What is the caching architecture of Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

Having a good understanding of how expensive DB queries are and the importance of caching static data, I can't understand how the question pages on these sites run so quickly. We have a question ...
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Is it a problem if a user posts “many” self answered questions?

So I am sure it is not malicious but figured I would bring it up anyways. I recently noticed a certain user having a large amount of self answered questions in their reputation. The answers themselves ...
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Should I do anything about self-deleted spam?

I just came across this post: It's spam (It's a vague statement related to the question, but it's not an answer, and the link points to a commercial sales page). It was posted and instantly self-...
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How to know how many users already joined in a community of Stack exchange?

I am wondering whether there is a way to see the total number of users that have already joined in a community of Stack Exchange.
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Oops! Something Bad Happened! - Can't login

Created an account with my gmail and a random password on stackoverflow on 2012 and used a lot until 2013. After a gap of a few years I'm back and since there was a more convenient "Login with Google"...
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Is it possible to collect data from SE users to understand their usage of the site?

I wonder if SE supports conducting research by allowing the collection of some data from its users. For example, I want to investigate what characteristics of users determine their behaviors in SE (e....
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Why has this user lost all of his reputation on SO? [duplicate]

I've seen a user on Stack Overflow who lost all of his reputation, meaning he now has 1 reputation, when he had tens of thousands, and also multiple gold (JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, HTML, etc.), silver ...
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What should I do about a user who wants to delete his account but doesn't know how?

Apparently, this user and this user both want to delete their accounts, but don't know how to do that. I would like to help them out in some way, but I'm not sure how I should help them. Should I ...
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What is the “Participation” user sort on Meta sites? [duplicate]

I notice that users on per-site metas are, by default, sorted by something called "participation". I would assume this to be Meta-pseudo-rep, but it seems that someone who has basically no Meta ...
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Should any Meta post that calls out a user by name be deleted, not just downvoted?

How can I report a specific bad user? suggests that calling out by name is, at the very least, discouraged. The context is when the Meta post reports "bad behavior" and suggest a ban for the user. I'...
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How can we help non-malicious users oblivious to the fact that they have multiple accounts?

On Retrocomputing, I believe we have a user who has erroneously created multiple accounts. Attempts to ask the user about this issue have been met with silence: 1 2 3. I've mod flagged, but it looks ...
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Why is the contributor's user profile accessible with his/her posts, if it may potentially lead to biased voting?

It's often noticeable in various SE communities, that a post by high rep user attracts more votes & less scrutiny compared to a low rep users. That is nicely discussed in below post: The problem ...
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How do I find a user whose name contains a space?

I was looking for any user with Bruno Vincent as username, on Drupal Answers, but using the diamond moderator tools I don't even get one user, even if one account exists. How do I search for a ...
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List all users who have a gold badge

Is there any way to list all the users who have any Gold badge, not by badge like here, but any type of badge, like Great Question, Famous Question, Gold badge in Java, Gold badge in Discussion, ...
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How do I search for posts by deleted user117644 on math.SE?

How do I search for posts by user117644? This account has been anonymized but I need to get the posts off it. The answers to similar questions don't apply here. Here is an example of one of the posts.