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FAQ for Stack Exchange sites

Community FAQ For sites in the Stack Exchange 2.0 network To see a list of commonly used words and phrases, see the glossary. For official guidance from Stack Exchange, visit the Help Center. ...
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Allow retracting flags from the API

For a project I'm working on, it'd be nice to be able to retract flags through the API. We allow people to retract flags from the web. Could this functionality be extended to the API? It could work ...
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Stack Exchange Moderator FAQ

As per the FAQ for Stack Exchange sites, this FAQ will serve the following purposes: To be the canonical reference for moderators across the Stack Exchange sites for things that are beyond question (...
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Tool for peer-reviewed no-bump mass retagging

Cleaning up a bad or ambiguous tag is a very annoying and disruptive process. While there are moderator tools for renaming and merging tags, there is no tool that helps splitting a tag or removing a ...
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Markdown change: Intra-word emphasis now works

There are tons of questions I could maybe post this as an answer to, but before choosing the best one, I'll just post this as an announcement question that can be linked elsewhere. The short story ...
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Posts destroyed as spam should trigger a retroactive audit failure for previous “No Action Needed” votes

As a moderator on Stack Overflow, I regularly look through the review history of obvious spam that has lasted more than an hour or so on the site. I often find one or two reviewers who voted "No ...
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Can we have *.stackexchange.com aliases for sites that have their own domain names?

I have a Chrome search engine of the form http://%s.stackexchange.com/ that I use to quickly move between various SE sites (I find this more efficient than bumbling my way through the multicollider). ...
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Bump a deleted answer when it's undeleted, not when it's edited

When a deleted answer is edited, that bumps the thread to the front page and to the active questions list. When a deleted answer is undeleted, that does not bump the thread. That edits on a deleted ...
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Boost duplicate post search results by incoming link count

When you try to close a post as a duplicate, you are given the opportunity to search for the dupe target. Still, searching for that dupe target you know exists is hard and more often than not I have ...
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Give users a way to see their “Positive Question Record” score

I recently got awarded some new badges for different SE sites, however I was a bit surprised at which sites gave me which badges. The badges are : Asked a well-received question on 5 separate days,...
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List of communities with base css updates completed

By January 2016, All communities have been updated The design team has been rolling out design updates to sites as part of network-wide update to a new base css framework. The updates allow us to: ...
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Make it clear what exactly we flagged

In the flag summary page, we see now all kinds of flags we submitted including comment flags that until recently were not visible in the summary except for raw number on the side. That's all good. ...
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Nailing it up on your Community Bulletin Board

Community Bulletin was redesigned on June 23, 2014 More info on Redesigned community bulletin. As some of you may have noticed, there's a new feature on Stack Exchange: The Community Bulletin ...
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The Twitter bot should not Tweet posts that have flags on them

While reviewing the flags on a Programmers post I found this: You can clearly see that the post was flagged 5 minutes before the post was Tweeted. While in this case the post remains open, it might ...
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2017: a year in spam

Last year, I posted 2016: a year in spam. Since that was pretty well-received, here’s the 2017 version. Ladies, gentlemen, aliens, and everyone in between: more statistics about spam that you never ...
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Add review queues to Android app

I know there are some similar posts on adding review queues to the mobile web page. However, this is regarding the Stack Exchange Android app. I really would like to review posts and edits from the ...
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Make locking posts more granular

Locking a post has very severe consequences for a post, you cannot Upvote or downvote on it Edit it Vote to close or reopen it Comment on it Add new answers to it Because of these severe ...
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Revisiting question templates

This question suggested to have templates for tags. Their example was with the regex tag on Stack Overflow. I'm suggesting a more general approach: Templates, Mark II I suggest that each site will ...
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Can we get a flair image with a transparent background?

Following up from Can we get flair as an image?, none of the available flair images are a good match for my blog’s theme. “Clean” comes closest, but the white background is wrong for me. Can we ...
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Update the “new contributor” indicator on meta to say “new contributor to meta”

Earlier today I saw the New Contributor indicator attached to a user who had 2,700 reputation and had been a member of the site for over 2 years. When I went to leave a comment, I saw a banner of “(...
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Regular users should be able to undelete moderator-deleted posts

When a moderator deletes a post, nobody except a diamond moderator can undelete that post. There is a pretty good reason for this behaviour, as before this was implemented it happened rather regularly ...
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Send custom flag responses to messages inbox

Long story short: since custom flag responses are messages to users like any other (answer, comment, suggested edit, chat message etc.), users should be notified about them!! A problem I have with ...
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Some kind of notification system for when tag synonyms are suggested

I have recently suggested tag-synonyms for a couple of tags. There have been no activity on them, regarding up-voting or down-voting those suggestions. Probably because no one knows that they have ...
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When reviewing chat flags, please show two lines of context and underline the message timestamp

Not all communities and rooms are created equal. Some have higher standards than others. Thus, what can be considered offensive in one room may be very well acceptable in another. What makes them ...
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Brief maintenances planned for Sat, July 22, 2017 at 00:01 UTC (Fri July 21, 8pm US/Eastern)

Update: The July 21st maintenance is complete. All systems are back to normal now. There will be a service degradation for up to 20 minutes shortly after Sat, July 22, 2017 at 00:00 UTC (which is Fri,...
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Give mods/communities better tools for large retagging jobs

Where I'm coming from I'm a moderator on an SE with 5000+ visitors per day, a lot of drive-by askers but few regular contributors (6 editors with 5+ edits this year), and a substantial tagging mess. ...
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Show mods all network posts with pending migration votes to their site

Is it possible to add a tool that shows mods all posts on the network that have at least one vote to migrate to their site? For example, a page SO moderators can see that shows all posts on the ...
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Add links to official status pages in the read-only mode status message

When the site is in read-only mode, I get a message like this: This site is currently in read-only mode. Would it be possible to update that message to provide links to these resources on SE's ...
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Add the ability to cite questions and answers

The Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science Stack Exchange sites have a great feature that allows a user to quickly create a citation to answers and questions. This is accomplished by clicking ...
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Users should not be able to wipe their record by requesting account deletion and then recreating the account

Sometimes, suspended users request deletion, which is usually provided to them. However, if they log in again with the same OpenID, a new profile is created (attached to the same network account), ...
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I should be able to review suggested edits to my own posts even if I've hit the review cap

I believe that I should be able to review suggested edits to my own posts even if my suggested edit limit is hit. Furthermore, I believe that reviewing suggested edits to my own post (when I have not ...
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Allow us to vote to reopen from the Android app

Currently, the only way to vote to reopen in the Android app is to open the post in a browser, and then vote to reopen from there. Can we get reopen vote functionality within the app? Related: Allow ...
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Request: Add lang-rust language code for posts tagged rust

Prettify already supports Rust, and this documentation post on language codes explicitly lists lang-rust as a valid identifier. Could we get the Rust tag associated with the lang-rust identifier?
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Moderators should have easy access to a user's complete review history, including audits

We often get questions here on Meta or through other channels about why a particular user was banned from review by the system. Additionally, we frequently want to look into a user's review history ...
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Don't award the Tumbleweed badge if I delete my question

Steps to reproduce: Ask a question Delete your question One week later Un-delete your question ??? Get Tumbleweed badge! Personally, I think that the system shouldn't award the badge in cases like ...
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Mark all flags against a post as helpful, when the post author’s account is destroyed

A spammer made several posts on Computer Science. I went straight to destroy the account. The posts had both spam flags and custom flags. After destroying the account, at least the custom flags ...
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discourage url shorteners in comments: don't add link's href size to the total comment size

If a comment has [short title](http://lo-o-ong.example.com/url) link then http://lo-o-ong.example.com/url is counted towards the total comment length limit. The answer to the same issue (to ignore ...
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Building guided tour on how to review?

When I had enough rep to review I had no idea how that works. I looked at it and said: Ok, I come back in a few months when I have a clue about it. I could of course have read a handful of meta posts ...
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Make chat onebox HTTPS links

When I paste a link like http://www.xkcd.com/975 on chat, it promptly oneboxes the comic. However if I post the HTTPS version of that https://www.xkcd.com/975 it doesn't. This is true for all other ...
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A user should just be destroyed network-wide automatically if it has no upvoted content and is destroyed on two independent sites by mods already

We get the occasional network spammer who creates accounts on several sites to post their spam. At the moment when a moderator on site A spots this they have to do one of the following: Call the ...
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Add user card preview to profile editing page

We now have a nifty new feature expanding user cards to provide information about ourselves to other users. A minor problem is that it is comparatively awkward to see what your own user card looks ...
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How is question quality measured in A/B tests?

As sites grow, there's a noticeable increase in community unhappiness with question quality. Quite a bit of the problem is simply a matter of scale, but sites sometimes optimize for extremes. Bad ...
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Should we change the positive asking record criteria for the Curious badge set?

Poking around the people's profiles to see how the new activity page looks I keep seeing things like this: It looks strange to have a 25/5 progress on a badge, but the dialog explains that what this ...
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Supporting your candidate for moderator & being nice

Elections are one of the backbones of the Stack Exchange network. It gives the community a huge voice in determining the handful of people to who will volunteer to have their role on the site ...
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Two years later: How has moving the Meta link affected Meta usage?

Two years ago the link to a site's Meta was moved from an always-visible position in the top bar to subitems in the help and Site Switcher menus, as part of the top bar redesign progressively rolled ...
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Why are usernames allowed to be composed entirely of non-visible Unicode characters?

This user on Ask Different appears to have no name due to invisible Unicode characters: he's the #2 user on the site: Why is that allowed? I think it is confusing for users, e.g. when they will see ...
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Can we have a 'Last 24 Hours' tab in the moderator tools?

Since we hand the torch from time zone to time zone several times a day, a tab labeled 'Last 24 Hours' might be a good idea. Information on this tab might include: A summary of and links to moderator ...
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Users with 100% flag decline rates will never know their flags are being declined if they flag infrequently

The flag warning is shown to a user based on flag statistics within a window of 7 days. This means that flag warnings, and by extension flag bans, are optimized for users who flag a lot. Besides the ...
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TagOverflow - interactive exploration of Stack Exchange tags

I created a graph of tags from Stack Exchange sites (including Stack Overflow, obviously), TagOverflow. It is a continuation of my previous project, which have met with a warm response here. Nodes ...
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Show larger images for high DPI displays

Some of the newer tablets and also Notebooks (notably the iPad, Macbook Pro and the Nexus 10 tablet) use displays with ultra-high resolutions at around 300 dpi. This makes text look very, very good, ...

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