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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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Please give us an easy way to flag inappropriate ads

According to a comment on Workplace Meta, the ads experiment will be running for a while: @DavidK The experiment will last 6 months - so most of the this year. We're planning a recap at the end to ...
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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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Today's inappropriate ad: health scam on Travel

Inappropriate ad spotted on Travel.SE. Looks like the usual health scam. Unfortunately this one seems not to open the link preview when I long-click it, so it's only the image, but it seems to have ...
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Do not load Facebook-based avatars directly from the Facebook CDN

Users who register for their account via Facebook get their Facebook profile photo as their default avatar. However, the avatar is not copied to SE servers or Imgur, and thus the original URL is kept. ...
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Today's inappropriate ad: fixing bunions without surgery (and probably without any doctor) on Chemistry

Five days ago, I wrote: Yeah I'm aware that "a tool to manage ad experience" is currently being developed, but as long as it's not available, I'll keep on reporting these. I'll also keep on ...
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Posts reaching 1000 downvotes don't get truncated to kilos on mobile web

On mobile web (Chrome 75.0 for Android), a post reaching a score of -1,097 sees its score overlapping the vote arrow: This should probably read -1.1k, like the post above (positively upvoted).
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Make the mobile apps open source!

Since the apps aren't maintained any more, and probably won't in the near future, many users are waiting for bug fixes or new form factors to be supported. If the SE development team is too busy with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Moderator legal liability

I've scanned the privacy policy, terms of service, and moderator agreement and, so far as I can tell, moderators are fully and completely liable for any and every action they take in the process of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Support Kotlin in code highlighting

The relevant PR was merged into code-prettify: https://github.com/google/code-prettify/issues/491 As per instructions, I'm asking to deploy it to the network and assign to kotlin tag.
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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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Can we support oEmbed?

From the oEmbed site: oEmbed is a format for allowing an embedded representation of a URL on third party sites. The simple API allows a website to display embedded content (such as photos or ...
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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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Screen goes white when posting a comment

Since iOS 11.2 all the way through 12.2 beta 4, if you post or discard a comment on any post on any SE community, the screen will turn white. This has been ongoing continuously for a year now, and it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tags cannot have accented characters?

On the newly created French Language & Usage (private beta started today), I tried to have a tag named évolution, but the accent on the é is lost. The SE engine really should allow accents on tags....
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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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