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Why does Fram's ban on Wikipedia seem so similar to recent events here?

There an interesting Buzzfeed article: Bernstein, The Culture War Has Finally Come For Wikipedia, June 27, 2019. It shows striking similarity to the current happenings here. Quoting Cherry picking ...
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What long term changes do you think these 3 implementations will accomplish? [on hold]

I am sure that for most of you in past 5-ish days have seen the new announcement with link to this blog that tells in depth change in policy towards "new users". Some of you might see this as a ...
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Are there other cases were users were incorrectly blamed not to have done an edit to an answer? [migrated]

I'm unhappy with following situation: This question from 2010 about Python has a good answer from June 2013 implicitly using Python 2. On October 2013 in a comment it was mentioned what to do when ...
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Joel Spolsky's profile description is Co-founder & CEO. Should it be updated?

In the blog authors page, the description of the Joel Spolsky's profile is Co-founder & CEO. On October 1st, 2019, Prashanth Chandrasekar joined as New CEO. Is it required to update Joel Spolsky'...
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What benefit does increasing the question vote reputation gain provide to the community? [duplicate]

As you all may know, an update was recently rolled out that increase the reputation gain from question upvotes from +5 to +10. I assume that all changes are aimed at the betterment of the community ...
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Possibility to object to closing? [duplicate]

After a question get closed, it can be reopened after it was substantially enhanced. But it may be substantially enhanced while it has one or more close votes, but not closed yet. I think it should ...
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Lifting question ban impossible if there are no mediocre questions [duplicate]

A question ban can be lifted only if you improve existing questions, see here. However, there might be situations where it is impossible to improve existing questions, namely if the user has posted ...
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Why aren't moderators moderating but wait for high-rep users to do it?

I've noticed on a couple of sites that moderators aren't moderating their sites. They seem to be waiting for high-rep users to do it. Some close queues never get empty (even if there are less than 100 ...
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Forced to login to Meta to be able to login to Area51

I was forced to login to Meta Stack Exchange to be able to login to Area51. Is this expected?
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What effect does the current crisis have on the SE network?

Outraged users are telling Stack Exchange Inc. that their management of the current crisis is endangering the wellbeing of the Stack Exchange sites. This warning has been repeated in many forms ...
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Why was the reputation change not announced on this meta site?

I'm aware that there was a blog announcing the reputation change, but I only just came across the meta post. I was surprised to see it on the SO meta rather than here because it affects all SE sites. ...
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How are we supposed to define what makes a question better? [duplicate]

When reviewing Reopen votes on Stack Overflow this morning I stumbled across a case that was generating some heat: vote to close a question as duplicate, even though it's much older than the other. ...
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Will the old “about me” message be affected by these recent pronoun usage rules?

While browsing various Stack Exchange sites + the private one I am currently administrating where I work I see that many profiles still show the classic About me placeholder: Apparently, this user ...
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How to be nice (even when you don't want to) - The basics

Note: at first I considered to ask this question in the Moderator Teams, but then I thought it would do better here. It has just happened. In the site I moderate two users have engaged in a ...
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Policing gender expressions and pronouns

The current FAQ on pronouns says the following: 8. What if someone wants to be referred to as "the Great and Mighty One" or by an obscenity or something? If something is obviously unreasonable ...
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Should the privilege levels be adapted after changing the question upvote weight? [duplicate]

After studying Why wasn't reputation loss on downvoted questions doubled as well? it seems like there is a "consensus like" understanding that the "official" goal of the "question weight change" ...
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Why wasn't reputation loss on downvoted questions doubled as well?

The official reasoning behind doubling the reward for question upvotes from +5 to +10 was - when I understood it correctly - SE (inc.) wants to encourage the community to generate more "good" ...
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A thank-you note to the technical folks at SE Inc: great job regarding question-weights!

Unfortunately, I have to start with a brief disclaimer: I very much dislike how SE Inc. again made another decision (about changing questions weight) that affects the community without consulting the ...
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Is SO/SE About to Be Sold (and Does That Explain Recent Events)?

I have seen some hypotheses that the recent series corporate actions and statements are a sign of SO/SE being in the process of being, or about to be, sold. Arguments cited include the corp statements ...
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The Great Meta Tire Fire of 2019: is anybody keeping receipts?

While CMs have been remarkably liberal in leaving even content extremely critical of Stack Overflow untouched here on Meta since Monica was removed as a moderator, it is not completely unreasonable to ...
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What is the relationship between the paper by May, Wachs, and Hannák (2019) and the recent changes to question reputation?

It seems non-coincidental that the paper by May, Wachs, and Hannák (2019) was published online on the 8-th February 2019, shortly prior to the recent change to question reputation points (13-th ...
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Does the recent question reputation change aim to fulfill moderation needs left by resigning moderators?

The recent question rep reward change must have bumped several users to 10k or 'mod user'. Considering that last month there were so many moderators resigning or halting activity, possibly leaving the ...
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What legal risks would Stack Exchange face if it does not actively remove links to a legal fund campaign?

Juan M announced "Stack Exchange staff will actively remove links to a legal fund campaign from user profiles and posts" and implies that this is being done "under direction from our legal team". What ...
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At what other sites do people discuss Stack Exchange?

I occasionally read comments that seem to imply there are other places on the Internet where the Stack community has discussions. Other than the occasional Medium post I'm not aware of these. Do ...
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How can we mitigate the difficulties some autistic users have with pronouns?

A subset of autistic users has reported that they are not always able to use the pronouns that another user requests. The problem The current Code of Conduct is clear on this matter: Using stated ...
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When should edits removing clarifying links be reverted

An SE employee has removed a link that added clarity to an answer. This is presumably in response a new SE policy. It seems the SE policy, at least if applied to links that add clarity) is at odds ...
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Time for SE Volunteer Labor Union?

This question has been on my mind for a while. Today I posted at Law.SE to check on the legality, it seems a very grey area see: Volunteer Labor Union in New York State If there is interest in ...
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Is Stack Exchange still planning to respond to the community's open letters?

On October 6th, moderators, ex-moderators, and members of the community published two open letters to Stack Exchange Inc.. These letters have, as of today, been signed 768 times (general letter) and ...
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When is it reasonable to change the owner of a post?

A question about a controversial policy was posted and self-answered by a staff member. After the fact, the ownership of the original question was changed to another staff member, using the tool that ...
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Why is there no SE on relationship advice?

I've seen multiple SE on a large amount of subjects and I think that is great, however, I've come to realized that there is no SE on relationship questions. I think there is much to share in those ...
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Can we increase the reputation per answer uptick to 20?

Many economists, contemporary or otherwise, argue that controlled measured inflation is good for an economy as it can be shown to increase productivity. With the recent doubling of question ...
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How wide/narrow does SE consider activities related to Monica?

In this answer an SE employee has told us that Under guidance from our legal team, we are not able to respond to anything regarding Monica's situation. We will not be answering any questions or ...
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Why is SE removing links and community ads about legal issues?

Stack Exchange staff will actively remove links to a legal fund campaign from user profiles, posts, and comments, as well as community ads surrounding Monica's situation and reinstatement. Why? [This ...
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“Fix your own question” badge

As a design engineer, when I see major design changes that I don't understand, the question I usually ask of a team is "what problem are you trying to fix?" or "what user need are you trying to better ...
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How do I format and word my questions to avoid the “You shouldn't be doing X, do Y” answers? [duplicate]

This is a problem I've experienced, and i've seen it talked about outside of Stack Exchange as a criticism of it. The basic problem is me, or someone else asking the question How do I do X? I have ...
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Why is there no 'expiration' on user privileges?

With the recent changes to reputation gain from asking questions, I just received a whole bunch of reputation on StackOverflow, where I now have over 15k reputation. This now means I have access to ...
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What's the ratio of “questions answered” to “questions asked” for top 10 SO countries?

Suppose users who declare themselves to be from a country A have asked a total of 1,000,000 questions on SO. At the same time, users who declare themselves to be from the same country have answered ...
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Change in the weight of upvote on questions: Distraction or bad timing and the absence of community involvement?

It's not a secret that SE is running with multiple issues, the unfortunate loss of moderators like Aza which get escalated into the directions which nobody wanted, and the SOpocalypse. Now after a day ...
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Will all questions get the new rep for upvotes, or only those that are still open?

We all have seen reputation recalculation notification today. The reputation earned for each question up-vote has increased to 10. Does this reputation recalculation apply to all questions with ...
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Blog comment moderation rules

Since my profile will be deleted in a few hours, this doesn't concern me, but the remaining people may be interested. We know the already famous post: https://stackoverflow.blog/2019/11/13/were-...
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Was the questions quality, actually, decreased with a new Wizard or not?

In the last blog post, Sara mentioned: We also looked at question quality because we wanted to make sure we were helping all people write questions that were likely to get answered. We saw no ...
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Are there any guidelines for changes of this magnitude?

By now most people are aware that the value of question upvotes was changed, and millions of reputation points were retroactively awarded. For the purposes of this question let's ignore any debates ...
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My suggestion for Winter Bash 2019 was deleted for no reasons

Not a long time ago, there was an idea to create the "Reinstate Monica" hat. I've put that into action. After an hour of photoshopping, I got the result. And I posted it, with the title "Reinstate ...
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Has the penalty for having your question down voted also increased

The reputation gain from an up vote to a question of yours has just been increased. Has the reputation penalty for a downvote to a question of yours also been increased?
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Can SE focus on issues that the community actually cares about?

Recently I've noticed that since the whole Monica controversy SE has been implementing some interesting updates to the system. Here's just a few of them: (leaving out the Monica situation for now) ...
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Today's change has retroactively changed the meaning of our past votes. Should we be able to change them?

TL;DR: today's change has retroactively changed the meaning of our past voting, and I'm uncomfortable with that. I want to point that out, as I feel it's a concern that's not been raised so far. I am ...
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Asking good questions is hard. Answering questions is even harder! [closed]

Let's start with the assumption that all questions which receive upvotes are good. Yes, that's a terrible assumption, but it's about to get worse, so bear with me. The questions which get tonnes of ...
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What “effects” led to “We’re Rewarding the Question Askers”?

In the We’re Rewarding the Question Askers, which makes me wonder if the number of questions will increase (and as usual, the quality won't follow), it's mentioned (laconically paraphrased): It was ...
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Has there been any discussion regarding the original stated reasons for the question up votes being set at +5 from +10 earlier?

Jeff Atwood's Mar. 19, 2010 SE post Should the weight of question upvotes be reduced? asked about reducing the question upvote reputation changes from +10 to +5, with some discussions there both for &...
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What to do concretely about the new “Every question asker gets more reputation retroactively, no questions asked” (pun not intended)

Following yet another blog post that will undoubtedly raise the distance between SE and their core user community, I am wondering whether anyone has any good idea on how to counteract the new top-down ...