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Questions that may not necessarily have a clear-cut right or wrong answer and are often subjective. If your question isn't a bug report, feature request, or request for assistance, or question with a concrete answer, it's probably a discussion.

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What should be the most important thing to consider in electing the moderators? [closed]

I myself always prioritize candidates with the highest reputation number (like 30k rep). I say to myself, "well, if a user is good enough in asking and/or answering questions and they are very ...
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What do you think about adding a Former Moderators page?

I cannot think of a community without thinking of the moderators who keep the community from sliding into the abyss of strife. Day after day, moderators lead their sites by example and assist users ...
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Planned maintenance scheduled for Oct 30 & 31, 2021, starting at 13:00 UTC

Due to ongoing planned network upgrades, all public Stack Exchange properties (stackoverflow.com, stackexchange.com, and so on) will be in read-only mode during two maintenance windows: Saturday, ...
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Announcing our new Manager, Community Trust & Safety: Cesar M

When I joined Stack Overflow (the company, not the site), I was initially asked to work on a nascent Trust and Safety team. This was a new team for the community department, just formed, at the ...
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I'm not really [content] with this tag

The content tag has 34 questions but no usage guidance, and it seems to be used for many types of content: user generated content (in the form of questions, answers or tag wikis) but also content ...
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My question was closed, how far can my edits go to get it reopened? [duplicate]

The help center states: Stack Exchange is collaboratively built, maintained, and moderated by the community. If you see a question and you disagree with the stated reason of its closure, you should ...
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Why is Stack Exchange using dark patterns on its cookie permission dialog?

It would appear as though Stack Exchange is employing a dark pattern in its cookie permission dialogs. Specifically, there are two buttons presented in the initial dialog. The colour depends on the SE ...
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Marking question as "unfocused" without feedback isn't helpful [migrated]

My question was closed as "unfocused". At the same time it didn't receive any kind of feedback to describe what is unfocused about it. That's while the question has a specific and focused ...
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How to write better stack overflow questions? [migrated]

Please any tips are helpful to improve my question-asking skill on stack-overflow. Often the question gets closed or downvoted and more often than not I have to resort to other sites for some help. ...
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Is there a problem with Google indexing of Bioinformatics (Beta) Stack Exchange?

I submitted a question (and answer) to Bioinformatics Stack Exchange 4 days ago, but for some reason it's not showing up in Google other than through recent questions. Does Google not index all ...
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Review queue workflows: impact of significant edit feature on Reopen queue

In August, we released a new feature, significant edits, that changed how posts enter the Reopen queue. As promised, we conducted a data analysis to determine whether or not users are abusing the new ...
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May I ask a question that might have no answer? If so, would it be discourteous to those who suggest that it has no answer? [migrated]

A while ago I asked the question "Is there a group-theoretic proof that multiplicative groups of integers modulo a prime are cyclic?". Instead of an answer I got a few comments from ...
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What can I do if I disagree on the reason a question was closed, and believe it should have instead been closed as a duplicate? [duplicate]

What can I do if a question was closed for reason A but I believe that it should have been closed for reason B? Is the only option to vote to reopen it and then vote to close it again with reason B? ...
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Gold-badge duplicate hammers don't appear to check tag synonyms as far as I can tell; is this so, and should it be fixed if so?

From my research, it appears that if a user has a gold badge for a tag A, and a question is tagged with a tag B which is a synonym of A, the user won't be able to bindingly close as a duplicate ...
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Now live: A fully responsive profile

Update As of 2021-10-21T18:05:38+00:00 this is now live across the network. If you find any issues, you can post them as answers on this question. Try to give some details about your browser and ...
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Thank you, Marc Gravell!

Today, valued associate #6 Marc Gravell announced he's leaving the company: Excited, scared, happysad. The end of a personal era; after over 11 years (https://stackoverflow.blog/2010/06/09/welcome-...
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How can I reask another user's existing question? [duplicate]

When searching for an answer to a specific problem and finding a question that covers the exact question, I obviously don't want to ask it again (besides the fact that there'd always be someone who ...
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Limits on sizes of uploaded images [duplicate]

Two questions appear below, each beginning with a typographical bullet. What is the limit on sizes of images that can be uploaded? Greg Egan wrote a reply to this question and he also created a .gif ...
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(Some) suggested-edit tests only check one aspect of moderation weakness [duplicate]

The suggested-edit tests, e.g. this one: https://stackoverflow.com/review/suggested-edits/30096115 I'm getting occasionally all seem to be of the same kind. I mean, sure, if you're just clicking ...
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When are tags looking like meta-tags not meta-tags?

From The Death of Meta Tags - Stack Overflow Blog (emphasis mine): How can you tell you’re using a meta-tag? It’s easier than you might think. If the tag can’t work as the only tag on a question, it’...
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Orphan notification of answer on followed question - not in timeline - expected behaviour?

I received a notification from a question on Skeptics from a few months, clicking on that notification takes me to the question. The answer from the notification is absent, I figure it's been deleted ...
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Planned SEDE maintenance scheduled for Oct 15, 2021 and Oct 16, 2021 15:00-17:00 UTC (11am-1pm ET)

Update 4: 2021-10-16 16:33 UTC: Today's window is done. Actual user-visible downtime was negligible. Thanks for bearing with us! This round of maintenance is done. Update 3: 2021-10-16 15:00 UTC: ...
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Should we rename this tag to [improve] its usage?

The improve tag (33 questions) has a clear excerpt explaining its intended usage: For questions about the Improve Edit button that lets you perform further editing to a pending suggested edit. For ...
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A few suggestions for the "Welcome back!" banner

When I arrive to a Stack Exchange site, I'm often greeted with this banner: Welcome back! If you found this question useful, don't forget to vote both the question and the answers up. To me, this ...
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Should we be discussing the relative health and viability of a network site here on MSE?

This is largely catalyzed from this question and its subsequent comment chain. The basic sentiment brings to highlight a very specific site in the network which suffers from two specific problems: ...
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There's a Windows Phone.SE Why? [duplicate]

According to 2020: a year in closing In 2020 the number of questions posted on Windows Phone was 30, seven of which were asked and closed. The total number of questions closed that year was eight. The ...
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Do we want accepted answers unpinned on Meta Stack Exchange?

Stack Overflow and many other Stack Exchange sites have changed the way they sort answers: We no longer pin the accepted answer (with the green checkmark) to the top of the list of answers. By ...
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Version labels for answers

We’d like to introduce version labels (official name and verbiage pending) for answers, a new product feature idea as part of the larger Outdated Answers project. We hope that this feature will help ...
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Why is Stack Overflow's Twitter account and blog both not linked in the list view on the all sites page on SE? [duplicate]

When going to the sites section on SE in list view, you can see that many networks have their Twitter linked and Server Fault even has its blog linked. However, both the Twitter of SO and the Blog of ...
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Correct site to ask about a problem in Codeforces, CodeChef, and competitive programming sites [closed]

If I want to ask about a problem in Codeforces or any other competitive programming site. What is the correct Stack Exchange site for those questions?
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Which Stack Exchange site is appropriate for asking for the best solution to make a website accessible for blind editors?

I would like to make a small existing website (containing few pages only) editable, so the blind owner of the website can edit it herself. Technologically, I'm not fixed to any approach: a CMS like ...
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Planned network maintenance scheduled for Saturday, October 2 at 15:00-17:00 UTC (11:00-13:00 EDT)

NOTE: 02-OCT-2021 1627Z: Maintenance successfully completed. NOTE: 02-OCT-2021 1500Z: Maintenance is starting. Because we weren't able to accomplish all of the objectives during the last maintenance ...
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How should I represent/display pseudo code in Stack Exchange?

This semester I'm attending a course on Algorithms and Data Structures. I will probably have a few questions to post to Computer Science or Mathematics. The slides of my teacher use math symbols such ...
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CM escalations - How we got the queue back down to zero

CM escalations are one type of request that the Community Management team handles. These are issues that Moderators send to the Community Managers when an issue needs to be escalated to someone on ...
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Where can I ask about UK Government policy?

I would like to ask the following. Why has the UK Government moved away from "Ministry of..." names? Traditionally, UK Government departments were named "Ministry of [blar]". For ...
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First question workflow - Does Stack Exchange need a 'question needs more detail' canned response?

When I look at the First Questions queue I often encounter questions that make perfect sense, so the 'question is unclear' response isn't really appropriate. What the question needs isn't clarity but ...
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Three-vote close/reopen test - results

Three-vote close and reopen has been something I've been thinking about for ... a really long time. I'm really happy to finally be able to present the results of this test to you all. This post is ...
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Why is there so little traffic on Fridays?

I've just gained access to the site-analytics tools on Aviation.SE, and, looking at the traffic stats, an odd pattern shows up: The overall-pageview, site-visit, and new-visit stats all show a ...
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Is there a userscript which keeps track of the questions that I use as dup-targets?

I'm just wondering if someone has a userscript that keeps track of the links that one uses when closing questions as duplicate. The main purpose is to avoid having to manually create (and maintain) ...
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What is the future for Imgur and SE?

SE relies on Imgur for hosting images and avatars on public sites. Most of the content is text, but the images are often important as well. So the part that is delegated to Imgur is a pretty important ...
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Planned network maintenance scheduled for Friday, October 1 at 01:00-04:00 UTC (Thursday, September 30 at 9:00 PM-midnight EDT)

Note: 2021-10-01 04:00Z - Maintenance is complete. We didn't finish all the tasks and we have scheduled another maintenance window. Thank you for your patience! Note: 2021-10-01 01:00Z - Beginning ...
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Should Community’s profile page say "Hi, I'm not really a person.”?

The first few words in Community's profile page are Hi, I'm not really a person. Should these be removed? Arguments I can think of for removing. It’s redundant, the [bot] label is quite visible, and ...
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Ensure that all relevant elections details are available on all screen sizes

Gardening & Landscaping is running an election at the moment. Users that log into …/elections from devices with differently-sized screens get vastly different levels of information regarding the ...
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Can the 40 minute timer be removed for high reputation users across the network? [duplicate]

I often daydream and spend the bulk of my day thinking about up various topics. Once I have digested these topics into good quality questions I would like to, in one burst, ask perhaps three different ...
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Should/do we discourage edits, by privileged users or not, to off-topic questions that will end up deleted?

This is not a duplicate of Is "don't polish turds" a valid rejection reason"?. We want to prevent those edits from getting into the queue in the first place. That also focuses ...
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The reopen process in the help center suggests steps that don't seem easy and/or possible. Documentation issue?

More than five years ago I asked a question about how to check the content of a non-optional value using guard. The first example of four, unfortunately, used an optional array as the input. The other ...
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Updates to Privacy Policy (September 2021)

As you know, periodically we update our privacy policy. Today is one of those days: we've made a few changes to the privacy policy. The policy covers how we collect and use data on the entire network, ...
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Profile image changes (Gravatar images won’t be recoverable after email change)

TL/DR: You won't be able to switch back to your old Gravatar image if you change your email (or have changed your email in the past). Please save and re-upload your Gravatar image if you want to keep ...
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Where in my cross-posted question should I mention that the question is cross-posted?

What I understand about cross-posting: Usually, don't. But whenever you do (like if it's really justified to do so), then mention it. Ok, assuming for the sake of argument that something is allowed to ...
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Why has a user's second question appeared in the "first question" review queue?

This question over at LawSE has just popped up as a First Question review, but it's the user's second question (this is the first) which doesn't seem right to me. Am I missing something or is it a ...

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