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Recent site instability, major outages – July/August 2022

Any chance you guys can at least consider changing the error page from the "site is undergoing maintenance" that currently gets used? It’s very misleading, when the issues are not, in fact, ...
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Please welcome Valued Associate #1301 - Emerson

I am excited at the prospect of supporting you all in maintaining the wonderful sites all across Stack Exchange. I look forward to listening to and supporting everyone of you. I am starting to travel ...
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Recent site instability, major outages – July/August 2022

Stack Overflow for Teams Enterprise was unaffected Was this because the SO Teams Enterprise product has less traffic in general, because it wasn't targeted, or because it has a better security ...
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Recent site instability, major outages – July/August 2022

Please say the status page is not hosted on the same infrastructure as the rest of SE... I'd hate for that to go down at the same time as an outage on the rest of SE.
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Please welcome Valued Associate #1301 - Emerson

Welcome, Emerson! It's good to see the CM team continuing to grow, and you're definitely a great addition to the Trust & Safety team in particular. Looking forward to working with you – and ...
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Should users be allowed to use "admin" as their username? What about offensive words?

There's a town called Penistone and the Scunthorpe is famous less for its football team, than for tripping off poorly coded censor scripts. Generally there's a need to look at the broader context ...
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Does Stack Exchange have a backup plan in the case of an overwhelming amount of irrelevant content?

In a sense - the Stack Exchange system as it is designed manages it, through the effect of users casting downvotes, closevotes and flags. A user who posts poor quality content will find themselves ...
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"The BEST answers are voted up and rise to the top" or "The MOST POPULAR answers are voted up and rise to the top"?

Sure there may be occasional exceptions but for the most part the concept of the wisdom of crowds would suggest that the most popular answers are generally also the best. If we said most popular that ...
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What can I do if I have a feature idea that was already requested, but the author removed the suggestion in the meantime?

“I do not think posts should be reposted without significant changes or improvements. Instead, users with sufficient privileges can vote to undelete such posts.” That's a valid opinion from one ...
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Recent site instability, major outages – July/August 2022

We noticed an increase in traffic spikes starting earlier this year, which can sometimes cause site instability Can you elaborate more on site instability? :P Does it refer to mass amount of lag? As ...
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8 votes

Trustworthiness of proposed links?

Well generally - there's no review process, and even if a link was fine when it was posted, sometimes domains get squatted, good companies go bad and so on. If you find a link that's rotted to ...
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6 votes

Does SE in general have a problem with simple questions that aren't googleable?

What happens to sites is simply that questions accumulate over time and that in and of itself changes things. On day 1 there are no questions and you can ask anything you like no matter how simple and ...
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Questionable blog "content"

My two cents are below. It is just a personal opinion based on reading several such posts. The "partner content" blog posts are just kind of premium ads. Nothing more, nothing less. As such, ...
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5 votes

Is this duplicate closure, of a question asking to discuss the content of an answer, correct?

The purpose of the post wasn't merely to express the opinion, but also to ask if my thoughts were correct. Thoughts on topics like reposting deleted questions are never 'correct or incorrect'. They, ...
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Questionable blog "content"

Oh, they've stopped caring about quality a long time ago, and our pleas or constructive feedback to that effect falls on deaf ears. (Note: I was asked for an opinion and provided one.)
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Is this duplicate closure, of a question asking to discuss the content of an answer, correct?

Well, we don't need questions covering EVERY edge case as a separate question - which is what this is. While meta guidance covers the 'broad' scope of things, folks can use their discretion and ...
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What can I do if I have a feature idea that was already requested, but the author removed the suggestion in the meantime?

but I don't want to repost a deleted question in its prior form. Why? I see no reason to avoid reposting something that was deleted willingly by its author. The OP chose to delete, it's their choice, ...
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Should I repost somebody else's deleted question if it looks recoverable?

Assuming the self-deleted question was posted on a Stack Exchange website but hadn't received any answers, or if it had, none had been upvoted by the community. A user can do several things: Via chat ...
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