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Mathematica is a distinct programming language/platform. The site isn't for math - and you can find out more about the site's scope on their help center We do have two maths sites - and you can find the difference between the two - Mathematics and MathOverflow here, but mathematica is not one of them


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This kind of question is acceptable on Puzzling Stack Exchange, a site that did not exist when the question was originally asked. As the name suggests, this is a site focused on puzzles. We accept both questions which are puzzles and questions which are about puzzles (though the site started off as just the latter). Thus the clarification in this comment ...


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Testing if powershell does syntax highlight when specified: . "$PSScriptRoot\third.ps1" #get $Current  = second.ps1 #get $Caller   = first.ps1  #get $Original = first.ps1  $wc = new-object System.Net.WebClient $wc.Headers.Add("user-agent", "PowerShell Script") $wc.Proxy.Credentials = [System.Net.CredentialCache]::...


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You can now follow a question you've just voted on. This will notify you of edits and comments to the post. Details are here: The Follow Questions and Answers feature is now live across the Network


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The "Contact Us" doesn't go to the site moderators - it goes to the community moderation team, effectively bypassing the on-site moderation team. Use that in this instance. You will at least get an unbiased response to your request.


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Meta Stack Exchange (this site) is considered a meta site, hence questions asked here will not show in the Hot Network Questions list. That's the case since April 2014. Since Meta Stack Exchange has no real "parent site", there's nowhere to show Hot Meta Posts like in other sites. However, one very powerful feature that does exist, is that ...


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Python test >>> eval("public_variable+2", {"__builtins__" : None }, safe_dict) 12 >>> eval("private_variable+2", {"__builtins__" : None }, safe_dict) Traceback (most recent call last): File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module> File "<string>", line 1, in <module&...


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It's worth looking at things in fuller context. It started about a week ago. It didn't. You have more than one post asking about what's OK on a profile after it was moderated. Here's an undeleted one Could you please give your opinion if the following should be allowed or not, supposing of course that they contain no gore, nudity, etc., the only shocking ...


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bug Formatting Toggle Bugs I know there's a lot to take in here, but I wanted to get the formatting bugs that I've run across documented. I searched for duplicates in this thread, but didn't find any; feel free to point them out and I'll remove them from the list/ add a reference to an already addressed duplicate. I noticed that some keyboard shortcuts don't ...


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https://hardwarerecs.stackexchange.com if you want to choose which hardware to purchase. https://superuser.com/ if you already have hardware but have questions on how it works.


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On your first answer, you said: you have to explain deep or else they don't know what you want Well... Yeah, that's what the question was, in a nutshell, saying. Answers are meant to answer the question, or in the case of Meta, at least further discussion on the subject at hand. This answer does neither. On your second answer's first revision, you posted: ...


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As a preface, I should mention that there are different ethical systems. For someone who subscribes to deontological ethics this answer might not be useful. I'm approaching it from a more consequentialist angle. In other words, because of Naspers' unsavory past some people might feel duty-bound to limit interactions with subsidiaries (including Stack ...


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There are no impacts on user data/private user data. If any changes had been made we would have had to update our policies.


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No, we're not too strict. The rest of the internet went overboard with their not meant politeness. The questions and the answers are not for you. They are for the many visitors that follow. They are looking for information/answers to solve a problem / question they have. They might have to wade through 20 pages of Google results. Page after page they read: ...


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I think you should delete it, and I think you should have deleted it from the first site before asking it on the second. This avoids duplication of content in Q&As across the SE network of sites.


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If you are serious about academic questions and answers, keep professional and as scholarly as possible. If you join such a group to spam others, to woo supporters, or other purposes only of your personal interests, you may want to show more respect to others who value hard evidence and truth, with due patience to allow time for investigation, the same ...


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Just to be clear, I have no connection with Naspers now or in the past and only this recent acquisition of SE/SO has brought them to my attention. I also have no personal connection with South Africa. How does Stack Overflow plan to deal with the fact that they're indirectly owned by a company that has a history of being run by white supremacists? TLDR SE/...


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What are the restrictions on taking screenshots from Stack Exchange that I want to post on my blog? The Terms of Service have a complete section about it (6. Content Permissions, Restrictions, and Creative Commons Licensing). In short, the TOS states that the content provided by the users is available under the CC BY-SA license and all the rest of the page ...


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Moderator accounts have access to PII, and sharing that access with other people would be a violation of the mod agreement. So this kind of bot would always have to be under the sole control of an actual moderator, and no other people (even other moderators) can have access to these credentials. This makes this rather difficult to implement in practice for a ...


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Even with good intent - should the bot go out of control, someone's going to be annoyed. Moderation powers should be used for Official moderation purposes, and in general, bots should have separation from the original user where practicable IMO. There's also the question of who runs the bot - we certainly shouldn't share mod accounts, so we have a single ...


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No, bots should never be given moderation powers. This exact discussion came up on MSO 3 years ago: Should moderators run automated bots under their accounts?, and I think the top-voted answer by Cody Gray is still completely representative of my beliefs on this stance: The fundamental premise of moderation on Stack Overflow is that it's done by the ...


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Yes. The algorithm is ignorant of question authors. According to my script, on March 31st this year at 1:06am UTC, these two Travel.SE questions posted by the same author (guess who) were present in the Hot Network Questions list: Why do flights sometimes share the same flight numbers? Can I use a personal satellite phone/Internet connection as a passenger ...


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Yes. If we study the answer from David Fullerton on What are the criteria for questions to be selected for Hot Network Questions? we find the following exclusion rules for hot questions: Questions with no answers Closed questions Questions less than eight hours or more than 30 days old Questions that were already selected to appear on the list more than 72 ...


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DevOps Stack Exchange has some questions about billing in AWS. Most of them aren't too well received, but it might be worth a try. Their Help Center isn't really helpful in determining whether this question is on-topic or not, but to me (not a regular there) it looks like a practical problem you could be facing as a DevOps engineer. Please do include some ...


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It works for me - though, there's a *slight* delay before reveal spoiler turns up. In any case, Way Back Machine/Internet Archive (IA) is separate from Stack Exchange, so there is not much the developers here can do 'formally' should something be broken. On the other hand - nothing's broken on IA's side from what I can tell. I'm running Vivaldi (which is ...


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The mods and/or SE staff might not have clear guidelines in place yet, and I bet the last thing they want to do now is to figure out such guidelines to answer your inquiry. If you felt you needed to ask, then I would refrain from adding any of that to your profile. Let's stay professional and keep excessive politics out of SO/SE. I too am not fond of the ...


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I recommend that images from Chinese history and news, or images criticising/mocking the Chinese government be allowed as long as they don't contain any gore, nudity, etc., i.e. the only potentially shocking aspect being their political implications. While those may images inconvenience or offend some people, raising awareness of those events and ideas ...


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In that sentence, I may offer, he said two things: "exciting news" — he is not forbidden from describing news as such, especially when it's indeed exciting for him. "news for [...] our community members" — as in, this is news intended for us too. But then he said it in a contracted way, capable of hinting at things beyond what he ...


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"This is tremendously exciting news for our employees, our customers, our community members, and for our shareholders" I am a community member: I was not asked for my opinion. I don't believe that this is really up to you. The site and its content won't actually change (nor will things like the community managers). Nothing should change for you ...


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The only thing you can take solace in is that the literal site isn't going to go offline. People tend to forget the actual questions and answers will survive the site itself.


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I've seen DMCA takedowns happen on Stack Overflow (example). It's quite rare and when it does happen, it only results in posts getting deleted. Here's what the process looks like: The copyright owner finds their content online and sends an email to Stack Exchange requesting a takedown. If SE believes that there's a chance it's an infringement, they delete ...


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If the question you have in mind is an interpretation-like question, then Literature Stack Exchange would be a good fit. (This site did not yet exist when the previous answers were posted.) This type of question would be tagged with meaning and song-lyrics. At this moment, the site has 35 questions about meaning in song lyrics.


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Prosus also owns OLX, a company that happens to have my home address and phone number. So this raises the question if previously anonymous SE usage now allows for sharing data with OLX-Prosus whose terms-of-service require users to give PII.


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It hasn't yet been mentioned in this thread, but the Prosus product that's likely to stand out for many European users is OLX which is the equivalent to craigslist - an online classifieds site. In some countries, OLX has near hegemony of online classified adds (with TV commercials) and being the "go to" resource if you're looking to buy/sell online ...


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From a comment by animuson: We would only ever take action if we received a DMCA complaint from the copyright holder, which does not necessarily have anything to do with fair use. You could contest that takedown notice if you believe your use falls under fair use, but that would entirely be up to you and there are legal ramifications if it comes to that. We ...


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A collection of thoughts on this: Most of the history of Stack Overflow has been defined by a frantic search for "that one weird trick" that would bring, not profitability, but wildly inflated growth. Y'know; the sort of thing that gets a tiny company bought for a billion or so. That... Leads to some bad, short-term thinking. Led. Led to some bad, ...


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The pessimist case goes something like this: The new company spent a huge sum of money on Stack Overflow and wants results. That'll mean selling us back our answers, charging a membership fee or cranking up ads. Whatever they decide to do, it will prioritize making money over the community who made these sites valuable. Obviously that could happen. If so, ...


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When I first saw this - the first thought that came to mind was.... "The avalanche has already started. It is too late for the pebbles to vote." yes, I'm a Babylon 5 fanboy While this is a very different context from its source - we've been in a time of fairly constant change, and this is a big... unexpected one. I've never heard of Prosus (so, ...


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TL;DR. AND search by default is bad idea. I tried your original query, it also shocked me how that query was unable to find the question post. Then I spot a relevant thread (suggested by the "Related" section on the right column) and here is the link: A new search engine for Stack Exchange It has been emphasized that the search engine is doing AND ...


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The TL;DR is not much this year. We have our current strategy, roadmaps and plans for this year and continue to be focused on those. It’s business as usual, as it says in our blog post, we would be operating independently. The leadership team is staying, including me. Most of the company just found out about this today and many are in shock and excited ...


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Joel Spolsky, Stack Overflow's chairman of the board, posted "Kinda a big announcement" on his blog. Quoting a bit from it: the most important part of this announcement is that Stack Overflow will continue to operate independently, with the exact same team in place that has been operating it, according to the exact same plan and the exact same ...


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In addition to the information listed in Ekadh's answer: From Joel Spolsky's Kinda a big announcement (a small understatement), it says: Prosus is an investment and holding company, which means that the most important part of this announcement is that Stack Overflow will continue to operate independently, with the exact same team in place that has been ...


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Not much, really for now, at least From the blog post How you use our site and our products will not change in the coming weeks or months, just as our company’s goals and strategic priorities remain the same. As the acquisition is finalized, and we continue to partner with Prosus, I will keep you all posted through my regular quarterly blog posts and ...


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Are those sites, like any other page, open to everyone, and you can ask any type of questions about the religion, as long as they respect the Stack Exchange policy and are on topic? Or the question must assume, that, at least to some extent, the particular religion is true? I think that's a false dichotomy. On Mi Yodeya, A.K.A. Juadism.SE, for example - ...


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Are those sites, like any other page, open to everyone, and you can ask any type of questions about the religion, as long as they respect the Stack Exchange policy and are on topic? As close to an official statement as possible is this comment They're all secular sites. But they're not a place to put people on the defensive and attack their beliefs. It's ...


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Quoting @Shog9: Additionally, up to two featured posts from Meta Stack Exchange will appear in the community bulletins of all network sites (including Meta Stack Exchange, but not per-site metas). These are also filed under "Featured on Meta". Note that these will appear in addition to all of the other stuff listed above, so the list of community ...


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This is a test of a malformed link. Something similar was posted and detected by SmokeDetector, but deleted before I was able to see it on the SE site where it was posted.<a href="This is just to verify what SE does wrt. stripping the ">malformed tag. I believe I know what SE will do, but I want to double-check.


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This can be audited with the Stack Exchange Data Explorer. I've written a query which looks at the post history to determine when a question was featured and when the tag was removed. On Meta Stack Exchange, the duration is 15 days on average. With the site switcher just above the results you can check other Meta sites like Meta Stack Overflow. Do note that ...


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I ask the moderators to provide me a way to undo some of votes, so that I can change them. Should I list them here? Else, what should I do? Moderators can't undo votes either, nor provide you with a way to do so. Like people said in the comments, and like you seem to have discovered too, if you can edit the posts to improve them, do so, and you can correct ...


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There are at least 65 questions about evolution on Skeptics that are not closed, so it is possible to ask them on Skeptics. But that is different from "challenging evolution", you choice of words indicate that you already decided on the truth and nothing will change your mind. If you tried to ask on Skeptics it would almost certainly not end well. ...


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