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To reach out: on Monica, the Lavender community, and the future of the Stack Exchange network

Thank you for this heartfelt, encouraging message, and for being willing to have the conversation that preceded it instead of just walking away. We need more of that at Stack Exchange. It's too easy ...
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Is this an appropriate place to call for the resignation of an SO employee?

Speaking as a long-time employee who has had to deal with folks calling for his resignation (or unceremonious dismissal) on numerous occasions... No. Now, I may be a bit biased here. But, it always ...
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If you're gonna talk Politics, you must respect those who disagree

TL;DR: Don't go into chat without thinking about the other side. Don't be a Sith. I've never been particularly involved in politics. Sure, my age is a major factor in that, but I consider myself ...
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To reach out: on Monica, the Lavender community, and the future of the Stack Exchange network

I go by ‘they’, and I speak for myself, not on behalf of all queer folks. What I understand of Monica's position—based previously on public TL leaks and now on what heather has relayed—is a little ...
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Does the Be Nice policy require SE users to "be nice" to people who are not SE users (e.g. public figures)?

Let's read that "be nice" policy: Whether you've come to ask questions, or to generously share what you know, remember that we’re all here to learn, together. Be welcoming and patient, especially ...
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NSFW video and annoying animated advertising on Music SE

SE has already subverted their no animated ads policy in the past few months, which finally led me into installing AdBlock Plus. I think it's time for everyone to enable their ad blocker on SE now, ...
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Is there a list of ChatGPT or other AI-related discussions and policies for our sites?

This answer is a community effort. Please edit in links from your site's Meta! Meta Stack Exchange Pro: Could ChatGPT be a viable way to answer people's questions? Con: Ban ChatGPT network-wide ...
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If you're gonna talk Politics, you must respect those who disagree

One of the problems with political discussion is that they tend to escalate to heated debate and eventually insults and personal attacks. In some cases, people may be offended enough to flag political ...
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If someone is hurt by a literary reference, should it be removed?

Let me preface this by saying that we've got to understand that someone somewhere will find something offensive in what you write if they really want to, no matter how tenuous, they'll find a way. I ...
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Is this an appropriate place to call for the resignation of an SO employee?

No. This is a good place to point out issues with things an employee has done that affects the community negatively (including, hypothetically, actions such as defamatory statements to the press). ...
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Does Stack Exchange insist on a special language for posts? Please describe

English is a living language; it changes slowly but constantly. Old words take new meanings, new words replace old, and sometimes old uses resurface in new contexts. Also, sometimes there are emoji. ...
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Does the Be Nice policy require SE users to "be nice" to people who are not SE users (e.g. public figures)?

This sounds like hair-splitting to me. The Be Nice policy is certainly geared toward being nice to other users as that's the common case. But it seems weird to classify the people you ought to be nice ...
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If you're gonna talk Politics, you must respect those who disagree

I don't think this behavioral pattern is limited to politics at all. Generally, in respectful discourse, it is unacceptable to denigrate others because of their opinion if you want to continue to ...
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Show your work: one simple trick to make meta effective

Treating good questions with the appropriate attention is the best way to help people change in the way you want Thanks for this useful guidance, I agree with everything. Except... ...what happens ...
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Is this an appropriate place to call for the resignation of an SO employee?

It isn't. It doesn’t do anyone any good. It'll certainly never work, and all it does is make them feel more isolated, and more likely to lash out. Practically - the more likely outcome is folks are ...
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To reach out: on Monica, the Lavender community, and the future of the Stack Exchange network

I'm just a random onlooker, but I'm really happy to see this development, and I'd like to thank @heather for approaching Monica and having this discussion, Monica for being open to it, and Journeyman ...
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Is this an appropriate place to call for the resignation of an SO employee?

No, meta is not an appropriate place. If you have a concern about an employee, you need to communicate with the company, not with other users of the company's products/services. If, as in your ...
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If someone is hurt by a literary reference, should it be removed?

No, this is getting absurd. But your head isn't quite above water here either @iBug. Please consider this correction in light of the fact that I am speaking as somebody who used Niemöller's poem ...
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Style guide to avoid condescension in answers

What you tried to edit is not condescending to the reader. The first post, about Git, is encouraging. It says "once you know how", and then goes on to explain how. It promises the reader ...
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Is this an appropriate place to call for the resignation of an SO employee?

Not at all. And the underlying argument boils down to a counter question: Assume you ran into a conflict with another user, right here on meta.stackexchange.com. There is a heated exchange, and ...
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Is this an appropriate place to call for the resignation of an SO employee?

No, it is not appropriate, not even close to being appropriate. A misstep by an employee should be seen as a misstep by the company. It's up to the company to take measures based on that, or not. We'...
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Having 'nice' text - are we too strict?

No, we're not too strict. The rest of the Internet went overboard with their fake politeness. The questions and answers here are not for you, specifically. They are for the many visitors who follow. ...
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If you're gonna talk Politics, you must respect those who disagree

Isn't there a limit though? If someone says 'You know, Hitler (yeah, Godwin's law...) had a point - maybe we would be better off without the Jews...' The notion that I should somehow go 'Hmm, that's ...
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If you're gonna talk Politics, you must respect those who disagree

There's two similar but very divergent views in discourse on a contentious issue That viewpoint is wrong Lots and lots of people are wrong on a great many things. This is neither new, nor uncommon....
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Pinging etiquette

Since this is about me, I will answer. Is there a ping etiquette? Not that I know of. Ping etiquette should follow what would be socially acceptable in real life situations. If you would jump ...
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Show your work: one simple trick to make meta effective

This seems to take care of the 80% use-case (shall we say), but it doesn't seem to address the more long-standing, venerable, and received discussions which... Don't immediately lead to a resolution (...
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Is it OK to edit others' posts based on (extreme) personal feeling?

No, it is not okay to edit posts based solely on your own personal feelings. This curated collection of questions and their answers is not meant for you alone, nor is it tailored to you specifically,...
rene's user avatar
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To reach out: on Monica, the Lavender community, and the future of the Stack Exchange network

I post this today in an attempt to reach out a hand, and to ask all of you to do so as well, to ask Stack Exchange to do so as well. Just picking this sentence to stress how important it is for the ...
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