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It's long & wordy, but maybe that's necessary. The tone is certainly a huge improvement. I'd like to highlight this part: Q. I find it really distressing to use pronouns in a way I think is wrong. Is there really no alternative? A. You can often avoid using pronouns altogether. It's actually pretty rare to need third-person pronouns at all on ...


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Forcing downvotes to be accompanied by comments or other feedback sounds like a good idea at first, and many here would like to see new users get all the info they need to ask questions that are a better fit! Contrary to popular opinion, most users here are nice and want to help, and don't enjoy "shooting down" newbies' questions with downvotes to ...


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I disagree with the premise that small edits are a bother to the reviewers. I only recently hit the threshold (for having edits applied directly and for reviewing others) and I think the smaller the edit is, the easier it is to approve. If I see a small typo being fixed, code formatted, or a sentence properly capitalized, I can see right away what it is and ...


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Why are posts handled inconsistently? There are many reasons why content on the site may be inconsistently handled. The simplest answer is that different people are viewing different posts and decide to act differently toward each. Since Stack Overflow is largely community-moderated, there is going to be some inconsistency as a result of the democratic ...


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Preamble We need to clarify something. What are listed in this answer are not necessarily inherently immoral, unethical, tactless, or any other form of ‘wrong’. After all, the biggest reason they are listed here is they’re common enough, and they usually make enough sense at first, but ultimately, as experience has proved, do not bode well for online ...


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Based on David Fullerton's answer, I've written a simple user script that adds a "hotness" indicator to the question infobar: To use the script, you'll first need to install a user script manager like Greasemonkey or Tampermonkey for your browser, if you don't have one already. Then click this link, which should prompt you whether you want to ...


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This is something that we used to be able to do, but simply can't unless your account was deleted erroneously by an employee or moderator. Recently, we made a change that schedules deletions to take place 24 hours after being initiated, a process you can cancel up until the last second by visiting your profile page and clicking the link to abort the deletion....


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Q. Does this mean that I will be in trouble if I ever get someone's pronouns wrong? A. No. It's fine not to know what they want. It's fine to make an honest mistake. But once you know what someone wants, please act accordingly. Q. What if someone wants some nonstandard pronoun that I don't even know how to use? A. Then everyone will ...


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Things have changed a bit since 2009 :-) We rely heavily on Elasticsearch these days. The "related" questions now come from an Elasticsearch "More Like This" query. Elastic uses tf-idf for most things, which is a standard search algorithm. Their particular implementation is documented here.


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I really appreciate the effort. This seems to be going in the right direction — and the process of discussion itself goes in the right direction. Unfortunately, this FAQ is extremely long — even longer than the official one. To be usable, we'd have to come up with something that's short enough to be actually readable. I think it would help to separate gender ...


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First, I commend you on the attempt, and for the obvious work that went into this. You've done a good job of making the CoC seem more reasonable, and you better explained the reasoning. It generally does a much better job of framing things. A suggestion and a concern: My first reading gave me the impression that your proposal characterizes people who ...


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First, some preliminaries regarding feature requests, in general... A feature request typically stems from a selfish need: Yes, something that you feel should change to benefit your usage of the site. And, they may be very subjective - what you think might be a feature, others could consider a drawback. Regardless, this is a community-driven Q&A, and ...


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I typically prefer not to disclose my IRL gender/sex, but, since the post specifically calls for trans and nonbinary persons to chime in: I am a nonbinary-ID'd person taking cross-sex hormones, making me both trans and nonbinary. (Btw, if anyone's curious, I am actually not a fan of the current popular ideology of gender identity, how it works, its ...


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A. By participating here you're agreeing to treat others with politeness. That includes not complaining that they're idiots (even if you sincerely think they are, and even if you're right). It also includes not misgendering them, however sincerely. In the interests of intelligibility, I would consider it a great improvement to reword this so as to avoid the ...


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This is a considerable improvement. But it still raises a barrier for people who deny that genders beyond the binary ones actually exist. This is a barrier which won't hinder me since I am favourable to neopronouns. But I have to oppose raising it. Not just because it opens the way to other barriers which may eventually bar my way. But because I try to ...


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Use stated pronouns This allows anyone to inject words into someone else's vocabulary without needing to communicate and discuss the concept. It harms the ability of people to represent their world views via their use of language. It establishes a new dogma by officially respecting and enforcing one set of beliefs around gender, identity and speech, eroding ...


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