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What are the details on the "candidate score" which shows during an election?

The Candidate Score can range from 0 to 40, and is calculated as follows: 1 point for each 1000 reputation up to 20,000 reputation for a maximum of 20 points. 1 point each for Moderation badges - ...
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65 votes
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Why isn't providing feedback mandatory on downvotes, and why are ideas suggesting such negatively received?

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 ...
64 votes

A Pronominal Proposal

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 ...
49 votes
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Which sites are excluded or limited from Hot Network Questions?

Excluded SE sites with non-English interface (localized Stack Overflow sites and Russian language in Russian) Meta Stack Exchange Per-site metas, including Area 51 Discussions Stack Apps Private beta ...
44 votes

What are the criteria for questions to be selected for Hot Network Questions?

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 ...
42 votes

Common reasons why your meta post may be negatively received

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 ...
40 votes

Where are the Stack Exchange data dumps?

The latest release of the data dump lives on archive.org. A version of it (updated weekly) can be viewed and queried online at data.stackexchange.com - the data here forms the basis for the quarterly ...
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What's the difference between "bookmarking" and "following" a post?

Bookmarking Only works on questions, not on answers Is publicly visible (including in SEDE) Generates badges: Favorite Question and Stellar Question A list of your bookmarked questions across the ...
33 votes

A Pronominal Proposal

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 ...
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What processes exist to issue formal warnings or remove moderators?

Moderator Conduct Review Process: From time to time, a moderator on one of our sites may violate their moderator agreement, or the company standards for behavior as documented in our Code of Conduct. ...
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How are "related" questions selected?

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-...
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A Pronominal Proposal

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 ...
30 votes

A Pronominal Proposal

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 ...
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What processes exist to issue formal warnings or remove moderators?

Moderator Action Review Process After much discussion, debate, reflection, consultation, frustration, revelation, constipation and inspiration, we've settled on the following process for allowing a ...
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A[n] [In]complete Character-Limiting Guide to Stack Exchange

Area 51 Input Field Min Max Notes/Images Example question 15 150 Min: Proposal topic 3 150 Min: Proposal audience 15 250 Min: Proposal champions 15 500 Min: Bounties Input Field Min Max Notes/...
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A Pronominal Proposal

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 ...
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27 votes
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How do I write a good feature request?

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....
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26 votes
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What site-specific post formatting settings are available?

Certain Stack Exchange sites have specialized support for non-standard types of post formatting. Balsamiq Mockups: Displays mockups for user interfaces User Experience Card renderer: Displays card ...
26 votes

A Pronominal Proposal

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 ...
25 votes
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Which Stack Exchange sites have syntax highlighting enabled?

Which Stack Exchange sites have syntax highlighting enabled? The syntax highlighting feature is enabled on the following sites: Arduino Arduino Meta Ask Different Ask Ubuntu Bioinformatics ...
25 votes

A Pronominal Proposal

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 ...
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How to overcome "Edits must be at least 6 characters"

The limit is stupid. Sometimes there are simple typos, easy to fix - but only one character. Post would improve. And nobody can tell me reviewers are overloaded because of this, because in SE-sites I ...
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24 votes

On what sites are Stack Snippets enabled?

Sites where the feature is enabled: Code Golf and Coding Challenges Code Review Game Development Meta Stack Exchange – There was no discussion specifically for Meta. Stack Apps Stack Overflow Stack ...
24 votes
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What are the exact criteria for the "new contributor" indicator to be shown?

tl;dr We put the indicator on all the posts you make within your first week of posting on that specific site. The indicator stays on each post for a week. Deleted posts aren't considered when ...
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24 votes
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Documentation for Stack Exchange engine URLs?

There is a List of unlinked pages on Stack Exchange sites but it only covers URLs you normally wouldn't find. I don't think there's a unified location document for 'public' URLs, so here's an attempt: ...
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23 votes

Which sites have YouTube embedding on?

I've put together an incomplete list of sites based on manual testing and site-specific research. (Essentially, searching posts from every site and running tests when necessary) The majority of the ...
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