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What is the association bonus, and how does it work?

Congratulations! One of your linked accounts has reached 200 reputation points, and as a result, all associated accounts are given a 100 point bonus. What is the "association bonus"? The ...
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The Many Memes of Meta

Meme: Twitter-driven development (also occasionally called Twittergate) Origin: Meta Stack Exchange on revisiting the Hot Network Questions feature Twitter Cultural height: Whenever a feature is ...
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What is the XY problem?

What is the XY problem? An XY problem seems to be a subset of the Einstellung effect, where a problem-solver gets stuck on a particular solution and is unable to backtrack mentally to see potentially ...
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A guide to moderating chat

What tools are available to room owners? Room owners are users that have some elevated permissions in a chat room. Typically, they will be the first line of defense when it comes to inappropriate ...
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What does the Code of Conduct say about pronouns?

But what about...? The edge cases. This section is designed to address specific circumstances that apply to a subset of users. 1. Am I forbidden to express my opinion about this? In most contexts, ...
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Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange

December 2015 2015-12-23: Question timeline (not moderator timeline) got a new design and features, e.g. showing who voted to close or reopen, and more. 2015-12-09: Users with 10k reputation can now ...
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Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange

December 2016 2016-12-08: Migrated questions are deleted automatically 30 days after being rejected. November 2016 2016-11-28: Questions that have been "randomly poked by the Community user&...
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Is cross-posting a question on multiple Stack Exchange sites permitted if the question is on-topic for each site?

One problem is the wide disparity in attention levels at different sites. Is 39 moves the longest a chess game can go moving only pawns? was posted to Math. I think it is a much better fit for ...
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What does the Code of Conduct say about pronouns?

What's this all about? - Implementation This section focuses on guiding you on how to use these pronouns correctly. 1. Does this mean that I will be in trouble if I ever get someone's pronouns wrong?...
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A guide to moderating chat

What tools are available to regular chat users? You, as a member of the community, have the ability to help keep chat a place that is welcoming for everyone. There might be a variety of other users, ...
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The Many Memes of Meta

Meme: Puns in the titles of tag-related requests Originator: Unknown Cultural Height: 2015 Background: With first appearances in 2013 (All the [movement] has ceased | Hack at the hacking tag), it has ...
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What does the Code of Conduct say about pronouns?

What's this all about? - The Basics This section is an explanation of singular third-person pronouns. 1. What's this business about "pronouns"? It would be rude to refer to a man as "she" or a ...
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Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange

December 2019 2019-12-22: Protected question notices are no longer shown to users who have enough reputation to answer, but not enough reputation to unprotect the question. 2019-12-20: The period of ...
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What is the XY problem?

The Missing square puzzle problem is a good illustration. It illustrates a simple and universal problem/question/solution process, where "some illusion" causes complications. There are a ...
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What is the XY problem?

Avoiding the XY problem I argue that you can't avoid it. Not without simply throwing your program requirements at SO and asking them to do your design for you (not recommended). I argue this ...
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What does the Code of Conduct say about pronouns?

So, as a curator or moderator, what's my role? This section covers some moderator and curator FAQs. As a moderator M1. I'm a moderator. What should I do if I see these rules being broken? If ...
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The Many Memes of Meta

Meme: Too Many Shogs Originator: JAL First Heard: A bug report posted by JAL where when Shog closed a question as multiple duplicates, the iOS Stack Exchange App would show that the question was ...
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A guide to moderating chat

What tools are available to moderators? Moderators are our human exception handlers and will get involved when users and room owners can’t handle a situation on their own. If flags are raised or they ...
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Stack Exchange Glossary - Dictionary of Commonly-Used Terms

N-Z (0-9, A-M) Not an answer, NAA One of the items in the flag dialog for an answer on a Stack Exchange site. NARQ See: Not a real Question NATO New Answers To Old questions more than 30 days old....
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Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange

November 2017 2017-11-16: The new top bar is now live on stackexchange.com 2017-11-13: All Website fields and links in the "About Me" network profile sections are now unlinked on stackexchange.com. (...
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How can I report bugs with or request features for the Stack Exchange mobile apps?

TL;DR: Unfortunately, you can't. Thank you for taking the time to improve the Stack Exchange platform. Sadly, the mobile apps are no longer in development. To quote one of the Stack Exchange ...
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The Many Memes of Meta

Meme: Getting Shogged Origin: Unknown (possibly the Tavern) Cultural Height: unfortunately, somewhere in the past Usage: whenever somebody, having posted an (often unfounded) complaint about Stack ...
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Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange

December 2020 2020-12-16: In chat, moderators now have a diamond next to their name on chat messages, and their name is now italicized, whereas previously, their name was merely written in blue with ...
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Database schema documentation for the public data dump and SEDE

The Schema Visualized The Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD) above was constructed using the data found in the information_schema.columns table. (Thank you to ashleedawg for paring the table down to ...
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The Many Memes of Meta

Meme: Tim Post lost his keys Originator: Tim Post Cultural Height: TBD Background: In his answer to Should 'drive by' downvoting be more effectively caught?, Tim Post describes a long chain ...
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What events trigger an inbox notification?

What kind of notifications trigger, send, or result in an inbox notification? The following events trigger an inbox notification. They are grouped by the 'item type' which is displayed next to the ...
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What are the badges I can earn on each site, and what are the exact criteria for earning each badge?

Documentation Badges (Stack Overflow) Return to Top Note As Stack Overflow Documentation has been discontinued, all Documentation badges, except for Documentation Beta and Documentation Pioneer, have ...
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The Many Memes of Meta

Meme: We Hate Fun Originator: Jeff Atwood, https://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/01/stack-overflow-where-we-hate-fun/ Mentioned: Wherever fun is being had. Background: This meme may have started ...
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Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange

December 2018 2018-12-14: Any validated "rude or abusive" flags on a post will make that post ineligible for use as a "known-bad" audit in the Triage and Low Quality Posts review ...

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