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Sound SE was imported from Social Sound Design, a Stack Exchange 1.0 site (in fact, it was the last 1.0 site). They were, for all intents and purposes, disconnected from the Stack Exchange network until recently. They do things a bit .. differently, however we're not very concerned at this point. The plan is to merge the sound portion of our AVP site into ...


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First, I must note that I do not speak for the management of Stack Exchange / Overflow in this response; these are my opinions and beliefs, put forth in good faith - any resemblance to those of Stack Overflow, Inc. are entirely coincidental. That out of the way... You kinda answered your own question: Stack Exchange does not exist as a microcosm ...


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At the point where SE asks us to not discuss evolution on the biology site, we might as well shut down all of the science sites. We don't need to cater to every irrational thing some nation state might do. There would probably also be a considerable amount of users of those sites that would leave the network entirely in such a case. It's also not the job ...


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It seems to be a common misconception that Stack Overflow is intended as the be all, end all of Programmer Information Sharing Resources. This is simply not the case. Its purpose is assembling an archive of solutions to concrete and specific coding situations. Your questions are probably very good questions, and there is no doubt that everyone, expert and ...


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Why not, virus coding is knowledge like anything else. It can be used for antiviruses, system core programming etc. Studying viruses is not bad per se. Releasing them is. Studying security vulnerabilities makes good people fix them, bad people exploit them. Censoring virus-related topics will not stop virus authors. Those are good enough to go on without ...


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A quote from the comments on the question @MikeW this is not off topic. The google-cloud-storage tag is officially supported by Google. This is a funny thing about tags, especially sponsored tags. They give off a certainly feel for official support, when they are in fact nothing more than owner sponsored advertisements, however the user than made this ...


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The scope of each site is determined by the community. Scope is a fluid, constantly-changing thing, and new meta discussions brought up by users can change bits and pieces of it over time, with the result decided by community consensus. Each community is independent from the others, and as such, they can shape their scope in whatever ways they want. Physics ...


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If you see a bad question, vote to close it. And downvote it. And write the submitter's userid on a brown paper bag and set it on fire, while chanting curses. I question the premise that you can't find things to earn rep for answer because they are 'hidden' by a deluge of bad questions. Yep, we have some bad questions. But you may be suffering more from our ...


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Antique languages are on-topic. No reason antique systems shouldn't be. Not that you will necessarily get much interest.


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We need to be able to engage with you on our own platform when we feel that there's something important to say. That includes: Announcements about ways that Stack Overflow / Stack Exchange is changing or growing as a product, Notices of job openings that are very difficult for us to fill, or we feel would be best filled by someone in our communities with ...


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Well, there are some sites where the answers are a little fuzzier than others. As it happens, Christianity is not one of those sites. It could have been and some of the new users expect it to be, but the site has worked hard to not encourage "the meaning of life" questions or answers. To quote from the top answer to "What Christianity.StackExchange is (...


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The Sound Design site was created outside the Stack Exchange Network by a third party before it was incorporated into the Stack Exchange Network. If you look at the content as a whole, the information being provided there is actually of pretty high quality. That's what we liked about the site. The community is coherent, professional, and highly engaged… and ...


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Oh, it's absolutely like the Roth test. There can be no objective standards here; what matters is what actually offends people, not what folks say should offend. The guidance - now and forever in the past - is to flag when you see something rude or offensive. If others disagree with you, so be it. The guidance on the flag dialog itself reads simply: A ...


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Stack Exchange has been through similar episodes of turmoil throughout the years, many before my time. To make a long story short, we've been here before - with see SOPA, net neutrality, #LoveOverflow and more. All of those cases saw plenty of discussion about whether or not Stack Exchange is the right venue to promote/talk about/stand up for these. We've ...


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It's fine to not actually be a genius. But at the end of the day you're expecting people to spend their time solving your problems and a minimal investment in time on your end is nice. I've also had situations where I was stuck with a problem for an extended of time, googled and found a perfectly clear answer on SE. Someone did the research, and solved my ...


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You should definitely answer beyond the scope, in particular if you see something bad being done that should be fixed. One common example is with SQL - many questions have users concatenate SQL parameters, which is a bad practice leading to SQL Injection vulnerabilities. You can answer their question and leave it at that, or add information about SQL ...


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To add to the other answers here: there's no rule on Stack Overflow (or most other sites) that prohibits opinions. Rather, we discourage questions that ask only for opinions. The guidelines for this are in the help center, but I'll quote part of them here for your benefit: To prevent your question from being flagged and possibly removed, avoid asking ...


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You accepted the premise of the question verbatim, but the answers explain why that is entirely incorrect. Legitimately asking folks to flag or close questions which are <quote> "easily Googleable" is not a thing. It grew from one of our early (unfounded) policy discussions that took on a life of its own… until it devolved to the point of ...


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After getting involved in both the sites; I think I now have enough experience of both, to make a statement. The DataScience SE is about the problems and doubts which data scientists encounter on a regular basis like "how do you run neural networks on a cluster efficiently?" and "How do I efficiently setup a MachineLearning process on a server", etc do not ...


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This is rather a long comment... (This was originally written for CV and Data Science: semi-identical twins?, but then I found this question). Comparison by tags One way to look at datascience.SE (DS) / CV is to compare the sites by tags. Top tags of DS on 2019-08-11: machine-learning: 5881 (vs machine-learning: 12819 on CV) python: 3219 (vs python: 2529 on ...


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No. Surveys are not permitted.


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People voted you down for a few reasons They disagree with your position (that users should have to write custom comments) They likely disagree with the tone in which you expressed that opinion and You received quite a few downvotes before editing an example into your question -- people downvote when arguments are not cogent or complete. Your question was a ...


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Answering beyond the scope is good because: You are warning the user about a potential bug he will come across. If he do not recognize it then results might be worse. I prefer up voting such answers just because of a such warning. Do not forget, all questions and answers in here are also future reference for other users. Many other users will have a such ...


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I prefer your third option: Free-for-all, with each question pulling its own luck depending which voters to open/close are in which camp? which I think equates with a more impartial wording of: Allow such questions to be voted on (including vote to close) as they present themselves to each user eligible to vote i.e. a case-by-case basis I ...


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This isn't the purpose of Stack Exchange. From the site itself: From our core of Q&A, to community blogs and real-time chat, we provide experts with the tools they need to make The Internet a better place. Although you have a question that you need answered, it's not contributing information that's useful to a wider audience or that makes the Internet ...


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I’m a Google software developer and an active contributor to Stack Overflow. I work on Google Cloud Storage, so I help answer questions for the google-cloud-storage tag. Let me start by saying that we do vote to close questions that are clearly off-topic. We sometimes have users asking questions about their account status or about service errors specific to ...


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I do not support this feature request. The notion that someone other than me could promote one of my posts to be a formal answer is completely unacceptable. If I put up a comment that was not fully thought through and someone wants to base their answer on my comment, have at it. If it turns out to be the answer, it's my own fault if I did not post it as an ...


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Stack Exchange Meta is the place for posts regarding Careers. Stack Overflow is not the only site on the network that Careers applies to - at the moment Server Fault is also applicable. Though, it most cases it doesn't matter. Stack Exchange employees monitor both metas for Careers posts (though we would tend to migrate them here, to MSE).


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SmokeDetector is neither owned nor operated by Stack Exchange, so this isn't the place to ask most questions about it. From the Help Center: Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 151 Stack Exchange communities. SmokeDetector is not part of that software. Note that the ...


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