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Must we censor discussion that may be grounds for blacklisting in other countries?

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 ...
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Does Stack Exchange have an ethical responsibility to address global discrimination and marginalisation?

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 ...
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Who decides on a site's content policy?

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 ...
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Difference between the Cross Validated and Data Science SE sites?

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) ...
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Has our policy towards political discussions on SE sites changed?

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 ...
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Is Meta.SE the right forum to ask about specific wording's fit with "be nice" policy?

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 ...
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Difference between the Cross Validated and Data Science SE sites?

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 ...
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Does Stack Exchange have an ethical responsibility to address global discrimination and marginalisation?

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 ...
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Some advice that I "hope" the heads of the community could consider

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 ...
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Can I ask a question about a great Stack Overflow contributor who has just not been active for the past several years on any Stack Exchange site?

In general, no. We tend to keep users' real life (or activity elsewhere on the Internet) separated from Stack Exchange. And Stack Exchange is mostly about the content, not the users anyway. There are ...
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Could some Google questions be useful?

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 ...
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Should we be discussing the relative health and viability of a network site here on MSE?

if there is no obvious community, who owns the choices then? Since I am said moderator... This question is not giving the nuance I added later on. I've already clarified, so like I said in the ...
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Site scope issues where community opinion is divided and there is no consensus?

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 ...
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Can the community use a scope different from that mentioned in the help-center?

Yes. Some sites don't even specify what's on-topic and what not. In the end, all that matters is that there are users willing to vote to close the question; if it's 'slightly' off-topic but ...
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Is it not allowed to ask a question regarding multiple sites in the Stack Exchange network here?

Questions about two or more sites in the network are on-topic here on this site, even if they don't pertain to the entire network at large. If it were closed as off-topic as only applicable to one ...
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Discussion Forums?

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 ...
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Where to ask Careers questions, Stack Overflow meta or Stack Exchange Meta?

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 ...
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What is the right place to ask questions about the SmokeDetector?

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, ...
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Are user suspension and user deletion discussions on-topic for per-site meta?

We do not allow discussions about specific users on meta. Given that a question such as "why is this user suspended?" cannot be generalized in a way that doesn't talk about the specific user, such ...
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Are non-programming SE sites less in line with the "Stack Exchange spirit"?

At Arqade, I think we fall right into the SE spirit. We have Good Subjective questions (which are the bread and butter of our site), and we maintain a pretty tight focus on playing games. Much of ...
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Site scope issues where community opinion is divided and there is no consensus?

Meta is about arguments and discussion, it's not just about polling the community about their opinion. The score of the answers doesn't matter as much as the arguments they present. The purpose of a ...
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How do we make changes to a site's scope?

You're essentially asking for a scope change. Just blacklisting/banning the tag won't help; users will simply use other tags (such as the country they've found the rock in, or even random tags) for ...
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Document pronoun policy debate exclusion from scope

This was only applicable for that question specifically, as it was meant for a request for clarification, not let's fight some more about the policy. This is how request for clarification threads seem ...
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Document pronoun policy debate exclusion from scope

You seem to have read that sentence out of context. This post here is the place to talk through that. For ease of voting and responding, please limit each answer to one specific concern. However, ...
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What is Meta's definition of a "more frivolous" post?

It is the only place where more frivolous discussions are allowed. Strictly speaking, that doesn't mean all frivolous discussions are allowed. While Meta is different than it was before, when that ...
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Where should I ask general questions about smartphones?

Ooh, this is a tough one. You probably need some kind of Faraday cage (while still being able to operate the phone, I presume). Here is a question on Electrical Engineering where somebody tried to ...
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Are non-programming SE sites less in line with the "Stack Exchange spirit"?

SE sites do well when questions can be answered in a way that others can ratify. This isn't about programming versus not; it's about being able to explain why and how, about being able to back up or ...
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Why are beta sites limited to just three standard off-topic reasons?

That's not a beta site restriction. It's an all site restriction. A site starts with three and, if they can convince us that they need more, are given more. They don't automatically receive additional ...
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Winter Bash hat questions on Meta Stack Overflow?

Users Can Report Bugs On Whatever Child Meta Site Suits Them It's fine if users post bug reports, requests for support or feature requests here on MSO, there's no need to close them as off-topic. ...
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