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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 ...
Mad Scientist's user avatar
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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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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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Stack Exchange needs rules for where to post questions considered off-topic

Here are some rules you can follow: Do not blindly follow the advice people give you about another site. That applies to this answer as well, and in general to all answers here to site-recommendation ...
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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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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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Stack Exchange needs rules for where to post questions considered off-topic

The post you've linked, a burnination request for the [history]-tag on Stack Overflow states: Is the concept described even on-topic for the site? No. History questions should be asked on History ...
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What are the current sites that questions about warfare & military technology are on-topic and asked & answered with some regularity?

Longtime History mod here. I've had the sad duty of counseling users on possible alternate sites for their off-topic questions. I've also hung out a bit on a lot of related sites, so I know a bit ...
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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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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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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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Which SE sites accept "identification" questions?

Partial answer - community wiki, feel free to edit The following sites accept identification questions (the link in each case goes to a list of all questions in the relevant tag or tags) Amateur ...
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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 ...
Mad Scientist's user avatar
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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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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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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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Why do people persist in complaining about the code of conduct set for this network?

Long time chat user here and well... On the main sites? Well I've always felt rudeness and impoliteness is noise. We've wanted to handle it cause it breaks from focusing on the actual information. No ...
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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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Checking in on the possible changing scope of meta

Look for more on this in the upcoming posts in The Loop blog series on the company blog. Sorry that more cannot be written at the moment. I can say that these are all pertinent questions that will ...
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Is prior research a must in all network sites?

This is what the Help Center says: How do I ask a good question? We’d love to help you. To improve your chances of getting an answer, here are some tips: Search, and research Have you thoroughly ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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What is the difference between Super User and Web Application Stack Exchange 'groups'?

Super User handles "question about computer software or hardware", while Web Applications handles "question about web applications". When it is about browsers handling websites/web ...
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Should Stack Overflow for Teams be on topic on meta SE?

Update: Teams questions are no longer accepted on the meta sites. The left bar on the public sites is now a completely separate feature from Teams. This is my personal musing on the subject along ...
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