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Why do I have to hate hats in order to opt out of Winter Bash?

You're misunderstanding this. "Hate" here does not refer to the verb for "extreme and hostile dislike"; it's a short form of "hat erasure". The etymology is explained in this episode of the "History ...
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29 votes

We're changing the word "Active" to "Modified" below the title on question pages

feature-request Can we have a tooltip indicating what was the reason for the 'modification'? For edits or new answers, it's clear upon clicking on the active modified link. For other cases (reopening, ...
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22 votes
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Please change the wording of the comment generated when mods move comment threads to chat

UPDATE: This is now live: In general, we like the idea of changing the text to be a bit more informative. There's a lot of good ideas between the question and Tinkeringbell's answer. I poked at it a ...
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Please change "Blog" to indicate it’s a Stack Exchange blog, not a site blog

I'd go with "Company Blog" same as we see in the site switcher:
Shadow Wizard Love Zelda's user avatar
20 votes

Disinformation on moderator elections

It is copied from the same tag on Meta SO. According to an online dictionary the meaning of periodically can be: from time to time, frequently And that is the meaning of the word used here.
Patrick Hofman's user avatar
19 votes

Update Sheriff badge description to reflect the existence of elected pro-tem moderators and appointed non-beta moderators

To take this proposal a little further - why have two separate badges at all? Back when beta sites were expected to only last 90 days and the moderators on them were really just stop-gaps until ...
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19 votes
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Experimental feature asks me to provide feedback to someone who no longer works for SE

The text in question has been removed (as has the text declaring the feature to be experimental - I think that it has been around long enough to earn defacto no-longer-an-experiment status). ...
Yaakov Ellis's user avatar
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18 votes

Why is reputation used instead of the simple common word: "points"?

The definition of the word reputation applies here because your reputation is a measure of how much the system trusts you. (Thanks to rene for the help center link.) It's the system's opinion of how ...
BSMP's user avatar
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15 votes
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Typo in chat pop-up

Fixed. I added an in in in the file.
balpha's user avatar
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15 votes
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“You should only rank the candidates you think would make good moderators.” – really?

We discussed this internally and agreed that it made sense to adjust the phrasing here. We've made the following adjustments - they're not quite what y'all had suggested but I think they cover the ...
Catija's user avatar
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14 votes
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Go through with renaming “offensive” to “rude/abusive”

I've gone through the codebase and updated a bunch of places that had "offensive" to "rude or abusive" (or similar - I did what made sense according to context). This has been deployed already. ...
Oded's user avatar
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14 votes

Can we change the inaccurate wording of semi-perm bans?

The definition of temporary (Oxford English) is: lasting for only a limited period of time; not permanent. So the answer to Is 10 years temporary? Is "yes". 10 years is a limited period of ...
Clive's user avatar
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Is 2020 really great?

The words "a great" has been removed from the snowflake menu (showed up if you have not logged in yet), and been replaced with "the". The new text is: "Stack Exchange invites ...
Yaakov Ellis's user avatar
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14 votes
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Confusing error message when trying to add a blocked(?) tag

The system is not referencing blocked tags here - there is no rule blocking such a tag. The error is a result of an odd situation that has occurred on Web Apps. Currently, there is a synonym that ...
animuson's user avatar
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13 votes

Use "score" instead of "votes" in the list of questions

This has been a long time coming, and we're not quite done yet! However I'd like to update you folks that we've just pushed some changes to wording all around the website regarding "votes". ...
Felippe Rangel's user avatar
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13 votes

Change the word delete to hidden

Someone saying "hidden" makes me think of posts scoring -3 or lower, which are faded to make them harder to read - or of spoiler markup. Both things that hovering clears up. Additionally, &...
Catija's user avatar
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What did I mark this comment as?

I was able to reproduce the issue by opening the same post in a new tab, upvoting a comment from the earlier tab, and attempting to upvote the same comment from the new tab. While this message may ...
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13 votes
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Reviewer workflow is confusing to OP approving suggested edits to their post

Thank you for reporting this issue! I just deployed an update. The message displayed when the author of a post approves a suggested edit has been changed to: Thanks for reviewing the suggested edit - ...
Shiyao Li's user avatar
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12 votes

Why do I have to hate hats in order to opt out of Winter Bash?

The choice of words might be glib to the original author of the dialog box, but it really does bother some of us. It's not simply being sensitive about a “bad word” used by someone else. Rather, it's ...
JDługosz's user avatar
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Our words are too complicated. Let's make them simpler!

First thing, I am not a native English speaker. And even though I hear/read English a lot, my command over the language is average at best. I can understand the reasoning behind this idea. But I don’t ...
Krishnabhadra's user avatar
12 votes

Remove misleading statements from the blog and the tour pages

In light of how the company acts for example by taking down bounties without notice, I change direction in this answer slightly. My tolerance for suffering marketing speak consisting of half-truths (...
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Improve election results message

This will be fixed in the next build. The missing space was probably a .Net Framework to .Net Core regression. I went with "macOS" for item 3 because that's where my heart guided me.
Brian Nickel's user avatar
12 votes

My vs You on site pages

We actually just defined how we feel about this in our content guidelines. We might be able to get this into our next bug duty rotation.
Aaron Shekey's user avatar
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11 votes
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Make “how to tag” actually helpful for new users

The following is live incorporating copy from both answers. How to Tag A tag is a keyword or label that categorizes your question with other, similar questions. Choose one or more (up to 5) ...
Brian Nickel's user avatar
11 votes

Better word choice for "Protected" questions

The problem with your suggestion is restricted has the same sense of double meaning. Particularly in the US, that word is more associated with things that are restricted to people aged 18 and above, ...
animuson's user avatar
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11 votes
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Please change "Blog" to indicate it’s a Stack Exchange blog, not a site blog

Thanks for your suggestions. The Community Bulletin section in the right sidebar has now been updated to label the company blog posts subsection as The Overflow Blog.
Yaakov Ellis's user avatar
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11 votes
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Update the post notice for post content hidden in the edit history (displayed for posts flagged as spam/rude/abusive) to mention plagiarism

When I asked, a mod explained that the content was plagiarized and such posts get deleted as spam/offensive content. I'm not aware of any policy stating this. Plagiarism is a real issue on SE sites, ...
Mithical's user avatar
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Reword "and 18 or up" on election pages

Rather than just rewording the problematic phrase, it would be better to reword the whole sentence. Normally, text in brackets should be a minor or obvious addition to the preceding text, or at least ...
Brian Drake's user avatar
11 votes
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"The BEST answers are voted up and rise to the top" or "The MOST POPULAR answers are voted up and rise to the top"?

Sure there may be occasional exceptions but for the most part the concept of the wisdom of crowds would suggest that the most popular answers are generally also the best. If we said most popular that ...
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