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Why was the question "How do I hide the audit log on a Discord server?" migrated to Super User?

I'm a bit puzzled as to why the question "How do I hide the audit log on a Discord server?" was migrated to Super User, essentially marking it as off-topic. Since Discord is a web ...
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Why were these tagging suggested edits rejected?

I submitted a bunch of suggested edits to retag questions from website to more specific tags for the web app they pertained to. Four of these were rejected claiming "The edit does not improve the ...
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What to do with questions about unpivot / flattening data using Google Sheets?

We have several questions about passing data from a double entry table to a simple table shape. By double entry table I'm referring to something like this Item January February March Chair 20 15 18 ...
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Who are our experts in [database]? Do we need this tag?

A few moments ago, near the top of the Homepage, I found a question having only database. It was a question about the syntax of WP_Query object. The question is closed. I agree with that. I mention ...
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Let's clean up some meta tags

First, let's look at the advice from What are tags, and how should I use them? Avoid meta-tags Do not use meta-tags in questions. Here are some tips to help you determine whether a tag is a meta-tag: ...
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Should the site have a canonical post for Google search operators?

Is any of the community interested in helping to create a canonical post about Google search operators? We derive a lot of traffic from Google searches and presumably users would benefit from ...
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Should we have a banner to warn about our policy on AI-generated content?

SE has recently announced that sites can now request to enable a banner to warn about their policy on AI-generated content. This feature might be beneficial for Web Apps SE, where the community ...
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What to do with [*search*]? Review of tag naming practices in Web Applications SE for tags using "search"

TL;DR "search" doesn't mean the same for all. Who are the experts answering questions in Web Applications SE and what could we do be make the Web Applications tags better serve them? More ...
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Guides to ask a [google-sheets] question

You might have being pointed here to help you to understand the workings of Web Applications Stack Exchange, the main site of this community, specifically in the context of asking questions about ...
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Google Cloud will be Sponsoring Web Applications SE

Update on March 21, 2024 This site sponsorship has been extended through June 30th. Update on January 24, 2024 This site sponsorship is now only visible to users in the US and Canada, due to the ...
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Is there a good reason why new users are not allowed to create new tags?

I submitted this to the Help Center before I realized that this meta forum existed. Oops sorry about that. I was just trying to contribute a question and answer to this SE instance regarding an ...
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Are questions about creating websites on- or off-topic?

NOTE: I ask this question to give you a solid example of the type of questions we should be talking about during this beta. Is this question on- or off-topic: Can anyone recommend a free web hosting ...
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Suggest the community update the tag [security]

The main site tag security was flagged by a community member on suspicion that the content was copied without proper attribution. The tag's usage guidance predated the published content cited as its ...
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Does Web Apps Stack Exchange Require Research?

October 30th, 2023 As we are not seeing anything that needs to be debated at this point in time. I am going to accept the answer I proposed to the community. Of course, this policy doesn't need to be ...
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Why did I receive a 30-day suspension because of a few questions closed by a new policy ("show research") introduced after the questions were posted? [closed]

On March 10, 2023, I received a 30-day suspension due to, according to one moderator, low-quality questions. I am puzzled because: I had only 2 questions over the 30 days prior to the suspension, as ...
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Make [google-bard] a synonym of [google-gemini]

According to its website, "Bard is now Gemini". The main tag should be something like google-gemini or just gemini with google-bard added as a synonym since many people still know it by the ...
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Could mods please undelete and reopen all these questions that were automatically deleted due to incorrect mod closures ("Qs not showing research")?

Closed questions are automatically deleted in ~9 days if they have received no answers and have a score of 0 or less. There are a few more details about this deletion rule, but that's a good ...
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Should GPT / ChatGPT generated answers be banned?

Today, several answers were flagged for mod attention on Web Applications SE as being generated by GPT / ChatGPT. Due to the date that these posts were posted, it's fair to assume that they were ...
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Why is this question on importing one's papers to one's ResearchGate profile from Google Scholar or ORCID kept closed?

Since a CM recently stated that showing research is not required, I flagged the question How can I import my papers to my ResearchGate profile from Google Scholar or ORCID? for reopening, but the ...
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List of questions nominated for reopening because lack of research is not a reason to close a question

Following Cerbrus' suggestion, here is the list of questions that were closed for lack of research. We'd like to ask the mods to reopen these questions given that it was clarified that lack of ...
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Reduce the reputation threshold to be allowed to cast a reopen vote on a closed question

Closed questions on Web Apps SE are almost never reopened by regular users only: Only 1 question got reopened in all of 2023 without moderator help. TheMaster Oct 30 at 10:16 One of the reasons is ...
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Are questions about browsers/plug-ins/add-ons appropriate?

Are questions about browsers, plug-ins, add-ons and features appropriate for Web Apps? For example is this question: Google Chrome Password manager something that should be asked here or at Super ...
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Why did this meta answer get removed by a mod?

On the meta question Question closed for "needs details or clarity" but it's so simple I don't know what more detail to add, all 3 answers supporting the OP were deleted by a mod. ...
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Are questions about plugins on- or off-topic?

The question Does the ChatGPT Image Editor plugin do cut-and-paste? was kept closed under the reason: This is a question about a plugin for ChatGPT. Blindspots♦ Jan 18 at 4:15 However, I see ...
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Why is this question on disabling the authorization needed to open Google Sheets Macros kept closed?

Since a CM recently stated that showing research is not required, I flagged the question How can I disable the authorization needed to open Google Sheets Macros? for reopening, but the flag was ...
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In the context of webapps, how can one assess whether a question is a customer service-related question?

Reading Why we're not customer support for [your favorite company] left me wondering: In the context of webapps, how can one assess whether a question is deemed a customer service-related question?...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Where should questions about ChatGPT troubleshooting be asked on Stack Exchange? I guess on Web Applications SE? And if not, where do they fit?

I found 39 questions when searching for "ChatGPT" and the tag "chatgpt". This is a hint that Web Applications is the right Stack Exchange for ChatGPT. Yet, I wonder whether I have ...
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What shall I add in this question on Slack to have it reopened?

The question How can I view the channels that I have been added to recently on Slack? was closed because it doesn't show research. It is now deleted due to Roomba. What should I say in the question to ...
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Why was this question on "Where can I see all my comments on issues on GitHub?" closed by one moderator?

The question Where can I see all my comments on issues on GitHub? was closed by one moderator. The reason given is: This question doesn't meet the current quality standards. Rubén - People First♦ Apr ...
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Why was my question on listing all mails in Outlook closed by a moderator as "needs details or clarity"?

My question How can I see all mails in the Microsoft Outlook web interface (OWA)? (mirror) was closed by a moderator. I chatted with the moderator regarding the closure and I believe the moderator ...
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Why is my PowerPoint question still closed even though I added more details?

My question "How can I disable "small caps" in my text in PowerPoint 365 on the web?" (archive.org snapshot) was closed by a mod as "needs details or clarity." In ...
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Why was this question on searching for [Equation] in a Word 365 online document closed as troubleshooting?

The question How can I search for equations that are displayed as [Equation] instead of the actual equation in a document in Word 365 online? was closed as troubleshooting: I’m voting to close this ...
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Why is this question on canceling an .ics import in Google Calendar kept closed?

Timelime: I asked Cancel .ics import in Google Calendar a few years ago. It was closed a few months ago (I believed due to lack of research). I flagged it for reopening a few days ago (since it was ...
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Why do mods sometimes decide not to follow the community consensus when deciding to keep questions closed?

For example, in the following meta questions, the community consensus is to reopen the corresponding main site questions: In the meta question Why was my question on how to disable "small caps&...
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Why was this question on setting up automatic alerts for new YouTube videos matching keywords closed by a moderator?

This question was closed by a moderator as "needs details or clarity." Can I setup automatic alerts for new YouTube videos that match keywords? I wonder if I can set up a notification for ...
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How to move my profile from Google Account to Stack Exchange Account?

I want to clean up my Google Account with OpenID and move my profile on Stack Exchange (where I sign in with Google Account) to Stack Exchange Profile. Is it possible?
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Web Applications not accepting questions about web applications

Trying to post for the second time a question about HYPERLINKS. First on Stack Overflow, second on Web Applications (because error message said that it is a web-programming-related question). I should ...
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Why was the question "How can I prevent Outlook from automatically placing some emails in the junk folder?" closed as "details or clarity"?

1 mod closed How can I prevent the Microsoft Outlook web interface from automatically placing some emails in the junk folder? as "details or clarity". No comments were left. What's unclear ...
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Should questions asking about the existence of a feature on a website that turns out not to exist be systemically closed or left open?

I asked https://webapps.stackexchange.com/q/170373/18147. The answer seems to be no, it's not possible. One moderator closed the question with the reason: I closed this question because it's a ...
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Make the tag wayback-machine a synonym of archive.org

At the moment, there are two tags on this site wayback-machine and archive.org. archive.org is the older of the two. It has 29 questions at the moment, and it also has a tag-excerpt and a tag-wiki. ...
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How often / how many times am I allowed to remind mods about some pending questions without getting suspended?

From time to time, I ask a question on meta that would benefit from an answer from the mods, but I don't receive any answer from the mods (example 1, example 2) or I'm being told by the mods in the ...
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What percentage of questions posted on WebApps SE end up being deleted?

I see on my WebApps SE profile that I have 160 questions deleted and 343 questions not yet deleted. That means that 32% of my questions end up being deleted (160/(160+343)~=32%). This makes me wonder: ...
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What information is missing to be able to answer this question asking how one can use a dark background theme for the cells for MS Excel 365 (online)?

I asked How can I use a dark background theme for the cells for Microsoft Excel 365 (online)?. The question was closed by a mod who commented: Please edit the question to include the information ...
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What part of the question "How do I schedule a comment on Reddit?" needs details or clarity?

This Sept. 2022 question was closed unilaterally by a mod on 2023-01-26 as “needs details or clarity”: How do I schedule a comment on Reddit? — no comments were left to explain what details or clarity ...
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Why is this question on searching for files with a specific extension and some file size range in Google kept closed?

Since a CM recently stated that showing research is not required, I flagged the question How can I search for files with a specific extension and some file size range in Google? for reopening, but the ...
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Can I work out my question to reopen it?

The close reason given to my just closed question is... let's say not quite entirely correct. Wikipedia mobile app is an open source. Someone with enough knowledge (I don't have it!) could ...
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Why is this question on how to view all the messages one posted in a Slack channel kept closed?

I don't understand why How can I view all the messages I posted in a Slack channel? is kept closed. I posted a meta question about it a few years ago, and the given reason, from my understanding, was ...
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Why did a moderator close this 12-year-old Google Search question yesterday as off-topic when it’s not a web app recommendation?

The question, “Is there a way to search in Google using regular expressions (regex)?”, was posted more than 12 years ago. This question has attracted ~149,000 views, received a positive score of 82, ...
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Website recommendations

A site which would be an obvious migration target for us, Website Recommendations, is barely over 50% committed. Oddly, in the list of six other Stack Exchange sites where the committers are also ...

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