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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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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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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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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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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 ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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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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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 ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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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 ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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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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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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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 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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What do we want to show as our target audience?

Since the discussion about the intended audience started, a network-wide moderation strike, a moderator election, and a discussion about a site policy. This post is a follow-up intended to reactivate ...
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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 ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Who wants to join the "question reopen club"? [closed]

Unfortunately, there are very few active regular users with +3k rep, which is the minimum threshold for a regular user to cast reopen votes. As a result, questions are almost never reopened by the ...
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According to the statistics, Facebook users have moved from desktop to mobile

To be crystal clear, this doesn't include new or changes to existing rules or workings. I'm sharing thoughts, providing guidance and making requests. By making a request, I mean that you can take the ...
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A task for the task jar: Passwords are being replaced by passkeys

Google has announced that passkeys will be turned on by default. Passwordless by default: Make the switch to passkey We might need to review How do I recover my Google account, password, or username? ...
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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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Another task for the task jar: Close questions about defuncted web applications

According to The Web Application Graveyard, created in 2015 by ale, questions on applications or application features that are no longer available are off-topic for Web Applications as no one will ...
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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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A task for the task jar: Clean up facebook questions and tags as they are bumped by Community user

This is about the intersection of several concerns and because it's related to one of my ignored tags. I will not be ignoring it so much, anymore. Hourly bumps by Community user of neglected posts (...
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How shall we request the reopening of questions closed due to lack of research?

As mentioned by SpencerG on https://webapps.meta.stackexchange.com/a/5142/18147: including research in a question is not required for question asking on Web Apps. and: closed questions can be ...
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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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Google-Fu recent changes

Today, looking at Google-Fu chatroom info, I noticed that our newest elected moderator was not a chatroom owner, so I added him. Sorry, Blind Spots, for the delay. This led me to think about the ...
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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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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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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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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 was our site's 13-year-old, very first question closed by a moderator 4 days ago as "needs details or clarity" without a clear explanation?

Web Applications Stack Exchange's very first question "How do I delete my Facebook account?" was posted more than 13 years ago: I don't trust Facebook's new privacy settings and have ...
galacticninja's user avatar
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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 are some discussions about question reopening hold in private chatrooms?

I've recently noticed that some discussions about question reopening hold in private chatrooms. Example 1: Reopen "What do the red dashed lines mean in Google Maps?": This question (...
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Why have several of my answers to meta posts been permanently locked?

Recently, a moderator, Rubén ♦, locked several of my answers to meta posts (three were permanently locked) as “There are disputes about this answer’s content being resolved at this time.” Those ...
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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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Reopen "What do the red dashed lines mean in Google Maps?"

The question What do the red dashed lines mean in Google Maps? was closed, but I don't see a reason why it should stay that way. While it may have been unclear in its first revision, I edited to make ...
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Why was my question on how to disable "small caps" in one's text in PowerPoint 365 closed as "esoteric" by a mod? [closed]

I see that my question https://webapps.stackexchange.com/q/171637/18147 (mirror 1, mirror 2, mirror 3) was closed as "esoteric" by a mod. I don't understand for 2 reasons: There is nothing ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Why are questions asking about the actions of one moderator closed by this moderator as opinion-based? Aren't mod decisions supposed to be objective? [duplicate]

Title: Why are questions asking about the actions of one moderator closed by this moderator as opinion-based? Aren't moderation decisions supposed to be objective? The meta questions: Why was my ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Why did a mod delete my answer about Google Calendar?

This answer to my question How can I change Google calendar to view all 24 hours for each day in the week view mode, without having to scroll? was deleted by a mod. Currently, it is not possible to ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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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 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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2023 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #6 on Web Applications has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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Late answers about Web Apps that no longer exist

Interested in feedback regarding my review of a late answer to this 8-year-old question, How I can get Hangouts notifications on my phone even if I have it open in my PC For google chat, if you ...
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