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Let's vote! A project to bring some recognition to neglected content

There are currently 25,412 questions on Web Applications that are not closed or deleted. Of those, 3,979 have no answers at all. Worse, I think, is that there are 2,872 questions with answers, none of ...
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URL shortener cleanup project

For the most part, URL shorteners should not be used here. Their primary benefit—fitting long URLs into artificially scarce text spaces—is of no use here. The Question and Answer spaces are plenty ...
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Cancelling election - let's try something else? Testing three-vote question closure

UPDATE: Thanks for participating in this test! I'll look at the info and see how it went. In the interim, if you have any feedback you'd like to give, there's a place for that here: Feedback request - ...
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2012 Community Moderator Election

The 2012 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2012 Community Moderator Election Results

Web Application's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators is: He'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank him for ...
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Let's not waste time trying to close old unanswered zero-score questions

If a question is a month or more old has the score of 0 has no answer there is no need to close it. If you find it's unclear or otherwise unsuitable for the site, just downvote it. With the score ...
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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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Do we want to reduce the number of votes needed to Close/Reopen questions?

Recently Stack Overflow reduced the number of votes needed to close/reopen questions from 5 to 3 after a successful experiment to see if it was worth it. The results were that it did improve the rate ...
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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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Clean up project: Office 365

I draw your attention to the tag office-365. There seems to be a bit of confusion on what this tag is for. Granted, the description isn't great, but that's fairly easily remedied. A goodly number of ...
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Let's clean up some OS tags

This is Web Apps. Web Apps, by and large, shouldn't care about what a user's underlying operating system is. Still, we have a bunch of questions that are tagged with operating system names. linux x15 ...
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We need a canonical "how do I add/modifyremove tags in my Tumblr theme" question

It seems to me that an awfully large percentage of questions about Tumblr are people trying to customize how or if tags appear in their posts. To wit: Deleted https://webapps.stackexchange.com/...
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Is “needs details or clarity” connected to the help center article on questions that are automatically blocked for not meeting quality standards?

Recently, dozens (!) of old questions have been unilaterally closed in Web Apps SE as “needs details or clarity”, or closed as duplicates of questions also closed as “needs details or clarity”. (Some ...
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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 are all of these Office 365 questions coming from?

It seems that in the last week, there's been quite an increase in the number of questions about Microsoft Office 365 products. (Excel Online, Outlook on the Web, etc.) Don't get me wrong; I think it'...
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2013 Community Moderator Election

The 2013 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2012 Moderator Election: Town Hall Chat

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
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Why do the moderators refuse to clearly state whether showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps.SE?

I don't understand why the moderators refuse to clearly state whether showing research is a requirement when posting a question on WebApps.SE. What I have tried so far: I posted Is showing research ...
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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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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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How to write a tag wiki

There needs to be a guideline of what's the recommended way on Web Applications to write a tag wiki. Feel free to use this post as a starting discussion and eventual future FAQ for WebApps tag wiki ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Why is the Text-Formatting tag actively discouraged?

I recently submitted a question on ruler lines in Google Docs. One of the tags I thought appropriate was text-formatting. But the tag description starts, "Do NOT use this tag" then ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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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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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 did a mod threaten me with a suspension for "continually pinging a mod" whereas I was simply replying comments they made on one of my questions?

On this question, a moderator wrote (emphasis mine): On the main site, comments should not be used to have extended discussions. Please use the Stack Exchange features properly. Also, refrain from ...
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Troubleshooting questions are currently off-topic in this community; should we keep it that way?

A recent question that was migrated from this community to Super User caused a bit of confusion on Super User. The reason is because, as our moderator Rubén politely explained, "Troubleshooting ...
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AWS will be sponsoring Web Applications

We're thrilled to announce that AWS will be sponsoring Web Applications starting on July 22, through December 31. We wanted to give you a heads-up and walk you through what that means. How and where ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Comprehensive question quality blocks now enabled here

See: Comprehensive question quality blocks now enabled everywhere Previously, users whose posts here were generally not well received may have received warnings about them, but were never in danger of ...
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New custom close reason here on meta

I've proposed the following new custom close reason for here on Meta.Webapps: The problem described here can no longer be reproduced. Changes to the system or to the circumstances affecting the ...
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Why was this question asking how to view all the messages one posted in a Slack channel closed by 1 mod?

The question How can I view all the messages I posted in a Slack channel? was closed. It was posted over two years and a half ago, attracted 12,000 views, 24 upvotes and not a single downvote. Why ...
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Do moderators care about the community consensus?

Dozens of questions were unilaterally closed for lack of research by one moderator. However, the community consensus is that lack of research shouldn't be ground for closure or that least, it hasn't ...
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Why was the question “How can I download the form field data for several forms at once in Adobe Sign?” closed by 1 mod as “details or clarity”?

1 mod closed the question How can I download the form field data for several forms at once in Adobe Sign? as "details or clarity". No comments were left. What's unclear or which detail ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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The "new" Top Bar is now active on Web Apps

From New top bar is coming to the Stack Exchange network I’m excited to announce that the top bar design that has been on Stack Overflow for several months is coming soon to the Stack Exchange ...
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I’ve been wrongly accused of spamming, and my answer has been deleted and marked as spam, costing me 100 rep

I answered this on-topic and clear question on Mar. 25, 2023: Can I permanently hide the YouTube chat window? However, a mod unilaterally marked my answer as spam, which resulted in its deletion, and ...
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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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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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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Anyone interested in collaborate to build a "How to ask a question about [google-sheets]" guide/faq?

In 2020 when this question was originally posted and still at the end of February, 2023, google-sheets is the tag with the higher number of questions in Web Applications SE. Unfortunately people ...
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What we should do with formula-screenshot only answers?

In the last year we got a lot of answers that include only a formula and a screenshot to google-sheets questions. I just found an answer to FILTER(condition OR condition) syntax? that include two ...
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Overlapping [export]/[data-liberation]/[migrate-data]/[migration] tags

I draw your attention to the following tags (numbers are of Open Qs): data-liberation x42 migrate-data x35 export x93 migration x20 These would seem to cover virtually the same thing. migration has ...
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Please consider merging [facebook-chat] & [facebook-messages]

If you have enough reputation, please suggest facebook-chat & facebook-messages as synonymous. That is (keep in mind those tags have no descriptions), unless the former means the pop up version ...
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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 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 ...
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Why did I receive a suspension for some action I had done and discussed with a mod over 1 year before the suspension?

I received a 30-day suspension. I was confused by the reason, so I asked on Meta and was told by a mod that the reason was: You should refrain from reposting questions that have been deleted for ...
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