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What's the difference between a website and a web app?

First order of business: this is for the FAQ. How would you define the difference between a "website" and a "web application?" What makes a site a "web app?" We're going to need a clear, concise ...
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Trello is making its users think we're a bug tracker or place for feature requests

If you've been watching the bloody shores as much as the rest of the regular users, you'll notice the uptick in trello questions since their launch. For the general, "how do I make this work" things ...
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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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Webapps.stackexchange.com versus Nothingtoinstall.com

Related StackOverflow Blog post: Domain Names: The Wrong Question Nothing to Install is a fine name, probably one of the best in the network. Yet, it's confusing to have half the people talking about ...
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Design Ideas for Web Applications Site (updated with screenshots)

Hi all. I'm Jin and I'll be working on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflects its topic. However, ...
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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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Double standards on web app recommendation questions? [duplicate]

Yes... the webapp-rec problem again. Over the past few months we have put a wall up against new questions and deleted some of the old ones. But that's some not all, so seeing that we have been here ...
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What does voting mean and why is it important?

Now that we have graduated out of beta status, the rep requirement levels have bumped up to that of a normal site. This is expected, and a good thing. However, our users' rep levels are not high ...
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Steel your resolve, Trello is upon us and we are flooded

In the span of a day, or little under/over that, there have been over a dozen questions about the newest web app on the block, trello. The first handful were from users trying it out with fellow Web ...
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Are questions about "adult" web apps on or off topic?

Would it be appropriate to have questions about adult-themed apps that potentially could contain links to such 18+ sites (in answers or questions)? Just asking 8] Return to what should our FAQ ...
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Proposal to clean up the scope of the site: Is your question about using a specific web application?

The line between on-topic and off-topic questions has always been on the soft side here. As time goes on, we seem to get further and further away from a concrete line or simple definition of what is ...
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My {insert email web app here} account has been hacked!!!1!1!!1 Halp!!!11!1!one!

It seems that we're seeing a rash of questions from people whose email accounts have been compromised (or to which they've otherwise lost access). More common is the non-answer Answer of "me too!" (...
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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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New Design Launched

Hi guys, The wait is over! As you can see the new design has been applied and nothingtoinstall.com is live. I'd like to address a few issues. captcha image There were a few suggestions from the ...
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The Web Application Graveyard

We've all been there. A beloved or essential application shuts down. Maybe they ran out of money. Maybe they merged with another company. Maybe they just got bored. In any event, the app is no longer ...
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Is asking "is there a webapp for x" on topic?

These questions struck me as way off topic from the home page, but perhaps the question really was intended to be "is there a web app for this." Is this type of question considered on topic? How can ...
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Webapps Stack Exchange swag for top users

As a thank you for being awesome, if you are on page 1 of … https://webapps.stackexchange.com/users?tab=reputation&filter=all … we'll be sending you a little care package shortly: ...
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Clean up a thon contest! [closed]

Kicking off the activity by introducing an idea brought up by JohnC. Clean up a thon!!! Cleaning's an art. My mop is my paintbrush. Our answer rate has dropped to 87% which may seem great but it's ...
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What do we do with answers that are outdated?

Due to the transient nature of web application features, many of the answers on WebApps can quickly become outdated. Example 1 Part of accepted answer no longer applies: How to send email with ...
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WebApps Second Anniversary Contest

Congratulations on making it two years as a graduated site! Such an occasion should be honored -- so we're running a little anniversary event here to celebrate your second birthday. How do I ...
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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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Is there a lack of voting on Web Applications?

I have noticed that there is a lack of voting on answers and questions. There needs to be something that encourages people to upvote useful answers, or upvote good questions. I've personally seen ...
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Define "web application"

Do we have a good definition for "web application"?
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Why aren't people voting? How can we get people to get more engaged?

I've been noticing a trend here where it seems that people just aren't voting. It's the 11th of October, and a grand total of three people have managed to vote more than 10 times during that span. ...
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Where are users getting the impression that we are Gmail's help portal from?

Probably at least once a day, we have users coming to the site and creating posts about forgotten Gmail passwords, trouble with logging in, etc. Anecdotally, many of these posts seem to be written ...
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We need to git rid of [git]

I draw your attention to the git tag and its 27 questions. Git is in no wise a web application. There are a number of web applications (github, bitbucket) with which Git can be used, and we have tags ...
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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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The Tour appears to give contradictory advice about browser questions

The tour instructs new users: Ask about... Browsers and their features relating to the use of a web application (Greasemonkey scripts for a web application, etc.) and later Don't ask about... ...
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Are Stack Exchange sites web apps?

Are Stack Exchange sites web apps? And if so, is it appropriate to ask questions on this site about how to use them? Or do we make them go to the relevant meta site? If we redirect them, why don't ...
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Can we put the kibosh on "Is X Service down" questions?

Exhibit A: https://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/58405/is-youtube-analytics-down On the face of it, it seems on-topic because it is about a web application and, further, would seem to have a ...
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How do we promote knowledgeable people to answer questions here on Web Applications

On the 18th of July 2012, I asked my first question on Stack Overflow. The Google Developer Relations Team had announced that Stack Overflow would be the place for Google Apps Script questions. There ...
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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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Is 'icons' a good tag?

I draw your attention to icons. On the (currently) 10 questions with that tag... 1 is about emoji in Gmail subject lines 2 are about emoticons in Facebook 3 are about icons in Trello 1 is a request ...
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Site design update

As you can see, Web Applications community site got a slight design update today. I have moved site's CSS to a newly refactor LESS system, so it's easier for us to fix SE network CSS bugs globally ...
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Google Apps is now "G Suite"

https://www.google.com/gsuite or, if you prefer, https://gsuite.google.com/ Introducing G Suite from Google Cloud. A set of intelligent apps including Gmail, Docs, Drive and Calendar to connect the ...
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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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Webapps, where (my) questions fail to get an answer

I am relatively new in the arena of Stack Exchange sites. My oldest subscription is at Stack Overflow and is only ten months old. Now I subscribe to six sites. I am still amazed by the beauty of ...
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Web Applications Moderator Cards

We recently printed some business cards for our Stack Exchange employees and they turned out great. It got us thinking: our sites' moderators have been working hard to keep our sites high quality for ...
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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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Web Applications Anniversary Contest [closed]

The Contest is now closed Please check back later for updates here or on chat for the winners If you were following from Celebrating our Birthday, we would like to have a contest so here it is!!! ...
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Moderator nominations [closed]

Should we be selecting moderators for the site? Given Jeff's answer I hereby open up this question for moderator nominations. Each nomination should be a separate answer. Link the name to the user's ...
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How should questions about defunct services be handled?

I was revisiting my reputation history tonight and came across an answer I submitted to a question about Aardvark, a social Q&A service that Google closed down during its "More Wood Behind Fewer ...
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Is this site not running as well as it deserves?

I noticed a relatively new user posted this in a question about the performance of this site. When asking How does one prevent Facebook from automatically combining uploaded photos in the timeline?, ...
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2013 Moderator Election Results

Web Applications' third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: He'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank him for volunteering, ...
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Celebrating our Birthday

Happy Birthday!!! It's been suggested we have a competition to celebrate our first birthday. In a similar format to Super User, the contest would most likely last two weeks and there will be prizes ...
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How do we handle one hit answers pimping own sites?

I've noticed that due to the nature of the site, Web Apps tends to get a lot of one-hit answers from people pushing their own sites. For example: Is there a web-based VNC? Looking a look at the ...
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The demise of Hotmail

We're already seeing some...colorful, fallout due to Microsoft forcing everyone off of the Hotmail interface onto Outlook.com. Will it be worthwhile to go and close (most) hotmail questions as "Too ...
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WebApps Birthday Celebration?

Did you know WebApps' anniversary of its graduation is coming up on 30 September? Congratulations! How about a fun activity to stir things up a little? After a year of great Q&A, we'd like the ...
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Blogging is not good, it's Awesome [closed]

Blogging is not just a good thing, it is an excellent way for us to actually expand our traffic and Make the Internet a better place. Now, we are currently trying to get a WebApps blog created for us ...
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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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