Without going into too much detail - it's not my place to say who may or may not be stepping down - we (the mods) were contacted by the community team for the simple reason that it had been 6 years since the last election.
After a bit of discussion it was decided that, on balance, we did need an election.
Priorities change for people, real life intervenes ...
Web Applications seems to have more than its fair share of "drive by" users; users who ask one question and just disappear. What are your ideas for getting some of those users to stick around and become productive community members? How will you use the moderator tools to do that?
Did this help?
I'd like to see some numbers on the actual number of questions that were closed by the community alone, but I know it's significantly higher than it was for 5 close votes (I can likely count on one hand the number of 5 vote closures we've had in the last few months.
Did it hurt?
No. It kept things a bit neater, eliminating things like ...
To use LINE we have to download/install something, it can't used by typing/clicking a link, so it's off-topic here.
Questions about API's usually are off-topic here.
Because LINE is off-topic here, it doesn't make sense to have a tag for it so, there isn't a easy way to find posts that are about LINE.
Are API questions on topic or off topic?
You are right, questions that ask "why" about internal policies of the companies/development teams behind web applications are off-topic on this site, actually we have a custom close reason for that kind of questions.
Are questions regarding website policies on-topic?
Why we're not customer support for [your favorite company]
Do we need a close ...
As mentioned in comment the question was seen on Reddit, Lobsters, Hacker News which I suspect is responsible for driving the traffic. We can't determine sources of traffic per question so that's about my best guess.
I don't see anything obviously wrong or suspicious.. though I agree about the question being more suitable for Super User and migrated there ...
Discussions about the site on Meta Web Apps always only seem to be among the same two or three users. How will you encourage other regular users to engage on Meta and help drive the direction of the site?
Tl;Dr: Webmail apps that were retired like Google Inbox are off-topic, those that are available are on-topic.
The comments on the referred the question include some hints about what happened in this specific case:
Inbox by Gmail was retired in April, 2019 and is no longer available.
I think that this text was added as a custom close reason, then some "...
If there are fewer than 5 active/willing close voters at any given time on the site, how would you intervene and/or manage the close votes queue?
If it's clear to me that the post is a fair question (no spam / blatantly off-topic) and the question is new new (less than a month) and if there is something that I'm able to suggest I will leave a comment. If ...
We also used to have a custom canned response for "dead" web apps
Questions on applications or application features that are no longer available are off-topic for Web Applications as no one will ever be able to make use of the answers again.
that was replaced recently.
(Oddly, I don't recall seeing any conversation here about changing the canned custom ...
Looking for the top 20 tags on Web Application on the tags page I found that google have 38 questions this year. As most of these questions were "double-tagged" so I removed google from many of them (also I tried to fix other problems, vote to close, post a comment, etc.)
One curious finding was a question about Windows Server that only had google and was ...
Here is a set of general questions, gathered as very common questions asked every election. As mentioned in the instructions, the first two questions are guaranteed to show up in the Q&A, while the others are if there aren't enough questions (or, if you like one enough, you may split it off as a separate answer for review within the community's 8).
The oldest question looks to be
Google sheets split multi-line cell into new rows (+ duplicate surrounding row entries)
IMHO, besides it's the oldest one, it's good as a faq because it already include several well received answers, some include scripts, other include formulas, by the other hand it already is linked to other eight questions.
I'm offering a ...
Tl;Dr: Earn 200 reputation score on one of the sites were you are able to contribute valuable content to gain the 100 association bonus, then when you join a new site like this, will will start from 100 reputation, instead of 1. This is also applied on sites that you are already joined.
I'm very glad to know that you found something helpful and that you ...
I didn't say you are complaining. I just stated my awareness of the fact that:
In order to protect the voting system (people registering just to give fake upvotes) we end up with this "flaw/defect".
I hope your question gets enough attention (2 more upvotes) so you can cast your vote as well. As an alternative you could use meta ("Privilege type: ...
mediawiki-commons at this time it has 0 (zero) questions, actually it is not listed on https://webapps.stackexchange.com/tags so just ignore it.
wikimedia-commons has 4 questions.
ale recently posted Please rename [commons] to [wikimedia-commons]
A possible alternative which would keep the room from freezing and also it would be clear which messages are "fake" - even without having to go and check the content of the message - could be using a bot for this purpose.
Generic bot would post a message after a few days of silence - this would prevent the room from freezing. The message would put the room ...
I propose to have a more "impactful" (for the sake of lacking word) solution. Downvoting may not be sufficient if the existing upvote number is high, or it is accepted. A comment can be buried with the whole thread. Here are some suggestions:
A post notice
An edit at the top, saying it's obsolete
I think everyone should be allowed to do that.
I think we ...