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Replace desktop tag with desktop-save-mode?

I just took a look through the desktop tag, and almost all of the questions relate to desktop-save-mode. However, the word “desktop” is pretty general, and there were a handful of questions that used ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Does my question belong here or should it be migrated elsewhere?

I asked this question several days ago and the question only has 5 views (probably several, maybe even all of which are me). So I'm wondering if the low views means the question is better off ...
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2018: a year in moderation

A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in that we amortize the overall moderation cost ...
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New background highlighting of code?

Is there a new (e.g. grayish) background highlighting for code now? I get the impression that there is and that syntax highlighting does not stand out as well against it as it stood out before. I ...
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Emacs updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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Are questions about the OS package-manager on-topic when the package in question is Emacs?

Case in point being downgrading emacs which sounds to me like a question about the Fedora distribution of GNU/Linux -- but that may well be of interest to other Emacs users who run Fedora. We do have ...
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How to mark questions as answered which are answered in comments?

In two cases my questions were answered in comments. How to mark these questions as answered? I could copy the comment to an answer and mark the answer as accepted but since the answer is'nt mine ...
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How should I answer my own question if I have two solutions?

I have, with help, managed to solve my own question. However, the solution I came up with was short (~15 lines of code) and perhaps more transparent -- at least for someone at my level. Then, I got ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Emacs's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for volunteering, ...
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Is the norm on this site that posters should complete the elisp tutorial before asking questions?

As suggested in this answer. If so, it would be useful to have that guidance on the ask page, as it's a much stronger norm than most SE sites.
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On this SE, does a duplicate answer necessarily imply a duplicate question?

Earlier today I asked this question and received an answer in comments. I suggested the commenter post the comment as an answer, and another commenter said not to do that because my question was a ...
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Vote in the 2018 moderator election!

We have an election for a new moderator going on right now. Check out the candidates' answers to the Q&A, and then go vote!
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2018 Moderator Election - We need more candidates!

The nomination phase of the moderator elections was scheduled to end now. However, in order for the election to proceed, it is necessary to have at least one more candidate running than there are ...
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Why haven't you nominated yourself to be moderator yet?

We need candidates! Hey team. We have a moderator election starting on Monday, October 1. As of Sunday, September 30, we have 0 (that's zero) candidates. Get with it and nominate yourself. ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 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 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

emacs is scheduled for an election starting next week, September 24th, for 1 slot (based off of the community interest check). In connection with that election, we will be hosting a Q&A here for ...
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2018 Potential Moderator Election Community Interest Check

Since the last election, the Community Team's noticed that the bulk of the flag handling's been mostly done by two moderators. We have systems in place to remove inactive moderators, but since we ...
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Etiquette when mentioning an idea in an answer that was previously mentioned in a comment

What to with an answer that is a direct copy of a previous comment? like this case
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PSA: please flag spam as spam

Emacs is not a topic where many people have something to sell. So we don't get topical spam on this site. But as with any website that accepts external contributions, we get generic spam. When you ...
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What is the etiquette to ask an already asked question without an accepted answer?

This question is very similar to the question asked in https://meta.stackoverflow.com/q/349802/ except the bold text If there exists a question in that has an answer but not an accepted answer and ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Scratch the chatroom name, change it to Emacs Chat

Problem: chat is empty The main chat for the site frequently freezes due to infrequent usage. I want more people to use it. But I think the name is the source of the problem. Looking the room up ...
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How hard should we enforce elisp coding conventions in posts on this site?

Q: How strenuously should we enforce elisp coding conventions on this site? Users (often new-ish to Emacs) sometimes post code snippets in questions or answers that clash with pretty well-established ...
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Rename tag [fileset] -> [filesets]

I believe I just created the tag fileset when editing tags for How to add several files to a fileset at once with a regular expression? and then realised that filesets seemed more appropriate (the ...
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Closing questions as too local

This question has been around for 6 months without response from the asker: https://emacs.stackexchange.com/questions/23906/gmail-via-web-is-ok-but-via-gnus-is-not-working-why-and-how-to-fix It ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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“Ask Emacs” is right way to start answers?

Emacs is, as everyone knows, self documented lisp environment with very good Info system built-in. Given that, is it good way to start an answer with "Ask Emacs"? I'm referring What's the ...
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Shall we participate in Winter Bash 2016?

It's that time of year again: Winter Bash/hat time! Here's the summary: Winter Bash is an annual event that can run on any Stack Exchange site that chooses to participate. Users have fun by ...
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How should 'print be printed?

We currently have 13 questions tagged print, covering: Printing to paper, or writing output to a file that is meant to be printed on paper (PDF or PostScript): 1 2 3 4 5 6 Converting a Lisp object to ...
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Proposing a tag synonym for org-mode <— org

There are currently 36 questions tagged with org, all of which, as far as I can tell, refer to org-mode, which already has a tag org-mode with 1,421 questions. Can we synonymize the two?
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Are questions about configuring an Operating System to work better specifically with Emacs on-topic?

Specifically, this question: Keycode for Shift + Return on OS X iterm2 The user wants to configure OSX (which would normally be off-topic), but that configuration is specifically for Emacs. In this ...
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Nickname for Emacs users?

Is there a nickname that Emacs users use to refer to themselves or other users that heavily use Emacs and/or are proficient in Emacs? For example, Python programmers can be called "Pythonistas", which ...
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Should we kill or yank some copy-paste tags?

We have multiple tags about copy-paste, I mean about killing and yanking. Should some of them be synonyms? Should some of them be renamed, deleted, or disambiguated? killing (5): only used on ...
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Canonical Q&A for “how to change keybindings?”

We get a steady drip of questions, usually by new users, asking how to bind keys in various modes. These questions mostly take the same basic form of "how do I change the keybindings in mode X/evil/...
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I have question about key bindings for emacs in OS X. Ask in emacs stack exchange? Or not?

I have a question about key bindings for emacs in OS X. Is the emacs stack exchange an appropriate place to it?
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Emacs — Top User Swag!

We want to congratulate and thank everyone that helped this site and community grow healthily into what they are today! If you can find your name among the top 72 users in the first two pages here, ...
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Duplicate questions on different Stack Exchange sites?

What should I do when I find duplicate or similar questions on the different sections (like emacs.stackexchange.com and stackoverflow.com)? Examples: How do I open a non-readable file from inside ...
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Propose [pairing] be defined as pair programming

In my experience "pairing" is used colloquially to refer to pair programming and I suggest that this is the presumptive meaning in the context of Emacs. Current [pairing] usage: 2/5 about pair ...
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When should the tag 'elisp be used?

When should the elisp tag be used? In your answers, please provide: A description of when the tag should be used and when it shouldn't be used. Some actual examples of questions where the tag should ...
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Should the “How to Ask” box on the “Ask question” form include some kind of “show the actual error message” recommendation?

It would be helpful if there was a recommendation along the lines of "if you are experiencing an error, please copy and paste the full error message into your question" (along with a link to a more ...
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New Site Design Live! — Update: Response to feedback

Update May 26, 2016 Thanks for all your feedback. Please continue to provide further feedback if you have it. Based on the comments I've received so far, here are the updates that you should see ...
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Revise wording of elisp tag description

The current content of the elisp tag definition is: Do NOT use this just because your question (or potential answers) involves elisp snippets. Use this for questions about Emacs Lisp as a ...
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Emacs Site Design (With an updated logo and colors!)

UPDATE: MAY 19, 2016 Thank you to everyone who took the time to review and provide feedback. Based on the comments and posts below, here are the changes that are being made to the design: Logo ...
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Why does emacs.stackexchange.com does not have a logo like superuser.com?

Actually there are two questions for discussion: Why there are stack exchange sites with names like superuser.com and stackoverflow.com, whereas emacs forum has emacs.stackexchange.com - rather ...
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Community Site Design Ideas — Input Needed!

My name is Joshua, and I'm a Senior Product Designer at Stack Overflow. And, congrats, I will be working on your community's site design. Huzzah! Okay now for the questions. As I begin the design, I'...
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Tags for buffer/file/dir local variables

One question I saw today had the following four tags attached to it : file-local-variables, local-variables, buffer-local, directory-local-variables. It seemed a bit overkill to me, but I don't know ...
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Header graphics and logo

There is a long time since Emacs.SE went out of beta. When will there be header graphics for the site and a logo like the other SE sites?
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Uniquify display name?

I was browsing through emacs.SE and came across this post: disable whitespace mode on new buffers The odd thing is that the OP is Drew ( https://emacs.stackexchange.com/users/11330/drew ) and that ...