Questions tagged [discussion]

The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

47 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
76 votes
0 answers
2k views

Congratulations! Emacs is graduating!

It's a big day. You've been cleared for graduation by the Stack Exchange Community Team! Emacs met our threshold for graduation-worthy sites and after a review, the Community Team determined that you'...
Grace Note's user avatar
  • 101
45 votes
0 answers
3k views

I am resigning as a moderator

I am stepping down as a moderator, and you deserve to know why. I cannot condone actions that the company has recently taken (behind close doors, although I expect more will become public soon). ...
Gilles 'SO- stop being evil''s user avatar
29 votes
0 answers
2k views

I'm resigning from moderating on Stack Exchange

Considering (not so) recent events that have taken place on Stack Exchange, along with how they're handled (boilerplate response from staff), I am resigning. Things that have happened here make me not ...
user avatar
28 votes
0 answers
468 views

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, ...
JNat's user avatar
  • 101
18 votes
0 answers
247 views

Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
Jon Ericson's user avatar
8 votes
0 answers
153 views

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. ...
Dan's user avatar
  • 33k
7 votes
0 answers
47 views

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 ...
Gilles 'SO- stop being evil''s user avatar
6 votes
0 answers
85 views

Do we take questions on "helper" programs?

We're an Emacs Q&A site, but there's a grey area (to me, at least) about questions on external programs that are closely related to our use of Emacs, but which are not actually Emacs. In effect, ...
Dan's user avatar
  • 33k
5 votes
0 answers
94 views

Announcing an election for April 2021

Summary: Emacs Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for an election on April 26 to bring in two more moderators. The timeline: Starting on April 19, the Community Team will post a question ...
JNat's user avatar
  • 101
5 votes
0 answers
50 views

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 ...
phils's user avatar
  • 51.1k
5 votes
0 answers
69 views

Are questions about other Emacs-like editors on-topic?

I'm currently investigating in edwin, an Emacs-like editor bundled with MIT Scheme. The very moment I've tried to start it up, I've found an interesting question for the Stackexchange, but am not ...
wasamasa's user avatar
  • 22.2k
4 votes
0 answers
49 views

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 ...
Shog9's user avatar
  • 101
4 votes
0 answers
62 views

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!
Dan's user avatar
  • 33k
4 votes
0 answers
210 views

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 ...
JNat's user avatar
  • 101
4 votes
0 answers
107 views

2016 Community Moderator Election

The 2016 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,...
3 votes
0 answers
26 views

The site description should indicate what Emacs actually is

Although What THE heck are emacs? may not have been a genuine question, it did make me realise that newcomers to the site aren't told what Emacs is. As StackExchange sites like to show people ...
phils's user avatar
  • 51.1k
3 votes
0 answers
46 views

2023 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #4 on Emacs 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 volunteering and ...
Catija's user avatar
  • 101
3 votes
0 answers
42 views

Edit improves code without explanation

I just rejected an edit on this answer: https://emacs.stackexchange.com/a/61524/262 The edit looks ok, but it changed apparently working code without explanation. The proposed edit is cleaner, and ...
Tyler's user avatar
  • 22.3k
3 votes
0 answers
89 views

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 ...
YoungFrog's user avatar
  • 3,526
3 votes
0 answers
35 views

Vote in the moderator elections!

VOTE! As of this posting, there are 2 hours to go in the moderator elections. There are 516 people eligible to vote, of whom 121 have voted, for a turnout rate of 23%. That's pretty low: let's fix ...
Dan's user avatar
  • 33k
3 votes
0 answers
49 views

Uniformity in tag description

Today I went to add a description for a new tag. I wanted to follow the same general pattern in writing this description, but I found that since tags had been probably described by several different ...
wvxvw's user avatar
  • 11.4k
3 votes
0 answers
62 views

Tag for certain kinds of visual interface customization

I'm wondering how to tag How do I display line numbers in emacs (not in the mode line)? It was originally tagged customization, but that's a really bad tag name. It can easily be confused with Emacs'...
Gilles 'SO- stop being evil''s user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
11 views

"Intentionally awkward" Usage Guidance text for some tags

I'm not sure how many tags follow this pattern, but I just noticed these two: https://emacs.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/org-mode https://emacs.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/org-agenda ...
phils's user avatar
  • 51.1k
2 votes
0 answers
41 views

Upcoming moderator elections

As a heads up, we're going to be holding a diamond moderator election pretty soon for the Emacs Stack Exchange site. I wanted to take this opportunity to explain what will be happening and how you can ...
Dan's user avatar
  • 33k
2 votes
1 answer
95 views

Should the [history] tag be split?

When I look at the [history] tag, I see at least three senses of that word being mashed together: History: The 43 year long story of emacs History: a record of user input; previous commands History: ...
daveloyall's user avatar
  • 1,300
2 votes
0 answers
152 views

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 ...
Jon Ericson's user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
48 views

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/...
Dan's user avatar
  • 33k
1 vote
2 answers
19 views

Should a greater percentage of questions be closed?

It seems that emacs.SE has one of the lowest percentages of closed questions, among all SE sites. 2022: a year in closing Does that mean a greater number of questions aren't bad enough to be closed? ...
Drew's user avatar
  • 77.5k
1 vote
0 answers
29 views

Middle Sidebar Advertising

As you all know, advertising is an important source of revenue for Stack Overflow and it helps us support all the sites across the Stack Exchange Network and the resources that go into maintaining and ...
Rosie's user avatar
  • 101
1 vote
0 answers
33 views

2023 Community Moderator Election

The 2023 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, ...
1 vote
0 answers
41 views

2023 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Emacs Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, 2023-...
Catija's user avatar
  • 101
1 vote
0 answers
13 views

How about a `macOS` tag?

We've got an osx tag and an mac tag. The Emacs community is nothing if not pedantic ;), and Apple renamed it to macOS in 2016, so why not a fold them both into a singular macOS tag?
nega's user avatar
  • 3,221
1 vote
0 answers
36 views

2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 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, ...
1 vote
1 answer
94 views

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 ...
JNat's user avatar
  • 101
1 vote
0 answers
36 views

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, ...
Shog9's user avatar
  • 101
1 vote
0 answers
23 views

What should the install tag mean

I notice the install tag doesn't have a wiki, so I thought I would try to put one together. However, I'm not sure what it should be. It looks like most of the questions with the install tag refer to ...
Tyler's user avatar
  • 22.3k
1 vote
0 answers
27 views

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 ...
Tyler's user avatar
  • 22.3k
1 vote
0 answers
35 views

Are questions about the "Emacs toolchain" acceptable?

are questions about programs from the "Emacs toolchain" allowed? Specifically, would a question about Texinfo be acceptable, given that it's a standard format for writing Emacs documentation? I ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
26 views

Tags for [invocation], [start-up] and [command-line-arguments]

I was looking for a tag for a question about getting Emacs to do something at startup based on the command line arguments. I didn't find any so I created command-line-arguments. As I was looking for ...
Gilles 'SO- stop being evil''s user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
21 views

What tag wiki do we use for [emacs-internals]?

Also see: A tag for internal features? As per the discussion above, we've created the emacs-internals tag. However, this tag needs a more solid definition of what it applies to. Currently, we ...
Malabarba's user avatar
  • 23.2k
0 votes
0 answers
4 views

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 ...
JNat's user avatar
  • 101
0 votes
1 answer
15 views

how to redirect questions to other SE sites?

Every so often I come across question that I want to flag as "more appropriate at another SE site", but the only option is our "meta". What can we do to get things changed so that ...
nega's user avatar
  • 3,221
0 votes
0 answers
11 views

2022: 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 ...
JNat's user avatar
  • 101
0 votes
0 answers
12 views

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 ...
JNat's user avatar
  • 101
0 votes
0 answers
27 views

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 ...
JNat's user avatar
  • 101
0 votes
0 answers
39 views

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 ...
Drew's user avatar
  • 77.5k
0 votes
0 answers
33 views

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,...