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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'...
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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). ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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, ...
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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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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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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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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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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,...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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'...
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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: ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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,...