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Why does it now take 5 votes to close?

When I vote to close on StackOverflow only one other vote is required to close. On emacs.SE I think it used to be similar (maybe it required 3). Now it seems that it takes 5 votes to close before a ...
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Why is the Emacs chat room so inactive?

I know that Emacs.SE has decent amount of traffic (given question/answer activity), but I wonder, how come the Emacs chat is so unused? I get it's probably a question of preferences, but I just wonder ...
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Not reproducible or was caused by a typo

Could we acquire Stack Overflow's Not reproducible or was caused by a typo community-specific reason for voting to close a question? The description is: While similar questions may be on-topic here, ...
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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 ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Emacs Stack Exchange's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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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, ...
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2021 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 is scheduled for an election next week, 26 April. In ...
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Synonyms for term/terminal/term-mode and ansi-term

term and terminal had verbatim identical tag wikis, so they clearly are intended to be used as synonyms. I think term-mode is also a synonym, as I can't think of a situation where a question would ...
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Make [rg] a synonym of [ripgrep]?

While the actual amount of ripgrep/rg questions is currently rather low (1 exlusive rg, 1 exclusive ripgrep, 1 tagged with both), we should probably nip the usage of both in the bud and make one of ...
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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 ...
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What tag should one use to get a question answered with elisp code?

Using the elisp tag is not appropriate, but what tag should one use when when wants a solution in the form of elisp code, not a setting a custom variable, or a key-sequence, or some other mechanism ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Fix capitalization of Emacs

When I ask to close a question because it's not really about Emacs, the radio-button for that says: This question does not appear to be about emacs, within the scope defined in the help center. ...
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How to limit a search to posts on which I have commented

The scenario is as follows: ISTR a previous question on which I have commented that is relevant to a new question, so I search for the previous question using tags and likely search strings. I get a ...
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How to reduce the number of people misusing the [elisp] tag?

I've noticed that @Drew, especially, ends up spending a lot of time removing the elisp tag from questions, and pointing out its definition to users. I don't feel that there's any other tag which gets ...
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What should the customize tag be used for?

The current definition of the customize tag is: Use this tag for questions about modifying a particular action or task within Emacs. This could probably apply to 90% of the questions on the site. ...
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2020 Potential Moderator Election: Community Interest Check

It's time for us to consider holding an election for moderators for Emacs.SE. The last election we held was back in 2018, and since then two of our moderators have resigned (see their explanations ...
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Moderators: Please replace tag `killing` with `killing-text`

To prevent confusion, facilitate search, etc., would a moderator please replace (add synonym, then merge appropriately) the tag killing with the better name killing-text? "Killing" in Emacs can also ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Inappropriate text to show user about a too-short question?

See How to show all function in a js file?. We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer; explain why your answer is right, ideally ...
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Please advise on question marked "too broad" concerning indentation

This question has been put on hold as "too broad" by Drew: The question is too broad. 1) One question per question, please. Please split this into 2 (or more) questions. 2) Please just ask how 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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Community Promotion Ads — 2019 [duplicate]

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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How to format code blocks

How can I post a block of Emacs Lisp code? How can I post some buffer content including special characters and not have them interpreted as markup?
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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 do I get notified when new answers or comments appear on certain questions?

How can I get an email notification whenever new answers or comments appear to certain questions that I'm interested in?
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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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What about Adding org-syntax as Alternative Native Markup for Questions and Answers on Emacs.SE Website

History When submitting questions and answers to the Emacs.SE , I usually write the text in org-syntax which I export into markdown syntax in a buffer and paste into the website forms. On GitHub and ...
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