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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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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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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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We need more upvotes!

Quite frankly, I think that this site lacks some upvoting habit. (For the record, looking for a duplicate on meta, I found this post from january, whose comments suggested starting a thread for this ...
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Welcome to your Emacs site!

You might remember my post last week which confused and troubled a lot of you. I wasn't clear enough then, so I hope you'll let me try again: We love Emacs and we love empowering people to build Q&...
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Should we use the <kbd> tag or not?

NOTE: Before commenting here, please see May we settle on using backticks for key descriptions? When describing key bindings, should it be preferable to use C-x instead of C-x? That is, use the <...
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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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Emacs questions from Stack Overflow or Super User

What is the policy for questions that are already asked on Stack Overflow, Super User, or something similar? I've got a few questions over there that are unanswered (and some answered but I'm not ...
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Let's write a general “Something stopped working, here's my init file” question

It's been mentioned here before. This type of question is the most frequent one we get around here. Something is not behaving as it should, and the asker either gives us nothing or dumps their entire ...
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Who should our moderators be? [duplicate]

This site has been in public beta for a week, and it'll soon be time for us to get moderators. During the beta period, moderators are selected by Stack Exchange staff (there will be elections once the ...
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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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Adding `language: lang-el` to code blocks is not adding syntax highlighting for elisp

Per What is syntax highlighting and how does it work?, it would appear that adding <!-- language: lang-el --> prior to code blocks in Emacs should enable syntax highlighting. Unfortunately it ...
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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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State of the Beta

TL;DR: we're doing pretty well, but there's more to do This is a "state of the beta" post. It's purpose is to provide an update of where we stand and, ultimately, to solicit ideas on what else we ...
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Status check after one year in beta

Emacs.SE has now been in Beta for one full year (birthday cake)! For users: what outstanding issues (long-running, or recently-arising) are there that we could do to improve? For the powers that ...
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Will we be promoted from “public beta” to “full site”?

As of 2014-10-21, according to the Area51 page for emacs.SE, we are somewhere between "good/healthy" and "needs work" for four out of five metrics listed there. Does this fact require attention? Are ...
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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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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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About packages (in particular AUCTeX or ESS)

Are all questions about Emacs packages suitable for this page? What about packages as, for example, AUCTeX or ESS? On TeX.SE we already see several questions related to AUCTeX. Are such questions ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

Emacs's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 3 new moderators are: They'll be replacing the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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Let's get critical: Apr 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Emacs Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what will ...
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Are questions about getting emacs-like behavior in other things on topic?

This is probably a slippery slope, since there are questions of this form which are clearly off topic ("I really like package X in emacs. How do I get that in Sublime?"). But I'm wondering if ...
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What is emacs.superfaq.net thing?

Here is what I have found with help of my search engine: http://emacs.superfaq.net/ Is it legal? They even copy StackExchange logo. Also, users may try to login into this thing by mistake revealing ...
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Tune syntax highlighting based on a per-site content-based rule

Stack Exchange's syntax highlighting engine (which is based on Google Prettify) has some heuristics to choose between programming languages when highlighting a block of code. That doesn't work so well ...
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Winter Bash 2014: the “Yays” have it!

I received an email today from a Stack Exchange Community Manager: As another year draws to a close, we wanted to do something fun and lighthearted with our communities, as a way of celebrating the ...
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Experimental self-evaluation: July 2015

Emacs—Stack Exchange has really grown in the last 302 days. We've simplified the graduation criteria lately and Emacs.SE is starting to reach that bar. However, I'm still wonderering whether ...
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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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Would we prefer [dotemacs], [.emacs], [init.el] or [init-file]?

Obviously, we only need a single tag referring to the init file. Currently, there are several questions using dotemacs (which is a fine name), and one using init (which is less fine, but it might be ...
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Why aren't YOU a candidate in the moderator elections?

There is an election going on to choose our community moderators, replacing the current moderators who were appointed by Stack Exchange by moderators chosen by the community. (The current moderators ...
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How should we typeset cursors and marks in examples?

How can we format cursors and marks in examples? I recently answered How to add a prefix to every line?, which illustrated rectangular sections. To make it clearer, I needed to show where the mark and ...
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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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Should a minimal effort to find the answer be required for a question?

See this exchange in the comments, about closing the question. I would like to see, as a possible reason to close a question, a judgment as to whether the OP made a minimal effort to find the answer. ...
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What if the Emacs stack exchange had emacs bindings?

Example: C-n - next question C-p - previous question C-s - search for question Probably over the top, but I thought I'd ask. :)
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Guidelines for external packages in answers

With the advent of package.el and external package repos such as MELPA, Emacs has an increasingly vague notion of what's "built-in". What should the guidelines be regarding answers that reference ...
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Should we have a [big-list] tag similar to TeX.se?

In the spirit of being bold, I created a tag parallelling TeX.se's big-list, where there are 85 questions tagged that way, some with over 100K views. The clone I created on Emacs.SE is here: big-list,...
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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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Creating a generic response for debugging init files

I've noticed a common theme in questions that are really about how to debug user init files. Examples: "S" key throws error in Evil mode normal state Certain symbols resulting in really ...
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May we settle on using backticks for key descriptions?

EDIT I have now accepted the answer at the, other question. When rejecting edits which go the wrong way, link to that question. Overall, I have no plans of editing questions/answers to change the ...
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How do we deal with questions without an accepted answer?

I've observed that old questions with answers that were confirmed to solve the questioner's problem as indicated in the comments or self-answered, yet not marked as accepted. After a sufficient ...
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How should we name our chat room?

The name of our chat room is currently just "Emacs". How should we name it?
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The [gnu-emacs] tag

I noticed today that we have a few questions tagged gnu-emacs. Should we delete this tag, or keep it? I have no question that tags about specific variants (maybe even builds) are ok. I just wonder ...
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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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Shall we abolish the [configuration] tag?

The configuration tag is a bit of a mess right now. Click the button and see for yourself. It seems to be used for essentially anything, and seeing the tag gives me no information on what the ...
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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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Tag synonyms for emacsclient

I noticed some inconsistencies in the way the server tag is being used, sometimes in reference to using Emacs as an edit-server, and sometimes in reference to other kinds of servers. It also may be ...
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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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Not yet ready for public beta [closed]

Last week, I mentioned: This private beta needs to demonstrate that a dedicated site opens the door for questions that can't survive on our flagship site. In order to evaluate the site on those ...
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Is the current favicon the best we can do?

The current favicon is a bit vague: a speech bubble containing the letters "EM". It's okay once you know what it is, but it doesn't really suggest "Emacs" to me. (No offense intended to whoever made ...

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