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Please remove the “drag-and-drop” image uploader and replace it by a regular input element with type “file”

I'm sorry for the rough language, but this "feature" is one of the most retarded features that Stack Exchange implemented in years. I rarely use the mouse, and equally rarely use the GUI file manager. ...
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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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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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How does one properly give a higher score to interesting/funny questions?

I'm as serious as the next guy, when I have to be, and regrettably, Emacs.stackexchange.com is not a humour site. Unfortunately, the more seriously I must regard myself, the less serious, sometimes, ...
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Unicorns are eating Emacs' daisies [closed]

I was pleased, one morning, to read THIS: Welcome to Emacs Stack Exchange “The human race has only one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. The moment it arises, all our hardnesses yield, ...
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“emacs-c” tag for talking about Emacs's own C?

I noticed that there is a tag "c" but I assume that is meant to describe questions/posts having to do with "using Emacs to write C code" rather than "understanding and patching the C code that ...
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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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Emacs-as-OS versus Emacs-as-IDE?

This is partly an inverse to the question Are questions about getting emacs-like behavior in other things on topic? In particular, I'm looking at the remark in one of the answers there: What ...
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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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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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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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Type of community to expect

I was actually extremely excited about the emacs community but that was short lived when I asked my first question which showed what I have done so it was not just a problem statement begging for help....
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Guidance re what is on topic here?

This doesn't say a whole lot: https://emacs.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic Is that deliberate? Did I miss the section that says what's on topic here? I ask in connection with this: https://meta....
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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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retire [colors] tag?

A recent question came up using the colors tag. Right now, there are only 10 questions with this tag, and they mostly seem to refer either to faces or font-lock. The colors tag seems ripe for ...
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Are command-line editing interface on topic? [duplicate]

Using emacs in shell is activated by default or by the following command: set -o emacs Are the questions about the shell commands on topic? Example 1 (see comments): how to achieve some text ...
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Disambiguate [libraries]

The libraries tag seems to be used with two different meanings: for Emacs Lisp libraries, or for DLLs needed to use certain Emacs features under Windows. Would it be worth splitting the tag into two? ...
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What to do when a very good thoughtful answer is not sufficiently upvoted

Sometimes ago I asked a question and a very nice answer was provided. I feel that the answer was not sufficiently upvoted. Unfortunately I missed the deadline for starting a bounty for rewarding an ...
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Why so many views?

It appears to me that there is something strange going on with the number of views for questions.. For example, this question got 465 views in 18 hours. Is there a mode to automatically update ...
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Site description has an extra “for” and missing capital letter

Very minor, but still: The site description: For for those using, extending or developing emacs Has several problems: There's an extra "for" at the beginning, of course. "Emacs" should be ...
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Synonym of ess tags? Any better way to ask?

As far as I can see, the ess equals the emacs-speaks-statistics tag. Could you make one a synonym for the other? Furthermore, is this the only way for me to ask that question since I don't have ...
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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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Tags on Emacs.SE seem less useful than they could be

I originally wrote this as a comment on the State of the Beta question, but decided to move it into its own thread once it got pretty long and detailed. I have what I think is a problem, with no ...
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Reopen this package recommendation question?

This question is currently closed as opinion based: Better indentation and navigation in assembly source code But according to this meta post, package recommendations seem to be fine: Are questions ...
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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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Is it OK to @-mention the author/maintainer of a package to get their attention?

Q: If I know for a fact that a specific user is the author/maintainer of a certain package, is it OK to draw their attention to a question regarding that package by @-mentioning them in a comment? I ...
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Policy on Emacs compatibility of answers

I had an edit suggested to answer of mine, which replaced with-eval-after-load with eval-after-load for compatibility with Emacs 24.3. I mainly disagree with the reason for this edit: Compatibility ...
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Is it possible to include useful elisp and keyboard formatting help in the How to Format sidebar?

I've seem people edit my posts and add <kbd> tags to my posts which is quite handy for showing key-sequences. Is it possible to customise the "How to Format" sidebar with these often handy ...
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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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A tag for internal features?

We have a few questions dealing with different aspects of the "behind-the-scenes" of emacs: Are there any benefits of compiling Emacs with one graphical toolkit opposed to another? How is the GNU ...
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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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Big list question on writing mail with emacs

This question came to me after reading this question and its comments. EDIT: The question is now posted. In my opinion, setting emacs up to read and/or write mail is hard. And given how many ...
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Remove the 'init' tag? [duplicate]

So I found this init tag, and it does not have a tag wiki, and only one follower. It seems to be a synonym of init-file. Should we merge them, or is there some other use for this tag at the moment?
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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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Correcting what was once thought to be correct

I asked a question and a user provided an excellent answer in two parts. I upvoted after trying both parts and was happy with the results. After much use I picked up that only the first part of his ...
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Do you like the automated posting of Meta questions to the chat room?

In case you didn't know, emacs.SE has a web-based chat room. It is a little different than other chat mechanisms that you may be familiar with. The difference most striking to me is that past ...
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completion = autocomplete ≠ auto-complete

The tag autocomplete is being used for at least two things: The general concept of completion, for which completion is also used The auto-complete package How can we disambiguate them?
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Tag for interprogram copy-paste

Emacs has its own copy-paste facilities (mainly the kill ring) and can also interact with the OS's copy-paste facility. What tag should we use for questions that are specifically about copy-paste ...
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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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Should tags be named after the item or the corresponding emacs mode related to the item?

Should a tag be named after a concept or the related emacs mode corresponding to that concept. Specifically, I'm asking about programming languages, but this probably applies to other tags as well. We ...
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Is the [init] tag useful?

Currently, the init tag has two usages. One question is specifically about --debug-init and is also tagged with init-file. The other question is asking about events that happen at startup. This seems ...
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Norms on “downvote + comment”?

Q: what commenting norms should we adopt when downvoting? I have noticed, on a couple of recent occasions, the following sequence of events: a question or answer receives a downvote (or, for a Q, a ...
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What can be done to improve the Emacs Development Tools question?

What are good tools for Emacs package development? There as been a lot of discussion in the comments section of this question. I can gracefully accept the fact that it isn't well-formed as it ...
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What is an eMac?

I honestly didn't know what a Emac is. It seems that this would be a good thing to have on a site like Emacs. From Wikipedia: The eMac, short for education Mac, is a Macintosh desktop computer ...
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When a version update fixes the issue

In relation to this question: Helm color theme gets mixed results I had an issue in Emacs 24.3 that corrected itself when I was able to update to 24.4. Is "Update Emacs to 24.4" a good solution to ...
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How much background research before posting a question?

Q: how much background research should we expect users to conduct before posting a question? So far, most of the questions asked on Emacs.SE have been remarkably good. Every once in a while we get ...
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Answer from the person that asked the question

I had asked one question and I had not received any answer so after a lot of search I found a solution. My question now is that if someone asks a question and after a while finds the answer which he ...
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“Deviates from the original intent”?

I suggested this edit yesterday: the question is about using Mercurial with emacs, I suggest to remove the git tag. As far as I could tell, it was a trivial edit that someone would have suggested ...
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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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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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