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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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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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Should we merge the tags for package repositories?

We have a handful of tags related to package repositories. There's elpa, repositories, melpa, and marmalade. How do we feel about this?
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Can I change the theme colors when I log in?

Right now the list of questions on the entry page (https://emacs.stackexchange.com/) has medium-blue text on a non-white background. Also medium-gray text for the number of votes. I know low-...
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Cannot close as duplicate questions that were posed on StackOverflow?

Consider this question. I went to close it as a duplicate of these two [emacs]-tagged questions on StackOverflow: https://stackoverflow.com/q/14764130/729907 https://stackoverflow.com/q/22479140/...
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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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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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Can someone define .emacs as a synonym of init-file?

As previously discussed, I recently took the time to convert all dotemacs tags to init-file. Now we have 2 questions tagged with .emacs. Instead of retagging the questions I figured we should suggest ...
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How do we handle Question and Answer by the same user in quick succession?

I've seen the following Question/Answer behavior on a few posts now: user A posts a question user A posts an answer to that question immediately after posting the question I'd initially thought the ...
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Have we launched?

I received an email yesterday saying that Emacs is now in public beta. A few hours later, I received a second email saying: Thanks for following through on your commitment to Emacs! In the 14 ...
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Do we want copy-paste, or kill-yank?

Surprisingly, we have 5 copy-paste questions, and only 3 yank questions (no kill though). We should consolidate them. Which version do we prefer? copy-paste or kill-yank? copy-yank? copy-kill-yank? ...
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Should question text restate the title?

I don't like getting emails where the first sentence is in the subject line, and the second sentence is in the body of the email. I also dislike forum posts which do the same. For example, this post ...
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What is the policy of editing code in answers?

Do I feel too much "ownership" of my answers, if I feel that people should not edit the code in an answer merely to make it shorter/more in tune with their own coding style/preferences? If the code ...
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What should we do with the development tag?

Currently development is used for questions about the development of emacs, questions about using emacs for development (which may be a meta tag, along with programming), and setting up a development ...
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Should we specifically ask all of the questions that were proposed on the area51 site during the definition phase?

I see lots of questions in the Area51 Emacs proposal that have not yet been asked: Should we go ahead and ask all of those questions? Or at least ask the really interesting ones?
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Great Answers, Wrong Question

I've written a question: How do I benchmark Emacs performance? What I wanted to know (and clearly I worded it poorly) was whether there were any existing benchmarks of the performance of Emacs itself....
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Are questions about feature requests on topic?

I'm thinking of questions like the following: Magit pushing / pulling show progress Such a question could well be a feature request sent to magit's bug tracking system or mailing list, and as such ...
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Should we have tags for 'sub features' of org mode?

I just introduced the publish tag in an edit of this question, and was wondering if that's something we want. Do we want to have tags for 'sub features' of e.g. org-mode. If so, should those tags be ...
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Light blue background on a question in a question list

I was browsing asked questions and the question "When should I use autoload instead of require?" has a light blue background. What does this light blue background mean?
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Should we use [interactive-functions] or [commands]?

Obviously the two tags should be made synonyms, I'm asking which one we should use. @Drew recently pointed to me, we had a question tagged as interactive-command, which is obviously a pleonasm. I've ...
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Use of [Emacs##] tags to specify Emacs Version

On SO there are tags for emacs23,emacs24 due to version differences in Emacs. How do we want to deal with such tags here (particularly since we could end up with emacs24.3,emacs24.4,etc)? What ...
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Questions where Emacs is only incidental

Is magit: how to set default username? on-topic? It's about Git. The problem is with Git usage, and solved through a Git setting. The fact that the user accesses Git via Magit is anecdotal; all the ...
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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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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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Is the review counter a little buggy?

I currently have a little number 5 at the top of my screen (just to the left of “review”). The tooltip says “5 Total posts awaiting review.”, but when I click on it I get taken to an empty review page ...
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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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Noun tags: should we prefer singular form over plural form?

Should we use "buffer" or "buffers", "file" or "files", ...? EDIT: I realized that I included my opinion into the "question", sorry for that. I will instead answer my own question with my opinion.
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Tags for key bindings

How should we tag questions about key bindings? Right now we have a keymap tag. I'm wondering if we should use that for all questions of the form “how do I bind a key (or mouse event?) to this action”...
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Are the tags [editing] and [text-editing] useful?

We have a tag editing: How to add a prefix to every line? How to delete the first few n chars of every line? Is there a way to use query-replace from grep/ack/ag output modes? and text-editing: How ...
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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 we actively migrate or move emacs questions from other StackExchange sites to the new Emacs Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

Should we actively migrate or move emacs questions from other StackExchange sites to the new Emacs Stack Exchange? I don't know if there is existing policy or not about this, but I couldn't find it ...
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Are questions about getting other editor like behavior in emacs on topic?

This is related, but in the opposite direction of another question: Are questions about getting emacs-like behavior in other things on topic? Personally, I feel these types of questions should be on-...
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What verb form to use for tags?

This might seem superfluous, and it's probably already stablished in the stack exchange community as a whole, but it would be good to standardise anyway. When tagging questions, should we use load or ...
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Are questions about package recommendations on topic?

Are questions asking for packages recommendations on topic? For example: What's the best package for reading email in Emacs for a GMail user?
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Should I use function name or behavior for tagging?

I am new to the tagging system here. Suppose I have a question about load-library. Should I use load-library as a tag or just load as a tag ? I already see fill-paragraph as a tag but the questions ...
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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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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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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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How do we deal with questions asking for tips or guidelines?

At the moment, there's a question on the site asking how to improve Emacs Lisp Performance. That is clearly on topic and it's not subjective, but it's also quite vague. How do we feel about such ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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