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Many of your sub-questions are addressed in other meta questions, but it's always good to have some further discussion. I'll post here some comments on each of them with links to the other discussions. Requesting a MWE This is an issue on which there is some partial disagreement. There are some who believe that (almost) every question should come with a MWE....


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I'll take the opposite approach to the other answers (so far), addressing the question of empathy more broadly (rather than the specific 5 points), as I've been thinking about it for a while. I think there definitely is a shortage of "empathy" sometimes, though this site is much much better than most other sites on the Stack Exchange network, or even ...


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I want to take this opportunity to thank you for bringing awareness about the relentless work of uncountable people in this community (be named or anonymous), devoting themselves to share expertise for free, regardless of their time, social position or economic status. I personally believe that this community built a system in which generosity is ...


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While it is definitely true that minimal examples are sometimes asked for reflexively, and it's possible to make questions that shouldn't require them, (see automatic check for MWE for some prior discussion) I don't think that discouraging MWEs is at all the way to address the problem you are raising. Here are some counterpoints to think about (some are the ...


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Everything I wrote in my answer to the linked question About RTFM etiquette applies even more strongly to RTFL. The log file requires some experience and training to read properly. If you want to instruct people on it, then recreate the error, show the relevant portion of the log file in your answer and then explain how to use that log file information to ...


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I normally speak names in my mind when writing, and addressing furniture, numbers, random letters, long sentences, political statements, names written in scripts I don't understand, names containing too much "z" or the umpteenth "Guest" or "Anonymous" is odd. So I have a clear preference for names that are not too long, ...


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Whenever you feel there has been targetted voting, please flag one of the relevant answers. That way, we can build up data on patterns of behaviour. In the current case, I see that the automated system has reversed the votes. I hope the incident is isolated, in which case no further action is needed . However, if there are repeated cases, the mod team will ...


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Reading some feedback on meta.stackexchange.com I got the impression that this community feels quite tense about the upcoming CommonMark migration. I feel that some extra levels of transparency shared right here might make your lives a little easier and help alleviate some of the tension, so let me try to address some of the concerns and give you a more ...


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Taking the points separately.. 1. MWE ... Isn't a mockup of the picture sufficient in such a case? I would say here that a MWE is almost always an improvement, and should usually be asked for even though some people will helpfully provide a full drawing anyway. It may be that the user is a beginner and does not know where to start. That is fine, but in ...


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There are four main grounds for closing questions on the site: Off topic Too broad Opinion based Duplicate Given these reasons, there are no grounds to close questions that are asking for bad practice, since such questions don't meet any of the criteria for closure assuming they aren't duplicates of another such question. Or unless of course, they're bad ...


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One global number in that list is the 179,089 users with 1 or more reputation (you can't have less than 1 reputation). Another way to look at it is to check the user list, note that it has 36 users per page and 4590 pages, which amounts to (a little less than) 165,240 users. I suspect unregistered accounts aren't listed here, hence the lower number. The ...


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Your main claim appears to be, a MWE forces [queries] to be way too specific. As @AlanMunn and others have already noted, MWEs are not essential for all queries. However, for a great many queries, they are indeed essential. A disturbingly large number of queries starts out vague and unfocused. Postings such as "Ummm, I had some code that was working ...


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Yes, the characterization of a "just do it for me" you give matches quite closely with how I used the term in my question. It also matches various other characterizations to be found in the other meta questions you link to in your question. While people seem to disagree about whether they should be answered or not, most people do seem to admit that the rough ...


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I'm the lead developer of TopAnswers, and I'm responding here as my name has come up in the comments, and because I want you to know that it makes a difference to me that you, and/or one other another moderator here would rather my name did not advertise TopAnswers. I'm not saying I agree with your reasons, or the method of trying to shape (or gauge) opinion ...


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I used to be concerned with writing an edit summary, but have since only used it sparingly. The only time I write something is when I think the edit itself won't explain what was done. Why? Every user is able to view the (edit) history of a post - just visit <site>/posts/<postid>/revisions. That history shows a side-by-side change of what was ...


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It is being tested on Stack Overflow only. Plans to roll this out to all networks across Stack Exchange is currently unlikely as each graduated site has its own design elements that might not fit well with a universal dark mode switch. I would assume each site would have to initiate its own poll to see whether it would warrant the time to come up with a site-...


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For users who are curious about how the automated edits look like, and who want to review them for potential issues: visit the profile of the Community user (ID -1), and navigate to 'all actions' → 'revisions', or use this direct link. They'll be recognizable by the edit summary "Commonmark migration": (screenshot taken from Meta.SE pending the actual ...


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Searching for symbols isn't fully supported (just like regular search engines have problems with that). What you can do, since \tikz{ is usually used inside code blocks, is to search for code:"\tikz{" which does seem to produce the correct results; this is the top hit right now.


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For all users, according to this meta post. This feature was (officially) introduced 12 minutes ago. Apparently it was a mod-only feature before.


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