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Disappointed in StackExchange management

From what I can see, Monica had heard a proposal for a potential policy change, disagreed strenuously, and was trying to sway the proposal with a reasonably cogent argument. Which is a perfectly ...
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Have there been any "Is this a scam?" questions that the answer was "No"?

It is very rare, but it does happen occasionally that an “Is this a scam?” question can be answered “No.” A few examples: Scam Potential: Images of receipts sent over email. In this question, the ...
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Are questions about personal finance from a religious framework on-topic?

I understand the negative reaction to these questions, but I think that, in general, we should not disqualify personal finance questions from a Muslim viewpoint solely because it mentions Islam. ...
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Attacking an answer

Yes, if you disagree with an answer, it is acceptable to downvote the answer as well as leave a comment explaining what you think is wrong with it. If you call that “attacking,” so be it. On your ...
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21 votes

Are judgments appropriate?

I found the moderator edits of the two questions to be surprising and uncomfortable to see. I'm not used to seeing edits that materially change the content of answers on SE. (In particular, in the ...
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19 votes

Are minor grammar edits desirable?

Maybe I disagree with the FAQ here, but my personal opinion is that even trivial changes like this improve the quality of the material on the site and are fine as long as the fix something that is ...
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Situational Anonymity

Yes, it's allowed to have multiple accounts, as long as they don't interact with each other by cross-voting etc. This answer on meta.stackexchange.com is fairly definitive. Of course, now you've ...
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How do we get rid of the flood of sugar daddy questions?

As Rodrigo already noted, the 'sudden flood' was due to edits, in this case to add the tag to these posts. The issue of edit-bumping has already had some discussion, and the answer was to view via the ...
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What makes an “explain this” question appropriate for this site?

In my view, questions should be subject to the same referencing guidelines as for answers, most importantly: Do not copy the complete text of external sources; instead, use their words and ideas ...
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Should answers be left in the comments?

Answers to questions should be posted as an answer, not a comment. What is wrong with answering a question in the comment section? Stack Exchange websites are sites focused on questions and answers. ...
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Have there been any "Is this a scam?" questions that the answer was "No"?

Another highly popular question that turned out not to be a scam: I'm supposedly eligible for an inheritance from a distant relative. Offer appears to be legitimate
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Why won't the mods do anything about the user I don't like?

Couple of things: First In my opinion, mods are supposed to protect the quality of the site first, and settle user disputes last. Users should work it out amongst themselves. If conversation in the ...
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Holiday Hats Time Again - Please confirm if you are happy with hats

YES I don't mind if hats happen on the site this year, and I know I can turn them off if I don't want to participate.
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Should we remove our scam questions from the HNQ List?

No, we should not automatically or manually remove all questions about scams from the HNQ. The HNQ is a good thing for our site. It is how many new users find us. In fact, I would argue that it is ...
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Why are so many people on this site so rude?

People on this site don't get paid, and they're not here as a favor to you - they don't even know you! They come mainly because they find it enjoyable to discuss their area of interest. They write ...
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Questions that ask "is this a good idea"

I'll go to a more extreme point than Lawrence did: I think "Should I do X" questions should be explicitly off topic, preferably with their own close reason. Other sites do this - look at Workplace, ...
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Is the Stock market.SE splitting from PF&M SE a reasonable thing?

There is no "splitting off" plan and nor, IMHO, should there be any such plan. (Community members may of course support another similar site if they choose.) Personal Finance & Money has since ...
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Accounting Area51 proposal has been deleted

Done. I didn't know accounting site was killed. The link is now gone. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.
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Questions that seek, and answers that provide, technically legal but morally questionable advice - are and should they be accepted here?

I tend to agree it should be deleted, but not for the exact reason stated in this meta question. The OP apparently asks a question about whether or not they can buy things for themselves with their ...
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When users treat me like dirt - what should I do?

We strongly advise communities to involve moderators through flags, or contact us directly when a dispute with another user arises. We're all here to have fun and learn from one another, but sometimes ...
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Is anyone on Personal Finance and Money actually Wealthy?

The words wealthy and rich are tough to define. There's a level of assets that allow one to not work, but maintain their lifestyle. This probably doesn't include a yacht. There's a few orders of ...
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Is anyone on Personal Finance and Money actually Wealthy?

What makes you think wealthy people are the experts at personal finance issues? Chances are the "super elite" have a team of financial advisers doing a lot of the work for them. Granted, unless they ...
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Is it required for a question to apply personally to the asker in order to be considered on-topic?

I'm glad to see this question, as I was just going to ask it myself. This has become a pet peeve of mine. I strongly believe that we should allow questions about personal finance even if they are ...
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Generalist Badge - is this working

This is not documented in an easy-to-find way, but a site must have at least 40 tags with 200+ questions in it before any Generalist badges are awarded. Since this site has only 27 tags with 200+ ...
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Should questions about legal matters be on-topic?

This is a difficult question. Most questions about legal matters will have a financial component. And many questions about finance deal with laws. Where do we draw a line between what is ...
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What do to when OP changes question with an edit?

This comes up pretty frequently on other network sites, see e.g. Rolling back a completely changed question The right thing to do is to roll back the question so the original answers remain valid, ...
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Modified question, but there's no "modified" notice

Whenever you see this, it is almost always due to a deleted answer. In this case, the user wrote an answer to the question, but then deleted it him/herself immediately. When you hit 10k rep, you'll ...
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Why was this Hot Network Question protected?

In this case, the question already had 10 answers at the time I protected it (we get an auto-flag at that point). I didn't think any new answers were likely to add anything new, and answers from new ...
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Should you sacrifice the end user experience to fight against spam?

Stack Exchange doesn't allow you to comment on questions unless you have 50 reputation points. How do you earn those? By asking questions. (my emphasis) You get points by asking questions or ...
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