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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 ...
Harper - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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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 ...
Ben Miller's user avatar
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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. ...
Ben Miller's user avatar
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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 ...
Ben Miller's user avatar
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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 ...
Daniel R. Collins's user avatar
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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 ...
GS - Apologise to Monica's user avatar
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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 ...
JTP - Apologise to Monica's user avatar
18 votes
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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 ...
GS - Apologise to Monica's user avatar
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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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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. ...
Ben Miller's user avatar
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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 ...
Ben Miller's user avatar
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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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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.
JTP - Apologise to Monica's user avatar
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Why is the question about 'Value of time' not closed?

I'm going to let you in on a fact that is not necessarily immediately obvious about our site: Most of the questions here in Personal Finance & Money are opinion-based. The reason for this is that ...
Ben Miller's user avatar
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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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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 ...
GS - Apologise to Monica's user avatar
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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, ...
GS - Apologise to Monica's user avatar
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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 ...
Ben Miller's user avatar
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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 ...
GS - Apologise to Monica's user avatar
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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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Question about Reputation

You need 50 reputation to comment anywhere. This is different from asking or answering questions. Everyone can provide an answer by writing it in the big answer text box at the end of each "thread". ...
Secespitus's user avatar
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Should we have canonical scam questions?

Yes, but it should be short, because the people asking the questions probably have very short attention spans. For example, take the latest sugar daddy question. Does anyone really think this is a ...
ab2's user avatar
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Why are so many people on this site so rude?

At the time you posted this question, you were a member here for 3 days, and visited twice. The one question you asked was closed, as it was off topic. That can’t have been a pleasant first experience....
JTP - Apologise to Monica's user avatar
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How can we help better people with no financial literacy?

Fundamentally I think the problem is one of scope - for all the good it does, SE is not exactly the best method of doing what you are asking about. SE is really designed as a repository of information,...
Grade 'Eh' Bacon's user avatar
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Should "microsoft-excel" tag be changed to "spreadsheet"?

I agree, Ben. There's Google, and there's also Open Office, and others, I'd imagine. No need for this tag to remain a brand, better to offer the generic word for the product. Done. The new ...
JTP - Apologise to Monica's user avatar
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What to do with X dollars?

I've been looking at the flow of "I have X money. What do I do with it," and had some of the same thoughts you offered. The Venn diagraming (in effect) that you offered is very good. If there were ...
JTP - Apologise to Monica's user avatar
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Should *all* questions that *depend-on* a country include a country tag?

Note: the question that you wrote doesn't include any reference to a country. The person who added the tag either retrieved the information from your bio, or from comments which have since been ...
mhoran_psprep's user avatar
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The Intent and Purpose of Comments

I am absolutely in favor of trying to get rid of answers in comments. One of the first things I noticed when I started coming to money.se was that a lot of high rep users would leave answers as ...
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Questions marked unclear by people lacking necessary background knowledge

First, keep in mind, I am a mod, but neither I, nor any other moderator, closed the question. It was closed by 5 regular members. That said, a question was asked, and 4 different members tried to ...
JTP - Apologise to Monica's user avatar

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