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What is a "scraper" and why is that bad? Historically, SCRAPER here on Stack Exchange meant "Stack Content Republishers Attributing Poorly and/or Excelling at Ranking." More generally, a scraper is another website which copies content from our sites either by scraping directly from our pages, accessing the information through our API, or some ...


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I totally get why you’re doing this. Thank you Nathan for your work and help here at SU. I’ll never forget how much time and effort we spent on different matters- the jokes, the camaraderie, the brainstorming on the blog posts and all the chat room madness. I wish you the best.


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We apparently found this home away from home one single day apart some 10 years ago. Those were heady days of answering, chatting and working to make the site a better place for users old and new. It was fun and, amongst a few other users, you were a crucial part of the Super User family. It has been a long ride together, and I want to personally thank you ...


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Questions about local tools for downloading from YouTube should be, prima facie, on topic: questions should be judged on technical merits Back in 2011, the question arose with regards to removing DRM. I believe the situation is analogous. From the question: I just asked a question about how to remove DRM from Kindle books that I had purchased and it was ...


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Too many goodbyes this month. ❤ This was one of the folks I have to thank for me being who I am now - and I'd say as one of the mods before me, I learnt a lot from Nathan. And a few Hijinks. Good Luck out there.


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I noticed a question which was apparently spam but was answered by a high profile user The spammer edited his question 17 minutes after it was posted and replaced a valid question with spam. Screenshot of original question as posted: The original question was answered 4 minutes before it was edited.


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A potential workaround: Any site on the stack exchange network, when you scroll down to the footer, your find that link that says Contact: When you click on that, you could select the "Other" category and describe your issue. Sure, that is an awkward way to go about "content moderation", but in the end, you are correct: you need those minimal amounts of ...


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"Needs more focus" seems right to me. A question that amounts to "give me teh codez" is not "a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer" - as opposed to "here is the macro I've tried, I'm getting error XYZ"


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Part of your concern about the handling of your question is the way you're viewing it. You consider it your question about your own problem, and you should be free to do with it what you want if the situation changes. There's a lot of leeway for you to control your question as long as nobody else is affected, but it's not entirely your question. It's ...


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It's not just this site; MathOverflow, Stack Apps and Ask Ubuntu are under attack as well. Here is a list of those posts. SmokeDetector will cast four spam flags on all these posts (so only two by 'real' users are necessary to destroy the spam), but unfortunately it has a bit of a backlog right now so it might take a while to kick in. ♦ moderators can'...


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Some thoughts: The question makes a valid point. There is a need to ensure that voting is based on post quality rather than the poster, but the automated system is too heavily weighted toward "organic" voting patterns. By that, I mean voting based on encountering posts at random. I'm aware of that characteristic, so I'm careful to avoid triggering the ...


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List of Canonical Questions/Answers that can be used as Duplicate Targets How can I remove malicious spyware, malware, adware, viruses, trojans or rootkits from my PC?? How do I recover lost/inaccessible data from my storage device? What are PATH and other environment variables, and how can I set or use them? What can I do if I forgot my Windows password?...


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Tbh, in this case I don't think the domain is particularly critical to a more general answer. Practically - the question involves Having an MX record. Any domain can have an MX record. The appropriate port not being open, which is critical and useful, and not domain dependent. That's a spam site.... This got more fun. I've changed the link to example....


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Now we do. Bob created a userscript, SEReopenReviewWarning, which does that. When a question has been through the review queue, it produces a message under the Close message that looks like this example: When I started using it, the results were surprising. I was used to seeing a lot of closed questions with some reopen votes, and naturally assumed ...


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I'm not middle aged (I THINK!), white (last I checked at least) though I do admit to being male, though the other stuff is not for discussion. That said the votes were invalidated automatically. While we do joke sometimes about community's gender - the vote invalidations were done by an entity that is not white, cismale or middle aged. It has also done ...


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Everyone is entitled to request a comment to be deleted. There is even a feature for it, right in front of the comment and takes the form of a flag. The difference of using a flag is that your comment will be gone without you noticing or being notified, assuming a mod agrees your comment is no longer needed. Comments should be used to ask for clarification ...


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If it's a different program then it's a different (new) question. Some of the features of programs might be similar, but that doesn't mean that the solution for one program applies to another. It could be helpful to say that you found an identical problem for Excel, to help clarify your problem precisely, but your question is not the same. Whether you ask ...


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Your lack of research and any indication of what you have tried so far, combined with the fact that websites are off topic here, make them duplicates. Per the help centre: not about … websites or web services We shouldn't really have to care about what website you are having trouble with. To us they are all just something you should use a browser or ...


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I'll try to keep an eye out. The community team is aware and I know they have a very special spanner for throwing into the works here


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Good answer by bertieb, although I think I come to a slightly different conclusion on the specific case of downloading protected YouTube content. Here's my take on the gray area, and how it leads to a conclusion regarding YouTube. We don't support Warez or stealing services, but it also isn't our job to police the Internet. So where's the line between the ...


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I always vote to close these with a copy/paste from Ask Different, which has this specific close reason… Questions must demonstrate a reasonable amount of research & understanding of the problem being solved. Please edit to either a) clearly describe your problem and the research done so far to solve it or b) include attempted solutions plus why they ...


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Occasionally I come upon a question which seems rather obvious to me, but was nevertheless closed as either "not focused enough" (example 1) or "unclear what's being asked" (example 2). Here is a screenshot of Example 1: Here is a screenshot of Example 2: Both of those questions are not clear. The first question cannot be answered with the information ...


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How can I access the information? SEDE (Stack Exchange Data Explorer) is a provision for querying meta information. If you want to create your own queries, there is basic help here: https://data.stackexchange.com/help. There is a huge existing base of queries people have contributed. There is some really cool and useful stuff there, worth checking out. ...


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I feel that Harrymc downvoted and closed my question because I downvoted his answer which was incomplete and incorrect. You have absolutely no proof any specific user downvoted your question. The user in question should have never accused you of downvoting their answer. Just as you should not be calling out any specific user for downvoting your question. ...


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However, I edited the question about three times, as I thought my question gave me answers that I was not expecting (not that they were bad). You must understand that I spent over 3 hours researching my answer to your question. I had, at that point modified my answer at least five times to address your concerns expressed in your comments. I was ...


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These questions are not on-topic according to the help center. Specifically, Jenkins questions typically violate the rules that disallow questions about "programming and software development" (Jenkins is primarily a software development tool) and "issues specific to corporate IT support and networks" (Jenkins is typically used in a corporate CI/CD ...


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What would be the best approach here (1 or 2)? What if I disagree with the closure of a question? How can I reopen it? Stack Exchange is collaboratively built, maintained, and moderated by the community. If you see a question and you disagree with the stated reason of its closure, you should first try to edit the question to improve it as much ...


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This is just an example of why you may be getting downvotes, mainly to illustrate why "not useful", "unclear" and so on can depend on your perspective. While you may consider the question useful, many other would consider the topic of installing an unsupported and effectively end-of-life operating system on hardware that has explicitly dropped support for ...


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The kind of indiscriminate downvoting I get serves ONLY to beat up, belittle and demean people. It does serve any useful purpose except to drive good people away I am absolutely not the person who downvoted your answer, but your answer doesn't answer a single one of the multiple questions the author actually asked. Here is a list of the questions the author ...


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So, someone deleted a couple of comments I made in response to someone else's comments. There was no messaging to me about when or why. That is totally uncool. This is censorship, pure and simple. Your comments were flagged as no longer being needed by a community member. Since they were directed at a specific user, and that user read your comment, they ...


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