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I don't see us ever taking away the ability to report issues in chat or on our sites. If you want a free-for-all chat where anything and everything goes, Stack Exchange chat is not the proverbial droids you're looking for.


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The point of badges is to reward behavior we want to encourage. Giving badges for getting a precise rep display for a bit doesn't really reward anything, it just gives people with 667 rep a reason to downvote a random post. Just take a screenshot of your milestones.


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Because flagging does have real uses. If someone is coming in and legitimately name-calling, insulting users, and being disruptive, that's what flags are for. There is no perfect system, no way to prevent abuses of any system. But flagging is the system we have in place to prevent abuses of the chat room itself. Of course there will be those who want to ...


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This dead horse has been beaten on MSO for years. The answer is no.


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We don't resurrect comments unless there's a particularly compelling reason to do so, and "it was interesting" just isn't compelling.


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No. The meta is for questions about Meta.SFF itself, and as such is a good tag to have. For instance, this tag is used for discussions about tags on Meta.SFF (Do we really need film/TV Show/Franchise tags in meta?, What's with all the closure tags?), bug reports specific to Meta (SSL Certificate Still Invalid, Cannot see my total reviews), and policy ...


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I am a fan of more than half of the things you cited, but on a site that I feel is already heavily dominated with science fiction and unrepresentive of fantasy I like the rune symbols that are used throughout it. From a design perspective it is hard to find the perfect balance between fantasy and science fiction.


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The link isn't visible just to encourage nominations, but to also encourage other members of the site to see the nominations, read what the candidates have posted, and start asking questions. There is no reason to prohibit new members from seeing the election page (also keep in mind that as designed, the nominations are only one sub-section of the overall ...


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No. Please. (I moderate Physics.SE) Firstly, our FAQ says: Questions about fictional physics "Could a warp drive get you out of a black hole?" Questions about physics of fictional worlds which are not sufficiently grounded in real physics are off topic here, but they may be on topic at Science Fiction & Fantasy. (If you guys don't ...


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No. This tag is for questions about Meta.SFF itself - certainly a valid topic of discussion for the meta site (since there isn't a scifi.meta.meta.stackexchange.com). It's not even being used inappropriately - I've checked through the last 30 questions with the tag, and all of them are about the meta site except one which was actually migrated here from ...


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It is worth remembering that functionality specific to certain sites ... has limited value. Most sites don't really need this Age here is a pinky swear thing - primarily used for... well, nothing at all. There is a lower age limit for legal reasons, but no one's going to check if you're a very very serious, mature 12 year old pretending to be 20. SE ...


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As other users has mentioned the line between science-fiction and fantasy is often a very grey, blurry one. With mental based sciences and technology based magic the two genres can, and do, frequently cross. As to the question, "Why is non-science fiction based fantasy part dominating?", I do not readily agree with this belief. It is true that strange ...


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Discussed and status-declined on MSO Should unearnable Badges been shown under unearned?


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Poking a random old question every hour is one of the functions Community performs. Since the question isn't actually changed, I don't think it's necessary to include "bumping" on the revision page.


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The NSFW tag Not the worst idea. This can already be done. It would be nicer if it didn't count against the five tags, but /shrug. I swear I'm an adult The proposed new functionality seems like overkill, and like a large amount of functionality we're unlikely to get. Instead, users can go to their tag preferences page and add any tag, such as nsfw to ...


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If you really need to include a spoiler in a comment, and you are not commenting on a post that implicitly spoils the respective plot-element, just prefix it with a written spoiler warning indicating what exactly will be spoiled by the comment. Example: [WARNING: Integral plot details of "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" will be spoiled by reading ...


2

We are working on major changes to the closing system right now, and one of the effects of that work is going to be the removal of the General Reference close reason. In its place, you as a community will be able to set up an off-topic reason, if you so choose, with a description that more clearly defines what sources provide the obvious answer to whatever ...


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Although, I do think that the color scheme is a little too dark, I think what @Jin has done is a very good combination of SciFi and Fantasy. I doubt we could make something better and not veer more towards one genre or the other. I like the symbols as they give a scorcery feel to the site which is very fantasy-esque and I like the space theme as it is ...


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No. At least not until we start migrating a lot more questions. See Rebecca Chernoff's comment here


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I agree, and many of the symbols are from astrology, runes, or other similar fields. while I don't object to that, I know there are SF people who don't believe in those fields. I'd like to add that @SachinShekhar is not the first person to say that he feels the theme, while beautiful, focuses on fantasy and ignores the science fiction aspect (and that was ...


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You could rot-13 the spoiler: Lbqn vf Yhxr'f sngure! If you're feeling friendly, you could even link to a decoder/encoder.


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