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How can users who were suspended for posting alleged ChatGPT answers appeal the suspension?

You've asked an important question. Given more time, I could probably write a more detailed & polished answer, but that would delay things. On the basis that "something is better than nothing&...
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Should "what is the name for parts that do X?" be on topic?

It should be on-topic if the design focus is clear (as opposed to the shopping focus). One example from my own questions is here, where an experienced user remarked that it was borderline on-topic.
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Should "what is the name for parts that do X?" be on topic?

Figuring out what components are available to purchase (and how their specs might combine to make a complete solution) is a big part of my initial circuit design work; this involves a bunch of time ...
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11 votes

Closure reason doesn't make any sense to me

In this Meta question, what you said about your question on the main site is: "This is clearly a technical inquiry asking for an explanation" But your question on the main site did not read ...
SamGibson's user avatar
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11 votes

Look before you migrate

Rules about cross-posting are rather clear (Is cross-posting a question on multiple Stack Exchange sites permitted if the question is on-topic for each site?): cross-posting is highly discouraged, and,...
dim's user avatar
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9 votes

Don't Migrate Garbage

I'm the mod who migrated it. Questions should not be migrated unless they are absolutely, positively, 100% appropriate for the destination site as-is I respectfully disagree. You cannot expect ...
SamGibson's user avatar
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8 votes
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Should abandonment be a "community-specific" close reason?

According to the appropriate meta post, auto bump can be triggered on non-negatively scored, open questions that have at least one answer scoring 0 and none scoring more than that. Therefore, ...
dim's user avatar
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8 votes
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Confused about why closed?

Not sure why this one was closed {...} It isn't about "use of an electronic device" I understand this situation can be annoying. However you are using someone else's device i.e. that audio ...
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7 votes

Are hosted OS drivers on-topic here?

On my side, I understand "Programming software for a PC" as "Programming software for a PC", and whether it is user space or kernel space is irrelevant. I don't consider device ...
dim's user avatar
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7 votes

What happened to Hoagie?

I know it's usually policy not to discuss specifics of bans Correct. The more details we give of any suspension, the harder it can be for other site members to view that person in the same way, if ...
SamGibson's user avatar
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7 votes
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Remove all [tag:custom]-isation

I agree, this tag serves no purpose and should be cleaned up.
Null's user avatar
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7 votes

Should we make it mandatory to explain close comments?

The message is delivered by the close vote system and is near the header of the message after the message is closed. If the question can be fixed, the user can follow the instructions and edit the ...
Voltage Spike's user avatar
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I want to combine two analogue video signals. Is this the right place to ask how?

TL;DR Yes, the topic is on-topic here. You will have to add a lot more info, though! The full picture Topic Yep, asking about how to build something that combines electrical signals is on-topic. ...
Marcus Müller's user avatar
7 votes

What should be done about this question?

You have a number of choices. You could roll back the question This feels like a bad approach. The edited question makes much more sense than the first version. You might start a rollback war You ...
Scott Seidman's user avatar
6 votes

Question repeatedly closed - no sensible reason given

I'm a moderator. My aim is to make life easier for those who find things hard for no fault of their own (and/or for excusable fault of their own :-) ). The site has certain rules based on its basic ...
Russell McMahon's user avatar
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Remember to upvote questions

Thanks for raising this about votes on questions - I had noticed it too. I agree that if a question is worth answering, then upvoting it should seriously be considered. As you said, that doesn't ...
SamGibson's user avatar
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5 votes
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Flag as not an "Answer" when "Question" does not contain a question

Re: Flag or not an "Answer" when "Question" does not contain a question Summary: I think the part about the question is the primary issue in that situation. Unclear (vague, ...
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Should "what is the name for parts that do X?" be on topic?

If you read the history of "shopping is off topic", you will see that decision was made to prevent specific abuses and specific content problems, neither of which actually turned out to be ...
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5 votes

Useful symbols shortcut for Windows users ✔

To add on to this, I use WinCompose and would recommend it to anyone who needs to type any sort of symbols frequently. (No affiliation, I just appreciate the project.) What it is is basically XCompose ...
Hearth's user avatar
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5 votes
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Let's not over-engineer questions: blacklist [engineering]

Yes, this is another intrinsic tag which needs to be blocklisted. As with "electric", at least some of the time it is only used when a user is trying to tag the question as "electrical ...
Null's user avatar
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4 votes
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Closure reason doesn't make any sense to me

I have reopened the question. Please see my two comments on the question - one of which asks for more information from you. The vote to close reasons are very broadly defined and the system does not ...
Russell McMahon's user avatar
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4 votes

Why my prev question "closed"

If you would like to reopen your question please look at the links: In the link you will find the reason why your question was closed: Needs details or clarity - Sometimes we need more information ...
Voltage Spike's user avatar
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4 votes

Off-Topic Question: Direct Response To Answer In Separate Question

Short answer is, don't ask for products to purchase in questions. If you want to ask a design question that is fine
Voltage Spike's user avatar
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4 votes

Off-Topic Question: Direct Response To Answer In Separate Question

I'm impressed by the effort that you put into the original question. However, it seems to be "fairly ireedeemably" a shopping question. I raised this with the other moderators. I personally ...
Russell McMahon's user avatar
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Editing out noise and redundancy in titles

I totally agree. Question titles are important to the question and also make them more searchable and allow those who answer questions to easily select the questions that they wish to answer. Titles ...
Voltage Spike's user avatar
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3 votes

How should I ask a question so that it won't be deleted by a robot?

How should I ask a question…? Each SE site has its How do I ask a Good Question? - heed it. (How do I ask a good SO question?)
greybeard's user avatar
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I want to combine two analogue video signals. Is this the right place to ask how?

If you're looking for a product to solve your problem, that would be off topic here.
Scott Seidman's user avatar
3 votes

Are hosted OS drivers on-topic here?

I have no firm opinion on appropriateness conceptually. However, I'd expect it more likely that a better expert base and general range of experience would be found on SO than here.
Russell McMahon's user avatar
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Should "what is the name for parts that do X?" be on topic?

In the past I have treated "Should "what are parts that do X called?" as legitimate questions as they are not shopping questions. That being said those who write this question sometimes ...
Voltage Spike's user avatar
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3 votes

Are "is it possible...?" questions off-topic?

There are two types of "is it possible" questions. One type has opened ended answers and these do not serve the site well. The second ask yes or no questions which can be answered. In this ...
Russell McMahon's user avatar
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