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2024 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

Bicycles Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, 2024-05-21. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the ...
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Not interested in training AI

It looks as if SE is partnering with GenAI companies to feed in our answers as training data. I am not interested in contributing to that, and am re-evaluating my presence here.
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How do deal with foreign-language posts?

I've seen a few questions where a user posts in a foreign language (in my case: 100% Russian), for example: https://bicycles.stackexchange.com/a/93451/69562 I usually put these through a translator ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Merge [luggage] into [cargo]

The cargo use case says: Carrying stuff with your bike, using racks, backpacks, trailers, etc. All the luggage questions are about carrying things on the bike except these two about Packing a ...
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Combine [paint] and [paintjob]

Weirdly, paintjob has a lot more questions than paint, but the tags don't seem to be distinguished in a useful way. There are questions about applying (or preparing to apply) paint subset relating ...
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How do users give feedback for the Bicycle SE community?

Perhaps a meta question, but where is a good place to express praise/suggestions/concerns for the bicycles.stackexchange.com community? On many other forums, rarely are people ever as tolerant and ...
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Disambiguate or combine tags for [city] and [urban-riding]

Most (but not all) of the questions tagged city are about urban-riding (and indeed some of them are cross-tagged). The exceptions seem to be: Some questions about city bikes (Not to be confused with ...
Michael come lately's user avatar
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The [advice] tag seems like a meta tag

Is there a single question where adding advice is helpful? Remove and block?
Michael come lately's user avatar
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Disambiguate the [learning] tag

The learning tag seems to fall in two (or three) categories: One about new riders, which should be retagged as the winner of the new-rider/beginner merge One about skills, which should be retagged as ...
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Consider synonymizing [technique] and [skills]

All of the skills questions could reasonably be retagged under the tag guidance for technique, with the possible exception of one about group-rides.
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Merge [race] into [racing]

We don't need both racing and race.
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Disambiguate [theft] and [security]

The tag guidance for security specifically cites theft-prevention. Should theft be used only when a bicycle has actually been stolen? Or some other case? If so, we should add tag guidance (currently ...
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Consider synonymizing [shocks] to [suspension]

Unless shocks is meant as a special case for suspension, I think they could be merged. Happy to listen to counter-arguments.
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Merge on meta: [tags] and [tagging]

In making some other tag synonym requests, I've discovered that Bicycles.Meta.SE has a tag called tags and one called tagging. Are these substantively different? Presumably both cover what tags to use....
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Consider synonymizing [new-rider], [beginner], and [newbie]

I suspect that new-rider and beginner are used interchangeably. If so, they should be merged. Conceivably, one could be "beginning" things that are not "riding," but if that's the ...
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Synonymize [di2] and [shimano-di2]

Combine the tags for di2 and shimano-di2. There's no need for both.
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is it appropriate to ask for product details?

If one were to discover a product online (not viewable at LBS) and, before purchasing, wanted to check very specific details about it that the manufacturer and reviewers did not provide (or which one'...
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How to identify to provide accurate information to other cyclists

Does anyone know a site I can send pictures of bicyles to help me identify them? They are all 2017 to 2021 except a blue Battaglin frame. The ones I have in the US are a 2017 Willier, Dacordi Carbon ...
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How to address the LinkGlide "principles shift"?

Given the goal of the stack is to make an "universal database", I'm wondering about one point: the arrival of LinkGlide/CUES changes a kind of "rule" in terms of compatibility, ...
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Should question titles be more general or more specific?

Should question titles be worded to describe the broader ideas of the question, or should they be made as specific as possible? For example, I recently made a post asking how to make Trek FX Sport 4 ...
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Moderation Strike Update

I had previously shared a post regarding the Stack Exchange Moderation Strike. I wanted this community to know that while the strike hasn't officially been called off, it appears to be winding down. ...
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On/Off topic - race strategy, from the POV of a viewer?

Recently we had a well-received question about why Pogačar responded to attacks from Roglič and from van Aert in stage 11 of this year's Tour de France. Bicycles.SE's [tour] describes our site's ...
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Stack Exchange Moderation Strike

Some of you may have already heard that there is an ongoing disagreement between the larger network of Stack Exchange moderators and Stack Exchange, Inc. This disagreement has led many moderators and ...
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What is the best way to help improve Bicycles SE?

There are a few moderation privileges available to regular users, but I am wondering which ones make the biggest impact to improve the overall quality of Bicycles SE. For example, I see that many tags ...
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Proposed ChatGPT Ban

I propose that we officially ban ChatGPT and other computer-generated questions and answers with the following text on our help page: AI-assisted Generated Content Ban Please be aware that all AI-...
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What can be done to thwart posting of answers using Chat GPT or other AI Answer Machines?

Recently (today/yesterday) there were several answers posted by a "user" (Jordan Thomas) who appeared to some to be using Chat GPT or another type of artificial intelligence (AI) tool to ...
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Are tag wiki edits put into the standard Suggested edits review queue?

I proposed 5 days ago an edit to a tag wiki that had no excerpt. I was curious to see if those kind of edits went to the Suggested edits review queue as normal question/answer edits so I looked at the ...
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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Should I ask personal coaching questions? How?

Suppose I want to learn technique X. "How to learn X?" would be a good question here, but I already know from elsewhere that I should do A, B and C, while paying attention to D, E and F. I ...
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Consider removing the chain-tool tag?

Bicycles Exchange already has a tag for "tools" with its wiki as follows: Tools you use for repairing, maintaining, building, etc. Pump, chain breaker, wrenches, spoke tool, repair stand etc....
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Basic questions asked by Cycling Brands

There was recently a very basic exercise (aerobic vs anaerobic) question asked by a user whose entire account indicated that they represent a cycling clothing brand. Seems strange to me. Is the ...
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Feature request: New vote close option for off topic

When we vote to close, we currently have a variety of options, however currently we have to select the 'other' and add a text description for questions that are not about bicycles/cycling. I propose ...
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Should we have a custom profile covering bicycle specs?

It is bit tiresome to have to describe your main bicycle over and over. Couldn't Bicycles have a bicycle profile (sure some people would have multiple bicycles with wheel size, its picture, tire ...
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Is Puncture a suitable synonym for Patch?

In What should I put in a bicycle emergency patch kit for situations more severe than a common puncture? I see that user2617804 points out there is no tag for Patch I was going to add it as a synonym ...
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How to react to wrong answers from members with high reputation?

Let's imagine there is a very persistent member, with a high reputation (above 10k for example). This member is capable of giving good answers sometimes, but also capable of expressing opinions that ...
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Should I have closed this question?

I'd like to ask for a check on my mod powers. I closed a question just now that I'm pretty torn about. What applications exist for bicycle power, besides propulsion? I closed it because it's pretty ...
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Link to the wiki to the sidebar?

The wiki is not easy to find: if you search for "wiki" you find a lot of links to Wikipedia. And you need to know to look for it in the first place. If we link to it to the sidebar, we can ...
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Would it make sense to have an [outdated] tag?

Some questions (such as this one about automatic shifting) primarily have answers which contain outdated information. I think this can be especially harmful, considering how these old questions are ...
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Do we need both the [children] and [kids] tags?

I noticed that on Bicycles.SE there is both a children tag and a kids tag. Neither has any usage guidance, and the are not synonyms. I don't see a good reason for there to be both, though, so I think ...
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Could we have the link button on mobile app too?

Several times I tried to write an answer from my mobile phone and suddenly discovered that there is no "link" button there (there is only a single button to insert the picture). Few times ...
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Should the frostcycling tag exist?

It seems that someone recently added a tag called frostcycling. It doesn't have usage guidance at the time of writing. Looking at the list of questions, they appear to be not distinct from the winter ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Probation for problematic participants?

There's someone who has been making fairly frequent "noise" comments. Is there a mechanism for putting his comments into a review queue before they go public?
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Pinning the accepted answer to top of list, or not

I see there's a plan for SE to change the way the accepted answer is displayed. At the moment, the AA is the first answer you see in the list, unless you've gone and changed the sort order which 99% ...
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Can a user name be considered offensive (and edited)?

A new user (56922) gave themselves the user name 'peter file'. Presumably this is a joke/play on the word pedophile, which is surely inappropriate for an inclusive and safe website. I don't think it's ...
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What determines tag order and the tag used in the browser titlebar?

My recent question How might I measure the proportion of a ride spent in various hand positions, or has it been studied? has 3 tags. I added them in the order [drop-bar], [riding-position], [long-...
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How to handle product recommendation questions?

I see that a lot of product recommendations are dealt with in the following format: Q: "What is the best product in category abc?" A/C: "Sorry, we can't do product recommendations here, ...
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Why were my flags declined on these clearly "conversational" comments?

Community guidance on comments is clear: comments are ephemeral, intended to live long enough to convey information to either the author of a post, or another person commenting, and no longer. ...
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Bike choice wizard? [closed]

I don't see this (presumable) FAQ anywhere onsite. Nor does Uncle Google help. Is there a simple wizard anywhere that asks a few questions and recommends a bike? Age, height, weight, spring to mind. ...
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