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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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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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Would it make sense to have an [outdated] tag?

Some questions (such as this one about automatic shifting) primarily have answers which contain outdated information.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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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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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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How to archive offsite resources which are linked in questions/ answers?

This Q&A: Does this trike have a spoiler for downforce? has some excerpts of offsite resources (images from ebay). The originals are likely to disappear eventually and it would be nice to have a ...
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2020: 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 past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Why was my edit -- adding needed details -- to an answer rejected?

A one-line answer (https://bicycles.stackexchange.com/a/72347/31340), from a new user to the SE family, was rightly criticized for being too short, lacking reference. I researched and attempted to ...
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Are questions using bicycle parts for airplanes or other non-bicycle applications off topic?

I propose that when we are asked about using bicycle parts for anything that is: Not human powered Not a bicycle with an electric or internal combustion engine Not something pulled by a human powered ...
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Consider removing the Ceramic tag

I believe that the Ceramic tag is not useful. It currently has no usage guidance. It overlaps substantively with other tags. Edit: should we remove the ceramic tag? It is rarely used, which may ...
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Are questions on identifying bike via a picture on topic here?

Can I ask for identifying a particular bike -- model, type or at least providing any details -- if all I have is a picture of an old, African bicycle. Would such question be on topic here? I am a ...
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On topic: ebikes are on topic for bicycles.se

It's 2020 and ebikes are here to stay. I'm trying to retrain my initial urge to consider electronics questions as off topic (which may be because I don't have strong electronics knowledge); if they ...
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Ordinary should be made a synonym of penny farthing or vice verse

The tag for ordinary should be made a synonym for penny farthing or vice verse. Technically, ordinary is the correct bike geek term but most people know them as penny farthings.
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April Fools tag - do we need one

In relation to Best E-reader for a touring bike? its fairly obvious this is an april1 joke. In 2020 the commercial april fool's jokes seem to be thin on the ground. Its not impossible someone could ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Why was my last edit rejected?

So yesterday I thought lets be helpful and edit this post so it's easier to read, while i'm in the edit, I might as well embed the OPs image so it's all in the post. I just at looked at my suggested ...
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Indexing Tag, Do we need one?

Bit surprised by this but we don't seem to have a tag for Indexing ? Possibly one of the most used words on here. I don't have the privilege to create tags so a question feels appropriate.
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Image links open in new window or iframe if possible

Is it possible to make image links open in a new window or possible iframe? Annoyingly they open in the same window and if you forget and close you take yourself out of bicyles.stackexchange. i ...
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How many downvotes in a row does it take for count as "serial downvoting"?

Shortly after criticizing an answer for lacking sources or any detail, I noticed that three of my old posts were downvoted within the span of a few minutes. I suspect retaliatory downvoting ...
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Reviewing short posts from new users?

Trying to be encouraging of new users, how should we handle it when a new contributor has a short but sincere answer flagged as low quality, in reviewing the post? I left a comment to encourage more ...
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Can we have close reason for serial number id-this-bike questions?

We get a lot of id-this-bike questions of varying quality, those without pictures need to be improved. Sometimes they get voted to close because there isn't enough information in the question for an i....
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Canned Moderation Responses

I have a doc that I keep with some "canned" moderation responses. I add them as comments when going through the mod queue. Since a large portion of the community participates in moderation activities, ...
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Tag merge? [accident] and [crash]

I was trying to write up tag info for these two tags, and its hard to separate them. I've had a go but its not very good. https://bicycles.stackexchange.com/tags/accidents/info and https://bicycles....
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Can I ask a question about bicycle culture in the Southwest?

I am an avid bicyclist who is new to the Texas/Southwestern United States area. I am wondering if its okay to ask questions about bicycle culture in this forum? I have tried to do so in the travel ...
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Should there be answers to questions in the comments?

People often use the comments section to answer questions. Should we encourage people to use the Answer space for answers and the Comments space only to ask for more information or to clarify a ...
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How do I ask a good "ID My Bike" question?

When asking an "ID My Bike" question what information about the bike should I include? Would a good "ID My Bike" question need all of the following or are there a few key things that would offer the ...
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Closure reason, duplicate vs others

On this recently closed question, What kind of bike do I own my vote appears to be recorded as closure for being a duplicate. I thought I had intended to vote as ‘unclear what you are asking’ but it ...
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Can this question about how to construct/affix a bike light be reopened?

I got this question closed and I'm really just looking for instructions on how to construct a bike light that has specific requirements and that is not available on the market. This is, as far as I ...
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Effect of several downvotes on an answer

When an answer receives net 3 downvotes it gets kind of greyed out but I can still click it and interact with it. Is this just a helpful visual prompt that the answer is minus scoring? Are there ...
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Do we need an option to vote to close as 'unethical'?

We have two questions today, that have me questioning whether we as a community should even be attempting to answer them. One is a user attempting to resolve a problem with a fixie with no brakes - ...
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Is the "new" theme being shown on questions going to "take"?

There is a new "theme" that is being tested on questions this morning (Sunday March 31, 2019). Is this theme going to become permanent? (I hope not, because it's really ugly!)
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019 [duplicate]

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Can I share a link to my bike question on other StackExchange site?

I am a cross country cycling enthusiast and I ran into some legal issues which I am having a hard time getting over. I asked a question on "law" site of stackexchange and it seems like I am ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Why do we keep closing bike identification questions as duplicate of "Why shouldn't I care what model/make/year my bicycle is?"

We do get a lot of bike identification questions, usually of the very specific format of "identify my BMX by serial number". Over the last year or so it has become a tradition to close them as ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Bicycles's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for volunteering,...
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Bicycles updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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2018 Moderator Election - We need more candidates!

The nomination phase of the moderator elections was scheduled to end today. However, in order for the election to proceed, it is necessary to have at least one more candidate running than there are ...
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Closing - "my brand new bike has a fault" warranty questions

We occasionally get questions where someone has a brand new bike and there's something wrong with it. Example Hydraulic disc brakes The fault is often something trivial like poor shifting or brakes ...
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How do nominations work?

Can a person only nominate themselves? Can community members nominate other community members?
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