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Questions that are too basic for Stack Exchange

Recently posted on the Stack Overflow blog: Are Some Questions Too Simple? We’ve seen it come up enough times now that I’m comfortable making a final decision: yes, some questions are too simple to ...
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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 is rarely used, which may indicate that it's of limited utility. Of the 7 current questions with this tag: 2 ...
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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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Delete tag “ratchet”

I've noticed a new tag of "ratchet" which was on one question only: Trigger shifters partly malfunctioning Editing the tags on that question to remove the tag has not deleted it from SE. I figured ...
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Overly long or complex answers

This has bugged me for a while, but this question demonstrates the problem nicely. Priorities for Limited Funds The question is okay but I observe that the three answers are all 20+ lines long, and ...
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A Cannondale Mountainbike for Giveaway: The Rules (Perhaps)

We've got another bike for giveaway. Here's what I'm thinking about the details + rules. Please respond with what you like and what you don't and we'll iron out the details. I'd like to get this ...
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Information on the moderator candidates

Yi Jiang has put together a nice site that use the Stack Overflow API to display information on the moderator candidates. Click here to see all the information. The information presented is: The ...
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NY/NJ/CT people - Summer Streets ride in NYC, Sat 20 Aug - Who's coming?

Summer Streets is a huge event where New York City closes down Park Avenue from East 72nd street (by Central Park) all the way down to the Brooklyn Bridge. I know we've got some people in the NYC area....
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Early in this beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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If you are going to downvote, why not add feedback as to why you downvoted?

Okay, this is really less a question and more a plea for people to follow "Wil Wheaton's Law". For the most part I enjoy this site, but there are a couple of people (I think, there is no audit trail, ...
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Can I ask which bicycle I can buy?

I am very new to cycling and I don't know which cycle best suits me. I live in India. My doubt is whether, I can ask which MTB cycle I can buy? I will state my budget. Please let me know soon, I am ...
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An accessible, multi-answer, fact-based question?

A few outside bike orgs have expressed interest in "hosting" a question at our site. This question may function as a contest submission form (ie. Submit your answer, all answerers are eligible to win ...
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Comment clutter - Does it bother you, and would you want it cleaned up?

Have you ever seen a comment under that made no sense? Maybe the comment mentioned something about the question that wasn't there any more (maybe a typo was edited out of the question), or a comment ...
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Banning dubious tags

Anyone know how to ban tags? I can't figure out how to so it, although the tagging interface is kinda hard to navigate. Can diamond mods do this or is this an action only SE employees can take? I ...
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Do we need new moderators or a new moderator election (most of our mods seem to be not active)

Note: this question is based on a false premise (that the moderators are not active), however it is being kept up in case other b.se members also wonder the same I looked at our current moderator ...
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Should personal tone/references be avoided in our community?

Since this community is still relatively small compared to, for example, StackOverflow, and since there are, fortunately, lots of commited users, it is relatively common to see comments and answers ...
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Generating questions?

I love it! I get a downvote for merely asking a question. So, this question was edited a bit and reopened as a result. How long should it take to rebuild a wheel? I would like to know if it's ...
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How to manage duplicate tags

There are a couple of tags now for Lubricant lube lubricant lubericant (my spelling mistake). For starters, how can I delete the 'lubericant' tag. And how do we manage tags of different name but ...
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Change the confusing and unintelligible site icon

This site (the main site, not the meta; ok, also the meta) has a weird/silly logo icon: And it looks even less intelligible as a favicon. I always forget what the tabs with this icon mean. In this ...
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should down-voting cost more reputation

...particularly if you have a lot of reputation or you down-vote frequently? According to the help page: Voting down answers is not something we want you to take lightly, so it is not free. Yet ...
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How much should editors re-write questions?

When we get a question that is essentially useful but written in such a way that it is not easy to answer well, should editors jump in and significantly revise it? I'm specifically looking at this ...
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How are moderators choosen for the site?

I am curious how mods are chosen for the site and if we can provide feedback/evaluate for them. I know that SO has had elections before.
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Would a “tips to avoid crashes in urban commutes” be on topic?

I'd quite like to ask "How can I avoid crashes on my urban commute?" but it strikes me as a "straight to wiki" question with a healthy dose of "likely to be controversial", so probably falls under "...
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What is (or was) http://cycling-exchange.com/ ?

I stumbled across http://cycling-exchange.com/ when looking at Area51. It looks inactive now, but what was it and how does it relate to this site ? Does anyone know why it failed to pick up or died ...
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How Can I Get an Email Notification When Someone Answers My Questiion?

In WordReference Forum,for instance, where you can post your questions on language, you get an email notification whenever someone answers your question Does StackExchange offer that facility? If ...
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May Bicycle Stack exchange be used for questions about transport?

May Bicycle Stack Exchange be used for questions about transport (bike related)? If no, may the scope be enlarged? Examples: What is the most efficient means of transport? What is the safest means ...
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Community Wiki for “political” questions?

This question has made me wonder whether we should have a few of the more political FAQs as community wiki as a resource. The advantage would be that they do come up often, and having a wiki listing ...
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Tagging: Tag on the question or on the question and answer as a unit?

Take a look at this question: How can I carry a tripod on my bike? The question itself is about how to haul [item x] around. The answers get into panniers, DIY stuff, and safety issues, all of ...
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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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Additional reason for closing a question

Can we get "insufficient information provided" added as a reason for closing a question? Its a little like "too broad" but shows that the asker has not provided enough info, whereas too broad means ...
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Parts of parts tags – “spider” in this case

I'm wondering how to deal with a tag like "spider" in this question. It seems to me that the tag is redundant with the "crankset" and maybe the "chainring" tag that are also on the question. Right now ...
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Spelling of derailleur

Do we have a standard spelling of derailleur? There are at least three main variations: derailleur without accents dérailleur with an accent derailer -- the Sheldon Brown variation (note the single '...
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Same post defaced twice by anonymous user(s)

I recently started reviewing Suggested Edits and rejected a couple of edits. The edits I have rejected (along with users Benedikt Bauer and DWGKNZ) were both vandalism. I am curious that both cases ...
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Adding shopping recommendations to the vote-to-close page?

There seems to be some consensus that shopping requests are often off-topic, particularly those that ask for recommendations for products rather than recommendations about what to look for in products:...
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Is it appropriate to close a question as a duplicate of another closed question?

So, I voted to close Headphones while cycling as a duplicate of Is listening to music dangerous while cycling? However, the other question was closed (due to being unconstructive). Mostly because ...
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Is there a way to refer to bicycles.stackexchange.com in less than nine syllables?

Saying "bicycles.stackexchange.com" takes nine syllables. When I'm talking to my wife, I sometimes stammer out "that bike question site", which is shorter by half but vague and awkward. I don't think ...
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What is the policy on commercial users?

I've seen a few questions just pop up from this account. It seems like the answers that are posted are actually relevant and typed by a human, but it's obviously an account that belongs to a ...
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Revising Answers

I'm wondering about revising answers – specifically taking an accepted answer or a high scoring answer of one's own and incorporating ideas from other answers and comments into it. This is the ...
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Posting other users comments as an answer

A new user posted an answer that is an aggregate of another user's comments. The reuse is clearly acknowledged. But it doesn't sit quite right with me. I'm looking for a consensus on how such cases ...
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How would a new user find our terminology index?

I am prompted to ask by Name in English of different parts and tools. Maybe it's obvious, but each time I've wanted it I had to dig around. (Yes, it's a favorite now :-) I see a link on What topics ...
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Why was this question not removed as off topic?

I was cruising through my flag summary today (because that's the kind of thing I do when I'm bored). I noticed that I had flagged this question about why bicycles are considered vehicles instead of ...
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Accepted answer vs the original question

This question: Long-lasting price-worthy fenders? The title: "Long-lasting price-worthy fenders?" The key question: "So which fenders are long-lasting price-worthy?" It's interesting in how the "...
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Merge tags “road” and “road-bike”?

It looks to me like everything tagged road is actually about a road bike. Much of road-bike is also tagged "road", even... These tags look redundant to me, and it'd be nice to get everything that's ...
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Considering attempting a canonical question on kickstands

We have a [kickstand] tag with a reasonable amount of use. Depsite an old, generic question Which kickstand to choose? we don't really have anything to point other questions at (e.g. How to select ...
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Scooters - on topic or off topic?

I asked a question yesterday about brake blocks for plastic wheels. Plastic rims and brake pads At the time it seemed on-topic because its totally bike components. However not all scooters are ...
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Adding shopping questions as off topic to the help pages

I noticed that even though we added shopping questions to the closure reasons, it actually doesn't say anywhere in the help pages that they're off topic. I was thinking we should add them. It looks ...
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Can I rewrite a question that didn't benefit from migration?

I wrote the following question on bicycles.SE: https://bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/14971/should-cyclists-use-weight-training-to-strengthen-underutilized-muscles A moderator encouraged me to ...
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Can someone explain to me why the Horst link patent question was removed?

Not even, migrated, just removed. It was a good question that was voted on to reopen. What's the justification?
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Are questions about the weight of a specific bike too localized?

We've recently got a couple questions asking about the weight of specific bikes. Assuming that the question is answerable (just asking about frame and fork, not components and has enough information ...

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