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The problem with blacklisting URLs is that spammers immediately get the feedback that they can't post such content, and the ones with any brains will switch to a different URL, or possibly a link shortener. I've added this URL to the watchlist of SmokeDetector; any new post with this URL, wherever it may be in the network, will be reported in some chatrooms,...


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The question demonstrated rather well why we ought not do this. We will have users who extend what they deem unethical to what appears to others as arbitrariness. In this case @AndyP considers a sound system a nuisance and conflates annoying with unethical. We have the means to deal with obviously unethical questions. They range from removing troll posts ...


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So, let's change from this: Bicycles is a question and answer site for people who build and repair bicycles, train bicycling, or commute on bicycles. It's built and run by you as part of the Stack Exchange network of Q&A sites. With your help, we're working together to build a library of detailed answers to every question about bicycles and bicycling. ...


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Done: http://bikes.stackexchange.com


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Another way to put it... Looking at the 50 most recently active questions, which ones could potentially benefit from a video? Cutting down cartridge bottom bracket left cup -- video of described procedure would be awesome How do I replace road bike hoods? -- bit of a stretch, but video of procedure could be handy How does Lockable Suspension work? -- might ...


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As David Richerby alludes to, we don't have the ability to implement new features that deviate from the larger Stack Exchange community. The place to raise these issues to the SE overlords is meta.stackexchange.com. As it happens, someone has already made this request. Unfortunately, it seems that the majority of the community doesn't want this feature at ...


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No - we should not make ethical judgements on a question. Ethics is different to safety. We should answer these questions with safety in mind and politely share why. People around the world have different concepts of safety - there's a number of questions about braking with one's feet, like its perfectly normal in that place. The fixed gear question ...


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You could ask two questions: "What is the name of this part?" -- describe it as best you can and include a picture. Describe the physical attributes and what it does. The description will help make sure later visitors find your question when they have the same question. Even a lot of native English speakers don't know the names of some of the parts. It's ...


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Yes, it would be possible. It requires the intervention of multiple moderators. Got any suggestions on the exact text? We can include bold, links, etc. Here's an example from another site: Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe your situation ...


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Yep, definitely. Blacklisted, thanks.


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There already is such a diagram, up at the Park Tool Co. website. At the moment, the diagram is up at parktool.com/blog/repair-help. (They've changed the URL in the past, so this link may break.) It would be redundant for us to duplicate that effort, so we've done something else instead: This site also has a terminology index, a glossary of bike terms. The ...


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I think the existing mechanisms work pretty well and don't really require any kind of special modifier... Typically when a question comes in for something that's a bad idea, you'll end up with: A highly upvoted comment explaining why it's a bad idea A highly upvoted answer that basically says "Ok, look, that's a bad idea and here's why, but if you're going ...


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After reviewing a good sample of the questions in each tag, I don't think these two tags should be merged. Most of the (non-closed) shopping questions are about what to look for, while the price questions are specifically about prices.


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I don't think so. While there's probably some overlap, ergonomics and bike fit often times are not the same thing at all. For example, there are mountain bike grips that are ergonomic, which has nothing to do with the way the bike fits. And roadies often choose a bike fit that emphasizes aerodynamics over ergonomics.


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Do you want me to change the Terminology Index? The problem doesn't effect most of us directly; it effects the first experience some new users have on our site. It helps us accumulate more users if that first encounter is more positive. I propose to make some changes to the Terminology index question. Since it's now community property I want to gauge the ...


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I din't think this really matters all that much as much as voting answers up and down. Accepting an answer is a courtesy, and it's nice to do so. However, in terms of site statistics, what really matters is that a question gets multiple answers and that they get votes. This site does well in that regard. Are there specific questions you feel should have ...


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We're trying to figure out a better place to host promotional type of files(vector, wallpaper, flyers etc), where we can easily deploy updates. Once we find a solution I'll be posting the files. For now if you're interested in the vector files, email me at jin@stackexchange.com


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Yes, we can do this. How is to post on meta (like you just did), wait for people to have a chance to comment on your proposal, then one of the moderators makes it happen. There's also a method that high-rep users can use to create a tag synonym, but we really don't have enough users with the rep, so a meta post and moderator intervention is the way to go. ...


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I watched the programme last night, and I'd be happy to write a blog on it. If anyone else would like to voice their opinion on the programme we could go for some kind of joint effort on it. Update - I've written the blog now.


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I like the idea of doing some automatic unit conversion, or providing tools for automatically converting units. Adding parenthetical lbs, kg, mi, km, tempF, tempC, etc is a common edit on questions and answers, in order to increase the audience. Many things on our site deal with physical measurement units. Many people only understand one unit system or the ...


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We have experimented with embedded video on a few sites, but I would be very hesitant about enabling it widely unless the site can show a substantial need for it. One of the big problems with video is that it is not searchable. Remember that the lifeblood of this site is search, so every time a video replaces a well-worded post that describes the problem, ...


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This would be a feature request for the larger Stack Exchange network. It's not something that we have control over on this site. There was a request raised for this on the network meta, but it doesn't look like it was well received.


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The current consensus seems to be that "ID My Bike" questions are on-topic for this site, if they are well written. As the comments on this meta post indicate, there are two ways we can go if the question is poorly written, does not include sufficient details and pictures, etc. Do what we are doing now which is primarily comment and downvote. Have ...


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The standard way to do that, which Wikipedia employs, is with HTML code called an ID attribute. The way it generally works is that they wrap text in an HTML element called a span. It looks like this: <span>Some text here</span>. They make it so you can link to it by giving the span an ID attribute, like this: <span id="section-to-link-to"...


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In terms of answering the OP's question, no. In terms of leaving behind a useful document for future generations, this sounds like a good idea.


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This is effectively impossible to do. Rider weight, terrain, tube condition, skill level of rider, braking style, etc. all come into play for how long they last and comfort is not an objectively measurable quantity (and is a function of tire pressure, which is highly dependent on rider weight). The extreme case would be fixies where even the gearing comes ...


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If you click "Questions" and then "frequent", it's right there. If you search for a specific term, it's likely to show up in a search. It's perfectly fine to ask a question about terminology. We can provide a simple answer, link it to the terminology index, or close it as a duplicate of the terminology index (which will link to it and provide additional ...


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I think the video-embedding feature could be enabled only for those above certain reputation. Linking videos could be a lazy way to answer/ask, a potential way of flooding, etc. So, with reputation-conditioned embedding, the risk of polluting and degenerating the site would be drastically reduced.


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Good point. Done. cyclometer is now a synonym for bike-computer


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Are you sure it's not more of a font issue than a color contrast issue? When I look at the site, the fonts are thicker, less jagged, and visibility isn't an issue... What's your setup? Screenshot from a different system:


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