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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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New users can embed images in a post. I just checked by creating a new user (using an alternate browser and e-mail address that has never been used on SE before) and creating a question containing an image. My new user has 1 point of reputation, but is able to add images. Note that at 10 reputation the "Remove new user restrictions" lists posting more ...


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Done: http://bikes.stackexchange.com


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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