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Update our FAQ and abandon theme/plugin recommendations

We've had the discussion about what is on-/offtopic in chat and different other channels often enough. And we know one thing for sure: Plugin/Theme recommendations are (almost mostly) »shopping ...
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I have resigned as moderator

A year after I was elected as moderator it turned out it was not for a year. I was stretched thin and threw a fit in the mod room. :) Still somehow I went on to serve as a mod for nearly five years ...
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WordPress Answers Top User Swag

As a thank you for being awesome, if you have at least 890 reputation and are on page 1 or page 2 of … https://wordpress.stackexchange.com/users?tab=reputation&filter=all … we'll ...
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2014 Community Moderator Election Results

WordPress Stack Exchange's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the three new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please ...
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Is it harder to get upvotes on WPSE than other SE sites?

It seems to me that it is 'harder' than on other Stack Exchange sites to get up votes on WPSE. Certainly if I compare it to UXSE that I also frequent. This is similar to the 'Why are questions not ...
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★ A better name for our site ★

Currently our question header states WORDPRESS ANSWERS but in our FAQ, filed under "How to ask", we can find the following important bit of text: What topics can I ask about here? ...
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Is MikeSchinkel a company?

Based on his activity, I have come to the conclusion that MikeSchinkel must be the anonymous facade of a company. It must consist of at least: One developer thinking up the solutions One UI person ...
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Site Name: The Final Chapter

UPDATE: The new name is live in the header image!! It'll be updated in various text sections shortly. Original post follows. Let's be honest, Empire was awesome, but the middle part of a Trilogy ...
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QueryPosts.com lives

Long long time ago, on a meta right here - there were ideas about custom domain for the WPSE. Then the whole custom domain thing was scrapped and for that long time leading domain choice of queryposts....
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State of stack 2012

This will be primarily written as from our moderator staff to network's higher powers, but I will be happy to see opinions and input from users on things outlined. The good At almost year since ...
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Design for the official WordPress.SE site

Hi all. I'm Jin, and I'll be working on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic. However, ...
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Let's get the unanswered rate under control

I'm relatively new as an active user here, so I'm still in the honeymoon phase where tackling 20,000 unanswered questions looks like fun. So, I thought I'd get together some ideas/tips/motivation to ...
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Fixing the new design

Many of you had concerns regarding the new design, so let's try to fix all these issues together and come with a better design for this community! So first, let's list what we need to fix: Color ...
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Nomination for Rarst to be a Moderator Pro Tem

At this point @Rarst has become probably the most active user on WordPress Answers and has been flagging more questions than anyone else. I would like StackExchange to consider a nomination of @Rarst ...
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Our wooes and future of platform plugins at WPSE

I think that after fair amount of time (well over a year) and discussion it is clear that "Woo issue" is not going away. However after spinning it in my head for a while I think we might be having ...
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Why does stackoverflow have such an active WordPress tag?

The WordPress tag on stack is pretty active, and it also has some interesting questions that are sometimes technical. March 2012 Stat Compare (data.stackexchange.com) 461 Post where tagged WordPress ...
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WooCommerce dumping its support here in a direct menu link

As of 2013-09-30 13:22:00Z the menu link at Woo site iscompletely removed. Related post: https://wordpress.stackexchange.com/q/115966/12615 There, we come to know on the OP words that That's ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

WordPress Development's fourth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them ...
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The namespace WPSE

I suggest the namespace WPSE for the code snippets we use in our answers. Namespaces are a feature of PHP 5.3; WordPress core requires just PHP 5.2.4 currently. But even PHP 5.3 development has ...
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Is WooCommerce off topic?

I kinda hate to ask this question again, but are WooCommerce questions off-topic/out of scope? I try to hit the review questions whenever I visit and while the questions may be well formed and even ...
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Let there be blog

It's been ridiculous for stack about WordPress to not actually have a community blog. I cited dire lack of human resources in the past, but we are slowly pushing past that. Also I am on sabbatical. I ...
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Can we have wireframes? Like on UX.SE?

One thing I really like on UX.SE is that you can add a quick sketch to your question or answer that shows what you thought about, what to expect, etc. In WordPress we often have that need, but need ...
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Are we doomed to mirror lack of experts in larger WP ecosystem?

Our answered rate is plummeting more and more obviously. I had trouble coming up with explanation, until I discovered in extended stats one metric that seems to correlate with it - how many new active ...
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UPDATE: A design update is coming!

UPDATE While I was converting the site to the new framework, as I said in this post, I also decided to refresh the design and layout. I'm aiming for a cleaner and more modern look which match the ...
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Make WooCommerce questions off topic

Let's move on We already had one meta question by Tom J. Nowell asking how we should deal with the woocommerce questions. It had quite some traction and support. Now I'm polling if we should update ...
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New Design Launched

Hi all, As you can see the new design is live, which means WordPress.se has been officially launched, and is no longer a Beta site! Congratulations! Also thank you for the feedback on the design. I ...
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Why are questions not being voted on?

I have noticed a trend that questions (even good ones) that have multiple answers are not being voted on. When a new question comes in it's on the front page for less than a day (around 16-20 hours) ...
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Code Review on WordPress Answers

There have been one or two requests for code reviews for plug-ins and themes on the site in the past few weeks. WordPress Answers gives us the unique ability to post code, submit reviews, and vote on ...
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What type of machine is Toscho?

I think the poster in these comments might be on to something ( https://wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/75359/how-to-make-recent-posts-shortcode-carousel-posts-with-navigation ) when he alluded ...
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How big and commited are our community?

@toscho told me one day in a very brief discussion in chat that this community doesn't need moderators to moderate it, this is a community driven site (as is every site in the stackexchange network) ...
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Vote! The Great Chat Room Rename Project

It's been quite a while since our chat room started ( WordPress Answers Chat ) and it seems it was named near randomly Because it's what Mark called it when he imported it I believe Thomas ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Did changing the site's name reduce the number of bad questions from new users?

A few years ago, this site was called WordPress Answers. After much negotiation, the Community team agreed to rename it to WordPress Development. That change occurred around March 1, 2014, so it's ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

WordPress Development's fifth 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 ...
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Best Way to Respond to Email Requests for Free Help?

One of the downsides of answering questions on a StackExchange site is that people frequently contact us via email and Twitter DM asking for free help with their development problem[1]. And while I ...
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Should we clarify the Tour to add 3rd party themes/plugins to the off-topic list?

I've noticed I tend to be flagging a lot of plugin questions as off-topic (often Woocommerce related). In What topics can I ask about here?, we clearly state: Note that we do not handle questions: ...
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Happy Late New Year! Here's Some 2016 Numbers!

Happy Late New Year everyone! Had to wait for Hats to finish so we knew who the true winners are :) 2015 "stats" for comparison. Traffic In 2016 The WordPress Stack Exchange had 23.3 million page ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that ...
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How to deal with people who are not willing to research for harder questions?

I am currently kind of struggling with how to react to people who obviously put no real effort in trying to find a solution for themselves. I find myself to get more and more uncomfortable about those ...
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Can I ask a question about a wordpress plugin?

The plugin has zero documentation. I need to figure out how it stores information so I can program a way to extract data from it that it's storing. It doesn't even have a page just a github which it ...
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Please keep comment explosions in check — rule of third comment

This was Nth time I got summoned to handle giant ugly devolved comment thread. So I feel some things need to be said (and discussed if anyone feels like it). I am very glad that we get more and more ...
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From a community stand point, is it worth me answering old unanswered questions?

Often I take a look through the unanswered questions and start to answer them only to realise it's a year or more old and subsequently, I abandon answering them. From a community stand point is it ...
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What if … third party specific questions would be on topic?

Think We as community (that includes you, the reader) have the stance that 3rd party/non-core plugin and theme specific questions are off topic on our site. That rule excludes three parts: Plugins ...
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Benefits of asking on Wordpress Stackexchange instead of Stackoverflow?

In related questions, people agree that all WP-related questions should go into this forum, not stack overflow. But the fact is that there are 100k 'wordpress' tagged questions there, with more ...
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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Convince plugin authors to do their support here

Looking at the top 1000 plugin authors, how many of them have no good support mechanism and would like to "move" to the WordPress Stack Exchange to do most of their support? This would mean more ...
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Adopt a tag! Help to keep our site clean

Our tags are a mess: many questions are tagged wrongly, and many tags are too similar or meaningless. Some time ago, I cleaned up the tags wordpress.com and wordpress.org. Since then I check those ...
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WPSE Scope: Minimum Competency Requirement

We often encounter questions (or comments/edits to questions) that are nothing more than PHP syntax errors that have not been properly debugged. (e.g. "I tried that, and my site went blank"). Here's ...
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(Guide) How to add database details to your question

As we got quite some questions dealing with migrating other CMS or custom databases to WordPress, we need a guide on how to attach the minimum needed data. Those posts have some views, but there are ...
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Is wp-cli now officially on-topic?

I doubt this will be controversial, but I figured someone should ask what the community consensus would now be. :) Our current position on wp-cli is probably well summed up in this post by Rarst: ...