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Moderator resignation

Additional update: My diamond was removed something in the ballpark of an hour ago, as per my request from last week. Thanks for your understanding, everyone. Some updates: (1) I signed this letter....
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Reinstate Monica

Monica Cellio has called for Stack Overflow to address what they did to her: Stack Overflow is doing me ongoing harm; it's time to fix it! A number of users have changed their username to "Reinstate ...
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I am resigning as a moderator

Update: Today, is the one-year anniversary of Monica's firing without cause or process. This still has not been corrected. It is time for me to go. I have asked for my diamond to be removed. I don'...
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Internet Support for Statistics Software

A discussion in fall 2010 considered the extent to which purely software-related questions would be welcome on this site. It didn't really reach a conclusion, but one useful suggestion that arose is ...
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CV and Data Science: semi-identical twins?

I would like to reopen the discussion regarding CV and the Data Science beta. This question is related to this previous one: Data Science SE but now with a better view of where Data Science seems to ...
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Help spread the wealth

[This post was inspired by this one] You may have noticed that I award the occasional bounty - I like to give one when I see a particularly good answer or a question I think should get an answer. (...
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Why is our answer rate so low?

Has anyone else noticed that we are 5th from bottom with an answer rate of only 76%? On the one hand there are some questions that appear "answered" in the comments, like this one: Is the percent of ...
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How to ask a "good" question on CrossValidated?

Background First of all please note that I have been a user on SE sites for over two years now; more than 20 months on CV. While active on StackOverflow and Sports.SE I never quite managed to get ...
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Top $k$ List of Reasons to Close a Question Immediately

This is intended to be a "humorous and friendly thread on how to ask a horrible question" (amoeba) which can help new users understand how to write good questions. We hope you will ...
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We have a very large & widening gap between questions and answers. How do we fix it?

Cross-validated is a question-and-answer site. I think it's worthwhile to ask "How well does this website serve people who ask (on-topic, answerable) questions?" To answer this question in a ...
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What is the best way to give back to the community when I don't have the math skills?

I have only taken introductory statistics courses, and those were several years ago. I haven't taken any other advanced math courses either, so my math skills are clearly not strong enough to answer ...
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Regarding the passing away of Bruce E. Trumbo

Today, it has been noted (by Nick Cox in Ten Fold) that recently Dr. Bruce E. Trumbo, professor emeritus of statistics, biostatistics, and mathematics, author of two books, and most prominently one of ...
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Rich get richer phenomenon on CV

Is there a rich get richer phenomenon on CV and can we do something about it? I have a feeling that we, as a community (including myself), have a bias in up-voting, so that high-reputation users are ...
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What motivates people to answer questions?

I know why I ask questions -- to learn and to get help with problems I'm struggling with. And I have been incredibly impressed with the Stack Exchange community's knowledge, eloquence, and ...
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Are we seeing a dramatic drop in answers per question?

From time to time I look at CV site-related stats of various kinds in various places. I was alarmed to look at this query on Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE), Which shows a dramatic drop in the ...
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Data Science SE

I noticed the ad on the main site today for the data science proposal, which evidently is 77% committed. Some of the people committed to the proposal are users on CV. Most of the questions listed ...
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I think we need to talk about the SO/CV interface again

Two hours ago (ish), a new user posted this question on two-tailed F-values - how to do them in R. He (or she, but I'm going to say he) was told to take it to SO. So, he did what he can see to do -- ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Cross Validated's fifth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Are we closing questions too fast?

It seems to me that we have been closing more and more questions, and that we are moving them into the close votes review queue very quickly. This seems to have evolved naturally, but I wonder if we ...
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Are new answerers feeling like they "speak into the void"? And can we help?

It is known that CV has a large and growing number of unanswered questions. If that is to improve, increasing the number of people who answer questions and/or help clean up (downvote, edit, comment) ...
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What's the best way to answer "my neural network doesn't work, please fix" questions?

I've observed that we tend to get a number of questions in the vein of "I'm training a neural network and the model is not effective (for some definition of effective). Please help me fix it.&...
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Stack Exchange site to ask questions about computer vision?

I am using machine learning techniques for computer vision. However, I am unsure of where to address my questions about computer vision. Sometimes the questions are about manipulating the image and ...
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Current tag synonym candidates

Please post your tag synonym suggestions as new answers in this thread, one answer per suggestion. Upvote answers where you believe that the suggested tags should be made synonyms, and downvote ...
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Unanswered questions as percentage of total – why does CV stand out?

Are there any ideas / proposed explanations about why CV stands out regarding the percentage of questions that have zero answers? (I have excluded questions that have answers, but none of them are ...
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How to answer R questions

It's inevitable that we will get lots of R questions in this forum. Should we: Bounce them all to SO Answer all questions, even when it's clearly programming and not statistics. Answer the question ...
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Why are Cross Validated users using the avatar "Reinstate Monica"?

I have seen the question asked by S. Kolassa describing Monica Cellio and the fact that she was mysteriously removed from Stack Overflow. I have also learned from that question that several CV users ...
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2015 Community Moderator Election Results

Cross Validated's 3rd 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 for ...
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Editing questions: dos and don'ts

What is the etiquette for editing questions? How much is it OK to modify? What are the guidelines and what are the limits? I am concerned that once a question has been edited, the difficulties facing ...
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My upvoting policy

Some time ago I decided to employ a policy for upvoting the questions: When I answer the question, it means that it was worth answering, so I automatically upvote it. There are some minor exceptions ...
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FAQ: Best Practices for Searching CV

Over the course of almost nine years, we have amassed a body of good answers to many clearly stated questions: one of our site's principal goals. To be useful, though, these answers have to be ...
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Putting Cross Validated stats on resume

This question has been asked on other SE forums, but has anyone on Cross Validated added their profile information (either putting their handle, rep, or both) on their resume or curriculum vitae? ...
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Does being on StackExchange help get consulting jobs?

I previously asked a question as to whether or not StackExchange hurts a consultant's business because of all the free advice one can readily obtain here. Some felt that the advice given was for ...
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Should we reduce the vote threshold for closing questions?

Currently, it takes 5 close votes from users with the vote-to-close privilege ($\ge3000$ reputation), or 1 vote from a moderator, to close a question. If the question is being closed as a duplicate ...
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Should Cross Validated participate in the 2014 “Winter Bash”?

For the third year running, the Stack Exchange team is organizing a "Winter Bash". Users earn "hats" for their gravatars by completing novel tasks (analogous to badges). Certain specific actions will ...
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Are very elementary questions off topic on CrossValidated?

In a thread on the main site someone said very elementary questions are off topic It looks like someone upvoted his comment so maybe he's right. Around that same time @gung told me to be cautious ...
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Let us merge [mixed], [mixed-effect] and [mixed-model] tags

Recently I have been reading quite a lot on CV about fixed / random / mixed effects models and related terminological controversies. Unfortunately, the CV tags for the mixed models are a mess, which ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election Results

Cross Validated'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 for ...
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Why is a comment that maligns my field not inappropriate for CV?

I'm not sure where to bring up this issue, but the CV meta seemed as good a place as any. Recently I was reading this question about whether the banning of p-values and confidence intervals by the ...
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Should we make [deep-learning] tag a synonym for [neural-networks]?

We already have a thread on tag synonyms and merging the *-learning tags, but since deep learning is currently a hot topic, it probably would be better to discuss it separately. Should we make deep-...
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Is it safe to use Cross Validated as a note keeping software?

Sometimes I spend a lot of time to write an answer, and such posts become valuable to me. However, I am afraid that StackExchange may be down for some reason (although this is very unlikely) in the ...
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Is it time for an independent Statistics Q&A website? How can we be more independent? #STEXIT #WhoOwnsTheInternet

There has been recent turmoil on StackExchange (relating to various issues) and there are thoughts rising that it might be better for the community to be more independent from the commercial side of ...
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Your votes are useful, use them!

As the community grows up, we face an increasing number of interesting questions, but we can see also, sometimes, some questions that should be closed because they just don't fit within this site. ...
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2017 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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"Help I have some data and need to analyse it what do I dooo?"

I have been on this stackexchange long enough now to see there is quite a lot of questions along the lines of: Help, I'm a data science intern/amateur statistician and I've been given a load of ...
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What does the logo for CrossValidated represent?

I'm talking about this puppy: It kinda looks like a heat-map or correlogram, but I would expect the other diagonal to be picked out in green, were that the case. (My expectations may be flawed. :) I ...
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The most interesting users on CV

One great use of this website I discovered is digging through the highest voted answers authored by users with high reputation. I've discovered some really interesting discusions this way, and I ...
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What should our site be called? / What should our domain name be? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline Note: We are closing this domain naming thread. It is asking the entirely wrong question. See this blog post for details: Domain Names: Wrong ...
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How should we deal with obvious homework questions

When this site takes off, we will get a number of homework questions that can be spotted a mile off. Should we Just down vote them and not answer them. Provide helpful hints Make a note in the FAQ ...
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Improvement Drive - Cross Validated

Greetings from Stack Exchange HQ! We have been assigned to evaluate Cross Validated and recommend some methods for making it even better. Please note that this is a more hands-on evaluation, and is ...
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June 5 General Moderation Strike: Recap, Possible roles, consequences and other relevant info

I won't beat the bush here: for cognizance of the community, I would briefly state all the recent events that unfolded over the past week or so. And then (my personal opinion) there would be a message ...
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