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Custom flag for cross-posting was declined with puzzling justification

I recently raised a custom flag in this question for being cross-posted to Stack Overflow; to my surprize, the flag was declined - Using standard flags helps us prioritize problems and resolve them ...
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Stack Overflow is planning to give their non-programming Machine Learning questions wholesale to Cross Validated

Just a note that Stack Overflow is looking to give away their closed questions on theoretical (i.e. non-programming) aspects of ML to Cross Validated: Let's gift wrap our (good) Machine Learning ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Do we need both orange and orange3 tags?

Recently many orange posts have had the orange3 tag also added. Is there a compelling reason for the existence of both tags? At time of posting, there are 77 questions tagged with orange3 and 179 ...
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Tag Request - PLS

I was going to create a new tag for the site for pls (Partial Least Squares), but this action requires 1500 reputation. A quick search of this subject on the site ...
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Are “where can I find a dataset on x” questions on topic?

Some very interesting findings can occur when a new dataset is discovered or created. Presuming someone has done some searching in obvious places, are questions like "where can I find a dataset ...
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Do we vote to close questions with high vote counts?

Another question regarding close votes (since I have seen so many populating the review queues recently) - how should we approach/evaluate closing questions which have relatively high vote counts? ...
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Should we burninate unbalanced-classes tag and merge it with class-imbalance?

Currently there are two tags for class imbalance, class-imbalance and unbalanced-classes. Given that they refer to the exact same thing, and that the standard term in the literature is "class ...
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How to deal with “how do I interpret this?” type questions

It seems like exceedingly I come across a large number of posts that ask questions that share some resemblance to the question "these are my results, how do I interpret them?" It seems like ...
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Can we ask questions and answer them by our self?

Can we ask questions and answer them, if we believe that other people may refer to them in the future? Is it ethical to do this to get better reputation in this community?
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How to deal with suspected homework questions?

I regularly see what looks to me like homework questions (example) and I'm never sure what is the policy about such questions on DataScienceSE: Currently I assume that the policy is along the lines ...
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Do reviewers auto-suggest to close as “needs more focus” when multiple question marks are present?

I've been bothered by this issue for a while, but this question (Should I normalise image pixel wise for a pretrained model) in particular made me think that this might be the case. The question can ...
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Opinion Based but relevant

As Data Science, we base much of our work on intuition and experimentation and this reflects on the kind of questions that end up been asked around DSSE. Many times we want a recommendation or discuss ...
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What steps, as a community, should we take to correct the flow of questions between StackOverflow and DSSE?

For the first time in a while I went to StackOverflow, looking for question to answer under the python tag. I found many questions, including some with high ...
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How to proceed when a bountied question should be closed

Right now, there are two bountied questions in DSSE Chain Function in Backprograpagation: which is in need for clarification and 'TabularLIME' is not defined Azure DataBricks: which is off-topic The ...
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Closing question based on inactivity

I want to know if there is a way to vote for closing questions based on inactivity from OP's side. There are more than 9000 unanswered question on https://datascience.stackexchange.com where some of ...
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Edit questions that only update hyperlinks

Lately I have been seeing a lot of edits that only transform a URL into a hyperlink. It sometimes helps the ease of reading, and makes it look a little bit better, but most of the times I feel that is ...
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Do we have a 'canonical' question for “how to avoid overfitting”?

I've encountered this question looking for "some guideline about how to manage the over-fitting problem". OP has enough specifics in their question for me to give a specific answer, but I ...
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Difference between hyperparameter and hyperparameter-tuning tags

It seems that there are two similar tags: hyperparameter and hyperparameter-tuning (see below) Both tags are used at relatively ...
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How to flag post which indicates a commercial purpose?

How should I flag a post which indicates a commercial purpose? Some posts have expressions like: "for my client", "it's part of project in my job", etc. Are posts like these compatible with the SE ...
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Is my question legal to ask on Data Science Stack Exchange?

I would just like to know if Data Science Stack Exchange is a proper place to ask my question. I'm pasting it below. I'm a data analyst, I studied maths and statistics and I've been working as an ...
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Is the tag 'web-scrapping' really correct?

I recently used the tag web-scrapping, having first read it as 'web-scraping'. I realised it actually says 'web-scrapping'. Since I guess that does not really make sense, I guess it is a typo? Can we ...
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What can I do to improve my question about gibbs sampling?

So a while back, I ask a question about Gibbs sampling, but got no response. If I use Gibbs sampling with a Bayesian model, what do I have to check is memoryless? My question is really about a ...
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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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How to improve a question about adapting algorithm?

My question about adapting a binary tree algorithm to make it a multi-class algorithm has been closed without a comment. I have edited it, I would like to improve it to have it reopen but I can't ...
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Are questions about data integration on topic on this site?

Data integration, according to Wikipedia, is Data integration involves combining data residing in different sources and providing users with a unified view of them. So at least part of it seems ...
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Are questions about AI history on-topic?

I'm interested in the evolution of neural networks. Therefore I would like to ask questions like "Who was the first to describe a perceptron with more than one output node?" Are these kind of ...
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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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Are questions about papers on-topic?

I've seen that there was a discussion a few years ago about papers on Data Science SE and I'd like to revive it. I am a bit fuzzy about whether questions about papers are or should be considered on-...
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Should math and mathematics be tag synonyms?

There are two tags, math and mathematics, which I believe should be made synonyms of each other. On another note, they do not have usage guidelines. My assumption would be that a question tagged with ...
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Q: Should suggesting tag synonyms be more accessible?

Context I saw a question with the tag k-nn for K-Nearest Neighbors. I thought it was a typo and that it should be changed to knn...
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Why do we have an MLP tag?

Ran across a question with the mlp tag today. As of asking this question, the mlp tag has 52 questions and no tag description, ...
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What more is needed to permanently suspend a user for systematic, intentional, and planned plagiarism across SE?

In the last few hours, I have raised four (4) flags in SO and five (5) flags in Data Science SE (DSSE), all of them concerning systematic plagiarism (and attempts of) by a specific user. In brief: ...
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How to share data on Stack Overflow?

While working on this question, I asked the submitter for their data, so I could play with it, and the answer was: fine, how can I share it? I have no idea :p Looking on SO, I saw this question, but ...
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What is the correct action for questions containing code screenshot?

I was wondering what is the recommended way to deal with questions made of code screenshots? For instance this one or that one I assume that this is a bad idea from the perspective of SE text search ...
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Ideas: How to get more active users and improve the community of DS

After a long discussion I had with the moderator oW_ about the community status in Data Science Site, I decided to gather some ideas and propose them here. Note: My personal view is that a moderator ...
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Rejected Tag Wiki

For the last several months, I spend some time once every while to improve the Tag Wiki of Data Science Site. In most of the cases, I look on other Stack Exchange sites if they have a decent Tag ...
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Why so few people vote and is there any way to encourage voting?

I've been discovering DataScienceSE for about two months and although I kind of like the topic, my impression is that this SE is not doing great. I've been active on a few other SE sites for some time ...
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Correct Flag (if any) for this Question

I stumbled across this question and I'm unsure of how to handle this. This question was answered in the comments, so if this was the only "issue" - I would normally just comment to the users involved ...
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Why is there a penalty for downvoting answers?

I understand that for question asking, if quality is low or it looks like there was not sufficient effort or time put into asking a question it can be downvoted. My question is: why is there a ...
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What is your process for migrating questions?

Came across How to check whether a word is abbreviated or not using Python? this question you migrated to Open Data this morning. This is not an Open Data question; it may not be a Data Science ...
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Are questions about standard vocabularies, data and metadata formats, and ontologies on topic here?

Are questions such as: What metadata is required to make a specific data product useable (and how should I format it?) How can I make sure my raster data complies with standard X? What type of ...
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The user gets reputation points for editing after having 1000 points?

As I have seen, +2 reputation points are given when a user's edit suggestion is approved by their peers. Once a user gets 1000 reputation points, he has the possibility of editing without being peer-...
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How can I propose an edit to the help center on “ What topics can I ask about here?”

I would like to propose that the Help Center topic What topics can I ask about here? be eddited to the following: What topics can I ask about here? Please look around to see if your question has ...
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Lost Reputation from something I don't remember ever posting

the reputation loss is minimal (2 pts) but still, I can't remember the post responsible for it. The log says: -2 removed How to Programming for Data Science by using KNN But I don't remember: ...
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What exactly a moderator dashboard looks like?

Congratulations to all the elected Moderators. We are really excited to have you as our community moderators. I (and hopefully other members too) am really eager to have a glimpse of what the latest ...
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Accept Late Answers

While there is some overlap with the question Should answer acceptance restricted who has asked the question? the background I am going to provide is a bit different. The are Askers that are unlikely ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Data Science's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the three new moderators are: They'll be the new moderator team shortly—please thank them for ...
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How can we define what is and what is not on topic?

Data Science is a pretty broad subject and defining what is on topic or not seems quite hard. This difficult is reflected on our help-center that does not specify what is on topic but rather give few ...
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On-topic: Image Processing?

Disclaimer 1: There were other questions related to the broad nature of our help-center in regard to what is on-topic, none of them have a good or clearly answer, in my opinion. Data Science in its ...