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stackexchange.com is sending me unsolicited packets (and consequently gets blocked by firewall)

Gonna throw out a wild guess: your filter sees web socket traffic as "unsolicited". We use websockets to provide real-time updates for various events happening on the site. If you're blocking HTTP ...
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What is curious badge and why I am not getting it?

The full badge description is: Ask a well-received question on 5 separate days, and maintain a positive question record A "positive question record" is defined as: (total questions - negative ...
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"/ask question" in the site header should be changed to "/ ask question"

Just because an alternate solution was offered in the comments, here it is for voting purposes: I think the others should be changed to conform with the Unix convention of no spaces at the beginning ...
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Difference between "foo" and “foo”, 'foo' and ‘foo’ — and -- as well

We have now disabled all Smarty-like modifications text in titles. From now on, the title text saved for the post is the title text that will be displayed. If folks want em-dashes (ALT-0151) and fancy ...
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4-space indentation never works

Did you leave an empty line before the code? For example: Test line line 1 indented by four spaces line 2 indented by four spaces Test line 2 line 3 indented by four spaces line 4 ...
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Incorrectly rendered code blocks look fine in edit view

Code blocks delimited with ``` ("fences") were implemented just this January (see this meta post). Before that, three backticks was equivalent to one backtick, resulting in inline code formatting, as ...
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stackexchange.com is sending me unsolicited packets (and consequently gets blocked by firewall)

Your "anti-portscan" rules do not play well with long-lasting, low-traffic connections. The StackExchange sites use such connections in the form of websockets to update the status bar. If a status ...
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Impact dropped to almost half, without post being deleted

That is indeed surprising behavior! I just learned about the formula in researching your question. Based on the algorithm at What happened to the other people? My Impact (people reached) just dropped, ...
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Serial voting reversed (-10) but only one upvote made (+10)?

Note that this sort of invalidation isn't in any way a comment on you and doesn't depend on how active you are. The details of the vote invalidation algorithm are not known to us, but we do know that ...
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How was this answer posted ten minutes after its question was closed?

As the meta posts linked by Jeff suggest, there's a window after the question has been closed where an answer that was already being composed can be submitted. 10 minutes isn't particularly egregious, ...
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Is there something wrong with tags determining the language for syntax highlighting?

The shell-script was set to highlight using lang-sh. I just changed that so it uses lang-bsh instead and that seems to have fixed the issue. I don't know if that's because lang-sh was broken or ...
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How do I report an incorrect privilege notification

Jeff is correct: someone upvoted or accepted one of your posts, and then it was retracted within the grace period. The evidence is that the reputation tab of your activity says: There were no net ...
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Bug in review badge award algorithm?

You're right, Steward can now be awarded multiple times: Steward badge can now be awarded multiple times -- backfill details. This is rolled-out in parallel to Visual design changes to the review ...
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False bash syntax highlighting: '$#' should not get identified as comment start

As explained in this meta.se FAQ post: Stack Exchange does not have its own syntax highlighting engine. It uses Google Code Prettify. Therefore, any bugs and feature requests regarding syntax ...
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4-space indentation never works

There's another syntax for code blocks which is mentioned in the advanced formatting help. Surround the code by three backticks on a line of their own. The backticks have to be on their own line but ...
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Post new question cooldown timer is showing wrong warning

Most likely someone on your network asked a question somewhere on the network and doesn't have a lot of reputation so far. See for example this answer to Potential privacy breach due to question rate ...
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"follow" link glitches to "You’re no longer following this question"

I can't repro this, and as only one user is reporting this issue, I can't justify the opportunity cost on spending more time on this. That said, I am kind of baffled as to how this is happening, so ...
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Why do titles containing ".." remove these dots

It strips dots from the end of the title because it thinks you're ending the question in a period or ellipses. It also converts trailing exclamation points to question marks, as part of an attempt to ...
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Question answered 8 months before it was asked

If you look under the revisions history of the question you'll notice that the older answer was merged into this question: https://unix.stackexchange.com/posts/185829/revisions.
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5k .. 10k reputation bug? header shows (unavailable) own suggested edit

The numbers shown there are the absolute number of pending review items. This includes things you've already cast a vote on and those you've submitted yourself. The SE devs have explained on the main ...
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I got no Inbox notification for a comment, why?

The first comment replied to you by name using @MarcusLinsner -- that's not just a convention, the site recognizes it and knows that the reply is for you: If a reply doesn't contain a specific @name ...
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Background image has been replaced with boxes

This is amazing, and will be fixed in the next build, coming up very shortly. We moved a ton of theming assets around, and I assumed incorrectly that this SVG background image was sized appropriately. ...
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meta.unix.stackexchange.com link change leads to specific question on non-meta site?

It's the answer that has the matching ID number. You get redirected to ...questions/2842/debian-server-on-a-intel-core-i3-and-intel-q57-chipset-will-it-work/3895#3895, the canonical URL for answer ...
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What determines what is the oldest question?

An accepted answer will be shown first, regardless of sort order. The only exception to this is a self-answered question.
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Why is New Relic advertisement sticky?

This is simply a result of New Relic purchasing a large share-of-voice, 25%, of available inventory. 25% is currently the maximum we're allowing any single advertiser to purchase at one time on the ...
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Why is New Relic advertisement sticky?

I cannot reproduce this behaviour at this time. Of approximately 20 refreshes that I did, I got a very random distribution of ads. I also visited new relic via their ad which seemed to make their ...
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Why am I not allowed to answer this question

There's a long running feature request to improve the wording of the protection notice. TL;DR: The association bonus does not count for protected questions. IMO it might be clearer if you read the ...
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Shell syntax highlighting does silly things like consider rmdir a comment

You either need to specify a tag name, or a language prefixed with lang-. There is no registered language named shell, so lang-shell kicks it into a default mode the same as if you'd done lang-...
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Is there a bug on StackExchange?

We had problems with a datacenter test that left our caching layer in a partially broken state. All issues should now be resolved. See also https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/268957/topbar-...
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strange question closing (after "leave open")

He voted outside the queue. The "Leave open" review was done at 2015-01-20 09:56:56Z while the last close vote was at 2015-01-20 09:57:17Z. 21 seconds of difference, which is enough to go back, click "...
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