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Thank You @GayotFow! RIP

In tribute: GayotFow*, Georg Fuchs, homo universalis Linguist, literati, litigant, legislator Viaggiatore, Путешественник, coddiwompler Humanist, polymath, polymorph муж, отец, друг Citizen of the ...
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Have we visited all the countries / territories as a community?

This list of countries is adapted from ISO 3166. Abkhazia - see Georgia Afghanistan - MastaBaba Åland Islands - jpatokal, JakeDot Albania - Gayot, RoflcoptrException, hippietrail, MastaBaba, DavidB, ...
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Are we really all adults here?

We are almost certainly not all adults here, and I can think of several questions where the OP has indicated that they were under 18. In this case, "we are all adults here" need not be taken so ...
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Can we have a big fat DO NOT TRAVEL FOR FUN RIGHT NOW banner?

In order to better gauge support by voting, it would be useful to have an answer that unambiguously says "yes, let's have a banner". Since at the time of writing we have one that says "no", and one ...
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Question from curiosity: Why are UK visa questions so dominating here?

TL;DR: Because that's how Google ranks our site I'll start by stating some facts about Travel.SE itself: It's an English-language website Most (~90% as per the last stats) of its visitors come here ...
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Should downvotes count as upvotes for the photo contests?

NO! Downvotes should not count as upvotes. It's confusing and not logical. The rule from the July photo competition was good - just ignore them.
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Winterbash 2016 - Yay or Nay? Hats!

Yes, yes, give me hats and give them to me now!
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Have we visited all the countries / territories as a community?

Namibia - MastaBaba, ThorstenS, brhans Nauru - Nepal - George Y, schmu, Mikey, Ayesh, Insanity, JanDoggen, Weather Vane Netherlands - Mark Mayo, JoErNanO, Gayot, Willeke, phoog, drat, CMaster, ...
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Thank You @GayotFow! RIP

I learned of Gayot Fow's demise yesterday, since I do not lately spend much time in chat, and I have never spent much time here in meta. Like many of you, I was profoundly saddened by the news. I ...
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Use of back ticks vs quotes

Backticks create <code> blocks, which have a specific purpose in markup that is utilized on the technical stacks where actual computer code must be indicated, but less so on non-technical stacks ...
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Have we visited all the countries / territories as a community?

Five months on, these places on our list have had 'no visitors' (if the map is up-to-date!): Africa - Burkina Faso, Burundi, CAR, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, ...
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Thank you Mark Mayo!

@gparyani Thank you so much for your kind words and a wonderful write up. I'm not going anywhere, just giving someone else a chance to put their stamp on a site and to enjoy the fun/challenges that ...
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Why do you want to see UK refusal notices?

I am in the people who started marking questions as 'unclear' until the person uploaded a scan of their refusal notice. So I can give one answer... First reason: when a person gets a refusal notice ...
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Do we need to completely reform our mod team?

There's nothing stopping Gayot Fow from returning to the site except for Gayot Fow. Having interacted with him in chat on at least one prior occasion, I'm not entirely surprised that he's stamping his ...
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Support of Monica

I am (possibly "was" by the time you read this) a moderator on Server Fault, another site in this network. When I first learned what happened I immediately suspended all my activity on that site, in ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

Thanks to all who voted, and to the other amazing candidates - it's fantastic to see that when we grow further and need more, or if someone else steps down, there are already other well-supported ...
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Thank You @GayotFow! RIP

Gayot, thank you. Your factual contributions to the site were immense and will continue to have a lasting impact, and I hope you come back someday.
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Please help me find user **uncovery**!"

Uncovery's user profile is available, and it contains a link to his/her website. There's a contact form there if you want to send a message. However, you should generally be able to just cite the ...
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August 2019 photo competition: 'Seen through a train window.'

The Forth Bridge, the Forth Road Bridge and the Queensferry Crossing in one photo due to the reflections in the window, while crossing the Forth Road bridge. Taken 29 August 2015, a just a minute ...
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Why wasn't my deletion flag on this unconstructive comment approved?

It's a judgment call, but I do see a few points in favor of deleting the comment: The OP already stated that the comment made them uncomfortable (by flagging it). Speculating about another user's ...
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Are we really all adults here?

If we are going to take every idiom and expression literally, then not only SE will be less fun, but life itself will be boring. Please, loosen up a little. Otherwise, we will not have cool posts like ...
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Burninate the "tourist" tag?

Burn it with fire. It's prone to misuse, has very little value, and as you've noted, better specific tags are available.
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Do we need to completely reform our mod team?

User Gayot Fow has never been banned from the main site. One month ago he was suspended from chat for 72 hours after receiving several warnings regarding the breaking of chat rules, however that ban ...
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August 2019 photo competition: 'Seen through a train window.'

The Akita Nairiku line, Winter Edition™. Japan, January 2016.
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Thank you Mark Mayo!

Thank you Mark Mayo for your service! You are by far, the most generous user on Travel.SE (in terms of number of bounties offered): Your generosity is much appreciated and will definitely be ...
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Different users editing Saudi Arabia in and out of answer

OP here. I have not participated in the edit war and do not intend to, but I do stand by my opinion that Saudi Arabia is a "tinpot dictatorship" (well, perhaps more of a gold-pot one). I also ...
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How to properly remove sensitive information after it was posted?

Flag for moderator attention and explain exactly what the issue is. Include the revision number of edited questions with such information for ease of finding. Moderators can then purge the revision ...
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Schengen overview community wiki to avoid duplicates

Suggested Syntax: **Question** - [link to dupe] (possibly comments) Where should I apply? Can I apply for a Schengen visa at a country where I'm not a citizen? If so, under what conditions? ...
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Moderation principle

I agree fully. I certainly can't see anything in the content @Willeke removed (and then complained about the return of) that goes against any site rules or guidelines (Willeke/other moderators: I'd ...
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How travel-ish do questions have to be?

Without seeing your specific questions, I'd guess that Expatriates Stack Exchange is a better choice for them. Their help center states: Expatriates Stack Exchange is for people living or intend to ...
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