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Can we implement a replayer for chess analysis on the site?

I think that a javascript game replayer would be interesting and useful. For a brief list of requirements - something that can display several variations and move comments as well as be fairly ...
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Tool used to create chess analysis interactive diagrams in many chess stack exchange answers

I'm new here, and I would like to know how some members of this forum are creating these nice chess diagrams for analysing positions in their answers, the picture below explains well what I'm meaning. ...
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How do I add a replayer to my post?

How do I add the replayer to the post initially, and what additional features can I take advantage of? NOTE: if you have a question about why the replayer isn't working for the PGN in your post, it's ...
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Can we get inline comments implemented in the PGN viewer? [Done!]

EDIT 9/19/14: As noted in the answer below, this has now been put into effect on the main site, so annotations can be included with PGN games/variations. A while back we got Andrew's fantastic PGN ...
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Can we be kinder to newcomers?

This is, I hope, a "constructive subjective question", within the spirit of stackexchange. I am sometimes shocked in Chess Beta how apparently unwelcoming can be the responses to newcomers' questions....
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Vote Early. Vote Often

Voting is a very important part of a healthy community, and I think people should be encouraged to vote as much as possible. This point was raised on Math Stack Exchange, and much of what was said ...
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What should the ChessSE logo be?

Update: Chess.SE is in the process of graduation. A pretty straight-forward question ripped right from the 7 essential meta questions of every beta; what should the logo for the website be? I've got ...
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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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Should the help section have a PGN viewer tutorial?

I would like to suggest that the help section should have a tutorial on putting a PGN viewer in a post - question or answer. I have mainly come from mathematics where the use of mathematical ...
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I'm concerned the format of StackExchange does not lend itself well to chess

We all understand SE is supposed to be a Q/A site, where questions are specific and answers are precise. However, in chess, there aren't many firm answers. These questions are not appropriate: What'...
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We need more questions, what kind of question should we be asking more?

As long as we keep our question rate at ~2 per day, this site won't be successful. We need many more. We (people who read this) should probably ask more questions, not just answer them. But what kind ...
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PGN input field and software to depict this input as board position [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can we implement a replayer for chess analysis on the site? We need to somehow plan to get a separate input field to accept PGN board position as well as some software to ...
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Does Chess Stack Exchange include chess-variant questions?

I wonder, does Chess Stack Exchange include chess-variant questions? I know that there are a lot of variants of chess, like Chess960, Bughouse, Atomic, etc.
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We finally have a scope! (Poll closed: Programming questions)

After five years, it is kind of odd not to have a unique scope delineated in our help center. A user recently presented me with a very reasonable complaint along these lines, and this prompted me to ...
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Any possibility for Chess to graduate?

This site has been active for years, but it's never popular. Most of us (including myself) are programmers on Stack Overflow migrating to here. This site is still a beta. Look at the number of ...
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Is this an abuse of power? I believe it is

Moderator Brian Towers in response to the question "New Fritz 17 User" used the term "RTFM" as part of his original answer. In the comments, a user called him out for using a profanity. In response, ...
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What avenues of site promotion do we have available?

Judging from our Area 51 report page, this site isn't doing as well as it should be. I realize admissions have to be made for the youth of the site, but if we aren't proactive about publicizing it, ...
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Asking advice for cheating or exploiting loopholes in chess rules

A recent question asking about exploiting possible loopholes in FIDE chess laws for gaining more time has received 5 downvotes, and the reason given in the comments is that it is not nice to get ...
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What's the policy on brain teaser/puzzle questions on Chess.SE?

Like most Stack Exchange sites, the FAQ states: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. How should we interpret that when submitting puzzle ...
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A list of “unknown” features of the replayer

The site’s replayer is a unique and useful tool, but there are some features of it the seem to a few little known that should be more widely known. While there are questions about how to implement it, ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Use of “he” when referring to hypothetical chess players - is this discrimination against women?

I've seen the following comment used by a Stack Exchange user on several chess posts. Please don't assume that a chess player must be male. There is too much discrimination against women in chess ...
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List of Chess Informant symbols that can be used in our PGN viewer?

Can someone post a list of Chess Informant ( and other symbols if any ) that can be used in our PGN viewer? It is very useful to use them instead of commentary to preserve space. There were few bugs ...
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Board in mobile app

Can we render the chess board in the Android SE app? It would be valuable and useful. Today, it is hard to answer and view questions that concern concrete positions.
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Are International Variants on Topic?

Are international variants of chess on topic here? The FAQ doesn't really address this. I found this meta question, but it doesn't address international versions. Examples of international chess ...
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How does the site's new PGN viewer work?

In particular, what controls are available when playing through a game?
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Can the opening questions on this site be connected to an opening tree search?

How about connecting every chess position question to a chess (move based) tree? Also, to introduce a tree based search to navigate the questions? The chess opening (and chess games as a whole) has ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore election

Summary: Chess Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on June 3 to bring in two more moderators. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta Stack ...
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Poll - Should we limit number of edits to 5 per day per member?

Currently there is a built-in limit of 5 pending suggested edits per day. That means that if you don't have full edit privileges that any edits you make go into a pending queue where they have to be ...
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Beginner question gets 29 upvotes

Why is this a checkmate? It seems there's some arbitrage problem with these kinds of questions. Ostensibly, I could just pretend to be a beginner and then ask beginner questions like these and ...
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Is it acceptable to edit a post just to change the pronouns?

A user has been suggesting edits that only change the pronouns. Most of them have been rejected, but some have been approved. Is this acceptable?
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The case for expanding the scope of Chess.SE

So, I was looking at the Chess.SE site stats today - I found them quite impressive, for the most part. However, one statistic was - ahem - not so great. Area 51 says a healthy beta site has 10 ...
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Questions about ongoing games

For example, the question I played 2.f3 by accident! How do I save my position? seems to be about an ongoing game ("I almost feel like resigning here"). Consulting other people about a game in ...
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Questions tagged by skill level

Do we want to have questions tagged with the skill level of the person asking it, so others can answer with that audience in mind? I know it's a bit tricky, since we want to give definitive answers, ...
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Should we edit questions to use the chess replayer?

Now that we have a chess replayer, there are a bunch of questions (like this one) that have ugly plain PGNs in them, should we edit these to display to display them with the replayer? And, what about ...
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How civil should one be in critiquing someone after down voting a post?

I'll begin with a mea culpa. In the original version of my answer to the following question How do I get a well-rounded understanding of chess openings? I gave the wrong variation. Someone pointed it ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Chess's first 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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How do I make the viewer 'flip' the board?

Using the viewer... It's Black's move but I still want White on the bottom. How can I do this?
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What constitutes being off-topic with regards to puzzles/problems/theoretical constructions?

I noticed this topic was just put on hold as being off-topic. However, several other recent questions about extremely similar topics, for example this, this, or this, have all been deemed acceptable. ...
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Changing the Chess Stack Exchange logo

The logo for the Chess Stack Exchange (I pulled the image off of the HTML file) is, to put it plainly, horrible. It is a white rook on a blue background, which is very plain and visually unappealing. ...
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A thought: accepting answers too quickly

I've answered a few questions so far in my short time using chess.SE, and I've been flattered that a number of them have been accepted rather quickly. I do think these were pretty good answers, ...
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Critical information should not be stored solely in the title

Some questions are appearing with moves in the title, or other critical information, that is not repeated again in the main question, which makes reading the post a little bit confusing. I propose ...
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PGN viewer is far too wide when displayed from review

Screenshot: Think it's pretty obvious what the problem is here. Here's the suggested edit that the bug appears in. Reproduced on both Firefox 38.0 and Chromium 43.0.2357.81 on Ubuntu 14.04. After a ...
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Can we tweak the PGN viewer a bit?

I like everything about the new viewer but one thing: when you give it the FEN for a position, the subsequent moves are forced to appear as starting with 1 again. In other words, even though the FEN ...
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Who should our beta moderators be? [closed]

I just saw a post from the stackoverflow blog with the following suggestion: "If your meta site does not have a post to nominate Moderators, start one now!" I searched to see if there was such a post ...
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How likely it is for this site to pass the beta stage?

I know that it is an extremely hard question to answer, but I'd like to know what are the odds. This site is my favorite on SE network because I love chess more than anything, I saw many betas gone ...
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How to ask tactics questions to attract useful answers?

(TL;DR: see title.) Where are all the tactics questions? Teichmann is often quoted as saying: (It seems unsure if this quote is actually his, but that's an aside.) I'm thinking about questions ...
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Can we post questions that seek analysis for our own games?

I recently played a game and I was looking for some human analysis on it. I thought I played very well despite my opponents higher rating. There were things in the game that I did differently than I ...
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How about a chess program in the chat rooms?

I was just wondering why this site doesn't have a chess program in the chat rooms, so users from around the network could come in and play?
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Why is it that I need more points just to add a comment than to answer?

I just came across a thread on books on traps in chess: Books for chess traps The chosen answer mentions a free ebook by Bill Wall, who I did not know, and as I was trying it, the very first example ...

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