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Not sure how unique it is to Academia.SE but it didn't show up in MathOverflow. To get rid of it, I had to click on it which involved giving it access to the microphone. How do I know this website has relinquished this access after I dismissed the duck? I think the duck should go or at least be presented in a more informed way, with opt-in, not opt-out.

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    And tomorrow is 1st of April, isn't it? ;-) – Massimo Ortolano Mar 31 '18 at 22:54
  • @MassimoOrtolano I guess I fell for it. – Felipe Voloch Apr 1 '18 at 1:28
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    @FelipeVoloch It comes up on MathStackExchange even though I no longer have an account there. Yay for MO exceptionalism, I guess – Yemon Choi Apr 1 '18 at 3:22
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    If you have ublock, the following rules stackexchange.com##.c-pointer.js-quack-btn:nth-of-type(1) > g > path:nth-of-type(3) stackexchange.com##.js-step01.js-step.step.ws-nowrap.p12 stackexchange.com##.c-pointer.js-quack-btn:nth-of-type(1) stackexchange.com##.quack-popover--arrow will hide the duck – Discrete lizard Apr 1 '18 at 11:20
  • Why do you hate the duck? He is helping me a lot. – The Doctor Apr 1 '18 at 13:28
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The duck never accesses your microphone, even if you say that you have one.

Think about it: If it could access your microphone without a browser-site confirmation, so could every other website, which would be a privacy nightmare.

Further reading on Meta.

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I've seen it on multiple sites, so that suggests this needs to be brought up on the main meta site.

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