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Offer bounties funded by credits earned on other SE sites

Background : My sole interest in my reputation score increasing is the capability for me to spend it on bounties. (and preferably for rewarding an answer) The point is that when it is rather easy for ...
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discourage images of text on /questions/ask?

Is it possible to customise the "Ask a Public Question" page to add some text and a link to discourage posting images of or links to images of text? I often copy-paste a comment like the ...
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Shouldn't we say Gnu stack exchange not linux or unix

Shouldn't we call this the Gnu stack exchange and not call it the linux or unix stack exchange? We aren't here to ask questions or talk about the kernel, we are here talking about the gigantic suite ...
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Mass editing to change generic example URLs

Recently, a user started to submit a series of edit suggestions that change the TLD .com to .example in generic URLs used in console command examples (see e.g. this edit suggestion). In many cases, ...
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Why was I notified on comments where I was not mentioned?

I commented twice on this Question : Text disappearing and reappearing Twice, the OP responded to my comments, but did not put in "@Prem", which would generally not have notified me. Still, ...
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Editing: command tools format

When I'm going to edit a Q/A, often I find that command tools such as awk, grep, sed are not highlighted or formatted in any way, even from high rep users (which could be just that they missed it). ...
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Querying previous users

I would like to ask a user about a previous question they have posted. Either PM or add a query to an existing post. Apparently this is not available. They asked a question similar to the one I have. '...
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Add new tag "vdo"?

I do not have enough reputation to create a new tag on this site, therefore I propose to add the tag here. Hope this is the right (or at least not very wrong) approach. The Virtual Data Optimizer (...
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Duplicated question, new answer

A question is an exact duplicate of an older one. A new answer into the new post has a suggestion based on a new feature introduced, this answer does not exist into the old post. What should be done? ...
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Why was unix & linux originally created / split from stackoverflow?

Looking at https://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/3924?phase=definition I can see who proposed it and a few other details but I cannot find the original proposal. It this available somewhere I've ...
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"Yearling" badge on Unix&Linux meta without any activity and reputation points only from a week before the badge

I have just earned the "Yearling" badge although I did not do anything on meta, I did not even vote on a meta question or comment or even open it at all. I did indeed earn > 200 ...
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Should we translate non-English questions?

Sometimes, users will post questions in a language other than English. What should we do about such posts? Should we try and translate with automatic translators? Should we close as unclear? Something ...
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Why was I suspended for a week?

I had my Unix&Linux (and Meta) access suspended for a week (although my U&L Meta rep is still 1). Is there an information source I missed that would have explained why? Was I unacceptably rude?...
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How to deal with spam

This isn’t a question as such, but a public service announcement. From time to time, and sometimes in waves like the current spam campaigns, the main site gets posts (both questions and answers) which ...
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SPAM & flag count not being reset

With the amount of Quickbooks SPAM hurtling it's way around the system, I find I can only flag so many of them as SPAM. If the post has been deleted, does the system really, not hand back the flag to ...
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How to help others when you don't have a complete solution?

I've recently joined StackExchange after using it as a resource for many years. Therefore I don't have a high reputation (26), and so cannot use the comments field. Is there any way to PM a user ...
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Why is the reputation required to answer a question enormously high at 50?

I appreciate the level of professionalism here, but why is the reputation required to answer a question enormously high at 50 ? I am a professionally experienced expert and because of the threshold to ...
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Are questions about other Linux communities and, for example distributors, on topic on U&L?

There have been a few times I've wondered about things which are not strictly related to Unix or Linux as software, but about the social and corporate eco system which supports it. One such example ...
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exactly what do people value here?

Background info : All the existing answers to soneone's post about printing out high-bit bytes were along the lines of : "It's a locale setting problem, and you must go to LC_ALL=C/POSIX to get ...
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remove "learning" tag

We have the "learning" tag which only has 5 questions at the time of writing. However, as I checked none of these questions are suitable to https://unix.stackexchange.com when knowing that ...
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2021: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Can [resolvconf] be made a synonym of the [resolv.conf] tag?

I think they should be made synonyms. They refer to the exact same thing even. Here's the tag wiki for resolv.conf: The resolv.conf file contains information that is read by the resolver (a set of C ...
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Could the site's subdomain be changed to linux.stackexchange.com?

Could the domain be moved from https://unix.stackexchange.com to linux.stackexchange.com? Linux as a term is way better known in the public compared to "Unix" by now. It fits the contents of ...
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Why do we have Ubuntu and ElementaryOS tags?

Both ElementaryOS(https://elementaryos.stackexchange.com/) and Ubuntu(https://askubuntu.com/) have their own stackexchange sites. This made me wonder why questions under the tags ubuntu and elementary-...
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upvoted questions but with time-frames

This is more of a query. I do know that one can use for e.g. https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions?sort=votes to see the highest voted questions ever, but I'm more interested to know what kind of ...
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Markdown help: escaping intendation in lists for code blocks

Lists are nice Because they help bringing order and readability into a post. They may also be titles Which helps with quickly skimming answers, too. However, The intendation is also needed for ...
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Vote your own post disabled

Trivial thing. Why there's the option to vote your own post if it's not allowed? There's some rationale behind it? From a UX point of view it seems to me that the function should be just disabled, ...
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In the case of a question that applies to many Linux OS:es, is it better to ask one question and expect mutiple answers, or ask one specific question?

I have a question I would like to ask that applies to mostly all Linux distributions (and maybe even BSD), but the answer will probably vary depending on what Linux distribution it is due to varying ...
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Can we have a [wsl]->[windows-subsystem-for-linux] synonym?

As discussed here, aliasing wsl would make sense. Should and could someone with enough reputation make that alias?
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How does flagging answers work?

What is the guidance for flagging answers? When should I flag? When should I not flag? What is the right flag in different situations?
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Can I put a bounty on a question using reputation from stack overflow?

The title sums up my question. I am having an issue that I cannot FOR THE LIFE OF ME figure out, I have even gone through system logs to try and figure out the issue and have googled everything that ...
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Unintuitive behavior of "Suggested Edits" review queue

Today, I found an edit suggestion in my review queue where the question that was to be edited had already been deleted. It looks like a moot point to keep such items in the review queue. Is this a bug,...
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Serial voting reversed (-10) but only one upvote made (+10)?

I'm hardly active on UL SE at all so I was very surprised to see a "serial voting reversed" message removing 10 reputation from my score yesterday. I am even more baffled because it appears ...
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RIP schily (Jörg Schilling)

According to a post on the Unix Heritage Society mailing list, prominent FOSS developer and Unix enthusiast, Jörg Schilling passed away on Sunday, 10th October 2021. He was an active member of this ...
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should there be a getopt tag?

I just answered a question about getopt and then edited it to remove some irrelevant tags. I also wanted to add a getopt tag but it wouldn't let me because it's too similar to getopts. getopt is not ...
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Answer question not expertly but with gathered information if Q has no answers

I like to investigate when I find a question that is interesting to me, mainly navigating the man pages, since part of my journey in this site is learning. I can reach, after such investigation ...
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Quick answer for "I need someone to make me a script that does <x>"

This is different from questions for software suggestions. Those are questions for scripting in the answer, almost like a commission to have someone write a shell script or use some other scripting ...
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Gone user, answer accepted by the community

In this question the user who asked has it's account deleted or removed or another possibility. The result is that the post won't have an accepted answer since there's no user to accept it. In these ...
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Aggressive comments

Why is this user allowed (and encouraged) to make comments like this: wtf, you're copying answers again? An unsubstantiated claim. In my opinion: That is an unsubstantiated claim just because he is ...
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I use pre-written answers to frequently asked Qs. Is this wrong?

In answering many of the frequently asked questions on Unix& and on AskUbuntu, I use canned answers. I have written answers that, while generic, will usually solve the problem. Is this contrary to ...
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AWS will soon be sponsoring Unix & Linux

We're excited to announce that AWS will be sponsoring Unix & Linux beginning September 27, 2021 through December 31, 2022. We wanted to give you a heads up and walk you through what it will look ...
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Proper questions and proper information

Lots of people provide next to zero information about the issues they are having which makes helping them impossible and also wastes everyone's time because such questions need to be clarified. ...
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Re-tagging text-processing questions

This question is a follow-up to How to use the text-processing tag effectively? Recently, a question on text processing was tagged as linuxshell-scriptawksedgrep. The question itself didn't mention ...
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Would you like to have the accepted answer pinned or unpinned on UNIX & Linux?

I've just been made aware of Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers where it says: Currently we are planning to move forward with one of two scenarios, based on your ...
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My question was based on experience but is closed under another reason

my question was based on experience but is closed under another reason: Closed. This question is opinion-based. It is not currently accepting answers.
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when to make an answer community

I've just asked a question, and someone made two comments which in fact answered my question; since the answer was in the comments, I wrote an answer and made it community wiki. Now the commenter has ...
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Suggestion for new tag: toml (or structured-document-format)

I wonder if there is room for a new tag that could be applied to question relating to TOML (Tom's Obvious Minimal Language), a structured document format similar to YAML and JSON, mainly used for ...
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What's wrong with this answer?

Which rules (if any) make this answer: https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/665367/232326 Invalid, or, at least, wrong ? Just shocked to get 3 downvotes so quickly for a perfectly correct (IMO) answer. If ...
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"Posting a link to a Google search could most certainly be considered rude by many users"

So, let me get this straight. Posting links is not against SE rules. However suddenly and it's the first time I hear this: "posting a link to a Google search could most certainly be considered ...
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Should keys represented with <kbd> tags be always uppercase?

Should keys represented with <kbd> tags be always uppercase? In this edit to "Delete from cursor to end of line in vi" d$ was changed into D$. I thought the answer was incorrect since ...
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