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“Super-Meta” Call for requests for U&L site customizations

No, this isn't about an Emacs key combination! I happened to catch Responsive Design Themes - What can sites customize and how can they get changes implemented? on Meta Stack Exchange where there was ...
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Are WSL related questions off-topic?

Today i have voted close this question: Does Microsoft WLinux has full support for network and devices? Using the same logic as the Cygwin related questions, shall we mark all stuff related to WSL as ...
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Merge or synonymize tags 'mate' and 'mate-desktop'

We currently have a tag mate with 195 questions and the following description: MATE is a desktop environment based on Gnome 2. We also the tag mate-desktop with 5 questions and the following ...
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Flagging as SPAM too harsh?

This answer looked like a spammer testing the grounds to me, so I flagged it as SPAM. However, one second after pushing that flag, I was wondering if I should have used one of the other flags as this ...
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Should questions on Vagrant, Ansible, Docker and any other virtualization tools migrated to DevOPs SE?

Should questions on Vagrant, Ansible, Docker and any other virtualization tools migrated to DevOPs SE? I feel like these go a bit beyond questions about Linux CLUIs, GUIs and shell scripting. An ...
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How can I find a list of my posts that are candidates of automatic removal?

What is the policy of determining a post subject to automatic removal? Is it the post has no answer, and the post either has pure downvote(s) , or is closed? How can I find a list of my posts ...
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What to do if OP deletes their own question after being flagged as a duplicate?

Over here (10K+ users only) an OP deleted their own question because I flagged it as a duplicate. I thought the reason for duplicates was to keep a tombstone referring other people to the other ...
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Can automatic deletion of “low-quality” posts be turned off?

I am not sure if automatic deletion of some "low-quality" posts (such as heavily downvoted, without reply, closed, ...) is a configurable feature on individual stack exchange sites. Voting is very ...
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Improving “answerer” experience

This is gonna be "meta" and not have a specific question in mind, but an invitation for discussion. I think that's in-scope for the meta areas... I've been a member of this place for "2 years, 7 ...
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Can those who voted to close a post voluntarily give up reviewing reopening the same post?

I can't help but wonder if there is substantial conflict of interest. Can those who voted to close a post voluntarily avoid reviewing reopening the same post? Or isn't it a cool and great idea to ...
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Why is there a reputation requirement for comments, but not for answers?

In the "low quality" and "first post" review queues, I regularly see answers that should have been posted as comments instead. In many cases, the poster even acknowledges this and points out that they ...
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Should extensive question editing be ruled out?

This question has been edited 47 times over a period of 23 days. It started just as: What is the difference between mask and umask? I know that in *nix, a mask is any bit pattern used in ...
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Why am I able to flag my own questions?

I just noticed that I (as everyone else) can flag my own questions. There are fewer options (no "spam", "rude or abusive" nor "very low quality") to choose, but it's still possible to flag your own ...
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1answer
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What to do with a poor question that I already know the answer to

I have a question about my Unix & Linux Stack Exchange post: Kickstart netinstall ignores kickstart file hosted in LAN and proceeds with manual installation The automatic installation of OS ...
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2answers
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Who is deleting my comments?

It's the third time this happens, and my comments, in all cases a) did absolutely NOT contain any discriminatory language, personal remarks or ad-hominem attacks b) they were pointing, in a playful ...
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+8 -5 answer: how to improve?

I've posted an answer that gave me a +8/-5 score and the only hint I have is sebasth's comment that SpinRite is snake oil. I own SpinRite and I've seen it recover bad sectors, but I'm willing to ...
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Asking for Operating System Recommendations

I am about to move away from Fedora because of their end-of-life policy. Although I reviewed the proposed similar questions, I am confused about whether Unix SE is an appropriate forum for my inquiry....
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What's bad with this short, direct question?

I really miss what's wrong with this question in it's current form: Is terminal output duplicated or just appended from stdout and stderr devices?
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I will not ask Unix & Linux to do my homework for me

As per chat here is a little tidbit that I made that can be put below obvious homework questions where the author is not asking about specific help at where they're stuck but rather want a Gimme the ...
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Is an answer including commercial software on topic on U&L?

On my main site, (AU) answers including commercial software are on-topic as long as it's relevant and you're not the owner or you disclose you're the owner and you don't use the platform to SPAM. As ...
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1answer
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Reconsider the “buffer” tag?

This tag is for questions about kernel buffer caches, including pipe buffers. These are used to store the recently accessed files and/or frequently accessed files. Many questions use the cache tag ...
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1answer
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I am frustrated that this question was putted on hold

I think it's enough to read my comments to see that another approach than the one Gilles took, can be taken: Main usages of mask
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What is the definition of a “high-reputation user”?

Multiple users have been removed recently, and just yesterday one account, which connected all of them, was deleted as well. On this occasion other people have been massively un-upvoted. Removed ...
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Absurdist humour in comments

I have a very vague memory of a discussion about comments with links to pages of http://idownvotedbecau.se . It might not even have been about U&L; currently that site appears to only refer to Stack ...
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2answers
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error submitting an answer [closed]

I have a question about my Unix & Linux Stack Exchange post: Does Duplicity modify atime when backing up? I was trying to post an answer to the abovementioned question. When posting my answer I ...
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2answers
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How do I handle my posted XY question?

The specific question: What do "ACard AHCI SATA low-level driver" meaning? What is "ACard"? I'm aware that is a XY problem. The actual problem is "How can I remove all initramfs ...
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Im trying to answer a question and having difficulty myself?

Create hardlinks instead of copying files with rsync Please note I cannot comment and I can only answer or Hijack answers because the sites flaws at inception. The question is not only how do I ...
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1answer
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How to fix my erroneously entered new account name

I mistakenly entered my account name as: jJames Can anyone advise me how to change the account name to: james ... assuming that 'james' is not already taken, ... or to something else? Perhaps, ...
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2answers
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need help improving a question

At some point I had a question about the workings of the bash shift command. I did not find the question / answer on this website, so I looked up the answer and posted my learnings as self answered ...
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2answers
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Why the wrong and incomplete answer get many votes and the right one not so much?

I posted a question. Seconds after I received the first answer: was incomplete and did not get the expected results, clearly detailed on the question. Even more: his own posting shows the error. The ...
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1answer
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Voting on questions. When should you give a upvote

I makes me mad that all the (humbly thankful for their input) gurus on here and they haven't learned that if you think a question deserves an answer it also deserves a upvote........... GUYS you ...
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Tag to use for `/usr/bin/install`

The install tag has the description: DO NOT USE THIS TAG. Use /software-installation or /system-installation instead. If this tag should not be used AT ALL, should its questions (63 of them) be ...
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1answer
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Need help narrowing a question

Originally, this meta-posting requested help with a posting that had been closed as too broad. I got the help and revised the posting; the link to the revised posting is How to play streaming video ...
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1answer
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Attaching archive to post

In a comment to a my question I've been asked to "Please update you question with the something reproducible". This is quite understandable and I would like to comply, but specifics would not be "...
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Wrong prompt when editing questions with disallowed tag

When editing a question with tag that isn't allowed, the message below is shown which incorrectly uses 'Your answer' instead of 'Your edit': Oops! Your answer couldn't be submitted because: ...
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Missing help topic: color codes in questions list

Questions with accepted answers have their answer square in green, otherwise it is transparent. Questions matching your watched tags have a red background. The system is quite simple once you get ...
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1answer
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Trivial answer converted to comment

The OS: FreeBSD does not use block devices. [See] Low-level disk access in FreeBSD Is a device being a block or character device determined purely by hardware? Comments are ephemeral. I want to ...
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Redirect chat.unix.stackexchange.com to a more useful URL

I think this is a feature request, but it could be a usability bug. I wanted U&L chat so I prepended chat to unix.stackexchange.com which resulted in chat.unix.stackexchange.com. I was redirected ...
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Tag-merge syscalls -> system-calls

There are two tags that seem to be split with the same meaning, syscalls system-calls Perhaps the top could become a tag-synonym of the bottom?
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Broken CAPTCHA when posting question

I've just attempted to post a question on Unix&Linux Stackexchange. I was prompted with a CAPTCHA with a picture of HAL 9000 and the following text: Human Verification Are you a human being? ...
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Is there a way to rescue this question?

I can not erase this question. It has an upvoted answer. But: It is receiving down votes. I fail to see why it is a "bad question" (down votes), because it is a question about a fact: bash takes a ...
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Is“How to stop running e4defrag without damage my data?” as unclear?

How to stop running e4defrag without damage my data? Some people downvote on that question. I can't find out why unclear. Can you-all tell me?
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What else can I do to make my question well-received and improve my chances of getting answers?

I’m new to the UNIX & Linux site and I would like to ask a question. There is some guidance in the Help Center, but what are other actions I can take to make my question well-received and improve ...
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Downvoting answers to questions asked like “do my homework”

Do answers to questions that didn't come with attempts, and are just like "do my homework", deserving of a downvote? Example : Filtering out numbers that have sequential- consecutive or non-...
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How to create a side by side code box?

How do you create a side-by-side code box? Something like this but copy & paste-able for each box and nice formatted without empty horizontal lines. 1 2 3        ...
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Could be useful that we develop some shell Taxonomy?

There are answers in this site which use the a term similar to "bourne-like shells". That may raise some natural questions: Which shells are Bourne-like? Is the Bourne shell itself also a Bourne-...
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Undoing an edit by someone else

My question has been edited by a >2k-rep user in a way which makes it oddly formatted (code-quoting of brand names) and grammatically incorrect. Is there a way to undo the edit, apart from just making ...
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What's the attitude towards “Give me answer, I don't RTFD” questions?

Using systemd can I run a specific application whenever my server/worker exits? (I told him to read about some documentation) Can grub load a kernel from HTTP? (in the comments, he refuses to read ...
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Why downvotes on comments are not considered in U&L?

I would like to inquire and suggest the following: 1- Inquiry: Yes, it is weird! There is only an upvote button on the comments! Why downvotes on the comments were not considered? 2- Suggest: ...
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Lots of surprising downvotes to new users

We seem to have a particularly large number of (sometimes reasonably well asked) questions being downvoted recently. Here are three examples, where I don't think the question has been too badly asked. ...

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