Linux is about 1-2% market share (hopefully more), which is still a lot of people. Wondered why this site doesn't seem very popular.

What other Q&A sites on Linux out there?
If I use Gentoo, should I go straight to forums.gentoo.org, or are there other good places for general Linux questions?

  • this question should be rather be asked on meta. And as the 'close' votes are going, it soon will be moved there
    – Stefan
    Oct 30, 2010 at 11:59
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    @Stefan Those comments usually are a bad idea; they may trigger the asker to make a new, duplicate question on the "right" site. That'd get you two questions there, one of which needs to be closed. It's better to just silently migrate.
    – badp
    Oct 30, 2010 at 13:25
  • mm... i hear you, and thats why I also mentioned that i would be moved. Problem is I haven't seen a mechanism that alerts the OP that the question has moved. Since OP is new to SE ( judgin from OP's reputation) OP might suspect deletion, which might make him/her feel unwelcome. just me two cents
    – Stefan
    Oct 30, 2010 at 19:08
  • lol @ 'i would be moved', should be 'it'
    – Stefan
    Oct 31, 2010 at 6:31

2 Answers 2


4 reasons:

  1. Ubuntu SE - I seriously believe a lot of our people are there, and I blame management for trying to be democratic instead of putting their foot down.

  2. ServerFault - I see questions on there that should be here. I wonder if we can talk someone into advertising us there. I see quite a few questions on there that are small home network, permissions, things that aren't serious server admin questions, that would be, imo, better fielded here

  3. New Tech - most unix people are hardcore oldschool, meaning mailing lists and irc, also forums.

  4. Unknown - just in general I don't think all the unix geeks know about it. Spread the word.

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    we could push for migrating questions from SF once we launch right?
    – Stefan
    Oct 30, 2010 at 19:12
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    @Stefan, idk, maybe some of them... Oct 30, 2010 at 22:56
  • Some caller to Joel's podcast mentioned they where organising a 'bulk copy' of Erlang usenet stuff to SO. We could always try something similar here. Oct 31, 2010 at 7:53

This site does have relatively little daily visits, but actually 95% of questions asked are answered, so that's not really a problem. (Compare with, say, ask.debian.net, which is an official Q&A site. It sports a whopping 21 people who ever gave any answer...)

The best way to boost a site is to use it. Answer, ask if there's nothing to answer and spread the word.

  • This answer assumes this question will be migrated to Meta.
    – badp
    Oct 30, 2010 at 11:19
  • have to admit that there is only 5 not-answered questions out of the 161 question they have
    – Stefan
    Oct 30, 2010 at 12:00
  • For some reason I lost ownership of this answer...
    – badp
    Oct 30, 2010 at 12:30
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    ask.debian.net is not official, even though it's endorsed by DPL (Debian Project Leader).
    – tshepang
    Nov 29, 2010 at 22:20
  • unfortunately the moderators don't actually have the power to fix this... Dec 20, 2010 at 1:35

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