I have noticed that you generally seem to be unhappy with my questions. I also read that "Stack Overflow" may be a proper place for questions of such kind.

Should I turn to Stack Overflow for future questions?

Perhaps even for the past: should you and I transfer some of my existing questions from U&L to Stack Overflow?

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I'll answer one part of this question: where should you write your questions?

In my opinion, the first place to look is each site's Help Center:

  • UNIX & Linux: What topics can I ask about here?:

    • Using or administering a *nix desktop or server
    • The Unix foundation underlying OS X (but generally not frontend application questions)
    • The underlying *nix OS on an embedded system or handheld device (e.g. an Android phone)
    • Shell scripting
    • Applications packaged in *nix distributions (note: being cross-platform does not disqualify)
    • UNIX C API and System Interfaces ( within reason )
  • Stack Overflow: What topics can I ask about here?

    • a specific programming problem, or
    • a software algorithm, or
    • software tools commonly used by programmers; and is
    • a practical, answerable problem that is unique to software development

There is some overlap in scope (you'll see lots of UNIX scripting and tool questions on SO; you'll see larger scripts and "algorithm"-type questions here at U&L), so if it's not yet clear which site you think is appropriate, you could search each site for similar questions. If there are none, reconsider whether the question is on-topic; you could ask here on Meta for additional guidance.

Separately, I would not recommend migrating existing questions, even if they are downvoted. If you decide that you'd rather post them elsewhere, please delete them (if you can) before re-asking on the new site; that way, there's no duplication of effort.

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    Also, accepting answers (when appropriate) will often mean future questions attract more interested readers.
    – Kusalananda Mod
    Dec 19, 2022 at 14:14

"I have noticed that you generally seem to be unhappy with my questions"

As far as I can feel personally concerned :

For having honestly tried to answer one of your questions, I must admit having downvoted it after reading the comments you made on my answer.
In particular comment #3 "Your editor…" ???
Not to say comment #6 that just made me wonder : "How the hell can they think anyone can help ?"

Because I do believe you are an honest contributer here, I would not want you to misunderstand my downvote :
I do not mean that I feel "unhappy" with your question (Would I have feel so that I would not have taken care to answer it (*1)) I even less mean that your question would better fit somewhere else.

I simply meant that from your comments, you were definitely not helping anyone to… help you.

Therefore… rather than believing that your questions would better fit elsewhere, please :

  • Document your questions more,
  • Interact with answers in a more detailed/rational way

And… everybody will just be happy with your questions… that I personally could even… upvote! :-)

Well… in short : Try harder ! ;-)

BTW never deduce from the votes that your question do not fit on U&L_SE… I personally very rarely score >0 on my own questions… but… still… asking… ;-)

1 : You can even notice that Stephen kitt edited my answer and that muru edited you question. Both are top contributors in U&L_SE… I am sure they would not have cared if "being unhappy" with your question.

  • Thanks, thus I anderstand have to wait to become unblocked. Regards. Dec 20, 2022 at 19:26
  • @Kusalananda (or any other mod around) Could you help ? I just fail to understand. User Anton Wessel is being blocked ? (Whatever the reason, for)
    – MC68020
    Dec 20, 2022 at 22:57
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    @MC68020 once a user has asked several questions in quick succession, and those questions have been downvoted, SE blocks that user from opening new questions for a while. See unix.stackexchange.com/help/question-bans Dec 22, 2022 at 10:31
  • Thanks @StephenKitt for the info I had missed. Well! From now on, I will think twice before downvoting a question… I just hate giving food to punishing bots.
    – MC68020
    Dec 22, 2022 at 11:04
  • @AntonWessel : From the reading of the page Stephen linked to in his comment above, I understand that NO! Don't just *wait" or, you'll have to wait for 6 months. DO rework your questions instead.
    – MC68020
    Dec 22, 2022 at 11:19

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