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What is happened to the twitter account of the site?

I... well... we could say that not twitter is the most liked global content provider by me. But, for me it is important in the question histories, if they were shared on the twitter. And it is also a ...
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Why are questions and answers editable forever but comments get locked in?

Is this just for ease of implementation of the site or is there some philosophical reason that comments should be stuck with a typo, mis-wording, or negative tone?
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can an account be blocked by one highly rated user

I cannot answer any stackexchange answers as a few of my (first) posts were flagged and downgraded by a single user with loads of points. help suggests I post more useful replies to get me more points,...
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I am post-blocked on the Unix & Linux forum

How can I undo this issue? I know I wrote sucky or idiotic questions at some point or another... I would like to re-enable this ability, as I didn't really care to ask a question on super-user
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Why is commenting restricted to 50 rep? [duplicate]

Why is it allowed to answer a questions, but for comments 50 reputation is needed. Isn't an answer much higher weighted than a comment, where you can point out something to the questioner without ...
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How to mark something that is off topic including for Meta and StackOveflow?

If I review a question and want to close it as off topic, I run into a dead end: For example, the question is about Android, with no explicit or implicit relation to Unix or Linux. There is no ...
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Why does reviewers not accept? Reject the edits without understanding

I had edited an answer, based on my search and experience. Like this one. I am not sure if the peer reviewer understood the question, and then my answer. If these are the reviewers, then this ...
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Rename [iproute] to [iproute2]?

iproute2 is the package name for the utility /sbin/ip and its peripherals. iproute OTOH leans strongly towards the ip route subcommand. While I admit that ip route is probably the most used subcommand ...
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The migration target Askubuntu should be available

Questions can be migrated at Closing>Off-Topic>Migration, but only to the targets "Unix and Linux Meta" and "Stack Overflow", but not "Ask Ubuntu". Ask Ubuntu is a very probable target, simply ...
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Why can we not vote to migrate a question to superuser.com?

When we vote to close as off topic, we can select one of a couple of sites to forward the question to such as stackoverflow.com I'm surprised that superuser.com isn't listed as an option. Is there a ...
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Should there be a ubuntu-regolith or regolith tag?

I just asked a question: How to get stacking layout in Regolith Linux? I felt my tagging options were insufficient. The ubuntu tag requests that you only use it if the question is about Ubuntu. Well, ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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“Suggestion should be comment”, but it really shouldn't

I made a suggested edit on a recent answer. The author of the answer provided a nice solution to the question, but it looks like he didn't have the time to debug it, so his script ended up with some ...
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What is the difference from macos tag here and the Apple SE community?

Formally macOS has a Unix certification, but in practice it might differ significantly from ordinary Unix derivatives. While questions about AppleScript like this have little interest for the general ...
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What is the Linux tag for?

When should the linux tag be used? Should it be added to any question when the OP is using Linux? Should it only be used when the question is about the Linux kernel or GNU/Linux operating systems? I'...
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New contributor experience on unix & linux

Instead of insta-deleting my 1h effort, you could: just give me the vote and let me do the work of deleting my question and moving the answer over to the other question close and give me a chance to ...
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I'm being attacked by a Click Robot cycling addresses

Just got 1000 clicks in one hour: I hardly get badges, but on U&L tonight, in an hour, a robot is creating like six of them. I appreciate the new hat but it is distracting: To make matters worse,...
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Is it really necessary to treat expressions of gratitude like plague and pestilence on this site?

Overly zealous high-rankers – for lack of a better term – seem to treat expressions of gratitude by readers directed at contributors like Ebola-carrying hosts or something like that. They get weeded ...
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so–called “duplicates” are effectively killed from view from initial link - why not make that clear?

After a post was declared a "duplicate" it is effectively killed, wasting the time of the original poster, if one uses only the initial link, which is being tacitly redirected. He is not made aware ...
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Windows installer using GRUB - is on topic?

As I work as a technician, often I need to install Windows. I use my own method to create a multiboot USB using GRUB. I have managed to create a USB (16GB) with three Windows (Windows 7 BIOS, ...
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Is the new question's up-vote policy on SO coming to unix.stackexchange.com?

The value of an up-vote on questions have recently been changed on Stackoverflow.com, here is the acticle with the details (now an up-vote on a question have the same rep value as an up-vote on an ...
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Do we need to git a new tag for Git Bash questions?

I'm seeing some questions lately pertaining to "git bash" or "gitbash" and had to go look to see if this was something different from windows-subsystem-for-linux, and it seems that it is different. I ...
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Change macos/osx tag synonym [duplicate]

Currently the macos tag is a synonym of osx, however OS X ended in 2015 and Apple's operating system has been called macOS since. I think the tags should be reversed so that osx is a synonym for ...
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Delete answers completely

Why it's not possible to delete an answer completely? I'm embarrassed of some of them, sometimes for being hasty about answering and after seconds or minutes I realize that I'm (very) wrong. I know ...
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How should we use [fingerprint]s?

There's a suggested edit to the fingerprint wiki defining it as the biometric fingerprint. But the actual use is rather mixed: there are several questions talking about key fingerprints (~1/3rd of the ...
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When flagging a question to be migrated, why are some Stack Exchange sites excluded?

I noticed when I flag a question as off-topic that there is an option to flag the post for migration to another site. However, there is only the option to migrate questions from Unix & Linux to ...
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What's the purpose of source vs. source-code tags?

Asking a question, I just noticed there are two seemingly identical tags (which aren't aliases at the time of this writing): source and source-code. I have no strong opinion about which one should be ...
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Do bountied questions automatically expire?

I'm curious what happens to bountied questions from users that appear to have stopped using this platform. I recently answered a question (along with 2 others) from a user that hasn't logged in since ...
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Can you help me locate the post Stephen Kitt answered / commented on in last 2 months about the best recovery software - he listed 2 options?

I read a post about 2 months ago, maybe less, that Stephen Kitt commented on or answered about best recovery software. I have searched under his posts, but am unable to find it. Should I ask the ...
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Why my question was put on hold?

I don't understand why my question was put on hold. I also replied to an email you sent earlier two days ago, but I have not received any response as yet. It did not allow me to attach a file even its ...
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Does an answer to the problem instead of the question count as an answer?

If a user asks a question along the lines of I would like to do X with Y. How can I make Y do this?" is it appropriate to answer with an alternative or more straightforward way to do X, even if it ...
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Are 'bug report' kind of questions welcome to Unix & Linux?

I have been wondering if questions that have the character of a bug report or lets say questions about locating, fixing or working around bugs of certain packages in certain environments are welcome ...
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Is there a consensus on whether answers should contain explanations of code?

I recently suggested a fellow answerer provide some explanation of their code. IMO an explanation of the code is essential for a full answer… a clear explanation not only educates on the specific ...
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Are questions about how Linux handles specific hardware details on topic?

I'm not talking about generic hardware questions (e.g. how Linux names a disk device), i'm talking about the handling of very specific hardware details and interactions1. The main problem I see is ...
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Should we add a [trackpad] tag?

I think we should add a tag for trackpad - as a tag synonym of touchpad. "Trackpad" is in common usage, partly due to Apple. But we only have a tag for touchpad. I noticed there were over 20 ...
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Watch out for hateful languages?

What I described here have happened multiple times from users with particular powerful privileges, though not recently. Inspired by that "Leave and go back to your country if you don't like this place"...
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How to tackle the gray area in reviewing low-quality answers?

It is not infrequent to see controversial reviews of specific kinds of answers in the Low Quality Posts review queue. Those answers are often short, made at most of a few commands or links with few to ...
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The [X] tag should be aliased to [X11]. (Agree / disagree?)

Questions tagged x This tag can be used for questions regarding the X Window System. For X Version 11 you can use the tag x11. I guess people know they are running X, but they are less confident ...
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Where should this go, assuming it is right format for stackexchange sites

I ran into this question: Can the empty spaces/background in a terminal be replaced with a random(but pretty) pattern of ASCII characters? And while I thought it a very interesting question, I ...
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Obstructions on valid posts

In the original version of How can I fix the font problem of this pdf file?, I have a pdf file which can be rendered correctly by evince, but the text can't be correctly searched or copied. My ...
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What's the best site to post a question about weird bash prompt behavior when using ANSI colors?

I have a problem wherein I tried to get fancy with prompts, using ANSI colors. It works beautifully using 8/16 color palette ANSI sequences in tcsh and bash. It works even more beautifully using 256 ...
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My question wasn't specific enough, but got I got the right answer anyway. How should I proceed?

I have a question about my Unix & Linux Stack Exchange post: Interpret variables from read in string with shell script The question how I asked it (I tried to break it down to the relevant point) ...
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Should I write a new answer for p7zip to open RAR file?

Long explanation ahead to understand the issue before making the decision. I was trying to recall how to open a random RAR file using p7zip command-line tool on Linux. After looking at some dated ...
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What has triggered the massive number of user removals?

What has triggered the massive number of user removals shown in https://unix.stackexchange.com/users/674/tim?tab=reputation? Is it related to my account?Thanks. Sorry for being sensitive. It ...
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“That is not possible” is a valid answer

"No" is a valid answer to "is this possible?". Sometimes it can be quite useful. A recent example: How to ban all connections to .se and .ru in the hosts.deny file Or not? https://twitter.com/...
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When to “Comment”, and when to “Answer”?

I am trying to contribute effectively to the community, but I am not clear on when to Comment and when to Answer a question? I see many 'answers' in comments and I am not sure why they chose not to ...
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What is the [history-expansion] tag for, and does it add any value?

While reviewing existing tags (I was looking for Incident Response/Investigation related subjects) I came across the history-expansion tag. Without a wiki definition I had to look at questions already ...
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Editing other people's posts to remove “thanks”

[paraphrased position 1] Generally, if people abstained from doing edits that are just removing "thanks" and context phrasing (without doing any other improvements), that would be great. I ...
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How do we deal with Unix hair dryer questions when we encounter them?

I should've posted this on the first day of April, but I forgot about it. As we know, the trademark Unix isn't solely for the operating systems, other products are allowed to use that trademark if ...
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Editing questions recently put on hold (don't do trivial edits on recently closed questions)

I've already mentioned this to a couple of editors in the /dev/chat chat, but I think it may be worth mentioning in a Meta post as well. Please don't make trivial edits to questions that were ...

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