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Why duplicate flags take so long to appear into review queues?

I noticed that a question marked as duplicate took more than 15 minutes to appear into the queue. I think that other elements, like edits, appear immediately. Why is it so long? Is it configurable?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 through June 30. We wanted to give you a heads up and walk you through what it will look like. How and ...
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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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Should version specific tags for [gnome] be abandoned now that GNOME changed versioning?

The GNOME project adopted a new versioning scheme last year because with GTK 4 they found it inappropriate to continue having the major number tied to GTK version. The next version following GNOME 3....
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Reputation changes points message not showing or disappearing swiftly

Since a couple of days I noted that reputation changes points message is not showing or disappearing swiftly (I'm not sure yet wich is it). I can only see that the number is higher or lower, without ...
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Should we allow PowerShell questions and answers on unix.SE?

Simple question in the title. I'm not (yet) advocating to any side. Maybe after reading some well formuled thoughts.
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TAB not preserved in code blocks

Mangling code or tab separated data: This is tab delimited data Rendering of code blocks break tabs. This is bad for example for code that require tabs (Example). for posts where users paste ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Was my behavior correct in this situation?

I'm opening this post in reference to this question: Access ext4 disk that lost superblock and its backups The only person who answered seem to be a a highly regarded member of this community, not ...
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Why has the title been usurped as the question?

I've been wondering why so many people recently are putting their question in the title, and only supporting information in the body text. (It used to be that the question itself belonged in the body, ...
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Reviewing has become harder

Is it just me or has reviewing become harder with the changed interface? It now takes two clicks where I'm sure it used to take only one. Not a lot of difference perhaps, but enough to put me off. I'...
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Can questions about Windows subsystem for linux be asked here? [duplicate]

I am thinking about asking Linux questions that run with Windows subsystem for Linux (WSL). Can I ask questions that can apply to WSL and the "raw" distro?
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Should the tag for the Zoom video conferencing app be [zoom] or [zoom-meeting] or something else?

Over on Ask Ubuntu, we had a discussion somewhat recently due to the frequent mistagging of zoom (for the functionality of zooming in/out) vs zoom-meeting (our tag for the Zoom video conferencing app)...
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Shall I edit question to new question or just make new question?

During investigating question "why in screen session things display incorrectly": symbols display wrong in `screen` - ascii or utf I've found answer what is the reason (i.e. export ...
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Arch Linux vs Kali Linux

I earlier using Kali Linux. I asked lot of questions with kali-linux tag. I had read the answer. Linux isn't hard but, kali is. I noticed that I could use Kali more smoothly. When I was trying to ...
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Answer with alternative solution not addressing the question directly

I read the meta question Are answers using alternative tools not welcome?, but I'm not sure if my question has nuances that the other doesn't. I have no issues if you consider this is a duplicate. I ...
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Exec tag being used for Find questions

Several users are associating the exec tag (244 questions) with Find's -exec option. Find && Exec tagged questions amounts to almost the half of that value (105 questions). The tag's ...
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Is historic reasoning by really opinion based?

I'd like to discuss whether or not there is a difference between querying historic design decisions and asking for opinions. The difference is subtle enough... "why should I ..." can often ...
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