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Which programming languages are appropriate here?

This isn't a site for asking programming questions. It's well understood that pure programming questions should be moved to stackoverflow.com. There does seem to be an exception for bash, even where ...
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1 Implement: Zero Comments

This site has serious issues, core issues. Some of them could be solved. I wonder if the community is developed enough to correctly deal with them. As comments have become a hold place for (permanent) ...
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2 Implement: Remove your own content

This site has serious issues, core issues. Some of them could be solved. I wonder if the community is developed enough to correctly deal with them. The second issue is that we should have a rule like: ...
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How to make flags more informative?

A few hours ago, I flagged this answer as “In need of moderator intervention”. What I should have done and what I want it to do was flag it as “not an answer”. Plus, I knew there was a chance this ...
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Should we keep with older questions just because “they are already there”?

Last words What remains to be done? In a reasonable world: merge the two questions. In an utopia world: Join all answers in only one question, and select the best. But not, we are not in that utopia ...
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What’s the course of action when you think someone is being unjust?

Over the last few days a user (G-Man) is rejecting some of my edits. Obviously, I have nothing against him (you can’t always agree with everyone) and I only wish to understand why and move on. First ...
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Answers that add information but don't solve the problem

I would like to know whether answers like the following one, should get deleted. On the one hand, it does provide relevant information on the problem, but on the other hand, it doesn't solve the issue....
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What to do with questions having good answers on another SE site? [duplicate]

It happens quite often that questions are posted, which are on-topic on U&L but have good answers on another suitable Stackexchange Site (askubuntu, stackoverflow...). I'm referring to this ...
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Closing questions as “Needs details or clarity” when the required details are not communicated to the asker

In a problem related to @Hauke Lagings question on closing policy, what to do with questions voted for closing as "Needs details or clarity" when none of the reviewers seemed to have ...
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Close questions as “Needs details or clarity”

Would we close questions (like https://unix.stackexchange.com/review/close/343371) if the question itself does lack information but that information has already been made available in the comments?
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Unable to Unfollow deleted questions

Seems it's a bug that at leat I'm not able to Unfollow a deleted question (maybe it's true for deleted answer too) either from the Unfollow link under the question itself (not exist) or from the "...
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Our site has been migrated to CommonMark

Just a note for people who might not have paid attention to the Meta Stack Exchange posts, but do pay attention to our meta: the migration to using CommonMark for Markdown syntax for our corner of ...
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Standards of courtesy in regards to trouble-shooting scenarios

This occurred on my very first day of trying to help people on StackExchange. A user had a problem with a mount failing on their system. Rebooting caused "mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad ...
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Why are anonymous downvotes allowed?

This occurred on my very first day of trying to help people on StackExchange. A user had a problem with the reported host name of their system, and wondered how it could have happened. Fedora ...
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Volume tag description

I just rejected a tag edit for "volume". Obviously this term is ambigeous so the tag should get a description now but a look at the questions with this tag showed me that most questions use it in the ...
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Where is best to ask my Linux-related question?

I notice there are (at least) 3 different SE sites that a Linux-related question could get asked: here, StackOverflow or Ubuntu. There could be others too. But where is best to ask my questions ...
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Is it acceptable to paste shortened urls in posts on stackexchange?

Is it acceptable to paste shortened urls (e.g. those modified by tinyurl) in posts on stackexchange? I found No URL Shorteners?, which doesn't say no. There are benefits of using tinyurl. One of ...
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Completely changed answer: edit or new answer?

In a recent post I changed my answer completely, so I edited it. But then I thought that, being a "new" answer, it should be a separate one, so I posted a new answer. (I just let the previous one ...
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“follow” link glitches to “You’re no longer following this question”

It happens to me, at least in this site, that sometimes when I press "follow" it glitches to "You’re no longer following this question". I have to refresh the page to get the expected behaviour.
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If I Ask a Question On Superuser and Decide its Better Suited for U&L can I Repost it Here?

I asked a question on superuser about a keyboard issue with linux. I didn't get any helpful replies. It occured to me that people on U&L might be better equiped to help me with this problem. Is it ...
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Why do we have downvotes?

Having prepared a post on uncommented downvotes I was directed to previous discussion (thanks for the pointer @jeffschaller), but having read through a selection of these I was left with an even ...
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Requesting constructive criticism for a question

I wrote this question. It was down voted. I'm not upset and am not here to argue. My question here is what can I learn from this, for this or future questions? Is there something inherently wrong with ...
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Is asking for constructive criticism on a question a legitimate meta question?

I wrote a question, and it got down voted. I'm not arguing, or upset, but I would like to understand what I did wrong, so that I will write better questions in the future (and increase their chance of ...
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datascience-anaconda env isn't being loaded - a better name might be needed

After a Suggested change of tag definition for Anaconda, we got installer-anaconda and datascience-anaconda. Since that time, we have had 10 non-deleted questions in installer-anaconda, of which 6 are ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

I wrote the following answer: Contrary to what the moderator wrote, without any intention of critiquing or requesting clarification, I wrote that answer because -bash: syntax error near unexpected ...
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Yet another Kali Discussion (Working Title)

I wonder if we are making a subtle mistake in the way we direct users away from Kali. I frequently see comments such as "Kali is for Linux experts" and even "you don't learn to drive by jumping in an ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Post a series of self answered questions

I'm making a series of manuals about how to use Clonezilla, for my own use, in case I forget something, and for my colleagues. I format them in markdown, so I just have to copy and paste to post them. ...
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Should I undelete my question that deleted due “RemoveAbandonedQuestions”?

Question: https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/491289/how-to-prevent-squashfs-cache-decompressed-data-and-only-keep-compressed-data-in Timeline: https://unix.stackexchange.com/posts/491289/...
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What has 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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