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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)

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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What can the Kali-Linux tag excerpt say to help those askers?

Following on from Why are Kali questions hated so much? and Why I closed the "Why is Kali so hard" question, and in the spirit of making things better, let's do something about the tag ...
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Why I closed the “Why is Kali so hard” question

As the regulars will know, there seem to be many people out there who think that Kali is a good way of starting with Linux. As a result, we get quite a few questions from newbies trying, and failing, ...
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Should software-rec tag be migrated to softwarerecs.SE?

Should software-rec questions be migrated en-masse to http://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/? That site was created because software recommendations were seen as too subjective and therefore not a ...
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I have screwed up a question

I've recently asked a question for which I have two good answers. I've up-voted both answers, but not yet designated one as the "correct" answer. Since the answers have been posted, I've realized I ...
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Is promoting another Stack Exchange site OK?

We often get questions, usually text-parsing ones, from people working in Bioinformatics. Since I am a bioinformatician and a pro tempore moderator on Bioinformatics SE, I will often leave a comment ...
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Should we have a stock answer for broken Windows boot?

Windows questions are NOT on topic here. Now that's out of the way, lets discuss damage done by a Linux distribution's installer. There are two topics I regularly see: (how to roll back) how to ...
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Should we display a user's question/answer ratio?

What are the consequences of this? Would it provide any value? My guess is that user's would be more likely to answer questions rather than ask them if some form of reputation were involved as well.
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Should we improve posts that are common Google results?

It seems like fairly regularly I'll be running a Google search to assist with a minor problem and the result that I get from a stackexchange.com site is extremely high quality. It answers my question ...
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Lots of ancient questions being VTCd

In reviewing the queue I've noticed a lot of questions from 4 or 5 years ago being VTC'd "unclear". The odd thing about these is that a number of them have an accepted answer so clearly(!) they're ...
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What do moderators wish the users of Unix & Linux (.SE) knew?

As we welcome our new rulersmoderators (congratulations!), and they discover the ropes of moderation, it seems to me the ideal time to ask this question. What do moderators wish the users of Unix &...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Unix & Linux's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them ...
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Should I delete my own, now-duplicate answer?

I answered my own question here: https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/507815/153578 As I mention in there, I only posted that answer since another user deleted their own, previously-posted answer which I ...
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Is question about executable memory layout on-topic?

Is this question possibly on-topic for the Unix & Linux Stack Exchange? https://stackoverflow.com/questions/55270381/what-does-segment-starttext-segment-0x400000-represent It's not exactly a ...
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Why are Kali questions hated so much?

I know that I'll probably be down-voted to oblivion, but every time I see a Kali question on this site, it gets marked as a duplicate of this question, even when it has nothing to do with that ...
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When is the best time to start a bounty?

I'm thinking of starting a hefty bounty (on this question), since I haven't gotten an actual answer that works yet. Now, a bounty lasts for a week; but it is likely to have the most visibility during ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Canonical Kali 'wireless in a VM' question?

Related to this meta question. Probably the most common Kali Linux question is "I'm running Kali in a VM. Why doesn't my wireless adapter act wireless?" Would it be worthwhile to have a canonical ...
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What’s it like being a Unix & Linux moderator?

Inspired by this SF&F meta question, and given the upcoming moderator election, I thought it would be interesting to ask current and past moderators what it’s like to moderate U&L. (Blatant ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Unix & Linux is scheduled for an election next week, March 11th. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the ...
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Why do well received questions often score early down votes?

I've noticed something interesting in voting trends. Quite often the more interesting questions receive early down-votes (fairly quickly) before subsequently receiving 15+ up votes. This is in ...