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Can't reply to post

I posted a question and many people have answered it, however I cannot reply. Am I doing something wrong? There isn't anything like a reply button/link. Link for my post: How to Replace a string by ...
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May I object to the deletion of my post?

The post: Get List of Directories and Timestamp in a specific format in HP-UX My answer was short, because it was the answer of an experienced HP-UX administrator (and expert in Posix shell) to an ...
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Closing out questions

Why do you allow other users to close questions? Obviously, there is a need by someone to have a question answered. As time goes on, programmers just love to change things up. So, let the questions be ...
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When voting close should the comment be considered

When in the vote close queue, I never read comments. But today, on this peculiar question: https://unix.stackexchange.com/review/close/246445 I found out that I should have because without comment the ...
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Linking to the POSIX standard text (about editions and HTML fragments)

When linking to the POSIX standard document one may link to a specific edition (as I did here), or to the latest (undated) edition. Linking to a specific edition may be preferable when linking to a ...
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Should we advertise when vote close as non reproductible when it's only a typo

how to link 2 or more images one after the other, having the same dimensions? This question might get close because it's only a typo, but I found sometime question on the site where the mention of a ...
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Would questions about installing Linux on the Gemini PDA be more appropriate on Unix or SuperUser?

Site members may be aware of the new (as at 2018) Gemini PDA, a keyboarded clamshell device which runs Android by default, but which can also run Linux (a Debian install image is available), Sailfish ...
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Update [epiphany] tag to [gnome-web], with [epiphany] as a synonym

The GNOME web browser is no longer called Epiphany, it is called GNOME Web, so the tag should be gnome-web. This follows the example of gnome-keyring and so on. Epiphany is still the "code name" so ...
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Why did I get down-voted for the first question that I posted and what can I do to improve

Have a look at this question. It got down-voted for reasons known only to Gandalf. At least I would like to know why I got down-voted and what can I do to improve it?
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Disable ssh remote login using tcp wrapper

I don't understand why this question was closed without answer, and getting 4 down voted? I want to use tcp wrapper to disable ssh remote login from a client on the server. How do I find out if ...
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Should We Use Title Case for Titles?

This question was updated with the reason "Make title readable.". The title was changed from How Can I Output File Size In Bytes AND MB? to How may I output file size in both bytes and MB? So is it ...
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Fedora upgrade question closed as “typo”?

Re @Prabhjot Singh Problem with alsa-plugins-freeworld-lavcrate when upgrading to Fedora 28 "Questions describing a problem that can't be reproduced and seemingly went away on its own (or went away ...
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No vote options on low quality posts queue?

I've seen some discussions regarding voting to delete wrong/low quality answers and it seems that is the incorrect course of action but instead they should be down-voted. Based on that I wonder why ...
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Is the use of jsfiddle allowed to show config or code?

On SO, the use of jsfiddle, or similar, is not allowed as a sole source of code or configuration when asking a question. The code must be within the question itself. I can't find policy for this here. ...
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Alias macOS to OS X?

There are two similar tags macos and osx, and it's confusing which to use. Would be a good idea to make them synonyms?
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NAA flag is declined

I flag this post as "Not an Answer" but it was declined.Is that really answer the question? Note that now the post is deleted but I want to know if I did or use wrong flag or if I was not wrong then ...
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What is the license of the code posted on the site?

I find this amazing small piece of code in this question: datediff() { d1=$(date -d "$1" +%s) d2=$(date -d "$2" +%s) echo $(( (d1 - d2) / 86400 )) days } Does being on the site make this ...
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Splash screen test for kali-linux questions

Let me preface with this. With the quality of questions under the "kali-linux" tag, I do understand what's going on. For whatever reason, Kali seems to attract not only newcomers to Linux, but new ...
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Close vote queue limit VS vote close from question

Today, I notice something I never see before: I open the close votes queues and they were a lot of them, so I start vote closing and the queue was very long this morning so I ended up with a message ...
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Preferences for batch-mode edits?

I like to improve the site where I can; one of my many SEDE queries looks for common typos. Ideally, I would fill some smallish amount of time going through those posts and correcting the typos. When ...
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Is asking a series of questions discouraged?

I was able to solve my problem based on the advice given here - Imake and header files but I would like to know whether I can continue to ask questions on the same topic one question at a time. Is ...
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How to handle questions with (apparent) malicious intent? [duplicate]

A cursory search of metaU&L didn't show anything, so I am going to ask freshly: Is there a policy with questions that seem to be looking for assistance with malicious code? I understand that we ...
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how do I request that my question be deleted

I recently asked a question that was subsequently put on hold. I agree with the hold-reasons and think that this question should be deleted from the website. As the original poster, how do I make ...
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How to “communicate” with a moderator about declined spam flags?

I flagged this answer yesterday as spam. I flagged it because the answer was added to a very old question (from 2011) and praised a commercial solution. The original question was very well answered ...
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Since when are questions about dual-booting off-topic?

I asked this question earlier today: How can I prevent Windows from overwriting GRUB on my dual-boot machine? And I was surprised that several people are suggesting it is off-topic here. Firstly, ...
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Should answers be closed because they are wrong? [duplicate]

I'm trying to become a better reviewer and I am seeing posts in the 'Low Quality Posts' review queue that are flagged for review 'Because of their length and content'. Sometimes I see answers there ...
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Questions about malware and compromised or hacked servers

This is not really a question but more of a request. I've noticed a few questions about compromised servers running malware (usually cryptocurrency miners) but also other things. When answering ...
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How was this question inadequate

I have a question about my Unix & Linux Stack Exchange post: Replicate an Ubuntu server onto another ubuntu server I'm trying to get better at asking questions on stack exchange websites. I know ...
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Best place for Mint Questions?

sorry if this is the wrong place to post this; but I just got my first computer running linux mint, and have some questions. What would be the best place to ask them? Thanks!
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“Teaching how to fish” considered abusive?

My comment on this question: idownvotedbecau.se/noresearch, idownvotedbecau.se/noattempt - Have you consulted the tar man page? Reaction: Given that the answer is not in the tar man page, why ...
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Someone goes question after question of mine and downvotes, what can be done?

Someone goes question after question of mine and downvotes, what can be done? This manner is extremely unlikely to be natural; It all happened in 10 minutes. What can be done against that?
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what if i disagree with my question being put on hold

Recently, my query generated the following message: put on hold as too broad ... -specific users listed-. Is it appropriate for me to contact each of the listed users, stating my reasons for ...
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Is it OK to ask question about etymology of command names?

Is it OK to ask questions like "what is the etymology of hdparm command name?"? General topic matches https://unix.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic ("Shell scripting", "Applications packaged in *nix ...
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How to request updates to out-of-date questions/answers?

I am wondering what is the best way to handle old questions and/or answers that may be out-of-date, but which I would like an up-to-date answer to? For example, one question I am looking at is about 5 ...
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When to vote to delete an answer?

I'm curious to know if there is a particular time to delete - or not delete - an answer that's clearly wrong? Consider the first revision of https://unix.stackexchange.com/revisions/420788/1, which ...
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What to do when a user changes their question using details provided by an answer? [duplicate]

This question started out as "How do I copy data from an old LVM installation" I answered it by giving the user an appropriate solution, but it turned out that his LVM installation was actually ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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How to treat obsolete questions?

I'm just reviewing How does VARIABLE=() { function definition } work in bash. It was posted before the shellshock vulnerability. Neither the question, nor the answer, nor any comment in the whole ...
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I can't ask but it is unjust

Yesterday I made a question with 0 score and they forbide me to ask again for some days. I think it is totally unjust. Would you let me ask questions please?
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Some controversy over my answer on root's ownership in a home dir

Why would root own anything in my personal home directory? That goes against any ethical doctrine. This is an answer I posted. It stirred some opposing reactions, as it turned out. I also later ...
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AskUbuntu vs UnixLinux Stack: Where to post? [duplicate]

Ubuntu seems to be so relevant, that it has a dedicated Stack exchange page. But how do I know, when to post at AskMintSuSEcentOSGentooArchWindowsReactOSUbuntu and when to post at Unix/Linux....
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Remove /duplicate tag

Questions with the tag duplicate cover duplicate files, duplicate packages, duplicate lines and many more. Even if restricted to a specific usage, I can't think of any advantage of this tag, so I ...
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Alpine and Alpine-Linux tag

I frequently observe that people inadvertently choose the tag alpine (an email client) instead of alpine-linux. See the recent question sshpass not functioning in alpine linux. I suggest to remove ...
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Are tag wikis mostly just for Stack Overflow?

The idea of "tag wikis" that I've always had has been, more or less, just a quick definition of terms, perhaps with a distinction made between the tag under discussion and another similarly named tag ...
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Merge libvirt and libvirtd tags

Shouldn't libvirt and libvirtd tags be merged?
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Should one redact PII from spam?

In clear cases of bot/spam posts such as this one, when the original posting includes what appears to be personally identifiable information (in this case, a name and postal address), is it good form ...
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Tag not available

Problem: I just noticed that there’s a high-avability tag with 1 follower, no tag wiki and no usage guidance. It’s obviously a mis-spelling of high-availability (which doesn’t exist as a tag). ...
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What to do when user says they meant different question after you have answered

I posted an answer for a user’s question and he indicated he was going to try my solution. After some time he had not indicated whether or not it worked. I commented to ask if it worked or did he ...
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Unix&Linux as a platform of pragmatic Linux documentation

I'm starting this meta due to the responses and down votes received for this question: The .tmux.conf language The comments (and am guessing the down votes) are here due to the existence of the man ...
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Is it okay to copy paste from other websites?

Is it okay to post copy/pasted answers from other websites? I guess it's not. The link to website can be posted in comments instead. https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/413066/224025