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Flag suspected AI generated answer for moderation

I recently stumbled with this answer and some aspects of it raised my suspicion that it is AI generated, albeit with slight modifications made by the poster. The answer in itself is highly technical ...
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"smart" tags being not helpful as they are now

Preparing to ask a question about smartmontools, I tired to filter existing questions using the correct tag(s). However searching for tags matching "smart" I realized that none of the tags ...
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limit the length of titles to improve readability?

Long titles make posts unreadable. Some people even include long error message in a title which makes a real mess of the post. I often skip posts with long rambling titles altogether. Should we have ...
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PSA: Please don't post images of text

When asking or answering questions, please don't post screenshots of text. This is a very bad idea because: You can't copy/paste the commands into answers, google searches, local files to work on a ...
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Do we need tags for zombie or defunct processes?

The zombie-process has zero watchers and 36 questions in 11 years. Yesterday a new tag defunct was created for defunct processes (no watchers). I don't see what value these tags add if nobody's ...
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Policy on creation of distribution tags for derivatives

Triggered by the recent (attempted) introduction of two tags for ArchLinux derivatives (EndeavourOS and BlackArch), I wonder whether there is an established policy and/or thresholds for creating tags ...
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Do we want to enable an "AI-generated content" banner?

Given the recent announcement Sites can now request to enable a banner to warn about their policy on AI-generated content and given our stance in How do we want to handle AI-generated answers?, it ...
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#unix-path tag?

We didn't have a #unix-path tag until I just made one. (I hope I haven't made trouble by doing so.) The #PATH tag (all-caps) is specifically about the environment variable, but not what we refer to on ...
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so, any grumpy person rising in the ranks is free whatever they want?

There is this question that was closed for not being clear: Use grep to find files containing regex patterns I have found it while searching for a similar issue. It is not given what is needed to make ...
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On the shell, shell-script, command-line and terminal tags

There are many questions using the tags command-line, shell, terminal. A cursory look suggests that most terminal questions are about terminal emulators and their configuration, while command-line ...
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Shell script fixing service?

Users often post questions with their full shell scripts pasted, asking "Why isn't it working"? In many of those cases, there isn't just a single bug in the script but several small issues (...
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Add colour schema to old quesions on main SE sites

This question is inspired by this discussion which is about close the old questions and not display them at all. For me closing questions (old ones) is too much. At the end the idea of SE (by my ...
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Can we please permanently close threads which are longer than 2 year inactive?

Can we please permanently close threads which are longer than 2 years inactive? I'm getting sick to read old posts about ancient Debian systems, because some moderator decided it would be a good idea ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Editing an existing answer of a closed-duplicate question vs adding a new answer to the duplicated?

I posted an answer to some question prior to that question being (rightfully) closed duplicate. OP went on commenting my answer eventually asking for more explanations / details which are not provided ...
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U&L Help Center article for our policy on AI-generated content

Minutes after I posted Do we want to enable an "AI-generated content" banner?, the Main Meta question was updated to ask us to fill in the "Learn more" link with our site's policy ...
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Revert the temporary blockade on unregistered participation?

Back in May, I asked the CMs to require registration to participate on U&L, due to a rash of low-quality posts from unregistered accounts. The moderation strike is over, and Charcoal has resumed ...
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How duplicates should be handled when duplicated gets a neither accepted nor upvoted answer?

Latest example Question A (most reasonably) gets an answer as part of question B. However, question B 's answer is neither accepted nor upvoted. My close duplicate request cannot be accepted. What ...
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why my question got closed?

I joined the community few days back and used 1 question to ask many. I got dinged ie got -1 from two experts saying i have asked too many. Fair enough, I edited that question to Questions on Linux ...
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Delete question from Ask Ubuntu and post it in U&L

I made a question in Ask Ubuntu trying to solve an issue that I need for my work. I chose Ask Ubuntu because the server I'm working is Ubuntu 22.04 server. But the question is 4 days old now, has only ...
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Why is Kali Linux so hard to set up? Why won't people help me?

I've installed Kali Linux, or I'm trying to install it. Why is it so hard? Why doesn't it recognize my hardware? Why do I need to set up so many things manually? Why can't I install the applications I ...
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Why is a http version of stack exchange websites appearing in my browser search results? [closed]

I've taken a screenshot of what I am referring to, but this occurs on both the machines I have installed Debian Bullseye on, so I'm naturally curious as to why this would occur. I have guessed it ...
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Will something happen when reputation reaches 100k?

What will happen when reputation reaches 100k? Nothing or something?
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Stack Web scraping from AI [closed]

What do you think about the possibility of an AI doing web scraping of the contents of Stack Overflow, of Unix stackexchange for example and after understanding the questions applying the best answers?...
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Example: The number of lines matching the pattern G in file and Example: The number of matches in the same file, but counting each match individually

I am currently on a crusade regarding this question. The edits that I made were reverted with a comment saying: Please don't change your question after receiving answers. You can clarify, but not ...
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Are NixOS questions more suitable at SO or Unix StackExchange? says the NixOS community is active on StackOverflow. Are NixOS questions about programming? Are they more suitable at SO or Unix StackExchange? If latter, How can those ...
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Should we close questions because they only MIGHT be caused by MS Windows?

I've been reviewing more close votes recently. There's been certain trend of a few questions being impossible to review correctly to my mind, and I wanted to ask if there's a community view on how to ...
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Should U&L participate in the "1 reputation voting" change?

Some of you may have seen the Meta feed message in /dev/chat, but for those who haven't: If more users could vote, would they engage more? Testing 1 reputation voting on some sites. I am not in a ...
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Are all the mods on Unix&Linux such dictators?

I've had a question shut down because someone doesn't like people to have a discussion. Anyone else encounter such a poor attitude here ? Is this indicative of the atmosphere one might expect here ?
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Is casting a vote to not close a post harder than to close it?

Is casting a vote to not close a post harder than to close it? The options under a post are all various reasons to close a post. Is there no option to not close a post? Is the review queue the only ...
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Does anyone know a good OCR tool online that we can use for screenshots?

I'm rather tired of barking at users not to post text as images. We all know the reasons why not to do this. In the community minded spirit, I wonder if anyone knows a reliable OCR tool that could be ...
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Harmonizing use of locking-related tags

I was about to start writing a tag wiki for the lock tag in the sense of a mechanism to prevent concurrent access to resources or to synchronize threads when I realized that the tag usage has now ...
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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.
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Low contrast between voted-on and not-voted-on buttons

I think the usability on the voting buttons has gone down since the new round buttons were put in place. I went to upvote a question today and was told I'd already done so. Looking again it's clear ...
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General moderators' strike

Open letter here: I haven't decided what I think about this yet. It seemed fairly apparent months ago that technical support was a prime target for ChatGPT et al., and ...
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Kind &Humble request to all : Please don't forget reviewing "First questions"

In the early times I had not enough reputation to have my questions going through directly, I remember having been very grateful to those who had took time to review them, this enabling my questions ...
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Why was the "Middle Sidebar Advertising" page removed? Please undelete it

Why was the "Middle Sidebar Advertising" page removed? Please undelete it. I don't see any valid reason to delete it, but if there is one please enlighten me. https://unix.meta.stackexchange....
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Experimentation Sandbox

This is a sandbox post for experimenting with SE features, similar to the Formatting Sandbox on Meta Stack Exchange.
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Temporary blockade on unregistered participation

Due to the recent low-quality posts on U&L, I've asked the Community Managers to disable unregistered participation on our site. They have recently enacted that change. Hopefully this encourages ...
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PSA: Stack Exchange Inc. have announced a network-wide policy for AI content

A couple of days ago, Stack Exchange Inc., the company running these sites, announced a new policy for handling AI content. This policy goes against our own, local policy on how to deal with AI ...
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Does the Unix & Linux Stack Exchange have a search feature to look for previous questions on a subject

Just registered and tried to find a search feature so I would not ask a duplicate question but did not find such a feature. I went to the help feature but it only searched in help and the create ...
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Is it noise to ask "Could anybody help me?"

I proposed this edit suggestion (link to Q/A) and removed the trailing question "Could anybody help me?" as I thought it improved the quality of the question a bit. I did find this guidance ...
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Applications are off topic for MacOS but ontopic for UNIX

Considering the What topics can I ask about here? page. If I'm using MacOS I cannot ask about front-end applications ("The Unix foundation underlying MacOS (but generally not frontend ...
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Are ChromeOS and ChromeOS Flex questions on-topic?

ChromeOS is the Linux-based operating system that is found on Chromebooks, made by Google. It uses the Google Chrome browser as the main interface. ChromeOS Flex is the same operating system meant for ...
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Is there a summary of Code of Conduct changes?

When a company (e.g. a bank) changes their Terms and Conditions then they typically provide a high level summary of the changes, and then link to the complete T&C. This is because it's not ...
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Why is it if anyone asks a question, no one can ever just give the answer for the question?

If someone asks a question why do people have a hard time just giving the simple answer? There is always some alternative answer that sometimes has nothing to do with the sought after information. ...
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Do we have a go-to reference Q&A for "I want to do {grep,sed,awk} on {xml,json,yaml,csv with text}, how do I shoot myself in the foot?" questions?

This still seems to be a very common topic. Over time, and I guess that's a sign of how the tools matured, our answers and comments to all of these end up being: It's very nice that you want to use ${...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015 [duplicate]

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that ...

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