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The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Should I stop referring Kali users to U&L from AU?

I'm more active on Ask Ubuntu and normally refer Kali users to U&L by telling them: We're sorry, but this site is all about Ubuntu and its official derivatives as posted on https://wiki.ubuntu....
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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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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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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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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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Suggested change of tag definition for Anaconda

Seems like the vast majority of questions here with the tag anaconda refer to issues with the Anaconda Python and R Data Science package, yet the formal definition of the anaconda tag here is "...
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Getting to know you: who are you and why do spend time on unix.se?

I thought it would be a nice idea if we could have a question thread where everyone posts an answer where they introduce themselves, talk about themselves a little bit, and tell the community their ...
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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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Let's compile a list of canonical Q&As

A few of us were talking about this the other day in chat, as we are now quite a bit larger and with several thousand Q&As, there are certain questions that are asked very often. Things like ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What should we do about Kali Linux questions?

It's well-known that we have a quality problem in the kali-linux tag. Some statistics corroborate this perception (though not to the extent that I'd expected): 16.4% of the kali-linux questions have ...
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Systematically closing Kali questions

When I asked the reviewer who originally posted the duplicate link why he was duping this question, he referred me to this Meta post: What should we do about Kali Linux questions?. In the top-upvoted ...
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What should I do about highly opinionated answers?

Recently I came across an answer that I believed to be unnecessarily preachy and opinionated. Specifically, I felt this answer rubbed up against the guidelines (as enumerated in the help center) ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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My questions keep getting downvoted without any proper explanation as to why

I am relatively new to this site and I use StackOverflow as well as U&L very sparingly as I find that most of what I want to know is already there. However, one thing that I keep experiencing here ...
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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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Are questions about using XCB or X11 client implementations in general on topic?

I am currently studying X11 and trying to implement some applications using the XCB library. I was wondering if questions related to XCB are on topic here. While the problems that I usually face are ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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What's the return status of the exit code?

Which do we want to keep and which should be synonymed to the other? return-status, with 118 questions, says: Use this tag If your question revolves around determining or utilizing the return ...
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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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What is curious badge and why I am not getting it?

Well this is simple, from couple of months it shows that next badge: Curious 9/5 So I already crossed limit of 5 questions, I am having 9, but I am not getting this badge from months and it is ...
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Over zealous desire to close questions

I have found the main forum an excellent resource for concise, good quality questions and answers, so I do understand the philosophy to remove woolly, off-topic or old (stale) questions. But when I ...
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Is this site willing to curb the abusive downvotes (and close votes)?

I flagged several times serial downvotes that had not been reversed automatically by the time I became disappointed, but was always declined. (There are also many smart downvotes paced well enough ...