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Retract (change) poll vote

Is it possible? If not, why not?
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Where to draw the Line on servers

Where do we draw the line on server questions? I personally think that questions about Apache, Postfix, Postgres, OpenLDAP, etc ought to be offtopic and sent to SF. I even think this question should ...
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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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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 '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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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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Users deleting their questions after receiving answer as comment (stop answering in comments)

This is related to Should we discourage people that delete their question after they receive an answer?, and to the AskUbuntu Meta question Please stop posting half answers and dumb advice as comments....
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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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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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Merge libvirt and libvirtd tags

Shouldn't libvirt and libvirtd tags be merged?
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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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Synonym for /synchronization and /sync?

Two tags exist for questions dealing with "synchronizing": synchronization (9) sync (17) From the current questions asked, there are three uses for them: File synchronization between machines (...
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Are polkit and policykit tags not the same?

What is the difference between policykit and polkit tag?
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Do we need /efi or just /uefi?

Is there any point in having separate tags efi and uefi? EFI and UEFI are different versions of the same standard. Most if not all questions are about 2.x (“UEFI”) versions, not about the 1.x “EFI” ...
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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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Why shouldn't [sunos] be a synonym of [solaris]?

At least one person objects to making sunos a synonym of solaris. Why? Solaris in everyday speech means SunOS versions 5.0 and above. (Officially, it means 4.0 and above as the last BSD major release,...
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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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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 ...