Questions tagged [discussion]

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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Offtopic - A Stance - Programming / Servers / Cross Platform Applications

This encompasses all previous questions. I decided I didn't want to say this more than once, and I've changed my stance a bit. For the most part it's unix vs windows. IIRC Windows uses threads where ...
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Unix C API calls ontopic?

I don't really have a question in mind, but I'm thinking of the kind of things that are covered in APUE(2e) which is POSIX, SUS, etc. C API mostly. Obviously generalized C programming is not ontopic, ...
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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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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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How do we feel about requests for learning materials?

We recently had a brief discussion in chat about this question which asks for learning materials (specifically, online video courses). I feel that such questions are not a good fit for the site ...
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How should questions cross-posted on Ask Ubuntu be handled?

As a matter of reference, I would like to know how to handle a question that has been cross-posted on Ask Ubuntu as well? Is flagging them for closure the right thing to do? Or should I just comment ...
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Site Design Updates

A major design update is now live! Most of the changes are not visible; these tweaks go along with recent updates that were made to Stack Overflow: We are moving the site's CSS to a newly refactored ...
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Rejecting obvious questions?

Shouldn't we reject questions for which the asking people obviously didn't do their homework? Like this one: What does ^d mean in ls -l | grep ^d? Not that I'm really annoyed, but I think it would ...
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Are history questions on topic?

Unix has quite a bit of history, and a lot of things with historical roots. Should questions primarily about the history of Unix be on topic?
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Learning the art of the close-vote review queue

(Forked from Learning the art of the review queue) For those who often "Skip" in reviewing close-vote items because of lack of confidence / experience / training, is there: A more detailed guide to ...
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Starting a blog, part 2

We had a meta post a while ago with some good ideas for possible blog entries. Another user expressed interest in starting a blog, so as we've covered the first two bullets on the checklist, I'm ...
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Design Ideas for Unix and Linux site Updated

Hi all. I'm Jin, and I'll be working on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic. However, ...
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Starting a blog, part 3

After I volunteered to manage our blog, I've put together a spreadsheet* that includes a list of users that said they'd be willing to participate in the blog in some form, plus additional information ...
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Cygwin on-topic?

Should we consider Cygwin on-topic here? It's similar to a Linux command-line and has many of the same tools, so lots of answers will probably just be the same as if the user was on Linux. However, it ...
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Mac OS X: What's on topic?

Mac OS X is one of the few systems officially certified as being UNIX. On the other hand, it has a great deal of its own software, including its GUI and some admin tools, that really don't behave ...
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Is it On or Off Topic When Unix/Linux is Only Ancillary to the Question?

This is not necessarily a "specific question" discussion. It's just an example to raise the issue. I'm looking at this question: Good introduction to SubVersion for unexperienced users? This is a ...
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Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline

We closed the domain naming thread (click for details). Instead, let's start with a killer "elevator pitch!" Joel will be blogging about the elevator pitch approach to naming, but to get you started:...
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circumvention of security or policy

The question Getting internet to Linux VM without being detected by Network made me have a look at the FAQ where I didn't find what I expected to find though. I found it in the Serverfault FAQ: and ...
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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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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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Starting a Unix & Linux Community blog

The idea of starting a community blog related to this site has been bounced around before with limited enthusiasm. It recently came up in chat again here. Since the first step listed on the getting ...
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Are we abusing “Request for learning materials” as a reason to close?

Request for learning material, from what I gather, is a request for links or pointers to offsite learning materials, or books, courses, etc. In fact, How do we feel about requests for learning ...
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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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Is the Unix C API still on-topic?

According to Unix C API calls ontopic? and the help center, "UNIX C API and System Interfaces ( within reason )" is explicitly on topic. That within reason links to the meta question. https://unix....
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What is the relationship between Linux/Unix SE and Ubuntu SE

If both this SE and the Ubuntu SE make it out of beta, it might be a good idea to have some guidelines for when questions should be directed to the Ubuntu SE. Personally, I can't think of an "...
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How to identify which questions belong to which site?

I am really getting confused which site is used for which purpose. For example, see the questions below. From SuperUser https://superuser.com/questions/428033/why-use-the-command-apt-get-purge-...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2012 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 2013 Well... we apparently missed 2H 2011. Whoops. Well, time waits for no one, so we start 2012 of Community Promotion Ads! What in the Wide, Wide ...
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Killing a few meta-tags (and please write tag wikis)

I just killed best-practises (a misspelling of a meta-tag). I'm not fond of tips-and-tricks, troubleshooting, homework (homework discussion) or unix (unix tag discussion) either. Will anyone speak up ...
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Is it ok to ask bash language questions?

I find myself asking more and more questions that might overlap with SO. Where should I ask bash questions that focus more on the bash language than they do on unix? Here or on SO?
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Unix & Linux new site theme is live

We rolled out the new site theme for Unix & Linux. It is now live. What new theme? If you're like, "What the heck are you talking about?", then you should read the Meta Stack Exchange post ...
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How should we deal with question answered in the comments?

I recently found this: Is it possible to convert audio to midi with the shell? As you can see, the person actually leading to the answer, used the comments section to provide his answer, instead of ...
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Are questions about vi, vim, and other clones on-topic here?

$a = trueOrFalse("are they on-topic?") $b = trueOrFalse("is this the best site for these questions?") if (!$a || !$b) { pleasePrintBestSiteFor("questions about vi and clones") } *it just made ...
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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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Ubuntu specific questions

This has already been discussed, but I think it warrants reconsideration. Jeff's answer, in particular: So I'd only migrate questions where the question is extremely and unavoidably Ubuntu-centric, ...
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Can we have Server Fault (or other SE site) as an off-topic choice?

From time to time we'll get a question that seems more on-topic for Server Fault rather than Unix & Linux. Such as this one, "Xen HW virtualization on Power architecture?". However when going ...
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Why is there a linux tag?

In theory, all questions on the unix-stackexchange could be tagged linux? Isn't it then a bit redundant to have a linux tag? OR is it there to discriminate between linux or unix specific questions?
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Migrate Ubuntu-specific questions to AskUbuntu?

There was a comment and a mod flag on this post about possibly asking the question on AU instead. I don't think our previous discussions on this have been particularly clear-cut, so I'm just going to ...
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Icons of the badge counts

Can we change badge icons to something Unix&Linux specific? Recently many sites changed their icons, for example: close related to us android uses their robo mascot emacs uses parenthesis () to ...
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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 jobs are out there?” — are career questions on-topic?

This comes from the question what jobs are out there for NIX nerds?. I personally think this is probably off-topic, and it has two close votes already, but it also has three upvotes so I wanted to ask ...
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Where exactly is the border between apple and UNIX?

Here I posted an answer on how to disable mouse and keyboard input using xinput, with the presumption that if the question is about UNIX, X specific answers are good. However, turns out, the OP was ...
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Shell scripting on-topic?

There was a question raised about whether How does “top” command show live results? belongs here, or if questions about shell scripting should fall under the domain of programming and stay on SO. I'm ...
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Tags for variant-agnostic questions

There are currently a number of questions tagged unix. I think this tag is meaningless since every question could have it. (Then again, so could the computer tag on SU!) We could ban the unix tag (I ...
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Low quality posts from high rep users

Why do posts from people with >50k reputation show up in the Low Quality queue? Would it not make sense to have a filter where answers from users with more than $arbitrary_high_number reputation do ...
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Where to vote on merging Ubuntu and Linux?

Is there any way to organize a voting so that people decide if two sections of SE (Ubuntu and Linux) should be merged? UPDATE Please vote to reopen my question on AU http://meta.askubuntu.com/...
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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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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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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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At what level does “do X for me” become off-topic?

I've recently been hanging around this site because I enjoy problem solving on linux and learn heaps from seeing how other peoples solutions. I'm happy to pitch in to solve others problems, however -...