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Our stats so far, compared to the other SE betas

When I posted How should we promote the site? a couple weeks ago I included some charts comparing all the different SE betas. There was a request for updated information, so I figured I would just ...
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Love the design

Not a question, just an appreciation: I absolutely love the graphic design of the unix.stackexchange.com site. Love it. Spot-on for what the site's about.
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Policy on multiposting

How should we deal with questions that are posted simultaneously at Unix.SE and another Stack Exchange site? I've found some discussion on Meta Stack Overflow, but no official policy: Cross-posting ...
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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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Ambiguous tags - file

Should we create separate tags if a tag is ambiguous? I'm thinking of the file tag for starters... I think I've seen it mean file the data structure, and file the command. Are these even different ...
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distro-base tags?

Let's say I use Linux Mint, and I have a question that is not specific to mint, but is specific to Debian. should I tag it linux-mint, ubuntu, debian? or maybe debian-base? I'm thinking maybe we ...
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merge? or create a 3rd CW backup thread?

There's this and this question on backups. I felt what the users were asking for was different enough (e.g. time machine clone vs external hard drives) to not initially merge them. However, givent he ...
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image we should use for something…

I dunno what we should use this for or if it should be remixed. But I found this and I think it'd be good for us. Does anyone know what the second one from the left is? Question is: what should we ...
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Are “show off your DE” questions off topic?

I'm looking to customize my DE, and I would like to ask the community for screenshots + config file examples. Something like this thread Would a question like that be on or off topic?
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Captcha seems to pop up at every edit

I am getting a captcha each time I edit or do anything here - it is pretty annoying. Is the captcha set up differently here?
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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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'Holy Wars' Questions

I don't think that we should encourage questions such as Is GNU/Linux still relevant?. These types of questions bring out strong emotions or exhaustion for people who have been involved in the debate ...
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Are android questions on topic?

As I read Android wikipedia page all I found is that: It is Linux kernel(who would suspect ;) ) "nor does it support the full set of standard GNU libraries" without mentioning if it is POSIX ...
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How should we promote the site?

We're getting to the point in the beta where we should start trying to actively promote ourselves. Most of this is not so much a question as an informational post to let people know what methods other ...
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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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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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Non Standard CLI tools - A ruby tool question

An earlier related question on meta. This question was asked and ultimately answered on SO. This tool is is probably mostly used by Ruby programmers to test on multiple versions, and maybe slightly ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

As we enter the second week of the public beta, we desperately need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we ...
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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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make - ontopic or SO

I know make has long been a unix tool, but me thinks it's too close to programming (at least anything beyond how do I build software X). This question prompted this, I think it should be closed... ...
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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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Date specific questions

What should we do about time specific questions? I voted to close this question: Which laptop is most compatible with Linux? The answers were fairly generic, but I don't think we should encourage ...
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unix.se reputation visible in careers.so CV?

Once the unix SE goes out of beta, will the rep be visible in the careers CV view? I think it makes sense for people looking for UNIX-related jobs.
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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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Are questions about software packages on topic?

Is it on topic to ask questions of the form "What program does allow me to do X"? Or more generally, is it on topic to ask questions about recommendations for certain programs? I fear that these ...
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Moderator nominations

One of the seven beta questions is deciding who the moderators should be Some SE sites seem to start the moderator nominations too early, while others forget about it completely. Robert Cartaino's ...
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colinux related queries are off the topic?

As Title "colinux related queries are off the topic?"
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OpenGL question - offtopic?

This question on where to start learning opengl was asked. I don't feel that there's any way that this could possibly be ontopic here. I realize that *nix systems use OpenGL instead of DirectX, but ...
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Should a general question with very distro/os-specific answers be split into distro/os-specific questions?

I created How do I add MP3/etc support to my *nix desktop? as an experiment to see how this sort of question would work. Does it make more sense to have one question with a bunch of answers, where ...
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Can we get rid of the “for advanced users” part of our description?

Why have we burdened ourselves with the phrase "for advanced users"? I see many problems with this: Do we have a definition for "advanced"? Why would we want to keep "beginner" users out of this ...
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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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copy questions from superuser?

Hello, Previously I asked unix questions on superuser, can I copy them here together with the answers?
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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 Embedded Unix/Linux on topic?

Linux in particular is used in a whole lot of embedded applications. What parts of those would be on topic here?
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Are questions about CPAN ok?

I mean like if I wanted to ask 'how do I install a module with cpanp' would that be ok? obviously questions about how do I write a cpan module are offtopic and better relegated to SO.
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What should our domain name be? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline Note: We are closing this domain naming thread. It is asking the entirely wrong question. See this blog post for details: Domain Names: ...
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Are questions about firewalls on or off topic?

Is the intent of this site to stick to a core Unix functionality and not go into topics like firewalls? It seems like there is some cross-over with serverfault.com when you start getting into some ...