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RIP schily (Jörg Schilling)

According to a post on the Unix Heritage Society mailing list, prominent FOSS developer and Unix enthusiast, Jörg Schilling passed away on Sunday, 10th October 2021. He was an active member of this ...
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2014 Community Moderator Election Results

Unix & Linux's 2nd moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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History of Linux kernel development question, what's next?

So we've reopened this question - Git, Linux kernel and ticketing/bug-reporting - and I'd like to help it get as thorough an answer as possible. I've been adding links to resources that I'd like to ...
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Reviewing has become harder

Is it just me or has reviewing become harder with the changed interface? It now takes two clicks where I'm sure it used to take only one. Not a lot of difference perhaps, but enough to put me off. I'...
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Lets combine all the awk tags

UPDATE: all awk variant tags have now been defined to be synonyms for the one tag, awk, so the below discussion is now only retained by request for historical purposes. Not really looking for an ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Should the tags /scripting and /shell-script be merged?

There are these two - scripting and shell-script. Moreover, scripting is synonymous with script and non-interactive shell-script is synonymous with bash-script and shell-scripting I'm wondering what'...
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What's our status in voting?

The most upvoted answer in the questionnaire in the recent moderator election, pointed out two issues: U&L is way below average among SE sites when it comes to questions with at least one upvoted ...
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TAB not preserved in code blocks

Mangling code or tab separated data: This is tab delimited data Rendering of code blocks break tabs. This is bad for example for code that require tabs (Example). for posts where users paste ...
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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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remove "learning" tag

We have the "learning" tag which only has 5 questions at the time of writing. However, as I checked none of these questions are suitable to https://unix.stackexchange.com when knowing that ...
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What qualifies as "serial *voting"?

I just got a really good answer to a question of mine. Since the author was so knowledgeable (about vim in this case) and gave such a careful answer, I went to read other things he wrote. There was ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Rename adb to android-adb

Since this is about UNIX, I would expect that the tag adb refers to the advanced debugger written by Stephen Bourne in the mid 1970 as the standard debugger for UNIX. This tag currently however is ...
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Fedora upgrade question closed as "typo"?

Re @Prabhjot Singh Problem with alsa-plugins-freeworld-lavcrate when upgrading to Fedora 28 "Questions describing a problem that can't be reproduced and seemingly went away on its own (or went away ...
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Why are edits for new tag entries getting rejected for changing too much of the original content?

Recently I have been trying to edit/add tag wiki information. Most of my suggested edits are getting approved, but I do notice with the ones rejected (and some reject votes on the accepted ones), they ...
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AWS will soon be sponsoring Unix & Linux

We're excited to announce that AWS will be sponsoring Unix & Linux beginning September 27, 2021 through December 31, 2022. We wanted to give you a heads up and walk you through what it will look ...
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No vote options on low quality posts queue?

I've seen some discussions regarding voting to delete wrong/low quality answers and it seems that is the incorrect course of action but instead they should be down-voted. Based on that I wonder why ...
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Clean up question on this Q&A

Other sites (for example, Ask Ubuntu) have occasionally had question cleanup events in an attempt to clear out unanswered questions. Basically, the AU mods made a kind of game where they selected ...
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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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Unable to Unfollow deleted questions

Seems it's a bug that at leat I'm not able to Unfollow a deleted question (maybe it's true for deleted answer too) either from the Unfollow link under the question itself (not exist) or from the "...
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Merge [kde5] & [plasma5]

kde5 & plasma5 mean the same thing. As explained by the Super User equivalent, Plasma 5 is the fifth iteration of KDE's desktop environment (kde5, on its own, makes no sense). For this reason I'm ...
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Do we need multiple multi-monitor tags?

Inspired by a recent MSO question, I looked here and found two possibly-overlapping tags: dual-monitor multi-monitor Should we merge them and make dual-monitor a synonym of multi-monitor?
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Will the peer pressure badge eventually get recommended as next badge?

My "Select your next badge" recommends going for the Epic badge, and there are still a few alternatives to work on as well: Assuming that I had obtained all the badges I can select from, apart from "...
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2014 Community Moderator Election

The 2014 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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Getting notified of new answers

I reviewed an answer where the OP answered their own Q. And although the actual actions were not clear to me they might be to someone else¹. What I noticed is that just 5 days ago someone commented ...
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question closed for off-topic, even though some answers here suggest it is not

I have a sad record. First question asked in this site and it's been voted and closed for off-topic: Wrong timezone offset. How do I correct it? (help with zic timezone compiler) A user, @Gilles, ...
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Parallel /parallel tags

The tag parallel has at least three meanings. I propose to disambiguate them and get rid of parallel. Running programs or threads in parallel, i.e. exploiting multiple cores on one computer → ...
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Quick answer for "I need someone to make me a script that does <x>"

This is different from questions for software suggestions. Those are questions for scripting in the answer, almost like a commission to have someone write a shell script or use some other scripting ...
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Should the tag for the Zoom video conferencing app be [zoom] or [zoom-meeting] or something else?

Over on Ask Ubuntu, we had a discussion somewhat recently due to the frequent mistagging of zoom (for the functionality of zooming in/out) vs zoom-meeting (our tag for the Zoom video conferencing app)...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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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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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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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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"You ... you complete me" said the autocomplete tag

Calling all those interested in helping the site and potentially gaining a tag editor or research assistant badge! We have a tag with an old, copy-pasted excerpt & wiki that could use some ...
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Can we retag suspend-related questions from "sleep"→"suspend"?

Of the currently 41 sleep-questions, some (like this one) are about the sleep program; the rest refer to suspend, as in low-power-mode; suspend-to-RAM|disk. (But few questions tagged suspend are about ...
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Possible Conference Speaking Sponsorships -- 2011

We're evaluating the feasibility of sponsoring a member of the Unix & Linux community to speak at a conference in 2011. Speaking is a relatively big "ask", so this needs to be planned many months ...
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tag:lxc and tag:lxd ... clarification required

lxc and lxd seem to be partially overlapping tags. So while LXC is the acronym for LinuX Containers and names the project as well as the software, there are now three major versions of LXC: 1.x ...
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How we should use the "How to debug a bash script?" canonical question?

When I asked this question my purpose was two fold: That people can self-help themselves into debugging their own scripts and discover what is wrong without asking us. That it serves as a lighting ...
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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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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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Why was I suspended for a week?

I had my Unix&Linux (and Meta) access suspended for a week (although my U&L Meta rep is still 1). Is there an information source I missed that would have explained why? Was I unacceptably rude?...
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Update [epiphany] tag to [gnome-web], with [epiphany] as a synonym

The GNOME web browser is no longer called Epiphany, it is called GNOME Web, so the tag should be gnome-web. This follows the example of gnome-keyring and so on. Epiphany is still the "code name" so ...
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Missing feedback why a question is kept on hold

(Question adapted according to the information given by Michael Homer) From this answer I did believe that "edited closed questions get put into the review queue", and Michael Homer's comment ...
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Should commonly posted duplicate homework questions be flagged (or filtered) as spam?

I speak in particular reference to this question from today: https://unix.stackexchange.com/q/318075/135943 Which is an exact duplicate (in different words) of the same homework question from a ...
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Should we have specific tags for individual machine-readable code types?

A new tag qr-code has recently been created. I voted "reject" in the "suggested edit" review as I felt it was not a good idea to have a tag describing a specific machine-readable ...
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What has happened to the twitter account of the site?

I... well... we could say that not twitter is the most liked global content provider by me. But, for me it is important in the question histories, if they were shared on the twitter. And it is also a ...
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Could we please clean up the kde/plasma tags?

Currently, there are several kde/plasma tags that are similar. kde5 (40 questions) and plasma5 (37 questions) kde (771 questions) and plasma (72 questions) There is also kde4 (63 questions) It's my ...
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aws-cli usage questions go....?

I suppose if you're using an API to run the CLI, that could be asked in Stackoverflow, but might not be best. I don't have the question handy, but saw that a question was closed as off topic because ...
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Unplug the /wireless tag from /wifi

I've been working recently with content falling under the heading Radio Frequency. I've noticed the tag wireless is synonymous with wifi. In fact, it defaults to wifi, and this is reasonable ...
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