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What is the Linux tag for?

When should the linux tag be used? Should it be added to any question when the OP is using Linux? Should it only be used when the question is about the Linux kernel or GNU/Linux operating systems? I'...
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Why does reviewers not accept? Reject the edits without understanding

I had edited an answer, based on my search and experience. Like this one. I am not sure if the peer reviewer understood the question, and then my answer. If these are the reviewers, then this ...
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Rename [iproute] to [iproute2]?

iproute2 is the package name for the utility /sbin/ip and its peripherals. iproute OTOH leans strongly towards the ip route subcommand. While I admit that ip route is probably the most used subcommand ...
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associative arrays [migrated]

I declare an associative array: $declare -A array=([a]=blue [b]=red [c]=yellow) now I can do: $echo ${array[@]} --> blue red yellow or $echo ${array[b]} --> red or $echo ${!array[@]} --> a b ...
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Should there be a ubuntu-regolith or regolith tag?

I just asked a question: How to get stacking layout in Regolith Linux? I felt my tagging options were insufficient. The ubuntu tag requests that you only use it if the question is about Ubuntu. Well, ...
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The migration target Askubuntu should be available

Questions can be migrated at Closing>Off-Topic>Migration, but only to the targets "Unix and Linux Meta" and "Stack Overflow", but not "Ask Ubuntu". Ask Ubuntu is a very probable target, simply ...
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Why can we not vote to migrate a question to superuser.com?

When we vote to close as off topic, we can select one of a couple of sites to forward the question to such as stackoverflow.com I'm surprised that superuser.com isn't listed as an option. Is there a ...
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2019: 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, ...
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“Suggestion should be comment”, but it really shouldn't

I made a suggested edit on a recent answer. The author of the answer provided a nice solution to the question, but it looks like he didn't have the time to debug it, so his script ended up with some ...
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How do I recover my account, it seems that I lost the cookies [closed]

This is my account https://unix.stackexchange.com/users/237298/yael From some unclear reason I lost my credentials, and now I actually get new profile. How can I recover my account? Is it possible ...
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Unix tagging vs linux tagging?

Why is the unix tag not allowed while the linux tag is allowed? While asking questions I noticed that I can tag linux but when its time for unix, you cannot tag Unix, why?
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What is the difference from macos tag here and the Apple SE community?

Formally macOS has a Unix certification, but in practice it might differ significantly from ordinary Unix derivatives. While questions about AppleScript like this have little interest for the general ...
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New contributor experience on unix & linux

Instead of insta-deleting my 1h effort, you could: just give me the vote and let me do the work of deleting my question and moving the answer over to the other question close and give me a chance to ...
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Editing questions recently put on hold (don't do trivial edits on recently closed questions)

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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I'm being attacked by a Click Robot cycling addresses

Just got 1000 clicks in one hour: I hardly get badges, but on U&L tonight, in an hour, a robot is creating like six of them. I appreciate the new hat but it is distracting: To make matters worse,...
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so–called “duplicates” are effectively killed from view from initial link - why not make that clear?

After a post was declared a "duplicate" it is effectively killed, wasting the time of the original poster, if one uses only the initial link, which is being tacitly redirected. He is not made aware ...
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Is this site for me?

I just decided to install some snmp daemon on my ubuntu servers. I tried to start with Ask Ubuntu, and searched for snmp. No hits. I'm exclusively an Ubuntu Linux admin at this point so I figured I'd ...
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Is it really necessary to treat expressions of gratitude like plague and pestilence on this site?

Overly zealous high-rankers – for lack of a better term – seem to treat expressions of gratitude by readers directed at contributors like Ebola-carrying hosts or something like that. They get weeded ...
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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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Retract (change) poll vote

Is it possible? If not, why not?
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Windows installer using GRUB - is on topic?

As I work as a technician, often I need to install Windows. I use my own method to create a multiboot USB using GRUB. I have managed to create a USB (16GB) with three Windows (Windows 7 BIOS, ...
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Is the new question's up-vote policy on SO coming to unix.stackexchange.com?

The value of an up-vote on questions have recently been changed on Stackoverflow.com, here is the acticle with the details (now an up-vote on a question have the same rep value as an up-vote on an ...
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Do we need to git a new tag for Git Bash questions?

I'm seeing some questions lately pertaining to "git bash" or "gitbash" and had to go look to see if this was something different from windows-subsystem-for-linux, and it seems that it is different. I ...
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How to “communicate” with a moderator about declined spam flags?

I flagged this answer yesterday as spam. I flagged it because the answer was added to a very old question (from 2011) and praised a commercial solution. The original question was very well answered ...
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When flagging a question to be migrated, why are some Stack Exchange sites excluded?

I noticed when I flag a question as off-topic that there is an option to flag the post for migration to another site. However, there is only the option to migrate questions from Unix & Linux to ...
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Change macos/osx tag synonym [duplicate]

Currently the macos tag is a synonym of osx, however OS X ended in 2015 and Apple's operating system has been called macOS since. I think the tags should be reversed so that osx is a synonym for ...
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Delete answers completely

Why it's not possible to delete an answer completely? I'm embarrassed of some of them, sometimes for being hasty about answering and after seconds or minutes I realize that I'm (very) wrong. I know ...
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How should we use [fingerprint]s?

There's a suggested edit to the fingerprint wiki defining it as the biometric fingerprint. But the actual use is rather mixed: there are several questions talking about key fingerprints (~1/3rd of the ...
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We just need one [terminator] to change the past but we got two

So, we got two terminals emulator named "terminator": jessies.org Terminator, and Chris Jones's Terminator (also known as GNOME Terminator) The issue lies that I know of questions using terminator ...
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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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What's the purpose of source vs. source-code tags?

Asking a question, I just noticed there are two seemingly identical tags (which aren't aliases at the time of this writing): source and source-code. I have no strong opinion about which one should be ...
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Do bountied questions automatically expire?

I'm curious what happens to bountied questions from users that appear to have stopped using this platform. I recently answered a question (along with 2 others) from a user that hasn't logged in since ...
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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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Can you help me locate the post Stephen Kitt answered / commented on in last 2 months about the best recovery software - he listed 2 options?

I read a post about 2 months ago, maybe less, that Stephen Kitt commented on or answered about best recovery software. I have searched under his posts, but am unable to find it. Should I ask the ...
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Why my question was put on hold?

I don't understand why my question was put on hold. I also replied to an email you sent earlier two days ago, but I have not received any response as yet. It did not allow me to attach a file even its ...
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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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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 '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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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” ...