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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why I closed the "Why is Kali so hard" question

UPDATE: The question is now here on meta: Why is Kali Linux so hard to set up? Why won't people help me? As the regulars will know, there seem to be many people out there who think that Kali is a ...
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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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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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What else can I do to make my question well-received and improve my chances of getting answers?

I’m new to the UNIX & Linux site and I would like to ask a question. There is some guidance in the Help Center, but what are other actions I can take to make my question well-received and improve ...
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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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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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What's the best way to get more points?

I feel like I'm stuck below 1000 and can't seem to break the glass ceiling! Voting, Answering, Asking? What's the best bet for slowly but surely raising my points?
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019 [duplicate]

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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to get reputation here on Unix & Linux stack exchange?

I want to be part of the community, helping to upvote good answers, and answering questions. But, I need to get 15 reputation to do those things. It seems to me the only way to do that is to ask ...
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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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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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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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Lots of surprising downvotes to new users

We seem to have a particularly large number of (sometimes reasonably well asked) questions being downvoted recently. Here are three examples, where I don't think the question has been too badly asked. ...
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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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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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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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Kill the unix tag?

I've just gone and removed the unix tag from many questions. It's mostly used on questions migrated from other Stack Exchange sites, on poorly tagged questions, and on questions about the original AT&...
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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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Are WSL related questions off-topic?

Today i have voted close this question: Does Microsoft WLinux has full support for network and devices? Using the same logic as the Cygwin related questions, shall we mark all stuff related to WSL as ...
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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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