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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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Answer question not expertly but with gathered information if Q has no answers

I like to investigate when I find a question that is interesting to me, mainly navigating the man pages, since part of my journey in this site is learning. I can reach, after such investigation ...
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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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Gone user, answer accepted by the community

In this question the user who asked has it's account deleted or removed or another possibility. The result is that the post won't have an accepted answer since there's no user to accept it. In these ...
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Aggressive comments

Why is this user allowed (and encouraged) to make comments like this: wtf, you're copying answers again? An unsubstantiated claim. In my opinion: That is an unsubstantiated claim just because he is ...
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I use pre-written answers to frequently asked Qs. Is this wrong?

In answering many of the frequently asked questions on Unix& and on AskUbuntu, I use canned answers. I have written answers that, while generic, will usually solve the problem. Is this contrary to ...
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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 through December 31. We wanted to give you a heads up and walk you through what it will look like. How and ...
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Proper questions and proper information

Lots of people provide next to zero information about the issues they are having which makes helping them impossible and also wastes everyone's time because such questions need to be clarified. ...
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Re-tagging text-processing questions

This question is a follow-up to How to use the text-processing tag effectively? Recently, a question on text processing was tagged as linuxshell-scriptawksedgrep. The question itself didn't mention ...
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Would you like to have the accepted answer pinned or unpinned on UNIX & Linux?

I've just been made aware of Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers where it says: Currently we are planning to move forward with one of two scenarios, based on your ...
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My question was based on experience but is closed under another reason

my question was based on experience but is closed under another reason: Closed. This question is opinion-based. It is not currently accepting answers.
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when to make an answer community

I've just asked a question, and someone made two comments which in fact answered my question; since the answer was in the comments, I wrote an answer and made it community wiki. Now the commenter has ...
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Suggestion for new tag: toml (or structured-document-format)

I wonder if there is room for a new tag that could be applied to question relating to TOML (Tom's Obvious Minimal Language), a structured document format similar to YAML and JSON, mainly used for ...
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What's wrong with this answer?

Which rules (if any) make this answer: https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/665367/232326 Invalid, or, at least, wrong ? Just shocked to get 3 downvotes so quickly for a perfectly correct (IMO) answer. If ...
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"Posting a link to a Google search could most certainly be considered rude by many users"

So, let me get this straight. Posting links is not against SE rules. However suddenly and it's the first time I hear this: "posting a link to a Google search could most certainly be considered ...
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Should keys represented with <kbd> tags be always uppercase?

Should keys represented with <kbd> tags be always uppercase? In this edit to "Delete from cursor to end of line in vi" d$ was changed into D$. I thought the answer was incorrect since ...
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Should version specific tags for [gnome] be abandoned now that GNOME changed versioning?

The GNOME project adopted a new versioning scheme last year because with GTK 4 they found it inappropriate to continue having the major number tied to GTK version. The next version following GNOME 3....
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Reputation changes points message not showing or disappearing swiftly

Since a couple of days I noted that reputation changes points message is not showing or disappearing swiftly (I'm not sure yet wich is it). I can only see that the number is higher or lower, without ...
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Should we allow PowerShell questions and answers on unix.SE?

Simple question in the title. I'm not (yet) advocating to any side. Maybe after reading some well formuled thoughts.
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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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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Was my behavior correct in this situation?

I'm opening this post in reference to this question: Access ext4 disk that lost superblock and its backups The only person who answered seem to be a a highly regarded member of this community, not ...
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Why has the title been usurped as the question?

I've been wondering why so many people recently are putting their question in the title, and only supporting information in the body text. (It used to be that the question itself belonged in the body, ...
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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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Can questions about Windows subsystem for linux be asked here? [duplicate]

I am thinking about asking Linux questions that run with Windows subsystem for Linux (WSL). Can I ask questions that can apply to WSL and the "raw" distro?
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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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Shall I edit question to new question or just make new question?

During investigating question "why in screen session things display incorrectly": symbols display wrong in `screen` - ascii or utf I've found answer what is the reason (i.e. export ...
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Arch Linux vs Kali Linux

I earlier using Kali Linux. I asked lot of questions with kali-linux tag. I had read the answer. Linux isn't hard but, kali is. I noticed that I could use Kali more smoothly. When I was trying to ...
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Answer with alternative solution not addressing the question directly

I read the meta question Are answers using alternative tools not welcome?, but I'm not sure if my question has nuances that the other doesn't. I have no issues if you consider this is a duplicate. I ...
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Exec tag being used for Find questions

Several users are associating the exec tag (244 questions) with Find's -exec option. Find && Exec tagged questions amounts to almost the half of that value (105 questions). The tag's ...
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Is historic reasoning by really opinion based?

I'd like to discuss whether or not there is a difference between querying historic design decisions and asking for opinions. The difference is subtle enough... "why should I ..." can often ...
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What do you think about questions for which answers could be trivially Googled?

I see lots of questions being asked for which a simple Google query which includes just the title of the question is enough to answer it, e.g. this one. IMO they'd better be deleted/hidden from view ...
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Is virtualization always a virtual machine?

Here in Unix and Linux Stack Exchange I used the virtualization tag and it was changed to virtual-machine automatically. A virtual computing machine is a machine, a virtual operating system is a ...
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Is making personal attacks ever justified?

I'll admit, I'm writing this question out of frustration and that's never a good start. I've spent some time away from U&L partly for personal reasons, and partly because a user launched a tirade ...
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Is a deleted comment received by the tagged user?

Sometimes I delete a comment tagging a user, and for some reason or other, I delete the comment seconds or minutes after. Does the recipient receive the notification and can see (at least part of) the ...
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Why is unix.stackexchange.com not using dark mode? [duplicate]

StackExchange has had an option for a while now that allows users to use the dark mode theme on the website. I've noticed that all the stack exchange sites I use, are in dark mode, yet this one is not....
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IBM will soon be sponsoring Unix & Linux!

We're excited to announce that IBM will be sponsoring Unix & Linux for the next quarter (maybe more) beginning tomorrow! These types of partnerships that help us bring more resources to our ...
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Why was my post closed as "opinion-based"?

Original. I thought it's very irrational to abuse the test statement rather than using a case statement for string comparison in a shell script, in viewpoint of portability and performance.
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My question had three upvotes, suddenly it is zero. What is going on?

I recently asked a question pause youtube-dl when network is disconnected and resume when it is connected again (which currently has an open bounty). Yesterday it had 3 upvotes. Today, I checked and ...
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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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Whats going on with the ChromeOS tag?

I have a question about my Unix & Linux Stack Exchange post: Native Packet Dropping on ChromeOS I've been having a look at the ChromeOS tag and it seems to be doing poorly. Questions are rarely ...
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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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Reconsider "no improvement whatsoever" rejection

One of the canned messages to reject a suggested edit is no improvement whatsoever: This edit does not make the post even a little bit easier to read, easier to find, more accurate or more accessible....
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Overlap between "software-installation" and "package-management"

There has been recent effort by a new community member to tag (in particular old) questions related to software installation with the software-installation tag. Since this also includes questions ...
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Is here a place for report - without a question?

I noted a problem. I made a heavy testing and I discovered a fundamental discrepancy between theory and practical realization. I spent an extra time to write a short report, and I tried to posted it ...
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Confirm or rollback this edit

Here I (and someone else) have approved an edit into the most upvoted answer, which was suggested by comment at 2017, but later I saw that this edit (--progress) exists already in this answer from ...
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How can I improve my answer?

Few days ago I answered a question. It had been downvoted. So, I just deleted it. However, today I am feeling curious (so I undeleted it). Can anyone please check and let me know what is wrong with ...
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Disrespectful answer from a user

I've asked a question, good or bad, but very concise and objective. This is one of the answers I got. Where the user is attacking me instead of answering a question. Not only in the question but also ...
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Why is my post closed?

Why is What is the scope of a public key added by apt-key? closed? Please clarify the stated reason. (see my comments to the reply below for more information)
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Edit conflicts resolution

Suppose that there are disagreements about editing an answer. People with direct editing privilege, the post owner and the moderators, have different opinions about editing this post. So someone could ...

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