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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 to create a side by side code box?

How do you create a side-by-side code box? Something like this but copy & paste-able for each box and nice formatted without empty horizontal lines. 1 2 3        ...
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Which programming languages are appropriate here?

This isn't a site for asking programming questions. It's well understood that pure programming questions should be moved to stackoverflow.com. There does seem to be an exception for bash, even where ...
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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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Are questions about Linux/Unix system calls or APIs suitable here?

stackoverflow is flooded with many questions every second, while the site here seems not about programming. Are questions about Linux/Unix system calls or APIs suitable here, or on SO with some ...
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What's better place for questions about "Linux/Unix programming libraries" - Unix.SE or SO?

Where to ask questions about "Linux/Unix programming libraries" ? Is it better to ask such on Unix.SE or StackOverflow ? As @Mat pointed out FAQ says "If your question is a programming question, ...
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An argument for the Unix-specific programming questions: site quality

If you think this suggestion would be against the newbies, then you maybe misunderstood. The goal of the suggestion is exactly the opposite: to attract more. Please read the details, it is important. ...
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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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Moderator deleted my answer -- too rashly?

At 2am this morning (local time), I posted this answer to a question (not mine) that had also been bugging me for years. I had just figured out how to resolve it, and wanted to share it with the OP (@...
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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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Are new users subjected to prejudicial or intensified scrutiny by moderators?

I have an experience to share as a new contributor to unix.stackexchange.com where I sensed some slight undercurrents of prejudice.  It would be great to receive a response from the moderators ...
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How to deal with solutions edited into the question itself?

I came across multiple questions, where the original poster found a solution and edited the question to add that solution to the question instead of posting the solution as an answer. For example: 1, ...
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Why am I suspended for 60 days on StackExchange chat?

This user has been temporarily suspended by a moderator and cannot chat for 59 days. Why am I suspended for 60 days on StackExchange chat? Which site/room's moderator did it? I, on the receiving end,...
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Suggest tag deletion

How can I suggest a tag deletion? I guess this is some privilege after some rep points. But in general, is there a process for any user to suggest a new tag or the deletion of an existing tag? For now,...
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Are questions about qemu acceptable on unix.se?

I wonder which SE community is best suited and accepting of QEMU questions. Indeed I would think that superuser could be another option. Probably it must depend about how much related to unix/linux ...
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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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Does this site allow threatening me and other users who answered my questions?

I am reporting attack and harassment. This is today This was a few days ago, which has only been partially reversed. Replies to my questions have also been downvoted (by the same user(s)) together ...
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Recommend own FOSS application in comments, when appropriate

I'm developing my own FOSS application. Its code will be publicly hosted in gitlab. Is it OK to recommend it in the comments, in a context where a user needs what my application provides? If so, there ...
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Mass copyright infringement of Unix.SE authors

Just wanted to give a shout, this is my question and answer here: How do I upgrade all of my installed packages in OpenWRT? I find it interesting this guy is script-copying this site, creating ...
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Compton to Picom Retag

The most actively developed fork of Compton (used by most distros) has been renamed Picom. https://github.com/yshui/picom/issues/222 Should we adjust the tags (compton) accordingly or at least add a ...
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Poorly defined tag, "mitigation"

I see a newly created tag, mitigation created just a short while ago. It seems to me that it's got far too narrow a scope (kernel exploits). I couldn't see anywhere to flag the tag itself for (re)...
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Unfriendly or unkind flag rejects stick even after flagged comments are deleted

https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/606142/22653 contained some unnecessarily unkind responses which I flagged as unkind. One was a blatantly rude response to a legitimate query that an acronym be ...
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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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Best place for Ubuntu using WSL?

Where's the best place to ask questions about networking under Ubuntu using WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux)? It seems like candidates are here, Super User, and Ask Ubuntu. The question relates to a ...
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Are questions about BeOS on-topic here?

Part of BeOS conforms to POSIX (probably an older edition). Would any question on certain aspect of BeOS be on-topic here?
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Do we have a list of rules?

When reviewing new answers, I came across one in Spanish. I assume that English is the only allowed language. The problem is that I can't find that written anywhere. The Help Center has some guidance ...
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Should we have a tag for problems in old computers?

I think that there's a great distinction between the problem handling approach in new and old hardware. By old I mean those of the early 2000's, with 2GB of RAM or less, 32bit, etc. Shouldn't we have ...
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Is it OK to debate in comments?

I asked a question about Linux's unstable API yesterday. Two users Artem S. Tashkinov and Philip Couling answered that question. Artem S. Tashkinov answered with just a link. After some time that ...
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Why was this edit rolled back?

A while ago I edited this answer to include a brief description of the link. As I understand it, answers that are just links aren't recommended as the link could break or the contents could change. I ...
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Link only answers Vs dangerous answers

In this question , I see three choices: Dangerous answers — Remove system python Answer buried in comments — This is a widely known bug Convert 2 above to an answer. 3a. Left as is it becomes a ...
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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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1 Implement: Zero Comments

This site has serious issues, core issues. Some of them could be solved. I wonder if the community is developed enough to correctly deal with them. As comments have become a hold place for (permanent) ...
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2 Implement: Remove your own content

This site has serious issues, core issues. Some of them could be solved. I wonder if the community is developed enough to correctly deal with them. The second issue is that we should have a rule like: ...
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Should we keep with older questions just because "they are already there"?

Last words What remains to be done? In a reasonable world: merge the two questions. In an utopia world: Join all answers in only one question, and select the best. But not, we are not in that utopia ...
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What’s the course of action when you think someone is being unjust?

Over the last few days a user (G-Man) is rejecting some of my edits. Obviously, I have nothing against him (you can’t always agree with everyone) and I only wish to understand why and move on. First ...
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How to make flags more informative?

A few hours ago, I flagged this answer as “In need of moderator intervention”. What I should have done and what I want it to do was flag it as “not an answer”. Plus, I knew there was a chance this ...
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What to do with questions having good answers on another SE site? [duplicate]

It happens quite often that questions are posted, which are on-topic on U&L but have good answers on another suitable Stackexchange Site (askubuntu, stackoverflow...). I'm referring to this ...
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Answers that add information but don't solve the problem

I would like to know whether answers like the following one, should get deleted. On the one hand, it does provide relevant information on the problem, but on the other hand, it doesn't solve the issue....
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Closing questions as "Needs details or clarity" when the required details are not communicated to the asker

In a problem related to @Hauke Lagings question on closing policy, what to do with questions voted for closing as "Needs details or clarity" when none of the reviewers seemed to have ...
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Close questions as "Needs details or clarity"

Would we close questions (like https://unix.stackexchange.com/review/close/343371) if the question itself does lack information but that information has already been made available in the comments?
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Our site has been migrated to CommonMark

Just a note for people who might not have paid attention to the Meta Stack Exchange posts, but do pay attention to our meta: the migration to using CommonMark for Markdown syntax for our corner of ...
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Why are anonymous downvotes allowed?

This occurred on my very first day of trying to help people on StackExchange. A user had a problem with the reported host name of their system, and wondered how it could have happened. Fedora ...
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Standards of courtesy in regards to trouble-shooting scenarios

This occurred on my very first day of trying to help people on StackExchange. A user had a problem with a mount failing on their system. Rebooting caused "mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020 [duplicate]

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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"follow" link glitches to "You’re no longer following this question"

It happens to me, at least in this site, that sometimes when I press "follow" it glitches to "You’re no longer following this question". I have to refresh the page to get the expected behaviour.
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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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