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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Unix & Linux is scheduled for an election next week, March 11th. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the ...
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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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Canonical Kali 'wireless in a VM' question?

Related to this meta question. Probably the most common Kali Linux question is "I'm running Kali in a VM. Why doesn't my wireless adapter act wireless?" Would it be worthwhile to have a canonical ...
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My questions keep getting downvoted without any proper explanation as to why

I am relatively new to this site and I use StackOverflow as well as U&L very sparingly as I find that most of what I want to know is already there. However, one thing that I keep experiencing here ...
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What’s it like being a Unix & Linux moderator?

Inspired by this SF&F meta question, and given the upcoming moderator election, I thought it would be interesting to ask current and past moderators what it’s like to moderate U&L. (Blatant ...
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Are questions about using XCB or X11 client implementations in general on topic?

I am currently studying X11 and trying to implement some applications using the XCB library. I was wondering if questions related to XCB are on topic here. While the problems that I usually face are ...
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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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What's the return status of the exit code?

Which do we want to keep and which should be synonymed to the other? return-status, with 118 questions, says: Use this tag If your question revolves around determining or utilizing the return status (...
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Remove /duplicate tag

Questions with the tag duplicate cover duplicate files, duplicate packages, duplicate lines and many more. Even if restricted to a specific usage, I can't think of any advantage of this tag, so I ...
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What is curious badge and why I am not getting it?

Well this is simple, from couple of months it shows that next badge: Curious 9/5 So I already crossed limit of 5 questions, I am having 9, but I am not getting this badge from months and it is ...
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Over zealous desire to close questions

I have found the main forum an excellent resource for concise, good quality questions and answers, so I do understand the philosophy to remove woolly, off-topic or old (stale) questions. But when I ...
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Is this site willing to curb the abusive downvotes (and close votes)?

I flagged several times serial downvotes that had not been reversed automatically by the time I became disappointed, but was always declined. (There are also many smart downvotes paced well enough ...
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how does one raise his reputation? [duplicate]

Pretty obvious, when you are new here you need to build up your reputation by commenting on unanswered questions. However, when i try to it gives me an error that says Iam not allowed to comment ...
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Deal with a question that doesn't have a proper answer But might help others

I have asked this question about Logstash service not being recognized in an Amazon Linux server in Unix & Linux recently. Please read it carefully before evaluating this question. At the time ...
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Are Linux kernel questions more suitable on this site or stackoverflow?

Are Linux kernel questions about OS concepts (which doesn't necessarily involve source code, for example, Differences between system processes, and user processes, kernel control paths and kernel ...
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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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Is "How exactly do the Linux display device files work?" too broad?

I asked this question a few days ago: How exactly do the Linux display device files work? It has been put on hold as 'too broad'. However, I made an edit at the end, acknowledging that the question ...
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Guidelines for what's acceptable in terms of editing

On Unix & Linux I stumbled upon an ancient question with recent activity. I was trying to figure out why that was. I looked through it and its answers and saw recent edits. In the revision ...
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Why is this tidbit in my question being edited out repeatedly?

The image also links to the question itself. Is something wrong with including that text? From my perspective, it helps define the scope of the question to 'I don't need to learn what a user is or ...
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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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Reviewing edits

I've noticed a some edits in the review queue that I'm not sure on the best action, so I'm asking for guidance. In general these edits are on answers and they typically add information... but it's ...
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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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Please stop bullying!

My recent posts have been suffering malicious close votes and downvotes from some users. Some of them are easy to find out from my closed posts. Please stop bullying! Deriving mental pleasure from ...
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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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"Super-Meta" Call for requests for U&L site customizations

No, this isn't about an Emacs key combination! I happened to catch Responsive Design Themes - What can sites customize and how can they get changes implemented? on Meta Stack Exchange where there was ...
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Merge or synonymize tags 'mate' and 'mate-desktop'

We currently have a tag mate with 195 questions and the following description: MATE is a desktop environment based on Gnome 2. We also the tag mate-desktop with 5 questions and the following ...
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Why answer a question not worth your upvote?

I see it most often on the sed/awk/grep/perl type questions, but it does happen pretty frequently I think. A lot of times you'll find like 4 or 5 answers on a question with 0 votes and it just boggles ...
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Improving "answerer" experience

This is gonna be "meta" and not have a specific question in mind, but an invitation for discussion. I think that's in-scope for the meta areas... I've been a member of this place for "2 years, 7 ...
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Should questions on Vagrant, Ansible, Docker and any other virtualization tools migrated to DevOPs SE?

Should questions on Vagrant, Ansible, Docker and any other virtualization tools migrated to DevOPs SE? I feel like these go a bit beyond questions about Linux CLUIs, GUIs and shell scripting. An ...
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Flagging as SPAM too harsh?

This answer looked like a spammer testing the grounds to me, so I flagged it as SPAM. However, one second after pushing that flag, I was wondering if I should have used one of the other flags as this ...
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Why is the site's domain unix.SE?

I'm not advocating a rename here, really, just curious. It seems like out of the "unix and linux" scope advertised, the vast majority of the questions are either Linux or generic *nix. What was the ...
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What to do if OP deletes their own question after being flagged as a duplicate?

Over here (10K+ users only) an OP deleted their own question because I flagged it as a duplicate. I thought the reason for duplicates was to keep a tombstone referring other people to the other ...
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Should extensive question editing be ruled out?

This question has been edited 47 times over a period of 23 days. It started just as: What is the difference between mask and umask? I know that in *nix, a mask is any bit pattern used in bitwise ...
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Can automatic deletion of "low-quality" posts be turned off?

I am not sure if automatic deletion of some "low-quality" posts (such as heavily downvoted, without reply, closed, ...) is a configurable feature on individual stack exchange sites. Voting is very ...
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Asking for Operating System Recommendations

I am about to move away from Fedora because of their end-of-life policy. Although I reviewed the proposed similar questions, I am confused about whether Unix SE is an appropriate forum for my inquiry....
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Can those who voted to close a post voluntarily give up reviewing reopening the same post?

I can't help but wonder if there is substantial conflict of interest. Can those who voted to close a post voluntarily avoid reviewing reopening the same post? Or isn't it a cool and great idea to ...
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Unauthorised web scraping of Unix & Linux?

Today I wanted to show a question in "Unix and Linux" to a workmate; more exactly this question: Create self-signed certificate with end-date in the past He used the "Duck Duck Go" search engine, and ...
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Delete link-only answers

A relevant share of the answers which appear in the flag queue are flagged because they contain little more than the link. Then the usual suspects jump in and add the comments like: While this ...
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Why am I able to flag my own questions?

I just noticed that I (as everyone else) can flag my own questions. There are fewer options (no "spam", "rude or abusive" nor "very low quality") to choose, but it's still possible to flag your own ...
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Reconsider the "buffer" tag?

This tag is for questions about kernel buffer caches, including pipe buffers. These are used to store the recently accessed files and/or frequently accessed files. Many questions use the cache tag ...
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What to do with a poor question that I already know the answer to

I have a question about my Unix & Linux Stack Exchange post: Kickstart netinstall ignores kickstart file hosted in LAN and proceeds with manual installation The automatic installation of OS ...
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+8 -5 answer: how to improve?

I've posted an answer that gave me a +8/-5 score and the only hint I have is sebasth's comment that SpinRite is snake oil. I own SpinRite and I've seen it recover bad sectors, but I'm willing to ...
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Who is deleting my comments?

It's the third time this happens, and my comments, in all cases a) did absolutely NOT contain any discriminatory language, personal remarks or ad-hominem attacks b) they were pointing, in a playful ...
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What's bad with this short, direct question?

I really miss what's wrong with this question in it's current form: Is terminal output duplicated or just appended from stdout and stderr devices?
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I will not ask Unix & Linux to do my homework for me

As per chat here is a little tidbit that I made that can be put below obvious homework questions where the author is not asking about specific help at where they're stuck but rather want a Gimme the ...
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Is an answer including commercial software on topic on U&L?

On my main site, (AU) answers including commercial software are on-topic as long as it's relevant and you're not the owner or you disclose you're the owner and you don't use the platform to SPAM. As ...
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What is the definition of a "high-reputation user"?

Multiple users have been removed recently, and just yesterday one account, which connected all of them, was deleted as well. On this occasion other people have been massively un-upvoted. Removed ...
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Absurdist humour in comments

I have a very vague memory of a discussion about comments with links to pages of http://idownvotedbecau.se . It might not even have been about U&L; currently that site appears to only refer to Stack ...
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I am frustrated that this question was putted on hold

I think it's enough to read my comments to see that another approach than the one Gilles took, can be taken: Main usages of mask
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How do I handle my posted XY question?

The specific question: What do "ACard AHCI SATA low-level driver" meaning? What is "ACard"? I'm aware that is a XY problem. The actual problem is "How can I remove all initramfs ...

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