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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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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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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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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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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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Im trying to answer a question and having difficulty myself?

Create hardlinks instead of copying files with rsync Please note I cannot comment and I can only answer or Hijack answers because the sites flaws at inception. The question is not only how do I ...
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How to fix my erroneously entered new account name

I mistakenly entered my account name as: jJames Can anyone advise me how to change the account name to: james ... assuming that 'james' is not already taken, ... or to something else? Perhaps, ...
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need help improving a question

At some point I had a question about the workings of the bash shift command. I did not find the question / answer on this website, so I looked up the answer and posted my learnings as self answered ...
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Why the wrong and incomplete answer get many votes and the right one not so much?

I posted a question. Seconds after I received the first answer: was incomplete and did not get the expected results, clearly detailed on the question. Even more: his own posting shows the error. The ...
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Voting on questions. When should you give a upvote

I makes me mad that all the (humbly thankful for their input) gurus on here and they haven't learned that if you think a question deserves an answer it also deserves a upvote........... GUYS you ...
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Tag to use for `/usr/bin/install`

The install tag has the description: DO NOT USE THIS TAG. Use /software-installation or /system-installation instead. If this tag should not be used AT ALL, should its questions (63 of them) be ...
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Need help narrowing a question

Originally, this meta-posting requested help with a posting that had been closed as too broad. I got the help and revised the posting; the link to the revised posting is How to play streaming video ...
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Attaching archive to post

In a comment to a my question I've been asked to "Please update you question with the something reproducible". This is quite understandable and I would like to comply, but specifics would not be "...
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Tag-merge syscalls -> system-calls

There are two tags that seem to be split with the same meaning, syscalls system-calls Perhaps the top could become a tag-synonym of the bottom?
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Is there a way to rescue this question?

I can not erase this question. It has an upvoted answer. But: It is receiving down votes. I fail to see why it is a "bad question" (down votes), because it is a question about a fact: bash takes a ...
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Is“How to stop running e4defrag without damage my data?” as unclear?

How to stop running e4defrag without damage my data? Some people downvote on that question. I can't find out why unclear. Can you-all tell me?
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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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Downvoting answers to questions asked like “do my homework”

Do answers to questions that didn't come with attempts, and are just like "do my homework", deserving of a downvote? Example : Filtering out numbers that have sequential- consecutive or non-...
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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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Could be useful that we develop some shell Taxonomy?

There are answers in this site which use the a term similar to "bourne-like shells". That may raise some natural questions: Which shells are Bourne-like? Is the Bourne shell itself also a Bourne-...
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What's the attitude towards “Give me answer, I don't RTFD” questions?

Using systemd can I run a specific application whenever my server/worker exits? (I told him to read about some documentation) Can grub load a kernel from HTTP? (in the comments, he refuses to read ...
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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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Hey you know what would be cool ? tooltips on text (or some way to hide/show portions of text?)

I find that I often want to add some small explanation text that would only be visible as a tooltip ie. when viewer hovers mouse on a word/phrase, because I do not want to clutter the text with extra ...
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“Migration” question

This is really out of my league, and I wouldn't bring it up except that I'd like to understand how things are done here - at unix.se. That said: While searching, I found a Q&A that addressed my ...
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Rename adb to android-adb

Since this is about UNIX, I would expect that the tag adb refers to the advanced debugger written by Stephen Bourne in the mid 1970 as the standard debugger for UNIX. This tag currently however is ...
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cgroup versus cgroups in tagging

Our current tag for this concept is cgroups. However, according to the official kernel documentation: “cgroup” stands for “control group” and is never capitalized. The singular form is used to ...
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My signature, my style. How do I ask an advanced contributor to stop editing my question?

A while ago, I asked two questions on U&L. And because I was fairly new to bash (I still am), I mentioned the fact that I was a newbie each time. A bit in the hope to inform any respondents' ...
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Popup magically appeared onscreen moments ago CentOS 7, GNOME?

As the title implies I got a pop-up onscreen while visiting How to install Desktop Environments on CentOS 7? a few minutes ago. In and of itself it's not concerning. However, the header of the ...
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Imminent drive failure: OP in need of reopening question

Earlier today I ran across this question and I've already left a comment that OP should take a full system backup because it "felt" like a hardware error. (Intuition, old fart here) Can we re-open ...
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How to delete specific question version that included my privacy due my mistake?

How to delete specific question version that included my privacy due my mistake? Some documentation for the "ext4-rsv-conver" process? I want to delete the version.
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Make “historical-unix” history!

history has over 300 questions about “The history of Unix systems and their main components”. There's also historical-unix which has 24 questions but no usage guidance or tag wiki – which is also ...
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What should our site's header graphic be?

Based on Joe Friend's feedback on the site's recent theme change, there's a possibility of replacing the current site header image: What should we replace it with, if anything? The image is currently ...
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460439 put on hold and then closed without explanation?

My recent question, Read address from MSI Capability Structure, was first put on hold as unclear then closed. With respect to the question requirements: The answer to this specific question ...
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How can I rephrase 461570 to avoid opinion?

My question (and answer) How can I run Firefox on an FSDG distribution? has been closed as "opinion based". I believe that the question is a technical one (how do I install program X on a distribution ...
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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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Is there a single name for both Unix and Linux?

I often feel the need to refer to both systems "Unix and Linux", with the single word. I am not sure if such word exist?
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Unix & Linux is the best place for ask about how working some thing in Linux or what is the purpose of a file of linux?

Before I ask in the main site of Unix & Linux I would like know what is the best place for ask this kind of question, specifically if a user wants to know how something works in Linux or what is ...
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Should this be a separate answer?

In this Question the Question originally contained an incorrect command (passwd password instead of passwd username). My first Answer correctly answers the title ("How to change password in brand new ...
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How is 444141 opinion-based?

My question Why are some emoji B&W and others too big? has been closed as opinion-based. I don't understand the reasoning. This question asks what technical issue is leading to a reproducible ...
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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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New site theme coming soon

As mentioned on meta.stackexchange.com several months ago, all network sites will be getting updated themes. Unix & Linux is one of the first sites that will be updated. As such, I'm posting the ...
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Should off-topic questions in the Jenkins tag be migrated to Stack Overflow intead of Super User?

A few days ago, I voted to migrate an off-topic question about Jenkins to Stack Overflow. The question was certainly off-topic for U&L, but ultimately it was migrated to Super User instead of SO. ...
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Should I clean up my answer?

I've written an answer that became very long. First, the info in the question was a bit general and I wanted to cover general cases by example. Then, inspired by another answer I extended the answer ...
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Can't reply to post

I posted a question and many people have answered it, however I cannot reply. Am I doing something wrong? There isn't anything like a reply button/link. Link for my post: How to Replace a string by ...
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May I object to the deletion of my post?

The post: Get List of Directories and Timestamp in a specific format in HP-UX My answer was short, because it was the answer of an experienced HP-UX administrator (and expert in Posix shell) to an ...
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Closing out questions

Why do you allow other users to close questions? Obviously, there is a need by someone to have a question answered. As time goes on, programmers just love to change things up. So, let the questions be ...
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When voting close should the comment be considered

When in the vote close queue, I never read comments. But today, on this peculiar question: https://unix.stackexchange.com/review/close/246445 I found out that I should have because without comment the ...
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Linking to the POSIX standard text (about editions and HTML fragments)

When linking to the POSIX standard document one may link to a specific edition (as I did here), or to the latest (undated) edition. Linking to a specific edition may be preferable when linking to a ...