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what if i disagree with my question being put on hold

Recently, my query generated the following message: put on hold as too broad ... -specific users listed-. Is it appropriate for me to contact each of the listed users, stating my reasons for ...
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Is it OK to ask question about etymology of command names?

Is it OK to ask questions like "what is the etymology of hdparm command name?"? General topic matches https://unix.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic ("Shell scripting", "Applications packaged in *nix ...
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How to request updates to out-of-date questions/answers?

I am wondering what is the best way to handle old questions and/or answers that may be out-of-date, but which I would like an up-to-date answer to? For example, one question I am looking at is about 5 ...
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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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What to do when a user changes their question using details provided by an answer? [duplicate]

This question started out as "How do I copy data from an old LVM installation" I answered it by giving the user an appropriate solution, but it turned out that his LVM installation was actually ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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How to treat obsolete questions?

I'm just reviewing How does VARIABLE=() { function definition } work in bash. It was posted before the shellshock vulnerability. Neither the question, nor the answer, nor any comment in the whole ...
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I can't ask but it is unjust

Yesterday I made a question with 0 score and they forbide me to ask again for some days. I think it is totally unjust. Would you let me ask questions please?
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Some controversy over my answer on root's ownership in a home dir

Why would root own anything in my personal home directory? That goes against any ethical doctrine. This is an answer I posted. It stirred some opposing reactions, as it turned out. I also later ...
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AskUbuntu vs UnixLinux Stack: Where to post? [duplicate]

Ubuntu seems to be so relevant, that it has a dedicated Stack exchange page. But how do I know, when to post at AskMintSuSEcentOSGentooArchWindowsReactOSUbuntu and when to post at Unix/Linux....
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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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Alpine and Alpine-Linux tag

I frequently observe that people inadvertently choose the tag alpine (an email client) instead of alpine-linux. See the recent question sshpass not functioning in alpine linux. I suggest to remove ...
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Are tag wikis mostly just for Stack Overflow?

The idea of "tag wikis" that I've always had has been, more or less, just a quick definition of terms, perhaps with a distinction made between the tag under discussion and another similarly named tag ...
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Merge libvirt and libvirtd tags

Shouldn't libvirt and libvirtd tags be merged?
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Should one redact PII from spam?

In clear cases of bot/spam posts such as this one, when the original posting includes what appears to be personally identifiable information (in this case, a name and postal address), is it good form ...
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Tag not available

Problem: I just noticed that there’s a high-avability tag with 1 follower, no tag wiki and no usage guidance. It’s obviously a mis-spelling of high-availability (which doesn’t exist as a tag). ...
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What to do when user says they meant different question after you have answered

I posted an answer for a user’s question and he indicated he was going to try my solution. After some time he had not indicated whether or not it worked. I commented to ask if it worked or did he ...
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Unix&Linux as a platform of pragmatic Linux documentation

I'm starting this meta due to the responses and down votes received for this question: The .tmux.conf language The comments (and am guessing the down votes) are here due to the existence of the man ...
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Is it okay to copy paste from other websites?

Is it okay to post copy/pasted answers from other websites? I guess it's not. The link to website can be posted in comments instead. https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/413066/224025
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How do I get unix.stackexchange.com to email me on responses/comments on my posts

How do I get unix.stackexchange.com to email me on responses/comments on my posts does anyone know? I've looked around in my profile settings and I am continuing to look.
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Are coreboot and/or SeaBIOS questions appropriate here?

Are questions related to coreboot and/or SeaBIOS appropriate on this Stack Exchange? If not, which one would be more appropriate? Server Fault? They're kinda mean.
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What is the cause of the Kali phenomenon? [closed]

Recent discussions talk about the phenomenon. My this question tries to make clear its reason. Thus, this question isn't about, what we have to do with the Kali questions. This question is about what ...
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Experiment: More aggressive review queue indicator

Over on Meta Stack Exchange, I announced an experiment that would: Turn on the review queue indicator whenever there's a task available in any queue. All queues with at least one task will be marked ...
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Is it deemed decent practice to post a comment on someone's answer to invite him/her to answer my own question?

If I happen to come across a answer from which I have judged that the answerer is likely to at least give some advice on one of my own questions, is it OK to post a comment on that answer linking to ...
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Why are so many people not posting questions?

Looking at the question feed right now, it seems dominated by people posting statements as opposed to questions. Does anyone else find this a little annoying? For example: Centos cannot ping default ...
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Why is my Question “on hold”

I have added a question it was put on hold as "unclear what you're asking" I have Edited my question "If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit your question."...
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Rejected question edit

As the code on this post is really compact and hard to read, I made an edit to improve it. However, the author rejected it because this "deviates from the original intent of the post". I do not agree, ...
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Should journald be part of logs tag

I do know there is a special tag for systemd-journald, but I believe it to be special case of logging, synonym of logs. My issue being in the definition of logs (emphasis mine): Configuring or ...
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User insulted by editing their answer?

I made an edit to an answer. I feel the edit is a clear improvement in terms of spelling and format. The user sent me an angry email and rolled back the edit. I thought it was funny, so I made the ...
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tag:lxc and tag:lxd … clarification required

lxc and lxd seem to be partially overlapping tags. So while LXC is the acronym for LinuX Containers and names the project as well as the software, there are now three major versions of LXC: 1.x ...
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In what way my question is actually too broad

Now I am not trying to say my question is not too broad to get it unheld, but I am asking what really what makes it too broad? Really, the question gives some information a Linux expert would need, ...
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Duplicate answer to duplicate question deleted - Have improved answer - please reconsider

This question: Open VPN calling a script: Unrecognized option: [AF_INET] is technically a duplicate of this question: curl not receiving JSON in open vpn Albeit slightly reworded, the question is ...
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Which is the best StackExchange site for Debian related questions?

Where on Stack Exchange should Debian specific questions be raised? Two possibilities are here on Unix & Linux, and on Server Fault. I'm guessing there isn't an equivalent of AskUbuntu for other ...
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Merge [kde5] & [plasma5]

kde5 & plasma5 mean the same thing. As explained by the Super User equivalent, Plasma 5 is the fifth iteration of KDE's desktop environment (kde5, on its own, makes no sense). For this reason I'm ...
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Trivial edits to remove posts from the close queue?

Background: Recently when reviewing in the close vote queue, I came across a post that I was pretty sure I had seen some weeks prior. So after a bit of investigation I determined that I had in fact ...
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Mental health considerations?

I'm wondering if there are guidelines for being considerate while responding to mental health or similar appearing issues... Specifically because I saw a 600+ word answer which was very confused. E....
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Systematically closing Kali questions

When I asked the reviewer who originally posted the duplicate link why he was duping this question, he referred me to this Meta post: What should we do about Kali Linux questions?. In the top-upvoted ...
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Should we be allowed to change our vote on an answer, if we ultimately go back and mark it as “the” answer?

I recently posted a question, and was given an answer almost immediately. Initially the answer didn't seem to solve my problem, and I couldn't get much clarification on the answer, so I gave it a down ...
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Are polkit and policykit tags not the same?

What is the difference between policykit and polkit tag?
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How can we compare distributions?

As You know, there is everlasting question (especially from beginners): "what is best (GNU/Linux) distribution?". Those threads are always closed as opinion based and beginners are left on their own ...
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How far should I go when answering?

Someone complained to me recently that my answer was too difficult to implement. I was very conscious when putting together my answer of giving it in general terms as opposed to being super specific. ...
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Set the display-settings tag in order

The display-settings tag is used in a pretty generic way by people who want to change something related to their display, whether it's monitor arrangement, GPU tuning, window manager decorations, etc. ...
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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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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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Questions about removing enrollment from Chromebooks

I can see that more and more questions about this topic are posted on Super User or Unix & Linux. It usually goes like this: Someone bought a used Chromebook online (eBay, Amazon Marketplace, ...
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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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Someone interested in an openSUSE SE?

I'm a openSUSE Linux user, and I would be interested in a SE site for this distro in the same fashion of AskUbuntu; I know that there is already "Unix & Linux", but it seems focused more on ...
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“You … you complete me” said the autocomplete tag

Calling all those interested in helping the site and potentially gaining a tag editor or research assistant badge! We have a tag with an old, copy-pasted excerpt & wiki that could use some ...
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Writing generic SELinux Q&A

Since I have written a few answers covering SELinux recently (2 about file labeling and another about booleans), I have been thinking if it would be useful to have some generic Q&A on common ...
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Controlling the control flow tag

I recently added Usage Guidance and the first version of a tag wiki for control-flow. A few (about 6) questions using this tag actually refer to the similarly-named but distinct concept of terminal ...