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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 ...
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Can you polish up the chrome 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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Why is unix.stackexchange.com not optimized for mobile devices?

I cannot really use this site on my Nexus 6P, but it would be great to quickly look up things away from a desktop device (e.g. in a very small server room or on the subway).
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Removal of the [failure] tag

Speak now if you want to defend the failure tag. I believe it to be a meta-tag that: does not "describe the content of the question" can't work as the only tag on a question commonly means different ...
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Tag synonyms: xattr vs. extended-attributes

I wanted to search for questions on extended attributes, then I found that there seem to be at least two tags: xattr and extended-attributes. The mentioned tags seem to refer to the same topic, but ...
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Can I attach an ascii file or use a collapsible panel?

I want to publish a somewhat long list of timing processes (~15K lines), related to Worth using parallel instead of forking processes in a for loop?. Specifically, I want to exted the answer https://...
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how do people assume that a question has been abandoned?

I asked this query Was debian the first distribution to come and have the idea of changelog.gz and changelog.debian.gz?? I saw somebody comment at Was debian the first distribution to come and have ...
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Is it justified to delete your own answer when someone else has a better solution than yours?

I deleted one of my answers right now because I found out that a person before me had already taken the approach that I took in a more efficient way to solve the problem. So, my answer does the same ...
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Do we need multiple multi-monitor tags?

Inspired by a recent MSO question, I looked here and found two possibly-overlapping tags: dual-monitor multi-monitor Should we merge them and make dual-monitor a synonym of multi-monitor?
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What action to take if I can't comment?

I don't have enough reputation to comment on an answer which I believe has a few flaws, so I'm wondering what action I should take instead. According to this page, I should comment when I want to: ...
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why does “the community” bump ancient questions?

This isn't really a bug, more of a "why does it work this way?", hope I'm tagging it right The default view at https://unix.meta.stackexchange.com/ is the "questions" tab. Why is it that "the ...
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What to do when a user has simply copied other users' answers on the same question?

A user has posted two answers but the problem is that [s]he has just copy pasted the answers given before in the thread. Here are the 2 answers I came across. https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/386860/...
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Missing feedback why a question is kept on hold

(Question adapted according to the information given by Michael Homer) From this answer I did believe that "edited closed questions get put into the review queue", and Michael Homer's comment ...
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Duplicate questions, where to find them

When I view a question and immediately below the question instead of an answer is the block which states this is a 'duplicate question'. That's all well and fine but how do I find the original ...
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Can I ask this question on Unix&Linux?

I am not sure the issue is caused by hardware or the Linux system. My host machine is always stuck recently. and sometimes also black screen. And when I start my host machine(CentOS 7.2), it records ...
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Why are questions about OS X in particular on-topic?

The Help Center lists the following as acceptable topics: The Unix foundation underlying OS X (but generally not frontend application questions) The underlying *nix OS on an embedded system or ...
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Tag related to ASLR

Yesterday I asked this question(Memory Randomization in Linux) on Unix and Linux forum and I found it a little difficult to select the tag for it. Though I used the tags /stack and /memory but I ...
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Abusers of closing votes

Update on Aug 18 2017: To all who could sympathize with me, thank you very much. That is very precious. To all who couldn't, I just wanted to make my learning process at unix.se smoother. I ...
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How to clarify an answer if you're short on reputational points?

How does one try to add a comment to help clarify the quality of an answer if one's reputation points aren't enough? On being sent a course outline that suggested I download Python 3.6, I attempted ...
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Is it really that bad?

So this answer seems to be especially scary to some folks. Now it is not the only answer I have given that has a negative score (it happens, along with a bunch that have no score), there are five ...
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Can I ask question about storage technical question on Unix & Linux?

When I install the Ceph in the CentOS7.2, I get a error: ...... --> Finished Dependency Resolution Error: Package: 1:ceph-base-10.2.9-0.el7.x86_64 (Ceph) Requires: ...
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Do we have any superfan(atics)?

I crossed the threshold for the Fanatic badge some time ago, and have been idly wondering how long I can keep up my consecutive visits. I stumbled across a previously-achieved goal of 1500 days and ...
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Should I refrain from correcting syntax/coding errors in answers? It seems like they aren't encouraged

I provided a comment to a question/answer about the scp command. Someone noticed a single character error in a command over there, and he was upset because it had cost him and his team time. I ...
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We need a stock question on changing ip address to other subnet

Connect to external host with/as local ip came up in the close que and it exposes a fundamental but common lack of understanding of how network routing works. It is undoubtedly a bad question, but ...
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Almost impossible to get questions out of “on hold” state

I've seen this happen a couple of times: It's going very fast to put a message on hold, but taking very long (if at all) to revive it. As with this message, which needed some more seconds of thinking ...
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Clarification on questions asked without showing what user has tried to solve

From https://unix.stackexchange.com/tour Include details about what you have tried and exactly what you are trying to do. I see questions (from tags I follow, primarily text processing based) ...
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Duplicate questions but each has some useful answers

Looking at Move all files from one folder to another, based on a list and move file by list in file The more recent one has been validly suggested as a duplicate of the older, and is likely to get ...
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Should Closed Questions Offer Full Reputation?

A common sight here is someone asks a question that ultimately gets closed, but before that happens they receive upvotes/answers. These answers are also liable to get upvotes. Eventually the question ...
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How can I improve my question?

Origin of different network timeouts? I would like to know why e.g. linux uses 20 second timeout for socket connect. I can't find any information myself so I'm curious if anyone knows better sources ...
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How can I improve and un-hold this question?

Frequent user of stackexchanges but new to the Unix one specifically, so maybe there are different rules here I'm unaware of (I read "how to ask a good question"). My question was put on hold: '...
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Did both of these answers have to be deleted?

I posted identical answers to these two questions: https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/68079/mount-cifs-network-drive-write-permissions-and-chown/375329#375329 https://unix.stackexchange.com/...
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Is it appropriate to request a list of solutions to a particular problem?

Let me first describe my question, and then describe my particular situation which inspired the question. My question is the following: Is it appropriate on this site to ask for a list of solutions to ...
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Merge freerdp and xfreerdp

Can we merge freerdp and xfreerdp, please? Most if not all the freerdp questions are about xfreerdp.
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Get rid of the [efi] tag?

Questions tagged efi are effectively a subset of questions marked uefi. I can't find an "official" definition of the term EFI. UEFI of course stands for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface. So I ...
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Is it possible add more bounty on a question?

I had start bounty my question worth of 50 but is it possible to add more 50 right now?
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Would it be appropriate to ask for a general overview of available file systems that are suitable for Linux root partitions?

I am interested in getting a general overview of available file systems for Linux (specifically to be used for the root file system), with pros and cons of each, but I am wondering would that be ...
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How to reopen my “on hold” question?

If my question still unclear then how to next? (I have deplete my ideas, I need help or more clue as similar comments already in my question, thanks you). How to reopen my "on hold" question? If my ...
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How could I improve this question in order to get a response?

Several days ago, I posted the following question which was subsequently labeled a "tumbleweed". There have been no votes, no comments, nothing. It's not at all clear to me what would help make this ...
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I don't get why my question needs an edit

This is the second time that someone edits my question. What's wrong with it? It is short, output from the terminal is formatted. It is vexing.
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Learning the art of the close-vote review queue

(Forked from Learning the art of the review queue) For those who often "Skip" in reviewing close-vote items because of lack of confidence / experience / training, is there: A more detailed guide to ...