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How does the Research Assistant badge work?

I looked at the Research Assistant badge bit but couldn't understand how that works. It says 50 tag wikis but doesn't explain what it means. Does it mean editing tags on one site, say unix and linux ...
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Preference to show x number of questions when looking at own profile

By default in Unix stackexchange as well as elsewhere, the default number of questions you can look into your profile or somebody else's profile is 50 per page. There should be a way to increase/make ...
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Adding a tag which refers to the best answer in the case of /sed and /awk when there is also /text-processing?

Here is an edit suggestion which adds a sed tag to a question: https://unix.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/177179 This question does not mention sed anywhere and originally only had the awk ...
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Custom off-topic reasons are sometimes disparaging

I've noticed that the off-topic "Other (add a comment explaining what is wrong)" messages are sometimes non-constructive at best, and outright insulting at worst. I don't think that we should be ...
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Self-promotion inside of comments, sometimes OK?

Should self-promotion (without disclosing one's affiliation, in the context of posts referred to as "spam") inside of comments be always a flaggable offense or not? I would have guessed that it is ...
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Should we be redirecting users who need general Unix/Linux help to a different site?

A number of users come to this site in a (misguided) quest for general help. I often see questions by new users along the lines of "My dual-boot system/live USB/whatever isn't booting, help plz" or "...
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aws-cli usage questions go…?

I suppose if you're using an API to run the CLI, that could be asked in Stackoverflow, but might not be best. I don't have the question handy, but saw that a question was closed as off topic because ...
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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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extremely similar questions - Is it normal/allowed

A user has been asking the same questions repeatedly with very slight modifications in the past week. Shouldn't they simply make adjustments to their relevant question to get a suitable answer if ...
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How can I improve a question on history?

This question about the history of /dev/null has been closed as "opinion-based". I've edited it to make it crystal-clear that I'm looking for historic references, not opinions or explanations about ...
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User wants me to upvote their question

Recently I answered a question which the user thought was good, and accepted. They then told me "can u up my question?". I don't want to violate any rules, but I also don't want to hurt the user's ...
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To what extent are changes to posts of others OK? When does the meaning change?

Because it came up again in some of the comments of a particular question here once of at all: To what extent are changes to posts of others OK? Background: don_crissti hijacked someone else's answer ...
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Question marked as duplicate but is a specific subcase of the duplicate

The question Replacing one column with another column in csv files was marked as a duplicate, but the question is specifically about line-numbering. There are answers to that question that are not ...
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why can't I close my own questions?

Why can't I close my own questions ? I should be able to close it once while I have either received an answer or I find the question was either too broad or whatever
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Where to ask questions with a historical element

Firstly, this question is currently active on meta.SO here. They think that my question SO here would be more relevant here, and are willing to migrate it if you think so as well. Consider the below ...
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What to do with mediocre edits with “blah blah” edit message?

In review I came across a suggested edit for this question: https://unix.stackexchange.com/q/331202/135943 The proposed edit ain't bad, just a tiny bit of grammar and wording cleanup. It's not a ...
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c++ and Linux go together - why are there no questions in this section?

C is the programming language Linux was originally written in. I learned C many years ago, but haven't used it since college. (I'm an EE degree, computers were necessary, but programming was left ...
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What to do with answers to off-topic questions?

I just found this question in the first posts review queue and voted to close it (see my comment to it) because I cannot see how U&L would benefit from it. Next, I found one of the answers in the ...
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What should I do with minor edits made, where I must put much effort into getting it into *usable* state

This is not a duplicate of this question, I believe. I must put much effort into getting it into his pretty useless edits to be in usable state. Should I Reject and edit, or Improve an edit, thus ...
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What should I do about highly opinionated answers?

Recently I came across an answer that I believed to be unnecessarily preachy and opinionated. Specifically, I felt this answer rubbed up against the guidelines (as enumerated in the help center) ...
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Should the help center encourage people to “give it a try” for possibly off-topic posts?

Most of my SE experience comes from Stack Overflow, which is... somewhat unforgiving of off-topic posts. I took a look at U&L's help center before referring someone here from Super User, and was ...
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What should I do about duplicate answers?

While browsing the review queues, I'll occasionally come across an answer by a new user to an old, highly-trafficked question. The new user's answer ostensibly answers the question, but is short and ...
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Are hats in fashion this year?

Last year, Stack Exchange ran Winter Bash 2015, in which users earned hats which they proudly displayed upon their gravatar. There was a leaderboard of hatters, mad or not: It's that time of the year ...
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Dirty politics of some high-rep user

There was a question, that recently closed as too broad. So far, so good — but there's more to it! I've had an answer, now surrounded by red square with a title deleted. It's the only deleted answer —...
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Why don't Stack Exchange sites use HTTPS redirection?

Shouldn't there be a HTTP -> HTTPS redirect on all Stack Exchange sites? I am using the HTTPS Everywhere add-on in Chromium, so I am unaffected, but I don't get it. I see we have a certificate ...
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Why strdup question was closed?

Even I've answered this question, which is closed now because off-topic: make: *** [all] Error 2 while make OP was asking about missing strdup(3p) which is POSIX. Why is this off-topic? strdup may ...
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Quote the source of sources?

In this answer I was asked to quote Wikipedia as the source for the source that I used in the answer. I responded: I did find one of the links via Wikipedia, but I'm quoting the source directly ...
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“This question already has a lousy answer here”

There is an aspect of duplicate questions I have long wondered about: I often see questions that are similar or identical to an existing question, but the answers to the older question are poor or ...
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The tag 'windows-subsystem-for-linux' is too long; the maximum length is 25 characters

What tag name should we use for Windows Subsystem for Linux? The right answer is of course windows-subsystem-for-linux, except that it's too long: tags are limited to 25 characters. WSL is an ...
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Should questions about improving the performance of scripts be on topic?

I was looking at this question in particular and wondering whether it would be better suited to Code Review SE than here. It's about shell scripting, which is on topic here and so I don't have a big ...
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Problem with downvotes for legitimate question seemingly because it self-resolved

I have a question about my Unix & Linux Stack Exchange post: Wget isn't downloading files It appears that in some instances people down-vote questions simply because they self-resolve, which ...
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Project Reduplication of Deduplication - Unix & Linux

Stack Exchange recently started a collaboration project with the University of Melbourne, in an attempt to improve the automatic detection of duplicate questions. More information on the project and ...
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Do closed questions go to a virtual land-fill and can they be seen?

I ask questions now and then, and sometimes they are closed. At times I wanna re-visit my closed questions but don't know where to look at those. This is to improve the closed question and well, to ...
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Closing unanswered questions for (now) outdated software

Once in a while I come across an old (> 2 yrs, say) unanswered question of the type I cannot build XYZ version u.v.w. where u.v.w. is outdated by today. I guess, chances that someone bothers to answer ...
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Linux questions down-voting or up-voting?

Why does LQ permit down-voting and up-voting with neither reason no identification? It seems to me that IF a person were able to identify whom or WHY they down-voted, one could LEARN from that ...
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Should commonly posted duplicate homework questions be flagged (or filtered) as spam?

I speak in particular reference to this question from today: https://unix.stackexchange.com/q/318075/135943 Which is an exact duplicate (in different words) of the same homework question from a ...
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Flood of off-topic flags, is this the norm here?

I just reached the rep to get into the close votes review queue. What I see there are a lot of off-topic flags with which I often do not agree. That's sketchy so I'll add two examples: Midnight ...
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Asking support status of Node.js for UNIX

Is it okay to ask the following on the main site?: I know the Node.js is available via freeBSD pkg or probably with ports. I have actually had an installation from the pkg recently. However, on ...
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Is this a FreeBSD Handbook deficiency?

I find the FreeBSD Handbook approach very effective. IMO it is comprehensive, seems to be exhaustive, and yet brief. However, I found that when I last night tried to install a desktop environment; ...
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Are step by step instructions about cross compiling to a linux distro on topic?

I'm wondering if a question (I'm thinking of answering my own question) on how to cross compile to a specific Linux distro on topic? From the help center Please note that requests for learning ...
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But Linux is a Kernel!

TL;DR: The use of the word "Linux" on this site is unclear. See the answers for what to do about it. Introduction The GNU/Linux naming controversy is an issue that has surprisingly not been brought ...
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Flagging questions that are “Very Low Quality”?

I currently encountered this question: https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/314774/unix-script-to-pass-variables It made me wonder how questions that are "very low quality" should be handled. ...
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The uphill battle for /alpine

On this site, Alpine can refer to Alpine Linux, a Linux distribution, or to Alpine, an email client (an open source rewrite of Pine). Until a few minutes ago, both used the tag alpine. Out of 26 ...
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Merge Ask Ubuntu into Unix & Linux [duplicate]

I think Ask Ubuntu does exist only for the shake of canonical (the company behind ubuntu). It is definately under the scope of (and hence the duplicate of) Unix & Linux. Unix & Linux misses ...
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Unplug the /wireless tag from /wifi

I've been working recently with content falling under the heading Radio Frequency. I've noticed the tag wireless is synonymous with wifi. In fact, it defaults to wifi, and this is reasonable ...
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Is it possible to have the <kbd> for the comma enlarged?

I was answering a post that involved the key combos ctrl+, and ctrl+,. I was going to use the <kbd> tags, but they look the same for . and , - or at least too close for me to tell the difference ...
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Reviewing Low Quality Posts that are Code Only

Following up on this question (and its answers), I was recently confronted with one of Stephane's answers in the LQPRQ. I commented that he should know better, he responded that awk code is self-...
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Delete, wait and see or leave?

Wanting to undo tmux breakout pane I've searched for answer, found it, but as it seemingly addressed a similar problem and didn't work for me I asked my own question. Turns out, I should've read ...
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Closing votes on a historic question about Plan 9

I just scored 4 close votes on my question regarding the reason behind using the "snarf" word instead of "copy" in Plan 9 applications (link). I thought that questions about history (there are 234 ...
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What to do about dangerous or malicious advice in an answer?

I recently flagged an answer because I (erroneously, as it turned out) believed it to cause harm. The flag was declined on the ground that the purpose of a flag is not to judge technical content. ...