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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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PSA: If you are not going to spend any effort writing an useful tag wiki/excerpt, please don't do it

I've seen this couple of times—people copy information from Wikipedia or somewhere else, and paste it into the tag wiki/excerpt as is. This is not how it was meant to be used! You can't just dump some ...
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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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Helping a user break local rules?

In the comments to question 299123 (now on hold for being too broad), the user makes it clear that he wants to log onto a node in a cluster and use screen. His problem is that on this particular ...
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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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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Editing other people's posts to remove “thanks”

[paraphrased position 1] Generally, if people abstained from doing edits that are just removing "thanks" and context phrasing (without doing any other improvements), that would be great. I ...
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Is there a consensus on whether answers should contain explanations of code?

I recently suggested a fellow answerer provide some explanation of their code. IMO an explanation of the code is essential for a full answer… a clear explanation not only educates on the specific ...
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Are plan9 questions on-topic?

Is plan9 sufficiently unix to be on-topic here? (I suppose it might not not really be a question of sufficiency; perhaps plan9 is too unix for this site?)
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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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Is the Unix C API still on-topic?

According to Unix C API calls ontopic? and the help center, "UNIX C API and System Interfaces ( within reason )" is explicitly on topic. That within reason links to the meta question. https://unix....
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Trigger Happy Close Voting Revisited

I realize this issue has been addressed here before a few months ago, but it seems to me we are still a little overly eager to close/hold questions as soon as they appear. Do I need to worry about &...
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Migrate Ubuntu-specific questions to AskUbuntu?

There was a comment and a mod flag on this post about possibly asking the question on AU instead. I don't think our previous discussions on this have been particularly clear-cut, so I'm just going to ...
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How should we deal with question answered in the comments?

I recently found this: Is it possible to convert audio to midi with the shell? As you can see, the person actually leading to the answer, used the comments section to provide his answer, instead of ...
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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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How do we feel about copying answers from other SE sites?

One of our users posted a comment on this question pointing out that the question had been asked (not cross-posted, different user) and answered on Ask Ubuntu. Since I had found the question ...
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The [X] tag should be aliased to [X11]. (Agree / disagree?)

Questions tagged x This tag can be used for questions regarding the X Window System. For X Version 11 you can use the tag x11. I guess people know they are running X, but they are less confident ...
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Questions about malware and compromised or hacked servers

This is not really a question but more of a request. I've noticed a few questions about compromised servers running malware (usually cryptocurrency miners) but also other things. When answering ...
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History of Linux kernel development question, what's next?

So we've reopened this question - Git, Linux kernel and ticketing/bug-reporting - and I'd like to help it get as thorough an answer as possible. I've been adding links to resources that I'd like to ...
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Why are Kali questions hated so much?

I know that I'll probably be down-voted to oblivion, but every time I see a Kali question on this site, it gets marked as a duplicate of this question, even when it has nothing to do with that ...
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How do you feel about “GIVE ME TEH CODEZ” questions?

If you don't know what kind of questions these are... well they're essentially the type asking to do their job for them. They have a task to accomplish, the task is to write a script, and they use us ...
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Icons of the badge counts

Can we change badge icons to something Unix&Linux specific? Recently many sites changed their icons, for example: close related to us android uses their robo mascot emacs uses parenthesis () to ...
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When is it appropriate, if at all, to encourage OP to post an answer they found themselves?

I'm new to unix.sx. In some other StackExchange community I participated in, it's a usual thing to encourage user to post an answer to their own question once they've found it. An example at unix.sx: ...
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Starting a blog, part 2

We had a meta post a while ago with some good ideas for possible blog entries. Another user expressed interest in starting a blog, so as we've covered the first two bullets on the checklist, I'm ...
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Should we get rid of the “cross-posted” close reason?

TL;DR Should we remove the "cross-posted" close reason and instead flag for mod attention as they do everywhere else on the SE network? Cross-posting on multiple sites of the Stack Exchange network ...
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At what level does “do X for me” become off-topic?

I've recently been hanging around this site because I enjoy problem solving on linux and learn heaps from seeing how other peoples solutions. I'm happy to pitch in to solve others problems, however -...
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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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Stop /volume from increasing

The tag volume is ambiguous. It's used at least for: Sound volume, e.g. 1 2 Storage volumes, e.g. 1 2 How should we disambiguate it?
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Should we have a stock answer for broken Windows boot?

Windows questions are NOT on topic here. Now that's out of the way, lets discuss damage done by a Linux distribution's installer. There are two topics I regularly see: (how to roll back) how to ...
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What is the license of the code posted on the site?

I find this amazing small piece of code in this question: datediff() { d1=$(date -d "$1" +%s) d2=$(date -d "$2" +%s) echo $(( (d1 - d2) / 86400 )) days } Does being on the site make this ...
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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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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 promoting another Stack Exchange site OK?

We often get questions, usually text-parsing ones, from people working in Bioinformatics. Since I am a bioinformatician and a pro tempore moderator on Bioinformatics SE, I will often leave a comment ...
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How to deal with 'paid help' questions?

This one just appeared: https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/37780/paid-help-for-recovering-deleted-files-after-server-reinstall , where the asker proposes to pay for help This has been already ...
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Should we improve posts that are common Google results?

It seems like fairly regularly I'll be running a Google search to assist with a minor problem and the result that I get from a stackexchange.com site is extremely high quality. It answers my question ...
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Why are there tags for “jobs” and “job-control”?

This seems redundant to me. The tag wiki excerpt for jobs just says "Job control in a shell," but the full wiki is more useful and says: A job is a process or group of processes which is managed ...
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Unalias libreoffice from the openoffice tag

I suggest unaliasing the libreoffice tag from openoffice. The two codebases are diverging more and more and LibreOffice is getting more attention in most cases. Also see https://unix.meta....
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U&L swag for top users

As a thank you for being awesome, if you have at least 1750 reputation (as of Mar 2) and are on page 1 or page 2 of … https://unix.stackexchange.com/users?tab=reputation&filter=all &...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015 [duplicate]

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 1H 2011 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 1H 2012 What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is Going On Here? TL;DR -- put images and links in the answers. If they get voted up enough, they ...
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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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“That is not possible” is a valid answer

"No" is a valid answer to "is this possible?". Sometimes it can be quite useful. A recent example: How to ban all connections to .se and .ru in the hosts.deny file Or not? https://twitter.com/...
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Cygwin on-topic?

Should we consider Cygwin on-topic here? It's similar to a Linux command-line and has many of the same tools, so lots of answers will probably just be the same as if the user was on Linux. However, it ...
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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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Should we have a migration path to SO?

We're getting the occasional programming question. Programming questions are off-topic, and we flag to have them migrated to Stack Overflow. In the past 90 days, we've had 26 migrations from U&L ...
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Redundancy between sub-tags: linux, kernel, linux-kernel?

The current consensus is that linux is a useful tag. If that's the case, then what's the policy on kernel (459 uses) vs linux-kernel (98 uses)? If linux is here to stay, then linux-kernel appears to ...
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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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Should the tags /scripting and /shell-script be merged?

There are these two - scripting and shell-script. Moreover, scripting is synonymous with script and non-interactive shell-script is synonymous with bash-script and shell-scripting I'm wondering what'...
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Starting a Unix & Linux Community blog

The idea of starting a community blog related to this site has been bounced around before with limited enthusiasm. It recently came up in chat again here. Since the first step listed on the getting ...