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Shall tags refer to the solution, too?

Quite often it turns out that the answer to a question is not in the area where the asker assumed it to be. For obvious reasons the tags used by the asker refer to the question only. I wonder whether ...
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Should we have a convention for commands requiring root?

Often a question can only be answered with a command that must be run as root. Depending on your distribution of choice you might be used to doing this with sudo. However, it is probably undesirable ...
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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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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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Closing unanswered questions for (now) outdated software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 2 yrs, say) unanswered question of the type I cannot build XYZ version u.v.w. where u.v.w. is outdated by today.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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Are questions about how Linux handles specific hardware details on topic?

I'm not talking about generic hardware questions (e.g. how Linux names a disk device), i'm talking about the handling of very specific hardware details and interactions1. The main problem I see is ...
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router, routing, route

We have route and router and routing. I haven't inspected them closely, but I doubt there are three different meanings here. Is there any difference in meaning between these tags? (Note that I'm ...
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Are specific questions on linux-based certification material appropriate here?

I'm studying for the LPIC-1 exam and would like to ask specific questions regarding some course material that doesn't make sense. Is it appropriate to ask those questions here?
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Re-tagging Activity - 2013

Given our community has been growing, and we seem to have a fairly active base, several of us thought now might be a good time to do some house cleaning on the site. Given cleaning is a never ending ...
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editing an answer to add code example, and then it was reverted

on this answer https://unix.stackexchange.com/posts/283528/revisions I added example code to actually accomplish what was in the answer. It said use tool XYZ and I showed how to use it specifically as ...
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New tag proposal: “FTPS” tag for “FTP over SSL” related issues

System suggested to discuss it on meta, as "ftp" tag exist. Should we use "ftp" and "ssl" tags in case of questions relating to "FTPS" or shall be new tag created?
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Retracting an edit suggestion

I just realized that I submitted an edit request when entirely too tired to sanely do so, and accidentally sent an incorrect title correction, and realized that there’s no way to retract it. However, ...
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/boot vs /startup

The distinction between the tags boot and startup isn't very clear. The tag wiki excerpt for boot reads This tag covers both bootloader issues (what happens before the operating system starts) and ...
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'Holy Wars' Questions

I don't think that we should encourage questions such as Is GNU/Linux still relevant?. These types of questions bring out strong emotions or exhaustion for people who have been involved in the debate ...
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Proper way to undo an edit made to a working answer

I recently posted an answer that worked exactly as the asker wanted, specific to his needs and maintainable by me (i.e. - I can answer questions about my answer if needed and explain its workings and ...
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Learning the art of the review queue

For those (like me) who often "Skip" in reviewing many items because of lack of confidence / experience / training, is there: A more detailed guide to how to be a good reviewer (than the brief text ...
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Should we be using the /users tag? And how do we account for /accounts?

The tag users feels a bit vague to me. It covers several related topics, including: user account metadata (password, shell, …), e.g. 1 2 3 user account databases, e.g. 1 2 privileges of a user (the ...
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Distros tags needs prunning, with special mention of the Ubuntu tag

When hanging out in the Ask Ubuntu General Chatroom, hbdgaf commented: Wow... the Ubuntu tag blew up on UL today >.> This piqued my curiosity and I went to witch hunt investigate his statement. ...
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What is the [cpu] tag intended use?

I was checking a question today and saw it with the cpu and wondering exactly how it should be used I read the excerpt which basically told me what a CPU is, not what the tag is useful for. Now, ...
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Experimentation Sandbox

This is a sandbox post for experimenting with SE features, similar to the Formatting Sandbox on Meta Stack Exchange.
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Fedora upgrade question closed as “typo”?

Re @Prabhjot Singh Problem with alsa-plugins-freeworld-lavcrate when upgrading to Fedora 28 "Questions describing a problem that can't be reproduced and seemingly went away on its own (or went away ...
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Why are edits for new tag entries getting rejected for changing too much of the original content?

Recently I have been trying to edit/add tag wiki information. Most of my suggested edits are getting approved, but I do notice with the ones rejected (and some reject votes on the accepted ones), they ...
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What should our domain name be? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline Note: We are closing this domain naming thread. It is asking the entirely wrong question. See this blog post for details: Domain Names: ...
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Site Design Updates

A major design update is now live! Most of the changes are not visible; these tweaks go along with recent updates that were made to Stack Overflow: We are moving the site's CSS to a newly refactored ...
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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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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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Is it On or Off Topic When Unix/Linux is Only Ancillary to the Question?

This is not necessarily a "specific question" discussion. It's just an example to raise the issue. I'm looking at this question: Good introduction to SubVersion for unexperienced users? This is a ...
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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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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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Canonical question about shell operators

A few of us were discussing the fact that information on the various shell operators is spread across multiple Q&As. For example: Is there a difference between `;` and `&&` and `|`? ...
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Removing PS1 from code samples

Is it OK to remove prompt strings which don't add anything to a question or answer, changing for example this: 7:07AM 49 % cat t1 a b c c d f g 7:07AM 50 % cat t2 h i j k l m n 7:07AM 51 % paste ...
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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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Delete the /career tag

The career tag has only 9 questions and most of them are closed (7 out of 9) because they are off-topic. Career questions belong to the Workplace Stack Exchange. Should we delete this tag to not ...
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Since when does Community vote?

Somehow the user named Community managed to close a question as a duplicate yesterday. Community's vote to close was only the second such on that question. It looked weird to me - it doesn't jive. ...
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What's the return status of the exit code?

Which do we want to keep and which should be synonymed to the other? return-status, with 118 questions, says: Use this tag If your question revolves around determining or utilizing the return ...
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Is it ok to change the meaning of question titles?

Is it fine to change the meaning of a title because the OP didn't know what he/she was looking for?
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Are android questions on topic?

As I read Android wikipedia page all I found is that: It is Linux kernel(who would suspect ;) ) "nor does it support the full set of standard GNU libraries" without mentioning if it is POSIX ...
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asking a related question to a question you asked

I asked a question apache 2.4 won't reload, any problem with my configuration? . Now at the end of doing some more research and understanding what was wrong I ended up at a different question ...
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Are questions specific to a particular OS on topic?

Ok so I realize that this question has been asked a lot... or at least has been asked a lot with respect to Mac Os and Ubuntu. But I haven't been able to really figure out what the correct answer is ...
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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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What is the best way to improve the edits made by a suggested editor

I found myself again in the situation that led up to this question on this meta site asking why a suggested edit was rejected. Several edits by the same person, some too minor, some bordering on the ...
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What is the intended difference between the 'wifi' and 'wireless' tags? Should they be merged?

I just asked a question which I tagged with wifi, and was then referred to a possible duplicate which is tagged with wireless. My first thought was that wireless is probably about all forms of ...
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Are web hosting control panels on-topic?

There's a discussion over on ServerFault Meta about how to handle questions about web hosting control panels, such as e.g. webmin, cpanel and their ilk. The consensus is that at least 99% of those ...
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Error and crash tags, are they really useful?

I've seen this question but I'm still not convince about the usefulness of those tags. The meta Question itself recognize that the tag could not survive alone in any question which is specifically ...
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Should questions be updated with information gleaned from comments?

Answering a question correctly sometimes requires asking for the original asker to try some new things or post some new information. These requests are often asked as comments to the question. ...
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Homework: policy proposal

I propose to adapt the same community policy on homework as on Stack Overflow. Highlights: Askers: Asking a homework question is fine. But admit that it's homework, and make a good faith attempt to ...
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flag comments that only beg for an answer as non-constructive

I just flagged this comment (from the OP on his own post): Hi Can any one help on this ?Thanks – as non-constructive. I have seen such comments before and I don't want to comment on them myself, ...
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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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Justify whether history questions are on-topic or not at /help/on-topic

Current on-topic page has no clarification about whether historical questions like this are on-topic or not. While discussing about this on chat-room, I found that there is no problem with such ...
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The Scope of This Site?

I've got an impression about several SE sites and their overlapping scopes: StackOverflow is for programming questions ServerFault is for server administration (unix, windows or other) AskUbuntu is ...