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PSA: Please don't post images of text

When asking or answering questions, please don't post screenshots of text. This is a very bad idea because: You can't copy/paste the commands into answers, google searches, local files to work on a ...
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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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Has something happened to shift keys recently?

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like people's shift keys are getting flaky. Maybe it's a manufacturing problem, but I'm afraid it's not. Why would someone go to the effort of capitalizing some words ...
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Is it acceptable to transcribe images?

More often than I'd like, I see screenshots of terminal emulators while browsing through the newest questions and the "First Posts" review queue. If, given the context of the post, it is clear that ...
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What else can I do to make my question well-received and improve my chances of getting answers?

I’m new to the UNIX & Linux site and I would like to ask a question. There is some guidance in the Help Center, but what are other actions I can take to make my question well-received and improve ...
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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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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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What's our status in voting?

The most upvoted answer in the questionnaire in the recent moderator election, pointed out two issues: U&L is way below average among SE sites when it comes to questions with at least one upvoted ...
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Is it ok to ask curiosity questions?

Here's an example question, which passes the What kind of questions should I not ask here? test. For me, it was really a matter of curiosity, because I don't intend to ever use GTK+ 1.x. But that ...
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Why do questions get put on hold, without a reason given?

I have asked the following question: Why does music still loop, when my PC freezes? I took care to make the question as specific as possible and to not ask for a lot of detail, as I wanted a short, ...
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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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discourage images of text on /questions/ask?

Is it possible to customise the "Ask a Public Question" page to add some text and a link to discourage posting images of or links to images of text? I often copy-paste a comment like the ...
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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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Is it okay to ask questions here when Wikipedia already has the answer?

In the question What is the difference between the following kernel Makefile terms: vmlinux, vmlinuz, vmlinux.bin, zimage & bzimage?, the user asked a question, and a couple comments suggest that ...
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How can I be assured that my issue can be helped here?

As a relatively new Stack Exchange user and contributor, I see a lot of the same questions in some form or fashion day after day. I don't mind helping each visitor, but before I do, I always have a ...
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Should we try and educate our users not to ask "Does anyone ..." or "Who can.." questions?

I would like to know how to handle questions that primarily ask if someone exists who knows the answer to some secondary question, or questions that primarily ask for who could answer a secondary ...
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need help improving a question

At some point I had a question about the workings of the bash shift command. I did not find the question / answer on this website, so I looked up the answer and posted my learnings as self answered ...
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What to do, If I asked low level question?

I have asked a question, for which I could not find an answer on the internet. But after it got answered in one of the comments, I think that my question was a bit low level. What should I do with my ...
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Policy on multiposting

How should we deal with questions that are posted simultaneously at Unix.SE and another Stack Exchange site? I've found some discussion on Meta Stack Overflow, but no official policy: Cross-posting ...
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"How to reinstall Windows?" - on topic?

I'm talking about this question, How to uninstall RHEL from a dual-boot system?. The title makes it look like a Linux question, but reading into the question at hand, and the (accepted) answer, I can'...
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Editing before vote to close

In this question on meta I requested that the [Edit] button on the Close Vote review queue items would not imply that I want to leave the question open. The cause of this, is that questions are ...
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What's wrong with this question?

Several days ago, I asked a question in serverfault. It is a question related to a problem I'm having in an Ubuntu proxy server. No one gave me an answer for two days, not even a comment or a clue. So ...
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General VI plugin question, is it allowed?

I'm a big fan of VIm, but every day I'm learning new possibilities. I am aware of the fact that plugins in VIm can be powerful, but I don't know a lot of them. I'd like to start a question to let ...
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What to do if the question itself is wrong?

I have a question about my Unix & Linux Stack Exchange post: Change with the command iptables not reflected in the output of the command netstat Reading the first comment (from Jeff Schaller) I ...
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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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What should be done when a question's title and body differ?

Sometimes a user will ask one question in the title, then a completely different question in the body. Sometimes there are good answers to both of the questions, as here. This can be a problem because ...
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"Teaching how to fish" considered abusive?

My comment on this question: idownvotedbecau.se/noresearch, idownvotedbecau.se/noattempt - Have you consulted the tar man page? Reaction: Given that the answer is not in the tar man page, why ...
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How to handle questions which can not be answered?

Sometimes there are questions, where there doesn't seem to exist a sensible answer. E.g. Fedora GUI package installer takes very long (>15min) to start where the question is how to use improved ...
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Are "why replacement of X didn't replace X?" really answerable questions?

Ok, here's one example. Now, as I noted in chat, I could think of a couple of reasons about the "why's" something happened instead of something else. All of them are sound, and even logical, yet none ...
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Requesting constructive criticism for a question

I wrote this question. It was down voted. I'm not upset and am not here to argue. My question here is what can I learn from this, for this or future questions? Is there something inherently wrong with ...
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Is"How to stop running e4defrag without damage my data?" as unclear?

How to stop running e4defrag without damage my data? Some people downvote on that question. I can't find out why unclear. Can you-all tell me?
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Question downvoted with no comments as to why

I value this community and try to provide value to it. Recently, I asked this question which was originally +1 but then moved to be -2 in the space of about an hour. In which ways is it a poor ...
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Offtopic? List of all (pseudo) apostrophic and question marky signs

Would a question to list all UTF8-signs that could be mistaken for or are curly forms of quotation marks and apostrophes be considered off-topic? E.g. `´’ instead of ' and “”„“ instead for " I'd ...
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What should I do with this Q...? Edit or repost with new details?

What is the Linux equivalent of the Windows registry? Already 16 votes on one answer so far. It seems like an answered Q from my perspective. I'm planning to post the information about windows ...
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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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How can I improve this question?

I have asked this question, but I am not even getting any comments. I am not sure if this has some issue. Can somebody help me improve the question?
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How was this question inadequate

I have a question about my Unix & Linux Stack Exchange post: Replicate an Ubuntu server onto another ubuntu server I'm trying to get better at asking questions on stack exchange websites. I know ...
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Asking a short question triggers the quality filter

I want to ask a question, it is too short, but meets the quality standards. Why do I get this error? Your question does not meet the quality standards of site My question is: I want to know ...
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I updated this question

Where can I find a good tutorial for installing bcache? I've heard that bcache is now part of the standard linux instalation. That means I can order a server with 2HDD and 2SDD and uses the SDD to ...
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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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Why was my Question edited?

I recently asked about Project management software, and someone changed it? Why is the edit better than the original Question? update: I've changed the Question to be more specific.
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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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Is the question on-topic here (main site, not meta)?

Is this question on topic on unix.se.com: what's the application/use of unifying the two API[console API and file API] and providing such a feature[copy file from one terminal to another]?
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These question should flags as duplicate or not? [duplicate]

These question should flags as duplicate or not? Why isn't lxterminal installed when installing lxde-core? When a package recommends A or B, which one is installed?
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add a new close reason : homework?

refering to https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/200528/how-to-copy-the-lines-in-multiple-files-between-two-given-dates and https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/200467/i-will-use-switch-...
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How to merge my own duplicate question?

How to merge my own duplicate question? Such as: When a package recommends A or B, which one is installed? Why isn't lxterminal installed when installing lxde-core?
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Question ban persisting based on newbie questions over a year old

I appear to have a question ban that has persisted for over a year, and has not reset at the six month stage. The majority of my questions have been neutrally or positively received but there are ...
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Why was this question closed and downvoted?

How is this question unclear? How Install LogMeIn package in CentOS [on hold] The title is all you need to know to answer the poster's question. I guess it is more fun to give the poster negative ...
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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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