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Gone user, answer accepted by the community

In this question the user who asked has it's account deleted or removed or another possibility. The result is that the post won't have an accepted answer since there's no user to accept it. In these ...
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Answer with alternative solution not addressing the question directly

I read the meta question Are answers using alternative tools not welcome?, but I'm not sure if my question has nuances that the other doesn't. I have no issues if you consider this is a duplicate. I ...
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How to deal with solutions edited into the question itself?

I came across multiple questions, where the original poster found a solution and edited the question to add that solution to the question instead of posting the solution as an answer. For example: 1, ...
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Best place for Ubuntu using WSL?

Where's the best place to ask questions about networking under Ubuntu using WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux)? It seems like candidates are here, Super User, and Ask Ubuntu. The question relates to a ...
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What to do with questions having good answers on another SE site? [duplicate]

It happens quite often that questions are posted, which are on-topic on U&L but have good answers on another suitable Stackexchange Site (askubuntu, stackoverflow...). I'm referring to this ...
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Is asking for constructive criticism on a question a legitimate meta question?

I wrote a question, and it got down voted. I'm not arguing, or upset, but I would like to understand what I did wrong, so that I will write better questions in the future (and increase their chance of ...
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How to suggest a similar question

How to suggest a similar question when we find a possible duplicate, or when it is answered in another thread, as show in the following dialog? Is there a privilege associated with this action?
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Windows installer using GRUB - is on topic?

As I work as a technician, often I need to install Windows. I use my own method to create a multiboot USB using GRUB. I have managed to create a USB (16GB) with three Windows (Windows 7 BIOS, ...
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Is the new question's up-vote policy on SO coming to unix.stackexchange.com?

The value of an up-vote on questions have recently been changed on Stackoverflow.com, here is the acticle with the details (now an up-vote on a question have the same rep value as an up-vote on an ...
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My question wasn't specific enough, but got I got the right answer anyway. How should I proceed?

I have a question about my Unix & Linux Stack Exchange post: Interpret variables from read in string with shell script The question how I asked it (I tried to break it down to the relevant point) ...
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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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Should we display a user's question/answer ratio?

What are the consequences of this? Would it provide any value? My guess is that user's would be more likely to answer questions rather than ask them if some form of reputation were involved as well.
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4-space indentation never works

Whenever I ask a question, on the right side jumps out a pink block 'How to Format', which tells me 'indent code by 4 spaces'. I tried putting four spaces before my code, but it never makes any ...
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Voting on questions. When should you give a upvote

I makes me mad that all the (humbly thankful for their input) gurus on here and they haven't learned that if you think a question deserves an answer it also deserves a upvote........... GUYS you ...
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Missing help topic: color codes in questions list

Questions with accepted answers have their answer square in green, otherwise it is transparent. Questions matching your watched tags have a red background. The system is quite simple once you get ...
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bumped to the homepage

In the close review queue I sometimes see questions marked with: bumped to the homepage by Community♦︎ 8 hours ago and This question has answers that may be good or bad; the system has marked ...
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Is it OK to ask question about etymology of command names?

Is it OK to ask questions like "what is the etymology of hdparm command name?"? General topic matches https://unix.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic ("Shell scripting", "Applications packaged in *nix ...
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What to do when user says they meant different question after you have answered

I posted an answer for a user’s question and he indicated he was going to try my solution. After some time he had not indicated whether or not it worked. I commented to ask if it worked or did he ...
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Why are so many people not posting questions?

Looking at the question feed right now, it seems dominated by people posting statements as opposed to questions. Does anyone else find this a little annoying? For example: Centos cannot ping default ...
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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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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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Subscribing tags to get only website notifications

How do I subscribe to tags and receive notifications on Stack Exchange's website only, and not on my mail-id.
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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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Not getting reply to questions as earlier

I'm in a doubt as I'm not getting replies to my questions. I would request the moderators to cross check that everything is fine at your end & there is no issue like blockage of sorts on my ...
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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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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 time was question asked

How do I find the time that a question was asked? I am looking at a question that is labelled as asked yesterday. The exact time, may be of relevance in answering the question. The question is: ...
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Best practice: add and harmonize missing input filenames for Qs & As?

Some coding questions provide sample input files but don't get around to naming the input file. The answerers often make up their own unique input filenames, like "file", "input", "inputfile", or "...
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Should I use "WLAN" or "Wi-Fi" to refer to wireless LAN?

Pretty much when WLAN connectivity became widespread, we were referring to wireless LAN as "WLAN". But for whatever reason, people began to refer to it as "Wi-Fi" which to me, is just the certificate ...
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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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When a computing problem becomes moot what should you do about the question?

Suppose you ask a question, say on Unix & Linux Stack Exchange, but after asking it, the question becomes irrelevant. Say for example you ask if you can fix network protocol(s) which Windows says ...
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Is there some way to bump my question?

I asked a question few days ago, and while it received few upvotes, no one answered it. I'd like to "bump" it, so that it goes to the top. Can I do it? How can I do it?
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Open and closed questions. close and open or only open questions?

Now, i watch 62,571 questios beside of screen. Question is , Are those open and closed questions or only open questions?
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Add suggestions in user template about mentioning OS/distribution and version

Perhaps we could add to the question template that users see, a suggestion to mention the operating system or distribution, and also the version/release of that operating system. This should of course ...
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why is my question downvoted?

I have this question but don't know why it's downvoted, I really searched , nothing on google says about calligra on xfce. I'm a new linux mint user, I don't know much about desktops(I only tried ...
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Can this be reopened?

How to install Touchégg on Fedora 20 I will add: The only RPMs that seem to be available are for Mageia, a fairly distant distro. Needs dependcies from Mageia (mesagl, which needs Mageia's ...
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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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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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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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Encourage asking more questions on this site?

I have read this question(by Braiam): What's our status in voting? I want to thank him for his work, It is very good and show the advantages of this site over similar sites. However I'm so ...
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Shouldn't we all be using "LC_ALL=C" infront of every command prior to posting the output here?

Most shell allow the temporary usage of a different localization for single commands. This is great in the case someone is not using an English locale and is using the output of a command in his/her ...
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Assembly language question

Is it okay to ask a question regarding a boot-loader program that has been written in x86 assembly language ?
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Why do old questions pop up from time to time?

Occasionally when I click the /questions link I'll see questions from long ago float up to the top. I only see it from time to time but I was wondering what caused it. The latest one is this question ...
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Where's the line of demarcation with Server Fault?

I have a question about WordPress and LDAP on a Unix platform, is the appropriate place for that Server Fault or here?
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Canonical answers to opinion based questions!

The title's a bit of a joke and this is perhaps not appropriate to meta but I'm throwing it in (shoot me). I just spend several hours (most of the morning, actually) adding to this answer on a closed ...
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Login loses the question page

Here on Unix, login is not as smooth as on other sites on the Stack Exchange network. I was on this question page : unix.stackexchange.com/questions/1262/where-did-the-wheel-group-get-its-name. I ...
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Is it OK to massively edit a question after receiving a couple responses?

I asked a question while not knowing enough to clearly state my issue. (Here is the question: https://unix.stackexchange.com/q/108842/15010 .) I received a couple responses that helped me get on the ...
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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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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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Titles that contain tags

This is sort of a version of this question. I just reviewed an edit on How do I apply parameters to specific kernels with GRUB 2? that wanted to remove GRUB 2 from the title, because "tag-like ...
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