Questions tagged [scope]

Use this tag when examining what is on-topic or off-topic, and why (i.e scope of the site).

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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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Do I ask here or on Super User?

I visit Super User now and again, and I get amazed by the amount of Unix & Linux Questions asked there. Seems like many don't know of the existence of this site (or they simply resist?). This ...
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Unix C API calls ontopic?

I don't really have a question in mind, but I'm thinking of the kind of things that are covered in APUE(2e) which is POSIX, SUS, etc. C API mostly. Obviously generalized C programming is not ontopic, ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Are questions about the shells (bash, sh, others) well suited to U&L?

Recently I asked a question about a particular feature of sh/bash. I have another question now. But now I wonder, if I had a question about the Python or Ruby interpreters, I'd be asking on SO and not ...
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Mac OS X: What's on topic?

Mac OS X is one of the few systems officially certified as being UNIX. On the other hand, it has a great deal of its own software, including its GUI and some admin tools, that really don't behave ...
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Is Puppet On Topic?

I'm self-training on puppet and interested in writing up some Puppet-related topics in Q&A format for questions that took me a while to answer because I wasn't able to find a decent resource ...
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Is QNX unix-like?

Is QNX a unix? For the purpose of this site, that is. Is QNX on-topic here? Related: Are plan9 questions on-topic? Example: Archive of QNX's use messages?
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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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Offtopic - A Stance - Programming / Servers / Cross Platform Applications

This encompasses all previous questions. I decided I didn't want to say this more than once, and I've changed my stance a bit. For the most part it's unix vs windows. IIRC Windows uses threads where ...
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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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Which is the best StackExchange site for Debian related questions?

Where on Stack Exchange should Debian specific questions be raised? Two possibilities are here on Unix & Linux, and on Server Fault. I'm guessing there isn't an equivalent of AskUbuntu for other ...
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Would you be happy to welcome Whonix GNU/Linux users on unix.se?

Speaking as a maintainer of Whonix GNU/Linux which is a derivative of Debian GNU/Linux. Its focus is on anonymity/Tor. Having a dedicated user support forum for Whonix and teaching Windows users who ...
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Rejecting obvious questions?

Shouldn't we reject questions for which the asking people obviously didn't do their homework? Like this one: What does ^d mean in ls -l | grep ^d? Not that I'm really annoyed, but I think it would ...
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Are history questions on topic?

Unix has quite a bit of history, and a lot of things with historical roots. Should questions primarily about the history of Unix be on topic?
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What's the best site to post a question about weird bash prompt behavior when using ANSI colors?

I have a problem wherein I tried to get fancy with prompts, using ANSI colors. It works beautifully using 8/16 color palette ANSI sequences in tcsh and bash. It works even more beautifully using 256 ...
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“What jobs are out there?” — are career questions on-topic?

This comes from the question what jobs are out there for NIX nerds?. I personally think this is probably off-topic, and it has two close votes already, but it also has three upvotes so I wanted to ask ...
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Since when are questions about dual-booting off-topic?

I asked this question earlier today: How can I prevent Windows from overwriting GRUB on my dual-boot machine? And I was surprised that several people are suggesting it is off-topic here. Firstly, ...
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What is the relationship between Linux/Unix SE and Ubuntu SE

If both this SE and the Ubuntu SE make it out of beta, it might be a good idea to have some guidelines for when questions should be directed to the Ubuntu SE. Personally, I can't think of an "...
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Are questions about vi, vim, and other clones on-topic here?

$a = trueOrFalse("are they on-topic?") $b = trueOrFalse("is this the best site for these questions?") if (!$a || !$b) { pleasePrintBestSiteFor("questions about vi and clones") } *it just made ...
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Are Skype questions off topic?

FAQ states: If your question is about: Using or administering a *nix desktop or server The Unix foundation underlying MacOS (but generally not frontend application questions) The ...
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Using Linux tools on Windows? [duplicate]

I've always been a Windows user, but I know the OS isn't perfect. To help make it a little better I use GOW, a collection of linux tools ported to Windows. ls, cat, which, wc, and 100+ other utilities ...
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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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Are 'bug report' kind of questions welcome to Unix & Linux?

I have been wondering if questions that have the character of a bug report or lets say questions about locating, fixing or working around bugs of certain packages in certain environments are welcome ...
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Unix.SE vs ServerFault vs SuperUser vs Android.SE

As far as I can tell from the FAQs, questions about: unix desktop systems can be asked on SuperUser, unix servers can be asked on ServerFault, Android can be asked on android.stackexchange.com So ...
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A question which might fit in Ask Ubuntu, here or SuperUser

I've just posted this: https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/250035/how-can-i-prevent-my-browser-from-hogging-all-system-resources on the main site, but I'm not really sure whether this is the ...
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Is asking “What license should I use” on topic?

So, someone asked this question, and well, it's being closed, but we have a tag licenses that kind of support asking these questions, as shown in the excerpt: Questions concerning the terms under ...
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Did we ever come to a consensus regarding Plan 9 questions?

I've read Are plan9 questions on-topic?, and it seems like there wasn't really a consensus. The discussion was started, but never really finished. Plus, that was a couple years ago, there are new ...
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Is it ok to ask bash language questions?

I find myself asking more and more questions that might overlap with SO. Where should I ask bash questions that focus more on the bash language than they do on unix? Here or on SO?
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Does my question about a Linux program that does signal processing belong here?

I am looking for signal processing software, that runs well under Ubuntu 10.04: question. Does it belong here, or at Signal Processing SE or at Electrical Engineering SE, or maybe somewhere else?
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Where exactly is the border between apple and UNIX?

Here I posted an answer on how to disable mouse and keyboard input using xinput, with the presumption that if the question is about UNIX, X specific answers are good. However, turns out, the OP was ...
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Are WSL related questions off-topic?

Today i have voted close this question: Does Microsoft WLinux has full support for network and devices? Using the same logic as the Cygwin related questions, shall we mark all stuff related to WSL as ...
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Is question about executable memory layout on-topic?

Is this question possibly on-topic for the Unix & Linux Stack Exchange? https://stackoverflow.com/questions/55270381/what-does-segment-starttext-segment-0x400000-represent It's not exactly a ...
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Are questions about Linux in the context of business or society on topic?

What factors contribute to the expense of migrating to Linux? was recently closed. Defending the closure, Michael Mrozek says This is also totally off-topic as far as I can tell; it's not about ...
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What close reason should be selected when migration site is not available?

I frequently run across questions that should be migrated to other sites, but right now the only site we have an option for is stackoverflow.com (as well as unix meta). Most of the time I want to ...
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Are questions about applications not specific to Unix being used on another platform on-topic here?

I'm a little concerned that we're branching into an area that should be out of remit for this venue (specifically, regarding the question https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/33973/cdrdao-verify-...
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Precedence on System Administration questions?

Do we have a precedence on questions that are based more on servers than unix? P.S. I'm specifically thinking that I might want to migrate this question to serverfault
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question closed for off-topic, even though some answers here suggest it is not

I have a sad record. First question asked in this site and it's been voted and closed for off-topic: Wrong timezone offset. How do I correct it? (help with zic timezone compiler) A user, @Gilles, ...