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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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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Is “How do I read/interpret X command output?” a fair question?

I love wondershaper, as it prevents me from abusing my little cheap bandwidth/router, but when I try to know how it does I'm suddenly immersed into tc output which looks alien to me and left me with ...
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Topic clarification: Native Linux tablets

I wanted to know if the following question was on topic here. I asked this on SU somewhile back and it was closed as off topic. The revisions of the question are here, below is the original question: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Are questions about emacs lisp programming on-topic here?

Since vi/vim questions are considered on-topic here, it would seem fair that Emacs questions would be as well. According to the /emacs tag statistics, we already have a bunch of them, so there's no ...
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Is shell scripting in perl in range of this site?

Is shell scripting in perl in range of this site? or is perl hacking for SO?
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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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circumvention of security or policy

The question Getting internet to Linux VM without being detected by Network made me have a look at the FAQ where I didn't find what I expected to find though. I found it in the Serverfault FAQ: and ...
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Vim related questions should be asked @ Unix or @ stackoverflow? [duplicate]

On the one hand VIM is something very UNIXish, on the other it exists also in windows and it's very related to programming. So where is the appropriate place to ask such questions?
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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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Should question that could basically only be accurately answered by “the developers” be on topic?

I mean questions like: Why did work stop on project X? Why was project X coded this way? Why was project X packaged this way? I feel these can only be answered by the original developers 99% of the ...
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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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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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What is the current consensus on programming questions?

I was originally going to ask a question about this, but found its been asked here a lot already (in numerous variation). Since I've now spent the time digging through meta, I'll document what I've ...
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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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Why was my C programming question closed?

I asked a question on the Main U&L site, and just seen now, that it is closed due to being off topic. To me this question belongs on U&L as I have been working on Ubuntu and found this on my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Would a question about most useful one-liners be off topic?

I've been looking to compile a list of most useful one-liner commands recently. Personally, I think it would be helpful for a lot of people if they could simply browse through the answers and discover ...
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Are code or design reviews acceptable?

Do we want code or design reviews on this site? Code reviews expect considerable effort on the part of readers, more than a typical question. Furthermore, they are very open-ended — “I can't see ...
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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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Is accessing unix filesystems from windows ontopic?

How much Windows is ontopic? we decided a while ago that cygwin is ontopic because there isn't usually much difference. But is this question about reading Linux filesystems from a windows system ...
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Book recommendation questions

Like most sites of this nature, we keep getting book recommendation questions. Personally, I massively dislike these questions -- they're completely subjective and have almost nothing to do with our ...
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Hardware recommendations: what's the limit?

A fairly common problem when running an OS other than Windows is finding well-supported hardware. I'm actually surprised we're not getting more questions about this. Well, we've just had one, and I ...
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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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What to do about programming questions

I think we have a consensus that programming questions are generally off-topic and belong on Stack Overflow. (I thought this was explicitly mentioned in the FAQ — is my memory failing or did it change?...
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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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Are career questions on-topic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “What jobs are out there?” — are career questions on-topic? Do we want career-related questions here? They're not liked on Stack Overflow (but there's ...
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Are Operating System questions are on topic?

There seems to appear question about operating systems/architecture in general (like spin locks or memory handling). Are those on-topic (and therefore in possible clash with operating system ...
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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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colinux related queries are off the topic?

As Title "colinux related queries are off the topic?"
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Should “why did project X 'die' ” be ontopic?

I notice there have been a couple of questions now about why project this and that failed (Beagle, Hotwire). I understand historical questions, but in general I don't see these being as much of ...
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Is it on-topic to ask build failure Questions here?

Am not sure if I should ask here or on SO.
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Should Politics and Idealisms be on topic?

This is not the first question, that basically comes down to the answer having something to do with free software idealism. I'm simply wondering if such questions should really be on topic? they ...
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Shell scripting on-topic?

There was a question raised about whether How does “top” command show live results? belongs here, or if questions about shell scripting should fall under the domain of programming and stay on SO. I'm ...
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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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Are “show off your DE” questions off topic?

I'm looking to customize my DE, and I would like to ask the community for screenshots + config file examples. Something like this thread Would a question like that be on or off topic?
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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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Non Standard CLI tools - A ruby tool question

An earlier related question on meta. This question was asked and ultimately answered on SO. This tool is is probably mostly used by Ruby programmers to test on multiple versions, and maybe slightly ...
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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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Are questions about firewalls on or off topic?

Is the intent of this site to stick to a core Unix functionality and not go into topics like firewalls? It seems like there is some cross-over with serverfault.com when you start getting into some ...
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Are questions about CPAN ok?

I mean like if I wanted to ask 'how do I install a module with cpanp' would that be ok? obviously questions about how do I write a cpan module are offtopic and better relegated to SO.
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make - ontopic or SO

I know make has long been a unix tool, but me thinks it's too close to programming (at least anything beyond how do I build software X). This question prompted this, I think it should be closed... ...