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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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, ...
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Is this site for me?

I just decided to install some snmp daemon on my ubuntu servers. I tried to start with Ask Ubuntu, and searched for snmp. No hits. I'm exclusively an Ubuntu Linux admin at this point so I figured I'd ...
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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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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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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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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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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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“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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Are questions about using XCB or X11 client implementations in general on topic?

I am currently studying X11 and trying to implement some applications using the XCB library. I was wondering if questions related to XCB are on topic here. While the problems that I usually face are ...
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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 it on-topic to ask build failure Questions here?

Am not sure if I should ask here or on SO.
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Are questions about the SMTP protocol on topic?

There is a question I think the community of unix.SE would be able to provide an answer to, and which is related to the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol and seeks information about some historic ...
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colinux related queries are off the topic?

As Title "colinux related queries are off the topic?"
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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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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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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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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... ...
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The books tag needs a revision

Per previous discussion and one recent meta question the books seems to be the haven for that kind of question. The tag needs a revision of all its questions and we should check whether they are good ...
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Where to draw the Line on servers

Where do we draw the line on server questions? I personally think that questions about Apache, Postfix, Postgres, OpenLDAP, etc ought to be offtopic and sent to SF. I even think this question should ...
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Is Embedded Unix/Linux on topic?

Linux in particular is used in a whole lot of embedded applications. What parts of those would be on topic here?
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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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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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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 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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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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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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OpenGL question - offtopic?

This question on where to start learning opengl was asked. I don't feel that there's any way that this could possibly be ontopic here. I realize that *nix systems use OpenGL instead of DirectX, but ...
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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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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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Are questions about software packages on topic?

Is it on topic to ask questions of the form "What program does allow me to do X"? Or more generally, is it on topic to ask questions about recommendations for certain programs? I fear that these ...
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Would questions about installing Linux on the Gemini PDA be more appropriate on Unix or SuperUser?

Site members may be aware of the new (as at 2018) Gemini PDA, a keyboarded clamshell device which runs Android by default, but which can also run Linux (a Debian install image is available), Sailfish ...
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Should questions about improving the performance of scripts be on topic?

I was looking at this question in particular and wondering whether it would be better suited to Code Review SE than here. It's about shell scripting, which is on topic here and so I don't have a big ...
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aws-cli usage questions go…?

I suppose if you're using an API to run the CLI, that could be asked in Stackoverflow, but might not be best. I don't have the question handy, but saw that a question was closed as off topic because ...
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Should software-rec tag be migrated to softwarerecs.SE?

Should software-rec questions be migrated en-masse to http://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/? That site was created because software recommendations were seen as too subjective and therefore not a ...
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Where can I find Software for Unix/Linux that does X?

This question is an attempt to preempt other questions asking for recommendations of software packages that meet some vague or general requirement X. Questions like (please add more, so this can be ...
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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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Are how to use search engines to find Unix/Linux-related information appropriate for this website?

I have a question I was just writing up, but when I realized Unix & Linux SE does not have a search-engine tag I thought that maybe this question would be considered off-topic for this site. Here ...
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How to determine which question belongs where?

There are few questions which are asked in the main site for which other users ask the poster of the question to post it in stackoverflow, or other stackexchange sites. Some of these questions are ...
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An argument for the Unix-specific programming questions: site quality

If you think this suggestion would be against the newbies, then you maybe misunderstood. The goal of the suggestion is exactly the opposite: to attract more. Please read the details, it is important. ...
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Is a question regarding wpa_supplicant modifications for a research project on-topic here?

(Here != Meta-Unix&Linux) I have a question related to a research project I am undertaking that involves knowing which files related to wpa_supplicant need to be modified to accomplish my goal of ...
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Installing Geant4 alongside GEANT3: Question for Unix and Linux meta?

I intend to ask the following question: Can I install Geant4 alongside GEANT-3 on my Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet)? I have already installed GEANT-3. How can I install Geant4 without making any ...
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Which Forum to Post Questions about CUPS

What is the recommended forum site for Cups Common Unix Printing System forums (ask question-receive an answer) for new users to Linux using Cups within Qiana Cinn. I have tried to log in to Cups ...
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Is there a way to ask this that is not off-topic?

Quick background: I recently posted a question on the Web Apps site, How can I remove Skype from Outlook.com. It concerns being unable to access email on Outlook.com because of a popup from Microsoft ...
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Are distribution-choice questions on topic here?

I have just asked this question. Before asking it, I had a hard time deciding, if asking it won't be off-topic. I have found many similar questions here, that were closed as opinion-based. However, ...
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Would this question on which package managers can transfer packages over BitTorrent be considered off-topic for this site?

I was about to ask this question "Which package managers can transfer packages via BitTorrent?" on Unix & Linux SE but I hesitated in posting it. See I thought that maybe it would be considered to ...
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Where should I ask my printer-installation question?

I just asked: Missing a driver for a SMB-accessed Brother printer but on second thought - would it be better to ask it on superuser.com or on askubuntu.com ?
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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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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 ...