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Declined flag for a post that I did NOT Flag

I flagged a post "decode this and get the answer" which only contained gibberish. I flagged the post as OFFTOPIC, because I believed it to be some sort of crypto-puzzle that should go to puzzling....
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Unexpected (?) things after changing my account mail address

I've changed today my email to one, which was associated with an account I used before this one and some strange things have happened. The both accounts somehow got merged with a weird result, eg. ...
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How did this edit got around the minimum 6 character limit?

I'm referring to this edit: I understand that voilà is only 5 characters long. Or does à count as two characters? Or do removed characters count towards the limit?
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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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Top answers downvoted at the same time. Someone with an axe to grind?

My four top rated answers at Unix & Linux got downvoted, apparently within minutes of each other. Here is a screenshot. I don't really mind it, as it doesn't practically affect my reputation... ...
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Tag statistics - what does 'Score [NN] Posts [NN] Posts % [NN] mean?

I was wondering what the statistics stand for that are shown on my main profile page related to the "Top tags": Score [NN] Posts [NN] Posts % [NN] N = number I am especially curious about the Score ...
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Post new question cooldown timer is showing wrong warning

I tried to ask a question in this site. While doing so, I get this warning message that says "You can only post once every 40 minutes.". However I have not asked any questions in the past five months. ...
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I tried to sign up for this site but

I went to 'Sign Up' to use this site and ask questions. Put in a user name and password. The next option was 'Sign In'. It came back with a blank 'Sign In'. Keeps doing the same thing. I think I can ...
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Obstructions on valid posts

In the original version of How can I fix the font problem of this pdf file?, I have a pdf file which can be rendered correctly by evince, but the text can't be correctly searched or copied. My ...
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What has triggered the massive number of user removals?

What has triggered the massive number of user removals shown in https://unix.stackexchange.com/users/674/tim?tab=reputation? Is it related to my account?Thanks. Sorry for being sensitive. It ...
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How do we stand on allowing opinions in answers?

I ran into this edit: Side note: (hopefully I don't get flak for this) Mint is not a distribution. It is built on top of Ubuntu. This is not a very good practice. Other projects are flavors of ...
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proper way to format a terminal command and its output for posting on the site

I'm wondering if there's a suggested way to format a terminal command and its output for posting on the site. For example, the Markdown code ``` user@host:~$ date Sat Apr 13 12:50:49 PDT 2019 ``` ...
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How can I list all my posts both deleted and nondeleted?

How can I list all my posts both deleted and nondeleted? In the search box of main site: user:674 deleted:yes only shows deleted posts. user:674 deleted:yes deleted:no doesn't list both deleted ...
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tutorials/guidelines on posting

I'd like to have some link on tutorials on how to post on this site. Whenever I post something containing code someone else (possibly moderator) is re-editing and re-formatting my post. where can I ...
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Did I vote close this question?

Cannot open file'*' no such file or directory I don't have any recollection of voting to close as not reproducible issue. Is it because someone use my comment as a vote close reason ?
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How/where do I ask how to maintain a package with separate patches?

I have a question about maintaining a external software package with custom patches. Similar questions have been asked before, but mine is a bit more specific since it focuses on maintaining packages ...
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Why was this “unclear what you're asking” flag declined?

I flagged this question on February 25 and now I see my flag has been declined. There is no reason visible in the flagging history on my profile. I raised that flag because the question appears not ...
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Is this site willing to curb the abusive downvotes (and close votes)?

I flagged several times serial downvotes that had not been reversed automatically by the time I became disappointed, but was always declined. (There are also many smart downvotes paced well enough ...
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Is it OK to point beginning users of Ubuntu to Ask Ubuntu?

Earlier today, I saw this question which had one downvote by the time I saw it as there is no way to answer that question for sure. I posted an answer as that's probaly what the user needs. Is it OK ...
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Flagging as SPAM too harsh?

This answer looked like a spammer testing the grounds to me, so I flagged it as SPAM. However, one second after pushing that flag, I was wondering if I should have used one of the other flags as this ...
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How can I find a list of my posts that are candidates of automatic removal?

What is the policy of determining a post subject to automatic removal? Is it the post has no answer, and the post either has pure downvote(s) , or is closed? How can I find a list of my posts ...
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What to do if OP deletes their own question after being flagged as a duplicate?

Over here (10K+ users only) an OP deleted their own question because I flagged it as a duplicate. I thought the reason for duplicates was to keep a tombstone referring other people to the other ...
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Can automatic deletion of “low-quality” posts be turned off?

I am not sure if automatic deletion of some "low-quality" posts (such as heavily downvoted, without reply, closed, ...) is a configurable feature on individual stack exchange sites. Voting is very ...
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Can those who voted to close a post voluntarily give up reviewing reopening the same post?

I can't help but wonder if there is substantial conflict of interest. Can those who voted to close a post voluntarily avoid reviewing reopening the same post? Or isn't it a cool and great idea to ...
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+8 -5 answer: how to improve?

I've posted an answer that gave me a +8/-5 score and the only hint I have is sebasth's comment that SpinRite is snake oil. I own SpinRite and I've seen it recover bad sectors, but I'm willing to ...
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Asking for Operating System Recommendations

I am about to move away from Fedora because of their end-of-life policy. Although I reviewed the proposed similar questions, I am confused about whether Unix SE is an appropriate forum for my inquiry....
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Is an answer including commercial software on topic on U&L?

On my main site, (AU) answers including commercial software are on-topic as long as it's relevant and you're not the owner or you disclose you're the owner and you don't use the platform to SPAM. As ...
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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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Trivial answer converted to comment

The OS: FreeBSD does not use block devices. [See] Low-level disk access in FreeBSD Is a device being a block or character device determined purely by hardware? Comments are ephemeral. I want to ...
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Undoing an edit by someone else

My question has been edited by a >2k-rep user in a way which makes it oddly formatted (code-quoting of brand names) and grammatically incorrect. Is there a way to undo the edit, apart from just making ...
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I need help finding this question: How to simulate one large file out of many segments?

I know this question has already been asked, so asking it again would make it a doublon. But I can not remember how exactly that question was phrased, so I am unable to find it. It was about ...
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My signature, my style. How do I ask an advanced contributor to stop editing my question?

A while ago, I asked two questions on U&L. And because I was fairly new to bash (I still am), I mentioned the fact that I was a newbie each time. A bit in the hope to inform any respondents' ...
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Is it possible to modify visual rendering of links locally?

I can't see links in the text of questions and answers on the main site. They are simply invisible to me ("invisible" = "indistinguishable from ordinary text"). Is there a way I could apply some sort ...
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reopen “stat” question

This question: Extract creation date and modification time of file in SunOS? was marked as duplicate of this one: stat command not found I feel in the currect state of both, that is not true. The ...
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Why are posts to multiple sites not found automatically?

Every time I notice close votes due to posting on several sites I wonder how the one who reported that knew this. There are probably some users who are active on several sites. But today I also ...
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How to migrate question to askubuntu

I asked a question on this site and now I want to move this question to AskUbuntu. Should I ask this same question again there or how to migrate it. I didn't find any option to migrate.
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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 asking a series of questions discouraged?

I was able to solve my problem based on the advice given here - Imake and header files but I would like to know whether I can continue to ask questions on the same topic one question at a time. Is ...
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AskUbuntu vs UnixLinux Stack: Where to post? [duplicate]

Ubuntu seems to be so relevant, that it has a dedicated Stack exchange page. But how do I know, when to post at AskMintSuSEcentOSGentooArchWindowsReactOSUbuntu and when to post at Unix/Linux....
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Are coreboot and/or SeaBIOS questions appropriate here?

Are questions related to coreboot and/or SeaBIOS appropriate on this Stack Exchange? If not, which one would be more appropriate? Server Fault? They're kinda mean.
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How can I tell if my question has been reviewed and left closed?

I recently asked this question, it was put on hold and asked me to reword the question. I did as such but my question has not reopened. How can I tell if it has already been reviewed and still ...
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What happens when duplicate question is edited?

What happens when you edit a duplicate question? I have a question marked duplicate but the linked answer doesn't help. I've edited my question and title, to try make what I'm asking more clear. ...
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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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Closed too early

Right after asking this question I "realized" that the problem was the exact same as another I'd faced before. I marked as duplicate and then tried outputting into a /tmp file instead of the source I ...
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Are polkit and policykit tags not the same?

What is the difference between policykit and polkit tag?
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How to ignore annoying users?

Most internet sites have the ability to maintain a personal ignore list. This makes utterances of annoying people invisible for the user feeling annoyed. I like this feature very much, because it ...
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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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What do I do when a user edits their question with another account

For E.G in this question, the user is trying to edit his/her question with another account that has the same name. Should this edit be Approved or Rejected?
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Duplicate question

I believe I asked a dup because my problem didn't solve at first. Now that I solved my problem, you might want to put together my question as a duplicate of the first question. Enable history for ...
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how do people assume that a question has been abandoned?

I asked this query Was debian the first distribution to come and have the idea of changelog.gz and changelog.debian.gz?? I saw somebody comment at Was debian the first distribution to come and have ...