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"Yearling" badge on Unix&Linux meta without any activity and reputation points only from a week before the badge

I have just earned the "Yearling" badge although I did not do anything on meta, I did not even vote on a meta question or comment or even open it at all. I did indeed earn > 200 ...
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How to deal with spam

This isn’t a question as such, but a public service announcement. From time to time, and sometimes in waves like the current spam campaigns, the main site gets posts (both questions and answers) which ...
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SPAM & flag count not being reset

With the amount of Quickbooks SPAM hurtling it's way around the system, I find I can only flag so many of them as SPAM. If the post has been deleted, does the system really, not hand back the flag to ...
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How to help others when you don't have a complete solution?

I've recently joined StackExchange after using it as a resource for many years. Therefore I don't have a high reputation (26), and so cannot use the comments field. Is there any way to PM a user ...
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Markdown help: escaping intendation in lists for code blocks

Lists are nice Because they help bringing order and readability into a post. They may also be titles Which helps with quickly skimming answers, too. However, The intendation is also needed for ...
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My question was based on experience but is closed under another reason

my question was based on experience but is closed under another reason: Closed. This question is opinion-based. It is not currently accepting answers.
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Cannot change tags of a particular question

I have tried to add the bashrc and bash-profile tags to How to fix infinite bash loop (bashrc + bash_profile) when ssh-ing into an ec2 server? but after clicking "save tag edits" the tags ...
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How may I close the small window for cookies, without making any choice?

What are the classes of cookies after clicking Customize Settings used for? Sometimes it doesn't proceed after clicking Customize Settings. How may I close the small window for cookies, without making ...
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How to log out of Unix & Linux

Any suggestions for how to log out of this site once logged in, would be much appreciated. Thanks for any answers.
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My question had three upvotes, suddenly it is zero. What is going on?

I recently asked a question pause youtube-dl when network is disconnected and resume when it is connected again (which currently has an open bounty). Yesterday it had 3 upvotes. Today, I checked and ...
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What methods can a user use to protect themselves?

In the following scenario: posts are harassed by prominent members' comments, and are downvoted, closed and deleted by a group of prominent members after their abuses are exposed flags are ignored ...
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How to @ mention a user in a comment (to reply to a user's comment)

How can I "mention" or "tag" a specific user in a comment? The goal is to respond/reply to a comment from a specific user and to draw that user's attention. I seem to remember ...
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How to search for a user profile?

I would like to know if a particular user (from another, non stackexchange site, for e.g twitter) has an account here. Searching with user:<username> gave a (400 000+ items) list of results. ...
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Are there StackExchange paid-answers services?

Is there some kind of paid service on StackExchange Websites where one can ask a question which will cost him some money, but he will receive an answer no matter how general or basic the question is? ...
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Can anyone add a 'remi' tag

Since I don't have enough reputation, someone else coud do it: add a tag for questions regarding the remi repository. I would name the tag 'remi'. If I search for remi, I get 135 results. So IMO it ...
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Where is the editing profile feature?

Under my account I remember I could edit my profile under "settings". But now I don't find the feature there. Has it been moved somewhere? Thanks.
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Post your question still grayed out

Last year, people were posting about the same problem and it was reported to be fixed. But I'm having the problem with another post today. The problem seems to be that I'm supposed to first ...
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Where is best to ask my Linux-related question?

I notice there are (at least) 3 different SE sites that a Linux-related question could get asked: here, StackOverflow or Ubuntu. There could be others too. But where is best to ask my questions ...
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How does the delay in data synchronization between chat and network sites happen?

https://chat.stackexchange.com/ and the individual sites has significant delay in data synchronization. For example Stephen Kitt's chat account shows 997 bronze medals (and it was 996 yesterday), ...
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Can someone explain why I can’t post?

I’m guessing I either had answers deleted a long time ago to the point of me not being able to pull them up & not knowing I might be able to revise them & not have them count against me. Also ...
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Is it acceptable to paste shortened urls in posts on stackexchange?

Is it acceptable to paste shortened urls (e.g. those modified by tinyurl) in posts on stackexchange? I found No URL Shorteners?, which doesn't say no. There are benefits of using tinyurl. One of ...
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Do stack exchange sites prohibit cross posting on other sites outside stack exchange?

Do stack exchange sites prohibit cross posting outside stack exchange? Is it allowed to not indicate identical posting on stack exchange? ( One benefit is to receive independent responses, and ...
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If I Ask a Question On Superuser and Decide its Better Suited for U&L can I Repost it Here?

I asked a question on superuser about a keyboard issue with linux. I didn't get any helpful replies. It occured to me that people on U&L might be better equiped to help me with this problem. Is it ...
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Why am I not being awarded the curious badge?

I have more than 5 questions record and running this query on my id (in Unix) says that I have well over 0.5 of "positive question record". But the badge has not been awarded anyway. What am I ...
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How features are integrated in between Stack Exchange forums?

Recently Stack Overflow introduced dark mode preference option, but it isn't available here, at Unix & Linux. How it works for it be provided at the other forums?
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Is "Unix & Linux" the best forum for this issue?

I have a problem with my computer (Ubuntu), but I don't know if this is the best forum for that, because I don't know if this is a tecnichal problem, or a problem of ubuntu, or a problem little ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

I wrote the following answer: Contrary to what the moderator wrote, without any intention of critiquing or requesting clarification, I wrote that answer because -bash: syntax error near unexpected ...
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chronological list of points earned

I keep a text file record of my points earned in various SE QA forums. The points icon just showed up in the Unix & Linux header telling me I earned 10 more. But my total points is 20 greater than ...
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A chance to lift the question ban

'If you're unable to improve your existing questions, you'll get the chance to ask a new one 6 months after your last question. If that question is positively received, you may be able to continue ...
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A question about UEFI network stack

I have a question about UEFI network stack and Linux. Where is the right place to put it?
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See who upvoted a post?

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask, but as a new member (or just user? I guess I'm just a user) I don't know any better ... Question: Is it possible to see somewhere who upvoted a post ...
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I am post-blocked on the Unix & Linux forum

How can I undo this issue? I know I wrote sucky or idiotic questions at some point or another... I would like to re-enable this ability, as I didn't really care to ask a question on super-user
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question about linux kernel parameters

I have a question about the Linux kernel but not sure where would be the right place to ask it. I am also afraid that my question may be seen as much too general or generic and I will be banned even ...
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How can I delete an answer which I posted in error, which has already been deleted by a reviewer?

I was fiddling trying to get uMatrix working and accidentally posted what should have been a comment to another answer, but was actually posted as an answer. It was noticed by a reviewer and deleted ...
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Site not found: freebsd.stackexchange.com

Issuing the following commands returns the displayed results: $ ping -c 4 freebsd.stackexchange.com Pinging freebsd.stackexchange.com [151.101.129.69] with 32 bytes of data: Reply from 151.101.129....
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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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Will my previous votes increase the publicly displayed post score after I achieve 15 reputation?

While I have less than 15 reputation the following notification is shown every time I click to an upvote I suppose this recorded information is used for community statistics and most-important sort ...
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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 ...
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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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