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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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How to migrate questions from StackOverflow

Sometimes, on StackOverflow site, I encounter a question that I think should be on Unix & Linux site. My problem is that I am not able to signal it. I noticed that I can, on StackOverflow, flag ...
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Disputed flag messages

Some of my disputed flag messages are—putting it mildly—a little difficult to interpret. For example: I can get you a toe, believe me. There are ways, Dude Apart from the rather ...
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Project Reduplication of Deduplication - Unix & Linux

Stack Exchange recently started a collaboration project with the University of Melbourne, in an attempt to improve the automatic detection of duplicate questions. More information on the project and ...
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What is the difference between Stack Exchange "Super User" and "Unix & Linux"?

Is it ok to ask questions about command line, bash, environment variable, etc. here? What is better to ask here and what is better to ask on Super User?
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Experimentation Sandbox

This is a sandbox post for experimenting with SE features, similar to the Formatting Sandbox on Meta Stack Exchange.
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stackexchange.com is sending me unsolicited packets (and consequently gets blocked by firewall)

I am using a rather restrictive firewall on my machine, mostly to block potential port scanning. If any IP address sends me a unsolicited packet (packet that is not a response to my query) the IP ...
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Is an asker alerted when his/her question is nominated for close?

This question, for example, is currently being reviewed for close. Its chances are good, I think, in that it has already received 2 leave open votes, but there doesn't appear to be any clear-cut ...
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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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Does the split in Red Hat and SuSE tags make sense?

There is currently redhat and a rhel. It looks to me like people have been using them indiscriminately. Calling the Red Hat experts: are these tags synonyms? If there's a difference, please make it ...
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Where to ask questions with a historical element

Firstly, this question is currently active on meta.SO here. They think that my question SO here would be more relevant here, and are willing to migrate it if you think so as well. Consider the below ...
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Please rename /ports to /bsd-ports, and what to do about /ports?

This is a follow-up to Splitting the ports tag Today I found that out of 24 questions tagged ports, there were: 12 about FreeBSD ports 10 about TCP or UDP ports one about GPIO ports one about a port ...
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why can't I close my own questions?

Why can't I close my own questions ? I should be able to close it once while I have either received an answer or I find the question was either too broad or whatever
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Why did I get -2 reputation without telling me why?

my reputation was 910 and when I refresh the page It becames 908, I have checked the achievement and INBOX and no reason is mentioned? Note: this happened to me several times this week, even when I ...
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Please take a look at this vandalism post

It is that time of the day again. Time now is 21:00 CT. There is one particular spam post which occurs exactly around this time every day. The most annoying thing is, it happens on the same answer by ...
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What does the 'Z' stand for in timestamps?

Whenever I see the time of a question on the interface, something like this I see the time shared as 2017-02-11 12:46:00Z which is the current time. From calculations it seems the time is in UTC but ...
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How to flag (or report) a user?

Few days ago this user https://unix.stackexchange.com/users/77704/fucklinux add an answer which show his hate for Linux in a very rude way: I have flagged his answer as a rude one, and the answer was ...
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Error image nominations

The 404 page, error page and captcha page have very generic images. There have been proposals for 404 images and captcha images before. This is a call for error image nominations. Furthermore, the ...
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Just wanted to thank you all

I love you all so much, seriously... Gilles, Tripleee, Jeff Schaller, dirkt, slm, Stéphane Chazelas. Kusalananda, slm, terdon, mikeserv, and many others I can't remember names of right now, I am ...
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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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Double notfication on Yearling Badge. Is this a bug or am I missing something?

Today in my notification box I received the following: I found this confusing in a couple different ways. 1) My history page indicates no activity prior to May 14th here on U&L. 2) I was ...
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How do I subscribe to a question?

Say I discover an unanswered question that describes the exact problem I'm having, and I want to subscribe to it, so that I receive e-mail notifications whenever someone writes a comment or an answer. ...
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Notify multiple people simultaneously?

Is it possible to @ multiple people simultaneously? I tried to use @ for the second time, but auto completion doesn't show up for the second @, so not sure about it.
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Edits must be at least 6 characters

Is there a reason why edits must be 6 characters long? E.g. a parameter in recursively copy only images and preserve path is missing 1 character.
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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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Are polkit and policykit tags not the same?

What is the difference between policykit and polkit tag?
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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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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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Disowning an answer?

Consider the following scenario: one of my answers gets accepted, then somebody else edits what I wrote in a way that I disagree with. Now I have a post supposedly written by me, that doesn't reflect ...
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Are (original) posts expected to be in English?

It doesn't specify this anywhere on the Tour page and I cannot find a meta question that directly answers this question (if one exists, please direct me there). Are questions on SE (and *nix.SE in ...
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An edit for answer changes it considerably. Should I allow it?

I have a privilege to review pending edits for answers. One edit changes the answer considerably - not only providing minor fixes, but adding external knowledge and changing the answer to the point ...
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Why aren’t simultaneous edits locked out (made exclusive)?

Twice today I have clicked on the “edit” link for a post, spent several minutes working on it, and then clicked on “Save Edits”, only to be told Another edit is awaiting approval for this post. ...
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Why isn't an unrepoducable problem too localized?

In What process is running before I even get a prompt?, the OP describes a problem with their login shell, soliciting several answers containing troubleshooting suggestions, but no real solution. ...
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I think that "config" and "configuration" tags could be merged

As the title says, config and configuration maybe could be merged.
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Please invert the email → mail synonym

At the moment email is a synonym of mail. This makes mail the to-go tag for both email in general, and the mail(1) command. I propose to use mail-command for the mail command (it's useful to have a ...
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Since I hit 2K rep, I no longer get reputation from edits. Is this intentional?

The title basically sums it up. I just edited a question and while I'm not 100% sure that I didn't get +2 reputation from the edit - since I didn't look at my reputation count before, only after - my ...
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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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Using wildcards in the title operator

I'm trying to trying to get Why not use "which"? What to use then? to show up in the search and I searched for title:which* and it is not turning up. Needless to say, title:which and title:*...
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What to do, If I asked low level question?

I have asked a question, for which I could not find an answer on the internet. But after it got answered in one of the comments, I think that my question was a bit low level. What should I do with my ...
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Why doesn't search find my answer?

To give Bond eth0 and LTE Modem a pointer, I was trying to find a previous answer I knew I'd written about how we use multiple ISPs at work. I was also going to point to some other folk's answers, but ...
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Is this a Double Post?

As I continue to earn more privileges through reputation gains, I'm beginning to broaden my posting knowledge. While watching the Review/Late Answers queue, I thought I'd check the list, and ran into ...
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How to remove tag?

I accidentally created new tag while editing a question. I need to remove from this site. Is there any privileges required to do so? Or It will automatically get removed after I delete from the ...
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Migrating to other SE sites?

Is it possible for users with 3000 reputation to vote to migrate a question to another SE site? If not, is it possible for ♦ moderators to do so?
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How to handle reviewing answers that are only comments?

When reviewing low quality posts, I often find answers of new users, that are just one line and should be converted into a Comment to the question instead (example: https://unix.stackexchange.com/...
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Definition for Curious Badge

The explanation for the Curious Badge says "Asked a well-received question on 5 separate days, and maintained a positive question record" What is "well-received" and what is a "positive question ...
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Adopt a question

I would like to "adopt" this RHEL5 reverse tethering question, since I am looking for exact the same thing right now. Is it possible to transfer ownership of that question to me? Or: Should I ask a ...
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Tag merge request: [permissions] and [permisions]

It's definitely a typo, so permisions should be merged with permissions
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Make /xfce4 a synonym of /xfce?

We have the tag xfce4 with 16 questions, and xfce with 109 questions. They mostly refer to the same thing. Can we have them merged or as synonyms (I don't have enough score in those tags)?
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Favourite tagged questions: highlight colors, too bright?..

I can't distinguish favourite questions, which are highlighted, on the front page from others, even if I squint. The only way to notify them is to change my viewing angle to something other than 90°. ...
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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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