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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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Are questions about vi, vim, and other clones on-topic here?

$a = trueOrFalse("are they on-topic?") $b = trueOrFalse("is this the best site for these questions?") if (!$a || !$b) { pleasePrintBestSiteFor("questions about vi and clones") } *it just made ...
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The Scope of This Site?

I've got an impression about several SE sites and their overlapping scopes: StackOverflow is for programming questions ServerFault is for server administration (unix, windows or other) AskUbuntu is ...
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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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I had to share this with you guys.

Check out the number of questions and my reputation in this scrot.
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Difference between 'image-editor' and 'image-manipulation'?

I see Gilles created the tag image-manipulation, and it happens to be used exactly once. I'm wondering if that was an oversight, or if it's supposed to be distinct from image-editor tag.
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Do I ask here or on Super User?

I visit Super User now and again, and I get amazed by the amount of Unix & Linux Questions asked there. Seems like many don't know of the existence of this site (or they simply resist?). This ...
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Does it make sense to suggest a “*BSD” Q&A site on Area 51?

"Unix and Linux" covers UNIXoidal systems as well (or so I assume). But since there are sites like askubuntu.com, does it make sense to open up a page for *BSD and its derivates, or should those ...
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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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Which groups embrace unix.SE?

So the Ubuntu community, and some of its leaders, have embraced ubuntu.SE so well that it's now an impressive success. Is there a distro (or some other Unix/Linux community) that (semi)officially ...
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Which text editor to use?

Some people write my-fav-editor file.txt on their answers, and I prefer they write editor file.txt instead, unless the question was specifically related to my-fav-editor. I say they should use ...
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How about a rename?

I think the site should be renamed to Unix family, instead of the rather dull and arrogant Unix & Linux. It's like saying Linux and Ubuntu instead of Linux family (if the site was just for Linux ...
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Why is the site's domain unix.SE?

I'm not advocating a rename here, really, just curious. It seems like out of the "unix and linux" scope advertised, the vast majority of the questions are either Linux or generic *nix. What was the ...
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Please unmerge history and command-history

The tag history has been merged into command-history. Err, no, that doesn't work. It's used for history questions as well.
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Not getting +100 rep for account association

Generally when I join a stackExchange site in beta it gives me a bonus 100 reputation to get started. Right now I am starting at 1 reputation. Is there a reason for this? Is this intended behavior?
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Beta progress, importance of reputation, and voting

The Area 51 beta progress bar ends at 90 days. We're at 93 days, and our page says: This site has finished its beta and will be launching very soon. Why haven't we launched yet? What impact do the ...
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Are driver / kernel configuration support questions allowed?

I'm trying to make my wireless work in Gentoo and because with Ubuntu it works just fine I guess this is a driver / kernel module misconfiguration. Previously I asked a question on Wordpress.SE and it ...
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What should be done when a question's title and body differ?

Sometimes a user will ask one question in the title, then a completely different question in the body. Sometimes there are good answers to both of the questions, as here. This can be a problem because ...
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Please merge some tags

The following pairs of tags have the same meaning, and there isn't one that's clearly preferable to the other (if we delete one, it'll pop up again), so they should be made synonyms: [symbolic-link] ...
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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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Rename unix.SE to opensource.SE

Unix.SE doesn't seem very popular, and there are many reasons for it. But there is another thing that can be improved, and that's the name. I believe that for many (especially young) people, "Unix" ...
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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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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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“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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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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Where's everybody?

Linux is about 1-2% market share (hopefully more), which is still a lot of people. Wondered why this site doesn't seem very popular. What other Q&A sites on Linux out there? If I use Gentoo, ...
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closed questions on front page?

I think if a question has 4 downvotes it won't show on the front page. Should this not be the same for closed questions like this one?
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Contributions to the Wiki: Distribution tags

I've started filling in distro information for the [arch-linux] tag wiki It would be nice to have a wiki entry for each distribution, and I'm keen to do some work. But what details should we specify?...
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Merging different answers into one 'better' one

Sometimes I find that there's good points in different answers (and comments), so I wonder if it's okay to create my own answer (if I'm the one who originally asked the question) based on those, and ...
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“What jobs are out there?” — are career questions on-topic?

This comes from the question what jobs are out there for NIX nerds?. I personally think this is probably off-topic, and it has two close votes already, but it also has three upvotes so I wanted to ask ...
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Bounty button showing on answered questions

Why do I see the 'start a bounty' button on questions which have an accepted answer? See the screenshot below from this question
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Area51 visits/day count is wrong, right?

So Jeff said something about Unix SE not having enough traction yet... which prompted me to go look at the stats displayed at Area51. What caught my eyes was the visits/day stat. According to Area51 ...
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Reply from Richard stallman on “free-as-in-speech/beer”

In response to “free-as-in-speech” vs. "free-as-in-beer” I originally posted this on unix.stackexchange but it was closed and deleted. https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/3398/reply-from-...
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Do we have any design proposals?

I checked out Askubuntu recently, and they really have a nice design. This invokes jealousy :) and a primal need to have something better ( on epic proportions ) for Unix SE. So I have a nice multi-...
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Are there objections to hosting the UNIX SE on a Windows platform?

The Ubuntu SE site has an interesting debate happening. See "How would #1 Bug would be fixed if AskUbuntu uses a Windows Platfrom?" and "Reception of askubuntu.com ", which links to outside ...
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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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What should I do with this Q…? Edit or repost with new details?

What is the Linux equivalent of the Windows registry? Already 16 votes on one answer so far. It seems like an answered Q from my perspective. I'm planning to post the information about windows ...
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Should we have a convention for commands requiring root?

Often a question can only be answered with a command that must be run as root. Depending on your distribution of choice you might be used to doing this with sudo. However, it is probably undesirable ...
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Can we undo “close” votes?

I voted to close a "duplicate" question. After posting a answer, and getting a comment from the OP, I realised that it was not a duplicate.... Now I cannot remove my close-vote... is there a way?
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Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline

We closed the domain naming thread (click for details). Instead, let's start with a killer "elevator pitch!" Joel will be blogging about the elevator pitch approach to naming, but to get you started:...
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So why don't we get chat rooms?

Not pushing for chat rooms, just inquisitive why Ubuntu SE gets to chat and we don't? In a way, this will solve my previous question
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I'd like to know who is online right now

I know this not a forum. And you can tell me to mind my own bussiness on this one. But I really like the ability to know who else is active at the moment. It helps me decide if I should stick around ...
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Show a short “reminder” before first posting

There are often postings by new users in the style of: "Hey, my $foo dosen't work. I tried to fix it, but it's still broken. Any ideas how to fix it?" It would often be really helpful to have ...
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How to handle questions which can not be answered?

Sometimes there are questions, where there doesn't seem to exist a sensible answer. E.g. Fedora GUI package installer takes very long (>15min) to start where the question is how to use improved ...
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editing guidelines for Unix SE

So you guys have granted me enough rep to edit. :D But before I dig into people's questions/answers, what conventions/rules/guidelines should be followed when editing?
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Tags for variant-agnostic questions

There are currently a number of questions tagged unix. I think this tag is meaningless since every question could have it. (Then again, so could the computer tag on SU!) We could ban the unix tag (I ...
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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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Should posts expire?

My thoughts is that posts should either expire or go into an archive site after some period of time, because the structure of Unix changes over a period of time by default. I think the person ...
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Our stats so far, compared to the other SE betas

When I posted How should we promote the site? a couple weeks ago I included some charts comparing all the different SE betas. There was a request for updated information, so I figured I would just ...
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Love the design

Not a question, just an appreciation: I absolutely love the graphic design of the unix.stackexchange.com site. Love it. Spot-on for what the site's about.

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