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Missing help topic: color codes in questions list

Questions with accepted answers have their answer square in green, otherwise it is transparent. Questions matching your watched tags have a red background. The system is quite simple once you get ...
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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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Redirect chat.unix.stackexchange.com to a more useful URL

I think this is a feature request, but it could be a usability bug. I wanted U&L chat so I prepended chat to unix.stackexchange.com which resulted in chat.unix.stackexchange.com. I was redirected ...
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Tag-merge syscalls -> system-calls

There are two tags that seem to be split with the same meaning, syscalls system-calls Perhaps the top could become a tag-synonym of the bottom?
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Broken CAPTCHA when posting question

I've just attempted to post a question on Unix&Linux Stackexchange. I was prompted with a CAPTCHA with a picture of HAL 9000 and the following text: Human Verification Are you a human being? ...
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Is there a way to rescue this question?

I can not erase this question. It has an upvoted answer. But: It is receiving down votes. I fail to see why it is a "bad question" (down votes), because it is a question about a fact: bash takes a ...
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Is“How to stop running e4defrag without damage my data?” as unclear?

How to stop running e4defrag without damage my data? Some people downvote on that question. I can't find out why unclear. Can you-all tell me?
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What else can I do to make my question well-received and improve my chances of getting answers?

I’m new to the UNIX & Linux site and I would like to ask a question. There is some guidance in the Help Center, but what are other actions I can take to make my question well-received and improve ...
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Downvoting answers to questions asked like “do my homework”

Do answers to questions that didn't come with attempts, and are just like "do my homework", deserving of a downvote? Example : Filtering out numbers that have sequential- consecutive or non-...
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How to create a side by side code box?

How do you create a side-by-side code box? Something like this but copy & paste-able for each box and nice formatted without empty horizontal lines. 1 2 3        ...
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Could be useful that we develop some shell Taxonomy?

There are answers in this site which use the a term similar to "bourne-like shells". That may raise some natural questions: Which shells are Bourne-like? Is the Bourne shell itself also a Bourne-...
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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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What's the attitude towards “Give me answer, I don't RTFD” questions?

Using systemd can I run a specific application whenever my server/worker exits? (I told him to read about some documentation) Can grub load a kernel from HTTP? (in the comments, he refuses to read ...
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Why downvotes on comments are not considered in U&L?

I would like to inquire and suggest the following: 1- Inquiry: Yes, it is weird! There is only an upvote button on the comments! Why downvotes on the comments were not considered? 2- Suggest: ...
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Lots of surprising downvotes to new users

We seem to have a particularly large number of (sometimes reasonably well asked) questions being downvoted recently. Here are three examples, where I don't think the question has been too badly asked. ...
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I got no Inbox notification for a comment, why?

On this answer, I already got a notification for the comment @MarcusLinsner - only gnu sed can do that via the e flag... – don_crissti yesterday, but I got no notification for the comment the output ...
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Hey you know what would be cool ? tooltips on text (or some way to hide/show portions of text?)

I find that I often want to add some small explanation text that would only be visible as a tooltip ie. when viewer hovers mouse on a word/phrase, because I do not want to clutter the text with extra ...
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“Migration” question

This is really out of my league, and I wouldn't bring it up except that I'd like to understand how things are done here - at unix.se. That said: While searching, I found a Q&A that addressed my ...
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Rename adb to android-adb

Since this is about UNIX, I would expect that the tag adb refers to the advanced debugger written by Stephen Bourne in the mid 1970 as the standard debugger for UNIX. This tag currently however is ...
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The “Unix & Linux” logo is using faked small caps, which looks bad

The site logo is using the wrong glyphs for its smallcaps portions. This looks bad. In The Elements of Typographical Style, Robert Bringhurst writes: Genuine small caps are not simply shrunken ...
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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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cgroup versus cgroups in tagging

Our current tag for this concept is cgroups. However, according to the official kernel documentation: “cgroup” stands for “control group” and is never capitalized. The singular form is used to ...
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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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Popup magically appeared onscreen moments ago CentOS 7, GNOME?

As the title implies I got a pop-up onscreen while visiting How to install Desktop Environments on CentOS 7? a few minutes ago. In and of itself it's not concerning. However, the header of the ...
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Imminent drive failure: OP in need of reopening question

Earlier today I ran across this question and I've already left a comment that OP should take a full system backup because it "felt" like a hardware error. (Intuition, old fart here) Can we re-open ...
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Difference between “foo” and “foo”, 'foo' and ‘foo’ — and — as well

Look at this title: The meaning of a long dash? Ah, no, it's --, correctly spelled in the title, but mangled in the title, which means that it's mangled in search engine results too. Or look at this ...
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How to delete specific question version that included my privacy due my mistake?

How to delete specific question version that included my privacy due my mistake? Some documentation for the "ext4-rsv-conver" process? I want to delete the version.
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Make “historical-unix” history!

history has over 300 questions about “The history of Unix systems and their main components”. There's also historical-unix which has 24 questions but no usage guidance or tag wiki – which is also ...
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What should our site's header graphic be?

Based on Joe Friend's feedback on the site's recent theme change, there's a possibility of replacing the current site header image: What should we replace it with, if anything? The image is currently ...
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Could the link colours within post text be made to stand out more from regular text?

I find the link colours in posts (questions and answers) quite similar to the colour of regular text -- to the point that I'm not sure if I can tell if there is a link in the text at all. Could the ...
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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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460439 put on hold and then closed without explanation?

My recent question, Read address from MSI Capability Structure, was first put on hold as unclear then closed. With respect to the question requirements: The answer to this specific question ...
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How can I rephrase 461570 to avoid opinion?

My question (and answer) How can I run Firefox on an FSDG distribution? has been closed as "opinion based". I believe that the question is a technical one (how do I install program X on a distribution ...
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Unix & Linux new site theme is live

We rolled out the new site theme for Unix & Linux. It is now live. What new theme? If you're like, "What the heck are you talking about?", then you should read the Meta Stack Exchange post ...
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Is there a single name for both Unix and Linux?

I often feel the need to refer to both systems "Unix and Linux", with the single word. I am not sure if such word exist?
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Unix & Linux is the best place for ask about how working some thing in Linux or what is the purpose of a file of linux?

Before I ask in the main site of Unix & Linux I would like know what is the best place for ask this kind of question, specifically if a user wants to know how something works in Linux or what is ...
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Should this be a separate answer?

In this Question the Question originally contained an incorrect command (passwd password instead of passwd username). My first Answer correctly answers the title ("How to change password in brand new ...
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How is 444141 opinion-based?

My question Why are some emoji B&W and others too big? has been closed as opinion-based. I don't understand the reasoning. This question asks what technical issue is leading to a reproducible ...
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Unix tagging vs linux tagging?

Why is the unix tag not allowed while the linux tag is allowed? While asking questions I noticed that I can tag linux but when its time for unix, you cannot tag Unix, why?
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reopen “stat” question

The question "Extract creation date and modification time of file in SunOS?" was marked as a duplicate of "stat command not found". I feel that in the current state of both, that is not true. The ...
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New site theme coming soon

As mentioned on meta.stackexchange.com several months ago, all network sites will be getting updated themes. Unix & Linux is one of the first sites that will be updated. As such, I'm posting the ...
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Should off-topic questions in the Jenkins tag be migrated to Stack Overflow intead of Super User?

A few days ago, I voted to migrate an off-topic question about Jenkins to Stack Overflow. The question was certainly off-topic for U&L, but ultimately it was migrated to Super User instead of SO. ...
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Should I clean up my answer?

I've written an answer that became very long. First, the info in the question was a bit general and I wanted to cover general cases by example. Then, inspired by another answer I extended the answer ...
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Can't reply to post

I posted a question and many people have answered it, however I cannot reply. Am I doing something wrong? There isn't anything like a reply button/link. Link for my post: How to Replace a string by ...
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New tag for Clear Linux

There are tags for distro-specific questions like arch-linux, manjaro, mandriva linux-mint, - debian, ubuntu, lubuntu, xubuntu, kubuntu, chrubuntu, ubuntu-mate, elementary-os, kali-linux fedora, ...
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May I object to the deletion of my post?

The post: Get List of Directories and Timestamp in a specific format in HP-UX My answer was short, because it was the answer of an experienced HP-UX administrator (and expert in Posix shell) to an ...
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Closing out questions

Why do you allow other users to close questions? Obviously, there is a need by someone to have a question answered. As time goes on, programmers just love to change things up. So, let the questions be ...
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identical lines shown as different in post revision diff

If you go to https://unix.stackexchange.com/posts/115012/revisions and select the side-by-side markdown format, you see something like: See how those 3 highlighted lines in the middle are actually ...
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When voting close should the comment be considered

When in the vote close queue, I never read comments. But today, on this peculiar question: https://unix.stackexchange.com/review/close/246445 I found out that I should have because without comment the ...
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Linking to the POSIX standard text (about editions and HTML fragments)

When linking to the POSIX standard document one may link to a specific edition (as I did here), or to the latest (undated) edition. Linking to a specific edition may be preferable when linking to a ...

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