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What's the purpose of source vs. source-code tags?

Asking a question, I just noticed there are two seemingly identical tags (which aren't aliases at the time of this writing): source and source-code. I have no strong opinion about which one should be ...
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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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Do bountied questions automatically expire?

I'm curious what happens to bountied questions from users that appear to have stopped using this platform. I recently answered a question (along with 2 others) from a user that hasn't logged in since ...
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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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Can you help me locate the post Stephen Kitt answered / commented on in last 2 months about the best recovery software - he listed 2 options?

I read a post about 2 months ago, maybe less, that Stephen Kitt commented on or answered about best recovery software. I have searched under his posts, but am unable to find it. Should I ask the ...
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Why my question was put on hold?

I don't understand why my question was put on hold. I also replied to an email you sent earlier two days ago, but I have not received any response as yet. It did not allow me to attach a file even its ...
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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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Does an answer to the problem instead of the question count as an answer?

If a user asks a question along the lines of I would like to do X with Y. How can I make Y do this?" is it appropriate to answer with an alternative or more straightforward way to do X, even if it ...
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U&L favicon on dark background is barely readable

On Firefox with Dark theme enabled (it is available in the browser out of the box), this site's favicon is mostly unreadable: The letters could have less transparency and more white in them so that ...
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Are 'bug report' kind of questions welcome to Unix & Linux?

I have been wondering if questions that have the character of a bug report or lets say questions about locating, fixing or working around bugs of certain packages in certain environments are welcome ...
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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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Is there a consensus on whether answers should contain explanations of code?

I recently suggested a fellow answerer provide some explanation of their code. IMO an explanation of the code is essential for a full answer… a clear explanation not only educates on the specific ...
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Are questions about how Linux handles specific hardware details on topic?

I'm not talking about generic hardware questions (e.g. how Linux names a disk device), I'm talking about the handling of very specific hardware details and interactions1. The main problem I see is ...
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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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Should we add a [trackpad] tag?

I think we should add a tag for trackpad - as a tag synonym of touchpad. "Trackpad" is in common usage, partly due to Apple. But we only have a tag for touchpad. I noticed there were over 20 ...
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Impact dropped to almost half, without post being deleted

I just checked my profile page and was wondering quite a bit that my approximate impact dropped from 97k to 55k. How is this possible if none of the posts have been deleted?
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Watch out for hateful languages?

What I described here have happened multiple times from users with particular powerful privileges, though not recently. Inspired by that "Leave and go back to your country if you don't like this place"...
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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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How to tackle the gray area in reviewing low-quality answers?

It is not infrequent to see controversial reviews of specific kinds of answers in the Low Quality Posts review queue. Those answers are often short, made at most of a few commands or links with few to ...
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The [X] tag should be aliased to [X11]. (Agree / disagree?)

Questions tagged x This tag can be used for questions regarding the X Window System. For X Version 11 you can use the tag x11. I guess people know they are running X, but they are less confident ...
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Where should this go, assuming it is right format for stackexchange sites

I ran into this question: Can the empty spaces/background in a terminal be replaced with a random(but pretty) pattern of ASCII characters? And while I thought it a very interesting question, I ...
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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's the best site to post a question about weird bash prompt behavior when using ANSI colors?

I have a problem wherein I tried to get fancy with prompts, using ANSI colors. It works beautifully using 8/16 color palette ANSI sequences in tcsh and bash. It works even more beautifully using 256 ...
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My question wasn't specific enough, but got I got the right answer anyway. How should I proceed?

I have a question about my Unix & Linux Stack Exchange post: Interpret variables from read in string with shell script The question how I asked it (I tried to break it down to the relevant point) ...
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Should I write a new answer for p7zip to open RAR file?

Long explanation ahead to understand the issue before making the decision. I was trying to recall how to open a random RAR file using p7zip command-line tool on Linux. After looking at some dated ...
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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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“That is not possible” is a valid answer

"No" is a valid answer to "is this possible?". Sometimes it can be quite useful. A recent example: How to ban all connections to .se and .ru in the hosts.deny file Or not? https://twitter.com/...
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When to “Comment”, and when to “Answer”?

I am trying to contribute effectively to the community, but I am not clear on when to Comment and when to Answer a question? I see many 'answers' in comments and I am not sure why they chose not to ...
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Order users by country? Feature Request

I have the following questions: Is it possible to order users ranking by country? Is this a good option to have in Stack Exchange? Am I using the right site to ask that?
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What is the [history-expansion] tag for, and does it add any value?

While reviewing existing tags (I was looking for Incident Response/Investigation related subjects) I came across the history-expansion tag. Without a wiki definition I had to look at questions already ...
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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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Editing other people's posts to remove “thanks”

[paraphrased position 1] Generally, if people abstained from doing edits that are just removing "thanks" and context phrasing (without doing any other improvements), that would be great. I ...
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How do we deal with Unix hair dryer questions when we encounter them?

I should've posted this on the first day of April, but I forgot about it. As we know, the trademark Unix isn't solely for the operating systems, other products are allowed to use that trademark if ...
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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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Editing questions recently put on hold (don't do trivial edits on recently closed questions)

I've already mentioned this to a couple of editors in the /dev/chat chat, but I think it may be worth mentioning in a Meta post as well. Please don't make trivial edits to questions that were ...
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What can the Kali-Linux tag excerpt say to help those askers?

Following on from Why are Kali questions hated so much? and Why I closed the "Why is Kali so hard" question, and in the spirit of making things better, let's do something about the tag ...
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Why I closed the “Why is Kali so hard” question

UPDATE: The question is now here on meta: Why is Kali Linux so hard to set up? Why won't people help me? As the regulars will know, there seem to be many people out there who think that Kali is a ...
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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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Should software-rec tag be migrated to softwarerecs.SE?

Should software-rec questions be migrated en-masse to http://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/? That site was created because software recommendations were seen as too subjective and therefore not a ...
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I have screwed up a question

I've recently asked a question for which I have two good answers. I've up-voted both answers, but not yet designated one as the "correct" answer. Since the answers have been posted, I've realized I ...
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Is promoting another Stack Exchange site OK?

We often get questions, usually text-parsing ones, from people working in Bioinformatics. Since I am a bioinformatician and a pro tempore moderator on Bioinformatics SE, I will often leave a comment ...
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Jeff Schaller-Why do you put your picture up on every edit?

I see the posters picture goe up but why do we havew someone who merely edits posts finding it necessary to get his picture out front big noting himself? Thats a bit overboard from a moderator
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Should we have a stock answer for broken Windows boot?

Windows questions are NOT on topic here. Now that's out of the way, lets discuss damage done by a Linux distribution's installer. There are two topics I regularly see: (how to roll back) how to ...
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Should we display a user's question/answer ratio?

What are the consequences of this? Would it provide any value? My guess is that user's would be more likely to answer questions rather than ask them if some form of reputation were involved as well.
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Should we improve posts that are common Google results?

It seems like fairly regularly I'll be running a Google search to assist with a minor problem and the result that I get from a stackexchange.com site is extremely high quality. It answers my question ...
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Lots of ancient questions being VTCd

In reviewing the queue I've noticed a lot of questions from 4 or 5 years ago being VTC'd "unclear". The odd thing about these is that a number of them have an accepted answer so clearly(!) they're ...
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Incorrectly rendered code blocks look fine in edit view

I came across this answer, which in my browser is rendered as: I.e. code blocks are rendered as if they were enclosed in ``. But if I try to edit it, what I see is: Code blocks are already enclosed ...

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