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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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What do moderators wish the users of Unix & Linux (.SE) knew?

As we welcome our new rulersmoderators (congratulations!), and they discover the ropes of moderation, it seems to me the ideal time to ask this question. What do moderators wish the users of Unix &...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Unix & Linux's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them ...
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Did I vote close this question?

Cannot open file'*' no such file or directory I don't have any recollection of voting to close as not reproducible issue. Is it because someone use my comment as a vote close reason ?
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Should I delete my own, now-duplicate answer?

I answered my own question here: https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/507815/153578 As I mention in there, I only posted that answer since another user deleted their own, previously-posted answer which I ...
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Is question about executable memory layout on-topic?

Is this question possibly on-topic for the Unix & Linux Stack Exchange? https://stackoverflow.com/questions/55270381/what-does-segment-starttext-segment-0x400000-represent It's not exactly a ...
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How/where do I ask how to maintain a package with separate patches?

I have a question about maintaining a external software package with custom patches. Similar questions have been asked before, but mine is a bit more specific since it focuses on maintaining packages ...
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Why are Kali questions hated so much?

I know that I'll probably be down-voted to oblivion, but every time I see a Kali question on this site, it gets marked as a duplicate of this question, even when it has nothing to do with that ...
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When is the best time to start a bounty?

I'm thinking of starting a hefty bounty (on this question), since I haven't gotten an actual answer that works yet. Now, a bounty lasts for a week; but it is likely to have the most visibility during ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Lost question text when creating an account before posting

I am unable to type quickly. I spent about 20 minutes trying to type a clear and specific question about a Linux related question. After completing the question I was asked to create an account: login ...
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4-space indentation never works

Whenever I ask a question, on the right side jumps out a pink block 'How to Format', which tells me 'indent code by 4 spaces'. I tried putting four spaces before my code, but it never makes any ...
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Canonical Kali 'wireless in a VM' question?

Related to this meta question. Probably the most common Kali Linux question is "I'm running Kali in a VM. Why doesn't my wireless adapter act wireless?" Would it be worthwhile to have a canonical ...
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What’s it like being a Unix & Linux moderator?

Inspired by this SF&F meta question, and given the upcoming moderator election, I thought it would be interesting to ask current and past moderators what it’s like to moderate U&L. (Blatant ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Unix & Linux is scheduled for an election next week, March 11th. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the ...
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Why was this "unclear what you're asking" flag declined?

I flagged this question on February 25 and now I see my flag has been declined. There is no reason visible in the flagging history on my profile. I raised that flag because the question appears not ...
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Why do well received questions often score early down votes?

I've noticed something interesting in voting trends. Quite often the more interesting questions receive early down-votes (fairly quickly) before subsequently receiving 15+ up votes. This is in ...
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What is curious badge and why I am not getting it?

Well this is simple, from couple of months it shows that next badge: Curious 9/5 So I already crossed limit of 5 questions, I am having 9, but I am not getting this badge from months and it is ...
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Are questions about using XCB or X11 client implementations in general on topic?

I am currently studying X11 and trying to implement some applications using the XCB library. I was wondering if questions related to XCB are on topic here. While the problems that I usually face are ...
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What's the return status of the exit code?

Which do we want to keep and which should be synonymed to the other? return-status, with 118 questions, says: Use this tag If your question revolves around determining or utilizing the return status (...
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how does one raise his reputation? [duplicate]

Pretty obvious, when you are new here you need to build up your reputation by commenting on unanswered questions. However, when i try to it gives me an error that says Iam not allowed to comment ...
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Over zealous desire to close questions

I have found the main forum an excellent resource for concise, good quality questions and answers, so I do understand the philosophy to remove woolly, off-topic or old (stale) questions. But when I ...
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Is this site willing to curb the abusive downvotes (and close votes)?

I flagged several times serial downvotes that had not been reversed automatically by the time I became disappointed, but was always declined. (There are also many smart downvotes paced well enough ...
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Is there something wrong with tags determining the language for syntax highlighting?

Is it just me, or has the language detection from tags for syntax highlighting been broken lately? I seem to have noticed a couple of times that scripts containing /* were highlighted as if it that ...
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Is it OK to point beginning users of Ubuntu to Ask Ubuntu?

Earlier today, I saw this question which had one downvote by the time I saw it as there is no way to answer that question for sure. I posted an answer as that's probaly what the user needs. Is it OK ...
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Make "Offtopic -- problem that can't be reproduced" as separate close reason

When reviewing the "vote to close" queue I see a number of "off topic" votes. When I look at the question, it seems perfectly on-topic. But when I dig deeper, it's because of a typo or a simple ...
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Suggested change of tag definition for Anaconda

Seems like the vast majority of questions here with the tag anaconda refer to issues with the Anaconda Python and R Data Science package, yet the formal definition of the anaconda tag here is "...
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Deal with a question that doesn't have a proper answer But might help others

I have asked this question about Logstash service not being recognized in an Amazon Linux server in Unix & Linux recently. Please read it carefully before evaluating this question. At the time ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019 [duplicate]

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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My questions keep getting downvoted without any proper explanation as to why

I am relatively new to this site and I use StackOverflow as well as U&L very sparingly as I find that most of what I want to know is already there. However, one thing that I keep experiencing here ...
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Background image has been replaced with boxes

At some time today, the background image on U&L has changed to a strange looking grid of gray boxes. https://cdn.sstatic.net/Sites/unixmeta/img/site-background-image.svg?v=adf85a88e194 This grid ...
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Is "How exactly do the Linux display device files work?" too broad?

I asked this question a few days ago: How exactly do the Linux display device files work? It has been put on hold as 'too broad'. However, I made an edit at the end, acknowledging that the question ...
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Guidelines for what's acceptable in terms of editing

On Unix & Linux I stumbled upon an ancient question with recent activity. I was trying to figure out why that was. I looked through it and its answers and saw recent edits. In the revision ...
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Why is this tidbit in my question being edited out repeatedly?

The image also links to the question itself. Is something wrong with including that text? From my perspective, it helps define the scope of the question to 'I don't need to learn what a user is or ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Reviewing edits

I've noticed a some edits in the review queue that I'm not sure on the best action, so I'm asking for guidance. In general these edits are on answers and they typically add information... but it's ...

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