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Was my behavior correct in this situation?

I'm opening this post in reference to this question: Access ext4 disk that lost superblock and its backups The only person who answered seem to be a a highly regarded member of this community, not ...
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Is it me or is it strange for this question to have blown up so much?

Yesterday, a new user asked, Is it possible to define a command in bash? This seems like a very basic question that has been answered thousands of times on the internet already. That being said, it'...
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Edits making links inline

Systematically going back through posts and making every link inline does not necessarily improve the wiki. There are a couple of instances where it has the opposite effect: where the link is in a ...
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How useful are the markdown tags for keys?

I see a lot of edits in the edit queue for adding the "Preformatted text" markdown. Here's an extreme example from this morning: I generally just approve them, under the theory that a low-rep user is ...
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What to do with a poor question that I already know the answer to

I have a question about my Unix & Linux Stack Exchange post: Kickstart netinstall ignores kickstart file hosted in LAN and proceeds with manual installation The automatic installation of OS ...
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Should answers adding no new information be flagged?

I am aware of this similar question on Meta Stack Overflow, but it mostly deals with duplicate answers that come about due to the race to answer, which is outside of the scope of my question (which ...
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I took pity on a new site member over a low quality post

(S)he asks a very entry level question that could be easily answered if they spent a few minutes looking over the Fedora 'getting started guide'. In fact, I mentioned exactly that. Then I checked, ...
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Remove [localhost]

I just recently answered a question that was tagged with localhost. It's the only question that uses this tag but the tag doesn’t add anything to the question. The tag seems to have been created ...
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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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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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Why do we have both LVM and an LVM2 tags?

These tags don't seem that different. lvm has a tag wiki, whereas lvm2 does not, leading me to use lvm for my recent LVM2 question. Is there any difference between these, or should one go away? ...
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Homework: policy proposal

I propose to adapt the same community policy on homework as on Stack Overflow. Highlights: Askers: Asking a homework question is fine. But admit that it's homework, and make a good faith attempt to ...
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What is the relationship between Linux/Unix SE and Ubuntu SE

If both this SE and the Ubuntu SE make it out of beta, it might be a good idea to have some guidelines for when questions should be directed to the Ubuntu SE. Personally, I can't think of an "...
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Is it OK to massively edit a question after receiving a couple responses?

I asked a question while not knowing enough to clearly state my issue. (Here is the question: https://unix.stackexchange.com/q/108842/15010 .) I received a couple responses that helped me get on the ...
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Why can't I approve edits?

I'm a little surprised to find today that suggested edits I approve don't automatically go through. I used the suggested edits queue to approve an edit to this post, only to find that it still doesn't ...
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Usernames on StackExchange sites aren't unique!

I just noticed that usernames on StackExchange sites aren't unique. For example, there's gilles and there's gilles. I assume that this behaviour is by design, but it seems to me that such a system ...
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Trivial edits to remove posts from the close queue?

Background: Recently when reviewing in the close vote queue, I came across a post that I was pretty sure I had seen some weeks prior. So after a bit of investigation I determined that I had in fact ...
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Disambiguate the /background tag

background is mostly about background processes, but there are also questions about background colors and background images. I think we should: Retag questions about background colors to just colors ...
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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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Why can we not vote to migrate a question to superuser.com?

When we vote to close as off topic, we can select one of a couple of sites to forward the question to such as stackoverflow.com I'm surprised that superuser.com isn't listed as an option. Is there a ...
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Do we need /efi or just /uefi?

Is there any point in having separate tags efi and uefi? EFI and UEFI are different versions of the same standard. Most if not all questions are about 2.x (“UEFI”) versions, not about the 1.x “EFI” ...
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Distros tags needs prunning, with special mention of the Ubuntu tag

When hanging out in the Ask Ubuntu General Chatroom, hbdgaf commented: Wow... the Ubuntu tag blew up on UL today >.> This piqued my curiosity and I went to witch hunt investigate his statement. ...
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More visible tags

Would it be an idea to change how tags are displayed on a question? Make them more visible. It is not a big issue, but seems like people, (me included – though I'm better now), sometimes jump to ...
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Placeholder answers

I have noticed that this practice, which is discouraged, has started to occur here. I'd be interested to hear some of the moderators' takes on this. Personally, I would hope that it does not take ...
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What is the [cpu] tag intended use?

I was checking a question today and saw it with the cpu and wondering exactly how it should be used I read the excerpt which basically told me what a CPU is, not what the tag is useful for. Now, ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020 [duplicate]

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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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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Should we allow PowerShell questions and answers on unix.SE?

Simple question in the title. I'm not (yet) advocating to any side. Maybe after reading some well formuled thoughts.
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What's the best way to get more points?

I feel like I'm stuck below 1000 and can't seem to break the glass ceiling! Voting, Answering, Asking? What's the best bet for slowly but surely raising my points?
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Is OK to flag comments as answers?

I'm "cleaning" some unanswered questions that has no answer, but I found that an surprising amount of them solved their problems in comments. Is correct to flag comments and upgrade them to answers or ...
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Answer with alternative solution not addressing the question directly

I read the meta question Are answers using alternative tools not welcome?, but I'm not sure if my question has nuances that the other doesn't. I have no issues if you consider this is a duplicate. I ...
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Canonical question about shell operators

A few of us were discussing the fact that information on the various shell operators is spread across multiple Q&As. For example: Is there a difference between `;` and `&&` and `|`? ...
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New off-topic close reason for question that are... off-topic?

Lately we've seen a bunch of question about Windows, english usage, general programming questions, and when we should take the dog to a walk... so, I was thinking that instead of writing up a "custom" ...
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How far should I go when answering?

Someone complained to me recently that my answer was too difficult to implement. I was very conscious when putting together my answer of giving it in general terms as opposed to being super specific. ...
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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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Are android questions on topic?

As I read Android wikipedia page all I found is that: It is Linux kernel(who would suspect ;) ) "nor does it support the full set of standard GNU libraries" without mentioning if it is POSIX ...
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Are answers comparing existing answers acceptable?

A "not an answer" flag was raised against this answer. As you can see, it is not actually providing any new solutions, just comparing the ones already provided by other answers and showing which one ...
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Are we a little bit trigger happy on close-votes?

Lately I stumbled about a number of questions like this simple java question that got closed pretty fast. For me it is quite clear what is being asked here, so I do not understand why that question ...
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The Question vs The Outcome

Consider This Maybe I'm still too new, but I'm going to put this issue out there: I'm not good with cars. Say I'm out driving and my car breaks down. I call a tow truck and take it to the mechanic, ...
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Accepting my own answer to my question

I had asked this question. No one answered it. I solved the problem on my system and answered the question. Is it OK to accept one of my own answers? I am asking this because there are no answers ...
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Windows installer using GRUB - is on topic?

As I work as a technician, often I need to install Windows. I use my own method to create a multiboot USB using GRUB. I have managed to create a USB (16GB) with three Windows (Windows 7 BIOS, ...
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Using Linux tools on Windows? [duplicate]

I've always been a Windows user, but I know the OS isn't perfect. To help make it a little better I use GOW, a collection of linux tools ported to Windows. ls, cat, which, wc, and 100+ other utilities ...
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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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Shall tags refer to the solution, too?

Quite often it turns out that the answer to a question is not in the area where the asker assumed it to be. For obvious reasons the tags used by the asker refer to the question only. I wonder whether ...
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What is the best way to improve the edits made by a suggested editor

I found myself again in the situation that led up to this question on this meta site asking why a suggested edit was rejected. Several edits by the same person, some too minor, some bordering on the ...
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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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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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Suggestion for new tag: toml (or structured-document-format)

I wonder if there is room for a new tag that could be applied to question relating to TOML (Tom's Obvious Minimal Language), a structured document format similar to YAML and JSON, mainly used for ...
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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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Should questions be updated with information gleaned from comments?

Answering a question correctly sometimes requires asking for the original asker to try some new things or post some new information. These requests are often asked as comments to the question. ...

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