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I don't see how any of your examples were requests for learning materials. Execute command on ranger selection has now been reopened. What is the difference between Docker, LXD, and LXC looks like it should be too broad but has received what appear to be two very good answers, one of which has been accepted so I also reopened that one. https://unix....


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FWIW: I don't see the point in taking questions on historical design decisions as "opinion-based" either. As you say, there's usually a factual answer as to why the choice was made, even if it's just that some grand old hacker wanted to do it that way 20 years ago. Though an answer like that would need a reference, otherwise it will seem like a flippant ...


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To address your concerns individually: New users have no idea that cross-posting is discouraged. How could they? It's buried in the help pages and is very easy to miss even if the user in question has actually read the help. People that cross-post the same question across multiple sites generally have little interest in reading the help pages anyway: they ...


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There's a specific close reason for this: Questions describing a problem that can't be reproduced and seemingly went away on its own (or went away when a typo was fixed) are off-topic as they are unlikely to help future readers. That is available in the flag menu when you reach 50 reputation and, after 3000 reputation, it's in the close menu. If this is ...


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No, I agree that one shouldn't have been closed. This is a surprising change since apt-get has been the standard for many years and even experienced users might have been blindsided by it. I had completely misunderstood the situation. I thought that Debian and, by extension Kali, no longer used apt-get and only shipped with apt. I thought this was a new ...


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First of all, congratulations and welcome to the janitorial staff! Now, finding things you don't agree with in the review queues is quite normal. That's why they're reviewed, after all. If you don't agree that a question should be closed (by the way, those are close votes, not flags), then vote to leave it open and move on. That's how it works. As for your ...


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Proposed text: This question is not about Unix or Linux. Questions about other operating systems can be asked on Super User and questions about general programming on Stack Overflow. See the help page for a description of what kinds of questions are on topic here.


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While the following outline breaks down the various close types, the heart of the matter is really "is this question answerable (here)?". I found a relevant quote from jasonwryan (one of the first 20 users registered on the site, over 6 years ago!) while researching this: I make a judgement call about the overall quality of the question and whether it ...


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Technically, yes, as comments are temporary and could be deleted. Ideally, a close reviewer could see that situation (not easy from the review queue!), and edit the clarifications into the question, flag the comments as no longer needed, then vote to leave the question open.


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I actually prefer that people are encouraged to think of a constructive reason for closing (for off-topic) and articulate it prior to clicking the button. It may only be a small cognitive hurdle, but it does encourage thoughtful votes to close, at least from the first voter, rather than just the cost of a click. I think this contributes to the overall high ...


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This can happen - I've had it happen to me on other SE site, even when the Q was clear that there was a request to have something explained, not a request for learning material. So it can probably happen here as well, my gut feel says "probably", and as @terdon says, it's extremely important if the OP feels the Q was unreasonably closed because that wasn't ...


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U&L is the only site I know of where multi-posting¹ is one of the moderator-defined close reasons. However most other sites do close multi-posts. In the old days, we used the badly-fitting “too localized” reason (on the basis that the copy of the question here is not useful to anyone since it has answers on another site). Nowadays, we use the worse-...


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Flag it as "needs mod attention" and say what site it should be migrated to. You can vote to close it as off-topic too if you want, but it won't really matter either way.


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I would think not. We don't want to discourage people from asking for help with their homework, per se. Users that are seeking help with their homework should be welcomed to the SE sites, rather we want to discourage them from simply dumping their assignments here, and expecting users to provide them a solution. For this we can use custom comments as ...


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I was one of the close voters on your question. Let me respond to a few of the things you have said: I am asking how to debug that. The word debug does not appear in your question. In fact there is no question in your question. ...gives the exact details of how the issue occurs... There is a list of symptoms that indicate a very flaky system, I see ...


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Questions are closed for different reasons, but it sounds like you're specifically asking about duplicate questions. There's no need for duplicate questions because old questions don't expire -- if you have a new answer to a question that was asked years ago, you can still provide it there (and there are even badges for answering old questions). Having ...


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When you raise an "Unclear what you're asking" flag, that will put the post into the Close Vote review queue. The flag will only be shown to moderators after a delay to give the community the chace to vote. Additionally, mods will often leave those flags to the community since it's something that the community can do. In this case, the post was reviewed by ...


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This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful (click again to undo) Lazy homework questions meet these criteria. So use the tool for which the text above is the tooltip: downvote. The fact that a question may be homework is not relevant to determining whether it is (usefully) answerable. The point of closure is to get rid of ...


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In the end I went with Please note that requests for learning materials (tutorials, how-tos etc.) are off topic. The only exception is questions about where to find official documentation (e.g. POSIX specifications). The text above has been added to the on-topic help page. I don't think a specific close reason is needed, too broad should serve fine.


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Notice that the question isn't "why is PulseAudio bad", but "why do people think that PulseAudio is bad". The latter is actually more likely than the former to solicit opinion. "Why is PA bad?" (while still soliciting opinion—don't get me wrong I would have voted to close this as well) is at least ostensibly focussed on the technology. Asking why ...


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The timeline of the question will include completed review events. You can visit the timeline by noting the question id and going to https://unix.stackexchange.com/posts/<id>/timeline. The id is the number after questions or q in the URL of the post, so here it's https://unix.stackexchange.com/posts/405351/timeline, and the review you're looking for is ...


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It's incredibly rare that we get a question that's on-topic for SU and actually off-topic here; as you mentioned, even your example question is actually on-topic here, it's just possibly better on SU. In any case, the numbers haven't changed; we migrated 3 posts to SU in the last 90 days, which is pretty low for a migration path


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Although the specific problem isn't reproduced, it seemed to me like the basic question and answers given could easily be useful to a future visitor. The answers give an overview of what's probably going on, and basic diagnostic steps which will apply to anyone regardless of the actual mystery. So, I don't think it's necessarily too localized, and ...


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The asker initially tried to dance around the CTF situation by paraphrasing it as a philosophical exercise. Which didn't work at all, as the solution was specific to a slightly contrived VM set up. Which is one way the question was too localised. If someone just asks “succeed at this online exercise” or even “win this CTF, post a transcript”, there's an ...


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Nothing. Just vote to close the question as off topic. That said, I don't really see why that question is off topic. It basically boils down to: "Why does this *nix program behave in one way and this other *nix program behave in another way", so I'd call that on topic, myself.


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Are you referring to situations where at the time the question was asked the solution X was correct, but a year or several later, solution X is no longer correct, and solution Y is more appropriate? (For example, sysv init vs systemd.) A new and more up-to-date answer is always welcomed to an old question. I guess the difficulty comes when you are the ...


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I voted to close as unclear for two primary reasons: first, despite repeatedly being asked to connect manually, which would have generated meaningful error messages at the appropriate points, you declined to do so. Without that information, the question is essentially unanswerable. And secondly, because the edit history of the questions shows more and more ...


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I started the close process (though originally as "primarily opinion based", not "too broad") on that question because it popped up on the front page because someone posted a new answer. The version of the question as of then had a title of "Pimp my GNU grep", and a body containing "How do you configure GNU grep best" which is very subjective. Most of the ...


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I will repeat the arguments Michael made in the duplicate, just to point out that nothing has changed in the intervening time. There have been a grand total of 10 questions migrated to AU in the past year. That's a really, really tiny number of the ~30-40,000 questions posted in that time. Also, the vast majority of Ubuntu questions are perfectly on topic ...


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I don't care if a question is homework or not. What I care is whether the question is good, well thought out, shows a decent amount of research and context and is generally answerable. I object to people asking me to do their work for them, and I don't care whether it's homework, work work or anything else. IF a question is unclear or generally poor ...


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