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I am the moderator that declined that flag. I misread "it's far beyond your capabilities" as "it's far beyond our capabilities", and I interpreted it as "it's something beyond the scope of this site". I did this even though I read the text several times. I declined the flag because I couldn't see how saying "describing this ...


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Why is it an ad? I hadn't even realized this had started since my adblocker hides the logo: It is probably safe to assume that many (most?) visitors to a site like this will be techies and will likely have an addblocker, so it seems strange to run the risk of using an ad instead of a static image. Is it so that IBM can see that they're actually getting ...


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Putting aside my opinion of IBM and the state of support for U&L, I think that such static banners are much better than the usual ads, especially those that rely on sharing personal data with Google/DoubleClick or other similar AdTech. I hope StackExchange got a good deal out of IBM both for itself and for the community. If this goes on for a while, it ...


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To answer the stated question, no, personal attacks are never justified. Specifically on Stack Exchange, they are explicitly forbidden by the Code of Conduct: No name-calling or personal attacks. Focus on the content, not the person. This includes terms that feel personal even when they're applied to content (e.g. “lazy”). The CoC is broader than that: No ...


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What if your view of writing for "performance and portability" doesn't match the goal? What if you're writing scripts to be understood by next summer's intern? Scripts whose runtime is so short that performance doesn't count? (what do you gain by a 99% reduction in a .001 second script's runtime?) Scripts for my special hardware/software ...


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When somebody is not nice, invites others to not be nice too. Then the comment sections can be a battlefield of insults and personal attacks. Answers with personal references. Editing wars. Flags being raised. People angry and hurt. Moderators have to intervene. And then it all can be quickly go to hell. CoCs and moderators are there to avoid this kind of ...


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I do not think that I should even enunciate the answer to your question. In any professional community, the answer may obviously only be negative. On the other extreme, if Unix.SE were a gang with established initiation rituals, I would hesitate. But my belief is that Unix.SE is a community of professionals. I know that there are formal rules, there are ...


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No. I think, is disgusting in this form. But it happens quite often on some other sites, that arguments are falsely labeled as personal attack. This is a way to attack people for their unpleasant, but true sayings. So, in general, be careful about the "personal attack", "insult", etc. labels. Unix SE is not flame-ish in this sense. In ...


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In the Linux/Unix community I find people use the terms interchangeably when people talk about virtualization they are normally talking about virtualization of complete machines ie. (vm's) there are for sure things that are virtual that are not machines ie. virtual hdd, virtual networks, virtual gpu (vGPU) and others but most people use the terms ...


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