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This is a site for Unix/Linux questions. If they are about programming, then so is it. The requirement is that it has to be Unix/Linux related. There is no requirement about any language/platform, but also none of them is forbidden. Simple script languages identified commonly with the Unix world (bash, awk, sed, etc) are imho per definitionem on-topic. Also ...


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Addressing specifically the scope of answers, I note that the scope of the site is defined in terms of questions, it doesn’t limit answers. So when answering, I would say that anything that’s helpful to answer the question is fine. I’ve written quite a few C programs to answer questions here, and in some cases I’ve even explained the process. If you have a ...


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Stack Exchange does not divide up by topic, it divides up by readership. This is something that people stumble over, but if you look at all of the site descriptions in the drop-down list of "Stack Exchange communities" at the top of this very page you'll see that all of the communities are described in terms of the people that read and write the ...


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This is a terrible idea. Comments are the only sane way to warn others of a dangerously bad answer where: Others haven't spotted the problem The OP refuses to accept there is a problem. Well up-voted answers are sometimes wrong. Provably and dangerously wrong. When you find a wrong answer you are explicitly disagreeing with the OP. If the OP refuses to ...


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Everyone should be able to remove chat posts (what comments become when pushed aside) at any time. Presently it is only allowed after asking a moderator and when he agrees to do it (most of the time they don't). As for this, I do agree in that it should be possible to remove chat posts that used to be comments, in exactly the same way as it was possible to ...


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I don't think comments are a problem on unix.SE. It seems to me that they're deleted less aggressively here than on other sites, which IMO is just a good thing. There's nothing inherently wrong with clarifications, anecdotes, additional perspectives, or even mild jokes sticking around. I also don't think they should always be incorporated in posts or deleted....


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Comments can be difficult, in my opinion. Some people use them to educate the owner of a post about something that the owner missed or possibly doesn't know, in the hopes that the owner learns and improves the post on their own. Others here simply edit the post directly to make actual improvements -- for robustness (standards) or safety (quoting), for ...


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