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What should we do about Kali Linux questions?

We've often talked in the chat about having a “reference question” telling people not to use Kali Linux. Well, here's my proposal. Edits welcome, but please keep the gist unless we decide on meta that ...
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Why I closed the "Why is Kali so hard" question

In retrospect, I agree that the WIKSH thread isn't working out as intended. I do think that the WIKSH thread is useful, but it doesn't work as a duplicate target. It guides people towards solving ...
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What should we do about Kali Linux questions?

Listening to my fellow networking security classmates from years back, when it was still called BackTrack Linux, I can fully understand this phenomenon. It's somewhat anecdotal, but Kali Linux is seen ...
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Why are Kali questions hated so much?

Many, probably most, kali-linux questions on this site are extremely low quality. They show no effort, lack any useful detail, are often extremely basic, frequently trying to do things the ...
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What should we do about Kali Linux questions?

What should we do about Kali questions? I think we should treat them just like questions for any other distribution, perhaps with extra warnings in the tag excerpt and wiki. Just a quick reminder ...
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Systematically closing Kali questions

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 ...
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Why are Kali questions hated so much?

I'm not sure what else can be extolled about Kali questions. There was a extensive discussion about them back when @Gilles created the meta + an attempt to create a reference question to close against ...
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Why are Kali questions hated so much?

The issue with Kali Linux is many of the questions have hardly anything to do with Kali specifically but are issues with using a tool or completing a task in Linux. As user Michael Mrozek points out,...
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What can the Kali-Linux tag excerpt say to help those askers?

We are barking up the wrong tree. We can put whatever we want in the excerpt and the wiki, and it won't make any difference to any but a vanishingly small proportion of askers. What we should do is ...
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What should we do about Kali Linux questions?

IMO the flood of questions is not being per se about kali questions; it is just that a large number of questions about kali are badly formed, and most are a rush job from inexperienced users/people ...
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Why I closed the "Why is Kali so hard" question

I have to write an answer because I disagree with how you formatted the main points; let me try: We close when the question is unclear, but because it is unclear. We close when it is too broad but ...
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What can the Kali-Linux tag excerpt say to help those askers?

Q&As about Kali Linux, a Linux distribution based on Debian that is specifically intended for use by security specialists, not as a general-purpose operating system. Please read the information ...
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Why I closed the "Why is Kali so hard" question

Currently the WIKSH question is linked in the tag info. This isn't visible when asking the question. If something along those lines was also in the excerpt, that might help a bit too. An other ...
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What is the cause of the Kali phenomenon?

Kali is specifically targetted at hcrackers as the title of their web page states: Kali Linux: Penetration testing and ethical hacking Linux Distribution Kali attracts wannabe crackers. Adolescent ...
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What should we do about Kali Linux questions?

I stand ready to be flamed for this but here goes........ First of all I need to say I agree with @Gilles post Why is Kali....etc but I think something is missing. It seems true that many of the '...
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Why are Kali questions hated so much?

Mr Google's fault ! Try to ask google a kali question, superuser, stackoverflow and unix & Linux (and maybe serverfault) will come as first link. If you scroll down google's list a little more, ...
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Why are Kali questions hated so much?

To begin with, Kali questions aren't hated more than questions on other topics, it is just that for some unexplainable reason many novice users pick Kali as a desktop distribution, despite the fact ...
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Yet another Kali Discussion (Working Title)

There are times when the opinion "I believe you've picked the wrong tool for the job" is an appropriate response. You have answered your own question. This does not imply that Kali is either zenith ...
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Why I closed the "Why is Kali so hard" question

I've had misgivings about the use of this question for a while and feel the need to vent. @terdon thankyou for taking this action and offering a good place to discuss it. How we answer XY problems ...
Philip Couling's user avatar
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Why are Kali questions hated so much?

I propose a solution: How about editing the Why is Kali Linux so hard to set up? Why won't people help me? question, to show how to properly write a question, some general help/advice, and some links ...
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Splash screen test for kali-linux questions

In theory, we have one already, though it sometimes gets misused. A competent Kali could help themselves by: asking a good question if their question is "unfairly" closed as a duplicate of "I'm in ...
Jeff Schaller's user avatar
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Why I closed the "Why is Kali so hard" question

IMO, that the problem isn't that Kali Linux isn't for beginners, but the temptation to close Kali questions as dupes for the sake of closing. From my observations, many SE communities have a tendency ...
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