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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 this isn't the advice we want to give as a community. Note that I do not propose systematically closing Kali questions! Each question should be judged on its ...


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Absolutely. Yes indeedy. Thank you kindly. Editing a post to convert a non-editable image into malleable text is very helpful. Even if all the edit does is transcribe, it is absolutely a helpful edit. So yes, please keep doing that and thank you for taking the time to do so!


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It's the downside of success: this site is growing, and that means we're attracting more and more people who don't necessarily know what they're doing. Seeing a sloppily-worded question lowers my urge to help, too. The less well-worded a question is, the higher the chance is that I'll simply ignore it when I'm browsing the question list. If I do decide to ...


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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 as the "Swiss army knife" of Linux, and if you haven't installed it yet you aren't cool. Meanwhile I had been using Debian for years, and around that time was ...


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About the only time it's appropriate to post a screenshot of text is when it's the appearance that is the issue, and the text itself is not important. Examples might include problems selecting the desired font on a particular system problems relating to an editor's syntax-highlighting feature The question itself, and any code used, must be present in ...


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Welcome to our site! Interesting questions and answers about UNIX & Linux are what this site is all about. Let’s get some basics out of the way; skip ahead if you’ve already covered these. Register an account - New users sometimes skip past the sign-up page and post as a guest. If you register your account, you’ll have an easier time editing your own ...


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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 that we voted to allow Kali questions as on-topic here (pushed over from Ask Ubuntu), given that they applied the Kali tag. I try to re-tag questions that "forget" ...


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The problem is that simply dropping a link to idownvotedbecau.se comes across as pretentious and condescending. Compare your comment: idownvotedbecau.se/noresearch, idownvotedbecau.se/noattempt - Have you consulted the tar man page? To a more constructive version of the same thing: I think what you want to do is adequately explained in the manual of ...


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Questions asking for lists of resources tend to degenerate into lists of items, as opposed to answers. They tend to become a poll rather than a question with its answers. Stack Exchange does not work well for polls, where each answer is a separate items. Voting on the answers results in a score that does not at all reflect the quality of the item mentioned ...


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I have been doing my share of i -> I changes and I feel your pain. We all make mistakes, especially if English is not the first language, but consistency in spelling is something one can expect IMO. (The other thing that greatly annoys me is having no spaces behind punctuation, or having some before punctuation (assuming reading from left to right)). I was ...


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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 with bad work ethics. Most are just inexperienced users not wanting to invest time in investigating the OS, and furthermore not wanting to take time writing a ...


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I personally dislike the comments with links to the "I downvote because" site because they are not helpful. Just downvote, and if you feel strongly about it or have a particular reason to downvote that you'd like to share, then write it up in such a way that the person who's asking the question will understand why their particular question is lacking and ...


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Teaching how to fish is not considered abusive. Slapping people with a fish is. You did not teach the asker how to fish. Your comment consisted solely of: The slap: a pair of links to generic advice which you were too lazy to even put in a proper sentence, let alone customize to the situation at hand. This is quite rude: you're going out of your way to ...


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I did not close that question but I can hazard a guess as to why @slm did. Had he not done so I would have closed it myself. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing inherently wrong with it, it is just not a good fit for this site because It is too broad. There are many, many possible reasons why this kind of behavior can happen. We can't answer unless we know ...


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Maybe not an answer for the exact situations you're encountering, but from the little German I've learned, I know Germans capitalize nouns. So, maybe they would have a tendency to write something like "I ate some Fish at my Parents' house". Perhaps there's a pattern in the "random" words you're seeing? From other experiences, I think that people who come ...


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I pretty much completely rewrote that Q. It was in a poor state before that. When I edited it, it was already closed, I'm one of the users that voted to close it, here's my reasoning. Questions should demonstrate some initiative at trying to solve the problem, and the user should be "stuck" on something A 2 second search turned up the answer Beyond the ...


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Counterexample: boot spew. Consider the case where a (possibly new) user cannot successfuly boot, but gets a large quantity of boot spew (e.g., white text on black background) before abend. Should not the user be able to take camera snapshots of the spew and post those to a question? The user should type in the last few lines for use in the question (at ...


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My major problem with recommendations for outside material is they are by nature inevitably very weak questions. As terdon says, there is no real problem: it is not as if such material is hidden in some secret place requiring some special knowledge to find. If you can log in to an S.E. site, you can use a search engine, and that's exactly what a search ...


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Questions like: Does anyone know how to install xyz` under Labamba X.Y? are about the capabilities of certain people and are off-topic on this site. So are questions, asking for names of people being able to help: Who knows how to install xyz under Labamba X.Y? Such questions are inappropriate for this site as they are not about Unix&Linux ...


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Acceptable? Sure, why not, it makes the question easier to read, search and use. Should you be expected to spend your time on that? I don't think so. The original asker is quite likely to already have the relevant data in text, so it's much easier for them to copy and paste the text to the question. Transcribing takes time and is prone to errors. And ...


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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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Decide Which Category First, as a poster, you must decide which of the three categories your question belongs in. The reason for this is Knowing the category helps determine the additional information, we as answer writers need to give you an effective answer. Consider these three vague examples: My Screen is Black. I think my Video Card Broke. Help?? ...


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Sometimes things which are obvious in retrospect aren't obvious to everyone with a problem. Yours seems fine and it might help someone else. You mention that you couldn't easily find the info on the internet, and that may be the case for someone else in the future too -- except now the answer is here. I'd suggest asking the person who provided the helpful ...


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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 'poor quality' Kali questions come from new Linux users who are quite simply out of their depth. They've seen a cool movie or something about 'hacking' and think ...


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"What's your favorite X?" questions don't work well on Stack Exchange, even with community wiki. In order to be really useful, they need constant maintenance, and somewhat ironically, community wiki removes individual ownership, so no one is has incentive to do it. So, my strong preference is not.


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You'd have to find a way to make it longer to get past the quality filter... For example, maybe list a few of the things you've checked. Or some system details. This isn't just a way to defeat the filter, it also makes your question better. But in this case, there is already an answer here: What is a distro-agnostic way determine the OS install date? I ...


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Since I'm the one that put it on hold, I thought the default reason was clear enough. There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs. There are a variety of reasons as to why a system can lockup and/...


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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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The majority of my questions have been neutrally or positively received but there are three very slightly naive questions which were downvoted You actually have quite a few downvoted questions, they were just automatically deleted by the system. Since it is my understanding that the software resets itself every 6 months it feels as if there must be a bug....


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