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Is it OK to ask question about etymology of command names?

I hesitate to post this as an answer, but since this is a discussion, here goes. I can see some value in gathering historic information at U&L, if there are people who know (or know people who ...
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Helping a user break local rules?

There are two reasons why you shouldn't worry about “breaking rules”. One reason is that the assertion that the user wants to “break local rule” is an assumption on your part. You have no way to know ...
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Editing other people's posts to remove "thanks"

The most important thing for a new user asking a question is to get answers. When someone's first contact with the site is to ask a question, that's usually because they have a problem to solve, not ...
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How to deal with solutions edited into the question itself?

Yes, what you describe (comment asking the OP to post an answer and post one yourself if they don't) is the best thing to do. No, mods cannot post under another user's name, so there's no point in ...
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Windows installer using GRUB - is on topic?

My first instinct is that it wouldn't really be on topic, no. GRUB isn't a *nix thing, as such, it acts before the operating system so isn't really a part of any OS. Yes, it is a tool more commonly ...
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When a computing problem becomes moot what should you do about the question?

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 ...
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Gone user, answer accepted by the community

Unfortunately, many people misconstrue the meaning of the accepted answer and think it is some sort of indication of quality. It isn't. The accepted answer is just and only the answer that the OP ...
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Do we have a go-to reference Q&A for "I want to do {grep,sed,awk} on {xml,json,yaml,csv with text}, how do I shoot myself in the foot?" questions?

Summary of long answer: I suggest that a canonical question+answer about using dedicated tools to process structured documents may not be useful for avoiding duplicates because the actual issues ...
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4-space indentation never works

Did you leave an empty line before the code? For example: Test line line 1 indented by four spaces line 2 indented by four spaces Test line 2 line 3 indented by four spaces line 4 ...
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Voting on questions. When should you give a upvote

Upvote button hover text: This question shows research effort; it is helpful and clear The fact that someone answers a question does not, de facto, make it a good question. Questions may have ...
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Closing unanswered questions for (now) outdated software

I guess we may as well close them. Closed questions don't count as unanswered so there's no real reason to delete and, anyway, closed questions with no answers get deleted automatically after a while. ...
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Answer with alternative solution not addressing the question directly

The premise is that Stack's goal is to build a library of high-quality answers, thus in general I think alternative answers are welcome, as long as they fit the site's scope — here, they should employ ...
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Why are so many people not posting questions?

There was a time years ago when Stack Exchange was on a big kick about phrasing titles as questions, but I think it mostly died out. Personally I couldn't care less, "Centos cannot ping default ...
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Best practice: add and harmonize missing input filenames for Qs & As?

If harmonized file names are really useful to follow the question and answers, then please do harmonize them. Pick a sensible set, preferably the one in the question, failing that one used in an ...
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bumped to the homepage

To quote the relevant points of the ever-useful FAQ (useful to me, at least, as it contains explanations for many of Stack Exchange’s workings) regarding the community user: Randomly poke old ...
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4-space indentation never works

There's another syntax for code blocks which is mentioned in the advanced formatting help. Surround the code by three backticks on a line of their own. The backticks have to be on their own line but ...
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Editing other people's posts to remove "thanks"

I agree more with position 1. It is extremely surprising for a user, to learn that some readers consider "thanks" harmful enough, that they will edit purely to remove it. I saw a similar edit on a ...
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Not getting reply to questions as earlier

There is no shadowban-like state in which you can post questions but they aren't displayed to other users. It is possible to be blocked from posting questions entirely, but you would get an error ...
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Helping a user break local rules?

This is an interesting question. I believe the key to the situation is that Stack Exchange is not geared to handle individuals, but individuals' questions, with a preference for questions applicable ...
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What to do when user says they meant different question after you have answered

My opinion for this situation: Leave a comment on the question to the effect of "please open a new/separate Question with your actual question". Flag (or, if you have the Close Privilege, Vote to ...
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Should we display a user's question/answer ratio?

If you search thru meta for "ratio" you'll find various Q&A and proposals around all kinds of ratios. The consensus is that they all kind of don't do what ppl want and just become a distraction. ...
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Answer with alternative solution not addressing the question directly

Stackexchange has the problem that it tries, at the same time, to be a platform for compiling useful information in one place, so that it's useful if found by others later, possibly through a search ...
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Is it OK to ask question about etymology of command names?

Please note that some research effort is expected from people who ask questions here, so simply asking "Why is hdparm called hdparm?", you'll likely get downvoted. Don't set your expectations too high ...
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Questions about removing enrollment from Chromebooks

Computer fraud, sabotage? What on earth makes you think that? Buying a second-hand computer is legal! Organizations sell their old hardware, you know. I don't doubt that there are stolen goods on eBay ...
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What to do if the question itself is wrong?

Yes, it appears you've misunderstood the concepts involved. You've at minimum confused two meanings of a port being "open". (Being open in a firewall like iptables means something different than what ...
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Is the new question's up-vote policy on SO coming to unix.stackexchange.com?

That change was made network-wide, not just on SO. It's not obvious from the blog post, but there is a hint (emphasis mine): We’re recalculating reputation for every Stack Overflow and Stack ...
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What time was question asked

Hover your mouse over the time shown (the words "asked yesterday" in your example, "asked two days ago" in the screenshot below) in the box with the name of the asker of any question and the time will ...
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Why are so many people not posting questions?

@JeffSchaller. 100%, that's what we can do about the questions, but I don't think that what the questioner meant. In the 'technical community' it is normal practice to 'state' a problem or predicate ...
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Editing other people's posts to remove "thanks"

Personally I feel that any edit is worth making. If it's just the removal of "Thanks" or the OP's name from the post this is fine. Putting questions into their best possible light is only a win, and ...
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My question wasn't specific enough, but got I got the right answer anyway. How should I proceed?

The linked duplicates and the existing answers addressed the question that you wrote. That'd be enough, in my opinion, to open a separate question. If there was confusion amongst the commenters or ...
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