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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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Which is the best StackExchange site for Debian related questions?

If we only consider Stack Exchange, the best venue for Debian questions is Unix.SE. There aren’t many distribution-specific Stack Exchange sites; I’m only aware of Ask Ubuntu and elementary OS.
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What's the best site to post a question about weird bash prompt behavior when using ANSI colors?

StackOverflow? (which has a bunch of programming questions on ANSI colors)? No, since this is not a programming question, but a question about general computing software. It might be tolerated ...
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Are 'bug report' kind of questions welcome to Unix & Linux?

Off-topic: “When I do X, Y happens. It shouldn't. Fix it.” (Even if you happen to know that the maintainer hangs around here, this is not a bug tracker.) Off-topic: “When I do X, Y happens. It ...
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Are questions about the shells (bash, sh, others) well suited to U&L?

You should ask questions abouth sh/bash/zsh/(t)csh here. Although these shells have programming capabilities, their primary purpose is to provide an interactive command-line interface to the ...
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Since when are questions about dual-booting off-topic?

As the windows tag's info page says: Questions about Windows itself are off-topic on this site. If Windows knowledge is required to answer your question, you are more likely to reach an appropriate ...
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Closing votes on a historic question about Plan 9

FWIW: I don't see the point in taking questions on historical design decisions as "opinion-based" either. As you say, there's usually a factual answer as to why the choice was made, even if it's ...
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What is the Linux tag for?

In my opinion, this tag should only be used for cases where a question is asking about how a Linux OS works. Not when the OP just happens to be using Linux, and not as a way of stating that the OP is ...
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Which programming languages are appropriate here?

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 ...
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Are WSL related questions off-topic?

I'm afraid we've already decided it's on topic and even had a nice discussion about what tag to use. And, admittedly, that's the right call. While it is running in a Windows environment, it really is ...
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Are 'bug report' kind of questions welcome to Unix & Linux?

I don't see why not. Of course, this site shouldn't be used to actually report bugs. Those should be reported using whatever bug tracking system the relevant project uses, but asking for a workaround ...
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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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Is Puppet On Topic?

Yes, absolutely. As long as something works on *nix, it's on topic. Whether it works on other systems as well or not is irrelevant. If your questions are about using software X on a *nix platform, ...
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Which programming languages are appropriate here?

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 "...
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Are questions about the shells (bash, sh, others) well suited to U&L?

In my opinion, the language of interest should not determine the location of the question, but rather the goal of the task. If your question is fundamentally about programming (even if the language ...
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Using Linux tools on Windows?

I would say it's fine. One of the bullets in the What topics can I ask about here? FAQ entry is: Applications packaged in *nix distributions (note: being cross-platform does not disqualify) As ...
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Are web hosting control panels on-topic?

The general rule is: If the software runs on UNIX or Linux, it's on topic here. However, that doesn't mean that here is the best place to ask a given question. Many questions which are on topic here ...
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A question which might fit in Ask Ubuntu, here or SuperUser

Your question does fit the scope of all three sites, since you are using Ubuntu, so it's up to you to decide where to ask. Ubuntu questions are not unwelcome here, Linux questions are not unwelcome on ...
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Is question about executable memory layout on-topic?

I think it's probably on topic here, let me explain — you actually seem to be asking several things, and really ought to focus on one thing per question. You state a goal of reducing executable size ...
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Is Puppet On Topic?

While such questions may be acceptable on Unix.SE, DevOps type questions are more at home on ServerFault. They currently have 1,175 questions tagged puppet.
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Are questions about other Linux communities and, for example distributors, on topic on U&L?

As two of our esteemed moderators have said, I think questions explicitly about processes are off-topic here. As you mention yourself, Open Source might be a better fit. However there are questions ...
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Justify whether history questions are on-topic or not at /help/on-topic

I agree that questions about the history of Unix should be on-topic. I agree that the help/on-topic page is vague on the subject, and it wouldn't hurt to clarify it.  Or not.  I'm not sure we need to ...
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Are questions about how Linux handles specific hardware details on topic?

I'm going to suggest that programming questions are in-scope at Stack Overflow. It seems to me that you're "below" the level of the API, which was covered a few years ago in: What is the current ...
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Are distribution-choice questions on topic here?

Your question was closed as "Primarily opinion based", not "off topic". Distribution choice is more often decided by personal preference (some say religion) than any objective criterion. The truth is ...
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Should software-rec tag be migrated to softwarerecs.SE?

No, they shouldn't, for a variety of reasons: Old questions cannot be migrated. We can only migrate questions that are less than 60 days old. So in most cases, we don't even have the option of ...
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How to take a question off "on hold"?

Your question seems to have very little to do with Linux. It doesn't matter that you're developing on a Linux machine; the question is about how something in C# works. As explained in the Help Center: ...
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Are plan9 questions on-topic?

It has been my opinion for a while now that the “real” name of this site is “*nix.SE”, not “Unix.SE”. Since BSD, HURD, Mach and various other kernels (and their constituent operating systems) have ...
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Which is the best StackExchange site for Debian related questions?

In my experience AskUbuntu is good for anything that is from the perspective of using Ubuntu as a GUI based desktop. If my question relates to command line or is something general across linux ...
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Why are questions about OS X in particular on-topic?

If I understand you correctly, you read the text as saying "of underlying Unix foundations, only those of OS X and embedded systems/handheld devices are on-topic". I believe the intent is to say that ...
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