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My take here is slightly different. I don't consider that question to be cross-posted at all. While it is true that posting the same question on multiple sites of the network is frowned upon, posting different versions of the same question to target the different audiences on each target site is not. This has been mentioned in various places by various Stack ...


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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 whether this is true. There is quite a leap of faith between “I want to install Screen” and “I want to bypass the job scheduler to run my jobs ahead of other ...


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I agree with you. "You can't" is a valid answer -- and one that I've used! I agree also that such a claim should be backed up by evidence of some kind (a demonstration, documentation, or as in this case, the author of the software) that indicates the current limits. Thank you, sourcejedi, for doing the right thing and bringing the situation up here on Meta. ...


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Downvotes are by design anonymous and do not require comments. Some people will leave a comment anyway, out of the kindness of their hearts, but it's not required or expected. However, when you hover over the downvote link, it will tell you the standard reason for downvotes: "This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful". In ...


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That question made the "Hot Network Questions" list: This is shown on the right hand sidebar on every site on the Stack Exchange network. That's why the question and answer got so many votes: people came from other sites and voted for it. Don't confuse upvoted with good. They are sometimes the same but certainly not always.


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In this case, part of the reason was that the question was listed on the Hot Network Questions on the right sidebar. Presumably there must have been reasons for the initial interest (as ÃŁŁǫǛȉЖΦΤїҪ suggests), but then it probably snowballed after being featured on the sidebar.


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The question was put on hold as "unclear" (and later automatically deleted as it was never updated). It is unclear because you failed to include information about the message that you saw on screen. We generally don't like images in questions, but we recognise that it's sometimes difficult to transcribe text that can't easily be copied and pasted into ...


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It's very common on question and answer sites for questions to "blow up" when everyone knows the answer (or thinks they do). Whether or not the answers are controversial/debatable doesn't seem to matter; if the subject matter is easy and accessible, people will try and chime in to get some reputation. In the process of posting their comments/answers, they'll ...


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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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Since you have a question that's slightly more specific than How to open rar file in linux?, my suggestion would be open your own Question with a self-Answer. You could provide a link back to the general "rar" question if you thought it'd be helpful. In your own question, explain what you're trying to do and what the initial problem(s) were. Then Answer ...


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Both these questions are to some extent “shopping questions”. Even though you're not buying anything for money, you're asking us which item you should pick. This kind of question often degenerates into “what's your favorite …”. https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/56101/unity-problems-searching-for-a-good-wm is a clear case: you're asking us to tell you ...


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That would indeed have been a good edit to make but you're quite right that it would have looked strange at first glance. I have now removed the second, misleading question from the post. Thanks for bringing it up.


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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: If your question is a programming question, requiring knowledge of programming languages other than unix shell scripting languages, ask on Stack Overflow. ...


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I was one of the close voters on your question. Let me respond to a few of the things you have said: I am asking how to debug that. The word debug does not appear in your question. In fact there is no question in your question. ...gives the exact details of how the issue occurs... There is a list of symptoms that indicate a very flaky system, I see ...


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Will close when the bounty ends, and potentially migrate to AU depending on what happens on their end in the meantime There's less consensus on migrating it than I expected; sounds like we're going to leave both posts open on their respective sites


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In general I don't like to give answers that ignore part of the question; nobody would answer a question about Chrome with "here's how you do it in Firefox". But text-processing is turning into rather a special case -- people constantly specify a particular tool when they don't actually care what tool is used. I prefer to check first, and ideally edit the ...


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Your question seems fine to me, but as the close message (and FAQ) explained, we don't generally want the same question posted on multiple sites, since it leads to duplication of effort. We want to solve people's problems, but we don't want to solve the same problem the same way multiple times; that's just a waste of time and annoys people that search for ...


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Notice that the question isn't "why is PulseAudio bad", but "why do people think that PulseAudio is bad". The latter is actually more likely than the former to solicit opinion. "Why is PA bad?" (while still soliciting opinion—don't get me wrong I would have voted to close this as well) is at least ostensibly focussed on the technology. Asking why ...


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It's not that your questions are poor in the absolute sense. They just don't fit the specific mission of this Q&A site. Both of those questions have closed-message notices referring you to the site faq, which really should cover what you're asking here. Read that section and this one. If it's still not clear, feel free to follow up here or in chat. If ...


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As long as the answer might be helpful to someone else you should leave the question. You've already got a comment saying it might be dangerous, so other people should be forewarned if they want to try


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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 to many people. In general I would say do not assist someone to break local rules or laws. If there is a valid general question, you can and should answer it. ...


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The timeline of the question will include completed review events. You can visit the timeline by noting the question id and going to https://unix.stackexchange.com/posts/<id>/timeline. The id is the number after questions or q in the URL of the post, so here it's https://unix.stackexchange.com/posts/405351/timeline, and the review you're looking for is ...


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I started the redaction; it's pending now waiting for another mod to approve it, but it should be done soon. If this happens again in the future, you can flag the post for mod attention and explain what you need in the flag message.


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I can’t answer for the users who voted to close that question; however I think at least part of the problem comes from the way you’ve framed the question, which doesn’t quite match what you’re saying here. A question about “how to maintain a package with separate patches?” would be fine from my point of view; while it wouldn’t necessarily receive an ...


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Of course it is a valid answer. Not everything is possible to do. If the person wants to know how to do something, but that thing is impossible, they're better off knowing that it's impossible so they can confidently abandon their approach and look for an alternative. However there is a difference between "impossible" and "impossible as far as I know". So I ...


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The question is not really asking why cat --1 isn't working: the asker did understand that this was because cat is interpreting --1 as an option. The real question is Is there any universal workaround different from not using such file names? So yes, the question is a duplicate. Unfortunately, the earlier question has pretty poor answers, inherited from ...


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We generally delete answers that just contain a link to another site with no other information. As explained on the main meta, if the link breaks, the answer is now useless. Furthermore, most people's workflow is to Google for their problem, which means they've probably already seen that page in their search results; they really don't need to click another ...


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Yes. That's one of the consequences of the XY problem. Users tend to name out tools which they think might solve the current problem using the current approach. I have often seen people tag a question grep, sed, awk, and anything else they imagine can be used. In the very case you mention, OP ends up using ed! Not grep, ed! If someone is interested in ...


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Well, IMHO, it’s still a little short of crystal-clear.  I still don’t see a single sentence that says, I’m looking for historical references that describe the decision-making process that led to the decision to use the name /dev/null. I don’t even see a question that says, “Why was /dev/null given that name?” except in the title, and in Michael ...


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