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First of all, thank you for coming here and posting a civil and calm question about it. That is always appreciated. That said, this site is actually partly a wiki. The Stack Exchange sites were always aiming to be a cross between a wiki, a blog, a forum and sites like Digg or Reddit: This was explained in one of the first blog posts announcing the launch of ...


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Gonna throw out a wild guess: your filter sees web socket traffic as "unsolicited". We use websockets to provide real-time updates for various events happening on the site. If you're blocking HTTP responses that fall outside of a strict window, this will probably break. If that doesn't jibe with what you're seeing, you'll have to post more info.


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...oops. So, last week Community went a little insane and started flagging perfectly fine posts, a lot. It's fixed now, but it took a few days. I got tired of just rejecting all the flags as invalid, so for a while I rejected with reasons like: That got boring, so then I started rejecting with lines from The Big Lebowski, on the assumption that nobody would ...


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Tim, I actually agree that your questions sometimes get an undeserved bad rap. For example, I think this recent question of yours is a reasonable question, but when I first saw it, minutes after it was asked, it was -4 already. It's now net +2, and it was net zero yesterday (when I linked to it in the chat), so it seems like the overall perception of it is ...


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If your question can't be answered for some reason, you can skip over closing and just delete it yourself. Once the question gets answers it can't be unilaterally deleted anymore because other people have contributed to it; enough people will need to vote to close/delete it


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Just so that it's not always @terdon having to be the face for the mods here on this particular issue. You've continuously brought this issue up and want/expect the mods and/or Stack Exchange to take some sort of action regarding this. But in expecting this course of action you're assuming that the votes are without merit. Should we make a similar ...


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You get 2 points for accepting an answer to your question -- the person who wrote the answer gets 15. So in this case user567 is the one who got +2: See https://unix.stackexchange.com/help/whats-reputation.


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I don't think there is any rule against mentioning commercial software in an answer; indeed not all Unix variants are open source. I think we'd even be fine with pointing to software you're selling, provided the relationship is disclosed and most importantly its actually, truly an on-topic answer to the question. What we of course do not tolerate is spam, ...


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The problem is the "from time to time" part. The answer is the same as for the SU question you linked to: they'll only give us a migration path to a site if we're frequently needing to send them posts, and in the last three months we've migrated to SF...twice. SU is up to 5, and AU is up to 8 Server Fault also has unusually restrictive criteria for what ...


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TL;DR: My voting pattern isn't about you. I don't know you, I don't care about you. My voting pattern is based on what I think is best for the site, and the questions that are asked on it. I'm probably one of the people you think is abusing you. I'm definitely one of the people who tends to vote down your questions, rather than voting up. But not ...


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The -2 you lost were because a question you had edited (which gained you +2) was deleted by the author. When a question is deleted, the reputation changes associated with it are reversed as happened here. You also lost -4 reputation a couple of days ago because 2 questions you had edited were migrated away from the site because they were off topic. ...


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I don't really see anything about programming there. Yes, fork is relevant, but you're not asking about fork, you're asking i) whether rsyslogd is indeed a session leader and your book is wrong; ii) if that's a new systemd thing and the book was right for its time and iii) assuming it was right for its time, what where the reasons it was implemented that way ...


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"Zulu", the military time zone which is identical to UTC. From Wikipedia: The time zone using UTC is sometimes denoted UTC±00:00 or by the letter Z—a reference to the equivalent nautical time zone (GMT), which has been denoted by a Z since about 1950. Time zones were identified by successive letters of the alphabet and the Greenwich time zone was marked ...


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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 answers and show zero research effort, or be borderline incomprehensible and people will still answer them. Upvotes are the only signifier of quality. Answered, ...


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Sorry, but this is a network-wide feature, not something that can be configured for each site. That said, this statement is really problematic: Regardless of whether a post is truly low-quality or not, every post deserves their existence, and visibility to the public. I am afraid that if that's the way you feel, then Stack Exchange is not a good fit. ...


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All I can say is what I've already told you in answer to your flags: moderators have no way of knowing who voted for whom, have no tools that allow us to affect voting (we can't undo a vote) and are therefore simply not capable of doing anything helpful. We do have tools that give us a high level overview of voting patterns but there is nothing that ...


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Editing could well be done by moderators, but there's only five of us and there's a lot of other users that edit questions too. Editing is done to correct formatting issues that otherwise would potentially make a question (or answer) difficult to read, and sometimes we correct spelling mistakes and grammar, or we move clarifying information from comments ...


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First, nobody accused you of anything at all! I have no idea where you got that from. The comment was: how do you know that the pdf file requires repairing? .... perhaps it is some form of copy protection That's not an accusation, it is simply suggesting that maybe the problem is that the file is copy protected and that's why the text cannot be copied. ...


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There's a tab for it on your profile. You can also click the search box at the top-right and search for user:me is:question.


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The best flag to use for nonsense post is actually either "not an answer" or "rude or abusive". The rationale for which is nicely explained by Shog in this main meta post: This is an utter waste of time. There is no meaning to the post! It's VLQ, it's abuse, it's Not An Answer, heck it might even be a spammer, testing the waters... There's no metric ...


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As Mat commented, sites are only allowed to have 5 migration paths. Moderators can migrate anywhere, and we do get a decent number of migrations from SO (about one per day), so at one point we looked into replacing one of the migration paths SO already has, but were told it's extremely unlikely. As this meta post and mattdm said, you can flag the post for ...


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Your "anti-portscan" rules do not play well with long-lasting, low-traffic connections. The StackExchange sites use such connections in the form of websockets to update the status bar. If a status bar update arrives after the connection-tracking timeout has expired, the server that sent the update will be blocked for five minutes. This sort of thing is ...


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To answer the question in your title, no, the OP is not notified of close votes. The exceptions are votes to close as a duplicate or with a custom reason since those trigger automatic comments. All other close votes go unnoticed by the OP unless they have enough rep to see close votes and happen to check. And yes, this is a problem. At the moment, the only ...


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No, it is not discouraged to ask follow-up questions. However, avoid asking a series of very similar questions, and avoid using questions and answers as an interactive chat session to debug a particular thing. A section in our Help Center mentions We like to help as many people at a time as we can. Make it clear how your question is relevant to more ...


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I think including SpinRite in your answer makes it partly a vote about SpinRite. At best, the way it is marketed rubs a lot of people the wrong way. (Including myself :-). Less charitably, when you read the old email that gets linked to, it has been marketed with false claims (just google the quoted tagline). SpinRite is making no effort to retract them ...


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Of course you can point Ubuntu users to Ask Ubuntu, but please don't give the impression that this site is somehow for experts only. It is absolutely not only for experts! We already have a problem with some users downvoting newbie questions, as though they were born with knowledge of *nix arcana and were never newbies themselves! We really don't need more ...


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I think some of this is based on a misunderstanding you have of how Stack Exchange works. I see in your profile you say: A post without reply and with net downvote(s) or in closed state will be removed automatically. Posts, regardless of their receptions, can serve as references for reducing future mistakes and questions. If you find them useful/...


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The quality of an improvement can't be measured in characters. Especially a code snipple can be turned from wrong to right by changing a single character. Forcing the user to improve parts of a question, which doesn't need improvements, will not improve the text. It will just annoy and cost some time.


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Well, the sites do have a significant overlap. Briefly: Super User (SU) : Any question about using/administering computers. This includes simple scripts of the type a sysadmin is likely to write (file and user management scripts for example). SU is platform agnostic. You can ask about any operating system there. Most of the questions here would also be on ...


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You’re right that they’re they same. According to the Polkit Wikipedia article, Since version 0.105, released in 2015 the name of the project was changed from PolicyKit to polkit. Also, the tag wiki excerpt for policykit is a copy of the first line of the above Wikipedia article, Polkit (formerly PolicyKit) is a component for controlling system-wide ...


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