jasonwryan
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Should I stop referring Kali users to U&L from AU?
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They are, sadly, more appropriate here, seeing the distro is based on a Linux kernel. In order to minimise the impact on those of us who have little patience for the numbats that think that ...

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Better answer after accepting?
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30 votes

It is not an obligation, but it is in the spirit of the site. Think of future readers; you want to signpost the answer that you, the question asker, deemed most helpful so that it will be evident to ...

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Users deleting their questions after receiving answer as comment (stop answering in comments)
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27 votes

If you don't have the time to do that, then you don't have the answer. Correct. So leaving a comment may be an acceptable approach. I mention this because I have been chastised for leaving an "...

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Experiment: More aggressive review queue indicator
26 votes

As in inveterate queue clearer, the behavioural impact is negligible. The cognitive impact, however, is unwelcome. The red dot immediately signals dread: "Oh, there are a heap of these things to deal ...

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Community Promotion Ads - 2015
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015
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Are answers using alternative tools not welcome?
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24 votes

Generally speaking, yes, alternative ways of accomplishing the same task seem not only welcome, but often rewarded. In the case you point to, there are a couple of mitigating issues: The question ...

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Absurdist humour in comments
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The best explanation of the X-Y problem I have seen is the one on the Wooledge Wiki: The X-Y Problem, as it is sometimes called, is a mental block which leads to enormous amounts of wasted time ...

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Am I being too bitchy or intolerant?
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19 votes

Not at all. In fact, given the paucity of information provided in the question, it is a very good answer: it covers a range of scenarios, likely to be helpful to others who find themselves in a ...

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How to handle mass minor edits from a user?
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18 votes

I have been reviewing the user's edits and, for the vast majority, they are actually quite helpful. Yes, they are more geared towards grammar and formatting, but overall, edits of this type do lift ...

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Should we get rid of the "cross-posted" close reason?
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To address your concerns individually: New users have no idea that cross-posting is discouraged. How could they? It's buried in the help pages and is very easy to miss even if the user in question ...

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How do you feel about "GIVE ME TEH CODEZ" questions?
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This site is a wiki, not a code takeaway joint. If the questioner is not interested in putting enough effort into their question to make it worthwhile for future readers, then it should be closed. ...

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Is it deemed decent practice to post a comment on someone's answer to invite him/her to answer my own question?
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15 votes

I would prefer that people not do this. Questions are already "linked" in that they are, or should be, tagged appropriately. People who are interested in specific topics tend to follow those tags, so ...

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Is it okay to copy paste from other websites?
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There is a section on plagiarism in the Help Center: Plagiarism - posting the work of others with no indication that it is not your own - is frowned on by our community, and may result in your ...

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Why answer a question not worth your upvote?
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There is a difference between a poor question and a poorly asked question. A poor question would be one where there is insufficient detail to answer, it is an X-Y problem or is otherwise just a wreck. ...

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Community Promotion Ads - 2014
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Voting on questions. When should you give a upvote
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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 ...

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Case study: bad experience of new user (but veteran Stack Exchange user)
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Aside from my initial question and answer, nobody has contributed anything on-topic... This is a very odd claim to make. Someone did attempt to assist you, by providing an answer which would ...

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A small survey on your opinions on various issues
12 votes

I use free software because it is technically and ethically superior And I am OK with that...

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Inexperienced users commenting on questions they don't understand
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U&L is a paltform for learning. I think the best approach is to downvote and leave a comment that addresses any factual errors, thereby providing the well-meaning but misinformed poster with an ...

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New off-topic close reason for question that are... off-topic?
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I actually prefer that people are encouraged to think of a constructive reason for closing (for off-topic) and articulate it prior to clicking the button. It may only be a small cognitive hurdle, but ...

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What is the cause of the Kali phenomenon?
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Kali is specifically targetted at hcrackers as the title of their web page states: Kali Linux: Penetration testing and ethical hacking Linux Distribution Kali attracts wannabe crackers. Adolescent ...

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Feature request: Watch other person's question for answers/updates
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It won't show up in your SE "mailbox", but there is an RSS feed for every question: the link is at the bottom of the page: Subscribing will allow you to monitor updates to the page.

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When should I post multiple answers to a question?
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I think it is commendable where people in the community have the knowledge—and the willingness to share it—to include multiple approaches to solving a problem; for example, by providing ...

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In what context would deleting your own question be a good thing?
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10 votes

The one situation where it would seem to make sense to reward that behaviour would be where you recognize, either through the passage of time or the careful probing in comments from other community ...

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Remove useless-uses-of-cat or not?
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As the site is a wiki and subsequent edits are transparent, rather than just commenting I think people should edit the offending answers (or questions) and save a feline. This has the benefit of ...

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Pretty <kbd> tags for U&L?
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10 votes

The nicely styled kbd tags are present in the mobile interface; surely it would not be difficult to migrate the CSS across to the main site? Update This question presents a compelling argument for ...

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Can those who voted to close a post voluntarily give up reviewing reopening the same post?
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No. And, again, no. Neither are a good idea. To clarify, and head off the inevitable complaints about the brevity of my answer, the people that originially voted to close are in fact the most ...

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Encourage asking more questions on this site?
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Popularity is not an end in itself, it should be a by-product of a high quality reference site maintained by a knowledgeable and approachable community. Personally, I don't think that there is a "...

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A polite way of giving RTFM for an answer
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Is there a problem with a flood of trivial questions on UnixLinuxSE so that we need to react? Not that I am aware of. In fact, taking all of the questions asked on the site, irrespective of their ...

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