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The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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How do I ask a question that may require recommending software?

I have a problem that I need solved, and it may require the recommendation of software. How do I ask these type of questions so that they aren't closed? Note: This is for reference to point users ...
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Manufacturer & Company tags are back. Again

We don't like company-only tags, and there's been various crusades in the past to purge them: Can we get rid of the company tags? Company tag necromancy: The zombie apocalypse! What should the [...
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How do I recommend software in my answers?

I have a piece of software that I would like to recommend as a solution to problems. I'm trying to avoid answering with "link only" answers, and so I need help on how I can answer valid questions ...
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Since when are software recommendations off-topic?

I want to take discussion away from Daniel's previous post. Here's my point: I've always been under the impression that software-recommendations were absolutely fine on Super User.* Now, obviously, ...
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Is it okay to inform users to stop promoting Apple.SE when a question is fine to stay here?

Now that we see a quite large amount of OS X Lion questions here on Super User, I've seen people telling the OP to go to ask on Ask Different. Of course, the folks at Ask Different want their site ...
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Please vote on proposed changes to our policy on tablet computers

We recently asked how you feel about questions regarding Windows 8 on ARM. After looking through the answers and comments there, and some lengthy discussion amongst the moderators, we've come up with ...
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Recommendations for the BEST?

Going through @Gareth's list of candidates for closing, I find several topics that are asking about the best X, with X being software. We're usually pretty liberal with product recommendations if it'...
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Is discussion of techniques for removing DRM permitted?

I just asked a question about how to remove DRM from Kindle books that I had purchased and it was promptly closed by the moderator studiohack with the following comment: We don't encourage this ...
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Are “Hackintosh” questions allowed?

I've seen questions about pirating software down voted and closed. I'm wondering if Hackintosh questions are also disallowed? If so, why?
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Should the original intent of a question be broadened to make the answers more canonical?

A question about Markdown editors with live preview is specific to Mac OS X, but several other answers, including mine, discuss applications that run on other operating systems. Is it appropriate to ...
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When should questions be moved to AskDifferent/AskUbuntu/…?

I read this question, which helped, but where is the line? Just because a question is about an Apple product, doesn't mean it is off-topic (not at all actually) just because another (more specific) ...
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How should my flagging change when I gain the ability to vote to close?

My rep is going to reach 3,000 soon (2,987 at the time of this post), so I should be able to vote to close soon. How should my flagging habits change when I gain this ability? What should I do when ...
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Rat's nest of tags

Raystafarian recently posted a number of tag cleanup requests: Be done with [gtd] What to do with [to-do] It's time we managed [time-management] and a tag synonym request: Tag Synonym request: [tag:...
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Help create and maintain community FAQs!

Joel's recently blogged regarding wikifying question on several recurring topics where users keep asking new versions of the same problem. Some of these are: anti-virus software and cleaning them ...
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Migrating questions to the Ubuntu or Linux/Unix Stack Exchange sites

I just realised that there are Stack Exchange sites for Ubuntu and Linux/Unix. Why aren't all the Linux/Unix/Debian etc questions on Super User getting migrated there?
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How literally does SU take “not about a shopping or buying recommendation”?

I fully support the clause of the SU FAQ that states that shopping/buying recommendations are off-topic. I'm a little confused about its scope, though. Does it apply to questions that ask people to ...
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Do we care about edit flooding? Should we be doing anything?

Edit flooding is the term I'm using for when a single user (or small group of users) perform a lot of edits in a small space of time and effectively take over the front page - pushing a lot of new ...
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Super User website applications policy

I recently asked this question on Super User, and a big discussion arose on appropriate questions. The issue came down to the new verbiage in the FAQ: I had figured that the websites line was just ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2012 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 2013 We're opening up the new Community Promotion Ads for Super User, in time for the upcoming year! As well, we're also changing the cycle system - ...
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What will happen to the Windows-8-Preview tag once Windows 8 goes live?

We currently have 385 questions tagged with windows-8-preview and looking towards the impending release of Windows 8 I am wondering what will happen to the -preview tag. I guess that we will have a ...
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It annoys me that there's an Apple SE but so many Apple questions on SU

Stack Exchange management wrote a big post about why it makes sense to spin off some topics or areas into their own stack sites. If I have an Ubuntu question, it would make sense to ask it in the ...
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Apple.SE as off-topic migration path

Update (2013-09) Given that this seems to come up every other month or so, here's an update. Current migration stats (2013-09-08), not counting rejected migrations, are as follows: Web Apps (68) * ...
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Is bumping a question OK?

Is it OK to bump a question that received not enough attention (tumbleweed candidate) to the top using an edit? If so under which circumstances?
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Should Tablet Computer questions be allowed on Super User? [duplicate]

The current policy by community consensus is: Allow appropriate tablet questions, but not actively encourage iOS and Android. Basically they will be treated like Ubuntu and OS X are treated right ...
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Should we have a sub-tag for beta/RC?

Something I was wondering about when coming across older win 7 RC and beta questions - In many cases bugs are specific to dev versions, or involve the newness of them. With the win8-dev-preview ...
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Should older questions be flagged as duplicates of more recent ones if those have better answers?

For example, How to access the system tray using the keyboard? has been flagged as a duplicate of How to access (or switch between) tray icons with shortcut in windows?. The former one has been asked ...
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Where can I ask questions that aren't Super User questions?

Thank you for your confidence in our abilities! But have you read our FAQ? We get a lot of non computer related questions on here. Yes, someone here might be able to help you, but you'll find that ...
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How are we going to deal with Windows 8 on ARM?

Just to get this discussion going, before the product actually launches and we have to make hasty decisions. As a reference, here's the previous discussion: Should Tablet Computer questions be allowed ...
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Handling questions clearly trying to break some kind of policy, TOS, etc

How should we handle questions that are clearly trying to circumvent policy, controls, corporate firewall, terms of service, etc? A question on breaking through an Internet access block is ...
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In defense of obscure, niche hardware recommendation questions

I see that https://superuser.com/questions/27891/keyboard-mouse-to-use-for-a-htpc-dedicated-to-the-tv was closed. While I don't totally disagree -- it is superficially similar to a shopping ...
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Superuser vs Unix/Linux vs Ubuntu

If I have a question about Ubuntu, I now have 3 places I could take it to: https://superuser.com/ https://unix.stackexchange.com/ https://askubuntu.com/ It seems to me that Ubuntu is a subset of ...
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How is the term “Computer” defined on Super User?

The arguments over whether a tablet counts as a computer this rather lovely Ars Technica article on why they think a tablet is a PC as well as a chat conversation over this question got me thinking ...
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Why is looking for alternative programs “not constructive”?

Background I had asked this question a while back, and received some great responses, and a great final answer that helped me out quite a ton. Everything was fine until ~yesterday. Yesterday, ...
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Why isn't reputation passed between Stack Exchange sites?

I don't understand it, why do we have to make our reputation separately on Stack Overflow, Server Fault and Super User even if the accounts are linked?
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Suggestions for updating our FAQ

Based on the results of the vote for a change of policy we've drawn the conclusion that the majority of the users (who voted) are in favor of allowing appropriate tablet questions. So the new policy ...
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Actually changing things through Meta

We have four principal categories of topics on Meta, with some overlap: Bug: The site just doesn't work Feature request: I want to have new shiny things Support: How does this work? Discussion: What ...
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Preferred location for “shell scripting” questions

On Super User, many questions are about "shell scripting" - Unix sh and bash, Windows cmd.exe. Should they stay on SU or be migrated to Stack Overflow as "programming"? IMO, bash can be called "...
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Do we want to have an option to migrate to AskUbuntu?

With 3341+ questions tagged ubuntu would this seem a good migration option? The most recent ones are: How can I change my uid without opening another user account? vmware linux headers not found for ...
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Can the hardware and software tags be obliterated?

Do we really need the hardware and software tags? Looking at the tags into detail: They don't group all the questions that should belong to them. Their statistics don't make sense, they are both ...
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Help us clean up Super User

Waaaay back in the early days of Stack Overflow Jeff wrote a blog post about the Stack Overflow Question Lifecycle. Who decides what questions don’t fit? Trusted members of the Stack Overflow ...
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OS X / macOS tag synonyms should be reversed

It's been a few years since we synonymized macos to osx. At the time, we did this to distinguish incorrect uses of the tag from questions related to the old “Classic” Mac OS tagged under mac-os-...
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What is the place to ask about legal issues associated with using software?

What is the place to ask about legal issues associated with using software? I asked one question that was closed as off-topic, so I guess that superuser is not a good place to ask. Do you know any ...
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How to build up commenting privileges?

I want to comment on a question and provide some feedback but I can’t. How can I build up privilege quickly so I can comment?
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Community Promotion Ads - 1H 2011 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 2012 What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is Going On Here? TL;DR -- put images and links in the answers. If they get voted up enough, they will ...
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What steps can I take to check and improve lower quality questions?

It is sometimes unclear in which way a question should be handled. What can I do to check why excactly it doesn't meet our standards? What could I do to inform the user and improve it to be of higher ...
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A new way to clean up tags

This is the proposal. Please see Help us clean up tags! for the result. Let's face it, we have tons of horrible tags. In the past, we used Old monthly tag cleanups to keep track of what needs to be ...
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Are diagnostics/troubleshooting issues on-topic and not too localized?

Following on from this question. I made a comment there: By the same token, we shouldn't automatically close any question that says "virus" anywhere in the subject or body, because it may be that ...
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Is a modern phone not a computer?

Re the FAQ: If you have a question about... computer hardware computer software and it is not about... electronic devices, media players, cell phones or smart phones, except insofar ...
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Concept of “conditional” downvotes?

Down-voted questions seem to fall into two categories: fixable and unfixable. Some questions are just inappropriate, easily answerable with minimal search effort, or have other problems for which ...
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What is the correct way to deal with obsolete answers?

Sometimes old answers were correct at the time they were written, but the march of technology has made them obsolete. For example, the command-line video encoding tool ffmpeg used to have a 'vhooks'...