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Could we rename [cmd.exe] to [windows-command-prompt]? [duplicate]

Microsoft refers to their standard command line interface as 'Command Prompt', yet our tag for it calls it by it's filename, cmd.exe. It's also inconsistent with how we have other CLIs and shells ...
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Top Questions of the Week #16

Now we're into post 16 of the "Top Question" of Super User in the Super User blog. Please post and vote for your favorite question for this week. Please post any question that you feel is of worth ...
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Top Questions of the Week #15

Now we're into post 15 of the "Top Question" of Super User in the Super User blog. Please post and vote for your favorite question for this week. Please post any question that you feel is of worth ...
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Top Questions of the Week #7

Now we're into week 7 of the "Top Question" of Super User in the Super User blog. Please post and vote for your favorite question for this week. Please post any question that you feel is of worth and ...
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Has it ever been considered to raise the 30K character limit for answers?

Most questions can be comprehensively answered within the confines of 30K characters, however there are the occasional comprehensive answers that could benefit from additional comprehensive info that ...
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Top Questions of the Week #22

Now we're into post 22 of the "Top Question" of Super User in the Super User blog. Please post and vote for your favorite question for this week. Please post any question that you feel is of worth ...
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Do we have a FAQ for why backups are desirable?

Every day (in the year 2024), about 385,000 people are born. At some point in their future, they will need to know that they need to make backups of their data. Many of them may turn to Super User ...
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Top Questions of the Week #8

Now we're into week 8 post 8 of the "Top Question" of Super User in the Super User blog. Please post and vote for your favorite question for this week. Please post any question that you feel is of ...
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Top Questions of the Week #24

Now we're into week 24 of the "Top Question" of Super User in the Super User blog. Please post and vote for your favorite question for this week. Please post any question that you feel is of worth ...
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Question of the Week #35

Now we're into week 35 of the "Top Question" of Super User in the Super User blog. Please post and vote for your favorite question for this week. Please post any question that you feel is of worth ...
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Top Questions of the Week #27

Now we're into week 27 of the "Top Question" of Super User in the Super User blog. Please post and vote for your favorite question for this week. Please post any question that you feel is of worth ...
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Failed audit test: "how to run the program in safe mode windows 10?" [closed]

I just saw the question with the mentioned title, the question was "How to run the program in Windows 10 safe mode? I'd like to be able to run every program in safe mode,for example spotplayer ...
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What suggestions does the community have toward helping reopen this question?

Here is the closed question: I would like to have feed that is not automated/robotic from the website that I can use to help edit this question so it can get reopened. Because this is the main ...
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Question which should have the answer "it is impossible"

I asked that question: https://superuser.com/questions/1842310/collaborate-on-a-ms-word-document-while-prohibiting-word-online It has been closed. But it seems, by reading all the comments, that the ...
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Why Attribution Alone Can't Prevent a Plagiarism Suspension

Question: Does attributing and referencing content sources in your answer alone protect you from having your SuperUser account suspended for plagiarism? Important: Clear guidelines, consistent ...
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This is not a farewell…

This is not a farewell, but rather an explanation. What happened? As some of you might have noticed, I have not been hanging out on SuperUser — or any Stack Exchange site — nowadays as much as I had ...
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Should we ban ChatGPT on Super User?

Edit: This question is old. Please see the newer post: Use of ChatGPT is now banned on Super User There is a new AI chatbot called ChatGPT by OpenAI. It appears to be able to answer questions and ...
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Understanding the flawed audit review system

I came across a post, analyzed its content, and subsequently answered, drawing from my own experience of encountering a similar issue in the past. In an effort to provide a comprehensive answer rooted ...
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User vandalized own question - roll back?

This question: Content removed. I do not consent to "AI" scraping Screenshot at the time I wrote this: On other SE sites as well: Rolling this back will return in a tug of war. What to do? ...
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Requesting clarity on edits that update redirecting URLs

I frequently edit posts that include redirecting microsoft.com URLs. My reasoning is generally that a redirecting link today may be a broken link tomorrow, so as long as the redirect has preserved the ...
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User SS64 updating URLs, but old URLs still work

A user named SS64 is editing several links to the (really good resource) site ss64.com on various posts, changing the path from https://ss64.com/osx/... to https://ss64.com/mac/... The old ../osx/... ...
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Strange behaviour of audit

In first questions review, I've downvoted the following question and I got: What's wrong to downvote such a question?
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I am confused why I failed this audit

I received this audit in the First Answers queue: https://superuser.com/review/first-answers/1243942 I am sure I downvoted the post, and it has in fact been deleted. So why did I fail it?
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Is this question about automation appropriate for SuperUser?

I'm working on a data cleaning automation task. Every month we receive an e-mail from a specific client with two folders with PDF files attached. My goal is to find a way to download these folders, ...
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How do we improve those banners you see when a question is closed?

For example, this question was closed (and rightly so) for asking for software recommendations. Couple of problems: The fact that the question was closed makes little sense, because why ask OP to ask ...
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Edit that updates obsolete command-line parameters gets rejected?

Yesterday I came across this Chocolatey answer, but, surprisingly, the proposed command-line didn’t work. I then noticed several comments mentioning that the mentioned command-line parameter was ...
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Can we get a description for the [ole] tag?

Could we ask for the description of the ole tag or its removal? I used the tag in the sense of Object Linking and Embedding in How to compare TIFF files with tags 37680 (0x9330)?, but see http://...
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Super User is trialling the new image hosting system

I was informed that we're testing the new image upload system. Practically, other than the URL changing, it appears to be identical. If there's any issues with image uploads, feel free to post a new ...
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Should we enable a banner to warn about our policy on AI-generated content?

As you may have heard, Stack Exchange has announced a new feature: Sites can now request to enable a banner to warn about their policy on AI-generated content. This feature could be useful for Super ...
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What did I do wrong in my question about Windows Update?

I asked the question Windows Update gives 0x80070643 error on fresh Windows 10 install. I provided the steps that led to the issue and the troubleshooting steps I tried to solve it. When people ...
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Google Cloud will be Sponsoring Super User SE

We're excited to announce that Google Cloud will be sponsoring Super User Stack Exchange April 2nd through June 30th, in the United States and Canada. We wanted to give you a heads-up and walk you ...
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So many new spam bots thanks to AI - what can we do?

I keep seeing users like this, the quality of their posts is abysmal: Can we get a captcha or something? Would that help? What else can be done? One of those things where you have to solve a little ...
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Should a question about a bug in software be answered or closed when the bug is fixed?

To give you a specific example, I have asked this question, but then realized it must be a bug in the software and created this bug report. The bug was quickly fixed, but the question itself remains ...
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How do I earn reputation points on Superuser?

I am new here. I am trying to thank (ie: vote up) or comment on existing questions/answers. But those activities all seem to require points. Ok - I need points... but all the activities to get ...
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Is this harddisk question on-topic in SU?

Storage Drive Gone Bad - Ran a HEALTH check on my external drive with HD Tune Pro and REALLOCATED SECTOR COUNT is 4948. Need some advice I feel like this question doesn't belong in SuperUser, but I ...
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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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I genuinely don't understand why this question was deleted when I asked for it to be re-opened?

Several years ago I tried to ask this question about how to make the best of the space in my PC for more case fans. I thought I had put quite a lot of effort into researching for myself and then ...
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“computer enthusiasts” is not a technical or administrative term and should be rewritten or dropped [closed]

This site claims to be “for computer enthusiasts and power users” as of 2024-02-22. A power user can be roughly associated with a user performing system-related tasks, including tasks for many users ...
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Can we find a canonical QA to close 'will this charger work?' questions against?

We get so many of these, with only minor variations. My google-fu is failing to find one single canonical QA we could use to close these against. Can anyone find - or indeed write - one we can use as ...
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What should I do with a duplicate for which the flag aged away? Should the other question then become the duplicate?

I marked: Disk usage at 100% during startup +16 Asked 10 months ago Modified 10 months ago Viewed 14k times 6 answers: +23, +11, +9, +3, +2, +1 as a duplicate of: Disk usage is always at 100% +1 ...
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Unmerge [msi] from [windows-installer]

A recent edit to the Manufacturer Tags question spotlighted a problem with an old action. Five years ago, the post The msi tag is ambiguous identified that the msi tag was being used for both the ...
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“Please do not vote to close spam.” Why?

On a recent piece of spam, a user (Ramhound) stated: “Please do not vote to close spam.“ Why? Should we just downvote and close as spam? What is the harm in voting to close as off topic? Wouldn’t ...
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Is is OK to ask about unconventional use of GitHub for the purposes of providing tutorials for system administration

My plan to is to use GitHub not for software sharing but rather to host markdown files on GitHub, those markdown files would be serving tutorial style purposes of documentation's on how to administer ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Let's [bypass] usage of this tag

I saw the bypass tag a few moments ago. I think it is redundant. It has no tag wiki. I saw it when a question was asking how to bypass school controls. The tag seemed totally useless in that question. ...
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Why do people attempt to discourage long well-written answers by instant AI accusations?

I remember a discussion where people were so sure in their ability to detect AI, when SE decided to not allow dealing with potential ChatGPT answers. What I see in reality, occassionally, is that most ...
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Why were my flags on a meta answer post and comments containing expletives directed at another user declined?

The author of this answer to a meta post literally told OP to "shut the freak up" (only they didn't say "freak") in both their answer and several comments. (The answer is not ...
10 votes
1 answer
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What's the difference between [windows-defender] and [microsoft-defender]?

There are two tags on the main site which seem to be synonymous: windows-defender (367 Q&As) microsoft-defender (8 Q&As) The latter has no tag wiki or any info attached (not even a brief ...
5 votes
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Audit failed, why is this not opinion based?

I just flagged https://superuser.com/review/first-questions/1224426 as opinion based in the First Questions review. I am struggling to see why it is not opinion based. Who knows what IBM devs were ...
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Recommended "close" vote practice [duplicate]

Seeing a question with two close votes, but no specific comment, why the close votes were issues, I wonder what is the recommended practice for close votes: Shouldn't there be a comment explaining ...

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