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Let's fix all the broken images

One of the steps on Stack Exchange's road to HTTPS is the replacing of embedded http:// images with secure ones. This has been done automatically for a lot of images, but there are some that can't be ...
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Why "Please only post one answer to a question"?

What should I do when I know multiple different ways of doing something asked in question? Should I add them as separate answers or as one comprehensive answer? I think they should be separated, but ...
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Negative up-vote/down-vote ratio: is it effective mentoring, or too harsh?

Voting on the questions and answers within the Super User community has often been a lively topic of discussion. Our voting tendencies are deemed important enough that during past Super User ...
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Should Home Networking questions be considered on topic?

After seeing the question Is it possible to throw DD-WRT on a F5D8235-4 v2?, I found out that neither Super User nor Server Fault allows questions on home networking. Should we be opening the scope of ...
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Are "explain the technology to me" questions on-topic?

The FAQ says (bold is mine): You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. However, there are many questions where the user basically asks us to ...
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What is the etiquette regarding asking a question again on another Stack Exchange site?

I've asked a question on SuperUser before I realised that Ask Different existed. I feel that my question would be better served on the the Ask Different Stack Exchange site. How should I go about ...
David Kennedy of Zenopolis's user avatar
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Is "Y" really a valid answer to "I want X, and tried to do Y, but it doesn't work"?

A few flags of mine were declined when I flagged answers that suggest to do things the OP dismissed as not working right in his question. The reason for being declined is the following: declined - ...
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tag + tag-version, or just tag-version?

Should questions about a specific version of something have both the general tag of it and the version tag, or just the version tag? For example: If I'm asking "How do the Home and Professional ...
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Should we allow commercial products in the community promotion ads?

There are a few community promoted ads that have commercial purchase options. DAEMON Tools minitube The question open for discussion - should we allow ads to be posted for products that have free ...
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IS the too localized term being used too liberally?

I posted a question that was closed as too localized. It was originally worded to be relevant to everyone outside the US (It was phrased: how can I securely access a website that requires a us ip?). ...
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How do we better educate new Reviewers in the Review queues?

It seems from comments that there may be confusion over who I think needs educating. I mean the reviewers, not the users. We currently have epidemic numbers of terrible reviews, with a stunningly low ...
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The purpose of voting: Teaching users the basics

It's come to my attention that users, even established users, aren't actually aware of many of the basic tenets of this website. For example, Voting. I was recently informed by a 2K+ user that "down ...
Django Reinhardt's user avatar
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political downvoting unrelated to a question?

Is anything ever done when some people downvote things to make some kind of point that is unrelated to the question? I made a comment that a question "What is a hostname" doesn't deserve 7 votes, and ...
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What to do about permanently outdated questions/answers on SU

I like Super User, often I have only to write the title of my question on the "Ask Question" page and the answer shows up in the "Related Questions" Thus I want to keep it great. Computer hardware ...
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My bounty is about to end and I'm not sure I like the answers. What do I do?

Hello guys, I've put a relatively large bounty (350) on a question I asked, and now the bounty's about to end. (Just to put you all in context, I was looking for a non-crappy way to use a physical ...
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Retagging questions with the answer

This is a bit related to this topic on MSO. In a recently suggested and approved edit a tag was added to the topic, but it only became applicable through the answer. The user didn't know the tag was ...
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Can any software recommendation question be made on-topic by simply asking "how"?

Can any software recommendation question be made on-topic by simply asking "how"? E.g., if the question asks "I am looking for a program that can do X", does rephrasing it as "how can I do X" makes ...
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Are languages too localized?

Are questions related to specific natural languages too localized? One of the reasons questions are closed as too localized is geography as stated e.g. here, even if the question is possibly relevant ...
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can I promise a bounty, but only put it in place once there is an acceptable answer?

I have a question that will require extensive work, and is unlikely to be solvable within the bounty period. I'd like to offer the maximum possible bounty for it, but I absolutely want that bounty ...
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Target audience of answer on SU

You have to remember this site is called "superuser" not "idiotuser". You said "it's useful to have such a warning". I don't think it's useful to you at all. It's useful to somebody that perhaps doesn'...
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One of those "trick" questions [duplicate]

Just chillin' I was in Review and the below question popped up but in a different view not showing the votes as one of those "test" reviewer questions that grade you based on whether or not it feels ...
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What does "too localized" really entail?

Having just received the ability to vote-to-close questions I have seen the option of "Too localized". At what point is the question deemed to be too localized? I personally have asked questions ...
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Questions about Small Business environments on topic?

Are small business environment questions on topic for SU, or should they be put onto SF (with a server)? Just in case anyone is wondering, the question is
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Are licensing questions / license questions off topic [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the place to ask about legal issues associated with using software? Are questions about licensing on or off topic here? It does have a lot to do with software/...
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Does this audit make sense?

In a first post rewiew I got the question: What kind of power port is this I added this comment: This question with exactly this picutres has been asked before, look here: ... and got this result: ...
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Inconsistent Mod response to migrating Excel questions between Stack OverFlow & Super User [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should questions be moved to AskDifferent/AskUbuntu/…? When Excel questions at Super User are clearly vba or vbscript related I then will flag them as belonging to ...
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Bad audit question - failed audit on question that should have been closed

I just failed the following close vote audit The question is asking about an issue on a work pc in a corporate network. As it stands the question should ...
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Why are substantial edits rejected when they don't also address all, potential minor, issues?

Some reviewers of suggested edits appear way to restrictive when it comes to approving an edit. See for example This suggested edit (Related meta post) And this one (Disclaimer, this one is mine) ...
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Can we make Raspberry Pi questions off-topic and avoid hurting Raspberry Pi.SE?

If we were to accept Raspberry Pi questions as on-topic, we would be taking a huge amount of traffic away from the Raspberry Pi.SE community. People will find our community instead of theirs, our ...
Tamara Wijsman's user avatar
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High reputation users having trouble understanding Super User?

With about 1 million views a month at the moment, Super User is turning out to be successful, however due to the general audience the concept of a Q&A vs. a forum is still something we need to ...
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What is the difference between Super User and Stack Overflow?

I'm trying to understand the difference between Super User and Stack Overflow. What kind of questions should I ask here and not on Stack Overflow?
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The monster that can't be killed

The microsoft tag is like something from a sci-fi horror movie. This manufacturer meta tag was cleaned out in March of this year, but people keep using it. I just fixed the third question in the ...
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Are you interested in writing blog posts?

After the blog became officially blessed by Jeff Atwood we've got some weekly posts and daily traffic on it, with an occasional spike on some of the most interesting blog posts. However, anyone with a ...
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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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Do not take away earned privileges

So I guess this has probably been discussed before on other meta SE sites, sorry if I re-ignite an old and long-decided discussion here. The thing is, I'm not a very active user on SU, more on SO. I ...
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VOTE for the Most Valued Super User

Voting is over! Congratulations to Slhck, the 2011 MVSU! Full contest results are posted on the Super User Blog. In celebration of Super User's 2nd Anniversary, we are holding a Super User Contest to ...
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Is "It's impossible" a valid answer, or is it a comment?

Sometimes you can see a question like How to do <something> in <some program>, asking for advice how to replicate a feature of competitive program or how to do something that OP expects to ...
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How to deal with an answer that is popular but wrong?

This answer is a load of rubbish. Not only is it technically incorrect but there are no sources and yet it has a lot of upvotes. It is very difficult to disprove something that is so vague, the ...
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Let's nuke the "error-message" tag

We have a tag named error-message, with now 220 95 49 questions tagged. This is quite the meta tag, because it doesn't mean anything and adds no value to a question. Most problems result in some kind ...
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Is it wrong to ask people to accept an answer to their question?

I was looking through some of the questions I've answered, and an unsettling amount have: Not accepted an answer Not given extra details to help people answer In essence, these questions are now ...
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The Super User Blog -- now officially blessed!

Great job on the blog! After a call today with Ivo, we decided that the Super User Blog is now sufficiently awesome to be highlighted in the footer! You'll note that the blog link in the Super User ...
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Recommending own products

What's our stance on relevant product recommendations? The paragraph in the FAQ is clearly not enough in this case. As a recent example, a developer of an Outlook plug-in/addon started answering ...
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Migrating Android questions

Thank you for migrating questions about Android devices to Android Enthusiasts. I know they're off-topic here and we're happy to help folks at the site dedicated to the devices. However... Please be ...
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Should we edit out spam from spam posts?

An established user had edited a blatant spam post (10k-only), replacing it with the following content: UTTER SPAM Please delete me. I feel that this is superfluous and masks the actual spam content,...
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Let's bring back to life the now (somewhat) dead Super User Blog

Your crazy mad scientist of a Blog Editor is back and wants to keep this blog going: First off, I need to apologize. Like a terrible parent, I have abandoned my child. But no more! I have a little ...
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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Reminder on voting to migrate

#1 rule to consider after determining a question may be a better fit elsewhere: Don't migrate crap. meta discussion In going through the close queue, I often see questions voted to migrate, but the ...
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Over 243,000 views in 3 days?

I can see some other websites linking to this, but is this >243k view count in just 3 days really correct...?
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What should be featured in our list of off-topic close reasons?

Many people seem to think that question closure means that the question has come the end of its lifecycle here, while it's clearly not so. As part of making things more clear to the folks asking why ...
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Where to ask for computer hardware suggestions?

If I have a question about computer hardware, on which SE site should I ask it? It will involve asking for opinions. For example, "I need to purchase a computer for a conference room that will sit ...
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