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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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What to do about permanently outdated questions/answers on SU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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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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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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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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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 https://serverfault.com/questions/352137/...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Revisit the Hackintosh policy

This answer from 2010 is oft-cited as reason for questions about "Hackintoshes" (fancy word for "Running macOS on non-Apple hardware") not being allowed. The reasoning is that we ...
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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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Comments to a question that should be answers

Problem: A trend of questions being answered purely in the comment field of the question. There is no formal migration of this into the answer format to the question. As a result, questions that ...
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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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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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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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2014 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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Do we need better definitions for off-topic questions in the help center?

This question mainly relates to users and contributors' interpretations of the Help Center » Asking guidelines: Super User is for computer enthusiasts and power users. If you have a question ...
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What is the etiquette surrounding Asking and Answering Your Own Questions

I Feel I now need to pre-face this question given the start of every answer, I love the idea of answering ones own question and sharing knowledge it's a good system and I feel it benefits the ...
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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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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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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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Are we/you strongly opposed to using **bold**?

Background: I suggested to emphasize the real answer in this answer about password checking ("you supply both the old and the new password") by making it bold. The suggestion was accepted, but ...
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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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What should we do with outdated, but highly-popular questions?

Example: We have a question about SSDs, which is now two years old. Are SSDs worth the money? I've been hearing a lot of hype about the SSDs recently. I'm planning to buy a new machine as ...
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Closure of questions regarding pre-release/beta software

Five years ago, the issue was raised as to whether questions related to problems with beta software are on-topic. The gist of the logic for why they are not is in suggested wording for a custom close ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Official stance on Facebook questions on SU?

https://superuser.com/questions/73214/facebook-profiles-for-non-people-okay Ok, there are many questions that reference Facebook, but this one seems to be directly about facebook. I need an official ...
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Can we please have better tag wiki excerpts?

Today someone proposed lots of tag wiki excerpts edits that all followed the form: Questions about <tag-name>, <description of object>. Why do we need the Questions about element? We don'...
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Should we look up existing answers when reviewing?

Today I got an audit (which I passed because I tried to edit it - it throws a "has been deleted" error) of a seemingly good answer (I lost the link). The answer is good, however it has been removed ...
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Logistics for tag cleanup weekend 1

Tag cleanup weekend 1 is now complete! For afterthoughts, see here: Tag cleanup weekend 1 - After action reports and impressions Considering that we're attempting to short circuit some of the usual ...
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Are some questions too easy for Super User?

To put it another way: Can we assume that someone who asks a question on Super User has tried to find the answer elsewhere first? For many (most?) people, the first step in finding an answer to ...
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Does a list of canonical questions for Super User exist?

When reviewing questions I often run across ones I think should already have a canonical answer, but I'm still new enough to the site that I don't know for sure. Not wanting to answer if the question ...
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Critique my [windows-7] tag wiki

I haven't seen any other tag wiki1 pages on Super User yet, so I didn't have anything to compare it to as I wrote up the new windows-7 tag wiki page. What do you think? If you can edit it, go right ...
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Should we edit link only answers?

There's lots of them around, and most times I comment asking the OP to edit the answer and add more detail. However there are some cases where the OP isn't around, but the answer is still valid (...
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What aspect of Super User needs more attention?

There are a lot of things to do on Super User. But I wonder what the most important things are we should be paying attention at... Is there anything we are skipping out on that will hurt us in the ...
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