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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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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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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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Why are mod-close rates so much higher for Super User than for other similar SE sites?

Why are the mod-close rates here on Super User so much higher than on other similar Stack Exchange communities? For comparison, I pulled the questions for the last (roughly) 11 days to analyze close-...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that ...
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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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What should we do with outdated, but highly-popular questions?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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July 2012 Moderator Election: Town Hall Chat [closed]

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
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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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Why are questions off-topic for Super User being migrated from other trilogy sites?

It's unbelievable that Super User is still being used as a dumping ground especially for questions not on-topic on Stack Overflow. Latest example: https://superuser.com/questions/194442/recommended-...
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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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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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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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Unattended first posts

I am fairly new in the Super User community, and I am still trying to understand how things work. So forgive me for asking this question which may seem a bit silly to some members. This is ...
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What is the policy on duplicate answers?

In the question how do I echo $something >> file.txt without carriage return? which was asked and answered about a month ago, a new answer has been submitted which is essentially a duplicate (...
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Define Scope of Community Promotion Ads?

I'm looking at the Community Promotion Ads submitted, and am wondering if they are being used in the best interest of the community. I envisioned that these ads would be used to promote products and ...
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Clear question with examples closed as unclear

I’ve come across this question Non-intersecting values in columns in Excel which was put on hold as unclear what you're asking. What is not clear with this question? It is well explained and even ...
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Let's put [preview] in the rear-view

The tag preview has an ambiguity problem. It has no tag wiki and is often misapplied in place of better, more specific tags. For example, about half of the questions tagged with it are about Preview, ...
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Take away the chinese tag

While working on Manufacturer & Company tags are back. Again I have come across the tag chinese. There are quite a few questions on there of varying quality. What is it for, why do we have tags ...
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Three batches of questions to close or delete

In line with Help us clean up Super User, I've been closing a lot of questions recently, but some are fairly old and hard to get close votes on. Ideally I'd vote to delete but I don't have enough ...
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Firefox versions going to infinity – should we merge the tags?

This is an update to: Merge firefox-related tags? We now have: firefox-3.6 x33 firefox-4 x129 firefox-5 x33 firefox-6 x15 firefox-7 x8 (nothing in between) firefox-10 x4 How is this going to end up?...
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Is there a valid Stackexchange for my home networking question, or should I just use the DD-WRT Forum?

I asked a question at serverfault, it was migrated to superuser, and promptly closed as off-topic. Here is the question: Is it possible to throw DD-WRT on a F5D8235-4 v2? Now is there a valid ...
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What to do with answers to abandoned questions?

This problem has been discussed in several ways by now, but I did not find the problem I am facing with it. I often face the problem that I answer a question and the user who made the question just ...
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What should we do with those ever-recurring "image entire hard drive" questions?

I think every week or so, we get the occasional "How do I copy my entire hard drive?" question. The answers are always the same, in the sense of suggesting software like Acronis TrueImage or ...
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The [failure] tag, a story of fail?

Please look at the 226 questions under failure. We are a site for computer problems. Tags such as "error" often don't add any additional value. The same goes for "failure", and it's probably a bit ...
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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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"mono" tag as in "vs .net" and as in "vs. stereo"

There seem to be two uses of the tag "mono", one for questions related to audio and one for questions related to the Mono framework. Wouldn't it be better to create a tag "mono-framework" and retag ...
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Should adding a constructive comment fail an audit? [duplicate]

I have just failed this audit for adding a comment. After having carefully read the question and the answer (which was in the first post review) I noticed that the answer ends with the following ...
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Questions about bypassing or circumventing network security

I have seen a number of questions on how to bypass network security. I was wondering if superuser (or stackexchange) had a policy or stock answer about this? As a regular kind of user, I can ...
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Canonical question on USB flash drives becoming write-protected

We have lots of questions about USB flash drives becoming write-protected and most of them aren't closed. The closest I can find to a canonical question is this, whose answers are rather lacking as ...
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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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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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Should we close old questions with no more feedback as "no longer relevant", on SuperUser?

SuperUser has a much higher ratio of "personal" question. I mean that many questions are linked to one user only, with his particular configuration. Of course his question can be of help to other ...
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Is this a review bug to the dreaded test questions

I was in review doing the duty and saw a very unclear question so I took action as such: Suggest the OP edit the question along with the other usual language I use in such cases because their ...
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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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What is the standard term for a USB flash-drive/pen/thumb/stick?

There are several questions, particularly on Super User, which refer to the use of these drives but there isn't a standard term in use nor a standard tag. Though SU has 'thumb drive', it is not ...
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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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Was this flag declined correctly?

I flagged this post as Very Low Quality. The flag was declined. Was this flag declined correctly? UPDATE: I changed the flag based on the helpful feedback by moderator Mokubai. In the interest of ...
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The [filter] tag is ambiguous

See list of questions tagged filter: some of them are about ffmpeg filters (used for resizing videos and such), some are about filtering data in MS Excel, some are about organising emails... none of ...
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How should I request for comment cleanup on migrated questions?

Going through the list of recently migrated questions (10k), some of these really need some editing or other moderation. What you see quite often on those questions are comments like: not ...
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Question of the Week #44 [duplicate]

Now we're into post #44 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 questions that you feel is of worth ...
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Burn [computer-buying] tag

computer-buying has about 24 questions, almost all of which are closed for shopping recommendations. Can this tag be burned since questions about shopping are clearly off-topic?
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Are "Guessing Game" type questions allowed on SU?

First, a little background: https://superuser.com/questions/483692/windows-3-animated-background-desktop-wallpaper was a question I had myself tried hard to answer, back when it was posted. Recently ...
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How can we promote the blog?

Our blog has been running great for a while, and its content is great, however recently, all editors and frequent writers have been busy (including myself). This is why there currently are no weekly ...
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Mac and osx tag usage on SU

I see there are a lot of questions tagged mac (749) and even more tagged osx (860) on SuperUser. However, I find the usage of the tags to be quite inconsistent. A lot of people tag their questions mac ...
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What should be done about old, abandoned questions?

Whenever a retag request comes about - or when I'm wading through /review I often come across old questions which haven't been answered, with low views & most of the times the questions are by ...
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Question of the Week #45

Note: From here on, until I'm done with school, I'll be posting QOTW every OTHER week (unless someone want to join up and help me out) Now we're into post #45 of the "Top Question" of Super User in ...
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How to know who downvoted you?

Few minutes ago someone downvoted all my question and answers in stackoverflow.com. My reputation today As you can see in the picture: It's unethical, drops my reputation and my tags points.. I ...
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Should I write question when I know answer?

I had a problem for which I couldn't find solution on the Internet. I found a solution and I think that the solution for the problem is useful and somebody could have the same problem. Is it OK to ...
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