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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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Should we edit old, non-interesting questions?

From time to time I see old (3+ years), non-interesting / low quality (no answers at all or having comments asking for clarification without further effort from the OP) questions jumping to the top of ...
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Apple questions: To iMigrate, or not to iMigrate?

Lately I've noticed that some questions about Apple's products have been migrated to the https://apple.stackexchange.com/ web site. Should all Apple questions be migrated to that site? Or is there a ...
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Why aren't more questions deleted?

There are a lot of questions that have already been asked (same title or something), or are just... not questions or are very poor attempts at questions. Why aren't questions like these just deleted ...
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Why do certain Stack Exchange sites have top level domains while others don't?

This is just a question of curiosity: Why do certain SE sites (for instance Superuser and Stack Overflow) have top level domains (superuser.com and stackoverflow.com), while other sites that have ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 WordPress on Super User

I was updating my blog by installing wordpress on a server of mine, and I had a particular question. As it seems, it is not allowed to ask any questions about WordPress the software, since the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are detailed Excel VBA questions best posed here or on Stack Overflow?

I recently posted this question concerning Excel VBA TypeOf difficulties on Stack Overflow. Was that the best site to post the question on, or would superUser have been a better choice?
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Retag windows-8 as windows-8-preview

As of now, Windows 8 is not out, and as such, all questions with tag windows-8 really relate to the preview, and should be retagged as such to windows-8-preview This is in line with implementing the ...
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Request to migrate a question to Raspberry Pi declined

I recently flagged a question to be migrated to Raspberry Pi. Backup data rate on Raspberry Pi maxing out at 5 Mb/s. Why? But it was declined with the following explanation. don't really ...
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What are the requirements and how to submit a SU blog?

What the requirements for submitting a Super User Community Blog post? After the post has been created, how is it submitted?
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Is there a method to rename a tag without editing the questions?

I just added apache to the manufacturer meta tag list because Apache is a software foundation with an extensive list of projects, not just the web server software. The [apache] tag has been used for ...
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Tags that should never be the only ones on a question

It seems to me that there are some tags that if they are the only ones on a post (or even if they are mentioned at all) pretty much make the question off topic. Perhaps these tags should have a ...
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Can a moderator from another community delete my comments in our community?

The specific post i am referring to is this. Granted, not the best quality post. I didn't want to throw gas on the fire with an already confused poster. so tried to keep it short. I forget exactly ...
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Undelete and historically lock question 913055: Troubleshooting a physically damaged (kicked) desktop computer

Question 913055, "I literally kicked my computer. Analysis and to do list for this situation?" (10k only), was deleted by a moderator after being closed as too broad. While the question is certainly ...
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Are printers and their hardware problems (NOT a driver issue), on topic for Super User?

I didn't think that this question was on topic under Super User. I didn't flag it because printers are sort-of computer related, but... if it's only hardware?
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A bunch of tag rename/synonym requests

(See related chat discussion here) NOTE: Most are small, so doesn't need special moderator attention, just update my post when you help. Proposed tag renames/synonyms: (old tag --> new tag) .net -->...
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Is [data] an useful tag? Do we need it? What should we do?

How to cancel hard disk from wanting to format and how to get my files back? This question is tagged data but you know it's about data from hard-drive-recovery. Best Light Software to Manage Large ...
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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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How to handle low-quality software recommendation answers?

On-Topic Questions, Low-Quality Answers There are numerous on-topic questions for which a software recommendation can be an answer. There are probably tens of thousands of existing such answers, ...
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Windows-7 -tagged questions are highlighted light blue

Today I noticed several questions in the SU main feed were highlighted light blue. This afternoon I had a moment to compare them and found they were all the questions tagged Windows-7. Is this ...
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Be done with [gtd] [duplicate]

The gtd tag is about getting things done which is a method or strategy for productivity. All the questions could easily be retagged as productivity or even time-management or time tracking (why aren'...
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What should the [microsoft] tag be used for? [duplicate]

Initially, I assumed microsoft (132) is about the company. But I took a brief look through them and didn't find any about the company. In fact, all the question seem to be about various Microsoft ...