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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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Why are there large number of high-view questions on the front page? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do we care about edit flooding? Should we be doing anything? I refreshed my SU page and it went PINK. As I count, there are 15 questions on the main SU view with nK views. ...
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Why was my popular question about spaces in filenames closed?

My popular question below was recently closed as "not constructive" and I'd like to know why. As a Stack Exchange moderator myself, I'm puzzled. Here's the question: If spaces in filenames are ...
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Invalid review question? Can it be removed from the audit queue?

The answer in this review looks good enough to me - unless there is a context where this suggestion has been 'answered' so often that it is spam, but that cannot be seen from the audit. It's not the ...
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Downvote on 'legitmate' answer

I'm curious, and would like to hear some opinion How should I see on the down-vote on this? It feels like the reader didn't like to hear what most certainly is the 'truth' about these devices. I ...
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Electrostatic Discharge got deleted and reputation from the answers disappeared

A question about electrostatic discharge that I had answered was removed today, and with it I lost 592 reputation. The question is available via cache. I don't agree with the rationale for closing it ...
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What's the policy on using the same answer to multiple questions about the same thing?

I just found a new method to do a certain thing ... And excitedly wrote/pasted it to all the questions for which this is an exact fit. Then I started worrying if it wasn't the right thing to do... ...
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Bad review audit question?

I just failed this close vote review question https://superuser.com/review/close/390001 I voted to close as opinion based and failed the review. The core of the question asks "What are the technical ...
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Merging or Linking Tags [duplicate]

There are very strong rumours that Apple will be rebranding OSX to macOS in June 2016. Would it be a good idea to merge osx tags with macos ahead of time? Or at the very least link the two terms ...
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Deprecate product version preview tags - just use new version tag straight away

(Related to What will happen to the Windows-8-Preview tag once Windows 8 goes live?) I notice windows-10 is synonymous with windows-10-preview. What's the rationale here? In theory having the two ...
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Bad audit question - failed audit on question that should have been closed

I just failed the following close vote audit https://superuser.com/review/close/354906. 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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Retag [mikrotik] to [mikrotik-routeros] or [mikrotik-swos]

mikrotik is a manufacturer meta-tag. Mikrotik makes a variety of routers, but for all intents and purposes they have two main products: RouterOS and SwOS (their operating system for switches). I ...
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It's time we managed [time-management] [duplicate]

Tags time-management and time-tracking both exist. With very few questions (44 total) and haven't been used in a year (or two). Perhaps these should be synonyms. I'd say keep time-management, but ...
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TrickleEdit test question

This is a test question used while developing an extension. Please do not upvote or downvote this question. This question will be deleted when testing is complete.
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Move link-only answer to comment?

Situation: The link in a link-only answer points to something helpful in relation to the question. Case one: it is just a tool, and the link contains no instructions on how to actually solve the ...
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Please help reopen “What was scientifically shown to support productivity when structural organizing/accessing file and folders?”

Consensus: I agree with: "Workflow involving computers would be less SU and more Productivity" If that won't work I'll try CSTheory.SE and Skeptics.SE, if that won't work I'll complain at Meta.SO....
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Synonymous meta tags about tagging

There are some meta tags about tags that seems to be synonymous: retagging is a synonym of retag-request. tag-synonym-request is a synonym of tag-synonyms. tag-wiki-suggestion is a synonym of tag-...
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Add softwarerecs to vote to migrate option

We should include the Software Recommendations in the "Vote to migrate" menu. There are a lot of SuperUser questions about software recommendations and it'd be good to put an option. Also, a lot of ...
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Low liquidity on superuser?

I am new on super user,I asked a question a little while ago,and it feels like the website has much lower liquidity than stackoverflow! which am a little active on.Is it always like that?
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How do you ignore a certain user on Super User?

So, I want to ignore questions for certain users from my Questions/Unanswered feed. How do I do that? The main reason for this kind of feature is that not everything that annoys me is against the ...
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Why is the voting on SU so negative?

Why is the voting on Superuser so negative? After looking around at other Exchange Sites, I've noticed this website is the harshest site to gain reputation. Perfectly good questions get down-voting ...
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Why put on hold by Dave and DavidPostill?

This is my question Saving website leads to incomplete save. Flagged as off topic but i think It is software realted, or in which stackexchange should i ask this instead? Can someone tell me why is ...
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what to do when I am banned from superuser, and I have few questions to ask

without a notification I got negative votes and got banned for the last question I asked in superuser, I deleted it, but then I noticed it's not the solution, I have few answers to correct ,and my ...
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How can I become “Fanatic” and earn gold medal on superuser.com cheating? [closed]

I would like to get a gold medal on superuser but I'm not very constant so I often forget to login and my day count goes again to zero. I have servers working 365 days so I look for a good idea to ...
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Answers that are too long, drawn out and contain too much excess theory

Many answers I've seen are dauntingly written out like a college homework assignment when 2-3 sentences at the most would have sufficed. Shouldn't we aim for conciseness and develop skills to ...
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The Windows 8 Challenge has ended, thank you for blogging!

Winners will be announced on the Super User Blog shortly. Please read So you've submitted your blog post... Now what? for guidelines on how to bring your Windows 8 Challenge blog post to http://...
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Let's get started with Windows 8!

The final build of Windows 8 is now available on MSDN/TechNet, and will be released to the public on October 26th. We want to hit the ground running when Windows 8 arrives, and already have some of ...
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Old posts and answers need protection?

As member of SU for more than 5 years, I have quite a number of old answers lying around. Some of them are so old and outdated that today they are just ridiculous, such as recommending the ...
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Can we be nicer to folks whose English isn't that great?

I've noticed over the past few days a handful of comments that have been a little too aggressive about poor English. I mod messaged someone who pretty much asked how someone was going to write his ...
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How should we act upon “Install OS X as virtual machine” questions?

Bumped: Only two people contributed to this Q/A, so maybe we could get some more opinions. Background Recently there seem to be a lot of questions on the topic of installing OS X as a virtualized ...
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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 don't want "a ...
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Too many upvotes for poor quality answers

I recently complained over at Meta.Programmers that they were upvoting poor quality and often times very short answers. But I also keep an eye out for SU's hottest questions and I see exactly the same ...
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Three free video cards for Valued Community Members(tm)

I've been doing some upgrading, so this means I have some extra PCI Express video cards. They are not too shabby, either. ATI 5870 1GB ATI 5870 1GB ATI 5770 1GB Now, the two 5870 cards are still ...
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What will we do to promote Super User when Windows 8 is released?

Historically, new Windows OS releases result in a huge traffic increase for sites that have lots of Windows content. We saw it for Super User when Windows 7 was released, and Lowell at How-to-Geek ...
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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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Where do you draw the line between a “stupid” question and an acceptable one?

I'll be honest, at times, I've been tempted to downvote a question simply because the solution is blatantly obvious to someone with even limited computer experience. Many questions like these are ...
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Is it rude to answer a question that has been solved in comments?

In this question Make system sounds louder than device A couple different people helped the OP discover the solution to his problem in comments. In cases like this, is it best to just suggest to ...
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Should questions about using a gaming console as a PC be allowed?

As you all probably know, gaming questions have long been off-topic on SuperUser. This has included questions limited to consoles, even though they are technically "computers". I generally agree ...
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Should I flag cross posted questions?

I recently came upon these questions on SU and U&L. I left a comment to the author on both posts linking to the meta.SE thread discussing cross posting. Should I also vote to close or flag for ...
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Approving edit proposals - am I too strict?

I've recently rejected this edit proposal (2nd version) as I thought it's not adding to the value of the question, and anyway the question is off-topic. Later I was surprised to see that the proposal ...
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Should somewhat trivial edits be rejected if there are a lot of them coming from the same user?

If you look at my activity page, you can see a lot of the edits I have reviewed. All but three (of the 20) are by the same user. Over the past few days (probably up to about a week or so now) I've ...
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Should reviews limit be increased?

The number of posts to be reviewed does not stop growing. Where once it was possible to clear these posts to zero, today that number has passed 700, and it was lately standing even at more than 800. ...
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Why did my edit that fixed several spelling errors get rejected as superfluous?

Here is the edit in question. It was rejected for the reason This edit does not make the post even a little bit easier to read, easier to find, more accurate or more accessible. Changes are either ...
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Looking for users to write about their (fun) experiences for the Super User Blog!

The Super User Blog is getting organized! Several weekly categories have been set up and we're looking for awesome things to write about! WTFriday is a brand new section that should produce an awesome ...
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You like them hats? [closed]

Last year around Christmas time arQAde had a little promotion in which they awarded hats for gravatars for completing basic tasks around the site. Here's a link to the promo from last year (and a ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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OP edited question substantially after answer(s) were posted

Yesterday, for the second time in the past three months, I answered a question, only to get a response from the OP saying, in effect, This answer was correct when you posted it.  I’ve changed the ...
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Calling all bloggers!

Do you have any of the following qualities? A love for writing long and details answers to common Super User problems A desire to test, document, and share with fellow Super Users awesome products (...
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Site Design Updates

A major design update IS NOW LIVE! Most of the changes are not visible; these tweaks go along with recent updates that were made to Stack Overflow: We are moving the site's CSS to a newly refactored ...
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Are Hackintosh questions off topic because of community consensus or just moderation policy?

I was having a discussion with @Gilles lately, whether to allow questions about OS X being virtualized. In essence, the Apple license forbids virtualizing certain products, but the majority of votes ...