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Please merge the excel and spreadsheet tags on SuperUser

As I just asked a question on Excel, I saw that the tag spreadsheet had 3 questions (which are also about excel) and that excel has 50 questions. It feels redundant.
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Please change the commandline tag to command-line

There are 15 questions tagged command-line and 33 tagged commandline. I think command-line is clearer, but the two tags should be rolled up either way.
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Handling questions clearly trying to break some kind of policy, TOS, etc

How should we handle questions that are clearly trying to circumvent policy, controls, corporate firewall, terms of service, etc? A question on breaking through an Internet access block is ...
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Should questions regarding the legality of a website be allowed on SU?

A question was asked on SU regarding the legality of a specific site. Is mp3panda.com legal? Some users mentioned that we can't really confirm nor refute the legality of a website unless we know ...
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Are iPhone, iPod and iPod Touch questions computer related (Super User)?

I would think these devices are computer related enough for inclusion on Super User (I'd even say they were computers). Why are there 50 questions tagged iPod on superuser.com but this one gets ...
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Is downvoting link only answers acceptable?

Related: Ban lmgtfy (le me google that for you) links Based on the Why is linking bad? question as well as Are answers that contain only links really good answers? question, is it acceptable ...
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Merge tags driver, drivers, and device-driver on SU

This is a simple retag request: Merge driver, drivers, and device-driver. driver is the most common, so they should probably be merged into that. Actually, as a few people have pointed out, ...
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Should questions concerning specific websites be allowed on Super User?

It seems appropriate that questions concerning the usage of different software go to Super User, but there seems to be a bit of confusion as to whether or not questions asking about specific websites (...
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Why isn't SuperUser on twitter?

I have one habit. Every time I stumble upon a good site, I bookmark it and search it on the Twitter. As I joined SuperUser. I searched for "superuser" on Twitter to follow it. But the search yielded ...
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Where's the border between good and evil on Superuser?

We just had a question on Superuser regarding WGA and the risks of ignoring those messages. Now I agree with TheTXI comment: The OP says that he could locate the windows key and try to validate ...
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Geographically limited or country-specific questions

I was wondering (prompted mostly by this: Where can you buy a generic (no OS) desktop PC?) about questions that are, to some extent, bound to a specific geographical area. These include, most notably, ...
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Are smartphone questions permitted on Super User?

The Super User FAQ states that superuser.com is for asking questions related to computer hardware and software. Is asking iPhone or android questions allowed? EDIT: Maybe the real question is: do we ...
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Asking about specific software on SuperUser?

How open should SuperUser be to questions that are very specific to a particular piece of software? Example: Lately I've become somewhat of a 'power user' of Paint.NET. It's a fantastic piece of ...
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merge [shortcut], [shortcuts] and [keyboard-shortcuts] on superuser

On superuser we have [keyboard-shortcuts] x 34 [shortcuts] x 4 [shortcut] x 2 I was thinking of changing the 6 ones labeled shortcuts and shortcut to keyboard-shortcuts as this would be the least ...
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“Moving to superuser” closure of threads

I've noticed this for a while, especially on StackOverflow - someone will ask a desktop/enduser related question and very quickly the question will get closed with a comment/resolution of 'Moved to ...
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Retag Request: [windows-backup] -> [windows] & [backup]

Can you retag superuser posts with the windows-backup tag with windows and backup tags? Windows - 435 Backup - 39 I think this would make searching and using the interesting/ignored tags easier.
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SuperUser tags: [nas] vs [network-attached-storage]

I've asked a couple questions on SuperUser that I originally tagged with [nas]. There were a few other questions out there with that tag already. After awhile, one of my questions got the [network-...
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Merge 'eee', 'eeepc' with the 'eee-pc' tag on Super User

The trademark is "Eee PC", so I assume the one with the hyphen is the best candidate to be the canonical tag. There are only three affected questions, so this one should be easy. All glory to Joakim ...
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Why does this question belong on superuser?

https://superuser.com/questions/13830 I am not whining, just wondering
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Do we really need a beta period for SuperUser?

The StackOverflow software (if it has a generic name by now, I'd like to know) is fairly mature by now, and most of the kinks have been worked out. What's the point of having a beta period for ...
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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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SuperUser a WikiFest?

I don't know if it is the new breed of users flowing into SuperUser (I haven't done comparisons yet between the sites), or I'm just clicking into the wrong questions, but it seems to me that an ...
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Blockquotes styling [closed]

Well, it appears they've been revamped (after some here mentioned they were a bit too subtle.) What do you guys think of them now? Too pronounced? Perhas the blue bar should be washed out a bit more......
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Change virtualmachine and virtualdesktop to virtual-machine and virtual-desktop

I've seen many multi-word tags without hyphen in superuser. The last ones being virtualmachine and virtualdesktop. Should they be changed this way?: virtualmachine => virtual-machine ...
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Do you have any worries with liability on SU?

If not, why not? If so, are there certain types of advice (reinstall for example) that you would not give without disclaimer?
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What sort of ewok questions are allowed on SuperUser?

I thought SuperUser was intended to be very generalised, where almost anything goes. From the blog: If your question has to do with computers, it will be allowed there. But then again, so are ...
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Forbid “Best-Hardware” questions in Superuser

Problem: I calculated that about the half of Superuser's questions are about "Best Hardware" or "Best Laptop for Children" or "Any use sound card these days". Suggestion for an improvement Change ...
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Is the superuser beta invite-only?

I always wished I never missed out on the SO beta, so, I really wanted into the SU-beta party. But there's no application anywhere--it seems to be invite only. This left me...Disappointed. But am I ...
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Why was my question on Superuser changed to community-wiki?

How do I set up SSH so I don't have to type my password? It's a specific question with a specific answer. I thought community-wiki was a ghetto for "Must-have super-awesome for $FOO" type ...
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Is meta.stackoverflow's engine a competitor for uservoice for 3rd party sites?

Is it better for a 3rd party website to choose StackOverflow engine for user feedback instead of something like UserVoice? Price is a consideration, but I'm interested mostly in how they compare ...
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Reduce community wiki force threshold to <= 15 answers on superuser?

We are picking up tons of subjective posts on superuser.com so far. One way to mitigate this is to reduce the community wiki force threshold from 30 answers (as it is on SO, SF, and here) to 15 ...
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Javascript on Superuser…

Is anybody else experiencing no-javascript on Super user? No ability to add comments. No ability to see live-preview of markdown. No ability to run any jQuery code from Greasemonkey...
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Are video game questions appropriate for superuser?

Or is it time to create another site? questions could be general discussion or tips/tricks
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superuser tag prerequisites

should questions on SU have a tag prerequisite for being either hardware or software, as all questions in theory should fall into at least one or other of those categories? quite a few Q's are ...
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Why are people making up tags when we have one?

People are making up new tags to mean the same thing. There needs to be a definitive tag for each meaning. Search for "multi" in Tags. Find: multiple-monitors x12 multiscreen x3 multi-monitor x2 ...
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Superuser color is really really bothersome and fatiguing

I can't look at that site for too long. It's not the ewoks or the questions - it is the color scheme. Please make it possible to browse that site for more than a minute or two To elaborate - the ...
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5 points on upvote?

I only got 5 points on superuser for an upvote. Any ideas? I haven't met my limit yet.
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Microsoft related Retagging

I've noticed some alternate tags that should be cleaned up. The first one listed for each of these should be correct (unless I don't know of some other naming convention). windows-7 windows7 windows-...
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maintaining superuser signal to noise for new users

SuperUser has been open for beta for a very short time and already the flurry of questions is overwhelming and vast. There is a lot of noise (i.e. "Must have...") and very little signal at this point ...
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Super User's Internet Explorer tagging convention

So far questions on Super User are being branched off into separate tagging conventions with regards to Internet Explorer. ie internet-explorer ie8, internet-explorer-8, etc. I am posting this to ...
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SuperUser Tagging Question: Software/Hardware/Product Recommendations

On SuperUser there are lots of questions which are looking for product recommendations for various purposes. These can range between hardware, software, or other types of products. Right now there are ...
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Help Define SuperUser.Com

Jeff Atwood recently suggested that the community begin to help develop some guidelines as to what should be allowed on SuperUser.com so that it doesn't become the great big "catch-all" of computer ...
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Super User attracting too many open-ended/subjective questions?

The top listed questions on the front page of superuser.com at the moment: Side Effects of Reformatting Hard Drive Must have iPhone applications “Must-Have” Firefox Addons? What is Wolfram Alpha good ...
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Why is there a different SVN revision listed on SU and SO/SF/meta?

Apparently, the SVN revision is different on SU than on SO/SF/meta. At the moment it's 3970 on the former and 3966 on the rest. This must mean that you guys don't really have an automated deployment ...
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Daily reputation cap on Superuser does not count the association points?

I am guessing that the daily reputation cap does not count points granted for associating user identity across the stackoverflow sites. Can someone correct/confirm this?
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Is editing being abused?

I never noticed this practice on stackoverflow or serverfault, but I noticed on superuser that some users will answer a question if a placeholder that either barely or does not answer the question it ...
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How does the community feel about people trying to SELL things on SuperUser?

I can see some questions like 'where can i get the cheapest X' and other members might have X and want to sell. I have mixed feelings as to whether or not that should be allowed, but it would be ...
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Does anyone else hate the superuser “mustard” color?

I find it offensive: squarely in the baby-poo, vomit, etc category. Edit: I'm referring to the background of the "alert" bar as well as the "welcome" box for not-logged-in users.
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Is asking a user participating in SuperUser.com to have an open id unrealistic?

Should superuser.com users be able to log into the site w/o creating an openid? That seems a little advanced. Maybe the least technical of the SO trilogy should have the least technical entry ...
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Have you tried turning it off and on again?

Are the predictions on what percentage of the questions in superuser the solution would be to reboot? I'm going to guess about 5%.