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Are hardware (port, cable, etc.) visual identification questions allowed or not?

Are hardware (port, cable, etc.) visual identification questions allowed or not? Specifically when it's basically just "What's this port?" and a picture. Examples: What is a name of this port? And ...
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Should users suggest technical edits?

Recently, I received this answer and a comment asking me to run a particular command to get the precise Last Modified timestamp of a file: wmic datafile where name="c:\\foo.txt" get lastmodified ...
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What steps can I take to check and improve lower quality questions?

It is sometimes unclear in which way a question should be handled. What can I do to check why excactly it doesn't meet our standards? What could I do to inform the user and improve it to be of higher ...
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Since when are software recommendations off-topic?

I want to take discussion away from Daniel's previous post. Here's my point: I've always been under the impression that software-recommendations were absolutely fine on Super User.* Now, obviously, ...
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You're fired: Burn the [position] tag

position seems quite meta - no useful description, and no consistency, and it will not help experts in "positioning" find questions, in my opinion. I vote to fire it
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Why are safety and security synonyms?

In the first lesson in my information security class I learned how bad the German term "Sicherheit" is, which can be translated to either security or safety, which makes it hard to distinguish between ...
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Strange audit result

In the Close Votes review queue, I got Graphics Card Adapter Is Facing Backwards as an audit question. The question had a colorful history: closed by a moderator as unclear, subsequently edited a ...
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Re-assign accepted answer years later?

A few years ago I asked Remove or prevent sidebar from opening by default on Adobe Reader and received a superb response. A recent update to the software in question nullifies this accepted answer ...
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Should you ask/answer your own questions to make a public KB?

I wonder if it's in the spirit of the site, or if my questions will get down-voted to oblivion, were I to answer my own question as I post it. My intent is to build some sort of public KB; stuff which ...
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Which proper action should be taken to handle this suspicious post?

Recently I see through this question: How to paste text into input fields that block it? There is a late answer includes a link which it looks to be suspicious: From what I read in other site meta ...
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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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Superuser vs Unix/Linux vs Ubuntu

If I have a question about Ubuntu, I now have 3 places I could take it to: https://superuser.com/ https://unix.stackexchange.com/ https://askubuntu.com/ It seems to me that Ubuntu is a subset of ...
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Super User in Portuguese

As you may know, Stack Overflow in Portuguese is a huge success. Now, it is time to expand the idea and get our hands at the Super User in Portuguese, right now on Area 51. Stack Exchange team has a ...
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Please migrate Google Analytics questions to Webmasters

Hello from Web Apps! We've been seeing an awful lot of questions about Google Analytics migrated from Super User over to Web Apps lately. The thing is, questions about Google Analytics will be much ...
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Split up the [split] tag [duplicate]

split is all over - it's about splitting files, DVDs, splitting windows/screen into two, Excel formula to split contents - I propose that we kill split
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Should we put a limit on [limit]?

limit is a meta-tag used for a bunch of totally different purposes. Scanning the first page of questions I find questions about limiting screen resolution number of files downloaded amount parallel ...
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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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User tries to do something forbidden by license. Is explaining why it's illegal an answer?

Specifically, I'm speaking about this question: Windows 10 License in UEFI. Long story short, OP currently uses Windows with a license provided by his university through DreamSpark. He's going to ...
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Is Tumbleweed badge an achievement or otherwise?

Lately two of my questions earned me a tumbleweed badge? Does this mean my questions don't make sense and I need to improve them to attract more attention?
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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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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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There's no point in running

run is absolutely useless. We should get rid of it.
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A useful question was put on hold after six years due to software recommentation, how to respond?

I've been pondering this for the last couple of days. I was researching ways to verifiy ripped audio files and found this question which I found very useful. I thought it was a good sensible question....
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What to do with “Which Linux Distro for my Old PC” questions of super-user

We have a number of questions on SuperUser, asking which Linux distribution to use on the poster's old PC, and giving specs of said old PC. A number of these questions have been closed as Duplicate. ...
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Did I create, then fail my own review audit?

I encountered this question in the Reopen queue. At the time, it looked like this. I suspected it might not be worthy of re-opening, so instead of using Edit and Reopen I opened the question in a ...
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2012 Community Moderator Election

The 2012 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Unanswered questions that are answered without upvotes or accepted answers

The Unanswered tab at the top shows that there are more than 8,000 unanswered questions, it also seems to increase every day. I think it's a bad behavior that this keeps increasing... Don't ...
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Recovery tag needs to stop recovering

I think that the recovery Tag is far too broad as there are so many different types of recovery (which also have tags for them) such as data-recovery, password-recovery, partition-recovery and so on. ...
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2012 Community Moderator Election Results

Well, Super User's epic second moderator election has come to an end. Our winners are: Please give them a warm welcome, and hearty thanks and congratulations for volunteering!
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Choosing a canonical question for “Is my processor 32-bit or 64-bit?”

Super User has several questions asking how to check whether they have a 32-bit or 64-bit Operating System, and how to check if their CPU is 64-bit capable. The majority combine both questions into ...
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Account copying question from another source

My concern is around this question: https://superuser.com/questions/1004955/break-in-operation-file-is-corrupt-what-to-do The user posting the question has no other interaction on Super User, at ...
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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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Retagging [google] questions [duplicate]

Some of the questions tagged with google actually relate only to Google Chrome and not to Google products / Google company in general, for example: How does Google Chrome installer work? Google ...
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Very suspicious question

This question has accumulated 689 upvotes since yesterday, and the single answer has accumulated 708 upvotes. Now, there may be questions that merit such adulation, and this one is kind of ...
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Are purely non-technical answers to technical problems on-topic?

I edited this question yesterday as part of a cleanup spree. It had already gotten a fair bit of activity, but someone tweeted a link to it after I edited it, and things really took off. The topic of ...
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Where do EC2 and AWS questions truly belong?

I am a moderator on Web Applications, and I would like to address the points of this Web Apps Meta question to a wider audience, because we get more than a handful of questions on these topics that ...
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Problem solved by customer support with a premade executable

I recently asked Open a cash drawer using a RJ11 DIO 12/24V port in Windows 7, and while looking for an answer I contacted the customer support of Shuttle. They replied with a message which was a bit ...
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Hats this year?

I loved the Hats from the past couple of years. I thought it would be happening by now, but I could be wrong. Is there a "Hats" season on SU this year? The earlier questions about participation ...
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How do I find out if I belong in SU?

I apologize in advance if this is a dumb question. How do I figure out if I belong in SU or not? This applies to both asking questions and providing answers. I've been participating in SO for ...
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Is there any difference between the tags “windows-server-2003” and “windows-2003-server”?

Discovered a few semi-related tags: windows-server-2003 539 questions, 10 this year this has a good excerpt, but no tag wiki windows-2003-server 19 questions, 2 this year this has nothing... no ...
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Why are “why was … implemented this way” questions closed as opinion based?

This question is closed because it's opinion based. It basically asks why Ctrl + V paste is not implemented in PowerShell. There's a comment below, "This can't really be answered by anyone except ...
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Should WSL be a synonym for Windows Subsystem for Linux?

I noticed today that we currently have two tags for the same Windows 10 feature. WSL Windows-Subsystem-For-Linux. My suggestion is for WSL tag to become a synonym of the greater Windows Subsystem ...
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Is this (clever) spam?

Looking at this question and the answer, it looks like spam to me: Both users have 1 point only. Both have women as avatars. Both link to the same blogspot blog. Both the question and answer lacks ...
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What are some of the user-created april fools gags that we've had in the past?

Sure, we have unicorns. We've also has some of our own april fools jokes on site. Sadly, they are often a pain to find, since they're deleted. What are some of these gags? Can we see what they are ...
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Rename macos tag?

We just did a tag synonym reversal for osx and macos. The move was technically correct, but it's creating an unanticipated problem (at least for me, I'm just assuming some others are similarly ...
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Help us clean up Super User

Waaaay back in the early days of Stack Overflow Jeff wrote a blog post about the Stack Overflow Question Lifecycle. Who decides what questions don’t fit? Trusted members of the Stack Overflow ...
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Time to be LESS organised

organization is a pretty big meta-tag. It's uses include, Organisation charts Sorting data Windows Explorer functionality Email organisation and many more. Should we burn it?
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Burnination of device tag

The tag devices serves no purpose. Can we please burninate?
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Merge [EFI] and [UEFI] tags?

The tag description for EFI is : EFI stands for Extensible Firmware Interface, and is an updated version of BIOS. It sits between firmware and the operating system in the software stack. while ...
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Why was my question on compatibility flagged as a “Hardware Purchasing Question”?

I am new to this Stack Exchange site. I recently asked a question about whether certain connections were standardized, specifically laptop 4k non-touch screens. It quickly got flagged as an off-topic ...