Questions tagged [discussion]

The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions, influence site policy, or debate a particular topic, with the goal of reaching a community consensus.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
21
votes
0answers
423 views

Spambots promoting personal enhancement products, can we better defend against them?

I'm seeing a disturbing increase in spam posts promoting personal enhancement products such as male enhancement, hair care, dieting, brain enhancement, and other similar products. The following list (...
21
votes
0answers
215 views

Reminder on voting to migrate

#1 rule to consider after determining a question may be a better fit elsewhere: Don't migrate crap. meta discussion In going through the close queue, I often see questions voted to ...
21
votes
0answers
331 views

There should be no [untagged] questions

The tag untagged is applied to questions which either have all their tags burninated or to questions migrated from other sites whose tags from the origin site do not match any tags here. According to ...
21
votes
0answers
149 views

Reduce Tag Ambiguity by Requiring Objects for Transitive Verbs

It's all in the title I'd say... In short, I'm suggesting that we add 'object' validation for single-transitive verb tags without object qualifiers... For instance ... 'split' would require the ...
20
votes
11answers
457 views

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 ...
20
votes
4answers
629 views

Should we edit out spam from spam posts?

An established user had edited a blatant spam post (10k-only), replacing it with the following content: UTTER SPAM Please delete me. I feel that this is superfluous and masks the actual spam ...
20
votes
1answer
305 views

What's the point of vote animations? [closed]

Exactly what it says on the tin. I may be a bit out of date, but can someone explain to me the reasoning behind them?
20
votes
2answers
333 views

Are questions related to download YouTube content allowed?

There are many questions about how to download video or audio from YouTube. Here are the two tags youtube-dl and youtube. But in the YouTube Terms 5.B., here I quote a portion of it: You shall not ...
20
votes
1answer
478 views

Two long answers disagreeing with each other - how to canonicalize?

Someone posted a new answer to a rather old question of mine, Disadvantages of partitioning an SSD?. The answer I accepted has 13 upvotes at this time, and I have accepted the information therein as ...
20
votes
3answers
646 views

What time of the day is Super User getting the least traffic?

Due to the recent discussion about edit flooding, and one possible counter measure mentioned by @Grace Note ... You may consider that it is often wiser to perform massive edit jobs during low ...
20
votes
4answers
410 views

Could we finally get rid of [software-rec]?

I know that this has been covered before (for example here), but communities evolve constantly and our current view on this matter can be different. In my humble opinion, software-rec should be ...
20
votes
3answers
467 views

What should be featured in our list of off-topic close reasons?

Many people seem to think that question closure means that the question has come the end of its lifecycle here, while it's clearly not so. As part of making things more clear to the folks asking why ...
20
votes
1answer
309 views

Should I handle rude fragments myself? or is it better to get moderator involved?

I flagged a question as rude because of Edit: whoever downvoted this question is a [rude part here]. Note: the question wasn't rude as a whole, only this one sentence was. One of the moderators ...
20
votes
3answers
601 views

Do we need “warning” and “alert”?

Similar to error-message, which we just got rid of, there are also: alert × 26 warning × 37 Neither of these are really specific. They don't add meaning to the questions. Sometimes, ...
20
votes
1answer
522 views

Vote to Close the Vote to Close chat room

With the new Review System, questions are getting closed/reopened/improved more rapidly then before. Looking at the room activity, it's been 43 days since something was asked in there, other then one ...
20
votes
1answer
287 views

How to Report Cyclic Flagging?

This question is flagged as a duplicate of this question. However, that 2nd question is also flagged as a duplicate of the first. How do I bring this to the proper individuals' attention?
20
votes
1answer
550 views

Blogs.sun.com is dead

Oracle have killed off blogs.sun.com. You have a number of questions/answers that have links to blogs.sun.com that will need fixing. Here's the list In general you just need to change the http://...
20
votes
1answer
493 views

Do people still use a [downloader]?

Nice useless meta tag. downloader is only a useful tag when people tell you just what downloader they are using. On its own it serves no purpose. Only a few questions tagged with it so it's an easy ...
20
votes
1answer
334 views

Super User Swag is still wanted

Looking through the sidebar, I found this old question about the Super User mug. I'm wondering if there's any update from the team about making swag available for purchase any time soon? Or what kind ...
20
votes
1answer
270 views

Let's bring [tables] to the table

tables is a very broad tag, which currently has no tag wiki and encompasses everything from questions about Excel, SQL tables, tables in Microsoft Word, and a whole host of other things. In other ...
20
votes
1answer
126 views

Journeyman Geek's Monthly Bounty Hunt: July/August

I'm ploughing back some of my rep into the community, and hopefully getting some good/better answers up for questions. I really wouldn't be able to chase down all the worthy candidates for such a ...
20
votes
2answers
302 views

Are questions about Chrome OS on-topic?

The primary purpose of Chrome OS is to run applications that are off-topic on Super User (web apps, plus it can run Android apps, both off-topic). The devices it runs on (Chromebooks), are designed ...
20
votes
1answer
150 views

Reverse the [vlc] synonym direction?

Currently, vlc-media-player is synonymised to vlc. I think it would be better the other way around. Doing so, we would: Reduce the ambiguity of the tag. It would then be obvious, even to people who'...
20
votes
0answers
348 views

Deletion of OP's (admittedly poor) self-answer

In this question: Bash: I want to type a tilde. Pressing F10 gives me '1~' instead of just '~', the OP eventually posted their own answer, describing how they solved the issue ...
20
votes
0answers
362 views

Usage of “external” tag - burninate?

I just removed the external tag from a question regarding viewing of source code for a browser, and it got me thinking that this is somewhat a meta-tag. There exists tags such as external-hard-drive ...
19
votes
13answers
758 views

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 ...
19
votes
6answers
836 views

Official stance on Facebook questions on SU?

https://superuser.com/questions/73214/facebook-profiles-for-non-people-okay Ok, there are many questions that reference Facebook, but this one seems to be directly about facebook. I need an official ...
19
votes
6answers
2k views

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 ...
19
votes
3answers
581 views

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...?
19
votes
3answers
410 views

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 ...
19
votes
1answer
211 views

What is the correct way to style this community's name?

If I'm writing about the website at https://superuser.com/, and I wish to refer to it by name, should I call it: Super User SuperUser Superuser superuser Or something else? (Context: I'm modifying ...
19
votes
1answer
442 views

Is using British spelling discouraged?

I wanted to fix a typo in the title of this question when I saw that in the question body behaviour had been edited to behavior by another user. Is this necessary? Should I (we) start to think about ...
19
votes
7answers
634 views

Suggestions for updating our FAQ

Based on the results of the vote for a change of policy we've drawn the conclusion that the majority of the users (who voted) are in favor of allowing appropriate tablet questions. So the new policy ...
19
votes
5answers
505 views

The DOS tag is ambiguous

As it is, the dos tag is ambiguous. Even the tag wiki excerpt is split: DOS is an acronym for "Disk Operating System." DoS is an acronym for "Denial of Service." Do not use this tag for questions ...
19
votes
3answers
473 views

Add a 'No Caps Lock' message/hint/check on the website

I've seen a lot of questions that are originally in CAPS LOCK and with no formatting at all. Most recently, was this and this question with caps lock body, this question with caps lock title, and this ...
19
votes
2answers
354 views

How Could I Have Improved My Question To Avoid Getting Downvoted?

I have a question about my Super User post: Router Blocks Access To Single Site, Only On Selective Devices I asked what I thought to be a detailed question but with no answers or comments -- only a ...
19
votes
3answers
327 views

Why can people answer a question before being able to comment?

I am new here, so sorry if this has been addressed somewhere before. I realized that with no reputation points, I still can answer but not comment (for example, ask for clarification) on a question. ...
19
votes
2answers
3k views

The infamous “My PC is freezing” question…

We all know what they are: My PC is freezing and I don't know what to do? Please help me! Here's my specs: I think it's a windows 7 It has a power supply There's some RAM ...
19
votes
3answers
449 views

Are batch script questions allowed on Super User?

Yes, it's nearly a dupe: Is batch script help allowed on superuser? Preferred location for "shell scripting" questions I've also read Inconsistent Mod response to migrating Excel ...
19
votes
3answers
649 views

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 ...
19
votes
1answer
339 views

Why was my “not an answer” flag rejected?

I've flagged this answer as not an answer and my flag was rejected. Why? I think that answer was posted as a joke, and it did not attempt to answer the question. Update for those who can't see ...
19
votes
2answers
252 views

Question in close queue is marked as duplicate, but the duplicate is terrible!

Recently I was looking through the close votes review queue when I came across this question, and it was flagged as a duplicate of this question. These two questions really are exact duplicates of ...
19
votes
1answer
408 views

Rant: Owner Deleted questions — there must be a better way

Twice that I know for fact, and another couple times that I suspect. The OP has deleted the question as soon as they know the answer. I assume it was the OP, the two I know for a fact were both ...
19
votes
1answer
461 views

The Super User blog is going away

We've been trying to kickstart the SU blog again, and well, it's mostly been tumbleweeds. We've had little to no activity, despite a few well meaning plans to. That said, networkwide, blogs are going ...
19
votes
1answer
193 views

Please don't migrate game recommendations to Gaming

Hi Super Users! I'm Grace Note from Gaming, here to make a polite request. A finalized ruling has been made. While I don't know if you even got any during the decision period after my request, I ...
19
votes
1answer
213 views

Delete [delete]

I don't even know what to say about delete… but I don't like it.
19
votes
2answers
341 views

Terminology issue of computer related questions

This is a purely language issue, but IMHO, it deserves some thought. I don't know how things currently stand on Stack Overflow and Server Fault, but on Super User questions often get closed as non ...
19
votes
2answers
212 views

Merge [bugcheck] into [bsod]

bugcheck contains 16 questions, practically all of which are about bsod. "Bugcheck" is the technical term for a BSOD and so the tags should be merged. Your thoughts?
19
votes
2answers
374 views

“Defuse” potentially dangerous links?

Does any kind of policy exist in regards to handling potentially "dangerous" links? In this particular case I'm looking at How to crash Microsoft windows internet explorer 11? and removed the http ...
19
votes
0answers
174 views

Don't give us static about deleting [dynamic]

dynamic is meaningless. Seems like it mostly attracts Excel-related question for some reason. There are also some questions on random topics, like folder binding, task scheduler, DDNS, dynamically ...