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Send out [newsletters]

newsletters has no usage guidance, there are 14 questions tagged with it, mainly about format of newsletters, or sending newsletters in e-mail. I see it from time to time as a favoured tag of spam ...
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Should questions about hacking networks be allowed?

I recently stumbled upon some questions blatantly asking for help in cracking wireless security passwords (Have a look at the tag aircrack-ng). Should those be flagged as "unwanted in our community"? ...
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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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Submit your Blog post for the Super User Contest here:

This is an area were users can submit their entries for 'best blog post' part of the Super User 2nd Anniversary Competition. Feel free to post your submission here in its entirety. Other user can ...
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Tag cleanup weekend 1 - After action reports and impressions

We had about 4-5 users who were actively/obviously cleaning up, and at least one complaint of over efficiency. How was tag cleanup weekend? More specifically, if you were involved, what tags did ...
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Should I edit those pesky empty tag wikis?

Every day I plan to grab a couple of empty tag wikis and edit them to provide at least a reasonable popup information to users of Super User. Where possible, I plan to write an extended full wiki ...
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What's our threshold for profanity in comments?

I just handled a bunch of flags on older comments, flagging the use of the word "bitch" as "complain" or "is a pain". Now certain words (mostly ones with 4 letters for some reason), I can get - but ...
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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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To edit or not within 5 minutes if sensitive material

I've noticed that there is the 5 minute grace period where edits are not visible, Can Moderators See Edits Made to Answers Within 5 Minutes?. The problem is, if I were to edit some one's post within ...
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Where to ask for computer hardware suggestions?

If I have a question about computer hardware, on which SE site should I ask it? It will involve asking for opinions. For example, "I need to purchase a computer for a conference room that will sit ...
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How is the term “Computer” defined on Super User?

The arguments over whether a tablet counts as a computer this rather lovely Ars Technica article on why they think a tablet is a PC as well as a chat conversation over this question got me thinking ...
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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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How can “Community” post a bounty?

The post How to unhide 'Very Hidden' Worksheet has a bounty posted by Community, which says: One or more of the answers is exemplary and worthy of an additional bounty. As Community is not a ...
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Promotional text in answer

On this answer, there is a text and link that seems like promoting a service from the user. The answer itself seems good. It does not disclose its affiliation, though, although can be inferred from ...
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I CAN HAZ DRIVERZ KTHXBAI?

I notice that there's lots of questions involving people asking for drivers for specific pieces of hardware. Invariably these questions are rather specific/localised and aren't really all that useful ...
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Let's part ways with [computer-parts]

computer-parts appears to be a useless meta tag. Nobody is an expert on all computer parts and there is no reason to search for questions using that tag that I can think of. Should we remove this tag?...
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Actually changing things through Meta

We have four principal categories of topics on Meta, with some overlap: Bug: The site just doesn't work Feature request: I want to have new shiny things Support: How does this work? Discussion: What ...
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Do we need better definitions for off-topic questions in the help center?

This question mainly relates to users and contributors' interpretations of the Help Center » Asking guidelines: Super User is for computer enthusiasts and power users. If you have a question ...
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Show your Excel results

I see a lot of Excel questions, but also ones involving command lines, batch files, and other similar scripts, that entail some mental challenge. I'm not referring to ones where a novice needs some ...
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I want to ask a too broad question and answer it with a tutorial I wrote myself. What will the be the community's reaction?

We were asked to set up a LAMP server on an unused desktop PC a week ago. I am a complete newbie regarding this matter. The only experience I had was that I was slightly familiar with vi and the ...
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This question was closed-as-dup but the accepted answer is out-of-date

Google brought me to this question: Is there a way to identify the busy (CPU-consuming) tab in Firefox? But that question is marked as a duplicate of this one: How to find out which firefox tab is ...
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Newbie Doesn't Get Unicorns

I am extremely confused about this unicorn game, my biggest question: Is this for real? I think I'm suffering from shock, I could've sworn I never saw this before. Is this new or what?
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What should we do with outdated, but highly-popular questions?

Example: We have a question about SSDs, which is now two years old. Are SSDs worth the money? I've been hearing a lot of hype about the SSDs recently. I'm planning to buy a new machine as ...
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Files and folders everywhere

I hate to see these perfect examples of our tag problem go, but, oh well. Please help clean up the tags: file 1407 - 679 141 questions folder 1129 - 857 319 questions
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Burn [version-number], [updates] and related tags

BUMP: I started to write a new question about version, then discovered that it had been raised 5 yrs ago, when there were 47 questions, but not resolved. Then I found this question from 2 yrs ago, ...
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Burnination Request - Invisible

invisible is absolutely useless! Top three questions mean 3 completely different uses. I suggest getting rid of it.
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What will happen to the Windows-8-Preview tag once Windows 8 goes live?

We currently have 385 questions tagged with windows-8-preview and looking towards the impending release of Windows 8 I am wondering what will happen to the -preview tag. I guess that we will have a ...
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Merge [product-key] and [license-key]

product-key and license-key tags seem to be synonyms.
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Synonomize tags for new Firefox

Quantum is the release name for Firefox 57. It looks like people are referring to the new browser by either name, and we have tags for both. It is probably useful to have both tags, but they should ...
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Adding the notification icons to the blog

My home page is the Super User Community Blog When I launch Chrome, I like to read the blog and to see if I have new notifications. Unfortunately, the notification icon are not in the bar, so I must ...
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Sorting out Chrome-related tags

Someone's muddled the chrome-related tags! Chromium is an open-source web browser. Chrome is a closed-source derivative of Chromium made by Google. Chrome OS is an operating system based on the ...
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Gentle reminders to mark an answer as accepted?

I often see questions which have one or more answers that are comprehensive, correct, helpful, and have many upvotes, and yet the question remains without a marked answer. Generally, it seems like the ...
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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
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Why is looking for alternative programs “not constructive”?

Background I had asked this question a while back, and received some great responses, and a great final answer that helped me out quite a ton. Everything was fine until ~yesterday. Yesterday, ...
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Should I accept an answer for someone else's bounty?

I see a mod posted a sizable bounty to my question: Why is checking Windows Update so slow? I'm wondering if I should be accepting an answer in order for the user who posts the correct answer to be ...
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Bad answer repeat offender

There is a certain user I've seen answering some questions on SU that are... well, just bad. Most of his answers consist of a few more questions to the poster (that should be in the comments) and then ...
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Is it proper to ask a question about removing advertisments in an application?

I would like to achieve to get rid of the advertisement in this application. You can't seem to get rid of this mandatory ad displayed everytime you start it. Would asking for a practice to remove ...
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Vintage computer on-topic?

Are questions about repairing and maintaining vintage computers and peripherals on-topic? I'm thinking, for example, of Commodore 64 Atari 800XL S-100 machines IBM PC XT These would seem to fit ...
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User asks for answer that won't solve their problem

In this question, the asker is asking how to assign 2 IP addresses to their computer using DHCP. However, they clarified their question, and the reason they want to do this is to bypass an IP-based ...
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Can someone write another answer for our canonical malware question?

Our canonical malware question is a gem. At the time it was written, though, the various malware that encrypts your files weren't even a thing. We periodically get questions on how to recover from ...
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What is the definition of “corporate IT support”?

I've run into a few questions like this one: Restricting certain printers to certain programs. The question was written by someone working in a company. I get the impression that it is a small ...
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Is it important to mark a question as answered?

I asked Can Windows CE 6 auto-run an application on an inserted USB stick? that never got any responses, but while waiting I ran some additional tests that strongly suggest the answer to my question ...
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Should I perform a duck test when reviewing suggested edits?

Duck test: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. In this case: If it behaves like the Original Poster, then it probably is the Original ...
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2014 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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Can Moderators See Edits Made to Answers Within 5 Minutes?

Can moderators etc. can see edits made within 5 minutes? I ask because I answered a question one minute after someone else but they quickly changed their answer to include information from mine. But ...
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Can we educate users to stop adding “Belongs on xyz.SE!” comments without further explanation?

Similarly to people telling the OP to ask their question on Apple.SE, even if it's on topic here on SU, I think that there's a general problem with comments like the following: This should be on ...
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Tab Tab Tab, is this browser on

We currently have multiple tab tags open on our site: tabs Tabs are a graphical user interface feature that allows multiple documents to be contained within a single window. browser-tabs The tag ...
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Do we really need the [executable] or [exe] tags?

We have two tags representing 'executable programs': executable An executable is a fully compiled program that can be run without further processing. exe (tag was merged into executable) An ...
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Revert [openoffice.org]?

We have openoffice which is synonomized with openoffice.org as the primary. The OpenOffice suite is still around, but not OpenOffice.org. Around five years ago, it became Apache OpenOffice. I ...
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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 ...