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Is this Really a Bad Question?

I'm getting slightly annoyed at people's continued comments on my question, and I'm wondering if I really should be, or if I need to actually fix something. I've asked what I believe to be a very ...
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Parsing out what you do versus what you say you do

The decision by several mods on Using pirated copy of old windows versions puzzles me. Yes, the poster knows he's courting disaster. However, if we stopped helping the clueless, we'd be whistling in ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

I posted this answer, which was deleted. Why was it deleted? Added image of deleted post for <10k users.
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Why was this question closed as “Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations”?

I asked the following question: Is there a list of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems that Dragon Professional Individual intentionally do not support? http://shop.nuance.com/store/nuanceus/...
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Have I been penalized for an answer 1 moderator didn't like?

I posted an answer that met both the spirit of the question and the literal question asked. It was a lot different from other answers, all of which were going down a trail suggested by the OP as a ...
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Why was this closed? [closed]

How many guesses per second are possible against an encrypted disk?
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I Need to Ask a Poll-Type Question

I am trying to find out the pronunciation of a computer term, but since it is (mostly) a poll-type question, I figured I would ask for advice first in order to avoid getting raped by the seemingly ...
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We need to kill the [facebook] tag

Just found the facebook, needs to be killed too.
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Open-ended questions… That old chestnut

I know there's plenty of hardcore users here who despise open-ended questions more than anything else on the planet, but aren't we going a little too far sometimes? There are times when asking the ...
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Instagram v VSCO v 'website or forum'

How can I simultaneously download original pictures from someone else's public VSCO? How can I download some original-sized bigger pictures from Instagram simultaneously? https://superuser.com/...
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Make the use of an OS tag compulsory for all questions

EDIT: You are all quite right. This is not a good idea. If I had a penny for every time I have left a comment on a question asking the OP to state which OS they are using I would be one rich geek. ...
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Proposition to add a tag for “high refresh rate”

I searched for questions about high refresh rate displays and I found that they mostly use the general tag for refresh-rate. I think it makes sense to subdivide it further into questions about 60hz+ ...
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How many down-votes are “enough” down-votes

Let us say that a question is attracting down-votes because of being off-topic / no research effort / recommendation or any other reason for that matter. How many down-votes can be considered ...
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I need 50 reputation points to post a comment? [duplicate]

This restriction is really blocking me. I'd like to comment on a working solution, and confirm that it is working. I'd like to comment here: How to bring back Photo Viewer in Windows 10?
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Effect of downvote on reputation

Should downvotes result into bigger reputation loss than -2 ? I believe that compared to +10 for an upvote, -2 is negligible and it would be fair to increase it. Also, since the community is ...
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Unintended consequence of cheap downvotes and possible solutions

In our pursuit of great answers, we seem to have forgotten that even good questions can start out a little rough, or even very rough. Downvotes are very common, and based on the comments following in ...
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How can I undelete this to answers

I posted this two answers, although they work and I test the solution, it seems that there is not very obvious since they were deleted on sight with this comment: Please read the question again ...
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Tag suggestion for the new kind of browsers extensions

Can we have a "webextension" tag, (and/or a tag for E10s)? PS: Saying "I disagree" if you disagree, is enough, no need to downvote every tag suggestion.
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1 ATI Radeon card in PCIe 2.0 slot for display. How to make use of AMD FireStream cards placed in empty PCIe 2.0 slots?

I have an AMD ATX board with 4+ PCIe 2.0 slots. 1 of the slots is occupied by a ATI Radeon card which handles display. There are at least 3 empty PCIe 2.0 slots on this ATX board. Suppose some AMD ...
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Meta tag for tag-request

I think it would be helpful to have a meta tag tag-request in order to distinguish requests for new tags from other tag-related questions. Are there any reasons why this is hasn't been implemented?
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Closure of question and rude approach

My question here has been closed. Rename files 000…001…002… to 001…002…003 as too broad. From my point of view, it is clear what I am asking. I'm asking of a simple way for these files to be renamed, ...
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Why were my 2 edits suggesting formatting changes to numbering rejected?

Please see https://superuser.com/review/suggested-edits/756634 and https://superuser.com/review/suggested-edits/756633. Adding numbering helped clarify the multitude of solutions.
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question is closed without proper reason

This was my question How can I benchmark Linux PC I see its closed as not constructive. Which means, This question is not a good fit to our Q&A format. We expect answers to generally involve ...
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what is the purpose of down-voting a question?

I understand the reason for up-voting a question. It is a good question and the results are likely to help someone in the future. But what is the purpose of down-voting? If the question is bad, ...
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Is it legal to post content from overclock.net, if it is against their TOS? [closed]

One user is posting pirated content from the site overclock.net, here is what their TOS say: Posting Content and Assets By posting content: You have confirmed that you have not made this content ...
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Suggestion of a measure to avoid abandoned bounties

I see too many posts with bounties being abandoned on our site. Bounties are an efficient attention-getter device which does well to attract answers to the post. If the post is abandoned, this seems ...
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High threshold for “well-asked” questions

Various posters have previously complained about the voting patterns on SuperUser and the standard response is that down votes are accorded to "poorly asked questions". Well, it would seem that "well-...
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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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still no place for subjective questions? e.g. the recent vim question Deleted?

I see this interesting question https://superuser.com/questions/324151/are-people-deluding-themselves-with-vim was deleted there was already one answer posted, and of course that's lost.. other ...
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Is the question about floating panel less unclear now?

Why isn't the floating panel focused when clicking on it? Has it been clearer? If not, why is that? PS: why is that question (which is now clearer) still bad?
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Fair application of non-existent rules [closed]

Previously we had a discussion about ReactOS. Essentially there isn't a rule against asking about "pre-release" software, but those questions were closed because ReactOS is declared perpetually "alpha"...
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Why is the SuperUser Community so Arrogant and Toxic to New Users? [closed]

In the SuperUser forums, the majority of the comments have negative undertones and more focus is placed on subtle low-key comments that create a toxic culture by its very nature. Users ignore the ...
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Are coding cash bounties allowed on SuperUser?

I wish to offer payment for a 5 minute configuration via remote connection on my router to fix a configuration issue. Are offers like this allowed on SuperUser?
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Why are substantial edits rejected when they don't also address all, potential minor, issues?

Some reviewers of suggested edits appear way to restrictive when it comes to approving an edit. See for example This suggested edit (Related meta post) And this one (Disclaimer, this one is mine) ...
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Kindly reopen “How do I remove this white space between text”?

I have a question about my Super User post: How do I remove this white space between text? I edited it.
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Log-Out-Link is nowhere to be found [duplicate]

Do not answer "duplicate" - The link is definitely missing - at least not there where others claim it should be:
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Wouldn't it be better to reverse the reputation used by superuser.com?

Situation: 1) I am an expert software professional 2) I recently found superuser.com from a search engine, because I found a particular Q&A useful Desire: 1) Vote the two answers as useful ...
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Is the Commodore 64 Mini on topic?

The Commodore 64 Mini is a general-purpose computer that comes with Linux. It comes preinstalled with games, but it also comes preinstalled with BASIC that can load other programs. It is supposed to ...
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trigger happy moderators deleting answers for no reason

I know I can't expect quality of SO on SU, but moderators deleting answers for no reason at all? That's going too far. How to mess up a PC running Windows 7? It's not a duplicate, it's on-topic, it'...
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Why am I getting a question ban?

I have only asked 2 or 3 questions and got a ban without that warning. Is my status on other SE sites causing me to have a premature question ban here?
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The purpose of this community - down-voting and asking questions

Why downvote a question? It causes the user to lose reputation. Why not simply ask the person to restate and/or delete the question? I was told that this community only accepts one question at a ...
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I believe our current system for preventing downvoters is insufficient

I've just become a victim of serial downvoting, or at least I believe so. Some posts of mine from years ago had been downvoted out of the blue, and more recent ones as well. Naturally, this decreases ...
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Downvoting questions and answers

It appears that some are upset about the reputation people earn. I have received several downvotes without any feedback, so I don't think there is a problem with my answer. This answer has received 2 ...
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Add “windows” to super user description?

I had a tough time looking for the stack exchange Q&A for windows issues in order to post this question: windows issue . Finally someone directed me to this Q&A. The current description for ...
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Silently deleting comments: Not Cool Super User!

So, someone deleted a couple comments I made in response to someone else's comments. There was no messaging to me about when or why. That is totally uncool. This is cencorship, pure and simple. Yes ...
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superuser.com reputation point issue- not sure this was thought out very well

So, I had an issue, and googled it. I found the solution I needed on this site, and wanted to thank the person who wrote it. I am not a regular user of this site, so I created a user account and went ...
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Internet Security on Super User

While the topic of Internet security is not listed in what should be asked about, it is also not listed as being off-topic. I think Internet security is worth paying attention to. Recently I posted ...
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suggestion for admin [duplicate]

There should be a way the person who asks the question can send $10 by Paypal to the person who answers the question without disclosing email. The site has the email, so just enable a button to send ...
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Seriously consider removing the “no software recommendations” rule, or stop moderators from abusing it

You encounter a specific computing problem. You search for a solution everywhere and don't find one. You spend a considerable length of time writing a well-thought-out, researched, eloquent and ...
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Why are opinion based topics rejected when the responses can be helpful to the person in need?

When someone has a need, who gives a care if the responses are opinion when they provide the help that is needed? The question that prompts me to ask this question, "Fingers get cold when I type" has ...