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Which answer to accept: best for me, or best in general?

I asked a question a few days ago which I subsequently found my own answer to. I gather that accepting your own answer is fine, however in this case I feel that whilst my answer solves it for me, in ...
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How to proceed when underlying problem solved, but does not match question?

I have asked this question: I/O Error on XSane frontend, but not on std out By now I know what my underlying problem was, but the question was initially on how to get more debugging output. Should I ...
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What should happen to a question which the OP realised was not necessary?

I came across this question today, where the OP quickly realised their mistake and stated so in the comments, however they haven't deleted the question and no other action has been taken on it (...
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Why permission of "ASK QUESTION" went away again?

I'm facing interesting issue. On StackOverflow, I have been actively get help + help others, but on SuperUser, I am almost banned permanently.. due to my incorrect first steps while joining SU, I've ...
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"This looks like spam"

I have a complex issue. It is a rare issue and has been plaguing me for several years. Therefore, it needs explaining. Therefore, it's long - 7237 characters produced over two hours of constant ...
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Why doesn't a question with score of 5 show up in Top Questions in my network profile?

I've asked this question and it has a score of 5 (it's my only question with score of 5 or more on the Stack Exchange). But in my network profile, there is a part called "Top Questions" where it says ...
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Canonical question on USB flash drives becoming write-protected

We have lots of questions about USB flash drives becoming write-protected and most of them aren't closed. The closest I can find to a canonical question is this, whose answers are rather lacking as ...
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Are new questions regarding Windows XP on-topic?

Does superuser follow the same policy as askubuntu to mark new questions about "no-longer supported" operating systems as off-topic?
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I created a resource for an answer. Are there specifications/rules to include it as picture or link?

I answered to this question "Looking up gnuplot abbreviations", in the beginning giving only the method to find the meaning of the abbreviations used or usable. After I've created a a resource (a ...
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Question about Linux/Android coexistence on a device are on topic?

I just find a closed question that asks about "Security Issues using Android/Debian Systems at the same time on a single device". Originally was titled "Use MaruOS or wait for Ubuntu Phone with Unity ...
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Is this question acceptable?

I want to ask a question about digital obsolescence but I am concerned it would be closed as too broad or primarily opinion based. Title: Why do people run old Operating Systems? There was a comment ...
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Is comparing motherboards primarily opinion based? [duplicate]

I am seeing people ask questions about Intel and AMD motherboards and trying to compare the features. Do we entertain these opinion based questions? This is tricky to flag. We know that motherboard ...
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Using superuser.com to warn my own users

In 2 days from now, users of legacy versions of our client-side software will no longer be able to login due to forced SSL setup update server-side. the error message will be cryptic. Also, we don't ...
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Existing question does not cover recent versions: Extend or create new question?

I need a page explaining to my customers how to check whether their Windows (any version) is 32bit or 64bit. All I have found is How can I find out whether my Windows is 32bit or 64 bit? which ...
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Question limit?

Is it my mistake that people were not able to answer questions that I ask, or they do not bother to answer some petty questions? I sent a request to enable my question limit, according to the admins, ...
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Q&A Posts - The Question

I'm looking at starting to do Q&A posts here on SuperUser for problems that I encounter, from uncommon problems to common problems. Obviously, the answer will have the most info in the entire post,...
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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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Is this general printer refill question appropriate?

I asked a general question regarding refilling toner in laser printers. Is this question appropriate? When refilling toner, why only to half capacity? SuperUser is appropriate for computer support ...
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Can I ask "What is the name of X"?

Can I ask a question of this type: I forgot the name of this software. What was the name of software that does A,B,C? If not, does SE have an appropriate site for this? Thanks. Reference to my ...
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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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Too many edits issue. Post-ban support

Scenario I was banned the past year in 2014. I have a post-ban in which I can't ask any question in superuser.com. Here are two discussions about my problem: Am I a victim of any sort of ...
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Sorting Questions by Most Views and Filtering

A few questions about sorting and filtering: Is it possible to sort questions by the number of views (not votes)? How? Can I combine sorting (by votes, views) with filters (unanswered, featured)? How?...
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Should I answer my own question? Was I wrong to post it?

Here's my question (oh boy, the meta effect is about to descend upon it): Suppress Google Chrome's "Your Connection is Not Private" for specific Address? Am I wrong to be asking the ...
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Can/should I change the scope of my question if I have had no responses?

I posted a question on Superuser a couple of days ago and have had no answers in response - a few comments yes, but no answers. I have found out what was causing the issue I am having, but not how to ...
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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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Is there a way to find out how many comments and questions you have sent

Just out of interest I would like to find out how many comments and questions I have sent over my time on "Super User". I would like to know this because of some results to do with badges.
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What are the rules when writing an article on Super User?

I have been working on a topic for quite some time, and now I was wondering is there a problem to share my knowledge via a Super User question? What I mean is, I do a question and answer it myself ...
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Question a/ Computer Architecture terminology on-topic?

CPU architectures are still most of the time communicated in terms of "x86" and "x64" as opposed to numbers of bits. I have an idea as to why this is, but I'm not entirely sure. I'd like to ask if ...
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Should "What are the advantages of X" questions be closed?

Should "What are the advantages of X" questions be closed? I see that some are open, some are closed, so I wonder what the policy is. Examples: https://superuser.com/q/730315/116475 What are the ...
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General troubleshooting tips for Excel formulas and VBA

I'm interested mainly in Excel and VBA, reading a lot of questions in these topics. I often find questions like "formula doesn't work", "what is the problem with this code" for which there are a ...
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Are questions about AutoCAD usage on topic here?

Are questions about general AutoCAD usage on topic here (not for any specific field, I'm just teaching myself how to use it as a general skill)? There is the CAD proposal, but it's just a proposal, ...
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Understands why question got closed, still not sure how to rephrase

I asked a question and it got put on hold with the motivation that it's asking for a service/software which quickly get outdated etc. I'm perfectly fine with the action taken and I do understand the ...
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Edit the question or ask a new one?

I have a question about memory usage that was a little ill-informed on my part, and it turns out the issue is being caused by something else entirely. Before I add any more information I'm inclined to ...
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Unsatisfied with an answer

I asked a question a while ago, about performance problems, but the question I was given didn't solve my problem, (it didn't even try), and now the question is closed. The same situation is causing ...
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Transfer ownership of question

I have a question at SuperUser which was not answered effectively for a period of time. Since then I don't have the subject hardware anymore, so I cannot test the upcoming ideas. I would gladly ...
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The slider to make the text area taller does not work on iPad

In questions and answers, the text area has a nice slider to make him taller. Alas, on iPad, the slider does not work. It would be nice to make the slider work. Thank you. I have Safari on iOS 7 ...
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Can "why" functionality questions be asked? [duplicate]

I have a question based upon observations I've noticed while working in Active Directory. Can I ask a "why" question in Superuser about functionality that I've observed or is Superuser strictly a "...
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Limit time for downvotes

Can we put a limit on the downvote system please (I'm talking years)? The reason is the SU rules change in regards to what is on and off topic. So current queue (at time of writing) is filled with ...
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Questions I asked on Super User are appearing on other websites [duplicate]

I asked my question on Super User but when I search on Google I found some other website showing the same question by me or asked by some other user. These are on: bighow.org/42237765-...
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Is there a difference between a product rec question and a product exist question?

I asked two questions: https://superuser.com/questions/856216/what-tablets-exist-that-will-run-any-distribution-of-linux-natively What linux distributions exist that will run natively on a tablet? ...
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How can I improve this question?

I recently asked Windows gets stuck uninstalling display languages, which wasn't received well, and got 2 downvotes, and I'm wondering what I did wrong/how I can improve the question. I can't really ...
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Flag obsolete question for closing

Yesterday, I posted https://superuser.com/questions/836446/why-is-flash-player-trying-to-load-flex-framework-rsls-swz-files-from-my-serve/836750#836750, and today I found that the problem was due to a ...
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What is the appropriate disposition for "hiccup" questions?

I use the term "hiccup" to refer to an unusual. one time problem that can't be replicated, can't be diagnosed or solved, and disappears on its own. The unanswered question pool has many of them. A ...
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Question ban warning although I haven't yet asked anything

If I go to Ask Question on Super User I get this message displayed: Wait! Some of your past questions have not been well-received, and you're in danger of being blocked from asking any more. ...
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How do we handle questions where the OP wants to do something destructive to their OS?

How should we handle questions like How to delete "Program Files (x86)" folder after windows login where the asker wants to do something that is unambiguously destructive to the OS/...
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A site seems to be mirroring Super User

There is a question on Super User that seems to be copied at earthwithsun.com/questions/13942/paint-net-equivalent-for-linux If you scroll down to the bottom of earthwithsun.com you'll see another ...
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What to do if you posted a question, but you can no longer test a provided solution? [duplicate]

I posted this question 5 months ago. No one provided an answer and I didnt solve the issue on my own. Since posting it, I had long since forgotten I even asked the question. Today, someone provided ...
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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 questions about modifying Android hardware on-topic?

Questions about the Android platform on SuperUser are routinely migrated to Android, but apparently questions about modifying Android hardware are off-topic there. So....are questions about modifying ...
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Are you allowed to ask follow-up questions or duplicate questions if there were no satisfactory answers?

Are things like follow-up questions or duplicate questions if there were no satisfactory answers, permissible on this site?