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Can the hardware and software tags be obliterated?

Do we really need the hardware and software tags? Looking at the tags into detail: They don't group all the questions that should belong to them. Their statistics don't make sense, they are both less ...
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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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OS X / macOS tag synonyms should be reversed

It's been a few years since we synonymized macos to osx. At the time, we did this to distinguish incorrect uses of the tag from questions related to the old “Classic” Mac OS tagged under mac-os-...
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What is the place to ask about legal issues associated with using software?

What is the place to ask about legal issues associated with using software? I asked one question that was closed as off-topic, so I guess that superuser is not a good place to ask. Do you know any ...
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Downvoting a question should require a comment/upvote of a comment

Downvoting questions As you've seen in the title, In my opinion, a downvote at least requires a short explanation in the comments or an upvote of a comment if the comment already explains the problem....
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How to build up commenting privileges?

I want to comment on a question and provide some feedback but I can’t. How can I build up privilege quickly so I can comment?
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Community Promotion Ads - 1H 2011 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 2012 What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is Going On Here? TL;DR -- put images and links in the answers. If they get voted up enough, they will ...
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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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A new way to clean up tags

This is the proposal. Please see Help us clean up tags! for the result. Let's face it, we have tons of horrible tags. In the past, we used Old monthly tag cleanups to keep track of what needs to be ...
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Are diagnostics/troubleshooting issues on-topic and not too localized?

Following on from this question. I made a comment there: By the same token, we shouldn't automatically close any question that says "virus" anywhere in the subject or body, because it may be that ...
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See possible duplicates in question

When one opens a question and starts typing a title, a list of possible duplicate questions is shown as illustrated below. I assume that this isn't used often since some quite obvious duplicates are ...
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Concept of "conditional" downvotes?

Down-voted questions seem to fall into two categories: fixable and unfixable. Some questions are just inappropriate, easily answerable with minimal search effort, or have other problems for which ...
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What is the correct way to deal with obsolete answers?

Sometimes old answers were correct at the time they were written, but the march of technology has made them obsolete. For example, the command-line video encoding tool ffmpeg used to have a 'vhooks'...
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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 ...
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Banned Tag Proposal: Hackintosh

Due to the legal gray area that exists with regards to building or running Hackintosh machines we have always discouraged these question on SU since it would attract unnecessary attention to the site ...
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How can we take care of our old duplicates?

What's going on … There is a trend that is very easy to explain. A question is asked. It gets a few answers, and because it's the first of its kind (i.e. topic-wise), it receives a lot of popularity ...
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Why was the question "Why are there 8 bits per byte?" closed?

TL;DR: I'm looking for opinions on why this question should be open or closed. Answer: I now understand why it has been closed: It is not a real problem because it has no practical use. https://...
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Are video game questions appropriate for superuser?

Or is it time to create another site? questions could be general discussion or tips/tricks
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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 ...
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Commenting on a “High-quality” audit

I just encountered this answer to the question Is it safe to download and burn a disc image on an infected PC? in the First Posts queue.  It was an audit, so it displayed as it were a new answer, with ...
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Should potentially "Dangerous" answers be flagged/deleted?

Referring to this question: Restore MacBook Pro to factory settings without disc, I find it rather reckless to post an answer to an OP that obviously does not know what the effects will be. Should ...
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Should I delete my own question if no new answer can be validated?

A while ago, I asked this question for which no solution was found. I have since re-installed the host in question and gave it to a family member. So now I will be unable to validate any answers given ...
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Should questions related to problems with beta software/prototype hardware be closed?

I saw that Windows 8.1 Preview No sound on Macbook Pro Retina was closed since it's Preview/Beta code and the issue may very well be fixed by MS or the PC manufacturer in the months to come before ...
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Raise the minimum rep needed to create new tags

Super User has a tag problem. Due to many users who are not acquainted with the site barely reaching the rep threshold to create new tags, many such users misuse it, and that causes a problem as ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are ...
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Mechanism for scrapping bad audit questions?

I occasionally see recommendations here to scrap specific review audit questions. It isn't clear whether there is actually a mechanism to do that. I assume the system uses the audit examples over ...
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What could we do with the [error] tag?

Well, we have a tag called error. Its description says: Please use a more specific tag instead. Awesome. So what do all these 547 questions have in common? A non-descriptive tag. On Oct. 10, @...
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Are "error" and "problem" meta-tags?

From http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/08/the-death-of-meta-tags/: If the tag can’t work as the only tag on a question, it’s probably a meta-tag. Clearly, error and problem fit this criterion. If ...
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Is it kosher to accept your answer on your own question?

I've on occasion come across the answer to my question, and feel that it's the best answer, but do not want to "rob" anyone of rightfully earned rep... What do I do? Also I'm assuming that I do NOT ...
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How can I request to move a question to a different Stack Exchange site?

I have a question that would be better off on Stack Overflow, but I asked it here. I've added an edit asking it to be moved, but it's still here. How can I request for it to be moved?
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Software recommendation and software-rec tag [duplicate]

I think most people feel software recommendations are off topic here at SU - please correct me if I'm wrong. Yet, we have a software-rec tag. Is this not confusing?
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How Do I Log Out? [duplicate]

Just as title says: how do I log out of this site? - I am certain that it is not good practice just closing my browser down, but I cannot find a sign-out link anywhere. - Has anyone else found one?
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Users asking ubuntu questions should be informed about askubuntu ?

When someone asks a question with ubuntu tag they should be redirected to a page informing them about askubuntu and how asking it on that will expose the question to the more ubuntu experts. Then ...
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The Master Spam List: Known spammers, spam domains, and associated IP addresses

This is a list of known spammers, spam domains, and IP addresses to which these domains point. This list is derived from spam patterns observed on Super User as well as information from DNS and ...
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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 ...
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Negative up-vote/down-vote ratio: is it effective mentoring, or too harsh?

Voting on the questions and answers within the Super User community has often been a lively topic of discussion. Our voting tendencies are deemed important enough that during past Super User ...
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Calling all bloggers.... Again

It's that time of the year again... Where I've completed my finals, my work tasks have slimmed a little and I think to myself I can get the blog back up and going again. So here we are! I'm calling ...
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What the heck happened that made the question I answered so popular (and my answer along with it)?

I answered the question If 32-bit machines can only handle numbers up to 2^32, why can I write 1000000000000 (trillion) without my machine crashing? with a quick off the top of my head answer because ...
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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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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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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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Please add a toolbar button or keyboard shortcut for the Keyboard style

Not sure if this should just be here or if I should post on Meta.Stackoverflow - please can a mod move if you think it should be there. When writing answers, one of the items that takes me the ...
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Blacklist Google?

google (the manufacturer meta tag, see Manufacturer & Company tags are back. Again), was cleaned up a little over a year ago. It stayed dead for almost a year, but starting in July of this year, ...
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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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Can we get rid of the company tags?

I don't think any of the following tags have questions that benefit them: microsoft, apple, acer, samsung, sony, asus, ... And thinking in the meta tag way, a question that's only about those tags ...
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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 ...
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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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Should non-substantial edits be approved or rejected?

Should we accept/improve edit suggestions where the editors could obviously have done more? Example 1: Fixing only one letter Take this edit suggestion as an example. The only difference between the ...
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Let's fix all the broken images

One of the steps on Stack Exchange's road to HTTPS is the replacing of embedded http:// images with secure ones. This has been done automatically for a lot of images, but there are some that can't be ...
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The purpose of voting: Teaching users the basics

It's come to my attention that users, even established users, aren't actually aware of many of the basic tenets of this website. For example, Voting. I was recently informed by a 2K+ user that "down ...
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