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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 ...
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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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Where in the world is my SuperUser t-shirt?

I filled in the form to receive my SuperUser t-shirt on April 8th, but I haven't received it yet. It's been more than a month. Is there any way to learn if it's on its way to Istanbul? EDIT: Today is ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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What are some of the user-created april fools gags that we've had in the past?

Sure, we have unicorns. We've also has some of our own april fools jokes on site. Sadly, they are often a pain to find, since they're deleted. What are some of these gags? Can we see what they are ...
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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://...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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When is an answer eligible to be flagged as "not an answer"? What to do?

When I am flagging answers I read This was posted as an answer, but it does not answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or deleted altogether. This is very ...
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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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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 ...
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aria2 vs. aria2c?

A proposed tag wiki edit raised a question about two tags: aria2 and aria2c. The first has 5 questions, the second has 8, and a number of these questions have both. I'm not familiar with the program,...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Oh noes... [pc] Trogdor? You there?

Hello citizens of the Super User Ville! As our website is all about these beloved personal computers, it appears to me that pc can be applied to almost any question. As so, I don't think that it is ...
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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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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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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, ...
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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 ...
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Reason for flags declined?

I had ~20 flags declined, and I do not know why. In addition, I posted to the "Ask a SU mod" chatroom why and did not hear back (hence me posting here). Why were these flags declined? EDIT: As a ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Inappropriate opinion-based closings

Computer expertise is inter-disciplinary. Many questions relating to computer hardware can be answered by users with a little hard science or engineering background. There is basic theory and design ...
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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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Delete [delete]

I don't even know what to say about delete… but I don't like it.
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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 ...
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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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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?
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"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 ...
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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 ...
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Could we have a less obvious review audit user?

I've noticed a good chunk of my edit approval review audits are by the same user (who I will not name ;p), with a .. suspicious amount of rep (999/1024). I realize that review audits are meant to ...
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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 ...
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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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