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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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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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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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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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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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What is the "flag weight" in my profile? [closed]

I have been recently seeing an expression under my profile picture which says: flag weight 250 What does it mean? What is it for?
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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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Tagging something with [windows] and [windows-10]

Referencing this question, the community at large approved my edit. I removed the windows tag from the question, and replaced it with with windows-10. Later on, another user edit was made, adding ...
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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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Super User mid 2012 tag/question cleanup [closed]

During my course of reviewing, editing & general janitorial cleanup, I ran into a few tags that were pretty much useless. Since there's too much for me to take action up, I'm posting the list here....
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What should we do with answers that are low quality but otherwise legitimate attempts to answer the question?

In my extensive time on the review queues and 10k tools, there's one thing that's always been bothering me: low-quality answers that consist of no more than a few sentences and often a link to ...
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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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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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Is it considered bad form to make question titles more accurate?

I recently noticed a question I replied to some time ago had a very generic title, so I put in an edit to make it more specific to the problem described in the hope that it would lead more people to ...
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Extending the range of wireless-extender

Is it possible to get the tag range-extender converted to a synonym of wireless-extender? The questions in each category seem to be talking about extending the range of wireless signals. What does ...
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Why does the number of votes to complete a review vary?

Why do some posts require only one vote to handle: link to review link to review While others require multiple votes? link to review link to review (All of these examples are from ...
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Can we unload [load]?

load is undefined, has zero followers, and currently has 59 questions. These include the following uses of the term: command in various software parameter or setting in various commands data file ...
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Can we empty out [null]?

Seriously, I have no idea what null is for - null characters, null processes, errors, null strings, nil, nada, nothing, blank, empty? I really don't see the point of null when it's not specific ...
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No excuse for [odd-behavior]

odd-behavior doesn't seem to be very meaningful. It's very vague as it just means something is acting oddly, failing to denote any cohesive topic. I suggest that this tag be deleted.
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Have a prompt when a tag is created

When a tag is created, a prompt should be raised, just so that people know they they are creating a tag, and are doing it intentionally. I think that should solve address the answers to my previous ...
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Unmerge [msi] from [windows-installer]

A recent edit to the Manufacturer Tags question spotlighted a problem with an old action. Five years ago, the post The msi tag is ambiguous identified that the msi tag was being used for both the ...
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Clean out our [container]

The container tag appears to be too broadly scoped to be useful in its current state. With its oldest question being from 2010, it is used for many different areas of expertise including but not ...
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Question of the... Month!

Yeah, you heard right, it's coming back! It's been almost three years since the last time time Question of the Week was featured on the blog (#46) and it's about time that it came back! We (the ...
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Let's do something about all the old link-only answers

We do a pretty good job removing or repairing link-only answers nowadays, but there are boatloads of old link-only answers sitting ignored or at a slight negative score, written largely by users that ...
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Lets turn the blinking off ... on .. off.. on ... PERMANTENTLY OFF

The blinking tag is used in 18 questions. Mostly about blinking LEDs, cursors and monitors which turn on and off. I suggest we permanently blink it out of existence.
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Merge or synonymize [indentation], [indent], [autoindent]

indentation exists with 60 questions. The content is pretty uniform; all about indentation issues in text editors, so I think it's a useful tag. That said, there are a couple of variations of the ...
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Can we PLEASE get a definitive answer on what to do with low-quality software recommendation answers?

There are numerous Meta posts on software recommendation answers, and the advice on posting them seems to be universal. How to handle low quality ones that have been posted gets murkier by the day. ...
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Why is superuser.com also served on port 8080?

I noticed this while Googling for "Notice removed Draw attention"; all of the superuser.com results have an explicit port in their URL. Indeed it works. http://superuser.com:8080/ http://meta....
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Burninate or clean up the tag [dual]

We currently have 48 questions tagged dual. There questions are on different subjects: Dual ISPs Dual dual mail accounts Dual monitors Dual graphics cards Dual boot Dual OS installations (...
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So you've submitted your blog post... Now what?

Congratulations to those of you that submitted your blog posts! If you had a positive overall score on your post you've been entered into the Windows 8 Contest Blog Tile drawing. But you may be ...
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July 2012 Moderator Election: Town Hall Chat [closed]

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
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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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Help Define SuperUser.Com

Jeff Atwood recently suggested that the community begin to help develop some guidelines as to what should be allowed on SuperUser.com so that it doesn't become the great big "catch-all" of computer ...
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Are link-only answers fine if they link to Super User questions?

Let's say someone asks a question: How do I upgrade a widget for defrobulator?. There are many possible answers, each one correct and the question isn't too broad. (And defrobulator in this case is a ...
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Flagging a user

I have just flagged a post on Super User only to see the user was spamming about six posts. I flagged each, only to stumble upon another user doing the same thing. I flagged each post, but I was ...
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Q&A with the candidates in 2011 moderator election

After the example of the Math.SE site I have some questions that I would love to see each nominee respond to in their nomination (if they choose to do so): Is there anything you would want to change ...
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Super User mug design

This week, slhck (pictured) and me received our SU anniversary contest prizes. I really like most of the stuff I got. But the Super User mug design sucks. It gets the Y U NO guy meme totally wrong. ...
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Handling questions clearly trying to break some kind of policy, TOS, etc

How should we handle questions that are clearly trying to circumvent policy, controls, corporate firewall, terms of service, etc? A question on breaking through an Internet access block is ...
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How to make people do their civic duty?

Voting is important, right? And yet less than 400 people have earned the civic duty badge. Out of how many thousand? Uncool!
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Can we please have better tag wiki excerpts?

Today someone proposed lots of tag wiki excerpts edits that all followed the form: Questions about <tag-name>, <description of object>. Why do we need the Questions about element? We don'...
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What should I have done with this spammy answer?

I flagged this answer (now deleted, so I can't repost its whole text) as spam. I was later greeted by this message in my flagging history: declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no ...
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Is there a policy for or against providing executables and other self hosted downloads?

My specific case is on my answer here. Is there any policy (on SuperUser or StackExchange) in either direction concerning providing an executable I uploaded myself for others to download? Of course, ...
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Would this question about printing a webpage be on-topic on Super User?

I'm trying to print a Medium post: https://medium.com/@keeper6928/how-to-unit-test-machine-learning-code-57cf6fd81765 but no matter what I do, the code chunks get cropped. In the actual question, of ...
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What happened to "quack quixote" ?

quack quixote is a moderator of SuperUser, and I realize that he's not been around quite a while. I checked his profile, and he was last seen on July 13th 2010 at 17:17. Does anyone (esp. the ...
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What do we do with low quality answers from high rep users?

Note: if I directly point you out, please don't take it personal I've noticed for some time now that while I've been cleaning up, that there are quite a few active, higher rep users, that are posting ...
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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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Please convert to comments more often instead of just deleting answers

Related: If the following feature request is approved, the discussion here might become irrelevant. Proposed improvement to flagging, for answers I sometimes see answers that definitely fall ...
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Idle moderator position

quack quixote has left Super User for good (here is the related post), and he still seems to have the moderator position (obviously idle). I think this position should be granted (by election) to an ...
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