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When a "duplicate" close vote or flag is cast, a box appears above the question visible to the question's owner. It prompts the author to either edit the question to clarify its non-duplicateness or accept the duplicity by pressing a "yes, that solved my problem" button. If the user chooses that button, the Community user casts the final duplicate vote, ...


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Let's see. You're: Taking existing content from other users on SuperUser and re-posting a subset of it in your own answers. Asking extremely simplistic questions which are of low quality and can easily be googled, and have already been answered multiple times on the site before. Repeatedly asking and answering your own questions with answer content that, ...


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If the new question showed a decent research effort, there would be no reason to close it as a duplicate. For example I need an answer for a recent Firefox version (I have Firefox 42). I saw this question, but the answer provided there suggests installing an addon which is not compatible with Firefox 42.


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My position—and I'm adamant about this—is that useful, high-quality answers should never be deleted even if the question is closed. The question got to the point where a truly great answer was posted to it. Our primary goal here at Stack Exchange is to build a knowledge base for readers as well as to provide a reliable venue for high-quality Q&A. The ...


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Android tablets fall under the "not about... electronic devices, media players, cell phones or smart phones" clause in our help center. The operating system is essentially locked down and inaccessible without specific tools, with the tool used highly dependent on the device. They are a computer in the same way a smart-fridge is a computer. They ...


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First of all the question as it originally stood was way below acceptable quality standards, it simply posted some random lines of code with no explanation at to what the intention was, what it actually achieved, or what was going wrong. You are right that it should have been closed, whether for low quality or being off-topic. This is one of those murky ...


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Because it was. You're asking for a list, which generally doesn't fit into the Q&A format, of products not supported by that product. An alternate close reason might be that its too broad


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I don't spend a lot of time here on a regular basis, so I'm mostly happy to defer to the elected moderator team. I thought about this question for a minute, though, and decided to add a concurrence on the issue. When I think of Super User, the bottom line that comes to mind is "technical problems with a home computer." This question doesn't meet either ...


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"There's no actual problem to be solved" -> Does a question have to be about a problem? I don't see it specified on superuser.com/help/on-topic. Many questions posted on this website aren't about problems, e.g. How does a computer restart itself?, which has received 483 upvotes and 3 downvotes so far. Questions just seeking general knowledge are fine, ...


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Addressing your 'bulk rename' question Your question here on SU Meta has two distinct parts, so I'll give you my take one by one. My question here has been closed. Rename files 000…001…002… to 001…002…003 as too broad. It is extremely clear what I am asking. I'm asking of a simple way for these files to be renamed, using anything in Windows or Linux. I ...


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Basically the community consensus is that software recommendation questions are off topic for superuser. You can ask them on Software recommendations, as long as you meet the quality criteria. There's another issue here - SE as a whole isn't really a replacement for good research - While you have a clearly articulated idea of what you think you need - the ...


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Generally, if your question attracts a lot of answers that are merely statements of opinions, then it might be the fault of the question, but it doesn't have to be. In the former case, the question should be closed, in the latter, the answers should be downvoted and/or deleted. In my opinion, both "Is FTP safe?" is very opinion-based. If FTP is safe can ...


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Did a quick review of the question. Seems I closed an earlier version of it, but seems fine. I did have to prune a lot of the older answers, which weren't all that good.


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The easiest way to ask a good question is to have it about a real problem. Lets pick this question apart. From your question "This hypothetical setup would be a vanilla Debian installation with nginx and such." From the [FAQ] you are asking an open-ended, hypothetical question: “What if ______ happened?” Also from your question How does this ...


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Let's go through the original question, one bit at a time: Lenovo Thinkpad W520 - Add 128GB or 256GB Vertex 4 It's nice that he was specific enough to list his exact hardware, but it seems that we would unable to offer him any meaningful advice in the general sense of having an SSD. For example, your storage strategy on a 64 GB SSD would be very ...


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Why is it that a closed thread can continue to be downvoted even if it's legitimate, just needing tweaking by the question asker? I’m not 100 sure of the official reason, but you can also up-vote a question if it is closed as well. And you can down-vote an open question and accepted answer as well. Votes are opinions and nothing more. Closed questions don’...


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tldr: That's how the site works, there's multiple mechanisms in place. We need to balance between quality control and "user friendlyness". However there is essentially a need to close things that are clearly off topic and/or move them somewhere appropriate. Having too many questions that don't meet the scope of the site means its harder to find what they ...


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Who defined what is "most common"? For that you'd have to run surveys with a representative sample of people in a representative sample of countries and then ask them how they would pronounce the four-letter word "UEFI". Anything else would be speculation, or personal taste, but in any case there does not appear to be any ground truth ...


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I closed that, and I felt that that it was a hardware recommendation question, amongst other things. You're asking for 1. Hardware 2. You have a price range in mind. Its a hardware recommendation question, even if you're asking about a class of hardware. It was also a question that seeked to poll for options - In other words, as per the help center ...


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This is a question of being too broad in the sense of what defines getting the most of the system, as well as how many apps and tweaks are necessary to say that the experiences between the operating system is similar or same enough. It also falls under the reason of being primarily opinion based from the read of what the answers have shown to be the crux of ...


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Indeed, another Meta post from a different moderator suggests that certain types of identification questions, such as those involving connectors, should not be closed. Said moderator wrote a community FAQ to close those against. In any case we can use the same tests Is there a minimum amount of effort put in? Every manual in the past 40 years or so ...


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Your question would be on-topic if the only question you had was "Can I install the Chinese language pack on a laptop bought in Canada?" It's the hardware/shopping recommendation part that sank it originally. Remove that and the question could probably stand on it's own.


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Part of your question asks the following within the first two sentences: My question here has been closed. Rename files 000…001…002… to 001…002…003 as too broad. It is extremely clear what I am asking. Your post on SuperUser is clearly a question that asks for either (1) software recommendations or (2) asks for someone to write a script for you. But ...


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It is not something that you, as a user, can do anything about, nor should you need to care. There are too many window frameworks with too many styles that all can look very different or very similar depending on the developer who wrote the program. You cannot just edit the program to change the behaviour of one window from a user perspective. As such you ...


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random selected to provide a custom explanation instead of one of the predefined ones. In that case, it's posted as a comment instead, and a generic close message is used. Note that this message is different from the close message that can be selected: This question is not about computer hardware or software, within the scope defined in the help center. ...


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Inkjet cartridges are on topic, and how to refill them as well. What your question ended up being was too broad and should have been closed as such. In a lot of cases how you you refill it, it depends on what cartridge or model. The off topic parts are: asking if the seller is legitimate where else to get information about rolling your own inks So try ...


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What topics can I ask about here? Super User is for computer enthusiasts and power users. If you have a question about … computer hardware, computer software, or personal and home computer networking and it is not about … programming and software development, video games or consoles, websites or web services like Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress, ...


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Without the YouTube video your question is unclear. But does EME makes a requrierment to ᴡatch concerned protected videos this way What is "this way"? Linking "this way" to a YouTube video is, to me at least, the worst and laziest thing you could have done. You should use real words to describe your problem clearly. Is EME actually important here? I ...


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Unclear what you're asking might be a better close reason I suppose Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it’s hard to tell exactly what you're asking. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question. There's no actual problem to be solved - and if there is, ...


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In my post I clearly stated I have Windows 10 ISO. Why do they refer my thread to one that is looking for Windows ISO? I already have it. You mention the fact you have a Windows 10 ISO but it's to large to write to a DVD. I took this as an indication you were not aware of how to properly create a Windows 10 installation media. I'm looking for boot image ...


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