Allow appropriate tablet questions
Vote for this option if you believe we should allow tablet questions, but shouldn't actively encourage iOS or Android questions. We would update our FAQ to mention all the relevant sister-sites: Unix, Ubuntu, Apple and Android as great places to ask questions about their respective ecosystems, while allowing them on SU as ...
Here are some general rules that should be followed.
Follow this general outline:
BOLD items are required.
Title of the product with a link to the download/main page.
Quote the site's product summary.
Add any pictures that are relevant to the question.
If it's not installed using a normal installation file, or package manager, then give instructions on ...
Is Super User unfriendly to beginners?
It's becoming more so, yes, but originally it really wasn't. As members with various attitudes come and go, the general tone of the site changes. It's hard to get people to change, but by adding or removing active members (whether by force, or they just go inactive), the nature of the site and the way it's perceived ...
There are two ways to generally ask questions of this nature. The Good and the Bad.
How NOT TO ASK questions that may require a software solution:
"What the best <X-Category> software?"
"Can you recommend me a program that does <x-action>?"
"Give me a list of pieces of software that do <x-action>!"
or this question's sister: "Is there ...
Two things - it's on the hot network question list, and it's on Hacker News. It's also the sort of thing that geeks find hilarious.
I'd add it doesn't have one answer - we've occasionally had to shove a few bad answers out the airlock.
These things just occasionally happen ;)
Stack Overflow is for programmers, Super User is for computer hardware & software enthusiasts and power users. You want to ask questions about code, go to SO. If you're having a problem with booting your laptop, go to SU.
Read the FAQs of both SU and SO to understand more.
Stack Overflow FAQ.
Super User FAQ
It may be a good idea to have the tag blacklisted.
I've reached out to Community Managers at the Tavern on the Meta as this can only be done by Stack Exchange employees.
SE developers can blacklist tags so that they cannot be used—attempting to submit a question with a blacklisted tag will fail.
Note that we need to show widespread consensus in favor of ...
slhck is an awesome person, was an awesome mod, and his contributions to the community will be remembered and endure for a very long time, helping countless other users fix their temperamental broken software.... especially ffmpeg. ;-)
He also helped me grow as a person and as a community member during my formative first few months on SU.
Looking forward ...
Some things are simply impossible - however, it's useful to say why not (or better yet, how it could be done, but how incredibly difficult it is).
If we had a question like
I need to alter my turbo enfrobulator using the degobulation widget on frobster 2.0 - how do I do this?
You can say
Or you can explain that you can't enfrobulate from the ...
Only manufacturer and company tags are problematic, specific products are not.
There are two tags, intel-cpu and intel-graphics, that are okay for all CPU and graphics card products made by Intel Corporation.
Nvidia is also kind of a special case. Nvidia's only products (or at least their most popular products, since I haven't heard of anything else) are ...
This is clearly a meta tag – no reason to have it really. This is Super User, a site for questions about computer hardware and software. Applications are software, so the tag really makes no more sense than software which is of course blacklisted.
The user in question has been notified that these types of edits are counterproductive. If you see these ...
If I teach someone how to pick a lock, it's his decision if he wants to become a burglar or a locksmith.
If a question is like "Hey, how do I crack my neighbors WiFi?" then those are horrible questions and will be closed anyway.
If the question is scientific and someone has done some actual research about a given security aspect, then, by all means, it's ...
Hmm. I still think this standpoint holds:
If the tablet runs Linux/OS X/Windows 7 or 8/Unix, then it's fair game.
We deal with these OSes all the time. It mostly shouldn't matter where it runs on. Let's allow these. My simple rule would be:
If the tablet runs a desktop OS, it's on-topic for Super User.
Of course, you need to draw the line between what'...
I’m very new here, but I’ve been reading a lot of the questions and
wondered if a reasonable answer would be:
Nope. That is not a answer. Nothing of what you are saying would ever be a reasonable answer since an answer is not a commentary judgement call on another user’s capabilities. An answer is an answer. You could possibly use a tone like that if you ...
I'm DavidPostill and here are my answers.
A pretty important part of moderation is engaging the community. How have you engaged the community so far, and what do you intend to do as a moderator to build on that?
That's covered in my nomination and repeated here for convenience:
After some time interacting with the main site I joined Root Access (...
I would tend to say no, leave spam as-is. Flag it as spam and it will be gone very quickly - very obvious spam (such as the case here) disappears almost instantly because it only takes 6 spam flags from the community to delete a post. Any spam not handled by the community will be gone as soon as a moderator sees it.
It's important to leave the context of ...
If these sorts of comments are coming from regulars, then they will probably read this meta question, so that's good enough.
Considering that, if you (the one reading this answer) know you are a person who gets easily annoyed by poor English, just skip over questions/answers you find that are written with poor English. Granted, this is harder to do if it's ...
I say that there should be no "ban" on Hackintosh questions solely based on legal grounds, and in fact, there shouldn't be a ban on them at all.
Due to the very nature of how a Hackintosh works, there tend to be two types of questions about Hackintoshes:
A category of questions where it doesn't matter AT ALL that you're running a Hackintosh instead ...
First, farewell to Oliver Salzburg. Thank you for all your service. All the current moderators deserve congratulations as well -- the fact that we didn't need an election for three years shows your effectiveness and steadfastness. Well done!
And now: congratulations, DavidPostill! Your dedication to this site is clear and I am 100% sure you will be a highly ...
Why do we lose our privileges?
I don't particularly like the top answer on the most famous question:
What's the point of putting your reputation on the line for a bounty if there is no consequence of losing it?
This does not apply to privileges, so I have cut out reputation altogether. Much better!
What's the point of a bounty?
Bounties are for ...
Its an exact duplicate of our site and its something that you should report so that action can be taken.
As per the official meta.se post on the topic
The site is a proxy. Whatever the purpose of the site actually is, malicious or not, proxies represent a serious security threat to our site. Sometimes they even start showing up in Google results and ...
Absolutely! Posting self-answered questions is encouraged and there is even a built-in provision to simplify doing it. Just don't fill up the site with trivial stuff. And if you start posting tons of threads that are useful only to you, people may get annoyed (it's happened). But if you have had a serious question, yourself, and found the solution, and ...
Its a little bit zen, but one dosen't get 'mad skills' by wanting 'mad skills'. One achieves a higher level of skills by actually making use of the skills you have. I started off with pretty pathetic reputation, and got better with time.
First of all, most high rep folk tend to specialise. Two of the high rep users here tend to be OS X users mostly. I'm a ...
But first I'd like to ...