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Should we enable a banner to warn about our policy on AI-generated content?

Yes. It can't hurt. It costs us nothing. People will either read it & pay attention or not, but if only 1% read it & then don't post the AI answer they were about to, then the banner has been ...
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Should a question about a bug in software be answered or closed when the bug is fixed?

Yes, the question should be answered A bug being fixed is an excellent candidate for an answer to a question. It neatly encapsulates that: there was a problem, the developers confirmed it, they fixed ...
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User SS64 updating URLs, but old URLs still work

Yes, I do run SS64.com. I moved the pages to live under /mac as a better representation of the OS name now that it is no longer called OS X. There is a redirect in place, but editing the links on ...
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Why do people attempt to discourage long well-written answers by instant AI accusations?

I get the slightest feeling of something that's turned from trying to keep the site 'neat' into essentially witchcraft trials. As an end user - if you suspect someone of posting AI answers, there's ...
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How is it possible to review 1000 "Close votes" within less than 10 minutes?

On January 28, 2021 it was announced that [emphasis mine] The Steward badge can now be earned multiple times for every 1,000 reviews in each queue. If you have already completed 2,000 or more reviews,...
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What's the difference between [windows-defender] and [microsoft-defender]?

While colloquially the two terms are often used to refer to the same thing, they are not, in fact, the same thing. Windows Defender is the desktop security client default for Microsoft Windows OS and ...
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Is this refusal to accept an answer aligned with community standards?

To quote the help center (bolding added for emphasis): Accepting an answer is not meant to be a definitive and final statement indicating that the question has now been answered perfectly. It simply ...
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Why are questions randomly being closed and marked as "shopping requests" when they are not?

My mistake, I saw "where I can buy the switch" in a separate statement within parentheses while reading and mistook it for a separate recommendation. I have reopened and edited to remove all ...
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Is is OK to ask about unconventional use of GitHub for the purposes of providing tutorials for system administration

Questions on usage of GitHub would ordinarily be off-topic since it is a website What you describe in your question sounds like asking how to use GitHub for a particular use- documenting system ...
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Is this question about automation appropriate for SuperUser?

SuperUser is not a free script/code writing service. If your question tells us what you have tried so far (include the scripts/code you are already using) and where you are stuck, then we can try to ...
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Edit that updates obsolete command-line parameters gets rejected?

I overuled the edit rejection. I get that that's a major change but there's no information loss from your edit. I can't/won't really speculate on the rejection reasons, but I think that's a perfectly ...
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Why was my question (1801790) closed?

Even now, after 8 revisions, it is still a tangled mess of meta-responses to things in comments. The title is 'how to upgrade', halfway down the body you mention 'clean install' which is definitely ...
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Why was this OP's self-answer converted to a comment?

I've seen this happen several times in the past. I suspect that there isn't any particular reason regarding this specific comment – rather, it seems that often users (including even long-time mods, ...
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“computer enthusiasts” is not a technical or administrative term and should be rewritten or dropped

There is no problem with the description The description of the site's intended audience is, well, descriptive. It is non-exclusive and non-binding. It suits us well. Overly-literal interpretations of ...
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So many new spam bots thanks to AI - what can we do?

I'm half certain at least some of these is some poor person in a sweatshop rather than something more sophisticated. It would be nice to have better tools - and we've requested for it In this case I ...
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User SS64 updating URLs, but old URLs still work

I'm a Community Manager following up on this request. There are 34 instances of the /osx/ URL on Super User. Typically we don't send replacement requests to developers unless there are 50 or more ...
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What do you use to quickly post boilerplate responses?

I'm using https://github.com/Benjol/SE-AutoReviewComments This script adds a little 'auto' link next to all comments boxes. When you click the link, you see a popup with customizable auto-comments (...
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User vandalized own question - roll back?

Flag the questions with a custom flag. We get automatic notifications on excessive vandalism but this is probably something we want to keep an eye on. As for what's happening... Stack Exchange/Stack ...
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Why was my question (1801790) closed?

I do not believe I voted to close your question yesterday, but I did see it (and commented on it). Ramhound found that the software documentation, available online from the publisher, gave ...
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Close votes queue is half-dead, can anything be done about it?

Close Votes has always been problematic. It tends to sit around the 200 mark all the time. It's always been that only a few people ever seem to look at it - possibly because it's a daunting & ...
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This is not a farewell…

An update about a year later (May 27, 2024): Thank you all for the support during my first year of recovery! My mind is literally better and everything is functioning as it should be. Fine motor ...
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Is is OK to ask about unconventional use of GitHub for the purposes of providing tutorials for system administration

Github as a Web service is probably off topic here unless your specific problem with it in in using the git software on your computer to push to it. Problems specific to Github itself might fit better ...
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“computer enthusiasts” is not a technical or administrative term and should be rewritten or dropped

The question is a request for strictness. Fine, I'm going to play along. The phrase "for computer enthusiasts and power users" is not equivalent to "only for computer enthusiasts and ...
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What suggestions does the community have toward helping reopen this question?

Its too broad - even if its not a whole book's worth, its at least a research paper or thesis worth. Topicality aside As per our help pages You should only ask practical, answerable questions based ...
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Is software-rec an unwanted tag, yes or no?

sigh In general the convention is to ask first before doing a mass tag. As a moderator even, when I do bulk retag or Its a meta tag anyway and doesn't belong. I'll see about trickle in editing these ...
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User SS64 updating URLs, but old URLs still work

UPDATE: After revisiting this question and experimenting with inputs into the bulk replacement tool, I found a total of 52 instances of the /osx/ URL on Super User. So good news, that means I can ...
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Why were my flags on a meta answer post and comments containing expletives directed at another user declined?

While I wasn't the moderator who handled the flags in question - the moderation style here is often about defusing issues rather than trying to take punitive measures. Frankly at some point, someone ...
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Why were my flags on a meta answer post and comments containing expletives directed at another user declined?

I'm not a mod here, but am on other social media sites. This is only a guess. Sometimes a response other than what the reporter expects is used because it accomplishes what is needed in the moment, or ...
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Audit failed, why is this not opinion based?

Don't worry about failing an audit or two This question, opinion-based or otherwise is from an audit, which are auto-generated. I don't have access to the code, but from having done many and failed ...
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Are questions about microcontrollers off topic?

It isn't on topic here except in the narrow aspect of where there's issues where a computer interfaces with the microcontroller, for example when programming it. There may be more specialised sites ...
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