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Troggy! One of the early, the few.. the proud... THE BURNINATED It's been an honor to serve with you. And Super User will always have a special place in my heart. A place reserved for plush things...


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Brent, check out this blog post: Q&A is hard, let's go shopping It explains why we've discovered that "which X should I buy" questions never work very well in our sites, so we consider them off topic. DMA768768973659237598327 summarized it well, "Historically, these questions rapidly become noisy and outdated, and the 'no right answer' bit really doesn'...


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This comes up on occasion, and our response has usually been the same. Jeff's post is still on point: https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/22233/98786 Expletives are not acceptable behavior on meta or any other Stack Overflow site. If you can't effectively communicate what you need to say without resorting to lowest common denominator cursing, then keep it ...


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I think there's nothing left to do at this point. It has been flagged to oblivion. Amusingly even if it wasn't spam, IIRC google take out files are only available for a limited amount of time, I don't think you can split them... so... it would not have been that useful anyway. In future though. On the books? Spam flag it. Reporting it to the smoke ...


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If it is a one-off then feel free to do the needful yourself, but flagging it is not necessarily a bad thing for moderators. In this case there was not much to see, but sometimes there are a lot of already deleted comments or the user has a history of lashing out. Flagging gives us a history against the user, comments and questions flagged as offensive ...


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Excel is a tricky issue because it's on the border between "programming" and "computer applications," but in general it's best to cause the user (i.e. whoever's asking the question) the least hassle possible. If their question is on-topic for Super User and they asked it here, we shouldn't migrate it. Keep in mind, nowhere does it say "questions on Super ...


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The first rule of migrations is don't migrate crap. That question almost certainly would have been closed on Programmsers.SE, because of several reasons: It's not very well written (poor grammar, bad spelling, no capitalization, etc.) There's no answer - it's just asking "what's better, HTML5 or Flash" Because the question would have been closed on ...


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I'm pretty sure this is why your edit was rejected: To explain a little further, I was confused that This edit introduces spam, defaces the post in some way, or is otherwise inappropriate. was chosen twice for the rejection reason. This reason is usually only picked when actual spam (or something that looks like spam) is introduced to the post or it is ...


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I'm a moderator at superuser, and I'd second that this happened due to the cold hard logic of an automated system, and the moderators didn't really have anything to do with this. MSU would have been the right place to ask this since I found this by accident (Question has since been moved to SU) and you wouldn't have gotten a response from the folks who'd be ...


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Flagging Don't flag answers as "not an answer" unless they don't attempt to answer the question at all. If an answer post at least tries to answer the question, don't flag it, even if it is factually incorrect. Instead, you should downvote the answer. The "very low quality" flag should be reserved for genuinely unsalvagsable posts. If an answer can be made ...


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Offensive user names (and Gravatars) are something we should not tolerate, in the same way we should not do so for content of posts. "Offensive" is a little hard to pin down (different things are offensive to different people), but if you personally find something like this offensive then let us know. Now, you can't directly flag a user for moderator ...


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Asking for recommendations on products and/or services that handle the product with explicit calls for reviews and experiences is off topic. It's the same thing as a shopping question but without the overt qualifier of the dollar sign. The Q&A model isn't for discussion or for fielding reviews or experiences from other users. The object might be on ...


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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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I'm the moderator who did it. It feels like the fair, and best course of action would be to treat these answers as I would any other answer from a user who I feel is inexperienced of the ways of the site. These answers don't exactly reflect the sort of quality one expects, and in this specific case is massively speculative. I've let users know in the ...


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One might also ask, should we be deleting these at all? If it answers the question, it should be an answer. It might be a crappy answer, in which case it should be edited, but if it provides useful information, perhaps it shouldn't be deleted in the first place. One of Jeff's mantras is "answers first". Sometimes that's taken to extremes (I personally think ...


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I'm having a hard time understanding the reasoning behind closing questions. Not that I think questions shouldn't be closed, but I do not understand the reasoning and/or thought processes behind closing questions, ... The Super User FAQ goes into wide detail on the reasoning behind closing questions; most of the questions you have linked are subjective in a ...


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Perhaps a more relevant section of the FAQ is However, if your motivation is “I would like others to explain ______ to me”, then you are probably OK. As such, I think these questions are on topic (and always have been).


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Are expletives allowed on SE sites? on Meta Stack Overflow is the closest we have to an official statement in this kind of area. And while it looks undecided do note that the top answer (there by a tiny margin) was placed by Jeff, who was one of the network founders, so in general the answer is roughly: No, we don't accept expletives or offensive language ...


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My piece of advice would be not to escalate this and call people names, or assume bad intentions. This user voiced their opinion and they're entitled to do so. I agree the comment thread got a little out of hand. Certainly, chat would've been a better option to discuss this—if there even is a need for discussion. I understand your frustration, but please ...


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As the flag states: This question has severe formatting or content problems. This question is unlikely to be salvageable through editing, and might need to be removed. While there is no real question in the question itself it is implied that they have a problem, an error message is given and they would like help. It can be edited to make it usable and/...


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Based on your description, I'm guessing the answer that was deleted was this one, currently very similar to this existing one. Note, though, that at the time the post was deleted, it looked like this. I admit I don't know Bash, but to me it looks like your answer only changes the stuff prepended to the output, as opposed to removing the spurious + echo line....


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"With great power comes great responsibility." That applies to the moderators, but it also applies to you. As the user with the highest rep on the site, that makes your posts somewhat of an implied standard. People look at your posts and expect to say, "I see why this guy is at the top." And in that position, new users should not be using one of your ...


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Torrent software is used for piracy reasons just because it's an excellent platform, and now it's close to de-centralized. Also, this is not ethics.stackexchange; how people use a tool is up to them. The problem here is that I do not believe the site should judge what people use software for; many have their arguments for doing whatever they do. Take a look ...


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One of the things about any kind of troubleshooting is that it often requires a tangential approach to find out what the exact problem is, it could be with a component of something else. Sometimes it is useful to a user to say "have you thought about..." in order to garner whether the problem lies elsewhere. Due to the way the site works we have to allow ...


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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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I have seen a number of questions on how to bypass network security. While security questions are not off-topic on SuperUser, they should still pertain to one of the general environments we support; e.g., a home network, a Windows/Mac/Linux box, a small business network, etc. Large enterprise security stuff belongs on Server Fault or Information Security ...


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There is a Flag capability for comments. The flag shows up when you place your curser to the top left of the comment text. For the most part everyone here is trying to help, even if they have different methods, different ideas, and different thinking. Sammyg acquired rep from participating here quite a bit. I am not a mod (at all) but mods have cleaned up ...


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From the close reason: See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question. The relevant bits: Search, and research Have you thoroughly searched for an answer before asking your question? Sharing your research helps everyone. Tell us what you found and why it didn’t meet your needs. This demonstrates that you’ve taken the time to try to ...


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General Response (without looking at your specific answer) I went to Meta Stack Exchange (the Meta for the whole SE network) and dug up a question that linked to a Help Center article about your specific topic. If you just want the official policy, read the help center. If you want the community's broader take overall on plagiarism, look at the Meta ...


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close it sure to prevent more and more unnecessary answers being added This is a good sign the question is open ended and simply asking for polling. We explicitly discourage these questions, for various reasons. I won't go into the details of why, as you seem to understand the reasoning behind this. delete a perfectly good post becuase it doesn't match ...


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