31 votes
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Using superuser.com to warn my own users

I'd suggest a few things. Firstly, remember the question and answer format and don't make it like an ad. So, ask a question as a confused, lost user would, and answer it likewise Secondly, make it ...
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26 votes

Is Super User always this slow to respond or am I doing it wrong? Can I do anything to fix it?

Your questions are relatively simple in the context of what the core content is but difficult to read and understand at first glance. I personally think the mixed formatting of your questions — with ...
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25 votes

Is Tumbleweed badge an achievement or otherwise?

Technically you can get the Tumbleweed badge for a number of reasons, not all of which are contingent upon you asking bad questions: Asking them at the wrong time, so they get pushed off the front-...
20 votes

Is Tumbleweed badge an achievement or otherwise?

I often ask niche or difficult questions, and I often get tumbleweed badges. Part of the formula is low views, so I see them mostly as a useful notification that very few people are looking at my ...
17 votes
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Is Super User always this slow to respond or am I doing it wrong? Can I do anything to fix it?

From my experience on StackOverflow, and a bit on Bicycle Stack Exchange & Cryptography Stack Exchange, responses are unexpectedly fast and helpful. However, in spite of my best efforts with SU , ...
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15 votes
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Edit the question or ask a new one?

This question already has a couple of answers, and is closed as "too broad". If you later understood that the issue is different enough to invalidate the current answers, I'd post a new question. ...
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15 votes
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What are the rules when writing an article on Super User?

Source How do I write a good answer? Provide context for links Links to external resources are encouraged, but please add context around the link so your fellow users will have some idea ...
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15 votes

OP edited question substantially after answer(s) were posted

For me, it comes down to how drastically the OP edited their question. Since the "spectrum" of possible edit-changeiness (how much the content of the question was edited) is infinite in a ...
15 votes
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Can/should I change the scope of my question if I have had no responses?

Do it if it gets the same information you were originally looking for: How to fix problem X. Looking at the comments, you mention something that is very crucial to addressing the original issue, and ...
14 votes

Questions about removing enrollment from Chromebooks

After a lot of thinking - My opinion is that its actually going to be a lot simpler to have a canonical answer posted with a hypothetical or real case (I'm sure we can find one!) of someone needing to ...
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13 votes
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I want to ask a too broad question and answer it with a tutorial I wrote myself. What will the be the community's reaction?

We like canonical and complete answers and I personally don't see any reason for it to be classed as off topic as such. Typically a question and answer should be short and to the point, but a ...
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12 votes

OP edited question substantially after answer(s) were posted

Allquixotic's answer is good, but I would look at his middle case a little differently. These tend to fall in two categories: The original question was not worded well. The edit clarifies what was ...
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12 votes
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Is this question acceptable?

Primarily opinion based in my opinion, even as a CW. Its polling for reasons, which can range from "I want to run old games" to "I have old hardware that won't run on anything else" to its a running ...
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11 votes

Should "What are the advantages of X" questions be closed?

No, it is absolutely possible to answer a whole lot of questions about advantages of X without resorting to opinion. See examples here: http://www.slf4j.org/faq.html#declared_static This is at ...
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11 votes

Should I answer my own question? Was I wrong to post it?

It's a matter of politeness more than 'is it right'. I'm encouraging ramhound to post an answer since he comments lots and answers less than he should ;p. However, it should be entirely fine, most of ...
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11 votes
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Why do we have the google-calendar tag if we can't ask questions about it here?

Some PC based applications such as the built-in calendar, mail and other applications can connect to web-apps in order to show your online calendars in a system native, and therefore more intuitive, ...
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11 votes

Why does the community have such vague rules that any administrator can adjust almost any question to fit them?

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 ...
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10 votes

Why am I getting a question ban?

You have asked a total of 10 questions on Super User, 8 of which have been closed and/or deleted. Your deleted questions, from newest to oldest: Can you see me? [closed] Does SE have a webmaster? [...
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10 votes
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Undelete an answer on a closed post that was deleted before it was closed

I'm fairly confident that the ability to delete and undelete answers is independent of the question's closure status, so the strategy you describe could work. But doing this knowingly (i.e. with ...
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10 votes
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How do you deal with edits that strip personal details of the author from a question, ultimately graveyarding the question?

Since I wrote the original question very badly, contextually and structurally, of course, everybody assumed I am not very sophisticated with technology or put zero to no effort into researching the ...
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9 votes
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Same question, different program?

If it's a different program then it's a different (new) question. Some of the features of programs might be similar, but that doesn't mean that the solution for one program applies to another. It ...
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8 votes
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Too many edits issue. Post-ban support

You keep hitting on the automatic limits we can't do anything about. No we cannot remove these limits and they are automatic and there's no way to undo them. The official line here is you'll just have ...
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7 votes

Why am I getting a question ban?

I have only asked 2 or 3 questions You have asked 10 questions. Is my status on other SE sites causing me to have a premature question ban here? No. Your status on other SE sites makes no ...
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7 votes

Undelete an answer on a closed post that was deleted before it was closed

There's another option. If someone is going to put in the effort to create a good answer, why associate it with a bad question? Create a new, high quality question that doesn't suffer from the ...
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7 votes

Does this constitute a high quality question? From review audit

At 1000 views per day it's the type Q&A thread that although simplistic gets lots of search engine hits. In general this type of question is poorly received by the community. With a few exceptions,...
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6 votes
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Are new questions regarding Windows XP on-topic?

Are new questions regarding Windows XP on-topic? Short answer: Yes they are on-topic. We allow all sorts of questions about old (outdated) operating systems. We may not be able to answer them ...
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5 votes

Should "What are the advantages of X" questions be closed?

They should be closed as "primarily opinion based" because they boil down to preference or just looking at comparison charts. Why you are asking about the advantages or disadvantages is the real ...
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5 votes
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Is there a difference between a product rec question and a product exist question?

Its good to understand the intent behind the rule - and its spelled out in this SE blog post. Specifically Let’s say the question asker provided all that information. Fat chance, I know, but let’...
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5 votes

Question limit?

This is covered in the help pages Fact is there's no manual way for a moderator to undo a question ban. You have 12 deleted questions (and from a quick look through, I can't really see anything that ...
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