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Very suspicious question

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 ...
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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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How do I ask a question that may require recommending software?

You can go to http://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com and ask! Software Recommendations is a Stack Exchange QA site designed specifically for this type of questions. Questions should include as many ...
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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?

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-...
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23 votes

Very suspicious question

I posted the toaster question as I genuinely wanted to know what was going on with the toaster icon and was completely confused by it. I'd googled around a bunch for it but couldn't find anything ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Unattended first posts

Unfortunately, they don't get removed unless there's a very good reason (i.e. obvious spam, sock puppet used for voting irregularities, etc). We appreciate content, and with the CC-WIKI license of all ...
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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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A picture is a thousand words. Let's make use of that more. Promote Pictures in SuperUser

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12 votes

Very suspicious question

In addition to those two sources mentioned by Journeyman Geek, this question has also appeared on reddit, under the /r/sysadmin sub amongst others. That subreddit alone drew at least 10,000 individual ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the appropriate disposition for "hiccup" questions?

Should it be handled differently if the OP states that the problem is fixed vs. finding an old, abandoned question that is recognizable as a hiccup? No – if it's clear that the question is about a ...
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9 votes
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Are you allowed to ask follow-up questions or duplicate questions if there were no satisfactory answers?

No. If its your own question, a bounty is the right way, assuming you have the reputation. If you want to add more helpful, relevant details, go ahead (Thats to say, don't edit to bump. Edit to ...
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Questions about bypassing or circumventing network security

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; ...
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