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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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Two long answers disagreeing with each other - how to canonicalize?

Optimally, voting is how the correct answer is recognized. In practice, though, sometimes people vote up answers that are long just because they look thorough. I notice that, in this case, neither ...
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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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Clear question with examples closed as unclear

I've nominated the question to be reopened. The request is clear enough to me and is likely to be useful to other users as well. I believe the only issue is that there is no indication of what the ...
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Why might 50% of reviewers consider this as content that should be deleted?

The automatic comment used indicates that the reviewers thought you were asking a question to get clarification. I can understand why they would think that - if it's unclear what a question is asking, ...
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Should I have flagged this question?

Yes, you should - Its definitely spam, and you should flag it. Well, if I hadn't deleted the user anyway.
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What should we do if the question is duplicate (is already answered) in other site?

What should we do about these questions? Answer them. Don't delete questions just because they have an answer somewhere else. Some advice: We don't generally migrate questions to other sites if ...
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Why my "too broad" flag was declined in this question?

It was declined automatically by the system after 3 users reviewed it stating that it should be left open. While there are indeed two problems listed in the question they appear, at a glance, to be ...
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Why was my question about attempting to stop USB viruses downvoted?

Before I start, let's get something out of the way: So long as they have the appropriate privilege, a user can downvote a post for whatever reason.1 Though you haven't explicitly stated all of them, ...
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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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Why was my question about attempting to stop USB viruses downvoted?

To answer the implied question of "why?" when you say: And now I cant ask a serious question! You have what is known colloquially as "history". Specifically you have a history of ...
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Is compiler bootstrapping on-topic?

Well, I disagree it's off-topic for Super User. Per our Help Center Super User is for computer enthusiasts and power users. If you have a question about … computer software And ...
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Should we edit out potentially inappropriate content if they might be an important part of a question?

Tbh, in this case I don't think the domain is particularly critical to a more general answer. Practically - the question involves Having an MX record. Any domain can have an MX record. The ...
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What should I do about a question I posted that is not answered?

Wait. Eventually someone will answer the question. There is also a system that automatically 'bumps' questions without answers to the front page after a certain amount of time. We also have a section ...
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Is it even possible to reword my question to be relevant?

Though I would like to point out that I am not asking for a product recommendation, service or learning material, though I can see why it seems like I am. (Although granted, learning material may/does ...
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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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Appropriate to edit the title after answers point out what the actual problem is?

The title should be helpful in finding the question when someone with a similar problem does a search. You have a valid point that including random diagnostics in the title doesn't help and probably ...
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Question in close queue is marked as duplicate, but the duplicate is terrible!

As comments have noted, the criteria I would use when judging which of two otherwise duplicate questions to be marked duplicate is based on quality, not time. If one of the questions is very recent ...
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Need insight on down-voted question

Your post is simply too long and actually covers multiple questions. A good question should be short and to the point. I understand that some questions are complex and require a lot of background to ...
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Where I can ask about "Where (on which site) I can watch specific TV-Show?"

You can not ask such a question anywhere on the StackExchange Q&A network. If you really have to ask it somewhere on SE, ask it in a chatroom. It's off-topic everywhere because it's about ...
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Where I can ask about "Where (on which site) I can watch specific TV-Show?"

No. Its clearly off topic. Even if there are computers on the show. As someone with non trivial reputation, you should know better than to ask it here. I think this is clearly not the Ewoks we are ...
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My answer keeps getting suggested edits from spambots

Spammers work in mysterious ways - I guess your answer has certain keywords their bots love and it keeps attempting to edit. Frustratingly enough - there's not much to do - just let our lovely ...
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Help Improving Question

It seems like you've asked a valid, on-topic question, including info on what you've tried and what you are trying to do. Overall I think the question is fine. You could break the first paragraph up ...
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Please undelete this answer that was converted to a comment

What is the "this tool" that they should run? From the visible on-site content there is no mention of even the name of the tool, the app, or even any steps or where to look on their system to follow ...
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Why was “How do you configure a Windows machine for a Linux user?” closed as too broad?

This is a question of being too broad in the sense of what defines getting the most of the system, as well as how many apps and tweaks are necessary to say that the experiences between the operating ...
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Why has this question been downvoted?

Someone felt it lacked research. A few folks apparently get annoyed by quick self answers (which I would add, is silly! Its an excellent way to document odd things). A few folks go "Why is he ...
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Should this question be closed as unclear for not having a question sentence?

If it were an active question I would request clarification, but the question has been abandoned by the author, so there really isn't a point in doing so now. However, I want to know if other users ...
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Why is the question about knowing which window manager too broad?

It is not something that you, as a user, can do anything about, nor should you need to care. There are too many window frameworks with too many styles that all can look very different or very similar ...
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How to improve my tumbleweeded question

You're asking us to pick a hypothetical folder structure for you. This is not really a computer problem, it's simply a matter of choice (hence why you're getting votes to close as "Opinion-Based"). ...
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*One* answer gets incomplete "flag" menu — cannot flag as VLQ

As noted in comments and on this Meta answer, VLQ is no longer shown for post having a positive score.
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