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Why does the Community user mark questions as duplicates?

When a "duplicate" close vote or flag is cast, a box appears above the question visible to the question's owner. It prompts the author to either edit the question to clarify its non-duplicateness or ...
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Are questions about pirated software banned on Super User?

No, we do not allow questions regarding pirated or pirating software here. It is covered under the TOS that you agreed to when you created an account: Subscriber represents, warrants and agrees ...
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How to choose a community?

If you are confident that a question is on-topic for a specific site, go ahead and ask the question on that site. Don't cross-post the same question on multiple sites. In theory, the site with the ...
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Would this question about printing a webpage be on-topic on Super User?

Its a web browser, os and printer question - so I'd say yes, and with examples (especially if it does the same on a PDF print - so you can screenshot examples), its on topic.
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Is there any way to deter this determined guy?

Not much. Just keep calm, reject edits that seem wrong and if they seem to go through, roll back. That said, there's some merits to his edits you might consider - switching the title to include the ...
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How do you thank someone?

If you want to thank someone, upvote their answer. If you don't have enough reputation to upvote, help someone else with their question to earn the reputation, then upvote. By doing so, you will have ...
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Why is "reputation" required to add the tag 'windows-10' to a question?

The reputation requirement doesn't prevent you from asking a question about Windows 10; rather, it prevents you from creating a tag windows-10. This is to avoid multiple 'wrong' tags being created; it ...
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A moderator is stalking me, downvoting and deleting my tried answer in seconds

I read this question. I went to do research on it. tried myself, searched on net, made changes and eventually I could find the answer to this question. I even tried 2-3 variations to find what is ...
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My questions were closed as duplicates. How come?

Let's see. You're: Taking existing content from other users on SuperUser and re-posting a subset of it in your own answers. Asking extremely simplistic questions which are of low quality and can ...
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How to Report Cyclic Flagging?

Someone went and edited the duplicate close banner, which normally shouldn't be able to happen. The problem in this case is that the question was closed before the current system was put in place and ...
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Do spammers get their public IP addresses blocked ever for login or account creation purposes?

The exact implementation details are a bit of a black box, even for us mods. I'd note though, even on a busy day, there's maybe a few dozen spam flags, which is less spam than my blog gets sometimes! ...
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Please allow me to ask questions again, after a year of being blocked

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 ...
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What are some common "gotchas" associated with moderation activities?

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 ...
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First ever Contribution deleted?

The answer you’d posted is the same that has been duplicated in 4 (5, actually if you consider another deleted answer which repeats the same content) other answers and doesn’t have any significant new ...
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Why is "reputation" required to add the tag 'windows-10' to a question?

You need a minimum reputation to create a tag. On say, Super User, where windows 10 is on topic there's a preexisting tag. you can already use windows-10. On other sites, there may be less of a reason ...
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How to deal with spam+answer?

This has been discussed on Meta Stack Exchange: Why shouldn't I downvote spam that I've already flagged? Bottom line: downvoting spam isn't really useful, and in some cases, downvoting spam questions ...
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Why was my flag to stop my bounty rejected?

Bounties are only revoked in exceptional circumstances. As mentioned by the MSE answer linked by David "I made a mistake" is a problem but by no means exceptional. We also cannot prove one way or ...
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Why do certain commenters take a rude tone with new users?

It may not be "fair" to lock comments, but the question is entirely off topic for this site and the comments were not doing anything to change that. If the comments had been "you can ...
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Can I block a specific user?

The system currently does not allow you to block a user. When you see a rude or offensive comment, please flag it as such. If there is repeated offensive behavior by a certain user, we will check it ...
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I am in "danger of being blocked from asking any more", but I didn't do any bad

You have three deleted, negatively scored questions: Desktop PC with no moving parts, -3, from February 2015 What is in C:\ccmcache, -1, from July 2014 Accidental deleting my mailbox, NSA help ...
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How to deal with spam+answer?

Voting a question down can actually hide it from certain views of the home page so if it is just plain spam it can actually reduce its visibility to other users who would otherwise have flagged it as ...
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Is the Commodore 64 Mini on topic?

That specific question - I feel should remain closed for very different reasons. Firstly - I don't think there's a real problem here. If you wanted to ask questions about using the C64mini in a ...
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Announcement: New Functionality

Now we do. Bob created a userscript, SEReopenReviewWarning, which does that. When a question has been through the review queue, it produces a message under the Close message that looks like this ...
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How can I use grave accents or backticks (`) in a question?

How can I type two backtick characters without formatting my text in unwanted way? Use \ as an escape character: This is some text with `backticks` and some more `text with backticks` Source: This ...
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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 1 rep users allowed to downvote?

He doesn't have enough reputation to downvote either questions or answers, so any downvotes are coming from another user. Please see here in the Help Center which explains that a user requires 125 ...
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What’s with all the colorful avatars?

http://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/15542695#15542695 ...and yeah... that's basically it. You are a fool for asking such a question. Do you realize what you are getting yourself into?! ...
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Why deleted Questions are permanently deleted while answers are not?

Questions, like answers, are not permanently deleted, but what's important to note is your access level at seeing deleted posts. You can see your own answers on questions asked by others because you ...
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Can we or can we not discuss DRM removal?

I'd probably consider intent and that's what the question needs to reflect IMO. Your end goal isn't DRM removal - in this case its trying to play the file in windows/and/or windows media player. I'...
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Is there something off with how reputation is built on Stack Exchange?

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 ...
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