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Are we better off with a general "Unix & Linux" stackexchange site?

Recently launched: Unix & Linux - Stack Exchange (Proposal ) Is Ubuntu perhaps a too narrow topic?
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Would a off-topic tag warning be a good-idea? [duplicate]

Here on Ask Ubuntu we have quite a lot of tags for various Linux distributions/Operating Systems/things that could be off-topic if specific about them: debian, mint, fedora, crunchbang, windows, ...
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A note on flagging end of life questions

Recently in review, there seems to be a lot of questions flagged for end of life, the issue with these flags is that when the questions were written they were ON TOPIC, this is important, old ...
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Why are higher ranked users not flaged for off-topic?

As a newer user on Ask Ubuntu I have seen activity from older (higher ranked) users that they themselves would count as off-topic. For example questions on EOL versions or versions that are soon to ...
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When are questions about in-development releases on-topic? [duplicate]

I remember speaking to a moderator in chat once where they told me that a question about a future release which is currently in-development is actually on-topic here as long as what is posted is not a ...
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Do we, or do we not support wubi.exe?

I have been wondering this for a while and would like to get a definitive answer. We still get questions on wubi on the site, however, it is no longer developed and won't work on a modern Windows OS (...
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Are social announcements not related to Ubuntu or the site on-topic on Meta?

It is defined here what is on-topic on the AU Meta site. That currently being: Meta Ask Ubuntu is the part of the site where users discuss the workings and policies of Ask Ubuntu rather than ...
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Are software comparisons allowed and if so how broad are you allowed to be?

Are software comparisons considered on-topic here? I mean Ubuntu software of course, and probably software which is specific to it or at least Linux but runs on Ubuntu. And how broad is considered '...
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Should one close questions as duplicates of closed questions?

I have seen many questions in the past which are off-topic, and the community recognizes them as such, and it closes them as duplicates of the question when it was first asked and closed as off-topic. ...
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Are questions off-topic that are thought not to be but turn out to be?

I recently noticed this question Wierd youtube logo today, which clearly has nothing to do with Ubuntu, however if it had turned out to be a virus or something that was specific to Ubuntu or something ...
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Are non-Ubuntu-spefic questions allowed? [duplicate]

I was just wonder, let's say that there is a question which asks how to disable the cache in Firefox, and the person who asks says that they are running a supported flavour and version of Ubuntu, is ...
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Should one make a question on-topic by editing it and generalizing it?

I recently came across this question in the Reopen votes review queue, and it was edited and generalized by another user: But as ElementaryOS is not Ubuntu should this really be reopened now that it ...
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Are questions about getting involved on-topic here?

I was just wondering if questions on how to get involved with Ubuntu and Ubuntu-related development were on-topic here?
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Are questions on removing Ubuntu and getting Windows back on on-topic or not? [duplicate]

I have noticed many questions from new users asking about how to remove Ubuntu and get Window back on, half of these are getting closed as a duplicate of this, and the rest as off-topic, but this ...
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Ubuntu Bitnami stack. Another 'is this supported?' question

Relating to this question can Bitnami be considered on-topic? I flagged to close as off-topic, but think I might have been a bit too hasty. The answers about ssl certificates and virtual hosts is ...
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Should we really divert all software recommendations? [duplicate]

In the review queue I just stumbled upon a question about a translator app for Ubuntu , which is on the way to be closed as "off topic". Is closing and pointing to https://softwarerecs.stackexchange....
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Are Windows questions allowed that use Ubuntu minimally?

I have just come across a question where the person wants to fix their Windows 10 installation via some boot repair tools and an Ubuntu LiveUSB, is this really on-topic? I mean I guess it is sort of ...
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Why do one post sometimes off-topic post like "How To Boost Marathon Stamina?"

Recently I saw a post saying: "How To Boost Marathon Stamina?" Why people do post these type of off-topic post on Ask Ubuntu? These are automated robots for posting ads or something else?
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Can I ask questions about upcoming releases? [duplicate]

I know that you can't ask questions about upcoming releases that are still in development, however, can you ask questions about them when you are not asking for help with them? For instance after ...
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Why was my Steam WINE question closed as off-topic?

I recently asked this question Why does Steam require a new installation in Wine for every game?, but I have just noticed that it has been closed as 'off-topic', but I asked a few mods and other ...
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Asking questions about third-party applications running on Ubuntu

In the past when I have asked how to achieve a particular thing using a third-party application on Ubuntu, I have often come across users like here for instance that say that it has nothing to do with ...
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Can I ask questions about how software is supposed to be used?

I just asked a question about what the intended workflow is for doing something in Ubuntu, but it was rather poorly received thus far: What is the intended way of creating desktop launchers? Is this ...
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Is this the right place to ask about finding and installing an AV?

I know that there is some sort of Norton Open Source Antivirus for Linux, and I really want it, however I see mention and talk of it, but I can't actually find it, is this the right place to ask about ...
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Where else should we direct users for help finding compatible hardware?

I gather from the closure of the question How to find a compatible 10 inch laptop in 2015? that questions about strategies for finding compatible hardware are not welcome on Ask Ubuntu, even a ...
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Are questions on unauthorized software on-topic?

Someone asked a question about installing a software program that was clearly illegally procured. Yet I hesitate to flag the question as off-topic: there is, as far as I can see, no explicit rule ...
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Are legal and licensing issues welcome here?

Are legal and licensing questions allowed on AskUbuntu? Such as questions asking about legality of using the logo elsewhere, etc? Or questions asking about licensing? Which are questions about Ubuntu, ...
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Are questions about how to upgrade to an Alpha release off-topic? [duplicate]

Are questions that ask for instructions on how to upgrade to an Alpha release off-topic if they don't ask for any information about how to use the Alpha release etc, but only ask how in the current ...
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Is there a rule which states that all questions and answers have to be in English on this site? [duplicate]

I know that people often tell others that it is a rule here, but I am have never actually seen it written anywhere, so is it a rule that all questions and answers on this site have to be written in ...
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EOL Notice: Utopic (14.10) has now reached End of Life

This is a notice regarding releases of Ubuntu that have reached end of life. The following versions of Ubuntu and derivatives are officially end of life as of July 23, 2015: Utopic 14.10 New ...
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Are bash/shell scripting questions on topic?

I have seen a number of users voting to close scripting questions as off topic. Is this the community consensus? Are bash questions not welcome here? How about other shell programming questions?
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Proposal to edit the Close-Reason "Not about Ubuntu" to also include questions about other *mobile* OS

The reason why I am proposing this is that I saw this question which is about an android app that the user falsely expected to find in the Ubuntu-touch repository. My reaction would have been to ...
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It is off-topic now, but it wasn't then, so do I vote to close? [duplicate]

I have recently (after reaching 3k and unlocking the ability to cast close and reopen votes) noticed that a lot of questions that were not off-topic when they were originally asked are being flagged ...
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Is it appropriate to ask if the Asus X555MA has any known issues running Ubuntu?

I know there have been questions about hardware before, and meta discussions about whether or not they are appropriate, but I can't remember if there was a definite answer. I'm thinking of the Asus ...
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When will I be able to ask about systemd questions with ubuntu?

This one was deleted: Increase Trackpoint Sensititvity with SystemD (Ubuntu 15.04 or later) because SystemD is a feature in the next version of Ubuntu. Having reinstalled, I searched for the ...
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Is it fine to ask questions about boot errors from log files?

I'm looking into the log files and search for boot error messages. When I find an error I search it on the Internet. If I don't find any solution, is it fine to ask a question about how to fix it? I ...
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systemd on or off topic

Is systemd on or off topic here ? From the wiki page - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/systemd#Warning.21_Experimental_code Warning! Experimental code systemd is under active development in Ubuntu ...
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Wubi discussion (AGAIN) - Supported Here on Ask Ubuntu? (13.04 and later)

According to what the Release team told me, wubi.exe appears on the images. Whether or not this means it's "supported" is open to debate among the ops, however, for all other intents and purposes, ...
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Are questions about ubuntu 15.04 are off-topic? [duplicate]

Are questions about in-development Ubuntu distributions off-topic or not?
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Are Qt questions on topic?

Are Qt questions on topic? I ask because I get hassled for asking them, despite clearly being linked to Ubuntu, especially since unity is becoming pure Qt. I am very rarely hassled for QML questions,...
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Where can I ask theoretical questions?

I was wondering where the proper place for theoretical questions would be. E.g. (a little noobish, but whatever) I wondered how it's possible for something to be closed source - why can't you either ...
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Let's refine and clarify our off-topic close reasons

Recently I have noticed, both as a user and a moderator, a good number of questions either being closed as end-of-life or as a development release when they probably don’t need to be. Just a few ...
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Are questions about the finer points of the linux kernel on topic?

My question is in regards to this question: https://askubuntu.com/questions/540665/packet-traversal-through-ubuntu-kernel This is a question about the nitty-gritty underpinnings of the linux kernel. ...
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There are questions being closed as EOL when they are still supported

This question is because of some close votes due to EOL are wrong - I expect it is quite a lot. This is a review of a question (admittedly too broad / unclear)- it was flagged as being EOL for being ...
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Is Ask Ubuntu a social network?

Hey all metausers out there! I heared an interesting talk about social networks, and what social networks are. And now this question is engaging me: Is ask ubuntu a social network? I think it is ...
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How do we differentiate between 12.04 and 12.04.5?

As far as I know, there is only one 12.04-related tag: 12.04. Also, 12.04 (by itself) EOLed on August 8, 2014. 12.04.5 EOLs in April 2017. As one is off-topic and the other is on-topic, how do we ...
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Do custom kernels constitute off-topicness?

Originally, this question was closed due to a mis-wording, and is now in the process of being reopened. Another user pointed out to me that they believe that a custom kernel makes a post off-topic (...
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Questions on how to use a program that technically are available on ubuntu?

Okay excuse my ignorance, but this should be an easy question for you to answer. I didnt get a clear answer in the help, so I am just double checking: https://askubuntu.com/review/first-posts/305383 ...
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What windows questions are OK to ask?

I was just wondering what type of questions are on-topic and what questions are off-topic regarding windows (the operating system).
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Are questions about the software centre app submit process acceptable?

Is this question OK, I'm not sure wether it is on or off topic? https://askubuntu.com/questions/493118/ubuntu-software-center-app-pending-review
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How do we feel about requests for learning materials?

How do we feel about requests for learning materials? Questions like "Where can I find a good tutorial on foo?" or "Is there a book for learning bar?" or "Can you suggest an online course on baz?" etc....