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I was about to flag this question about modifying terminal behaviour as off-topic because I thought it really belonged at Ask Ubuntu (or Unix & Linux, since the issue actually applies more generally to Linux). But then I thought maybe it is actually on-topic here, as the Linux terminal could be considered a "software tool commonly used by programmers". Is such a question on-topic or not, and why?

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I'd say that question is off-topic, but it's too old to migrate to another site so I just closed it.

The Linux terminal could be considered a "software tool commonly used by programmers," but it is by no means primarily a programming tool, and I don't see any evidence in that question that the author was using it for programming. It would have been better asked on Ubuntu or Unix & Linux as you suggested.

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Indeed, now I see in the Flagging > Closing > Off-Topic menu: "Questions about general computing hardware and software are off-topic for Stack Overflow unless they directly involve tools used primarily for programming". Perhaps the relevant Help Center page could be updated to be more clear and also consistent with what's mentioned in the flagging menu. – Cerran Mar 6 '14 at 13:45

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