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I don't find any duplicates, it is software related, the guys who marked me that way didn't even read the question.

I need a specific version of the Linux kernel source

I'm asking how to get a specific version of source code. How is that not about programming? Maybe those guys need to read the questions? Who watches the watchmen (horrible movie but applicable here) I feel like it was an abuse of power (for rep, more than likely)

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closed as not constructive by Arjan, ChrisF, gnostradamus, waiwai933, Mark Trapp Jul 23 '11 at 20:11

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ya'll aren't really being helpful. I think the same guys who closed it are in here down ranking it. I'm emailing the site admins and spoksky – Arian Jul 23 '11 at 18:34
"Will someone with rep reopen my question?" No, they won't. – McCannot Jul 23 '11 at 18:36
You are less helpful than they are. – Arian Jul 23 '11 at 18:40
@Arian, you probably should have asked on superuser instead in the first place. – Frédéric Hamidi Jul 23 '11 at 18:47
But, @Frédéric, folks would have voted to migrate it there, if they thought it belonged on Super User. – Arjan Jul 23 '11 at 18:48
@Arjan, StackOverflow is not the magic central nexus from where all questions get properly redirected, it's about solving problems related to programming, as in code, not where to find it. Sometimes questions can be migrated, sometimes they're just closed. In any case, you shouldn't rely on us to redirect you to the appropriate site for your question. – Frédéric Hamidi Jul 23 '11 at 18:52
@Frédéric: If I'm not mistaken, then you're getting some wires crossed here. Firstly, Arjan didn't suggest that the question in question would be a good fit for programmers, but from your 1st comment I read that you did. Secondly, Arjan is not the OP; that's Arian :-) – Hendrik Vogt Jul 23 '11 at 20:06
@Hendrik, my god, you're absolutely right :| Sincere apologies to @Arjan, my last comment was mistakenly replying to a mashup of @Arian (with an i) and your own comment. And now I know I should have taken Spanish instead of German in high school, that would have prevented me from making such a gross mistake :) – Frédéric Hamidi Jul 23 '11 at 20:15
@Frédéric: Wieso hätte Spanisch Dir geholfen? Why would Spanish have helped you here? – Hendrik Vogt Jul 23 '11 at 20:50
@Hendrik, that's because then my internal default parser would not have interpreted Ar/jan as the same as Ar/ian (j in Spanish is akin to kh and not voiced the same way at all). – Frédéric Hamidi Jul 23 '11 at 21:02
@Arian: The shame of it is, if you had just asked on Unix & Linux you would not only have gotten the answer you needed in about five minutes, but none of this would have happened. – Won't Jul 25 '11 at 13:30
I am on the verge of posting a similar question. That is what is recommended here: Is this the reception I should expect? In that case, it seems there is no real recourse, which is very upsetting. – user2429920 Mar 19 '15 at 19:42

You should realize that people with 4k+ reputation are much more familiar with the site that you are, and generally have a very good intuition about what is on-topic and what is not. They do not derive any particular benefit from closing questions, and so it is clearly not an arbitrary abuse of power. They are users who are simply trying to improve the signal to noise ratio on the site, and closing your off-topic question is part of that process.

But, I suppose you would like an explanation of why it was closed. Your question is about installing software. Installation help is not within the scope of Stack Overflow. If you have a question about how to make programs or how programs work, you can ask them here, but instructions for installation simply do not belong.

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yeah can you google compiling linux headers and see if that has anything to do with programming? Oh! it does? omg!!!! – Arian Jul 23 '11 at 18:51
You should be aware that people don't respond kindly to condescension and general rudeness. You are not going to garner any sympathy from us if you behave like this. – Peter Olson Jul 23 '11 at 18:55

You question is not a good fit for stackoverflow. It's not about programming, its about locating a specific software package. Your favorite search engine and/or your distribution or software vendor's site are more appropriate for this type of thing. The fact that is it source code you're after doesn't make your question a valid one for SO.

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what makes you think i haven't spent hours googling this? – Arian Jul 23 '11 at 18:39
@Arian: you shouldn't take it personally. It doesn't really matter if you spent an entire month googling for it, the question is still not about programming, so it was closed. – nico Jul 23 '11 at 18:43
Who the hell closes these questions so fast?!?! from the FAQ: What kind of questions can I ask here? ... ... if your question generally covers … software tools commonly used by programmers ... kernel headers are, in fact, "commonly used by programmers," so the rushing to close this question is severely off-putting and one of the things that makes me feel like this site is primarily patrolled by teen-agers. I'd like the feeling that even if I give a crappy answer, someone else can post a better one before the question is slammed shut. – Arian Jul 23 '11 at 18:43
Whether you spent a lot of time looking for it doesn't change a thing, the question is off topic. (Note: typing kernel-PAE-devel-2.6.18-238.19.1.el5 in google gives a first link that has a link to a source RPM for Centos for that version.) – Mat Jul 23 '11 at 18:44
google gives you much different results. I kept getting stupid forum poisoned search results. – Arian Jul 23 '11 at 18:46
Mat, i'm going to reopn this question. Your answer actually help me change my search so i could find it. That's all i wanted. – Arian Jul 23 '11 at 18:47
1… I'll make you the answer – Arian Jul 23 '11 at 18:47
well given my locale, i hit if that helps. Also, if you use the chrome browser, the personal blocklist extension is great to remove link farms from the results. – Mat Jul 23 '11 at 18:48

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