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This is a pretty good way to tell if you're on an SE site: Screenshot of the supercollider http://so.mrozekma.com/su-inbox-button.png I've never seen a copy-cat site that tried to trick you into thinking you're on an SE site; generally they just clone content to get hits. In any case, they can't trick you into giving them your account credentials since SE ...


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Your question is neither about programming, nor about using vim, both of which would qualify it for SO. It's about how to get your OS to pick up a specific executable when you call it without a qualified path. It's not specific to vim, nor something specific to developers at all. So it's a better fit for SU.


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When it comes to "where does my question belong" I typically compare the FAQs of the potential sites since those outline the proper question topics. Here is Stack Overflow's: Stack Overflow is for professional and enthusiast programmers, people who write code because they love it. We feel the best Stack Overflow questions have a bit of source code in ...


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In a waxed nutshell, Super User is about getting your computer and the parts with it to work right. Just like Stack Overflow is about programming and Bicycles is about bicycles. Those two can be seen equally far reaching chasms. Questions served by an Open Source Alternative site are already being dished out on Super User. That and the only question that ...


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The simple answer: Don't. The more detailed answer: Each SE has a specific set of FAQ and guidelines that specify what kind of questions may be appropriate there, and yes, there's a lot of overlap between the different SE sites. Your example is likely a usage issue of Apache on Ubuntu, so my gut feeling tells me that asking the question on Ask Ubuntu ...


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Most questions about IDE's used during development are on-topic. The folks who troll SO are far more likely to have an IDE installed than the folks on SU by the definition of the sites alone. Per the SO FAQ: software tools commonly used by programmers That being said, if it seems wildly off-topicunsuited for the site (e.g. "what is your FAVO[U]RITE ...


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The question is one that asks for recommendations. As such it is off topic to all Stack Exchange sites - Stack Overflow and SuperUser included. It falls under the "Chatty and open ended" category.


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First, the Super User Blog is fantastic. I was incredibly impressed with what you guys (and gals, as applicable) have accomplished there. But I think you might be thinking of this in the wrong way. Of course we will do what we can to help*, but to those participating in the blog: you should only be doing so because you fundamentally enjoy it and because ...


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I also started bookmarking SE sites on my home screen and noticed the Super User logo looked out of place. However, I don't think a white background should be added, as that would remove the consistency with all the other icons. I like M. Tibbit's suggestion (in fact, I thought the same thing) of making the left half of the face white instead. Here is a ...


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Ask Ubuntu is for (from their FAQ): Using and administering Ubuntu, including official Ubuntu derivatives. Running third-party applications on Ubuntu. Development on Ubuntu. Services provided by Ubuntu Any question not mentioned below or here are great! There are no "dumb" questions! Also from their FAQ: This is not the right place for: Linux ...


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Sometimes I wonder if programmers get overzealous in wanting to categorize everything in neat little buckets. Take source control. It most assuredly is something that programmers use, but everyone else? They might. It doesn't have the same effect when you're using it for binary files, so that limits its usefulness to outsiders, but... It's potentially used ...


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In fact, 'moderation' is done before the question ban kicks in, by community voting. People rate the content of the asker (since we're talking about questions here). If the content is consistently bad, as judged by the accumulated voting, then the question ban kicks in. By the time the 'automated' ban is live, the community has already said that the poster ...


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You should ask on Meta Super User rather than Meta Stack Overflow since your meta question is specifically about Super User's moderation policy. In general, Super User does not like non-technical questions, and your question is not strictly speaking about computer software or computer hardware but about the history of computer software. If your question ...


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Look for The genuine Stack Exchange™©® Logo in the upper left! All Stack Exchange (2.0) sites will have it. It's also your global network inbox, so it's particularly important to click on and know about. You can't miss it, really.


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The FAQ for all three sites seems to cover it pretty well. Super User concerns itself with computer hardware, software, and personal home computing/networking; Unix and Linux concerns itself with *nix operating systems (not specifically a particular distro); and Ask Ubuntu concerns itself with questions in regards to Ubuntu and its official derivatives. To ...


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questions about an editor (ex. Visual Studio) are not... seriously? Programming tools questions are acceptable on SO. Period. Of course, if they're about using a programming tool to do something other than programming ("How do I spell-check my novella using Vim?") or just plain crap ("How do I write a Facebook in Visual Studio?") then they'll still get ...


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Meta Stack Overflow is... special. It covers the dual task of being the Meta site for Stack Overflow and for the entire Stack Exchange network. The Meta sites for all the other sites are not separate. You cannot gain reputation there, they are an integral part of the main site they belong with, your account on such a normal meta site is not separate either. ...


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I don't think Super User is too broad, but: The Opensource alternative proposal may be way too narrow. Would I go there only to ask for alternatives to X paid application, or would I also be able to ask questions on how to use the open source alternative? If it's the former, then it's too narrow. If the latter, then it duplicates a lot of the purpose of ...


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Since there are a number of sites with individual blogs now: http://blog.serverfault.com http://blog.superuser.com http://gaming.blogoverflow.com/ We moved the blog link (with dynamic detection and highlighting of new posts) to the top of the page as well as the bottom; it's now mirrored in both places. (At least for users who aren't logged in ... we ...


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There's a line between bad answers and pointless noise. Moderators rarely touch the former, leaving the community to deal with it, while blasting away the latter. On a runaway question such as How to mess up a PC running Windows 7? the horde is going to jump in and post their answers. In those type of questions, where answers will slide in of little ...


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You simply don't have the required 50 reputation points to comment on Super User. You can however still comment on your own questions or answers. A question that you offered a bounty on is still not considered your post. You placed a bounty on that post but it still doesn't belong to you; the comment limitation is still enforced. Final thoughts There is ...


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The FAQ tells that tools are on-topic on Stack Overflow: software tools commonly used by programmers Since Git can be categorised as such, I would say that the question is valid.


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IDE use is appropriate for SO. Falls under "software tools commonly used by programmers" per FAQ.


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Yeah, it's an issue with CloudFlare. Happened on SU proper yesterday as well. We disabled in on Meta SU now and will continue to investigate.


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We use a democratic method of creating new sites - you can propose a new site on area51.stackexchange.com, the site that tracks the progress of new site proposals. it would be much easier if I had a translated version of Superuser to use. Well, there's always Google Translate - it can do whole pages too ;)


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I would say this question would be fair game for Stack Overflow. An editor is a tool used in the development process; asking questions related to their use (as long as they somehow relate to the development process) is perfectly acceptable on StackOverflow. What I wouldn't consider fair game is if you asked something like, "Is there a good text editor for ...


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The question wasn't about programming, it was about Git usage. Technically, it's SU material, but version control applications are traditionally an exception that lives on SO rather than SU. This exception makes some sense inasmuch as version control is rarely used by non-programmers. This question was migrated by 5 community votes. I don't think they ...


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If a question is specifically about the use of regex in program code, then it belongs on Stack Overflow. If it's about regex find-and-replace in, say, a text editor, then as far as I'm aware it's very much on topic for SU. This seems to be more of an issue with Notepad++ questions than regex questions. As somebody who regularly looks at notepad++ questions (...


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Meta Stack Overflow covers the entire stack exchange network and because of this it's a little different. MSO has it's own reputation system, so you get rep for upvotes and lose rep for downvotes. MSO is its own site; whereas all the other meta sites are sub-sites of their respective mother sites. Because of this you don't need to create an account to ...


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