There are two identical sections:



They should be merged. Where to vote on it?

I think all members of Linux and Ubuntu should be allowed to vote.

Does SE has this voting feature at all?

I know the arguments of separation proponents (one of them is that Ubuntu logo is more beautiful, than Ubuntu tag).

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    Why have a site for Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and not just 'Religion'? I do not think they should be merged. Ever.
    – Mochan
    Dec 2, 2012 at 4:23
  • Even if you had the chance of voting now, you'll have two communities with about 100k & 250k users which will probably vote against you.
    – Earthliŋ
    Jul 12, 2015 at 17:31

2 Answers 2


Ah, you're two years too late for this, see:

The Unix & Linux community seemed to have favoured merging the sites:

Unix & Linux merge vote results

...but the AskUbuntu community didn't:

AskUbuntu merge vote results

Both sites are doing fairly well, and although the fragmentation may be a bit confusing at first, there's little chance (if any) of merging them now.

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    The difference is that Programmers questions are off-topic in StackOverflow, while Ubuntu questions are in-topic in Unix & Linux.
    – jachguate
    Dec 1, 2012 at 19:56
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    @Renan, yes Ubuntu is a subset of Unix&Linux, but Unix&Linux is not a subset of Ubuntu. My point, to Yannis is that Programmers is not a subset of StackOverflow nor the opposite, so the comparison is out of place.
    – jachguate
    Dec 1, 2012 at 23:20
  • Indeed; I had misunderstood it. Deleting my comment
    – Renan
    Dec 1, 2012 at 23:25

Besides the reasons given by Yannis Rizos' answer, this won't happen since they are not identical (despite looking so at first glance): Ask Ubuntu is for Ubuntu-specific questions (using e.g. Unity and all its features, PPAs, Launchpad etc... - asking questions about other distros is disallowed, and will be migrated to Unix & Linux or closed) and Unix & Linux is for general UNIX/Linux questions which might be not distro-specific at all (e.g. awk and sed questions).

As for the differences between Unix & Linux and Ask Ubuntu, gilles sums it up nicely in his answer to this question: Ask Ubuntu, version 2.0.

Ubuntu sets up a core environment that most Ubuntu users stick to. That makes Ubuntu different from most other Linux distributions. Ask Ubuntu allows answerers to provide an Ubuntu-specific perspective to all questions, which a tag on a wider site is not quite as conducive to. There is a difference in treatment between ubuntu-tagged questions on Unix & Linux and questions on Ask Ubuntu. Ubuntu users who don't care that there are other Linux variants — which is the majority of them — get more useful answers this way.

  • Thanks, but I know that cracking eggs bigendian is very different from cracking it littleendian.
    – Dims
    Dec 1, 2012 at 22:08

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