I'm ashamed to say I asked a question yesterday, and got an answer the same day. If this were a MS question, I would have been waiting until H--- froze over before anyone answered. Anyway, I got an answer from Christopher Kyle Horton. I tried his advice, and it worked perfectly. My new question is: How do I thank the group for help? Also, can I ask multiple questions? I am such a Ubuntu novice, I have quite a few questions. Is there an "Ask Ubuntu" etiquette I should be following?

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    The person who answered was actually cometix. Christopher just edited the answer. But accepting the answer (and voting for it when you can) is considered thanks enough.
    – Oli Mod
    Feb 18, 2015 at 0:06
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    Just so you know, this is the [meta] site. This is the place where we ask questions about the main site - like this. Your reputation is the same here as the main site; you don't get any for asking here. Welcome by the way!
    – Tim
    Feb 18, 2015 at 16:16
  • Once you have some extra reputation, you are also able and award bounties which allows you to further reward answers if you feel they really deserve something extra. (The primary purpose of bounties is to attract attention when you haven't gotten an answer.) Feb 18, 2015 at 21:34
  • send pizza as thanks
    – j0h
    Feb 22, 2015 at 2:27

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As Oli says, accepting the answer is thanks enough (and an upvote if you can). You can thank the community by continuing to participate here: asking, answering, editing — all welcome.

You can ask as many questions as you want, as long as each post is limited to a single question, or a set of tightly-coupled questions - when in doubt, make separate posts.

As for etiquette:

  • A bit of diligence in searching will always be welcome. The site's own search functionality is OK-ish, so you could search using Google as well, by specifying site:askubuntu.com along with other terms.
  • Be clear and specific in your question. Phrases like "did not help", "did not work", "tried everything" are meaningless. Post what you did, and what happened, exactly.
  • Prefer text to screenshots when reporting errors from the command line.
  • Read How do I ask a good question?
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    and reviewing :) Feb 19, 2015 at 15:23

I would suggest you to just take the 2-minutes-tour on Ask Ubuntu. It describes the most important things on how the site works supported with some nice images and provides you all useful links you might want to visit for a better understanding of the site.

To briefly answer your personal questions:

  • You thank the person that answered your question best by accepting his/her answer (click on the gray tick next to the answer so that it becomes green). Beware that you can only accept one answer per question and only accept answers to your own questions. This will earn the poster +15 reputation and give you yourself +2 reputation points.
  • You can also upvote his answer by clicking on the gray arrow upwards next to the question. This gives +10 points to the poster, but requires you to have at least 15 reputation points. Though, you can vote on questions AND answers of everybody and everywhere. The only restriction is that only one vote per post is allowed, but e.g. you can vote on two answers to one question.
  • The people in here who try to solve others' problems are also just humans, so except from collecting reputation points, you also can make them happy by leaving a short friendly comment on their posts. Note that below 50 points of reputation, you only may write comments to your own posts and on answers belonging to your questions.
  • Of course you can post as many questions, answers and comments as you want and we are happy about everybody who participates actively on Ask Ubuntu! Only make sure that you avoid duplicates whenever it is possible. So: Use the search function to look for Q&As that already might solve your problem before writing a new question and read other people's answers and comments before you write one yourself.

I hope this answers your information request on AU. Feel free to try the thanking options at this answer (although no reputation will be awarded on a Meta question). If something is still unclear, you can try out the comment function and leave me one here :-D
Greetings and enjoy AU!

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