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Although I'm relatively new to using AskUbuntu, I have, at times, wanted to contact the "leaders" responsible for the direction, decisions and development of AskUbuntu (ie. who decides the "official rules"?). Who are these individuals, and how do I contact them? (For instance, I don't want my message to be made public.)

Is this the most appropriate place to do the above: https://askubuntu.com/contact

BTW, I found no appropriate tag for this questions, so I hope it's not OT...

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"Although I'm relatively new to using AskUbuntu..."

Welcome! I'll attempt to answer your questions in no particular order.

"BTW, I found no appropriate tag for this questions, so I hope it's not OT..."

This is definitely the correct tag for your question.

"I have, at times, wanted to contact the "leaders" responsible for the direction, decisions and development of AskUbuntu (ie. who decides the "official rules"?)."

Actually, the "leaders" are the Ask Ubuntu users themselves. In fact, this site (meta.askubuntu.com) is where a lot of the discussion regarding the direction of the website takes place.

Flagging, closing, and editing can be done by any user with sufficient privileges. Only when issues escalate beyond what the community can deal with on its own are the site moderators brought in. If the issue goes beyond what they can deal with (which is extremely rare), someone from the Stack Exchange team steps in.

"Who are these individuals, and how do I contact them?"

The moderators can be contacted by flagging the item in question and alerting them. If the issue involves a user, flag one of their posts. The Stack Exchange team can by contacted by following the link you included in your question.

"(For instance, I don't want my message to be made public.)"

The moderators have all agreed to the moderator agreement, of which one of the clauses states:

    "I will not disclose this information to anyone,"

Therefore, you can be certain that any communication will be kept confidential.

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    I know that writing the following in the comments section is frowned upon but, I have to say "thanks" for your answer... very detailed and very helpful. (I'd give this answer a +1 but I've had trouble getting the points needed for such a thing.) :( – TJK Sep 17 '15 at 2:41
  • @TJK that is where we come in :D Upvoted ;-) If you need a private talk best to do is get to 20 rep, join chat and ask for a user (aka. a moderator) to join a private room. – Rinzwind Sep 17 '15 at 7:13
  • @TJK: have a look here... That'll help! ;-) We all were once in your situation and the first 20 rep is hardest to get. Just don't give up! – Fabby Sep 18 '15 at 21:58
  • @Fabby - appreciate the encouragement. I had my hand slapped when I first started asking questions, so I'm still a bit cautious... too bad it's not possible to just send a private message to some people (like you) -- other then the chat option described by Rinzwind above. – TJK Sep 19 '15 at 1:53
  • @TJK Yup, that's what we like about the system here! If you don't want to reply, you just don't and people can't bug you about it. >:-) – Fabby Sep 19 '15 at 12:16

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