I'm not positive about why this topic was closed as not suitable for the site.
;TL/DR; I'm guessing below that it's being considered a bug report and a dupe of Launchpad content.
- It's about Ubuntu
- It's about a current release.
- It's a valid inquiry. I'm having the same issue and was led to the topic with a Google search.
- There was some Q&A, and an answer that the OP provided/accepted for himself.
It looks completely normal to me. But three days after it was self-Accepted, it was closed as "off-topic", "Not suitable for this site" with the normal required mod+4 confirmations:
* Post Closed as "Not suitable for this site" by @pomsky, @karel, @dlin, @user68186, @Eric-Carvalho *
There was no reason posted by any of those voting to flag it as off-topic.
The content does need editing: The OP's Answer to his own question wasn't really the right answer to "What's up with this file missing in 20.04?" The OP actually posted the right answer in a comment to his own question, that this is a Confirmed issue in v20 ... confirmed before the thread was closed as not suitable. That should have been the answer, that a confirmed issue (can't call it a bug yet) causes the /etc/securetty file to be removed, and the OP provided a replacement file as a temporary fix.
So, we can disagree with how the author answered the question, but the thread itself is not "off-topic" or "not suitable". What gets me is how did 5 people conclude that it was worthy of closing? What am I missing in that thread and/or the rules there?
I'm guessing it was closed due to the position:
- "We aren't a bug tracker"
- "Just linking is lazy and makes for a poor quality answer"
That's completely valid. If that's the reason for discomfort with a Q&A, then say so and give the people in the discussion an opportunity to understand what's happening. Otherwise the reason for closing doesn't make sense.
If there is agreement on my inquiry here, I'm hoping someone will re-open the thread, and I'll attempt to help fix the Q&A. People can decide later if we're unsuccessful in fixing it.
But, finally, I hope this leads to a policy, that might already exist? : When people vote to close a thread, one of the criteria should be that the thread includes a comment to explain why the thread is invalid. The first person to suggest closing it should be compelled to post a comment with an explanation. Mods 2-5 should evaluate that comment and perhaps provide their own insight, or sure, just vote if the first comment was adequate. I think this will lead to less frustration from people who are just trying to admin their systems, and not familiar with the personalities, preferences, gamification, and other nuances of this forum.
Addition 1, response to @pomsky :
;TL/DR; I started this thread because over-use of a good policy is now accepted as the norm, and I hope we can achieve more balance. It's not about the specific thread. That thread is just a perfect example of the point I'm trying to make.
About that thread and why it is on-topic, and not "not suitable", let’s look at what is considered https://askubuntu.com/help/on-topic.
Questions that you may ask:
- It's a questions and answers site for Ubuntu-related questions.
- It's also a place to share knowledge about Ubuntu.
- Using and administering official Ubuntu flavors.
- …EOL unless … how to upgrade to a supported release.
(yes, this was about a post-upgrade anomaly.)
- Apply as many tags as makes sense.
(Yes, has tags)
- Questions should show as much information about your problem as possible.
(Yes, the OP researched the problem and provided adequate information.)
- Make sure the Question's title shows what the problem is about.
- If your question lacks information…
(question was complete)
- Please look around to see if your question has been asked before.
(check, I didn't see any other AU posts on this, it wasn't marked as duplicate, Google showed this as the #1 result… yes above Launchpad bug reports)
- It’s also OK to ask and answer your own question.
(which the OP did before the thread was flagged)
- If your question is not specifically on-topic for Ask Ubuntu, it may be on topic for another Stack Exchange site.
(nope, this issue is specific to Debian/Ubuntu)
I hope that confirms that this thread adequately qualifies as on-topic according to every single point in the on-topic page.
About the elephant in the room: Avoid Bug reports. In that thread:
- @afr and others share an observation: "Of course bug reports are not suitable, but how do users know it's a bug? What if they do not recognize it as bug and post it as regular question?"
- At the time the question was asked it was not evident that the issue was a bug (in fact it has still not been confirmed as a "bug" it's just been acknowledged that the issue is related to a Debian change. The point here is that the question was on-topic when it was posted, and should not have been denigrated after the fact.
- @lfaraone in the Community Wiki says "Questions that are simply problem reports are not suitable… If it's not very obviously a bug, though, I think we can leave it. If it's behavior which might be a bug or, say, a case of PEBKAC, err on the side of being more permissive."
- The question as-posed was not disguised as a question to post a bug report. It was unlikely PEBKAC. The issue was not obviously a bug, and as noted above the exact nature of the issue has still not been determined. The point here : The mods should have preferred to "err on the side of being more permissive".
I'll summarize on avoiding bug reports with a quote by @trampster in that thread:
"I do not believe just closing a question is helpful, it sends the wrong message to people trying out Ubuntu. I also believe that if people run into a problems with ubuntu they should be able to find answers and solutions on this site. Just closing someones question will not do that."
THAT is exactly why I posted my thread here - not for this specific thread.
We can fault the thread OP in that Google showed may results pointing to Launchpad bug reports. (https://www.google.com/search?q=ubuntu+securetty+no+such+file+or+directory) If he did more research (beyond the effort he already expended) he would have found the answer on Launchpad, or at least a hint that his problem Might be the same or related. The "off-topic/not-suitable" label seems to be a slam in the face for someone who performed adequately, just not heroically. That's overkill and it's certainly not the intent of the Close mechanism.
How/why did Ask Ubuntu play a valued role here?
I was able to detect a problem on my systems and find a solution on this site, and it saved me a lot of personal research time when I already spend a ton of research time trying to figure out anomalies with Ubuntu and dozens of other tools. That's how this is all supposed to work. If details about an ongoing investigation are in Launchpad, then a link to that information is a good answer to the question, not a reason to invalidate the question.
As I said earlier, the OP had some issues in his (IMO) otherwise valid report. Because he (and so many others here) help me with my system administration, I'm offering to help clean up his report (if that's really required anymore?). THIS is how Community helps to foster collaboration. We do not encourage participation by closing threads too eagerly.
I'm not suggesting that this site allow abuse. I'm suggesting over-use of a good policy is now accepted as the norm, and I hope we can use this example in a new drive to achieve more balance with this often-discussed issue of protocol.