THREAD NOTICE: This issue has been raised to Mark Shuttleworth, the Ubuntu Community Council, and the Ubuntu Technical Board via this email message (TB is the only public archive version of the email). You may wish to wait for official governance and definitions on "End of Standard Support", "End of Life", UA-I, and ESM from Canonical, the Technical Board, and the Community Council on this matter before officially deciding a policy change here on Ask Ubuntu.
I have searched Meta and could not find a specific answer to this question.
Another question: Can you play java minecraft on a linux 1gb ram ubuntu 14.04 computestick?, was closed as off-topic, claiming "end of life Ubuntu release".
Referring to Ubuntu Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases, I see that Canonical clearly states that 14.04 LTS End of Life is April 2022.
Referring to Ask Ubuntu Help page: https://askubuntu.com/help/on-topic, states: "Support for versions for Ubuntu releases past their Support or "End of Life" (EOL)", (not past "End of Standard Support"), are off topic. The Help page makes no mention of ESM versions being disqualified.
Extended Security Maintenance is free for personal use: https://ubuntu.com/advantage
Will someone please present official documentation to clear this up. Not just hearsay, "I heard from a friend of a friend's friend", or "everybody knows this" or old wives tales, etc. Give actual facts please.
One excuse that I have heard a number of times, is that many users are not familiar with older versions of Ubuntu and can not answer the questions, well there are many, many users not familiar with some third party software that is on-topic at Ask Ubuntu.
I do not understand why some users want to have so much control over what other users do, it does not reflect kindly on the Ubuntu community.