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I would suggest the following change to the Help Center page on "What topics to ask", under the last bullet in "Questions you should avoid":

Is changed to:

  • Support for Ubuntu releases past their support period (5 years after first release for LTS and 9 months after first release for non-LTS) — unless the question is asking how to upgrade to a supported release

This is not taking into account a different support timespan for Ubuntu Core though.

Alternate suggestion if Ubuntu Core support is 10 years (as it currently appears to be - pending clarification):

  • Support for Ubuntu releases past their support period (10 years after first release for Core, 5 years after first release for LTS and 9 months after first release for non-LTS) — unless the question is asking how to upgrade to a supported release

This would in my opinion make the paragraph more precise and easier to understand. And there would be no doubt, that there's up to 3 time frames you should know for a release to expire here - 10 years (Core), 5 years (LTS) and 9 months (non-LTS).

The way it's phrased right now, if I was a new reviewer, and hadn't read the meta post, I would assume the on-topic period is 5 years for standard Ubuntu and 3 years for official flavors. In addition, the current guidelines do not mention Ubuntu Core at all.

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  • I disagree with this solely on the fact that specific 'text' links to the Ubuntu Releases list which includes the specific dates. Is there a reason that you want us to be extra verbose rather than suggest to users they check the actual dates/releases on the Ubuntu wiki and use the official dates there instead of ballparking it themselves?
    – Thomas Ward Mod
    Aug 29 at 19:34
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    There's nothing factually wrong with the current text, but I simply believe it is more likely to be misunderstood. Aug 29 at 19:38
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    Do not see how the change would help or hurt anything so why do it?
    – David
    Sep 4 at 8:18
  • @guiverc do you have an opinion here? I can see you state in this comment that Ubuntu Core is 10 years support, but off-topic here. How do you come to that conclusion when Ubuntu Core is not mentioned in the Help Center at all? Sep 21 at 8:19

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