Our What topics can I ask about here? help center page feels like it could use an update.
The first section, "Questions that you may ask", looks fairly good. Apparently at one point in time, it also included the final line:
There are no "dumb" questions
... but, well that's been removed in a previous update, apparently ... ;-)
A couple of possible suggestions, however.
The first line is:
- Using and administering official Ubuntu flavors: Ubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu MATE, Kubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu.
Perhaps we could go ahead and put in the qualifier that they must be currently supported releases. I know that's also covered in the next ("avoid") section, but some people may see this first line and stop reading.
Also, (as the resident "WSL guy" around here) I think it might be useful to call out Ubuntu on WSL as a supported release, since I know there's been a lot of confusion over this in the past. We get more Ubuntu on WSL questions than, say Budgie.
The next section, "Questions that you should avoid:" could use some attention. Here's the current wording:
Questions that you should avoid:
- Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Backtrack, Gnome-Remix (prior to 13.04), budgie-remix (16.04 and 16.10) and other Linux distributions (try our friends at Unix & Linux Stack Exchange).
- Bug reports (How do I submit a bug?).
- Issues with the next version of Ubuntu (Ubuntu+1) (More information about Alpha and Beta release issues).
- Shopping or Hardware Recommendations.
- Support for versions for Ubuntu releases past their "End of Standard Support" or "End of Life" dates (whichever is earlier) — unless the question is asking how to upgrade to a supported release.
Some suggestions/comments on improvements:
First up - Backtrack? I had to look up what that was, since I've known it as Kali for quite a few years. Kali is such a common off-topic question that we definitely should name it specifically, IMHO, and using the name it's had for the last (nearly) 10 years ;-).
As I understand it, "Gnome-Remix" really just became mainline, and "budgie-remix" is now Ubuntu Budgie. For both of these, the "currently supported" part should be sufficient, right? Is there still a need to call them out separately with release numbers?
It seems to me that we get far more off-topic questions on "not currently supported" Ubuntu releases than "bug reports", "Ubuntu+1", or "Shopping/Hardware Recommendations", right?
If that's truly the case, then let's move that higher in the list -- Probably the second bullet, but could be the first.
Finally, there is often confusion over "Ubuntu-derived" and "Debian-derived" distributions, so it might make sense to make a statement around that directly.
There are a few items in the tour that aren't present in the Help.
A nitpick, but the word "that" in the section headers isn't really necessary.
Also a nitpick -- Expanding some of the parenthetical links might make things more readable.
And one final nitpick, but as long as we are considering updating, the "Hardware and Shopping Recommendations" might use an explanatory link.
So how does this get updated, assuming we agree that it is in need of one?
- We upvote or downvote this question to agree or disagree that an update is needed?
- We make proposals in the form of answers (mine is below), vote, and discuss here?
- The mods then discuss and reach agreement based on the community discussion?
- The mods then flag the final wording in an answer (or some other method) with the status-review tag for Staff to take action on?