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I have technical problems i can't solve, and instead of providing help, I've been attacked. People complain that they don't like my questions, they troll all my content to down vote it, and now I've been told i can't ask anymore questions, due to people not liking me. Is this site here to help people with ubuntu issues, or is it just here for people to stroke their own egos, by pushing around people without as good of computer skills as them? I assume I'll be banned just for asking this, based on previous community interactions.

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  • By the way, many of your recent questions are GNOME specific issues, and in GNOME, it is very hard to change some default settings (like opening an executable with a single click). Such things are much easier to configure in KDE or XFCE Jan 25 at 10:32

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No, this site isn't here to help people with Ubuntu issues, that is a very common (and understandable) misunderstanding. The objective of this site is to collect a library of useful questions and answers that can help everyone, not just the person asking the question. This is why we get so obsessive about quality and clarity. And this is why we have a voting system, so useful questions and answers can be voted up, and less useful ones voted down. This has nothing to do with you, or any other individual, it is only about the questions and answers, not about the person posting them.

That said, you have asked a total of 8 questions: screenshot of OP's profile, showing questions

Of these, only two have a negative score. In total, you have received 4 downvotes and 14 upvotes. That really doesn't seem like anyone is targeting you. Your questions have clearly been well received on average.

In any case, downvoting is not trolling. Not at all. If anything, not downvoting questions that deserve to be downvoted is trolling. Votes aren't personal, they are about the question. If a question isn't clear, if it isn't going to be helpful to others in the future, if it shows no effort, then it should be downvoted. That's how we can separate the really good questions and answers. I know it can feel bad, but please try not to take it personally, it really isn't about you at all.

I assume what prompted this question is your post from today. That only has two downvotes, at the time of writing, and 49 views. So two people, no more than that, out of 49 who read the question, felt it wasn't useful and downvoted. That really isn't much of a signal. It's just two people having an opinion. I have now upvoted the question myself since I do think it is clear and can be useful.

Maybe the people who downvoted felt you should have realized that you were reading old posts that were referring to an older version of the tool you use and that in the new version, there's a sort button right next to where you were looking. That is their right, of course, but I agree with you that this isn't very obvious. Not everyone finds icons with no text intuitive and not everyone is in the habit of trying every button to see what it does, so I can completely understand your confusion.

Or, perhaps, the people who downvoted felt your question wasn't clear. That makes a little bit more sense since you have posted screenshots but you haven't told us what tool you are using. There are multiple file browsers available for Linux systems, and if you don't tell us which one you are using, that is a little confusing. So maybe that's why people downvoted.

No matter the reason, it really doesn't make much difference: it's just two people's opinion, don't read too much into it. Most importantly, when people tell you your question isn't clear, that isn't an attack. It is an honest request for clarification. So please try not to take it as an attack and instead just clarify what they asked.

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  • Thanks for your understanding. Only 3 questions are recent. I stopped asking a while back because i knew people hated my use of old ubuntu. So i only just came back because i updated to new ubuntu. This question was prompted because i was told i can't ask questions, because i suck at asking questions. As for trolls, there was a person voting me down, and leaving unhelpful comments, which i would guess, caused me to get cut off from asking. As expected, I have a lot of questions, for being on a brand new OS.
    – Liberated
    Jan 11 at 17:29
  • Yes, i asked an easy question, since i missed the button, and nothing i found with a web search, said it was there. And it was attached to another button, and i didn't even know it was it's own button. But If i was dumb enough to not find it, surely at least one other person could be dumb enough as well, to benefit from an answer.
    – Liberated
    Jan 11 at 17:32
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    @Liberated who told you you can't ask questions? All I see is two very polite comments, one asking for specific details and helpfully linking you to the relevant Help Center page (how to ask) and another saying that they don't understand what you are asking. These are not attacks, they are people trying to help you.
    – terdon
    Jan 11 at 17:34
  • I tried to ask a new question and was diverted to a page that said i can't post for another day, based on people not liking my questions. Yesterday i was just told i need to wait a day because i posted too many for a day. So, i came back, hoping to post and got the new message.
    – Liberated
    Jan 11 at 17:39
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    Ah yes, those are automated systems that cannot be changed, not even by a site moderator. But don't worry, you really are fine, and you just need to wait a little. Since I have upvoted your post, that should also help.
    – terdon
    Jan 11 at 17:48
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    @Liberated I agree with everything terdon writes. Also, it seems you take things way too personal. Nothing here is personal, it's all about the quality of content. Please read here about what is on-topic. And yes, asking off-topic questions will most likely get some downvotes. I've also gotten plenty of downvotes, but that's just a matter of some people having a different opinion. Jan 12 at 7:36
  • When you get banned from asking questions, which BTW fit your "read here" guide, just because someone gave you a thumbs down, just for asking for help, is certainly personal. In each case it would seem, this guy only gave the down vote because one question was too easy and one was too hard. And that's unfair. They were on topic. It's a really nasty thing to attack people that are reaching out for help.
    – Liberated
    Jan 13 at 16:08
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    "It's a really nasty thing to attack people that are reaching out for help." False accusations of that sort are the fastest way to make the volunteers here skip past your question. We are 100% volunteers; your peer users. None of us are paid staff. If your question is unattractive or deterring to volunteers who want to help, that's entirely within your control.
    – user535733
    Jan 17 at 17:19

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