Following on from Bruno's post I've just added a new event to the clean up system: Clean Up Week 1

  • When?! The event lasts 7 days, starting at 00:00 on the 30th of March running through the end of the 5th April. Times are in UTC so adjust accordingly.

  • Who?! The event is open to all users.

  • "But I'm way behind! That's not fair!" Don't worry, the scores for the event will be separate from the ongoing leaderboard so everybody has an equal chance.

  • PRIZES! We have three prizes for this. The two runners up will get a lovely Ubuntu mug and mouse. The winner gets an epic Ubuntu wall light.

  • Scores aren't everything. They count for a lot but we're going to keep a close eye on things and will be factoring in things like teamwork to help us decide who wins. This means if you blindly flag everything for closure, you're probably not going to win.

Any questions?

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    What do we do when people aggressively pursue things that might not need to be closed? Commented Mar 29, 2012 at 15:01
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    Hint: For the teamwork part 'o things, using chat can be useful (since not everyone knows about chat!)
    – jrg
    Commented Mar 29, 2012 at 15:23
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    Don't blind flag things, editing, answering and team work is the key, if your flags are returning declined that will be the hint you are doing something wrong! Moderators will keep a close eye on all the action happening around! Commented Mar 29, 2012 at 15:25
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    I <3 you guys. If my graphics card works and other variables are right.. I will try to make this site a better placwe
    – Amith KK
    Commented Mar 30, 2012 at 5:04
  • how to do it? it requires an open id :o ,why i cant use ask ubuntu account or fb account for it?
    – Tachyons
    Commented Mar 31, 2012 at 2:45
  • @tachyons Most people here have an OpenID of some sort (Launchpad provides one, for instance) and it made development much easier. In time the aim is to use the Stack Exchange authentication but that isn't there yet. Edit: Oh and you can use your Stack Exchange as an OpenID, see the FAQ on: meta.askubuntu.com/questions/2651/ask-ubuntu-clean-up
    – Oli Mod
    Commented Mar 31, 2012 at 10:47
  • Thanks, Jokerdino helped me to do it :)
    – Tachyons
    Commented Mar 31, 2012 at 12:52
  • Can we do this again! Commented Sep 2, 2012 at 14:26
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    Clean-up week anyone?
    – user308164
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 16:35

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Cleanup Week (April 2012) has been a fantastic effort by the whole Ask Ubuntu community.

That last word is important - community - without our fantastic users, this site would not be as great as it has become.

First - the major special thanks has to go to @Oli - without Oli, this cleanup week would simply have never happened. The website & cleanup routines were invaluable.

Your community moderators have been keeping a close eye on proceedings. The common consensus was wow - we just could not believe the commitment of numerous people to the cleanup effort.

At our low point, Ask Ubuntu was at 72% answered rate. Second to last of all the Stack Exchange sites.

However, with the help of many - and this week in particular, we have reached the dizzying heights of 84.7% answered rate. That puts us up to the number 2 of the top 5 (in terms of size) of the Stack Exchange sites.

We were looking for not only those questions that could and should be closed but more importantly, improving both questions and answers, upvoting great answers and creating new great answers to almost forgotten questions.

It has been hard … and if we had more we would have given more prizes.

In life there are winners and losers - but on this occasion we consider all the entrants as winners.

Our runners up for Cleanup Week (April 2012) are

  • Amith KK
  • Bodhi.zazen

For both dedication, bringing various people together - and for virtually living in the regulators room...

Drum Roll....

Our grand prize winner is....



Well done all and many thanks - but we must just say, we cannot stop now.

We'll be contacting all the winners shortly - so look out for your email!

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    It was a great TEAM effort, thanks for all who helped.
    – Ringtail
    Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 17:16
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    Congrats to BlueXrider, well done.
    – Panther
    Commented Apr 8, 2012 at 5:43
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    Congrats to BlueXrider ,Amith KK and Bodhi.zazen
    – Tachyons
    Commented Apr 8, 2012 at 5:47
  • Well done BlueXrider - you've had an outstanding week and set a very high benchmark for others!! to Amith and bodhi congrats on trying to keep up with him!! Commented Apr 8, 2012 at 10:52

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