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Are Linux Mint (and other unofficial derivatives of Ubuntu) questions on topic?

(Inspired by this question about Mint. ) You only have to look at Wikipedia to find a long long list of Ubuntu derivatives - should we allow, or even actively encourage, questions regarding these on ...
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How do we tell if a question belongs here, or rather at stackoverflow/superuser?

I asked a question about vim in the ubuntu stackexchange, and someone suggested it should be taken to stack overflow or superuser. Would this be relevant, or should general Linux/UNIX software stuff ...
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Are "not only Ubuntu-specific" questions on-topic?

I know this question has been asked and answered already here: How do we tell if a question belongs here, or rather at stackoverflow/superuser? However this topic came up recently again in a ...
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Is Ubuntu WSL with Linux Mint repos/packages OK for Ask Ubuntu?

I recently installed Ubuntu on WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux). After installation, I added the Linux Mint repositories, and installed several packages from them (like mintinstall and cinnamon). Can ...
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Why are questions about (specifically) Ubuntu based distros off-limits?

I can understand (in general) questions about non-Ubuntu distros being off-limits. But is there a reason that questions about distros like Linux Mint which derive directly from Ubuntu are also off-...
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How can we encourage 3k+ users to review more Close Votes

First I would like to congratulate Luis Alvarado on his efforts today in dealing with the Close Vote queue. It would appear from the questions I have asked here Should we be able to review 40 close ...
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Why don't we allow unofficial derivatives still using the Ubuntu archives?

Why don't we allow questions about unofficial remixes/derivatives/flavors of Ubuntu that are still using the official repositories (e.g. they have nothing in sources.list besides archive.ubuntu.com/*, ...
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Should "try this" or "x doesn't work, use y" type answers be flagged?

From a discussion in chat, opening to a wider audience: I tend to flag answers with "Try this" or "Use Y because X doesn't work" as "Not an answer" to avoid having to downvote and lose precious ...
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Clarification on GRUB's on-topic-ness

By definition questions that are on topic are these: Using and administering official Ubuntu flavors including: Edubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Kubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, Lubuntu, Mythbuntu, Ubuntu Studio, ...
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It is not necessary for questions to contain the word "Ubuntu" for it to be on-topic on Ask Ubuntu

Close votes on the following question evokes this statement: How to improve the sound quality of an mp3 speech file? I don't know why did it attract close votes. Probably because it didn't contain ...
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Is this OP running Ubuntu or not?

Evasive comments On this question the OP is evading answering if he's using Ubuntu or not. The question's comments illustrate this: You should include the "#some gksudo related output" because on my ...
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PROPOSAL: Checklist for addressing questions mentioning non-Ubuntu distributions

For those not aware of the context: One side of the community is pro editing out mentions of other OS where question asks about non-specific to OS things, such as scripting; another side, is pro-...
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The quality of the duplicates is so bad that I want to cry

Earlier today, I was pointed towards a bunch of question that were duplicated one of the other. But while reviewing the stuff linked to the question I noticed that most of those questions don't have ...
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Are half-Minty questions allowed?

I was just wondering as I saw this question Unable to install Ubuntu 14.04.3 or Linux Mint, are half-Minty questions like this allowed or should they be closed even if they are also as about Ubuntu?
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