Questions tagged [answer-format]

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Posting answers on different ubuntu versions [duplicate]

Assume there was some problem for an older version of Ubuntu and some one have asked about that.Then I got the same or very similar problem on a newer Ubuntu version and I cold solve it by different ...
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Can we please stop telling people to use "apt-get" when simply "apt" accomplishes the same thing? [closed]

It's just bad advice to give to tell people to type in longer codes than are necessary. Think of all the wasted seconds spent typing that extra -get that could be spent on other things. Yes, some apt ...
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A chat room to help users improve posts?

Following on from my last post and these style guide post we get on meta, do you think a chat room dedicated to help people improve their posts would be useful? Let's imagine, a user posts an answer ...
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Best method to deal with one user copy/pasting/plagiarising another's answers

I found a user is copying an answer given to them (I mean word for word copy/paste, no changes or anything!) by another user as their own answer on two question less than ten minuets apart and I bet ...
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Should there be a forced style of question? [duplicate]

Note that all I state/ask in this discussion is referring to the style guide located here. As more new users have problems with Ubuntu or XUbuntu, and they come to AskUbuntu for help, there are more ...
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I asked a question, and would like to give an answer that which advocates against a possible solution

Here is the question: https://askubuntu.com/questions/504413/what-is-the-fastest-two-way-sync-framework-available-on-ubuntu I would like to post as an answer, WHY rsync should NOT be considered. The ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a question in an answer, or should this be a comment?

I answered this question: Whenever I try to download my Ubuntu 1 files, chrome block me. And Raphael commented that this could be a comment. (Not accusing, just wanting to know for sure). Is this a ...
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Would it be beneficial to have answerers to explain how they got their answers?

In my bio class, when we correct our tests our bio teacher asks us to compare the ones we got wrong on our test with our fellow classmates in order to correct our test mistakes. He also tells us to ...
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how to add code with comments in it? Such as "#some comment"?

I am trying to add code to an answer and have tried using the < code> tag. But every line that has a # becomes bold. Is this a bug or am I missing something? Example: a line of commenting with a #...
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How to deal with answers wich clearly shows that answerer did not read/understood question?

In short, often happens that a quite simple question got a quite fast answer but answer is not applicable since answerer did not read/understood the question properly. I understand the language could ...
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Inserted image in Ask Ubuntu not showing in browser

I am trying to insert a screenshot to answer a question, using both options as mentioned here. However, the image is not being displayed on browser. Note : I am uploading image from my computer. I ...
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How do I format my code that it will be wrapped in a box with horizontal scrolling?

Usually when I need to post an error output or any code I use blockquotes and place the entire thing there. On two occasions my code has been edited and formatted in a way that it can be seen in a box ...
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How do I escape backticks in a backticks command?

I found: "How do I escape backticks in a comment?", but I want to escape backticks, if I use backticks to format code in an answer. The following doesn't work: `sudo update-initramfs -v -u -k \`...
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Answering questions in OP's language

I sometimes see questions in a foreign language, translated below. Is it acceptable to answer the question in both English and the OP's language(if I speak it) to make the process simpler for the OP? ...
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no edit button beside flag [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Edit link Missing I found a question which is very ugly and improperly formatted so I want to edit it but there is no edit button only link and flag buttons are there !! Is ...
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When is it not appropriate to use links in answers?

I was first to answer this question yesterday with an answer something like you will find all the information you need here. My link pointed to official Ubuntu Documentation and the content ...
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Should an answer that is a link to the answerers personal blog be flagged as spam?

I've come across this question: Network Manager greyed out, can't edit nor save changes. One of the answers is essentially a link to the answerers own personal blog (judging by the names). I don't ...
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Way nicer software installation than we have now, should we do this?

I saw this today and it's awesome, as seen here: https://askubuntu.com/a/124747/235 I like this better than our small icon because this one looks clickable and will do what you expect it to do ...
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How do I give credit for someone elses answer to a question?

I have just a answered a question because I knew where the information was (it was part of a response to another question authored by someone else). I gave the credit to that user by creating a link....
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Should there be a question on AU or Meta about question/answer formatting?

A link to a page where it shows pre tags and indents, code tags and backticks, and that type of thing. There's already an AU question floating around about how to make answers more useful, but it ...
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Is there a preferred convention as to how key sequences are noted?

Is there an unwritten convention that is considered more appropriate than others in reference to key sequence notation when replying to questions? Specifically, which is considered more appropriate? ...
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Understanding apt.ubuntu.com and its use in askubuntu

I have noticed in a number of answers to questions where the use of the apt.ubuntu.com (I think this is what I recall) is employed to assist with the installation of some Ubuntu package that may not ...
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What to do with questions that describe bugs?

I always made the link to the bug report an answer, but I've also seen people adding that information as comment to the question. We probably should agree on one way to deal with such questions.
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Is there a plan to create a new category for Natty questions

Hope we will have many many question in the coming days regarding the new release Natty. Is there a plan to create a new category for Natty questions? shall we continue as it is?
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How to use keyboard 'icon' in markdown?

Guys, I was looking in a question when I found a different way to markup keyboard (combination of keys) to express commands. I cant found a previously answer about Markdown (except this, but not ...
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How do we solve the package installation problem? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to post links that install software via apt? I had a friend try stackexchange and he was disappointed that a bunch of the easier commands (like recommending installing ...
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$ (prompt) in command line instructions

I noticed a minor 'edit war' in an answer (NB: broken link, I'm guessing the answer was deleted) regarding whether or not we should promote $ at the front of command line instructions. Is one of ...
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Recommending sudoedit instead of sudo $editor?

I notice that in some people's answers say "to edit the file, do sudo gedit $file" some people say "sudo nano $file" and of course "sudo vim $file" By default doing "sudoedit $file" will open the ...
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selecting answers on community wikis

Shouldn't when i select a community wiki as the option type. It should remove the select answer notification. Or alternately select the highest upped question as the answer dynamically? Thoughts?
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Avoiding forum style usage and promoting SE style Q and A

There is a question on the parent site that has become like a forum (follow-up questions and responses posted as answers). The question is complicated because the person asking included several issues ...
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Should there be a standard for application install instructions?

I've been looking at some answers and comments and I see several different ways of writing an instruction to install a particular application. There is of course command line apt which is somewhat ...
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Should we apturl whenever possible?

It seems that apt: doesn't work here,but there is a proxy for these type of sites just provide apt.ubuntu.com/p/package_name Should we use it(easy,fast and user friendly) or the traditional software ...
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Style guide for questions and answers

Following the style guides on Stack Overflow and Wikipedia, I would like to propose that we create a style guide of our own. Let's hold ourselves to a high standard and create or promote questions ...
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Should answers have terminal or GUI instructions?

Should we aim to provide answers that use the terminal, through shell commands, or answers that use the GUI, through pointing and clicking? May be related to this question about our intended public
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