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New user promoting a single service - (subtle) spam?

This user was created today, and the user has written 3 answers, of which 2 has been removed as spam (visible to +10k users): How to connect to remote desktop, Kali Linux from ubuntu? Multi-user ...
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I would like a moderator to remove the acceptance from one of my answers and give it to another one

Is that even possible? Question here with my answer the accepted one and the one below that a better one! Yeah, I've looked here already but I'm not going to plagiarise the better one; that would ...
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1 answer
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If I bounty a question, but then I write a good answer, can I award myself the bounty and get my bountied reputation back?

Say I start a bounty on a question. What happens if I figure out a solution for my bounty on my own and write a good answer. Can I award the bounty to myself? Do my reputation points belong to me ...
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2 answers
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Are new users banned from answering "highly active questions"?

This question was asked on July 1: Ubuntu 20.04 on a new Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 is not detecting my second monitor through HDMI Today, a new user with 1 reputation attempted to provide an answer to ...
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What is the policy for dealing with plagiarism?

Over the last couple of weeks there has been a growing number of answers that are unabashed copy/pastes of entire posts from sources around the web. These have generally been pointed out in the ...
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1 answer
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Why was my answer flagged as missing sources?

https://askubuntu.com/a/1371070/448998 The Community bot flagged this answer for missing sources: Your answer could be improved with additional supporting information. Please edit to add further ...
11 votes
2 answers
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Should we unpin the accepted answer from the top of the list on meta?

This is the partner to my other question, concerning specifically Meta Ask Ubuntu. Because accepts may have a somewhat different meaning or purpose on meta I am posting this question to gather ...
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3 answers
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How much can an answer be modified before it should be its own entity?

An edit was in the review queue for this answer and it’s clear that the author of the edit is doing everyone a favour with the additional details being added: Given how drastic the “hijack” of the ...
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5 answers
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Should we unpin the accepted answer from the top of the list?

Community manager Nicholas Chabanovsky has posted this on Meta Stack Exchange: Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers. On Stack Overflow, apparently, answers are now by ...
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1 answer
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Why is my answer deleted?

I have a question about my Ask Ubuntu post: Ubuntu 20.04 ACPI errors after suspend: cannot release Mutex After I realized a persistent error message, I searched for it and found the exact problem on ...
5 votes
1 answer
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How to post follow-up to answer

Where should I post a lengthy follow-up to an answer to my question? My comment ran to too many characters. Should I answer my own question, although it's really a response to one particular answer?
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1 answer
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Please don't flag link-only answers as Very Low Quality

Lately I notice that many link-only (or link-mainly) answers are being flagged as Very Low Quality, so I am taking to meta to ask y'all to use the Not An Answer flag for link-only answer (LOA) posts ...
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2 answers
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Answering a question using an answer from another post

It occurs to me that I find an answer to one question among the answers to another question, sometimes in the way of hidden gems. I believe that creating the linkage between the two questions is ...
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2 answers
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Do I need to be logged in to Ask Ubuntu to see if I received an answer to my question?

I'm new to this site and Ubuntu. Do I have to stay logged on to see if I get an answer to a question I asked earlier?
8 votes
1 answer
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Save an answer as a draft

I was wondering if it couldn't be a good feature to be able to save an answer as a draft in case I don't yet want to post it since I may be doing something else with my machine before later completing ...
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1 answer
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Is it right to edit an answer so that it's almost identical to an existing one?

Today I realized that someone had edited another person's answer so that it is now the same as my pre-existing answer. Jordanka's answer to this question was edited by another user (as you can see, ...
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3 answers
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Answers that aren't about Ubuntu (explicitly about another distro)

I think it's important that the Questions and Answers on our site remain "on-topic": It is infinitely frustrating when trying to solve an issue, to search for a question, find an answer, ...
3 votes
1 answer
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I can't add an answer to indicate that I'm having the same problem as a previous poster

I can't seem to add an "answer" to indicate I'm having the same problem as a previous poster; e.g.: to question---> External USB drive keeps unmounting and remounting using different UUID ...
5 votes
1 answer
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What should we do with new answers to old questions of EOL versions, with an already accepted answer?

So here is the scenario: a new item at the review queue of a new answer to an old question, about a problem occurred in an EOL version (was asked when it was not EOL) and has an accepted answer. ...
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1 answer
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What if someone just thanked answerer instead of accepting that answer?

I answered this question recently and the questioner was helped by it. But instead of accepting the answer, he commented on my answer: Hey thanks for your efforts I upgraded successfully Which ...
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2 answers
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When should I answer and when should I comment?

I enjoy helping out on this forum. Recently I have become more active in that. Can someone tell me when I should comment and when I should answer? How do you know which one to use? In the answer ...
2 votes
2 answers
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How different is the answer's OS allowed to be?

I sometimes see Windows answers which are removed because they are not helpful to Ubuntu users, even Mac answers, but what about answers that explain how to do something on Mint (and it is clear that ...
4 votes
1 answer
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How to find ID from an answer on askubuntu

I would like to know how to find the post ID of an answer on askubuntu.com. An example: I want to get the post ID of l0b0's answer on How can I change my own user ID?. I need it because I want to ...
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1 answer
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Feature request: canned answers

It would be nice to have boiler-plate answers we can post without having to type them out all the time. Something akin to this: I don't know where to post this Forgive me for poorly worded ...
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2 answers
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What is the appropriate action on the answers by the original developer/author of the project regardless of the content?

I'm in little confusion today. While reviewing Low Quality Posts, I encountered this post. I was curious that why the answerer is so confident. So, I just viewed their profile and this site and found ...
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4 answers
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How do you ask OP to reconsider accepted answer and award yours?

I was a little late to the part posting an answer to this question: How to get a substring from bash command We are all proud parents of our posted answers so I'm probably biased but I think my ...
13 votes
2 answers
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How do you research for answers?

I'm curious how folks in the community handle research for complex questions. Typically, I end up with 25 tabs and 3-4 open windows when a question asks something that requires digging across multiple ...
9 votes
2 answers
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Re-working another user's answer?

Suppose I found an answer from a few years ago, a Python script or shell script, maybe C code. It works and answers the question, but it's buggy, the approach used isn't optimal, or messes up user ...
-1 votes
5 answers
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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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2 answers
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Can I reuse my own answers outside of Ask Ubuntu?

Suppose one day I woke up and decided "I'm gonna start a blog about Ubuntu" or "I'm gonna write a book about Ubuntu". Over time I've accumulated large amounts of answers, some of which could be ...
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1 answer
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How is it that an OP with a rep of 1 can edit and add text to my answer

I posted at somewhat lengthy answer to an OP's original question, and later found out that the OP had edited my answer and added a whole bunch of unnecessary text. I rejected the edit. How can the ...
2 votes
1 answer
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What is better: Answering questions from OPs edit by a contributor or motivating OP to write his own answer?

Just a moment ago I came across this question Ubuntu 18.04, complex network configuration with Netplan. OP solved his problem on his own and added that in the question body. However, Thomas Ward added ...
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0 answers
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Feature request: retracting delete vote on answers

When I vote to close a question it's possible to retract close vote. When I press delete(1) to remove my vote on an answer, it only asks for confirmation if I want to vote to delete, not retract. Can ...
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3 answers
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I'm probably going to get skewered for this -- You can be rude and still provide a perfectly suitable answer to a question

As the thread title suggests, I think we need to stop considering people's attitude when answering questions and helping people. If the intent is good at the end of the day, it honestly does not ...
3 votes
1 answer
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When reviewing answers, how can I view other answers for the post?

I was clearing the late posts, and there was an answer that was a correct answer to the question, so I hit "no action needed". Turns out it was one of the "test" reviews. This question was already ...
6 votes
0 answers
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Posting extra answer to support existing answer

Here's the situation: A question has answer A which explains something fairly well I already have an answer there with alternative solution B However, I see that A can be explained in more detail ...
0 votes
0 answers
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Multiple solutions in answer [duplicate]

As a general rule, should there be multiple solutions in a answer or should the poster post multiple answers?
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2 answers
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How did I get 35 reputation from 2 votes?

On https://askubuntu.com/a/1026404/711310, I got two upvotes and zero downvotes, but I gained 35 reputation from it. How did this happen?
10 votes
1 answer
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Respinning ISO or upgrading/downgrading the kernel fixes sound (apparently)

Could I please draw your attention to these five answers, all by the same user: No sound on Ubuntu 17.10 Intel atom, 3.5mm Jack but plays via HDMI Ubuntu 17.10 Cherry Trail problem with sound - ...
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1 answer
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How to respond to "you can write a script to do this" answers

A common response to a question that I see on Ask Ubuntu and elsewhere on Stack Exchange (and pretty much any help forum) is for someone to say "you can write a script to do this". I really dislike ...
7 votes
1 answer
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What are the limits for answer and question lengths?

What are the limits to which answers and questions can be pushed ? I've written quite lengthy answers in the past which seem to be quite complete, but lets pretend there's a question which requires ...
3 votes
0 answers
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If people have put answers as comments, is it OK for me to copy their comment to an answer myself? [duplicate]

I encountered a question where a person had put an answer in the comments, then the OP had commented again saying that answer worked, and thanks. Here was the specific question, but I am asking in a ...
9 votes
1 answer
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Is there a way to verify integrity of a link in the answer?

I stumbled on this answer just now. It's an accepted answer, but contains a link from googleusercontent.com type of domain, which doesn't say much of itself in URL and I've never heard of it myself, ...
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1 answer
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What to do when posts are voted down for no reason?

It's really annoying, a user asked this question: I am wondering what the point of sh being symbolic linked to dash is? I understand that dash is supposed to be faster than bash, but I am uncertain ...
1 vote
1 answer
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How are answers ranked? [duplicate]

For the large amount of questions that contain more than one answer, how does the Ask Ubuntu system decide which answers appear on top of others?
7 votes
2 answers
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Accepted Netflix answer is incorrect

IMO we should remove the accepted answer, from How can I use Netflix on Ubuntu?. The 2nd most-voted answer is clearly more correct and supported by Google/Netflix. Right now the only supported way ...
6 votes
1 answer
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Why does Recommend Deletion have an option for link-only answers?

I have recently joined the 2000+ Club and was awarded the privilege of reviewing Low Quality Posts. If you have not yet seen the following question and its answers, you are urged to go through them (...
5 votes
1 answer
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Should I elaborate a low quality answer or should I post a new one?

This question is wired to the topic: When to add another answer instead of updating my current one? - but is slightly different. Here is the story: A few days ago I created an answer that provides a ...
11 votes
1 answer
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When to add another answer instead of updating my current one?

If I click on the Add Another Answer button, a warning pops up: Are you sure you want to add another answer? You could use the edit link to refine and improve your existing answer, instead. When ...
16 votes
3 answers
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Me-too post? Or partial answer?

Where do we draw the line between "I'm having the same problem, too" posts and partial answers? This answer and its comments are what have motivated me to ask this. But I'm hoping for a ...

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