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What should I do for comment answer

I asked a question: Error libx264 not found. And I got a comment which is good answer. After I got the correct answer, I want to see what community thinks I should do: Vote up the comment only. ...
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Q&A style within answer

I've seen several answers lately that are using an FAQ-style Q&A-format within the answer. The answer ends up as a set of Q&A's within a Q&A. Examples: Thinking of switching to Ubuntu! ...
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Can I search for my draft answers?

I googled to know how to get my draft answers. But I couldn't find a way. I know I can find my draft if I know the question. In my case I don't remember the question. Any idea?
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Is there a way to deal with people who repost other people's comments as answers?

When users see a question, they often write comments like “did you try x?” to clarify if a novice user has already tried some trivial steps before posting the question. Now there's almost always some (...
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When is a possible answer a comment?

Most probably this is a duplicate but I looked for some guidance on this in both help and meta and I was not able to find. When someone is asking a question on which the answer is not directly clear, ...
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Is there any waiting time for getting answer?

I am just wondering for answer for my question. Is there any waiting time average for a question to be answered in this forum? It would be helpful because we can make a decision to ask to another ...
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Is boot-repair becoming our jQuery?

For those that do not know the jQuery meme, please read it or you will not be able to know what I'm going to talk about. Well, as all of you know, boot-repair do wonders in modern days helping users ...
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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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What should be done to useful posts posted by new users as answer but should be comments?

I am refering to this post, which was posted as an answer, but should have been a comment to the accepted answer. The user did not have enough rep(50) to post a comment, so he posted it as comment, ...
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Are we making overly extensive answers, that could somehow make afraid the users?

I've seen questions lately that only ask about how to upgrade from one version to the next (not LTS, not skipping releases) that are even getting upvoted (for godness sake). I don't see where is the ...
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Is it good style to downvote developers who announce their projects?

Sometimes we see developers who use Ask Ubuntu as a platform to annouce their projects. I feel this is a good idea, especially when a project does address an unsolved issue many people have. For ...
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Why am I unable to answer a protected question with 101 rep?

I have more than 10 rep, but I am unable to answer Nvidia driver activated but currently not in use, which is "protected": protected by Community♦ May 23 '11 at 1:32 This question is ...
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Should we answer more than is asked?

Sometimes, in a question, the OP asks about a specific problem they face in a larger attempt to do something (this explanation is probably not very clear, see this question and karel's answer for an ...
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I'm not experienced enough to know if an answer is correct or not. Should I accept it?

The following question illustrates my point very well: Can going into “suspend” have negative effects on applications? I'm not familiar enough with the CPU and how the kernel works under the hood to ...
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Are answers about beta versions of Ubuntu accepted?

I know what to do about questions with problems in beta/alpha/development Ubuntu versions, but I'd never though about answers. I came across this though while reviewing this answer. What do you ...
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Nautilus answers need to be moved

I think I perhaps hit the bounty trigger too early but ... How to add "Refresh" option to right click menu in Lubuntu? How to get a "refresh" right click action? The Lubuntu one ...
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Are people getting “rep shy”? || About “commentswers”

I keep bumping into questions with perfectly good answers that are not marked as accepted or can't even be marked nor voted because they're in comments. Even if you politely ask the "commentswerer" to ...
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Why there are so few answers on askubuntu site? [duplicate]

Why are so few answers on askubuntu? I don't get it, it's quite big when compared with another SE sites, but still very few answers. Very many unanswered questions in my opinion, when compared with ...
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Is that possible to accept more than one answer? [duplicate]

Somehow a question have two (or more) answers. Somehow that answers is similar, and it's exactly same. So, is that possible to accept more than one answer?
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Help or advice on how to manage misleading/inappropriate answers to an asked question [duplicate]

Have just updated How to EFI install Ubuntu? with what I am sure concludes the answers that have been given are misleading and inappropriate to the specific question being asked. Had previously ...
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A Question Regarding Negative Reputation [duplicate]

Some answer to this question Black screen after login with cursor, I gave him down vote & suddenly i loose the 1 point, can any one guide me how it work ? Given Down Vote To Answer Loosing 1 ...
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PSA: gksu is no longer installed by default

Turns out gksu is no longer installed by default. Some things still depend on it so it might be installed on your system - but on a clean install, it seems it's no longer required. As for why, see: ...
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Mentioning sources in answers

Sometimes it happens that while writing an answer, we get some help from other answers posted on AskUbuntu. In such cases, should we cite the sources?
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Does receiving no reputation for good comments pollute the Answer?

As you get no reputation for good comments it makes more sense to add your comment as a answer so you might get some reputation. I have seen that done quite often. Answers given that should really be ...
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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 (...
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What to do for an answer I gave that I can't update?

Please take a look at my answer to gnome-terminal tabs are very dark, difficult to tell which tab is in use. I'm now using Lubuntu and don't use GNOME terminal or gedit. For this reason, I won't be in ...
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What should I do with some answers I provided that probably are irrelevant to the questions asked?

I was going through the list of answers I provided and some of them are not at all what the questioners were expecting; I'm making this assumption based on the accepted answers. Is it okay to flag ...
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What to do if several answers to a question are edited, making them all very similar?

In one particular case I answered a question, which already had an accepted answer because I felt my answer more exactly addressed the OP's question. After a while, my answer was voted second highest. ...
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Does answering your own question constitute abuse on Ask Ubuntu?

This is my answer to multi-postings of the same or mostly same question. https://askubuntu.com/a/235007/46312 <--since deleted as not to offend Are we allowed to ask-answer our own questions and ...
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Are Favorite Answers being planned?

Sometimes, there's a question that gets posted. You have that problem, as well, so you take a look at the answers. Now, let's say that the answer was the most awesome, well-written answer ever, and ...
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What is the most appropriate way to bring an old/outdated question up to date?

How should one bring an older, but appropriate Q & A thread up to date? Specifically, I am referring to this question. But, I would like to understand what position the community consensus is for ...
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Are bug complaints with addressable non-bug causes on-topic?

Sometimes a user asks a question and shows the error message, and the error message clearly indicates that there is a bug in the application. If it weren't for the bug, that message wouldn't be shown. ...
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Are there some decisive ways of signaling an answer to somebody else's question as definitive?

Beside commenting and voting are there some other means to signal an answer as definitive when the author did not mark it so? There are some older questions like this that are useful and actual, and ...
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What is the KP+ key?

I don't know how to reply directly to the answer.. https://askubuntu.com/a/7186 What is this person talking about? When I press Ctrl + Alt + K + P + '+'(Shift + '=') nothing happens. It's all in one ...
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If the answerer answers the question in the comments of their answer, should the OP accept that answer?

Let's say the question is: How do I open Terminal Quickly? I have been looking for an easy way or short-cut to open the Terminal quickly, so I don't have to find it in the Dash. And the answerer ...
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How should we handle plagiarized answers?

I see an increasing number of answers that are plagiarized. And, I have mentioned it a couple of times in chat as it seems to bother me quite a bit. I am posting this in meta in order to get a wider ...
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What to do with answers that are just a link to a page that requires registration/login to view?

This answer is an example of an answer that is just a link, and to a page that requires a user account just to view. Creating an account on that external site is free. You can even log in with a ...
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When are “you can do this different thing instead” answers considered good?

Sometimes someone asks how to do something that is very hard, unlikely to have the intended effects, or fundamentally impossible or meaningless due to an insufficient understanding of what it would ...
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We need a central list of canonical answers or best answers for oft-seen question [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are common canonical questions for our site? When a user posts a question about, for instance, Ubuntu freezing, it would be useful to have a page that list the most ...
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Is it acceptable to make small edits?

If a user edits an answer to make a small edit that increases the aesthetic value of it. Should it be acceptable? NOTE: this is not a duplicate of: How to make small but important edits? That ...
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Should one edit answer to own question?

Is it good practice to edit answer to ones own question? Suppose some one gives a good answer to an OP's question and the OP edits that answer. Is it considered a good practice?
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An answer I provided has been edited and approved. Do I need to do anything?

An edit has been made to my answer to this question. It has already been approved by Jorge Castro and I agree with the edits. Do I need to do anything more?
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Biased votes at answers

That's something I have noticed at many questions in this site. A user with a reputation of 20 has posted a great answer but has not received any up votes. On the other hand, a user with 5k ...
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Why can't I answer this question that I originally asked?

I asked this question a long time ago. It got closed because it seemed as though the problem had gone away. However, the problem resurfaced so I requested that it be opened again. And it was - the [...
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Should I answer a question which already has an accepted answer?

The title pretty much sums up the question. If a question has already an accepted answer, should I still try to answer it? Provided that the answer is not similar to the accepted answer, but an ...
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Is it considered proper conduct creating a question just for the purpose of providing an answer that I consider very useful? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Ought one to answer one's own question? Asking certain questions, I found answers to other questions that I have not yet posted and that I consider very important. Now, I ...
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Hyperlinked answers with no content

I've noticed a lot of questions where an individual has linked to external content to answer a question without bringing in the actual information. Some of these questions, the links are dead (even ...
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Should humorously bad answers by known trolls be flagged?

When a user has only ever previously used the site for trolling, and then they post an answer that looks like it might be a genuine attempt to answer the question, except: The answer is not likely to ...
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Should bad answers be deleted

If I post an answer that gets downvoted for unknown reasons so that I cannot improve it, would it be considered bad form to delete the answer completely? What if the answer gets downvotes, but ...
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Should I edit a Question once the Answer has been accepted?

My answer to this question was accepted. However I don't believe the question itself will be useful to others in its current state. Is it appropriate to edit a question to be more meaningful to others ...