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Please take your own question(s) seriously

In general, people who answer questions on AU do their job with a certain pride. We want answers to work. If not, we either remove the answer or edit it until it works for at least the situation of OP,...
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Is it possible to ask a Question you already know and answer it

After reading this question: Ought one to answer one's own question? what happens in the case that you know several questions that will further help the community but you want to make the question ...
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Best way to end a question post

When I ask a question on Ask Ubuntu, I usually end it with some kind of request for knowledge, like "does anybody know the actual meaning of this message?". A lot of newer people end the question with ...
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Need help! What problems would be best solved by a wizard?

I've talked about a wizard to help people find existing questions and improve the quality of the ones they post if they can't find one. I've talked about this for so long without doing anything so ...
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Why are questions no longer titled as questions?

This is rare to see in Meta, but in Ask Ubuntu itself -- I'm sure I am definitely not the only one who's fed up with seeing short summaries in the question box. If you're asking a question, at least ...
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Cross-Posting questions that are on-topic on multiple Stack Exchange sites

If I have a question that is on-topic on, say, both Linux & Unix and Ask Ubuntu, may I post it on both sites? And if so, do I need to do anything special?
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What's your Ubuntu question? Be specific

I don't exactly know why this is the case anyway, but I have quite often seen new questions with the above title ('What's your Ubuntu question? Be specific') as the person asking the question cannot ...
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Detecting the language a question is written in

It would be great if the system could detect the language of a question, and pop up a little notice: Please note that this site is in English only Your question will be flagged for moderator ...
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Allow "homework" questions?

I know different sites have different rules for this, I'm only asking now because this is the first "homework" question I've come across. Should we allow these types of questions? If so, under what – ...
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Are python questions appropriate for this site?

Python is so ingrained in Ubuntu. Would it be appropriate to ask python related questions on this forum? Or WHEN is it appropriate to ask questions about python? Where is a good place to ask python ...
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(How) can we encourage question askers to do some research of their own?

Give a man a fish, and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you will feed him and his family for a lifetime. When I first started using Ask Ubuntu, I was all over the easy questions, ...
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What should I do when an answer to my question is no longer required?

Having moved to new hardware, a problem I was having has gone away. What should I do with the question I raised? Delete it?
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Can I cross-post the same question in both Super User and Ask Ubuntu?

Is it bad Stack Exchange etiquette to ask a duplicate of an Ask Ubuntu question on Super User and vice versa? (Assuming of course that said question is relevant on both sites.)
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Can we create a "template question"

Some users (especially first time users) ask completely rubbish questions, such as https://askubuntu.com/questions/486830/wi-fi-on-ubuntu-14-04-hp-g70-laptop, they say "unfortunately wi-fi is not ...
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Is it OK to post a link to my question in the general chat room, to publicize it?

If I ask a question and want to draw attention to it, is it OK to post links to it in the general chat room? Or is this considered bad, since there is already a questions feed and if lots of people ...
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Should e-Mail adresses be edited away?

I'm still pretty new to Ask Ubuntu. I've seen some people include their e-mail address in their question. Is it okay to edit the e-Mail address away as I feel they break the way Ask Ubuntu works?
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How long should I wait for an answer on here?

How long should I wait for an answer to my question 18.04.2 authentication error on here, and in the meantime is there anything I can do to make it more answerable? I've already included a fair ...
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Questions "just for curiosity"

Is it acceptable to ask questions "just for curiosity", or should we refrain from that to avoid overloading the site already choked with panicked questions? Also, if we do, should we somehow mark it ...
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What should I do now that I can't ask more questions?

Do not repost the question you were about to ask until you have READ EVERYTHING WE ARE ABOUT TO TELL YOU. While trying to ask a question, one could get: We are no longer accepting questions from ...
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Is it okay to rename questions when the title doesn't reflect what OP really wants to know?

I'm asking about the question How to delete the files of administrator by using guest session. According to my answer there and to the discussion under the other answer, I assume the problem is solved....
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Do we stop *supporting* external software?

My question is triggered by this question, which has some close votes due to being off-topic, and a comment saying that it is unsupported. 14.04 appears to be the most recently supported ...
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Should lots of issues caused by one thing be asked in multiple questions?

There is a question saying that their USB, WiFi and Bluetooth are all broken since the upgrade to 15.10 from 15.04. Are these multiple questions (because it's 3 different things), or should it be ...
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Are hardware recommendations considered off topic?

Fairly straightforward question, I don't want to clutter up the main site if it is. Edit: More specifically, hardware recommendations as it applies to driver support and the like in Ubuntu. ...
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Where can I find interesting Ubuntu discussions?

Ask Ubuntu is a Q&A site rather than a discussion board, a bug tracker, or a poll/survey site, but I really love Ubuntu and want to discuss those things with other users! Where can I discuss ...
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Shouldn't the system prevent accidental verbatim duplicates?

This question is a verbatim duplicate of that question. They had the same title and body (until one of them was edited), are by the same author, and appear to have been posted within the same second, ...
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How should I use the tags in Meta.AU?

I've found recently that people that ask questions in meta do not correctly tag their questions, and when the community reacts unexpectedly or their issues don't rise awareness to the developer team, ...
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What can be done to increase the quality of questions?

I found this site after I spent some time on tex.stackexchange. Don't take this as me getting on my high horses but compared to the questions on tex.stackexchange the questions on this site has much ...
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Are questions like 'Where should I report this bug' allowed?

May we ask questions on AskUbuntu if we encounter a bug, and we do not know how/where to report it? For example, one can see black screen and is unsure whether he/she should report it against xorg, ...
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Before I ask a question the similar posts suggestions do not scroll properly

I started to post my first post and was offered similar posts, but when I scrolled, I saw this problem in Firefox. The text is scrolling behind the original text that I saw. There's no no preview ...
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Deny cross-posting, but enable site-sharing?

I know cross-posting (writing the same question on more than one SE site) is discouraged and should not be done. I also see the reason for this and agree, but sometimes it is indeed not clear where a ...
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Can the barriers to posting be shown before the human verification?

It's quite frustrating to prove I'm a human right before being told that I'm not allowed to post for x and y reasons.. why not wait to check that I'm a human until after verifying it's ok to post?
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What should I do when an issue is solved but brings me a new issue in the same context?

Trying to install from source a program I get an error in the ./configure command. I created a question (here) with this error and it was correctly answered and this error is now gone. But after ...
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How do I interpret this "Your question does not meet our quality standards" error?

Oops! Your question couldn't be submitted because: It does not meet our quality standards. Thats the message I'm getting while trying to post a question. I've seen it a couple times before, usually ...
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Can we require that questions contain a question mark to nudge users to ask explicit questions?

During review I come across “question” posts that don't actually contain a question. In some cases the question is implied in a statement. In either case it would be better to have an explicit ...
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Comes ask Ubuntu in different languages? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any plans for localized Ask Ubuntu instances? I am native speaking german. Would be great to have this site in my language. What should I do?
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Could we add on the 'about' page that questions should be edited to provide more information?

On both the about page it is explained how the site works. To my eyes, this should include that a user asking question should edit his post to improve it if some other users are asking clarification ...
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How do you handle questions that include Ubuntu pastebin links?

Ubuntu pastebin is a nice online tool for sharing formatted text between users, especially for very large log files for a short period of time, then it expires and is permanently deleted. Stumbling ...
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I cannot seem to find a question I asked earlier

I am new Ubuntu and Ask Ubuntu. I asked a question today concerning how to make a desktop icon in GNOME, but do not know how I get back to the question, to see if anybody has offered a suggestion.
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Is this the right place to ask a question about installing another OS on an Ubuntu computer?

A few days ago I asked a question on Ask Ubuntu because I needed a way to install Windows on my currently Ubuntu-only computer. It however received some negative feedback from people in the community, ...
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Is it OK to ask very specific question about Toshiba's ac100 (ARM smartbook)?

I have one of the beautiful Toshiba ac100s. Is it within the scope of askubuntu.com to ask specific questions here? It will be very technical, for example how to get one specific kernel-version for ...
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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 ...
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Are questions related to ubuntu as it relates to development on topic?

I'm working on writing a C-daemon for Ubuntu and I wish to make it configurable but I'm new to linux\ubuntu and I don't know the standard way daemon configuration is preformed. Is AskUbuntu an ...
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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 ...
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How to ask a question with a template already created for answers?

This question has a template already created for answering it. That is, instead of the answer textbox starting out empty, it starts out with this text in it: [![Tagline to show on mouseover][1]][2] ...
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How are migrated questions to askubuntu treated when are actually off topic?

Stumbling upon this migrated question, I noticed that it asks about a problem in an EoL version (12.04). It even has a bounty set on it. Now I do know that in some cases when the question is not a ...
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Will 'askubuntu.com' be an alternative for the 'ubuntu forums'?

Hey, I was wondering how to know the best place for your question? I was browsing the 'questions' section and I came across a numbers of problems that aren't just "questions", the same kind you'd ...
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What will happen when all questions are asked?

Over time, obviously more and more questions are asked on this site, and such, many people have the same questions, which are then considered duplicates, but eventually by way of law, eventually we ...
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Am I just asking wrong?

I've asked 5 questions since may and got no answers at all. I've been as specific as possible included as many details as possible and generally tried to make my question answerable. So I can only ...
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Can we compare apps on Ask Ubuntu?

I would like that Ubuntu community discuss a little about which word processor is best to replace MSOffice Word and has the best compatibility with it - LibreOffice Writer, Abiword or Calligra Words. ...
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Automatically wrapping lines in Ask Ubuntu

I'm new to forums and stuff like that. I need to post my wifi-info scripts output in Ask Ubuntu using Firefox and I need to keep it as it is without wrapping any lines. As soon as copy and paste it, ...
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