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Can we have more than 3 custom close reasons, pretty please?

Ask Ubuntu mod here. We've exhausted our custom close reason slots and we need a few more. We are a very broad site. We cater to development, application support, installation support, hardware ...
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Should we allow questions that are about releases which are considered End of Life?

I'd like to rehash this topic as I was under the impression that EOL releases of Ubuntu are off-topic. The site has grown a lot since it was original discussed so I'd like to see if this is something ...
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Modify close reason banner and create an “Off-Topic Compass” site on Meta?

I have answered Add Elementary OS Stack Exchange to the off topic banner with a proposal which got a positive feedback, so I'm now writing it as separate feature request here: Make a more flexible ...
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ROS is not an OS but a framework, please reopen my question

ROS on BeagleBone Black? just got closed for being off topic with this message. This is not about Ubuntu. Questions about other Linux distributions can be asked on Unix & Linux, those about ...
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We should be able to vote to change the close reason

I have seen many times when a question for instance is closed as off-topic, though in fact it should be closed as unclear, and is not off-topic though some may think so, but the change reason stays ...
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When do we say a problem can't be reproduced?

Today I saw a question, noticed it was a problem that I and other people have been having in Ubuntu for years, and wrote an answer. I also checked on my machine that the answer was correct. I would ...
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Let's refine and clarify our off-topic close reasons

Recently I have noticed, both as a user and a moderator, a good number of questions either being closed as end-of-life or as a development release when they probably don’t need to be. Just a few ...
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Are questions about problems later revealed to be common hardware issues “too localized”?

Sometimes a user posts a question that they think has to do with Ubuntu, but it turns out to be a hardware problem. (And not one that can be worked around or troubleshooted by Ubuntu. There are, of ...
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Are application development questions not allowed anymore?

I watch the application-development tag for new questions, which has worked for a long time. Since yesterday, I see multiple questions getting closed for being offtopic. See How do you get the ...
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“Can I run Ubuntu on my hardware?” questions: a discussion

Ask Ubuntu receives large numbers of questions like this example posted today asking "I have this [specific device], can I install Ubuntu on it?" These questions tend to attract low quality answers (...
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Questions about wireless that lack information are not necessarily duplicates

Recently I have noticed that a number of questions about wireless problems that lack the hardware information necessary to answer them are being closed as duplicates of this question: My wireless/...
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“Bug reports and problems with the development version of Ubuntu should be reported on Launchpad”

Bug reports and problems with the development version of Ubuntu should be reported on Launchpad so that developers can see, track and fix these issues. My first reading of this text is that it ...
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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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Should questions about using end-of-life Ubuntu releases be closed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should we allow questions that are about releases which are considered End of Life? Should questions requesting advice using end-of-life (i.e., officially unsupported) Ubuntu ...
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Good off topic questions: migrate rather than close?

This question was closed as off topic and the original poster was asked to crosspost. As far as I can tell, diamond moderators have the ability to move posts from one site to another – in this case ...
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Please don't abuse of the custom close reasons (nor just agree with the previous close voters)

I've seen this for a while now. We are (miss)using the custom close reason: Has anyone spoted the problem here? As you can see, both say the same with different wording. Why should we close it with a ...
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Should we reopen a post closed as off-topic after the version release?

I have a question regarding a question which was closed as off-topic in February 2018, because it revolved around a development version of Ubuntu (18.04). Ubuntu 18.04 has been released since, and ...
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Mixed apostrophes in “unclear what you’re asking” description

I stumbled across the following sentence in the description of “unclear what you’re asking” close reason: As it's currently written, it’s hard to tell exactly what you're asking. The first it's as ...
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How to flag an off-topic question on a non-linux OS?

The question Since the new flags for closing (which I applaud) it is unclear to me how I can flag a question about Windows, Mac, Solaris or whatever which clearly does not belong here. I want to ...
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Why are all the questions about upgrading from 12.04 to 12.10 being closed?

I was trying to decide if I should upgrade to Ubuntu 12.10 from my current 12.04 LTS. There are many reviews around the internet regarding the new features of Ubuntu 12.10 and I enjoy some of them, ...
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Add Elementary OS Stack Exchange to the off topic banner

This banner: could now include the Elementary OS site.
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Why should I close 54422?

Someone has suggested I delete/close Is there a way to disable or limit system xrandr probes? because I am no longer experiencing the bug that prompted me to ask it. Personally, I think it's still an ...
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How should I deal with old unanswered questions that are unlikely to be answered satisfactorily?

I'd like to have my accepted answer rate increase from 57%. What's dragging it down, though, is that I've posted a number of specific and/or difficult questions that haven't been answered, are ...
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Question about Katoolin is being close voted as off-topic because it's “not about Ubuntu”

This question Updated Ubuntu 16.04, now I'm running Kali? is not about Kali Linux, it's about a problem that occurred because of installing software in Ubuntu using Katoolin. I discovered what ...
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Custom close reason review

We're missing a few important entries from the current closing process so I'm rewriting some of the current reasons. I've just asked the other mods to read over them but thought a bit of public input ...
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Why is “posted on multiple sites” as a closing reason absent on Ask Ubuntu?

Sometimes I come across questions that are on-topic but cross-posted on multiple sites. According to Meta Stack Exchange, cross-posting is highly discouraged. Unix and Linux has a closing option for ...
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Why was question 4389 closed?

This question. As I understand it, it's just a fun question, quite like the apt-get-from-2020 one. I really can't understand why we accept and upvote one, but not the other. Sure it should be a ...
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Why has this question been closed?

I fail to see why this question has been closed as "Not a real question" - it is an interesting question, has upvotes, 4 good relevant answers and is on-topic. More broadly, I'm a bit concerned that ...
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Close voters: we have a Reason for that (EoL posts are not necessarily duplicates)

Recently, I've seen almost every question where the OP is having a problem caused by using an EoL version of Ubuntu being closed as a duplicate of this: How to install software or upgrade from an ...
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Why don't we have “required/requested input not provided” close reason for abandoned questions?

While I've just recently acquired the privilege for voting to close questions, I find it hard to find the right close reasons for the following very common scenario. Someone asks a question, but does ...
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Reviewers strange behavior

This question got closed because it was judged as a question about a bug in GIMP. The question was about a 4.8 MB .jpg file that rendered correctly in GIMP, but not when it was uploaded to the author'...
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Often used off-topic close reasons, more default reasons for off-topic?

Now that we have new close reasons I noticed that sites have custom off-topic reasons. The site allready has reasons for bugs and "not Ubuntu". But, the major one I see missing is End of Life ...
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How should we define “Abandoned” as a close reason?

Assume a question is clear, fully fleshed-out in details, compliant with question policy, and relevant to a large audience... but unanswered. At what point (if ever) does this question because ...
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How specific about not supporting non-Ubuntu OS's is AskUbuntu?

While browsing AskUbuntu, I found a question about Wine + Steam. The OP said that he was using Linux Mint, and upon reading that, I thought "Oh, isn't that non-supported, or something?". So I opened ...
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Can we update the FAQ to reflect the apparent change in EoL policy?

This is a question about editing the FAQ. This is not a good place to discuss whether or not we should allow EoL questions. We already have a meta question (actually, three) for that. (See below.) It ...
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Are we too harsh on this one ?

This question is along the lines of favourite emacs shortcut or best video editor or text editor or php/ror editor for ubuntu. Many of them are lingering along nicely as community wiki's without ...
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Ubuntu-specific programming questions are on-topic, so let's reopen this one

This (somewhat confusingly named question) question was closed, perhaps because it is asking something about programming. (It is, and has never been, in any way about Microsoft Windows. It's about the ...
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Is it proper to closevote one's own questions?

I sometimes run into a situation where I realize my own question is a dupe, or the problem goes away, and I need to vote to close as too localized, or with another close reason. It it proper to ...
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Errors while upgrading from a EOL release — should the question be closed?

I started to see in the "Close Votes" review queue a bunch of questions like this: Broken packages prevent 13.10 > 14.04 upgrade (...) Now, this particular question has not been touched for months, ...
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Why are about Ubuntu paid services closed?

I have had questions explicitly permitted, and certainly not prohibited by the FAQ closed multiple times. The most recent one, related to Ubuntu One (which can be found here) Is permitted in the FAQ: ...
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Are questions about issues with the Ubuntu keyserver on-topic for off-topic distros?

I saw a question asking for help related to the Ubuntu keyserver, but on a computer using Mint. Although this server is monitored and run by Ubuntu(I think even Canonical), like Ubuntu One, I feel as ...
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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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Creating a good question: Feedback along with Close votes?

I find on Ask Ubuntu that I answer questions better than I ask them. No big issue, it is something that I am working on. So when I create a question I put a lot of thought into it, witness this Q&...
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Add ubuntu forums link to opinion close reason?

I was on this question and was discussing closing the question as opinion based with @ipselute and the idea came up that it would me a good idea to send this question to Ubuntu forums where it could ...
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Are questions about official Ubuntu software in other OSes generally on-topic?

My understanding is that we consider questions about running Ubuntu One in Windows to be on-topic for this site (thanks to Jorge Castro for clarifying this in chat). But we close at least some ...
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How do I delete/abandon my question when it has answers?

It's a story you hear all too often. I asked a question. I got some answers. They showed effort so I voted them up. I found some time to actually try them out. Then... I changed my mind and did ...
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Why are Ubuntu related development questions closed?

I have had two different questions regarding the topic "Development on Ubuntu" (which is specifically mentioned as on-topic in the FAQ closed as off-topic. The first one I happen to agree was better ...
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Why is this question on using Ubuntu with Nvidia drivers off-topic?

I am utterly surprised that this question is considered off-topic: https://askubuntu.com/questions/400044/nvidia-x-server-flickers-hangs-and-segfaults-on-start-up . It represents a genuine ...
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Should questions describing problems that mysteriously went away be closed?

If a question describes a problem that the OP once had, but which then goes away, and the OP has no idea how and didn't do anything to precipitate a solution, should the question be closed? It seems ...
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Any reason to keep this feature request closed?

We should reopen this. It's just as constructive as any other feature request. Feature request for "private messages" privilege for user communication Wrongly closed (or wrongly open!) ...