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Questions tagged [closed-questions]

Questions which have been closed for any of the usual reasons.

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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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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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Should questions seeking workarounds for bugs allowed?

I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 12.10 and had my alt + tab break. Fortunately, I found a question on AskUbuntu that had the solution. However, since this question was closed, the solution was posted ...
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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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What can we do about high traffic duplicates?

Upgrade Ubuntu 10.04 to 11.04 is a duplicate question, merged with the more general How to Upgrade from a very old release to the latest. The problem? How to Upgrade has about nine thousand views. ...
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Please avoid lengthening existing duplicate chains

A recent example: https://askubuntu.com/questions/433029/finding-my-ip-without-using-google is tagged as a duplicate of Command to know my external IP address? which is itself a duplicate of How can ...
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Why the author of a post is not notified when a question is about to close?

Why is the author of a post not notified when a question is about to close? Many times I have found the question closed only when I visit the question for a probable answer barring the author to ...
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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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It asks something different, and it needs a different answer, so can we reopen it?

Edit: question reopened. Thanks :) Can you have too much swap? is closed as a duplicate of I have 16GB RAM. Do I need 32GB swap? But the first question is asking what problems might arise from ...
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How to resolve conflicting information about “Chrubuntu” policy/status?

My understanding is that we do not currently consider Chrubuntu to be an unofficial derivative (or even a separate derivative at all), and that the current consensus is not to close questions as off-...
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Should a question be reopened if another close reason now suits it better?

I just came across this question in the reopen view queue and I'm not sure what to do. The new edit means that the current close reason doesn't really completely suit it any more, a better one would ...
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Should I edit closed questions?

I have recently seen this question, where I see a spelling error in the title. I wanted to edit that, but I see that question was closed already. I am a bit confused to edit that title. Because ...
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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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Close votes remaining?

when voting to close I saw this: What is the purpose of limiting close votes? Is this how many I have for ever or do they refresh every 24 hours?
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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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How to handle chains of “duplicate of…”?

Sometimes one post (P1) is commented "possible duplicate of P2". P2 itself is commented "possible duplicate of P3". Example: https://askubuntu.com/questions/246610/how-to-increase-battery-duration-...
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This closed question just got 10k views, we should fix it

This looks like it's getting a bunch of views since it's probably a common problem for people with Optimus cards. Nvidia driver cannot be installed with jockey for old hardware
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Closed questions which may be considered for reopening after the release of Artful

I was keeping a list of questions which got closed as off-topic as they were about 17.10 for past few weeks. Now as 17.10 is released, I think at least some of the questions have the potential to be ...
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Chromium vs. YouTube questions closed to a dead end

Fortunately it still is easy to find the solution for non-playing YouTube content on Chromium from the relevant questions here but closing of these questions led to an unfortunate constellation: ...
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Please reopen question edited to be more general

A user had recently asked how to connect an Android 4 device to Ubuntu: How to connect MTP devices via USB? As Android no longer supports USB Mass Storage, this is a very pertinent question. However, ...
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Why is hiding GRUB menu too localized?

As per my brother's request, I want to hide the GRUB menu, on his dual-boot machine, only to have it appear when he presses some key. I Googled and found this question, and a few days later I noticed ...
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Should we clean up the 12.04 closed questions?

I've noticed that a bunch of closed questions on 12.04 are clogging up the search column on the related questions for each question, and also are generally all alpha/beta stuff anyway. Should we make ...
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Some closed questions should not be downvoted, just closed. Thoughts?

There are some questions that are not deserving a downvote considering the circumstances, such as when the OP is obviously not accustomed to using the the site and thinks that it is pretty much a ...
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How can a low-reputation user dispute a “closed as too localized”?

I posted question 62034 asking if/how I can change the default behaviour in PCManFM (Lubuntu's default file manager) from "open in new tab" to "open in new window". I gave a lot of context and even a ...
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What to do with widespread questions about issues updating?

At the time of updating the system, sometimes appears package errors. e.g.: E: Encountered a section with no Package: header E: Problem with something /var/lib/apt/lists/* E: The package lists or ...
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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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Should questions closed here and then posted in another SE site be flagged for deletion?

For example, Errors where encountered while processing and mint is weird - Linux mint [on hold] has been put on hold as off-topic. The poster then posted here. Should such questions be flagged for ...
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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!) ...
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Wrong duplicate chosen for closed question, okay to just edit in the correct one?

Hard to come up with a shorter or clearer title, sorry. 'Cannot Upgrade my Ubuntu' was closed as a dupe, and it is. The issue is that the wrong duplicate was chosen by mistake (with possibly none of ...
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Can we re-open this question asking how to throttle bandwidth per-user?

This question, 'Is there an easy way to limit user bandwidth usage?' was closed as a duplicate. The possible duplicate, 'How I can limit Download/Upload bandwidth?' does not answer the new question, ...
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Can questions closed but not as duplicates have their answers merged?

It is possible for a moderator to merge a question that's closed, but not as a duplicate? For example, this too localized question doesn't seem like a candidate for reopening, except that it seems to ...
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Should the Restart Cinnamon from tty question be reopened or moved to the Unix and Linux StackExchange site?

The Restart Cinnamon from tty question should not have been locked for the reason "too localized" do to the fact that a large number Ubuntu users who have cinnamon installed may want to know how ...
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Should voting to close a correctly closed question for the right reason really be considered failure?

I encountered this review audit. To test me, the review item told me the question had received close votes as primarily opinion-based. This was obviously wrong, which I recognized quickly, but I saw a ...
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What do you mean by “The question you're asking appears subjective and is likely to be closed?”

I was asking following question on Ask Ubuntu: Best possible VLC settings to play 1080p mkv and mp4 formats? But the same time I was getting notification that: "The question you're asking ...
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From when it is possible to answer to a closed question?

As far as I know if a question will be closed and in the same time someone write an answer, then a message will appear to that person telling him that he can't answer anymore and everything what he ...
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What to do with questions related to Gimp usage?

I created a question related to Gimp usage, because a few such questions were under the tag Gimp. My question was closed. I asked on askubuntu because I'm Ubuntu user. I know that Gimp is multi-...
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Shouldn't this question about working around Ethernet problems be reopened?

The question we are talking about: How to get around NVM Checksum error (PXE-E05) to make the ethernet work? I had cast the first vote for closure on this question on 31st March as it was unclear ...
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Request to reopen this interesting question

This following question was marked as duplicate by mistake(as it seems to me). Move running program to background in bash Marked Duplicate: Running programs in the background from terminal ...
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Should we delete closed questions?

We currently have more than 4000 questions that are closed, excluding being closed as duplicates. Should we just delete most of these questions, since they don't technically add much value to our ...
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Was 142386 closed because it's about FreeBSD, or because it might not also be about Ubuntu?

This question was closed as off topic, and there is a comment (though not by one of the close-voters) saying that it's off-topic but would be on topic at Unix.SE. The question is undeniably about ...
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Suggestion: Add link to relevant page in “off-topic” notification

Pretty minor suggestion, but it could be of some use. A question of mine, https://askubuntu.com/questions/295699/the-vpn-service-failed-to-start-under-ubuntu-13-04, was put on hold (at my request) ...
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Let's reopen this on-topic question about using Ubuntu software in Ubuntu [duplicate]

This question is, and has always been, on topic. The OP's reading of the FAQ is correct. A question about using built-in Ubuntu software and third party Ubuntu software on Ubuntu is a question about ...
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Reopen one of my questions - Invalid Duplicate Marked

Related: How do I disable the boot splash screen, and only show kernel and boot text instead? Okay, so this was marked as a duplicate, apparently, but I only noticed this now. Is the marked ...
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Re-opening a misunderstood question

When I asked question 231990, I referred to my 10.04 installation as a "custom distro", when I really meant that it had a custom connection setup for wired ethernet (using cntlm to connect to a proxy)....
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Are the questions with the mark (closed) erased?

I've seen many questions with the mark [closed] in the title. Does it mean that they will be erased later? Or just remains as closed?
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Is this Perl-related question being closed too hastily?

This question is about to be closed: Perl doesn't include directory That's too bad, since: Perl scripting is a standard system administration technique and it doesn't make much sense to reject ...
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Let's reopen this question about setting up a Mint-like menu in Ubuntu

This is a question about how to get an interface in Ubuntu that resembles an interface available in Linux Mint: How to install Linux mint like menu/gnomenu in Ubuntu? This question is about Ubuntu. ...
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question about “download[ing] packages for offline installation” incorrectly closed as duplicate

This question has been closed as a duplicate of this question. But I do not believe they are really asking the same thing. I think that the recent question is asked in a way that is unfortunately not ...