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About a post in AskUbuntu that received a downvote

Yesterday I posted in Ask Ubuntu a question about dnsmasq, and it was a large post with all important details, what I have tried already, the error messages, and it became really long - more than I ...
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Is this the best place to ask complex questions?

I've somehow fried my pc trying to install ubuntu and have a lot to write to describe symptoms, etc. Is this where people do that kind of thing or is there somewhere less official where people go for ...
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Goodbye Gunnar Hjalmarsson 1958.10.06 - 2023.12.20

The Ask Ubuntu Community has lost a long time contributor from its ranks of esteemed contributors with the recent death of Gunnar Hjalmarsson. Gunnar was a highly valued contributor to Ask Ubuntu for ...
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If I have useful information to add to an answer, why do I need reputation to post it and how do I get it?

I was able to figure out some useful details to a question that was asked about the .epub format...but when I wanted to share what I found (which was not in the answers), I can't because of the ...
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I'm trying to comment and thank a user for a post that really helped me, but it won't let me due to reputation? [duplicate]

I'm trying to comment and thank a user for a post that really helped me, but it won't let me due to reputation. It was an issue with an hdmi port that I thought was broken and was frantically looking ...
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How to see the user's reputation graph?

My browser displays the user reputation in the user's Activity page without a graph: How can I display the user reputation with a graph, as shown in the image below?
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Do 'Read the man pages...' type comments and answers have a place on Ask Ubuntu?

In consultation with the Ask Ubuntu Community I would like to have some discussion and ideally a firm policy on how we should deal with Answers or Comments that invite people to find their own answers ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Add option to close vote because it is an XY problem?

I recently saw a question where the user asked where to buy "Samsung Magician software" for GNU/Linux. A quick google search shows that it is a software for health checkup and performance ...
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Is it againt the rules

Is it against the rules to post answers that solve problems without using the command line? I posted an answer here, but apparently solving a problem using Synaptic Package Manager is unacceptable.
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Getting asked for two-step verification code, but I'm not getting notification on my phone or email

I have an account, however, when I go to login, it asks for the two-step verification code and I don't think I ever set that up. If I did, I'm not getting it on my phone or on my email account.
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Should I be able to change my vote if an answer becomes outdated? Or should I take another action?

Some time ago I found an answer which I had found useful and upvoted. Recently I bumped into the same issue again and, trying to apply the steps from the answer, I found that the solution is now ...
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Why is downvoting a question or answer without a explanation acceptable?

My title says it all. Yes, I know this has been asked before. Allow me to break it down to the basic Ask Ubuntu core values. According to the Tour page, one should: Improve posts by editing or ...
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Are we gradually losing our most active members?

This is the maximum year-wise reputation obtained by a user so far. 2011: 31,002 (fossfreedom) 2012: 43,677 (ish) 2013: 27,938 (Radu Rădeanu) 2014: 37,417 (Oli) 2015: 58,133 (A.B.) 2016: 36,112 (...
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How to get an e-mail notification when I get a new answer or comment at my question?

How can I get an e-mail if a question of mine in Ask Ubuntu gets a new answer?
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Notifying users about the policy on AU concerning AI-generated content

We have an opportunity to increase awareness of the Ask Ubuntu prohibition on AI-generated content. Currently we have only two active notification areas: AI-generated content is not permitted on Ask ...
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Should we put [wallpaper] to the [background] (or vice-versa)?

We have the wallpaper and background tags. The tag excerpt of the first says: For questions regarding the image displayed on the desktop background. The tag excerpt of the second says: Questions ...
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Improvements to Ask Ubuntu or wiki, help

I am constantly frustrated by the amount of out of date information or misleading information given in a question:answer(s) format. I call this "Fubar disinformation" which can lead you ...
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Close votes etiquette

I recently earned the privilege to close and reopen votes. I am ecstatic that I earned this privilege. It is of course, my intention to do all I can to improve AU website. There are some legitimate ...
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Can we remove the [ubuntu22.04] tag?

We already have a 22.04 tag. I guess someone accidentally created the ubuntu22.04 tag. Shall we delete it?
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Can we fix this tag or should we just [uninstall]?

It's been asked about before and asked about again but it seems like the large uninstall tag is still a bit of a miscellany, with the majority of questions in it being about uninstalling software, ...
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Ubuntu 23.10 is now on-topic!

Ubuntu 23.10 (https://releases.ubuntu.com/mantic) is now released and is on topic. As usual, posts still must meet the normal requirements for being on-topic, though. Additionally, please refrain from ...
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When was the option "Needs improvement" added to the flag dialog?

It's the first time I see this option: When was this option added? And do you have any opinion on whether we should prefer this as a "flag" rather than VTC with "Needs detail or ...
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Let's NOT participate in the one-rep voting experiment

On September 19th, 2023, SE announced that a few Stack Exchange sites would be participating in an experiment where one-rep users (with registered accounts) could cast both upvotes and downvotes. ...
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How do I earn reputation points the fastest? [duplicate]

So I've got 15-ish years of exp on everything webdev/js/ts, but no reputation. I see questions asked where I would really be able to contribute with a good answer but I can't because ... no reputation ...
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Do we have a canonical question about custom resolutions with Wayland?

I just saw yet another question about why xrandr isn't working to add a custom resolution after updating the OS, and I think we should have a canonical question about this. Do we have a comprehensive ...
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Show ranking for year

I think my point ranking was #1 in Ask Ubuntu for 2018 but I can't seem to find this. I've started a job search and think this might be helpful. Is there a way to see the point rankings by year?
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Reminder: Don't close old questions as EOL if the release was supported when the question was posted

TL;DR: Don't cast EOL close votes on old questions if the release in question was supported at the time of posting. Yes, this is a blatant dupe. Actually, it's also a dupe of this. But... it seems a ...
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Could you recommend a website for uploading files for others to download?

I have a 500 MB epub file and would like to include it in a post asking about some problem of processing it. I can't use Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive, Dropbox, Archive.org, and more, so I would ...
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Can we [safely] remove this tag?

We have a safely tag. I don't really like it and think we should burninate it. Burnination criteria: Does it describe the contents of the questions to which it is applied? and is it unambiguous? ...
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Are we there yet? 8 weeks on strike

As of today (Wednesday August 2nd 2023) many of the Moderators and curators of Ask Ubuntu have been taking part in the SE wide strike for just over 8 weeks. Many regulars on AU are feeling a little ...
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Should the [purchase] tag be burninated?

Does it describe the contents of the questions to which it is applied? and is it unambiguous? No, this tag can refer to users attempting to (a) purchase Ubuntu itself (c) buy software on Ubuntu (c) ...
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Decline in AU quality

I am a regular AU user for five years. I have observed that the quality of questions and answers (and comments) has dropped dramatically recently (let's say during the last two months) in AU. Is this ...
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can we do anything about the front page being literally filled with spam

It's been like this every day for a long time now Of course I flag it. It's a firehose though..
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Homepage spammed

I'm getting sick of writing these posts. But, yep our homepage was spammed by a bunch of spammers. As usual my question is this: How can we prevent this? Note that these things have been happening ...
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Dialling down the boilerplate

This has been bothering me for a while now, and I'm interested in hearing other people's points of view. Problem Contributors are very quick to comment with correctional boilerplate messages where a ...
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We may need to migrate away from the StackExchange platform. If you know how, please start studying the challenge

I caught wind of a new insight (credit: @leanne), that enables some foreshight into aspects of the possible future. The following quote is to be found as the update section at the bottom of this post: ...
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We need to ensure that Ask Ubuntu's archive remains publically available

I was disappointed to find out that this is a problem: June 2023 Data Dump is missing We need to make sure we preserve our community contributions for the next generation, does anyone have the ...
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Can we undo the libvirt -> virtualization tag synonym?

Currently, libvirt is a synonym of virtualization, and is mentioned in some ~800 questions (plus its client tool virsh is mentioned in some ~200 questions that don't mention libvirt). The synonym has ...
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Stack Exchange general moderation strike: the effects on Ask Ubuntu

As of June 5th 2023 a general moderation strike is in place across the entire Stack Exchange Network. There are two key documents that should be read to understand the background and reasoning for ...
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I'm going on a general moderation strike due to the new AI-content policy forced upon us by SE

Note: This post is not on behalf of the moderators of Ask Ubuntu, although they are welcome to strike as well. I'm also not a diamond moderator. Tl;dr I'm going on strike. Read the letter and ...
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PSA: Stack Exchange Inc. has announced a network-wide policy for AI content

A couple of days ago, Stack Exchange Inc., the company running these sites, announced a new policy for handling AI content. This policy goes against our own, local policy on how to deal with AI ...
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Question about asking general questions

I have recently posted a question on ask ubuntu. However, that question was not about a problem that I am currently facing but about something I have faced before and that could happen again. This ...
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how come answers and questions are banned without feedback

how come answers and questions are banned without feedback and essential system issues cannot be resolved and re propose again and again (?) Is this question unproperly phrased (?)
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Should this tag be put into [storage]? Or not?

This is a discussion, it is NOT an invitation to start burninating this tag. We must follow the documented procedure here. We have a tag, storage. I don't think it is a good tag, though. At the same ...
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Can we reopen this question about how to install Ubuntu on a 32 bit mac with 64 bit processor?

I found this question about installing Ubuntu on a 32-bit Mac. It seems that this Mac has a 64 bit processor, and Ubuntu should support it. Since this question broadly falls in the range of "How ...
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As you all know, advertising is an important source of revenue for Stack Overflow and it helps us support all the sites across the Stack Exchange Network and the resources that go into maintaining and ...
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How should we handle the Imgur TOS change?

Per this page on the Imgur website (under "What are we doing?") Our new Terms of Service will go into effect on May 15, 2023. We will be focused on removing old, unused, and inactive ...
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Why does Stack Exchange ask about cookies on every screen? [closed]

Every time I open a page on Stack Exchange it wants me to accept all cookies: By clicking “Accept all cookies”, you agree Stack Exchange can store cookies on your device and disclose information in ...
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Should I update/change my answer or submit a new answer to a question?

I would like to submit a different answer to this question: How can I force Ubuntu 22.04 SERVER to use ONLY the DNS servers listed in /etc/systemd/resolved.conf (NOT my router's DNS) AND use DNS-over-...
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