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Copy a screenshot of an area to clipboard

No, I don't want to copy the screenshot of an area to the clipboard. But these users do: How to get back previous screenshot functionality on 22.04? Screenshot selection in 22.04 "Copy a ...
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Is a question about third party software on topic if there is no reference to Ubuntu?

Sometimes I come across a question in Ask Ubuntu about how to do something with a third party software application, without any reference to the OS the OP is using. For example: Way to share Virtual ...
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Use of Anaconda/Alternate python for AI and data analysis

It seems to me that users often face problems when they tinker with system python, such as Problem updating 20.04 - python3.7 errors, who attempted to install python3.7 to use AI/ML and ended up with ...
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Should 'he' to 'they' edits be accepted?

First off, I am not interested in having an argument about the CoC changes regarding pronouns. Nor am I interested in debating mod resignations as a result of that. Those discussions should go ...
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Question with the sole purpose to validate a particular regular expression - what to do?

So this question (which actually isn't even a question)... It seems the only purpose is to get someone to solve or validate a particular regular expression. Feels much to me like doing somebody else's ...
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Is asking questions about the ubuntu wiki off-topic

Is asking questions about the Ubuntu wiki off-topic. So I ask a question here about an error in the Ubuntu wiki and how do I edit said wiki page and the question got flagged as off-topic, why is this. ...
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What to do with a downvoted answered question on Ask Ubunbu?

I have asked this question. If I delete it I get: We do not recommend deleting questions with answers because doing so deprives future readers of this knowledge. See "I've thought better of my ...
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Would it be useful to allow Meta duplicates after a certain amount of time?

Regarding the main Ask Ubuntu site, there are two Meta questions here that I found that mention "time" and "duplicates": Primarily: Would it be useful to allow duplicates after x ...
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Ubuntu 22.04 is released and posts about it are no longer off-topic

Now that 22.04 is released, questions pertaining to it are no longer off-topic (due to the version) as of Thu Apr 21 17:09:48 UTC 2022; however, they may still be closed for other reasons. New 22.04 ...
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Why does Ask Ubuntu subject users to tracking?

Ask Ubuntu quotes Alphabet's misleading ad blurb about ajax.googleapis.com, as if Ask Ubuntu doesn't know that ajax.googleapis.com is an open door to tracking. ajax.googleapis.com passes user data ...
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How can I ask this question without it being closed or being ridiculed for not being an Ubuntu guru?

I tried to ask a question about how to improve my odds with "upgrade" process (hoping to save a weekend doing a clean install when it's time to upgrade). While I was still proofreading the ...
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Is Ubuntu Core (20) on-topic on Ask Ubuntu?

Is Ubuntu Core (20) on-topic on Ask Ubuntu? If so, does it have 10 years of support as advertised?
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How to stop a mod from tagging a question as related to unsupported version when the question is not version specific?

How can I stop a mod from tagging a question as related to an unsupported version when the question is not version specific? This is a very generic question that applies to probably every Ubuntu ...
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Merge tags [video-driver] and [gpu-drivers]?

I think the tags video-driver and gpu-drivers basically means the same thing. I suggest we merge one of the tags into the other.
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Should We "Mind Our Language"?

Monica R Ayhens-Madon penned a blog post on the Ubuntu blog this month about Canonical's participation in the Inclusive Naming Initiative and how language in the code and documentation of Ubuntu will ...
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"What topics can I ask about here?" in need of an update?

Our What topics can I ask about here? help center page feels like it could use an update. The first section, "Questions that you may ask", looks fairly good. Apparently at one point in time,...
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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #8 on Ask Ubuntu has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering and ...
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Why was my question closed as a duplicate?

Why was my question Installing python: who is deadsnakes and why should I trust them? closed as a duplicate of Are PPAs safe to add to my system and what are some "red flags" to watch out ...
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Maybe change the tag description for [uninstall]

Related to Synonym request: [software-uninstall] to [uninstall]: To help with choosing the right tag, between uninstall and software-uninstall maybe the tag description for uninstall should be changed?...
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An Unclaimable Bounty?

A bounty has gone up for this question and, given the number of upvotes, it's certainly something that a number of people would like to see an answer for: However, the comment from Jalil has me ...
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Question marked as "already answered", but the answer linked to does not answer my question

XUbuntu 20.04 Network Device disconnecting every few minutes The linked-to solution does not solve the problem. How can it be said that it has already been answered? Perhaps someone else with a ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election

The 2022 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Please provide guidance to new users seeking to elevate old, unanswered questions

I have a question about my Ask Ubuntu post: Full Disk Encryption that is FIPS certified I had the exact same question as the poster in the link above. Unfortunately, it does not have any answers. ...
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why I cannot post my question?

Today I try asking the question 'How to send a mail with two or three copies from Thunderbird?'; I have completed details 'I was used to click Enter after address for the copy; it resulted in showing ...
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2022 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Ask Ubuntu is scheduled for an election next week, 2022-03-14. In ...
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Is it OK to edit a question to replace the ubuntu spin off to its ubuntu equivalent?

For example, editing the question to change Linux Mint 19 to Ubuntu 18.04, or Zorin OS 16 to Ubuntu 20.04, etc.
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Is Extended Security Maintenance on-topic?

Is Extended Security Maintenance on-topic on AU even though the subject OS is EoSS? Ubuntu Help states: Questions that you may ask: include: "Services provided by Ubuntu and Canonical". ESM ...
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Can the [charset] and [character-set] tags be made synonyms?

The charset tag and the character-set refer to the same thing. One is simply the abbreviation. I don't see any reason for them to be seperate. Can they be made synonyms, please?
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Should we make an exception to our general end-of-life policy for the 18.04 release?

Per the general end-of-life policy, as the 18.04 LTS release of Ubuntu will go out of support five years later in April 2023, questions asked about it afterwards will be closed on sight as off-topic, ...
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End of Life Notice: Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) reached End of Life on January 20, 2022

This will be enforced starting from January 20, 2022 and onwards. This is a notice regarding releases of Ubuntu that will be reaching, or have reached, the end of their standard support period. ...
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How do I log out of Ask Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Sorry - I'm new here, but I couldn't find how to log out of askubuntu.com again. Did I just miss it? Is logging out of askubuntu.com the same as logging out of the Ubuntu Software Centre, which seems ...
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Implementing three-vote-close on Ask Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Edit: I completely missed the Shouldn’t we lower the close/reopen vote threshold? post of which this could be considered a duplicate. Things have changed since then, since three-vote-close is now ...
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Should we vote to reopen duplicates that have lots of votes and good answers?

These two questions came up in the "reopen votes" review queue: How to permanently uninstall Microsoft Teams? How do I increase swapfile in Ubuntu 18.04? Both of these questions were closed ...
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Answer removed without reason as if never was created. Need reason

I made answer, probably in october 2020 (guessing from my login data), which was about keyboard problem after boot. According to it - keyboard stoped to work after some upgrades. I discovered, that ...
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Should invalid answers be deleted?

I found this answer, which is about a discontinued Chrome extension. Should such answers be deleted, since they don't help anyone anymore?
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Order of operations when editing/flagging

A bit of a question and a bit of a PSA for others to potentially avoid the problem I ran into. This question was originally unclear. The title did not match the question body, and there was (...
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Is translating posts using Google Translate acceptable?

I've seen several questions in non-English, where a user (typically high-rep) puts it into Google Translate. Here's an example (Wayback Machine if it gets deleted). I do realize that post had other ...
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2021: a year in moderation - Handled Question Flags

A question (but first a comment) regarding 2021: a year in moderation: First, that's 32,646 actions taken by our hard working Mod team in 2021. I know that there's even more that you do that isn't ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Can chat get a redesign? Please?

I considered posting this on Meta SE instead of Ask Ubuntu Meta, but because several of these are Ask Ubuntu specific, I went with here. That said, I think the rest of SE chat should get an update, ...
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Should comments offering offline support be flagged?

Are comments like this permitted on AskUbuntu: There is a flag for questions and answers to mark them as spam if they are promoting a product or service without clearly stating the author's ...
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Should [edits] and [editing] be tag synonyms on meta?

I think the edits and editing should be the same (on Meta). I guess there is a small difference (one being the action and one being the edit itself). But the tags are used interchangeably, so I think ...
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Are questions about configuring KDE On-topic on Ask Ubuntu?

A few days ago, I found a question which was something like this:- How can I configure KDE to look like this:- The image provided is not the exact image in the post but it was something similar to ...
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Missing comments. Who deleted them?

Ethernet is disabled after reboot - Ubuntu server 20.04.3 Question posted yesterday. I left a comment requesting more info from the OP. OP responded with info, and then pinged me with a comment to let ...
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"How can I make ubuntu start faster" - close or not?

I recently edited the canonical Q&A post with the inclusion of a very popular topic: How do I improve boot speed? Now, a new question about this pops up (there is at least 1 new post per week ...
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Does the [unreadable] tag make sense?

The unreadable tag makes very little sense in my opinion, as it encapsulates multiple, technically unrelated concepts. The usage guide reads as follows: This can describe a file or any output that is ...
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Was it necessary to close "Is a clean install better than upgrading?" as opinion-based?

Was it necessary to close Is a clean install better than upgrading? as opinion-based? The phrase "clean install" should be enough to suggest to an informed reviewer that a clean install ...
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The in-review-queues edit layout is different from the normal (out-of-review-queues) edit layout on mobile. How can I always use the former?

I can't always be in front of a computer, so I sometimes use an Android/Apple phone (with Brave browser) to use Ask Ubuntu. There I have noticed that when I edit a post in the review queues by ...
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How do we change the policy of Ask Ubuntu if votes are low in Ask Ubuntu Meta?

Since important policy decisions regarding Ask Ubuntu's scope are taken using voting in Ask Ubuntu Meta, it's important that as many people as possible participate in the discussion related to ...
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Correct answer deleted?

https://askubuntu.com/a/1379258/1210606 The answer above was deleted by a mod with the justification: The workaround is Windows only! Either this person doesn't know Wine's folder structure (drive_c)...
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