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Please don't flag an answer just because it is short

I was just in the low quality posts queue and noticed a trend, posts, mostly answers are been flagged just because they are short. The length of a post alone should not be a reason to send it to ...
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Are questions about any distros based on Ubuntu on topic? (Made using tools like Distroshare Ubuntu Imager) [duplicate]

There are some tools on internet like Distroshare Ubuntu Imager to make distributions based on Ubuntu. Are questions on those distributions on topic here? Or are they off topic? Assume that someone ...
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Is python 3.5 an Ubuntu Third Party App?

Ref: how can I create a program with python 3.5 This is a question in Ask Ubuntu about creating a program with python3.5. The Question was closed as being off-topic. "Help Center > Asking, What ...
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2020 Potential Moderator Election: Community Interest Check

It's time for us to consider holding an election for moderators for Ask Ubuntu. The last election we held was back in 2019 where we elected a single moderator, and since then several of our ...
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What if someone just thanked answerer instead of accepting that answer?

I answered this question recently and the questioner was helped by it. But instead of accepting the answer, he commented on my answer: Hey thanks for your efforts I upgraded successfully Which ...
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Why posting meta requires only 5 reputation?

Why posting meta requires only 5 reputation? Why not something like 25 or more with the requirement of having some particular badges? A new user automatically gets 1 reputation. So, to get privilege ...
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Do we support Ubuntu on Termux?

Termux is an Android terminal emulator and Linux environment app. Termux's wiki contains instructions to install Ubuntu on top of their Android app. I don't think it is a standalone distribution or ...
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Unable to contribute information [duplicate]

I saw a question I'd like to answer, and contribute information to in order to help people who might also be looking for the same thing. Problem is, it says I have to have reputation. I just want to ...
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When should I answer and when should I comment?

I enjoy helping out on this forum. Recently I have become more active in that. Can someone tell me when I should comment and when I should answer? How do you know which one to use? In the answer ...
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Where do users go to ask a question about their EOL version of Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Although this subject was discussed in 2012, 2016, etc., I did't see any current discussions of it, so please forgive me as I rattle the cage again: On AskUbuntu, I frequently see questions marked as,...
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Add a reply option for comments

Don't you think that it is a good idea to add a reply button to comments to questions and answers? Most people forget to type @username when replying which makes the person who made the previous ...
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How can I “close” or “delete” my own question? [duplicate]

Recently, I asked a question, and after realising that it was beyond my ability, wanted to "close" or "delete" my question. I don't know if its possible or good practice.
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Discussion of new tag dual-drive-dual-boot

An increasing number of questions are appearing where the problem is a dual drive installation of Windows on one drive and Ubuntu on a different drive. The solutions to dual-drive, dual-boot ...
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Can I answer with Python code?

If I have seen a question in AskUbuntu, would I be able to answer with a way to complete the question in Python. They haven't specified how they wanted it done, and I can't include a link because I ...
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Is my Ubuntu installtion full? An app said “my disk was full”, Xubuntu 18.04? [migrated]

Trying to download an engineering program "Salome-9.4.0" at 2 GB. The download stopped right about when it was 99 or 100% done as it "ran out of disk space". It was downloading to my Desktop on my ...
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Should we make upgrade questions off-topic before an upgrade path is opened?

New releases, especially LTS ones, generate lots of questions regarding the upgrade process. Upgrade path doesn't open immediately after a release. For non-LTS releases, it's opened in a few days. ...
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Ask Ubuntu seems fundamentally broken for new users [duplicate]

I came on here to ask a question. While I was here I saw a question I thought I could help with. They had already received some feedback that the question was more than one thing being asked, but to ...
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Reopen question after release of 20.04

my question has been closed as addressing a not released version, but now it's released. Please reopen. How to install Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa remotely with virt-instlall?
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Ubuntu Focal Fossa (20.04) LTS is now released, and posts about it are (generally) No Longer Offtopic

(Meant to post this yesterday but crashed hard from lack of sleep) As of about 17:47:04 UTC on April 23, 2020, Ubuntu Focal Fossa 20.04 LTS has been officially released. The corresponding release ...
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What is the proper moment to stop closing Ubuntu+1 questions?

See comments here How to replace OS X with Ubuntu 20.04 on MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) The 20.04 has been released and the final iso uploaded to ubuntu.com. Am I missing something? ...
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Why not an answer flag declined?

I raised a flag, not a answer (link only answer) for this answer. Answer only provide youtube tutorial link . But flag is declined with message: declined - flags should not be used to indicate ...
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Should I post an answer from someone that is correct to another question, but that they deleted?

Truth and helpfulness versus user's wishes on use of publicly posted information. Hi, long story, but someone answered my question I thought was a duplicate (and had stated so), but turns out not to ...
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Can users raise questions on the day of the announced release date irrespective of time?

Can users raise questions on the day of the announced release date irrespective of time or will they be closed? To be specific, Ubuntu 20.04 will be released on the 23rd Of April. But some countries ...
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Seeking support/feedback about closure flags not resulting in a page closure

While doing a php tag dive a little over a week ago, I flagged a handful of posts which I thought should be closed. At this point, 1 has been closed, and of the remaining 4 which remain open, 2 have ...
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My time is as a moderator drawing to a close

Just a heads up: I'm considering stepping down in the near future. Obviously, I'm not around often any more, and I can't really be of any use to the site. I'm not making this decision lightly as I ...
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Should I re-suggest edits that I feel were wrongly rejected from the review queue?

Opening remarks: I have recently joined this community and decided to contribute by reviewing all php and regex tagged pages. I have been looking for ways to earn some points by posting answers to ...
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How to edit my question to add clarification

Where do I add clarification to a question? I was asked to better describe my problem. When I added further description in a comment, I was told it is not a comment -- that it should be a question. ...
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I accidentally created two accounts; how do I merge them?

By using a further PC with a newly installed 16.04 Ubuntu, I accidentally created a new account - user:1029634 and I need to merge it into my previous account user:165175. I have tried the contact ...
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What is the best way to write a reply to a comment?

I see at least 3 ways to reply to a comment while mentioning the user: @user: Bla-bla-bla @user, Bla-bla-bla @user - Bla-bla-bla Which one is the proper or the best way to do it?
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How to give credit to someone else when writing an answer based on a comment?

Let's say I posted a question. I did or didn't get some answers. But I also received some comments. Among them, one comment either answered my question or gave me hint to answer my own question. What'...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Third Party Software - where do we draw the line on 'on topic'?

The Question was: I need to use the Creative Cloud for Photoshop, Illustrator, etc for work so I'd like to install a very minimal windows 10, in Ubuntu VirtualBox, so I can run just what's necessary ...
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Use of new screening tool from SE

The new ask page is now live on the network! discusses an 'ask' page which is configurable for each site in the SE universe. Specific bits that can be modified and the procedure of getting it live ...
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Editing: leave OP's original language [duplicate]

I was going to edit this post. My first thought was to delete the portion with the native language that OP posted. Googling it, it seems to be Norwegian. He provided a translation, that I was going to ...
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Why were my edit suggestions of fixing URL rejected?

I recently suggested a very small edit to a post fixing outdated URLs which were rejected 2 times with the same reason. The rejection notice states: Rejected 3 hours ago: Kevin Bowen reviewed ...
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Are answers specific to Debian on-topic?

I use Ubuntu for my workstation and administer a lot of Debian servers. In my experience 98% of the times an Ubuntu solution applies on Debian at a similar age and vice versa. Recently when searching ...
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Migrations paths

Currently, AU only has a defined migration path to Meta: Why is there no migration paths defined for U&L SE, and possible the ElementaryOS SE as well? To me, it would make more sense to be able ...
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is it possible to know on which Question or Answer the reputation change occured in case of “User was removed” [duplicate]

is it possible to know on which Question or Answer the reputation change occured in case of "User was removed" Example: https://askubuntu.com/users/739431?tab=reputation there is 106 Reputation ...
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User Removed, and I lost 590 points! [duplicate]

A user was removed, and I lost 590 rep points! The reason that this question got asked again, is I still don't understand why us (other) users get penalized because some user got removed. Their votes,...
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Synonymize tags related to partitioning

I discovered recently that apart from the well-known tag partitioning (10,271 questions currently), there is also the tag partitions with 771 questions. Even funnier thing is that the tag partition ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Should the uegt tag be removed?

The question Top Ubuntu Download manger with bandwidth limiter and is tagged with uegt. From the context I'd say the OP should have used the tag uget instead. The mentioned question is the only ...
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Giving away bounties this December 2019

I hope the plain title can still catch your attention--initially worded as "presents" instead of "bounties" but I decided for latter that has a clear intention. Back then, this meta post (2016) had ...
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Standards for editing

I've being an active member of AskUbuntu and Unix & Linux for some time now. As such, I often edit Q&As. But I'm lost in some aspects and details of specific editing standards. This post and ...
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Why was my grammar edit rolled back?

I fixed an obvious grammar mistake in a post. The author rolled it back to the incorrect version. I thought grammar edits were encouraged since they improve the post even if in a small way. Why would ...
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Why was my question put on-hold by me?

My question was put on-hold recently with a banner: put on hold as off-topic by R S, Melebius, Pilot6, user68186, vidarlo - 9 mins ago But R S is me and I don't remember I did that to myself.
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Should these VMware questions be re-closed as duplicates?

This is a follow-up to Kulfy's question Can these VMWares be un-merged? The requested unmerge was done, and questions closed against the former merge target were reopened. Attempts were made to close ...
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Why do we used byte instead of octet as data size unit?

I would like to understand why we seem to prefer to use the byte unit instead of octet unit (because I used more commonly the octet unit at work, at home, ...). What are the reasons for describing ...
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Stepping down as moderator

The time has come for me to step down and put my diamond aside. I have had the privilege of being an elected moderator on Ask Ubuntu since June 2016. I have enjoyed it immensely, but I am afraid the ...
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Many Monicas in Stack Exchange but who were they before?

Over the years I've built up an understanding of regular members. How they tend to answer, their areas of expertise, even a certain amount of behavior predictability. With the recent trend of putting ...

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