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Why was this encryption question closed as off-topic as a bug even though it isn't a bug?

I hit a problem about encryption on 18.04, and this question was perfect. However, it was closed as off-topic saying that it should be reported as a bug. However, this isn't a bug — it's a deliberate ...
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Question got closed as an off topic question that can't be reproduced due to silly typo errors

Note that the question tar Errror during scala installation has a typo error in the title "Errror" instead of "error" and a few typo errors in the commands. Clearly the asker can't spell as the title ...
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ubuntu-minimal vs Minimal Ubuntu

There has been a recent announcement of an official Minimal Ubuntu stream with a raw image as well as support on various clouds. There is also an ubuntu-minimal package which has existed since trusty....
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I'm probably going to get skewered for this — You can be rude and still provide a perfectly suitable answer to a question

As the thread title suggests, I think we need to stop considering people's attitude when answering questions and helping people. If the intent is good at the end of the day, it honestly does not ...
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Should the [software-recommendation] tag be deprecated?

Related: How to run the Software Recommendation tag? Given the existence of Software Recommendations Stack Exchange, is there any need/justification for the software-recommendation tag here any more?
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Why is there a badge for down voting?

I found some humor in that I can get a badge for down voting someone. I try to look at the positive things in life. It's a waste of energy looking for the negative. I'm sure someone will down vote ...
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Is ukuu considered on topic?

I have seen questions popping up on this site where people have been installing the ukuu (Ubuntu Kernel Update Utility) that will allow for them to install the latest (Mainline) kernels into their ...
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Preformatted text horizontal scrolling - bug or feature?

AskUbuntu help recommend to style pre-formatted text and console output with #four spaces But sometimes it results in scrolling text. See this question as an example. The problematic line (as ...
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Be nice: How to optimise interaction between Trolls and Unicorns

TL;DR version: For the sake of argument below, a user showing negative behaviour on this site is called a "Troll" and a user exhibiting positive behaviour a "Unicorn". I've been pondering about ...
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Make [desktop-recording] a synonym of [screencast]

screencast and desktop-recording almost mean the same thing. I say almost, because there may be some subtle differences. But I don't believe they are enough to keep the tags separated. For example, a ...
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Ask Ubuntu new site theme coming soon [duplicate]

You might have seen the featured post Rollout of new network site themes on Meta Stack Exchange already, but here are the relevant parts for Ask Ubuntu again: As mentioned on meta.stackexchange.com ...
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Should we take [pictures] and [images] out of the picture?

There's images tag, which has as description: Questions about opening / editing / saving images using image-editing applications. And then there's pictures with no description. IMHO: As far as ...
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EOL Notice: Artful Aardvark (17.10) reached End of Life on July 19, 2018

This is a notice regarding releases of Ubuntu that will be reaching End of Life. The following versions of Ubuntu and derivatives are officially past end of life as of July 19, 2018: Artful ...
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Duplicate, remove the original or the duplicate

There is an original question that has an answer that is deprecated. And now there is a duplicate question that has an answer. Which question should persist? Duplicate question: Network unclaimed ...
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How can this be a duplicate?

I might not be a native English speaker but I think I've made myself clear when I asked this question. I want to know the amount of keys typed and the amount of mouse clicks. I do not want a key ...
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Finding relevant aswers

How does one go about finding questions and answers that are up to date, not 5 or more years old. I ask this so I can avoid the "THIS Question has been asked." that I see in every question. This is ...
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Is it OK to delete answers without a comment?

My answer How to change the abbreviations of layouts shown in keyboard layout indicator of GNOME panel? was deleted by a moderator. Of course it has the standard comment Why was your post deleted? See ...
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how to remove duplicate from my question?

I have asked a question and it had been linked to something entirely different, from what I needed or wanted. my original post Next step for my First Program? NOT MENU ANYTHING
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How to comment that a previous solution isn't working?

I'm having a problem (with Qt themes, but that doesn't matter here), found a couple of threads with some advice, tried it, and I find that it doesn't work with very recent Qt (>= 5.11). I wanted to ...
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Should the keys be written in uppercase?

Could you please explain about the usage of keys in Ask Ubuntu? Should the keys be written in uppercase (CTRL) or only the first letter should be in uppercase(Ctrl)? Is there any difference or both of ...
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Can a mod email a user to get to the bottom of something?

In a nutshell this Q&A https://askubuntu.com/a/1048488/307523 the commenter says: @WinEunuuchs2Unix - you are not honest, when you disabled a bounty for right answer of me over two weeks ago.....
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Problem of vote restriction

Just wanted, you know that, usually amateur users read answers, not Experts. Amateurs don't post answers so their credit never increase. So those who read and test answers cannot vote for successful ...
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What to do with “half-hearted” edit suggestions?

I noticed there are many edit suggestions which fix a handful of issues with the post, e.g. some typos & capitalisations, spelling & grammar issues, line breaks etc., but leaves out many more. ...
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What do we do about the links to apps.ubuntu.com?

For years now, we have added links to apps.ubuntu.com with pretty little icons and banners. Recent consensus is that we should stop adding those links (I agree). However, the existing links had at ...
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Not even close to being a duplicate question

This turned to be a non-question because the two questions are legitimate duplicates so I deleted my answer.
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What do we do with this question that is really an answer?

There is this question that is really an answer: Ubuntu Solution for the NVIDIA display issue on Brightness control and Video PlayBack There are two answers posted below it that are probably ...
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The criteria for choosing the top question

I can't understand, how the top questions of week/month are chosen. There is a question with more up-votes and it's in a lower rank than a question with fewer up-votes. On the other hand, a higher, ...
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Basic questions closed as unclear?

Could we at least attempt to understand questions prior to voting them as unclear? Here's just one example: "cp "command is not working properly I'll grant you that the question is very ...
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Tag synonyms: [gnome-shell-extension] and [gnome-extensions]

I just found out there's a gnome-extensions tag. I think it's just a synonym of the older and well-documented gnome-shell-extension tag. So gnome-extensions should be merged with gnome-shell-...
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Discussion of Closed Post

This post was closed as off-topic. If possible I'd like to discuss it being reopened or at least have a better understanding of its closure so I can rework it or avoid future mis-postings. Ubuntu ...
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Please read complaints of rep 1 users more carefully

Edit: My apologies to Karl Richter and Waltinator! This post was not meant as an attack on you personally at all but more of a "call to arms" to the community at large to try and understand that ...
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What html flairs are available for Ask Ubuntu and Stack Exchange users in general?

From time to time you may see a user flair on a user profile or embedd elsewhere. For instance here's mine: I learned about this flair thingy long time ago from fellow users (specifically, it was @...
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Web-page did not allow posting a question about the vanishing WiFi icon

I tried to post a question about the WiFi icon and menu that vanished after going from Ubuntu MATE 17.10 to Ubuntu MATE 18.04. The web page demanded that I include data on my hardware even though ...
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How to deal with 404 error questions? (repository/installation related)

As 18.04 is relatively new, not all repositories (including PPAs) are releasing their packages for Bionic. Still, there are constantly questions regarding 404 error while trying to install package(s) ...
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Why does “Community” bump years-old questions about now-obsolete versions to homepage?

This question was just bumped to homepage (appr. 14:30 EDT 2018-05-21). It's About an EOL LTS version that lost support years ago, specific to a kernel version that's a whole generation older (3.x ...
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Always use full Ubuntu version numbers (if you want to specify the version)

More often than I wish I come across a post (mostly a question) which uses wrong version numbers of Ubuntu. Examples: Ubuntu 17 to 18 upgrade, wont log in Ubuntu 17 and hibernate? How to install USB-...
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What should be done with this post offering a monetary reward?

I found this post. The OP states: A 30k Geek (GeekCash) reward is given to you after the job is complete. I wasn't sure what this meant, so I commented: What does "What does a 30k Geek (...
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Memory leak (Very relevant to 18.04/GNOME 2.6+) Question put on hold for being opinion based, but it is not

I recently had this question that I asked put on hold. Memory leak on 18.04-- Is it even worth upgrading? (do you have memory leak issues?) Now, this is not an opinion-based question. Some computers ...
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Is Ubuntu WSL with Linux Mint repos/packages OK for Ask Ubuntu?

I recently installed Ubuntu on WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux). After installation, I added the Linux Mint repositories, and installed several packages from them (like mintinstall and cinnamon). Can ...
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Is this question appropriate here?

I asked the following question: Cannot assign address inside a Docker container do you think it would be more appropriate for Stack Overflow, or SuperUser? Or is this the right site?
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What is the preferred way to add a numbered list using markdown?

I noticed my answer to a question was revised and approved for no apparent reason other than markdown preference. Question What is the preferred formatting of an ordered list using markdown? I ...
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How should we tag the Dash?

The dash tag is currently a synonym for the unity-dash tag, so all questions that are tagged with dash are automatically retagged with the unity-dash tag instead. Ubuntu 17.10 and later also has an ...
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Is [top-bar] just another [panel]?

Today I noticed while reviewing suggested edits that someone had helpfully suggested a tag wiki and excerpt for top-bar. I improved (er, in my own biased opinion) the suggestions, and I wrote in both ...
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Tag change: [watch-command] -> [watch]

The tag watch-command should be called watch. Many other commands, including cp, mv are not with the suffix -command. Please could we have watch-command changed to watch. Firstly, all the questions ...
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Tag change: [cut-command] -> [cut]

The tag cut-command should be called cut. Many other commands, including cp, mv are not with the suffix -command. Please could we have cut-command changed to cut. Firstly, all the questions should ...
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Meta: Burninate [merge-request]

The tag merge-request on Meta has 7 question, of which have many different interpretations of the tag. All these questions if they really need the tag can create a more specific one. Stats: 0 ...
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Merge request: [cpupower-command] -> [cpupower]

I found a weird tag: cpupower-command. I looked at whether there was an already existing cpupower tag and there was not. There is no good reason why cpupower-command should not be cpupower. I changed ...
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Presentation of code should include explanation in a separate comment section

This is just an idea and I would like to see what the feedback is. The problem Starting Linux I've found myself many times looking through example code on this site and finding out what it actually ...
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Low Quality Review Queue - did I cause the “invalidate”?

Relevant post getting error when typing string airmon-ng start then my wifi's ext video in comments It came up in the LQ I decided that some editing was necessary for me to decide - which I did ...
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What do you call it when four good answers are down-voted in the same question?

On this question: Why can't I cd to a quoted tilde ('~')? I noticed this morning that four out of the six answers were all down voted for no apparent reason. They were all good in their ...