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Please don't say “I have tried everything”

Please do not say "I have tried everything" in your question or some other variant such as "I have searched the whole internet. This does not make sense. You can't have, or there wouldn't be a ...
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Multiple solutions in answer [duplicate]

As a general rule, should there be multiple solutions in a answer or should the poster post multiple answers?
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Ubuntu Bionic Beaver 18.04 LTS is now released, and posts about it are (generally) No Longer Offtopic

As of about 23:00 UTC on April 26, 2018, Ubuntu Bionic Beaver 18.04 LTS has been officially released. The corresponding release announcement email that went out to the ubuntu-announce mailing list is ...
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Purpose of the “split” tag

I noticed there is a tag called split without any description. The list of 49 questions tagged right now includes all sorts of questions: splitting text files, splitting large archives, splitting ...
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Please un-mark my question a duplicate

I recently asked the question at [1] which was marked as a duplicate. So I edited the question to explain explicitly how it is distinct from the linked question. No one has un-marked it as a duplicate ...
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Tag synonym request [fc] -> [history]

Consider the description for history: The history command can be used to retrieve commands you have previously typed in a shell. However, fc and related variables FCEDIT and HISTSIZE exist in bash....
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Isn't it time to review the algorithm for letting good answers flow to the top?

I'm pretty sure that back in 2008 when Stack Overflow was created it made perfect sense to have an answer be "accepted" as that was the way forums were (and some still are) run: you ask the OP to ...
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Suggested edits queue “Reject and Edit” reason

How come I can't give a reason when I select "Reject and Edit"? I want to give a reason to the user to help them improve. Usually I end up selecting "Reject", going to the post link and separately ...
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Respinning ISO or upgrading/downgrading the kernel fixes sound (apparently)

Could I please draw your attention to these five answers, all by the same user: No sound on Ubuntu 17.10 Intel atom, 3.5mm Jack but plays via HDMI Ubuntu 17.10 Cherry Trail problem with sound - ...
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I feel like I have NOT been well filtered :-(

I answered a question about a mouse scrolling problem. mouse auto scrolling problem The very first and most important part of my answer was : "There seems to be an incompatibility that has been ...
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VLQ is not applicable but the post is low quality - what should I do?

I am new to the VLQ queue. I was met with this answer to review (as VLQ): Why do you have two NTFS and two ext4 partitions? I'd suggest backing up all data on partitions except sda1 and sda2. ...
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How to install a downloaded .deb file along with its dependencies in a system with an internet connection (offline?)

Despite the teaser in this Meta question's title, the title of the question that was closed is How to install a downloaded .deb file along with its dependencies in a system with an internet connection,...
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Max number of downvotes

I would like to know if there is a maximum number of downvotes a question can receive, or if once downvotes hit a certain number further downvotes are blocked.
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How to check (un)exactly what apt install does

The question that was asked is: How to check exactly what apt install does. That's the question that I answered, and my answer was a simple one-line command that does exactly that, but I wasn't ...
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How to get a user to use the Q&A format?

These two posts by the same user read like blog posts, the OP even says they are "reports" but when told that this is a Q&A site, the user refuses to accept that their post is not appropriate for ...
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Should we roll up the details in this question into its title?

I was reading this question on my phone today: extreme slow wifi on ubuntu 16.04 Within the body I learned the WiFi card is a rtl8723be which I don't own. Had Realtek 8732be been in the title I ...
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How to close self answered question

I have a question about my Ask Ubuntu post: Unable to install latest LTS / GRUB2 install issue I resolved the issue myself - so added an answer and checked the tick to signify that question should be ...
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You are currently banned from flagging - view flags declined in the last 7 days

I'm banned from flagging but I don't know why. I flagged these three answers as very low quality: Want to remove a failed software install Can't uninstall any apps from Ubuntu Software ...
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Should this community wiki question be re-opened? [duplicate]

During review, I stumbled across Video editing software options? in the reopen queue. While it is technically too broad by current standards, it's also a Community wiki that's been revised 8 times ...
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Does it make sense to kill this question?

I noticed this old software-recommendation question is closed (rightfully so, imo) as "too broad": Video editing software options? I also noticed it has attracted some delete votes too. Does it ...
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Litmus test to ask mod to migrate my question to another SE site?

I just posted this question: File naming conventions for `.cron` and `.systemd` extensions. Then I started to wonder: "Is AU the right site for this question?" After all the last question I commented ...
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Flagging as off topic describes Super User as being about Windows

When flagging a question as off-topic: not about Ubuntu (through this path: should be closed ..., off-topic because ...), the following text is displayed as an option (emphasis added) This is not ...
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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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Is it worthwhile asking a mod to delete this question?

I have this question: Desktop shortcut to Bash script crashes and burns which I self answered after a couple hours of research and testing. Then another user posted an answer and in comments (...
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Purpose of protecting a closed question?

I just voted to reopen this question: EXT4-fs error after Ubuntu 17.04 upgrade. Then I noticed there was an option to protect it. Why would I want to protect a closed question when I'm the first ...
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Among these 3 duplicate questions, which should be the `root`?

I want to mark the following three questions as duplicates, but I can't decide which one should be the 'root'. All of them are related to the usage of the Esc key in a Custom Shortcut within Unity. ...
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Why is stack overflow asking me to vote for moderators?

I'm sure I'm not the only one getting this solicitation today: https://stackoverflow.com/election I don't understand why I'm being asked to vote regular Stack Overflow users to become mods? I hardly ...
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Has anyone noticed some questions on Ask Ubuntu that are totally unrelated to Ubuntu?

About a week ago, there were some questions on Ask Ubuntu by various users that were totally unrelated to Ubuntu. One was about cooking or something like that. The same thing happened today with a ...
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Should this question be massively edited and VTR'd?

This question appears to be an XY problem: Find out which command runs when I call a particular function from shell Would it be ok to delete the whole question body and replace it with the title? ...
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Closing against “Unity doesn't load. No launcher, no Dash appears”

We have this canonical post: Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears Apparently this has been a common problem and this question currently has around ~480 linked posts, many of which ...
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Flagging other languages [duplicate]

Today I flagged a question with the reason "This question is not in English." I thought that this was a appropriate action to take. I was not expecting this flag response: declined - So translate ...
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I want to close this as “too broad”

I want to VTC as "too broad" but remember Zanna's great advice a week or fortnight ago to bring issues up here when in doubt. Here is the question: My average laptop temperature is 75C. Is it Normal? ...
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Combination Answers vs. link-only answers

During review I stumbled across this question flagged as a duplicate. While the question pointed to is related, I felt that an answer that addressed the OP's issue be more helpful than a simple "No ...
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Is this answer worthy of undeleting?

With great power comes great responsibility I read this unanswered question: Triple monitor on Nvidia and Intel and found the answer written by yilmi was deleted. Although I've had protect/un-...
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Reopen an accepted answer question that is tethered to obsolete close votes and was closed as unclear

The question: Do I need to upgrade RAM from 4GB to 8GB for Android development? has created a lot of contentious dispute since it was asked. The question was downvoted once and put on hold for the ...
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When to change question to be on-topic

Listen to what I mean not what I say This question: Is there a way for grub to automatically reboot into Windows from Windows? came up on my radar today. I knew what the problem was but unfortunately ...
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PSA: PCI bus and Wireless questions

Please note that some single-board computers, such as Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone, do not have PCI/PCI-e bus. Thus, as observed in this case, the often-cited diagnostic script for wireless may not ...
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How can I comment on a protected question if I don't have enough reputation?

How can questions and comments be asked or made about the following if I have too few reputation points? How to install Ubuntu 14.04/16.04 64-bit with a dual-boot RAID 1 partition on an UEFI/GPT ...
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How do I reopen a question?

Lat week I opened a question and a very helpful Gentleman called Connor was busy giving me very good advice that I was following. Clearly to have been so helpful he must have been in possession of ...
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What is the right thing to do with an old cross-posted question?

I just found this question: How to remove the thumbnail frame in Nautilus? posted almost a year ago. Then noticed OP has posted an identical question at U&L which got an answer with a positive ...
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If I find a question about a problem similar to mine, and the answer worked for me, should I comment to say so?

Situation: I have some problem and find a similar question about the problem that has an answer. But my circumstances are different to those of the person who asked. Is there an appropriate way I can ...
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Reviewers strange behavior

This question got closed because it was judged as a question about a bug in GIMP. The question was about a 4.8 MB .jpg file that rendered correctly in GIMP, but not when it was uploaded to the author'...
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Should questions be closed as duplicates based on warnings when the actual issue and error messages are unrelated to the linked question?

In the past days and much more frequently than before I came across questions in the close queue that were in review to be closed as a duplicate of How can I fix apt error “W: Target Packages … is ...
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Questions about wireless that lack information are not necessarily duplicates

Recently I have noticed that a number of questions about wireless problems that lack the hardware information necessary to answer them are being closed as duplicates of this question: My wireless/...
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Changing “yesterday”, “today”, etc in Title to actual date

I was recently inconvenienced by Titles or Question bodies that say "a couple of days ago", "Yesterday" or "Today" because I was forced to scroll down to see question asked date and do some mental ...
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Please don't close questions that are for “developers”

I see questions on Ask Ubuntu set to on-hold or being closed because they involved bugs and are meant for "developers". Stated in the description for askubuntu.com Ask Ubuntu is a question and ...
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On the same question: Is it okay to make comments about other answers in your answer?

Can I sum up other answers on the same question, in my own answer and comment on them ? Is that okay? On this question, there is an answer that, after edits, references two other answers on the ...
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What is our stance on pad.lv URLs?

It seems the Stack Exchange community as a whole "really, really hate" URL shorteners (source). But what's our (Ask Ubuntu community) stance on pad.lv, the "site-specific redirection service for ...
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Voting to close your own question instead of deleting

Tonight I voted to close my own question as a duplicate when I could have deleted both my zero voted question and self answer. The reason I did this was because my question title: Why does `...
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Should long questions be edited if parts prove irrelevant?

I posted a question with a fair amount of information as recommended. After some comments and a discussion in chat, I added some updates, and now the question is becoming too long. There will probably ...