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The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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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 ...
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Need to edit the content of a constantly changing canonical question

After I flagged this canonical question: Is a clean install better than upgrading? to be locked to prevent it from being deleted after it had already received 3 delete votes, my flag was reviewed as ...
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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. ...