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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 ...
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Do we engage in too much `gksu` bashing?

I can't count the number of times I've seen bashing of answers which contain: gksu gedit /rootpath/rootfile.conf Yesterday (February 17, 2018) Live Wire updated an article on how to setup gksu. The ...
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Close voters: we have a Reason for that (EoL posts are not necessarily duplicates)

Recently, I've seen almost every question where the OP is having a problem caused by using an EoL version of Ubuntu being closed as a duplicate of this: How to install software or upgrade from an ...
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sysadmin script off topic? [duplicate]

I don't get it. At least on stackoverflow homework is fine, so that seems irrelevant for askubuntu as well. Why is this question closed? Seems like a fairy standard admin type question. Presumably ...
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When to flag as “Moderator attention”

I flagged a answer in this question As "In need of moderator attention" on a answer that was: sudo rm -rf /var/lib/mysql My flag was declined, perhaps because I was not specific enough. I did not ...
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What to do when someone wants to republish your scripts?

Someone on reddit asked me if they could republish my sun-hours script I wrote for Ask Ubuntu on their github project. Just wondering if there is some sort of short form of GPL 3 or 2 line I should ...
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Is it OK to ask question about etymology of command names?

Is it OK to ask questions like "what is the etymology of hdparm command name?"? General topic matches https://askubuntu.com/help/on-topic ("Using and administering official Ubuntu flavors", "Running ...
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Can this tag be [repair]ed or should we throw it away…?

I came across the tag repair today: 112 questions tagged Excerpt: Questions about repairing Ubuntu can be tagged here (after a fatal error, looping kernel panics, etc.) Wiki: none Followers: 0 ...
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Why do question share links include my user id?

When I click share below a question I get a small box containing the share link to that question like that: Apart from the question number, this link also contains my user ID (last number). What are ...
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Meta-Meta: Reopening discussions

What is the recommended way to re-open a discussion (for example on the topic of what is considered off-topic)? Some discussions have one or two comments, but disappear from the main sites after a ...
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Commenting on a test review question automatically scolds you with “STOP! Look and listen” - Why? [duplicate]

I stumbled over a review question, which turned out to be a Test question. I tried to write a comment that OP might consider using the older, 4.10 kernel, since there seem to be a lot of issues with ...
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I would like to offer an apology here

I posted a question yesterday here, complaining about how unusually buggy the 16.04 LTS release seems to me. Well, today I have thought about it better. Ubuntu is free, and after some days of some ...
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Please don't correct commands in questions unless you are sure the mistake is not the source of the problem

This might well be a dupe. If so, y'all know what to do ;) When editing questions, make sure you don't eliminate all clues as to what was causing the problem by fixing incorrect commands, as this ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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This is my third question, yet I still don't have a Student badge [duplicate]

This is my third question, but for some reason, I don't yet have a Student badge on my account. Why don't I have one yet? This is my dashboard:
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Remove the impossibility to mark a bountied question as a dupe?

At the occasion of this question, but there are many, many more examples where I notice a question which is bountied, but still a straightforward dupe. We then have to wait seven days to actually mark ...
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Can't thumb up my favorite answers? [duplicate]

I find lots of good answers on this forum but can't thumb them up because of missing reputation. Comments also are prohibited. Could someone just help me with that so I could reward my HEROES ! So how ...
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How to respond to “you can write a script to do this” answers

A common response to a question that I see on Ask Ubuntu and elsewhere on Stack Exchange (and pretty much any help forum) is for someone to say "you can write a script to do this". I really dislike ...
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Failed first post audit by flagging as a duplicate. Is it correct?

While reviewing the first posts queue, I failed the following audit: https://askubuntu.com/review/first-posts/799873 After I looked at the question, I just thought: “That must have been answered ...
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What are the limits for answer and question lengths?

What are the limits to which answers and questions can be pushed ? I've written quite lengthy answers in the past which seem to be quite complete, but lets pretend there's a question which requires ...
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Naming, and other differences between Canonical's USN pages, and CVE tracker pages

I have a question that I don't know if I'm supposed to post it in Ask Ubuntu as it is mostly about Canonical's websites. The question follows: I ran a vulnerability detection scan on some Ubuntu ...
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Do good quality answers on duplicate questions deserve reputation?

Recently I came across a question, which was a duplicate of an already asked question here. The duplicate question had an overall negative score ( of -4), but the answers to that duplicate were ...
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Does this sound a bit condescending?

I discovered this old answer thanks to an edit suggestion which may look somewhat unnecessary. The suggestion was to remove the following phrase from the answer and read a basic bash programming ...
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Disagree with Low Quality review audit

I failed this Low Quality review audit. I wouldn't say this fulfills the community rules for asking a good question: No research, no given example, no attempt to solve the issue, not exactly clear to ...
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Wrong duplicate

There are many questions regarding a buggy kernel being mis marked This is another duplicate of Kernel panic after update to 4.4.0-108-generic being mis marked as My computer boots to a black screen, ...
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How do I respond to my question being marked as a duplicate when it clearly isn't?

I have a question about my Ask Ubuntu post: apt-get upgrade fails I'm posting about this problem because my question was marked as a duplicate when it clearly isn't a duplicate of the linked question....
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Moderators are *not* the Software Police! (Read for details!)

TL;DR because I know there's people who don't want to read all this. If a user is simply referencing that they are having an issue with a piece of software and that it is cracked (like a ...