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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

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 ...
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What is the proper reaction to a post which clearly lacks research?

On e.g. this review the post is clearly very low quality and as already stated in the comments the OP shows absolutely no research or attempt to solve the question on his own. Since it doesn't look ...
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Merge squid and squid3 tags

Should we merge squid3 and squid, and make squid3 an alias of squid? Currently there's 74 questions tagged squid3, and 117 tagged squid. Of those tagged squid, a large portion appears to be tagged ...
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Why was my question edited?

My question was edited to use the unofficial spelling of the products title. The official spelling, which is what I used, is all titlecase. Why was this incorrect and seemingly pedantic edit made and ...
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Should we ditch [glitch]?

Seems we have a tag glitch. This seems to me equivalent to having a tag bug. It could apply to issues of various types and with various causes. It seems unlikely that anyone will be especially ...
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Please don't approve edit-suggestions where code-format is used for emphasis

Today I saw a new user suggesting edits where he mainly used code for emphasis e.g. pcname + mac filtered WIFI - not able to connect I edited one suggestion and rejected another but then saw that he ...
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How to deal with “un-appreciated” answer? [duplicate]

User A ask question. User B came across the question, he knew the answer to question. User B answer the question provided by User A. User A view the answer. But.. User A doesn't: Give any feedback ...
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What is this ridiculous “reputation” system? [duplicate]

I cannot upvote or comment, makes this entire site worthless... What can I do to fix this?
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Why is my question still on hold?

Why is my question still on hold after a day? I made it more specific.
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Thank You Everyone

Judging people's questions and dismissing them as "duplicative" fails to help anyone (except the egos of those passing judgment). If multiple people are asking the same question, how about posting ...
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Can I answer bash-tagged questions with Python one-liners?

Many questions tagged with bash have accepted answers using sed, awk or common *NIX utilities. Is it OK to use Python to answer questions in the same way? In particular, I'm looking at this question ...
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Does the title of this question capture OP's question well enough?

OK, so we have this HNQ, which gathered quite a lot of attention, snarky comments, and a small edit war between me and another user about the title of the question. I've edited the answer to match the ...
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“Can I run Ubuntu on my hardware?” questions: a discussion

Ask Ubuntu receives large numbers of questions like this example posted today asking "I have this [specific device], can I install Ubuntu on it?" These questions tend to attract low quality answers (...
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Should an answer be downvoted if it is outdated and at the top of the page

I feel like this answer should be downvoted because it is at the top of the page and outdated. However I'm not sure whether or not that is the best idea. Is there a better solution to this problem? Or ...
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High Votes on High Rep Users' Posts

I have seen that sometimes, users with a relatively high reputation get a large number of upvotes on simplest of the simplest answers. However, the answer will not have so much value that it shows a ...
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If people have put answers as comments, is it OK for me to copy their comment to an answer myself? [duplicate]

I encountered a question where a person had put an answer in the comments, then the OP had commented again saying that answer worked, and thanks. Here was the specific question, but I am asking in a ...
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ordered list format feature request — subtopic numbering

Introduction: While writing a response to a question, I came to a situation where making a sublist improved readability of the post. This works: topic subtopic subsubtopic subtopic topic ...
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Suggestion: Change the canonical question for “How to enter special characters in the terminal?”

Currently How do I enter a directory with special characters in its name? is the canonical1 question for quoting problems, however I feel it has a number of problems: it doesn't mention file names, ...
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Is there a tutorial on how to present info on “Ask Ubuntu”?

Example: How to paste info from Ubuntu Settings Details About? Could be useful to identify my system.
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Is there a way to verify integrity of a link in the answer?

I stumbled on this answer just now. It's an accepted answer, but contains a link from googleusercontent.com type of domain, which doesn't say much of itself in URL and I've never heard of it myself, ...
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“Weighted” reputation gains

I have noticed that you can gain a lot of reputation if you are the first person to answer a quite simple question which concerns a large audience of mostly beginners. However on the other side a ...
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This forum needs improvement. I don't have many questions, but they are definitely not spam

There is a lot on this forum about having enough reputation to post to old posts, use certain tags etc. Even though I don't post very often, my posts are definitely not spam. It is quite frustrating (...
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Why does it take a couple of days before you can answer your own question?

Why is it that if I ask a question, and then find the answer the next day, I still have to wait one more day before I can mark my answer as solved? Wouldn't it be more productive to just let people ...
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Is it okay to rename questions when the title doesn't reflect what OP really wants to know?

I'm asking about the question How to delete the files of administrator by using guest session. According to my answer there and to the discussion under the other answer, I assume the problem is solved....
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Flag declined - what should I do?

I flagged this post as not an answer: https://askubuntu.com/a/977614/760903 and my flag summary says a moderator declined this because they found no evidence to support it. Here's the details: both ...