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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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Should a post be flagged as spam if an author is clearly *not affiliated* with the promotion?

While I was going through the review queues today, I came across this answer: My original reaction was to flag it as spam, but then I reread the description under the spam flag: spam ...
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Why was this small but important edit rejected?

https://askubuntu.com/review/suggested-edits/777606 The answer contains three incorrect paths, based on my understanding and limited experience and on another's comment. I'm not sure how extensive ...
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why the hatred…only here

why the hatred? Only on askubuntu is just about every question down-voted. take this: failed to start dockerd after installing docker with snap (artful, 17.10) even when there is a comment, like "...
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General Voting Etiquette

I already know that voting is subjective and that down voting deducts points from the voter as well. However, I am curious if there is a general consensus on a reasonable time limit (for voting in ...
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What to do when posts are voted down for no reason?

It's really annoying, a user asked this question: I am wondering what the point of sh being symbolic linked to dash is? I understand that dash is supposed to be faster than bash, but I am uncertain ...
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Is [tag:bash-history] a synonym for [tag:history]?

bash-history Refers to the history of commands that have been run previously in Bash. history The history command can be used to retrieve commands you have previously typed in a shell. I think ...
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Please migrate/merge #888497 onto Unix & Linux SE

snap-confine refuses to launch application to avoid permission attack is a non-Ubuntu question about snap configuration (or maybe a snap bug). Please: migrate to https://unix.stackexchange.com, or ...
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Re-keying [key] to be more useful

Recently, I discovered the existence of key. This tag is currently being used for both cryptographic keys (SSH/GPG/RSA/etc.) as well as keys on one's keyboard. A tag that functions like this has, in ...
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What to do with <!— language: bash --> edits?

Recently in the edit queue, there have been edits that only add <!-- language: bash --> to the post. These edits are made by the same user. And often 5-10 at a time. Is the color highlighting ...
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Tag synonym request: [soft-link] -> [symbolic-link]

Could I ask for another tag synonym for symbolic-link, that is soft-link. Reference Wikipedia Symbolic Link. I don't have enough reputation to work with tags yet. I came across this because I am new ...
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Can I ask a question on Ask Ubuntu about all the old distros?

I thought about creating a "question" in order to remind (or "honour") all the old Ubuntu releases (4.10 Warthy - 16.10 Yakkety). But this question is mostly like a discussion one, not an answerable ...
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Why don't close votes reset on a question when the review ends?

This discussion had started in chat. And I thought I'd move it here. This question currently has 4 close votes. I had previously reviewed it and selected "Leave Open". The review ended with 3 "Leave ...
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Adding a comment = audit failed?

I just failed my first audit on this question. I got the question in first post review where it was displayed without any comment, I began writing a comment suggesting to add a screenshot to clearify ...
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What should I do when a user persistently insists on poor formatting and resists formatting improvements?

Context: https://askubuntu.com/posts/971884/revisions I edited an answer of a user who got distracted and forgot the Markdown syntax, using 1) instead of 1. for writing an ordered list. Therefore the ...
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Tag synonyms: [17.10] and [ubuntu-17.10]

I just found out there's a ubuntu-17.10 tag with two questions currently. I think it's just a synonym of 17.10. I have suggested a tag synonym.
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Can [spam] handle [spam-handling]?

Here on meta, we have separate spam and spam-handling tags. They are not even synonyms. A few questions are even tagged with both of them. Since only seven questions in total are currently tagged ...
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Thank you to whoever removes spam from Ask Ubuntu

... whoever manages / monitors this forum and removes the annoying spam health / medical rubbish which appears is doing a fantastic job. This is for Ubuntu questions, not 411 spam. Keep up the good ...
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How to deal with “feature request” questions?

Prompted by this question, which I flagged as "bug", it somehow doesn't feel right because the flag seems to be specific to "bug reports" and specific issues with an yet to be released version.
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Shouldn't we stop closing questions instantly as Off-Topic if we see the words “mint”, “debian”, etc.?

I'm not suggesting that Mint is on-topic, but recently I've noticed questions getting closed as Off Topic, just because a question contains the word "Mint" or "Debian". If you need to close them, I ...
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Is this deletion correct?

So I just had my first ever failure here in one of those tests set up by the system to check whether you're paying attention while reviewing posts. For those who are unaware, the system sometimes ...
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I don't know how to title this

There's something that's been bugging me for a while, and I don't quite know how to describe this, but I suppose this would be phrased as "close-voting for the sake of close voting", rather than ...
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Push users through the Tour as part of onboarding

Recently, this post came up on Meta, and they brought up a good point (paraphrased): I should have read the tour, but i couldn't even find it or even know that one existed. When you ask for help, ...
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About “not constructive” questions

What are some “must have” Ubuntu programs? As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or expertise, but ...
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What happened to “blatantly off-topic”?

If I remember correctly there was a "blatantly off-topic" option in Flagging > Closing > Off-topic (while flagging a question). But while closing this question What does it mean physical realty of ...
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Would it be helpful it I posted a Q/A to server management

I have noticed a general tendency here for new server admins to want to install a desktop on his or her server and then forward part or more often the entire desktop over ssh or VNC server. I am of ...
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Formerly known as bodhi.zazen

Just a heads up here on meta ... Time for a name change , just letting you all know, and yes it has been a long strange trip .... Web site is still bodhizazen.com / blog.bodhizazen.com
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Closed questions which may be considered for reopening after the release of Artful

I was keeping a list of questions which got closed as off-topic as they were about 17.10 for past few weeks. Now as 17.10 is released, I think at least some of the questions have the potential to be ...
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Automated Ask Ubuntu scraper stealing code?

So, I recently posted an answer on the main site containing some code. Just a normal day on Ask Ubuntu. Within a matter of minutes, I received an e-mail from Pastebin alerting that someone made a ...
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Should rant posts be considered against the “Be Nice” policy (“Rude/Abusive” flaggable)?

This was brought up in another Meta thread about a disagreement over the use of Rude/Abusive flags on rants. In so much as the link for the Rude/Abusive flag points to the Be Nice policy. In my ...
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Issue in adding Tags in Favorite Tags

Is it normal that I can add any text in the "Favorite Tags" section, even something which isn't actually a tag? I can even add duplicate entries! Is this a bug, or will it work if I add "Hello World!" ...
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Flag declined dude!

Seriously? "Declined dude, use standard flags" Trying to be helpful here. The post wasn't quite rude, just a rant, like I mentioned. Is this the style to get people behave like you have in mind?
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Is it appropriate to remove low-quality/downvoted answer?

Long time ago, when I'm still new to this site. I posted 4-5 answer to different question, and all of them got downvote. I recently figured out that they're low quality answer. So is it okay to ...
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How to deal with an old question with two separate queries

The disputed question is this one: Any way to use Maximus-two (or similar extension) on Gnome 3.24 in 17.04? Notice that in the last paragraph ("PS: Not really related, but my other issue...") the ...
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At what point do releases become supported on AskUbuntu? [duplicate]

Is there a policy regarding at what point a future release becomes supported? In a couple of questions today (the comments) it has been suggested that support might be at the official release point, ...
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Why are the top voted answers on top of the accepted answer when it was answered by the asker?

Why is it that the top voted answer always appears on top if the accepted answer is created by the asker himself? Usually if the answer is accepted by the asker, it worked for him, so why wouldn't ...
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What to do when someone's posting answers which suggest upgrading to an EoL release

A new user just posted the (almost) same answer, viz. Update to Ubuntu 16.10 That should solve this (issue). to the following two different questions where OP is/was using 16.04 I am not able to ...
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Is there a way to remove a “wrong” duplicate flag from a question? [duplicate]

Recently I have found a question which I believe is wrongly marked as a duplicate of another one. The other question looks very similar and partially addresses the issues raised by the current ...
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What to do with tag-only edits?

Here's the suggested edit in question. The OP was asking about security on a shared WiFi connecton. They had it tagged as 16.04, firefox, and security. An edit came up that only changed the tag 16....
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Is the score breakdown feature employed only in Ask Ubuntu?

I just found out this groovy feature in Ask Ubuntu, if I click on the score of a question or answer it shows the score breakdown (the number of upvotes and downvotes). For example, for this question ...
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Is it permissible/ethical to post same answer to multiple questions with a future plan to delete all but one?

It's a bit convoluted, please bear with me. Recently I was going through a bunch of old questions seemingly asking the same thing: Dell Vostro 3568 model ubuntu 17.04 touch-pad left and right click ...
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What are the consequences of being a (wrongly detected) beneficiary of sockpuppeting?

How do the beneficiaries of sockpuppeting get punished? It seems to me that whereas it's relatively easy and uncontroversial to penalise the sockpuppets (temporary banning/deletion of account etc.)...
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Can you talk about Ubuntu-based Distros on Ask Ubuntu? [duplicate]

For example, can you ask questions about OSes like Pop!_OS by System76 on this website, or can you only talk about Ubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, etc. only?
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Abandoned close reason instead of no-repro?

Recently, I've noticed a lot of old abandoned questions (for example, this one with two CVs) being closed as no-repro. This seems rather unusual, given the fact that the primary issue is that these ...
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Can we burninate [prompt]?

I don't see much point of the prompt tag, and it only has ~100 questions tagged with it. Shall we burninate it? P.S. Let's also nuke lag
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What to do when there's a much better answer? [duplicate]

Case in point, Unable to locate package libc6-dev-i386 Mine is the accepted answer but Eliah Kagan's is much better and is also a valuable teaching moment whereas mine is just not that... Can users ...
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Are questions starting with “How to…” okay?

I noticed there are many questions with titles of the form: How to "do something"? For example, How to upgrade a single package using apt-get? I reckon grammatically these are invariably ...
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Misleading review test

While going through the review queue I was shown the first answer of a new user, correct, well explained and perfectly formatted. I thought this was strange, so I opened the original question page and ...
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Needlessly closed a question?

This question was closed as off topic. LightDM login screen configuration Now LightDM is used with ubuntu and Ubuntu Mate. The DM, greeter, and setting package are available in ubuntu. The OP ...
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Vote: Do you like the new top bar design?

After discussing my previous question with some other users in chat, it was brought to my attention that SE is about to rollout a new top bar design to all the sites. However, I personally hate the ...
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Should old questions be answered or commented on?

I've seen old questions pop up (like 3 years old) because some users answer or comment on them. What should I do when I see these old questions? Ignore them? Is there any rule saying "Do not comment ...