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Reminder: Unanswered + Time != Too Localised

There's a slightly worrying trend since we started clean-up efforts: we are closing unanswered questions for being too old. I need to emphasise that this is not what clean-up is about. The idea of ...
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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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2014 Community Moderator Election Results

Ask Ubuntu's 4th moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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Ubuntu Cosmic Cuttlefish 18.10 is now released, and posts about it are (generally) No Longer Offtopic

As of about 17:47 UTC on October 18, 2018, Ubuntu Cosmic Cuttlefish 18.10 has been officially released. The corresponding release announcement email that went out to the ubuntu-announce mailing list ...
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EOL Notice: Precise Pangolin (12.04) reached End of Life on April 28, 2017

This will be enforced starting on April 28, 2017. This is a notice regarding releases of Ubuntu that have reached End of Life. The following versions of Ubuntu and derivatives are officially end of ...
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Dark Theme Ask Ubuntu

Same title, different theme (heheh). After asking my question Dark Theme for Ask Ubuntu, I realized that it is probably hard to make a new theme, and since no one else seemed interested, I was ...
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Ubuntu is 12 (20/10/16)

Just thought I would post this I found on OMG Ubuntu, seems very appropriate here :) Today is Ubuntu's 12th birthday, Happy Birthday Ubuntu!!! The OMG Ubuntu link contains an Ubuntu quiz you can ...
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Tips for users to write better questions and avoid negative feedback

This is for all more or less new users that posted questions here and searched for help, but got much negative feedback from the community in form of downvotes and closing their questions. I want to ...
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Serial downvote: how to make it stop? Tired of having my questions deleted

For the second time on askubuntu.com, I got serial downvoted. The user who downvotes targets questions with no upvote and no answer so that after the downvote the question will automatically deleted....
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Tag Warning Is Now Live for “Wireless”

Following up in the discussion about http://meta.askubuntu.com/questions/14237/tag-warnings-on-ask-ubuntu, we have added a tag warning for wireless on Ask Ubuntu! We've only added one for now because ...
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Call out to reviewers - you CAN “skip”

I remember some reviews of suggested edits where the reviewers clearly could not understand either the post or the edit. One of these was https://askubuntu.com/a/476746/117103 , supposedly an answer, ...
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Heads up: HWE changes for 16.04

See the announcement: https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-announce/2016-November/000215.html and subsequent pages: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel/LTSEnablementStack https://wiki.ubuntu.com/...
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Plea to reviewers of First Posts & Late Answers: consider Action. And, some Actions to consider

I often get a bit frustrated when I look at the history pages of First Posts and Late Answers and see that some prolific reviewers are clicking the No Action Needed button all the time or nearly all ...
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EOL Notice: Yakkety Yak (16.10) reached End of Life on July 20, 2017

This will be enforced as of July 21, 2017. This is a notice regarding releases of Ubuntu that has reached End of Life. The following versions of Ubuntu and derivatives are officially end of life as ...
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Modify close reason banner and create an “Off-Topic Compass” site on Meta?

I have answered Add Elementary OS Stack Exchange to the off topic banner with a proposal which got a positive feedback, so I'm now writing it as separate feature request here: Make a more flexible ...
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If you want to edit an unsalvageable NAA post, please don't use the edit button in the LQP review queue to do so

This is somewhat related to this useful question: Should we edit the answer we flag as NAA? The answer said, in part: If you're a 2k user, knock yourself out - after all, it's just your own time ...
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Give [recovery] the [installation] treatment

Let's talk for a minute about the recovery tag, again. There are many different kinds of recovery, including (but not limited to): data-recovery, for recovering lost data, password-recovery, for ...
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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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2013 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
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Non-EOL Notice: Quantal (12.10) remains supported through April 2014

Since 12.10 is non-LTS and 13.04 is non-LTS and 13.04 will be end-of-life in a week, it might seem like 12.10 must have been end-of-life a long time ago. But that is not the case. 12.10 is supported ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Mod Meeting 2014-01-04: “On Meetings”

In the past few minutes we finished our first ever official moderator meeting. At the end of last year we decided to start holding meetings to discuss site business. Some topics have been getting away ...
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EOL Notice: Artful Aardvark (17.10) reached End of Life on July 19, 2018

This is a notice regarding releases of Ubuntu that will be reaching End of Life. The following versions of Ubuntu and derivatives are officially past end of life as of July 19, 2018: Artful ...
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Review audits heads up: upvote doesn't count for real

I just got a good question in a review audit, upvoted it, got congratulated - all well so far. But my upvote didn't count - so I had to perform that extra step and upvote the question for real. This ...
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Spammers are being nastier withing the second!

To the reviewers that check First Time posts, please, be very alert about this new kind of attack: Spammers are now posting seemly valid answers/questions ripping of other posts/answers inside/...
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I was on the SE podcast talking about Ask Ubuntu, check it out!

last week the StackExchange guys asked me to get on the podcast to talk about Ubuntu! http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2013/06/podcast-48-sponsored-by-powdermilk-biscuits/?cb=1 Skip to 30:53 if you ...
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Who ever reads my custom message when rejecting an edit?

Sometimes we reject an edit for reasons not covered by the list given. Then I always give my reasons in the custom field. However ever since we need two approvals for an edit it happens that other ...
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Ask Ubuntu session at the Ubuntu Developer Summit

On Friday will be a session where Mr Robert from SE will talk about Ask Ubuntu called How to integrate with Ask Ubuntu , you can connect and chat directly and your questions will be answered, and ...
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Election: minimum reputation/moderation requirements

Two years ago there were one or two nominations from users with low reputation and hardly any moderation track record. At the time this brought up a discussion on raising the minimum requirements for ...
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Discussion about tag: uninstall

The uninstall says: Questions about uninstalling software in Ubuntu, or uninstalling Ubuntu from a computer. And software-uninstall says: for questions about uninstalling software on Ubuntu. ...
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Quality blocks enabled for questions

Questions are the lifeblood of any Stack Exchange site. But asking good questions can be difficult, for some people entirely too difficult to bother with. When the Trilogy sites reached traffic levels ...
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How often is [frequency] useful?

We have 51 questions tagged frequency. This seems like an extremely general, cross-cutting concept that isn't useful as a tag. However, most questions tagged frequency are questions about CPU ...
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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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Ubuntu Budgie is now an official flavour (starts properly with 17.04)!

Ubuntu Budgie Remix is now an official flavour! Though 17.04/ZestyZapus (to be released in April, 2017) will be the first officially supported flavour, so questions on that should not be closed as off-...
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What do we do about the links to apps.ubuntu.com?

For years now, we have added links to apps.ubuntu.com with pretty little icons and banners. Recent consensus is that we should stop adding those links (I agree). However, the existing links had at ...
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Remove the (mv-command) tag as all questions got edited to be tagged with (mv) instead

There are the tags mv and mv-command. UPDATE: Please do not make mv-command a synonym of mv, but just delete it. As suggested by @Braiam, I edited all 9 questions tagged with mv-command and removed ...
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YIKES! I've run out of reviews in the close queue but I still have close votes!

Well, the 10kers (users with more than 10,000 reputation) there's the close queue in the form of 10k-tools, but mere mortals doesn't have this tool at all. But, don't exasperate, you still can spend ...
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2013 Community Moderator Election

The 2013 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Please avoid lengthening existing duplicate chains

A recent example: https://askubuntu.com/questions/433029/finding-my-ip-without-using-google is tagged as a duplicate of Command to know my external IP address? which is itself a duplicate of How can ...
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Please reconsider closing bug-related questions if a workaround can be produced

I would like to investigate if there is a changed point of view concerning allowing bug- related questions in specific cases. The last time this was discussed is four years ago, and practice seems to ...
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Changes to user account deletion

As a lot of people post here about removing profiles, I thought this meta.se post from today, outlining a few changes to the system, was worth a repost here, just so everyone knows about it. Relevant ...
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Clearing out the close review queue 2015

From my point of view, there are ~880 questions in the close review queue. I don't recall a time when it was below 700 (I became active only around last June). Do we need to put in a concerted effort ...
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Let's stop using “How do I resolve unmet dependencies?” for dpkg questions (and probably for most apt questions)

The most used close target for apt/dpkg questions is this. However, that does not help if the problem is not with apt but with the underlying dpkg. I very often find things like these when I check ...
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The ubuntu.com/community pages are getting a redo, need your help to represent Ask Ubuntu

If you look at the current community pages: http://www.ubuntu.com/community Ask Ubuntu is mentioned in the support page in the following motivational manner: Ask Ubuntu http://askubuntu.com ...
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Why the author of a post is not notified when a question is about to close?

Why is the author of a post not notified when a question is about to close? Many times I have found the question closed only when I visit the question for a probable answer barring the author to ...
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Swag for the cleanup team

The Ask Ubuntu moderator team with the Stack Exchange community people is happy to announce that your work and efforts to keep the site clean and tidy have been noticed and we are thankful for all ...
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Is the “permissions” tag really just about filesystem permissions?

Currently, the description of the permissions reads: Short for "file system permissions" - access control based on user, group, or global access. But is it true? If I ask why doesn't strace -p 1 ...
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ubuntu-minimal vs Minimal Ubuntu

There has been a recent announcement of an official Minimal Ubuntu stream with a raw image as well as support on various clouds. There is also an ubuntu-minimal package which has existed since trusty....
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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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Make [architecture] a synonym of [cpu-architecture]

I propose to make architecture a synonym of cpu-architecture and retag all questions. Although architecture is the bigger tag, it is not as unambiguous as cpu-architecture which I would favour as ...