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Guidelines when voting for friends

Yesterday the moderators and SE staff wiped out 1850 reputation points between three accounts. Our current understanding is that these accounts are held by three real people who know each other in ...
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Ten tips to handle your question in the worst possible way

Read the post below with a wink. It is not meant as a bitter numeration, just a parody on what we all run into every now and then. Look at it as an Ask Ubuntu conversion of "How to irritate people" ...
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Please take your own question(s) seriously

In general, people who answer questions on AU do their job with a certain pride. We want answers to work. If not, we either remove the answer or edit it until it works for at least the situation of OP,...
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Please stop posting half answers and dumb advice as comments

Ok so I've spent a few days doing hardcore cleaning and we have a problem with comments and people misusing them. People who are too lazy to write a real answer so they write a half finished one ...
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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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So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Well... There is a time to come and a time to go and the time to go has come. ;-) So I've landed a new job and my time is being taken up for more then 100% (>8 hours/day) during the first week on ...
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What prewritten Pro-forma (aka AutoReviewComments) userscript comments can we use and share?

I'd like to gather a list of boilerplate comments (AKA canned responses) for Ask Ubuntu which can be used in combination with the awesome Pro-forma comments userscript. Post suggestions too, you are ...
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Style guide for questions and answers

Following the style guides on Stack Overflow and Wikipedia, I would like to propose that we create a style guide of our own. Let's hold ourselves to a high standard and create or promote questions ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

Ask Ubuntu's fifth 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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StackApplet - Monitor your reputation and get notified of comments. [v1.5 released]

StackApplet 1.5 released! Be sure to visit the downloads page to give the latest version a try. If you are able to translate StackApplet to another language, that would be awesome! If not, you ...
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How does Ask Ubuntu work?

We're in an odd situtation as Stack Exchange has long-established communities and so has Ubuntu. We need to ensure that we communicate best practices to the existing Ubuntu teams. How do Ask Ubuntu ...
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Reviewers *need* to be mindful of their actions!

A new answer popped up on an old question earlier and it popped into the Late Answer review queue. Imagine you're reviewing... Does this look like a good answer? 0 Ubuntu Software Center “Failed to ...
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This is Jorge, Be like Jorge

This is Jorge, Jorge offers bounties on other people's questions, Jorge doesn't worry too much about reputation, Jorge is smart, Be like Jorge. Anyway, the thing is, let's learn to offer bounties for ...
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When are questions about “ubuntu+1” appropriate?

"ubuntu+1" is the developmental release of Ubuntu, so it changes every day so it can cause people to have lots of problems and ask for help. So for example people asking 11.04 (aka natty) questions ...
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If you're not going to review and fix questions, don't use the review queue!

I was sort of happy when I saw that the day after release we had 0 incoming new questions in the review queue! Aww man, nothing for me to do, everyone's taken care of all the incoming questions! Then ...
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Alpha-testing a wizard

So over the past few days I've put some of my time into building a wizard. It currently stands as a 515 line user-script. And it's really still just a tech demo. Before we go any further, a ...
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Is Jorge Castro a Robot? [closed]

Before reading see the following links I noticed today https://askubuntu.com/users/235/jorge-castro https://askubuntu.com/users?tab=voters&filter=all http://about.me/jorge.castro https://...
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I saw something in chat I don't understand

What are some of the common chat items? I want to understand what people who are more familiar with other chat clients are trying to say to me.
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Are Linux Mint (and other unofficial derivatives of Ubuntu) questions on topic?

(Inspired by this question about Mint. ) You only have to look at Wikipedia to find a long long list of Ubuntu derivatives - should we allow, or even actively encourage, questions regarding these on ...
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Why do people post screenshots of their terminals?

I have noticed a lot of posts on AU with screenshots of their terminal showing commands and their output. This is seems like a very bad idea to me because: You can't copy/paste the commands They won'...
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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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Upcoming site design changes

A few weeks ago Canonical reached out to me about making some design changes on Ask Ubuntu to reflect the official Ubuntu site's new design guidelines. The goal is to keep all Ubuntu related sites(...
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What does the site look like to a moderator?

The site has special features for moderators. Can I see how the site looks like to the average moderator(tools and stuff)
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Do we consider “Ubuntu on Windows 10” the same as an official Ubuntu flavour? Do we support it? To what extent?

As many will have heard of, Microsoft will distribute a stock Ubuntu installation to be run on Windows 10. Source. Someone has made the point that being this the result of a partnership with ...
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Ubuntu misspellings

It seems people just can't figure out how to spell the word "Ubuntu." I've personally seen Ubantu, Ubunut and some others, and others have reported seeing Unubtu and even Uboontu. Because of this, I ...
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Ask Ubuntu swag for top users

As a thank you for being awesome, if you are on page 1 or page 2 of … https://askubuntu.com/users?tab=reputation&filter=all … we'll be sending you a little care package shortly: ...
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What to do with questions that describe bugs?

I always made the link to the bug report an answer, but I've also seen people adding that information as comment to the question. We probably should agree on one way to deal with such questions.
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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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Editing tips and tricks

In the beginning there weren't that many high rep users who could edit questions. As that number grows I thought I would add some tips/tricks that I use for those of you striving to earn a badge ...
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2013 Community Moderator Election Results

Ask Ubuntu's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the three new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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An appeal to low rep users!

Please don't just delete your answers because you got negative feedback, improve them. This has happened to me a few times recently, I have left a comment on an answer asking the OP to improve the ...
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PSA: When reviewing, don't post duplicate (and near-duplicate) comments!

As jrg♦ said (pinned in main chat): Hey folks who use "canned" comments: If you see one thats already there that expresses the same general idea, don't add another one. Thanks. :) This has been ...
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Please read -and think- before you mark as a dupe

I believe in the voting system, but not as a result of this: A while ago, this question was asked. In short, in a multi- monitor setup, OP wants to have new windows appear on the screen he is ...
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Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

With the best wishes from the heart, we wish all Ask Ubuntu members a superb merry Christmas and the best happy new year a geek can find. May you enjoy this special time with the ones you love and ...
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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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Let's not do “I don't know how to fix your problem, so just reinstall”

Not sure how this question went through multiple reviews: https://askubuntu.com/questions/507573/how-do-i-get-a-zte-mf667-usb-modem-working But we should be more careful when people recommend ...
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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 - 1H 2011 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 1H 2012 What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is Going On Here? TL;DR -- put images and links in the answers. If they get voted up enough, they ...
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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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EOL Notice: Vivid Vervet (15.04) is now EOL as of February 4, 2016

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 life as of February 4, 2016: Vivid Vervet (15.04)...
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Reject buttons looks too much like an ok button

I got the following notification inside my inbox: Edit suggested I clicked on the notification and got to the following page: https://askubuntu.com/review/suggested-edits/880858 Because it ...
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Exchange votes or favours

Probably the most risky post I ever posted on AU, nevertheless need to get it of my chest... Don't ask me how I got the impression, nor whom it involves, but there seems to be a tendency lately that ...
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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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Tools for Ask Ubuntu

As some of you know, I have created some tools for Stack Exchange sites (like Ask Ubuntu) on Stack Apps. What tools have been developed for Ask Ubuntu, or are especially useful to Ask Ubuntu users?
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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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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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Please stop voting to close 13.04 questions for no reason

There were a bunch of great questions this morning in the close queue because they were about 13.04. It doesn't make sense to close them just because 13.04 is a few days away. We're supposed to be ...
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Please can people format code properly

Recently I've seen a lot of code being formatted as quote. This is not how it should be done. All code should be formatted with one of two styles. If it is just 1 line, with other text around it, ...
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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 ...