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How do I log out of "Ask Ubuntu"?

There is no good Tag for this -- maybe I'm in the wrong place. I can't figure out how to log out of askubuntu. Where is the log out icon or selection located. I think I've looked in all the normal ...
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A user doesn't ask or answer, but only adds tags

This user activity is only adding tags to questions, nothing else. I see them almost daily in review queue. The user adds mostly irrelevant tags. I reject the edits. Others accept some and reject ...
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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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A user deletes their answer and posts the same question as a new post and self answers

I am not sure whether I should write this on MSE or MAU, but here I go anyway Context: Couple of months ago, I came across a dearly interesting question related to corrupted desktop environments (...
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How to detect AI-generated answers?

AI generated answers are banned from Ask Ubuntu. But how can I recognise them?
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Is it allowed to ask for software advice?

I've recently switched from Windows to Ubuntu and I don't miss anything except for one program named PhraseExpress. With it, you can create shortcuts for words, or fix spelling mistakes you make often,...
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How should we clean up the [kvm] tag?

This is a discussion about a tag, not an invitation to mass-edit questions containing said tag (at least for now)** We have a kvm tag. It is meant to be about Kernel-based Virtual Machines (based on ...
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What's the proper process for "fixing" a Mod-or-community-deleted answer?

I've been pretty active in community-moderation/curation here for a bit, but I'm honestly still confused about one part of the process. Let's say that someone, for example, posts a link-only answer. ...
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Why was my question about Ubuntu desktop shortcuts deleted?

I want to know why my question about Ubuntu desktop shortcuts was deleted. I don't see how it can not be an appropriate topic for Ask Ubuntu. And if Ask Ubuntu is not the right place to ask questions ...
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Why was my question closed?

E: Type 'echo' is not known on line 1 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list The post that was sited as the reason for closing my question, does nothing to help me if I can't ...
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Ban ChatGPT and AI-generated answers on Ask Ubuntu?

ChatGPT generated answers have been found across the Stack Exchange network and some examples have also been recently seen and removed from Ask Ubuntu. Our colleagues on Stack Overflow have put a ...
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Would it be advised to answer already answered questions - with alternative answers?

Hello, Clarified question: Say we have a question, (solved by a answer) which, might be any (but not limited to) of the following: [x] outdated. (Maybe the Question is about a Python 2 problem/issue -...
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Please remove the restriction "You must have 50 reputation to comment" [duplicate]

Dear administrators of StackExchange/AskUbuntu, restriction "You must have 50 reputation to comment" blocks many useful comments and tips !!! I'm not a geek who spends his leisure time here ...
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Ask Ubuntu is getting a logo update

As many of you are aware Canonical recently updated the logo for Ubuntu. With this update came a request from Canonical to update the banner logo as well as the trademark copy in the footer of the ...
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Is ChatGPT considered Ubuntu Third Party Software?

Is ChatGPT considered Ubuntu Third Party Software? Are questions about using it on Ubuntu on-topic?
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I've been banned from reviewing for some strange reason

I reviewed "First Answers" and selected "Looks OK" for two answers that look really OK to me. https://askubuntu.com/review/first-answers/1272716 https://askubuntu.com/review/first-...
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Announcement: AI generated content temporarily banned on Ask Ubuntu

Community discussion has been taking place on AU Meta concerning our position on AI generated content: Ban ChatGPT and AI-generated answers on Ask Ubuntu? While this discussion is proceeding there has ...
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What is the policy for dealing with plagiarism?

Over the last couple of weeks there has been a growing number of answers that are unabashed copy/pastes of entire posts from sources around the web. These have generally been pointed out in the ...
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What is the logic behind cocomac's answer?

This post contains a euphemism. Unfortunately, the gentlemen that made the rules made it so you need reputation to comment and ask not to edit an answer to reply to the author, so I have to ask a ...
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Are AI Correction apps (like Grammarly) allowed to be used on the platform?

I was just reading this post and this question popped in my head. I have used Grammarly for a few months now and I use it to fix grammatical errors in a post or just assist me in writing better ...
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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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I need instructions how to reply and edit to my thread [closed]

Currently, I cannot reply to posts from other users or edit thread I have posted. Please would like to give me instructions how to reply and edit to thread I have posted? I need Ubuntu and Ubuntu ...
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What's the "expected" audit response to spam in the LQ posts review queue?

I ran across a clear "spam" question in the low-quality posts review queue today. Link in case it works, but I hate promoting it by even linking it here :-/. The correct response to spam is ...
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Why are all the questions/answers on this site so old and out of date?

I have Ubuntu 22.04.01 LTS and often have issues with it, but can never find a relevant answer here. 10 year old answers just don't work for newer versions of Ubuntu.
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Clear unread inbox messages

I could not find the right area to post this, but I could use some help. I try to answer all my inbox messages, but it is now impossible. Is there a way to mark them all as read with just a few clicks?...
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Are we truly "Eager to help"

This question was prompted by this one. At first glance I agreed that this looked like a horrible question with a lack of detail, then I recalled the initial slideshow when a new user installs ...
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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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Are new users properly introduced to the site when signing up?

Is it only me, or has there been a large influx of new users this year, who seemingly haven't understood what differentiates a SE Q&A site from a forum? This leads me to think if the mandatory ...
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Excessive down votes for closed question

I recently posted a question that received excessive down votes in addition to being closed. Are practices of such kind discouraged? Is it necessary that so many different users should express the ...
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Why isn't everybody allowed to upvote?

Most often organizations allow voting for everybody it seems, this site shows a message all the time telling that I don't have enough reputation.
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Are Ubuntu Pro support questions off-topic?

AskUbuntu question 1439642 is a support question from a user trying Ubuntu Pro beta. Are Ubuntu Pro support questions on-topic per https://askubuntu.com/help/on-topic ? Services provided by Ubuntu ...
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EOL Question Handling Discussion... again

So, because of Darren Cook's answer to the EOL reminder I made back in May, and how people apparently don't like the status quo, I'm dredging this whole discussion back up. Because of Darren. So ...
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Question about deprecated releases in a container

This question (starting container process caused: error loading seccomp filter into kernel: loading seccomp filter: errno 524: unknown) is on-topic, right? The host OS is Ubuntu 20.04, and the ...
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Clearing out Old Questions

Recently in the review queue I have seen a number of questions which had they been asked today would be off topic because they specifically refer to an end of life version of Ubuntu but were on topic ...
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Community bumping on AU

The Community user bumps old, not-well-answered questions regularly. While that maybe a good fit on most SE sites, I'm not sure of its applicability to AU. We follow a strong and strict release policy....
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Correct action for questions in legal grey area

There was a good point being made in this thread. The OP was trying to virtualize MacOS, which isn't legal following its terms of service. What is the correct action for this question? I voted to ...
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How to find posts I had flagged?

In previous design of Ask Ubuntu, there was an option to find the posts/comments I had flagged. I cannot find it in the recent design. How to find the posts I had flagged?
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New user promoting a single service - (subtle) spam?

This user was created today, and the user has written 3 answers, of which 2 has been removed as spam (visible to +10k users): How to connect to remote desktop, Kali Linux from ubuntu? Multi-user ...
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Questions about Ubuntu 18, 20, 22 that *really* intend 18.04, 20.04, 22.04

Many questions have inaccurate or misleading version information. For example, Search missing from Activities in Ubuntu 22 I've upgraded from Ubuntu 20 --> Ubuntu 22 Reading through the question, ...
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Ubuntu 22.10 has been released, and posts about it are no longer (generally) off-topic

As of Thu Oct 20 19:13:20 UTC, 2022, Ubuntu 22.10 has been released and posts about it are no longer off-topic purely for being about 22.10 (of course, posts still should meet all the other criteria ...
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Should we be concerned with prolific downvoters?

I've recently come across a few questions with downvotes that seemed a bit harsh; I accept everyone has a different view and it's fine to accommodate differences of opinion in a community. I got the ...
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How can I award a bounty when there is not answer?

I raised a bounty on this question because I face the same problem. Now I have got a mail from SO that I must award the bounty within 24 hours. But there are no answers, so how can I award the bounty? ...
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Marking outdated posts/info etc. to be archived

Old posts with outdated info, which are irrelevant to the currently supported versions, should be excluded by the search engine bots. Perhaps, they should be marked and archived (i.e.: Internet ...
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I need some [help] getting rid of this tag from Ask Ubuntu Meta!

This tag is fully useless IMO. We don't need it. So... we have a help tag on Meta Ask Ubuntu (NOT the main site). IMO, it is useless. Let's go through the criteria to get rid of it: Does it describe ...
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Please block the [help] tag on AU Meta

Could CMs please block the help tag on AU Meta. Following Shog9's guide, we have accomplished the prerequisites: Burninate the tag: A combination of myself and the community have edited out the tag ...
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Can we have a tag for scientific-computing?

A lot of people use Ubuntu for scientific computing. Can we have a tag for it? Many of the questions like this, this, this and this will fall under this category.
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Should we pay more attention to self-answered questions when considering flagging them as duplicates?

This is the second time I've submitted a self-answered question and found that it had been closed and marked as a duplicate of two questions that didn't actually apply. As one would imagine, this is ...
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What are common canonical questions for our site?

So according to the Gospel of Spolsky 13:4, a core mission of Stack Exchange communities is to stop re-answering the same questions, and instead build a library of canonical answers. When general ...
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View inactive posts to achieve Excavator badge

How can I view inactive posts? I am trying to earn the Excavator badge.
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What does our community need? (Magic wand time in MSE)

Philippe, the Vice President of Community for the Stack Exchange Network, posted a question on Meta Stack Exchange seeking input from the community regarding "ONE thing" that would help one'...

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