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Do we stop *supporting* external software?

My question is triggered by this question, which has some close votes due to being off-topic, and a comment saying that it is unsupported. 14.04 appears to be the most recently supported ...
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Can anyone answer this question? [on hold]

I asked this question but got zero replies. If it is a duplicate, I can't find it.
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How does this works?

I have "earned " some popularity badge AND STILL GETTING this. It is forum owner privilege to administer the forum to his / her liking. Somehow it seems very difficult for owners to realize that ...
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Can we just add [helpfile] to [documentation]?

According to tag excerpt of documentation: For questions regarding written documentation such as manuals, help files, policies, instructions, or guides. But there exists helpfile too which in my ...
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Methods in our madness: Suggesting a consistent reply when HW info is useful but missing

I would like to suggest more consistent methods may help us with some of our questioners seeking help. Nearly always, we need more info, so I have created a little boilerplate I trot out when folks ...
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Is it OK to mark a question as a dupe when the OP might require significant additional knowledge to use the answers to the existing question?

Disclaimer: I answered the question that I believe was incorrectly marked as a duplicate. This question, in which the OP accidentally changed the permissions of one system directory, was marked as a ...
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Should I notify about edits in the question comments?

I have a question about my Ask Ubuntu post: Using chown successfully but not actually changing user ownership in Ubuntu bash on Windows 10? A user in the comments gave me some input on how to edit my ...
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Where can I ask for help on a 14.04 install?

Since this Exchange will not help me with a 14.04 bug, where can I go to ask the community for support on 14.04? Thanks.
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What is the appropriate action on the answers by the original developer/author of the project regardless of the content?

I'm in little confusion today. While reviewing Low Quality Posts, I encountered this post. I was curious that why the answerer is so confident. So, I just viewed their profile and this site and found ...
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Sad question reopen time?

OK, so this is a really sad question but not everyone is familiar with the architecture of GNU/Linux¹ nor do they know the history of GNU and Linux and the very big personalities of Linus and RMS. So ...
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Duplicate may be duplicate of a question, but not the one it was marked as a dupe of

I installed lubuntu desktop thru the terminal but my laptop reboots still as ubuntu was marked as duplicate of Using multiple desktop environments Compare the questions and the answers. In the first ...
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Disagree with audit

So I was reviewing, and this answer had to be reviewed. I added a comment explaining that this didn't solve the hot corner part of the question and was probably better as a comment on the OP, and it ...
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How can we be safe about code from this site that we install?

There are a lot of people who code solutions and post it in forums like this one. I think, maybe I'm wrong because I'm a beginner, that these people are able to introduce "evil code". Is some ...
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Should Ubuntu Software Center links be edited?

Sometimes I encounter answers that suggest installing packages from Ubuntu Software Center written before 2015, for example, this answer. Ubuntu Software Center was discontinued in 2015 and now all ...
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These two tags could get [compressed]

Currently we have both: compression × 185 (19 asked this year) the process in which a file or folder's size is reduced by using an algorithm to encode the same information using fewer bits. ...
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Tag synonyms for [window-buttons]

I found two similar tags for referring to the "close, minimize, and maximize buttons". window-buttons with 106 posts (6 asked this year). Tag info: Window Buttons are the buttons at the top of the ...
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Is answering twice and closing good or bad behaviour?

So yet another "What backup tool should I use?" question came up earlier today, so I: voted to close as a duplicate answered the question Deleted as per answer below in the meantime, answered the ...
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Should we rollback the edits by editors other than original poster which might make answers controversial?

Recently there was an answer by @kaushik on Error while trying installation using sudo apt-get install which mentioned some commands. An editor with full edit privileges edited the answer and made it ...
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When do comments disappear?

I was browsing the main AU site, when I chanced upon the following comment in the question Why can't I turn on recommendations in software center?: Please provide additional information only by ...
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My comment got removed less than one day after I wrote it and the question. Who might have done it? [duplicate]

Do moderators do this once in a while when they are in the mood or are some comments removed automatically? The comment was not vital. I just need to know what to expect.
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Flag declined because OP edited their answer in the meantime and I wasn't notified

I raised a custom in need of moderator intervention flag on this post because it was a link-only answer (when I did). The user has also posted another link-only with the same link. So, I found more ...
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What is a “very high reputation score”?

When a user is deleted, reputation of users voted by the deleted user will change. From https://askubuntu.com/help/user-was-removed I see This removal occurs whenever a user is deleted, unless ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Lost 235 rep due to user removal

Is there any tidy way to let me know which user was removed? That's a pretty big hit to take from one user's removal. Just curious.
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Why are so many answers posted as comments? [duplicate]

Every morning I click on the unanswered link and every morning I see many of questions answered in the comments section. When this happens, person who asked the question cannot mark it as answered, it ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Ask Ubuntu's sixth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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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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“One more close vote needed”, “Please vtc this one” <- should we do that?

On a regular base, we see suggestions like above in chat. In far most cases, the call is just, and I am 100% positive it is done with nothing but good intentions to the site. Does that mean we ...
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Opinion: Link-only answers are bad except for in one case: Software Recommendations

EDIT: I should rephrase, "Link only answers are bad should be deleted except for in one case: Software Recommendations" If someone asks for a software recommendation, and you give a link-only answer "...
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Why do some of my tag [suggestions or creations] get rejected?

Please, I will really like to know why some of my tag suggestions or tag creations keep getting rejected for (my personal opinion) nothing?! Meanwhile, it seems some could be needed and of important ...
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Why are there so many helpful people?

Sounds odd, I know. I think information should be free, but I am also wondering about the self-sustainability of those who offer up their time for free, for SE sites and open source developing. Is the ...
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Are “respins” on-topic?

I came across Ubuntu 18.04 (respin) installer crashes on Dell XPS 15 9560. It deals with a respin of Ubuntu 18.04: Collection of scripts and tweaks to adapt Ubuntu and Linux Mint ISO images to let ...
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Off Topic Questions: Comment Etiquette

Lately I see a lot of comments from less experienced users (and some more experienced ones too) pointing out that questions about other OS etc are off topic and rightly so, they are. However, we ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection [closed]

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Ask Ubuntu is scheduled for an election next week, May 6th 2019. In ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 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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Do we need “support”?

As of now support has 137 questions tagged. There is no proper information about its usage on the site. The existing information looks vague. So, should we re-tag all questions and remove support from ...
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How do you ask OP to reconsider accepted answer and award yours?

I was a little late to the part posting an answer to this question: How to get a substring from bash command We are all proud parents of our posted answers so I'm probably biased but I think my ...
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Why is “posted on multiple sites” as a closing reason absent on Ask Ubuntu?

Sometimes I come across questions that are on-topic but cross-posted on multiple sites. According to Meta Stack Exchange, cross-posting is highly discouraged. Unix and Linux has a closing option for ...
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How long should I wait for an answer on here?

How long should I wait for an answer to my question 18.04.2 authentication error on here, and in the meantime is there anything I can do to make it more answerable? I've already included a fair ...
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We should put these tags under [lock] and [keys]

(The only reason these are the same question is for the pun. If they should be split, I can split them.) Neither of these have tag wiki entries. As of now, lock has 182 questions, keys has 82. ...
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What to do when a question isn't a question

So I came across this. I flagged the "question" as too opinioned based but what should one actually do?
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Ethics of changing question title without asking OP

On this Q&A: How do I see if and when someone logged in my account I was thinking of asking OP to change question title from: How do I see if and when someone logged in my account to: How do I ...
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In [comparison] to [diff]

So we have the comparison tag, with 38 questions which does have a few highly voted posts, but overall is spread out over a broad range of topics, ranging from comparing DVDs to text files, to Ubuntu ...
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Answer edit as long and detailed comment from OP - how to proceed?

I wrote an answer to someones question with the best intention to help. A few days later, I received an edit request for review: Ignoring the fact, that this edit would completely destroy my answer, ...
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Should we remove the “tag with Ubuntu version” advice from the help center?

There have been many discussions on meta (here and here for example) about using the Ubuntu version tags (12.04 etc). Mostly, they support the position that these tags should be used when the version ...
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Should an answer be literally what OP asks for?

N.B. Be sure this post is not about points. Seriously, the 2 points from downvote is the last thing I'd worry about. It is about what an answer should be (or not). The situation: user asks for a ...
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output tag needs some community input

The output has 149 questions tagged across wide range of topics - command line output, audio output, monitors - and no wiki nor usage guidance as to what this tag is all about. We already have ...
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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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Should https://askubuntu.com/questions/tagged/spam be modified?

Currently it reads like this: Questions tagged [spam] This is for flagged spam. Delete all other flags and insert this flag when you see a post that is clearly and unquestionably spam so ...
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Are [dual-monitor] and [dualhead] the same?

There are two tags: dual-monitor (currently 128 questions): For questions about using multiple monitors on a computer system. dualhead (currently 47 questions): Dualhead describes multi ...