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OP rejected my edit and then copy-pasted it

I suggested an edit to this answer a few days ago. The edit was approved by a moderator, but was then rejected by the OP of the answer. Which is totally fine, since my interpretation of what the OP ...
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What makes this question on-topic?

A couple of days ago, I voted to close this qestion as off-topic. It seems I'm still the only one who think it's off-topic, probably the question has been removed from the review-queue by another ...
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How is this question “off-topic”?

I posted this Q&A style after helping another Kubuntu user solve his problem. Why does KDE Notificaions show an update that doesn't exist? Yes the problem is related to a bug but the ...
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Broken links starting with http://%20https://

An edit suggestion like this pretty often appears in the review queue. These edits are generally fixing http://%20https:// to https://. (%20 means an escaped space in URLs.) Does anyone know why ...
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Is it the time to redefine “end of life”?

Based on my comments here and my messages in Raiders of the Lost Downboat, I think the term "end of life" is sometimes confusing and may be misleading for new users. As of now, one of the closing ...
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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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Content scraping [duplicate]

I noticed recently that a YouTube user is scraping Ask Ubuntu (and possibly other stackexchange sites) and posting videos with the questions and answers. A few examples: My wireless is hard-blocked ...
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A VLQ flag invalidated by a minor edit

I have flagged an answer as very low quality since it barely can help OP to solve their problem (see my comment there). The answer got two “Recommend Deletion” votes when reviewed but then the review ...
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Should I wait before flagging as “Unclear what you're asking”?

Sometimes it’s unclear what a user is asking to understand questions properly. I had flagged such questions as "Unclear what you're asking" and all deemed helpful also. Should I give time to the user ...
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Are hardware recommendations considered off topic?

Fairly straightforward question, I don't want to clutter up the main site if it is. Edit: More specifically, hardware recommendations as it applies to driver support and the like in Ubuntu. ...
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Editing posts: number of edits vs reputation

I'm still below the reputation to edit posts without them needed to be peer reviewed. Suppose that I have 1000 approved edits. Then comes along a user with enough reputation to edit posts without ...
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Has Lubuntu 16.04 LTS reached End of Public Support?

Text in the last paragraph at this web link seems to limit flavour support: "Maintenance updates are provided for 5 years for Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Cloud, Ubuntu Base, and Ubuntu Kylin....
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What is the logic behind editors losing reputation when a question is removed?

Before marking this as a duplicate of this related question, take into account that my question is about the reason why this happens, not the cause of it, which is what the answer to that question ...
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Not enough reputation points to post an answer

I'm an infrequent user of Ask Ubuntu, and have fallen into the same trap a few times now... I see a question I know the answer to, take up to an hour to figure out what I did to solve the problem, ...
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Where is the border between Ubuntu and Windows while the questions are WSL related? [duplicate]

Recently I've provided answers on few questions related to WSL, but, IMO, they are more Windows related rather than Ubuntu. For example: How can I 'open in terminal' when using Ubuntu ...
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Where is the line of topicality where WSL is involved?

Q0: Where is the line of topicality where WSL is involved? Q1: Now that Ubuntu can be run on Windows using WSL, I see many questions about windows-subsystem-for-linux Are these questions a better fit ...
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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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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 Edubuntu 14.04 supported by askubuntu.com?

https://askubuntu.com/help/on-topic stated in part when I wrote this question: Questions that you may ask: Using and administering official Ubuntu flavors including: Edubuntu (14.04), ...
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Proposed edit rejected - new edition is almost the same and didn't solve some problems

I proposed an edit on this post. It was rejected with the reason This edit did not correct critical issues with the post - view the revision history to see what should have been changed. The new ...
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Should apache2.4 be a synonym of apache2?

I'm at fault here, as I first created that tag. However, I agree with @terdon's answer on another question that, separate tags for separate versions of a tool aren't helpful unless there was a big ...
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Is it acceptable to threaten users with downvotes?

See this question: https://askubuntu.com/questions/163613/offline-installation/: top answer, third comment. I told the commenter that it's better to correct the answer himself than to threaten others ...
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unpleasant comment

I got into a difficult situation where I can't use my primary laptop. I posted a question on Ask Ubuntu seeking for help and the first comment I received feels arrogant. is it OK? IMHO it doesn't ...
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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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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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Question about Katoolin is being close voted as off-topic because it's “not about Ubuntu”

This question Updated Ubuntu 16.04, now I'm running Kali? is not about Kali Linux, it's about a problem that occurred because of installing software in Ubuntu using Katoolin. I discovered what ...
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Feature request: canned answers

It would be nice to have boiler-plate answers we can post without having to type them out all the time. Something akin to this: I don't know where to post this Forgive me for poorly worded ...
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These tags are [virtual-]ly the same!

Right now we have separate virtual-console and virtual-terminal tags. One should be made a synonym of the other, but which one should be the master tag? We have another question on meta about this, ...
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Is this question about software recommendations on topic? [duplicate]

What to use to backup server admin files to Google Drive? I'd like to schedule periodic backups of admin files in an Ubuntu server to Google Drive but in a way that the server only uploads the ...
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Should I award a bounty to a non-accepted answer (but what if)?

In general, this meta post would have an objective answer of "yes" or "no" with simple reasoning; however, I have added "(but what if)" because I am looking for additional answers in case of not-so-...
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How do I quickly gain reputation?

What is the simplest way to up your reputation points so that one can use all features offered by this site?
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Raise visibility of self-answer by awarding bounty to self

So I posted a brilliant Q and A on how to resize partitions when you don't have physical access to Ubuntu as I'm seeing this happen all the time and couldn't find any specific answers here on how to ...
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Should this question be closed or answered?

This question concerns running minikube, a Kubernetes VM based on VirtualBox. The OP is experiencing the error as minikube can't be run on a nested VM (Windows, running Ubuntu on Vbox, runnin minikube)...
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Duplicate vs Linked vs Related. Best practice for site navigation

I believe that it is very beneficial for related questions to be linked together for easy navigation. When you use the duplicate tag, it has the benefit of linking questions together even if the ...
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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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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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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 ...