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AI-generated content is not permitted on Ask Ubuntu

As of February 2 2023, there is a ban on the use of AI-generated content on Ask Ubuntu. This ban involves: Deletion of all AI-generated content, whether acknowledged as such or not Moderator warning ...
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Is there a chatroom or a place where we can send our problems about 24.04?

I do not need the problem to be solved immediately, was thinking about getting more info about which logs, how to get them and where to send em.
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Ubuntu 24.04 (Noble Numbat) is now released and is no longer off-topic

Ubuntu 24.04 (a.k.a. Noble Numbat) is now released. As of "Thu Apr 25 15:20:52 UTC 2024", posts about it are no longer off-topic on Ask Ubuntu. As usual, posts still need to meet the other ...
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Why is there a cap on the maximum number of questions per day for non newbie users?

Right now, a user cannot ask more than 6 questions per 24 hours. While this is an effective method to prevent spam, can we increase this for users with higher reputation (say, those with more than 50 ...
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What action should be done to questions in different language [duplicate]

While reviewing the questions, I came across questions that are asked in different languages other than English like this. Since AskUbuntu is an English-only platform, we can let the OP know that the ...
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Wonder why I got downvoted?

It is about this post How come Gnome developers consider Ubuntu 22.04 too old to take up bug reports regarding it?, it shows -1 I wonder why and why in my setting it shows -2?
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Notifying users about the policy on AU concerning AI-generated content

We have an opportunity to increase awareness of the Ask Ubuntu prohibition on AI-generated content. Currently we have only two active notification areas: AI-generated content is not permitted on Ask ...
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Why has my upvoted answer about xz been silently deleted?

On 24/03/30, a question was posted, whether the backdoor in xz is affecting Ubuntu: Is Ubuntu affected by the xz backdoor compromise? I answered few hours later and received 5 upvotes. My answer was ...
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Let's organize some chat workshops

Some of y'all may remember that way back in the mists of time, we celebrated Ask Ubuntu's 10th birthday with some chat-based workshops. That was pretty cool. The other day Artur Meinild mentioned that ...
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How do we handle questions that are different but could be solved by the same answer?

What to do when there are two different questions but they can be solved with the same answer (such as "What is 3 + 1" and "What is 2 + 2")? Look at this question: Icons from my ...
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UI has been changed?

I have just noticed that the menu has been improved: Are there other improvements, if any?
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"You have too many pending edits"

I know what this means, but it has been like that for about 24 hours. Only once one of my edits was acknowledged, and then this message again. Are there so many pending edits that people are not being ...
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What does the site look like to a moderator? (2.0)

What does the site look like to a moderator? Has anything changed from 12 years ago?
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What does this symbol mean?

Really not about Ubuntu, but I have recently noticed some people using this symbol <3 on Ask Ubuntu and Ask Ubuntu Meta. What does it mean? Is it some secret code that only certain people ...
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How to bring more attention to a non-duplicate

My question on Ask Ubuntu was flagged as duplicate. The post that was said to be my dupe did not apply to my circumstances, so I edited my question and voted for its reopening. How many votes do I ...
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Do we support [language-support]?

We have a language-support tag which has the following guidance: Questions related to the language support provided by Ubuntu. We also have a language tag which has the following guidance: ...
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When is the next moderator election?

Recently an election took place on Stack Overflow. When is the next moderator election on Ask Ubuntu scheduled? What are the intervals between elections? Where and when can I participate in the ...
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Can we fix this tag or should we just [uninstall]?

It's been asked about before and asked about again but it seems like the large uninstall tag is still a bit of a miscellany, with the majority of questions in it being about uninstalling software, ...
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Goodbye Gunnar Hjalmarsson 1958.10.06 - 2023.12.20

The Ask Ubuntu Community has lost a long time contributor from its ranks of esteemed contributors with the recent death of Gunnar Hjalmarsson. Gunnar was a highly valued contributor to Ask Ubuntu for ...
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Why can't we edit comments?

I posted a comment, and I can't edit it anymore. Why? We can edit questions, even after a while.
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About a post in AskUbuntu that received a downvote

Yesterday I posted in Ask Ubuntu a question about dnsmasq, and it was a large post with all important details, what I have tried already, the error messages, and it became really long - more than I ...
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Is this the best place to ask complex questions?

I've somehow fried my pc trying to install ubuntu and have a lot to write to describe symptoms, etc. Is this where people do that kind of thing or is there somewhere less official where people go for ...
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Is the Ask Ubuntu community generally more friendly than Stack Overflow - If so, why?

This is not a rant! These are my initial thoughts in a discussion which I'm hoping other people will want to engage with. I want to hear your opinions on the following questions which I put to you. I ...
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If I have useful information to add to an answer, why do I need reputation to post it and how do I get it?

I was able to figure out some useful details to a question that was asked about the .epub format...but when I wanted to share what I found (which was not in the answers), I can't because of the ...
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How to see the user's reputation graph?

My browser displays the user reputation in the user's Activity page without a graph: How can I display the user reputation with a graph, as shown in the image below?
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Add option to close vote because it is an XY problem?

I recently saw a question where the user asked where to buy "Samsung Magician software" for GNU/Linux. A quick google search shows that it is a software for health checkup and performance ...
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Improving question closed banners for most users - short wording needed for site specific reasons

So, not very long ago a change was made to the format of the banner that appears at the top of closed questions. It no longer shows who closed the post (I disapprove of this change, but this post here ...
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Do 'Read the man pages...' type comments and answers have a place on Ask Ubuntu?

In consultation with the Ask Ubuntu Community I would like to have some discussion and ideally a firm policy on how we should deal with Answers or Comments that invite people to find their own answers ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Getting asked for two-step verification code, but I'm not getting notification on my phone or email

I have an account, however, when I go to login, it asks for the two-step verification code and I don't think I ever set that up. If I did, I'm not getting it on my phone or on my email account.
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Is it againt the rules

Is it against the rules to post answers that solve problems without using the command line? I posted an answer here, but apparently solving a problem using Synaptic Package Manager is unacceptable.
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What's your Ubuntu question? Be specific

I don't exactly know why this is the case anyway, but I have quite often seen new questions with the above title ('What's your Ubuntu question? Be specific') as the person asking the question cannot ...
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Am I penalized for trying to "improve" a test edit?

I got a suggested edit that seemed really weird: https://askubuntu.com/review/suggested-edits/232686 I couldn't quite figure out what the edit was trying to achieve, and toggling between "...
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Should I be able to change my vote if an answer becomes outdated? Or should I take another action?

Some time ago I found an answer which I had found useful and upvoted. Recently I bumped into the same issue again and, trying to apply the steps from the answer, I found that the solution is now ...
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The [format] tag has a broad scope. What should we do?

The tag wiki excerpt of format states that the tag has a broad scope: For questions regarding file formats, or formatting hard drives. We can ask questions about file formats or formatting hard ...
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Are we gradually losing our most active members?

This is the maximum year-wise reputation obtained by a user so far. 2011: 31,002 (fossfreedom) 2012: 43,677 (ish) 2013: 27,938 (Radu Rădeanu) 2014: 37,417 (Oli) 2015: 58,133 (A.B.) 2016: 36,112 (...
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Why is downvoting a question or answer without a explanation acceptable?

My title says it all. Yes, I know this has been asked before. Allow me to break it down to the basic Ask Ubuntu core values. According to the Tour page, one should: Improve posts by editing or ...
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The 'Raiders of the Lost Downboat' chat room

Who created the 'Raiders of the Lost Downboat' chat room? What is the room currently used for? What was the room used for? Who came up with the name 'Raiders of the Lost Downboat'? Who were the room ...
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How to get an e-mail notification when I get a new answer or comment at my question?

How can I get an e-mail if a question of mine in Ask Ubuntu gets a new answer?
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Should we put [wallpaper] to the [background] (or vice-versa)?

We have the wallpaper and background tags. The tag excerpt of the first says: For questions regarding the image displayed on the desktop background. The tag excerpt of the second says: Questions ...
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Are questions about configuring KDE On-topic on Ask Ubuntu?

Recently, I came across a post which went like: How can I configure KDE to look like this:- Although, the question was closed as Off-topic because the poster was on Manjaro, it strikes my mind that ...
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How to remove account from ask ubuntu?

The https://askubuntu.com/help/deleting-account shows wrong information. I am looking for a real way to remove my account from this site.
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Why are all the questions/answers on this site so old and out of date?

I have Ubuntu 22.04.1 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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Improvements to Ask Ubuntu or wiki, help

I am constantly frustrated by the amount of out of date information or misleading information given in a question:answer(s) format. I call this "Fubar disinformation" which can lead you ...
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Close votes etiquette

I recently earned the privilege to close and reopen votes. I am ecstatic that I earned this privilege. It is of course, my intention to do all I can to improve AU website. There are some legitimate ...
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Should we downvote questions when the OP didn't put any research effort into them?

For instance: How to install bind dns server and apache web server in ubuntu?. There is certainly a lot of how-tos to be found for exactly this task, it looks like we are his first (and only) ...
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Ubuntu 23.10 is now on-topic!

Ubuntu 23.10 (https://releases.ubuntu.com/mantic) is now released and is on topic. As usual, posts still must meet the normal requirements for being on-topic, though. Additionally, please refrain from ...
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Can we remove the [ubuntu22.04] tag?

We already have a 22.04 tag. I guess someone accidentally created the ubuntu22.04 tag. Shall we delete it?
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When was the option "Needs improvement" added to the flag dialog?

It's the first time I see this option: When was this option added? And do you have any opinion on whether we should prefer this as a "flag" rather than VTC with "Needs detail or ...
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Is the scope of [hard-drive] tag and [drive] tag similar?

While reviewing posts, I noticed these two tags: drive and hard-drive. I feel both these tags have similar scope. So should we merge these tags?

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