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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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Let's NOT participate in the one-rep voting experiment

On September 19th, 2023, SE announced that a few Stack Exchange sites would be participating in an experiment where one-rep users (with registered accounts) could cast both upvotes and downvotes. ...
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Can the [charset] and [character-set] tags be made synonyms?

The charset tag and the character-set refer to the same thing. One is simply the abbreviation. I don't see any reason for them to be seperate. Can they be made synonyms, please?
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I know how everyone can be happy!

Unicorns for everybody! .... not really. I'm talking about our long trail of "list of X" that predate the site since immemorial times. As you can see in previous discussions people doesn't ...
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How do I earn reputation points the fastest? [duplicate]

So I've got 15-ish years of exp on everything webdev/js/ts, but no reputation. I see questions asked where I would really be able to contribute with a good answer but I can't because ... no reputation ...
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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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Should this tag be transformed in a [flicker] of light?

We have the flicker tag. Its usage guidance says: When something flickers it flashes repeatedly. Flickering in the Ask Ubuntu forums is generally referring to screen issues, or to describe an LED, ...
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Do we have a canonical question about custom resolutions with Wayland?

I just saw yet another question about why xrandr isn't working to add a custom resolution after updating the OS, and I think we should have a canonical question about this. Do we have a comprehensive ...
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Show ranking for year

I think my point ranking was #1 in Ask Ubuntu for 2018 but I can't seem to find this. I've started a job search and think this might be helpful. Is there a way to see the point rankings by year?
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Reminder: Don't close old questions as EOL if the release was supported when the question was posted

TL;DR: Don't cast EOL close votes on old questions if the release in question was supported at the time of posting. Yes, this is a blatant dupe. Actually, it's also a dupe of this. But... it seems a ...
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Let's burninate [mint]

If Linux Mint is off topic, why the heck do we have the tag mint? How does it help to tag Ubuntu questions with it? This user wrongly assumed Mint was on topic due to the existence of said tag: https:/...
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Can we [safely] remove this tag?

We have a safely tag. I don't really like it and think we should burninate it. Burnination criteria: Does it describe the contents of the questions to which it is applied? and is it unambiguous? ...
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Should the [purchase] tag be burninated?

Does it describe the contents of the questions to which it is applied? and is it unambiguous? No, this tag can refer to users attempting to (a) purchase Ubuntu itself (c) buy software on Ubuntu (c) ...
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Could you recommend a website for uploading files for others to download?

I have a 500 MB epub file and would like to include it in a post asking about some problem of processing it. I can't use Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive, Dropbox, Archive.org, and more, so I would ...
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Dialling down the boilerplate

This has been bothering me for a while now, and I'm interested in hearing other people's points of view. Problem Contributors are very quick to comment with correctional boilerplate messages where a ...
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Decline in AU quality

I am a regular AU user for five years. I have observed that the quality of questions and answers (and comments) has dropped dramatically recently (let's say during the last two months) in AU. Is this ...
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Are we there yet? 8 weeks on strike

As of today (Wednesday August 2nd 2023) many of the Moderators and curators of Ask Ubuntu have been taking part in the SE wide strike for just over 8 weeks. Many regulars on AU are feeling a little ...
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PSA: Stack Exchange Inc. has announced a network-wide policy for AI content

A couple of days ago, Stack Exchange Inc., the company running these sites, announced a new policy for handling AI content. This policy goes against our own, local policy on how to deal with AI ...
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We may need to migrate away from the StackExchange platform. If you know how, please start studying the challenge

I caught wind of a new insight (credit: @leanne), that enables some foreshight into aspects of the possible future. The following quote is to be found as the update section at the bottom of this post: ...
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can we do anything about the front page being literally filled with spam

It's been like this every day for a long time now Of course I flag it. It's a firehose though..
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Stack Exchange general moderation strike: the effects on Ask Ubuntu

As of June 5th 2023 a general moderation strike is in place across the entire Stack Exchange Network. There are two key documents that should be read to understand the background and reasoning for ...
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Can we undo the libvirt -> virtualization tag synonym?

Currently, libvirt is a synonym of virtualization, and is mentioned in some ~800 questions (plus its client tool virsh is mentioned in some ~200 questions that don't mention libvirt). The synonym has ...
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We need to ensure that Ask Ubuntu's archive remains publically available

I was disappointed to find out that this is a problem: June 2023 Data Dump is missing We need to make sure we preserve our community contributions for the next generation, does anyone have the ...
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Homepage spammed

I'm getting sick of writing these posts. But, yep our homepage was spammed by a bunch of spammers. As usual my question is this: How can we prevent this? Note that these things have been happening ...
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I'm going on a general moderation strike due to the new AI-content policy forced upon us by SE

Note: This post is not on behalf of the moderators of Ask Ubuntu, although they are welcome to strike as well. I'm also not a diamond moderator. Tl;dr I'm going on strike. Read the letter and ...
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Question about asking general questions

I have recently posted a question on ask ubuntu. However, that question was not about a problem that I am currently facing but about something I have faced before and that could happen again. This ...
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how come answers and questions are banned without feedback

how come answers and questions are banned without feedback and essential system issues cannot be resolved and re propose again and again (?) Is this question unproperly phrased (?)
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Should this tag be put into [storage]? Or not?

This is a discussion, it is NOT an invitation to start burninating this tag. We must follow the documented procedure here. We have a tag, storage. I don't think it is a good tag, though. At the same ...
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Can we reopen this question about how to install Ubuntu on a 32 bit mac with 64 bit processor?

I found this question about installing Ubuntu on a 32-bit Mac. It seems that this Mac has a 64 bit processor, and Ubuntu should support it. Since this question broadly falls in the range of "How ...
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How should we handle the Imgur TOS change?

Per this page on the Imgur website (under "What are we doing?") Our new Terms of Service will go into effect on May 15, 2023. We will be focused on removing old, unused, and inactive ...
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Why does Stack Exchange ask about cookies on every screen? [closed]

Every time I open a page on Stack Exchange it wants me to accept all cookies: By clicking “Accept all cookies”, you agree Stack Exchange can store cookies on your device and disclose information in ...
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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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Should I update/change my answer or submit a new answer to a question?

I would like to submit a different answer to this question: How can I force Ubuntu 22.04 SERVER to use ONLY the DNS servers listed in /etc/systemd/resolved.conf (NOT my router's DNS) AND use DNS-over-...
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Ubuntu 23.04 (Lunar Lobster) is now released and is no longer off-topic

Ubuntu 23.04 (a.k.a. Lunar Lobster) is now released. As of today (April 20th, 2023), posts about it are no longer off-topic on Ask Ubuntu. As usual, posts still must meet the normal requirements for ...
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Is translating posts using Google Translate acceptable?

I've seen several questions in non-English, where a user (typically high-rep) puts it into Google Translate. Here's an example (Wayback Machine if it gets deleted). I do realize that post had other ...
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Should this ostensible duplicate about dropping privileges be reopened?

I came across What is the command to switch to normal user? and was a bit mystified that the question is closed as a duplicate of a largely unrelated question. The closed question asks how to switch ...
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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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Why were my Tag Wiki edit suggestions rejected (and is it acceptable to copy-paste the Tag Wikis from SO?

I had gone and tried to improve some Tag Wikis here on AU. Here are my suggested edits (all of these tags did not have an existing Wiki). All of these I wrote myself - they weren't copy-pasted from ...
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How to ask and answer Software Recommendation Questions

We get quite a few software-recommendation questions. I'd like to bang out an expected format for these questions to prevent them from melting into too localized or subjective trite. What are tips ...
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create account with my stackoverflow credentials

I accidentally created my account with a google credential and now do not have any reputation - not even to put this onto meta :-( Can some moderate please correct and link it to my stackoverflow ...
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A bit confused about the responses to answers to this question

This is a bit of a weird one (or I'm missing something obvious). This quite-old (and reasonably upvoted) question asks: Is there a web based terminal/ssh client? Today, a new answer appeared from a ...
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Let's spin the [wheel] for ideas on how to handle this tag!

On AU, there is a wheel tag, with no usage guidance. From looking at the 14 questions tagged with it, the tag seems to refer to The wheel group - a group used on some *nix systems to give a user ...
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Suggestions for revising the "on-topic" policy for programming questions

@BeastOfCaerbannog and I were having a chat discussion today debating the role of "general" programming questions here on Ask Ubuntu. The current on-topic help text includes: Questions you ...
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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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How to detect AI-generated answers?

AI generated answers are banned from Ask Ubuntu. But how can I recognise them?

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