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Should old questions be answered or commented on?

I've seen old questions pop up (like 3 years old) because some users answer or comment on them. What should I do when I see these old questions? Ignore them? Is there any rule saying "Do not comment ...
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AskUbuntu and Brainstorm

AskUbuntu has done a good job that the people ask them solves the makeshift. Ubuntu BrainStorm, had made ​​a great role temple ahy not many comments yet, apart from this outdated the web. Building a ...
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How can we handle users that continually copy paste answers without citing a source?

I understand that the best course of action is to add a source for a particular question. Is there a stronger way to encourage users to cite their sources in answers beyond down-voting factually ...
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Ask Ubuntu for mobile

I was away from my home computer and I wanted to check Ask Ubuntu for any notifications, so I decided to check from my mobile phone. The interface isn't too bad for browsing on a mobile phone but it ...
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Suggestion - Add a request for additional hardware information to close votes

Currently when using close votes there are a number of suggestions (as you know). I would like to suggest a close vote to request hardware information. For example, Microphone Volume changing ...
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Should an answer that is a link to the answerers personal blog be flagged as spam?

I've come across this question: Network Manager greyed out, can't edit nor save changes. One of the answers is essentially a link to the answerers own personal blog (judging by the names). I don't ...
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Are questions about design decisions considered constructive?

This question was closed as nonconstructive, which seems wrong to me. (The creator of the question also did not think it was right for it to be closed.) It's a question about a design decision (or ...
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How do I know it's a bug before I ask for advice?

The Question: How does a novice distinguish a bug report from a question? I approach this as a highly relevant practical question, since it will determine the venue of a pending query I have, but I ...
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Why don't "useful comment" results give reputation?

I saw the "Does upvoting a comment add to the commenter's reputation" question already, but seriously: this seems like a bug, not a feature. There are questions to which there is no answer, but there ...
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How can I delete my account? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I delete my account? Is it possible for a user to delete his account? If yes, how it could be done?
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Why was a purely programming-related question not moved/closed?

I recently flagged this question: Emit signal for GIO.DBusProxy in python?. This is a question about programming with Python, GIO and DBus. This is a purely programming-related question, i.e. the OP ...
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Can misspelled tags be deleted?

I just re-tagged a question with a misspelled tag. From these two search results, it looks like tags are dropped after a period of inactivity. Can misspelled tags be deleted instead, so the error is ...
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Bounty transfer in exact dupe?

What If a Bounty'd question is duped? Like if X question has a bounty of, lets say +100. And Y question does not have a bounty. X is a exact dupe of Y. A mod closes it as a dupe, what happens to the ...
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Should really good/detailed "me too" answers have their content merged into the question?

Usually "me too" answers don't contribute much to working on the problem, but sometimes they do, as when they present details that are subtly different than (or more detailed than) what is provided by ...
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How to answer "is it safe to install...... questions?

I am noticing lately that there is an increasing number of question asking "is it safe to install..... something (like this one). My instinct says they should be flagged as answerers may have ...
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What should the "gateway" tag be used for?

We have a tag called gateway. Perhaps with insufficient forethought, I am partially responsible for its existence. (I used it to indicate the personal computer brand.) Should gateway be used for ...
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Low Quality Review Queue - did I cause the "invalidate"?

Relevant post getting error when typing string airmon-ng start then my wifi's ext video in comments It came up in the LQ I decided that some editing was necessary for me to decide - which I did ...
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Are questions about elementary OS off topic even if it's about the kernel?

I'm currently on Xubuntu and I'm so happy with it, but I want to try Elementary OS, I do know that if I ask something about Elementary OS my question will be closed. I'm well aware of that. Elementary ...
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Can I ask questions about upcoming releases? [duplicate]

I know that you can't ask questions about upcoming releases that are still in development, however, can you ask questions about them when you are not asking for help with them? For instance after ...
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Some merge candidates for Windows 7 and Ubuntu dual-booting questions

This looked a bit unwieldy for flagging, so I'm posting this here instead. I've looked through several of the dual-boot questions, trying to find ones that looked like duplicates. I have found ...
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What does "version-specific" mean in "Only use version tag if the question is version-specific"?

For example, 14.04 has the description: The current LTS (Long Term Support) release of Ubuntu, code-named "Trusty Tahr". Released on 17th April, 2014. Only use this tag if your question is version-...
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Low-hanging fruit for new editors [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Editing tips and tricks There are about 80 questions containing sudo gedit. As you know, using sudo with graphical applications / tools is discouraged, so I think we should ...
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Duplicate questions

If I want to ask a question that has already been asked,but I can't understand its solution.Should I comment there for more explanation or ask mine by adding duplicate by myself.
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Is it ok to mark a question a duplicate of a duplicate?

Often when reviewing a question which you simply know it has to be a duplicate, you find the exact same question but it already is marked as a duplicate to a higher quality question with corresponding ...
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Why was this suggested edit submitted by an anonymous user rejected?

This edit was rejected by 2 users and approved by one, I was going to approve it but got the message that it had already been rejected. It sounded like the OP submitted the edit and it didn't change ...
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Hunt down all those questions that have only a single tag!

I created... Lies, you just used another query and improved it! SHUT UP! *boom* *bang* *thud* As I said, I modified a query in the Data Explorer to find lonely tags. You know, those ...
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Would a tag cleaning campaign be a good idea for AU too?

I just stumbled over a post in meta-superuser: https://meta.superuser.com/questions/5718/tag-cleanup-for-january-2014?cb=1 It looks like they have tag cleaning campaigns on a regular basis. Might ...
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Is my approach to fixing plagiarized tag wikis a good one?

I've been fixing tag wiki plagiarism lately. Recently I've been getting a lot of "reject" reviews (though only a very small number of actual rejections--accepts are still largely cancelling ...
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Does it make sense to have both chrome and chromium tags?

We have google-chrome (41) and chromium (32). Seeing as they are basically the same product, the main difference being the branding, does it make sense to have them under two tags on our site?
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Should we add OSS ads (targeted at users)?

There is this question "Should we add the SE network OSS ads?" about whether to re-use the SE ads which aim at gathering new developers. One of the comments is that those ads aren't a good match for ...
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Is there a way to hyperlink within an answer?

I've used superscripts as footnote references a few times (e.g., ...close-vim-from-the-command-line ) . Is it possible to link these so that they jump down to the appropriate place (such as the ...
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Edits that combine answers

Today I came across a few edits that try to combine parts from two different answers into one by editing information from answer two into answer one. This is done by a third party and not the ...
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Is it wrong to copy and paste your own answer with reference to the original answer? [duplicate]

Basically what I am asking is, can I copy and paste an answer I have submitted on another post even when I reference it? Or is it frowned upon? Would you rather a link to the original answer?
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Can new users post images?

If you are a new user, are you allowed to post images (where they are visible in the body)? Or, are people just lazy? @Videonauth has probably done 100s of "made image viable" edits.
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Tag Synonym Request: [monitor-resolution] -> [resolution]?

Seems like monitor-resolution should be synomized with resolution.
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Can we update the election page to reflect code of conduct changes?

The introductory page about moderator elections still contains text about the Ubuntu Leadership Code of Conduct. As that was merged into the Ubuntu Code of Conduct the page needs updating. It might ...
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Which questions should get the release tag "14.04"?

I'm trying to understand which questions should get the tag "14.04". I had rejected two sugested edits, both adding only the tag to: How do I install MP3 codecs? newest kernel not loading But on ...
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Should invalid answers be deleted?

I found this answer, which is about a discontinued Chrome extension. Should such answers be deleted, since they don't help anyone anymore?
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What should I do If I can't flag as duplicate because answer is neither accepted nor upvoted?

I answered this question: CGI-Bin does not seem to be set up and today I found this question: how to set up cgi-bin directories for virtual host set up? I suggested to use that answer and OP said ...
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Do we need separate version specific DE and flavour tags?

Currently, we have multitude of various version specific DE tags and flavour tags. My feeling is that the group of tags should be made synonyms of each other to prevent users from getting confused.: ...
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Why evenafter edit also question still on hold?

I asked a question which was kept on hold.But even after edit also why it is still on hold?
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Reopen 388541 that asks the why's not the how's

This question of mine was closed on the basis that I'm asking the same question... I'm not. I specifically ask the "Why apt-get install update fails" (which normally people try to update their systems)...
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(virtual-terminal): redundant and confusing [duplicate]

Most questions tagged with virtual-terminal actually refer to virtual-console, the famous Linux feature. But some of them, such as this one, assume such GUI terminal emulators as gnome-terminal and ...
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Push users through the Tour as part of onboarding

Recently, this post came up on Meta, and they brought up a good point (paraphrased): I should have read the tour, but i couldn't even find it or even know that one existed. When you ask for help, ...
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What is wrong with migrating a question to another site?

I understand that a lot of moderators on this site are against migrating questions to other SE sites (except for AU Meta, but that is part of AU, so don't really count), and I was just wondering why ...
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Is it good to flag old questions?

I've bumped into a question that is 2 years old, has 0 score and is off-topic (question about 9.10 asked 1 year after EOL). I flagged it off-topic by instinct, but it is a good practice to do this? ...
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How is this question off-topic?

I posted a question about the crouton tool for creating an ubuntu environment in chrome os, but it was put on hold as off-topic. The question is this: I attempted several times to use the crouton ...
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Merging difficulty

MY question is how difficult is it to merge questions? Over my time here I've requested merging on a number of questions. I recently ran across this question which I flagged as duplicate after ...
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How can I quickly and easily format my code for SE sites' posts?

I usually indent code with tabs, and every time I want to test a snippet before posting it to a SE site I have to reformat it manually before I can post it. Even when I don't use tabs, I need to ...
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Is it possible to regenerate / generate a new identicon?

I like the identicon, but sometimes I'm getting tired of the same old shapes / colour. Is there any way to regenerate / generate a new one with different shapes / colour?
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