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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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Do we really need EOL related announcements hanging about in the unanswered meta questions queue?

I've noticed a couple of these: For example, EOL Notice: Precise Pangolin (12.04) will be End of Life starting April 28, 2017 Non-EOL Notice: Quantal (12.10) remains supported through April 2014 ...
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Is this question about long-running codes on remote servers on-topic?

I asked the following question: How to launch a long-running Python code in a Docker container running on a remote server but I was wondering whether it would be more in-topic on Stack Overflow or ...
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Correct term for 'LiveCD'?

Which way of referring to Ubuntu bootable media (i.e. written from the .iso to a device) is best? Live CD The traditional (generally used), but users have asked whether a 'CD' is required. Live ...
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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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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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What is preferable: specific/limited or general/inclusive questions?

I have created a general question (Synonyms for different languages in LibreOffice Writer?) that was closed as a duplicate of a very specific one (How do I add English-UK thesaurus in LibreOffice?). ...
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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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Can we kill the "bounty" tag?

Yesterday a question about Ask Ubuntu was asked (by a user with more than 300 rep) on the main site. It was eventually migrated, but the tag the OP created (bounty) is still around. Can a ...
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Duplicates Policy Incentivizes Clutter Rather Than Canonical

Disadvantages of Current Duplicates Policy Stated briefly, the current policy encourages proliferation over pruning. The disadvantages of the current duplicates policy stem from the fact that it is ...
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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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Referring to new features in the next version of Ubuntu

In this question, the person is unable to install a package. I believe this is due to the package only being available for the amd64 build of Ubuntu. However, according to Launchpad, it will be ...
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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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What's good practice when given too many good answers?

I'm often presented with a list of answers where one just barely is the best answer, so I give it a checkmark. Is there anything to do with the two other good and useful answers besides voting them ...
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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 can I request for a question to be reopened which was incorrectly closed as a duplicate?

I once answered a question Too many images in one directory. I suggested Shotwell to create sub-folders. And later on, I flagged Is there a terminal command to split a folder in two? as a possible ...
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How do we handle edits that seem to intentionally add inflammatory language?

The question in question is: What is zeitgeist used for? Check the edit history for details, but essentially: Question asked likening Ubuntu using Zeitgeist to God-lessness. Attempt to ...
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Are software-recommendation questions for browser plugins on-topic?

Are questions asking how to do something in a web browser, which either implicitly or explicitly must be accomplished by a plugin, considered on-topic? That is, should we accept questions like this? ...
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is there any system in place to prevent downvote trolling?

I've seen multiple of my answers get a lot of downvotes even when the asker marks them as the correct one that worked, they are completely grammatically correct, address the issue fully and are, imo, ...
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How to stop users from serial editing that is worth rejection?

For last few days I have seen few users editing posts in a serial way. I'll be straightforward here, These edits are surely an attempt to gain reputation. I can say so based on A custom, fixed edit ...
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Is the Amazon tag useful?

Is it necessary that we have an amazon tag? Why not also have an Ebay tag? It seems to me that the Amazon tag is pointless, or am I not seeing its usefulness? Should we consider deleting the seldomly ...
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Do we really need a tag for each file format extension out there?

We have a tag for avi, mp3 (we also have a mp3-tag :/ ), mp4, mkv, jpg, png, doc, xls, ppt, odf, large etc. Are all of them really necessary? I mean, take avi most upvoted question, what is the ...
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Reputation: How do I get the minimum necessary points in askUbuntu to get started? [duplicate]

This is a sort of catch22 situation, I am not allowed to vote, or do anything, because i need points. In order to comment, i need 50 points. to Vote up, 15 points. I know after this question someone ...
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Should re-tagging really be considered as edit?

I have seen recently that, When I re-tag a question, It is considered as edit. Then I can even reverse my vote on that question. I have a feeling that, It should not be considered as edit since, The ...
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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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Where to access some statitics

I want to know how many questions are asked every day? also How many answers are there in one day. Or how many questions are asked during a month? and some kind of statistics? Is there any way to ...
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Can we reopen this "bug report" that isn't being fixed?

I found a question relating to an issue I'm still having with my power manager in xubuntu 12.04. One of the comments hinted on how to work around the problem, but the question had been closed. The ...
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Clarification about these two flags and the ban trigger

Apparently, I've been banned from flagging after I flagged these two non-answers + one answer: This one talking entirely about Android Studio, while the question was about how to run the Android AVD ...
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What can be done to remove obsolete answers?

I have seen many times a new question being marked as a "Duplicate". When going to the page with the "duplicated" question, (which often has little to do with the duplicate question), I sometimes see ...
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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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Is it okay to ask for confirmation of a suspected bug?

The bug is on the phone. Yes I know there are many. I won't go into the nature of the bug, but I am pretty sure it is one. It is however not registered on lauchpad (yet).I Also checked with ppl on the ...
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Should "try this" or "x doesn't work, use y" type answers be flagged?

From a discussion in chat, opening to a wider audience: I tend to flag answers with "Try this" or "Use Y because X doesn't work" as "Not an answer" to avoid having to downvote and lose precious ...
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Tag untagged: He's dead, Jim

It is useless and should not exist in the first place! Kill it please! Who, oh who has enough time to remove that nasty tag out of all those questions?
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Should a question be closed as duplicate of another when it is asking for the same goal but via a different route?

I recently closed a question as a duplicate of another, however I am starting to think that I may have made a mistake here along with the other close voters... So just to make it easier, let's refer ...
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Question deleted as abandoned although I didn't abandon it

I asked this question a while ago. It didn't receive any helpful attention, not even a comment asking for output of some command or something, or suggesting what I could look at. Since I still have ...
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What to do with potentially dangerous answers?

I was just wondering, what should one do with potentially dangerous answers? I mean I have read before on Meta that I should just flag them up, however when I did so for this one I just got this: ...
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All in one 'alternatives Q' are acceptable?

Why was the following Q/A closed: What default Windows Software Alternatives does Ubuntu have!? I get that it is a "big list" and that they are generally not allowed. But, there are way to many "...
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Should a valid question be edited to be off-topic because the OP indicated it as such in a non-answer?

This question was asked and there was nothing in the Original post that indicates that the post was off-topic. Some hours after I answered The OP came back and provided a not an answer which indicated ...
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How should answers to questions that have since been split be dealt with?

I came across Ubuntu screenshot program, which started off as a couple questions mashed together. Although it has since been edited to only ask about screenshot programs, it originally asked for both ...
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Are tag synonyms even benefitting StackExchange?

Why do we have tag synonyms? Do they really help? If I search for imaginary "Tag1", would its imaginary synonym "Tag2" also be searched?
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Why comment "This is an English only site"? [duplicate]

On occasion people post questions in a language other than English and within 5 minutes there are multiple comments informing them that this is an English only site. Any user on the site is allowed ...
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Do we -always- close posts if they are not exclusively about Ubuntu?

I know this is a sensitive subject, and people seem to have a quite absolute opinion about it: posts not strictly and exclusively about Ubuntu. Would I encourage people using other distros to post ...
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"Can I run X game that is Only-Windows game in Ubuntu?" we need a canonical question?

Latelly I got the felling that we are now the WineHQ site, where people can ask "will X game run in Ubuntu?". I would love make them check the WineHQ, or ask the makers if they have a Linux version ...
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is penalty-system not old-fashioned?

Sometimes little failures can happen, e.g. in my recent (myself deleted) thread about virus-scanner and something related to 3.5er Kernel - have simply overseen, that 3.5er Kernels are not on the list ...
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What hardware recommendations are okay to ask?

I've looked at the original question from a while back. But that is too early to give a definitive answer. I want to know when it's OK to ask about hardware recommendations if it's OK at all. For ...
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Odd tags... well, rather keyboard keys tags

I've found a couple of odd tags, starting with alt which I believe would have more sense if used keyboard instead (yeah, 101 tags for each key in the keyboard is overkill) but the funny thing is that ...
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Requesting some eyes on this Closed thread

I'm not positive about why this topic was closed as not suitable for the site. ;TL/DR; I'm guessing below that it's being considered a bug report and a dupe of Launchpad content. It's about Ubuntu It'...
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