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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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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 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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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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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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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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(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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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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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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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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Is it "Ask Ubuntu Meta" or "Meta Ask Ubuntu"?

I sometimes have a doubt if the meta site of Ask Ubuntu is Ask Ubuntu Meta or Meta Ask Ubuntu. Let's look into some details (to understand why I'm confused). If we click on the Stack Exchange icon at ...
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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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Software Recommendation is live tomorrow! What makes us different in our quality standards?

In an ideal world, there should be one SE site for each kind of question. Now, in the practice we are overlapping with at least 2 other sites (3 if we count SF) and that soon that number will grow one ...
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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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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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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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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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Revealing bug report considered answer?

I've seen this a few times, where an answer is given, and all it says is "This is a bug, see this link...", etc. This post is an example (at least one of the answers is, it came up in a review). Is ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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"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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Self fixed issue on own bounty question [duplicate]

I want to ask how should I behave in this situation? I have this question that I asked and put bounty on as I couldn't figure it out what was going on. I was getting help to it but it turned out I ...
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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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Canonical post about "Wi-Fi not working"

It's just unbelievable how many questions are constantly posted about "Wi-Fi not working" issues, due to modules missing after an installation/kernel upgrade or due to faulty configurations in general....
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When the question is about an application & its configuration and in no way related to ubuntu

Consider a very realistic situation: The poster (who runs Ubuntu) asks a question about configuring an application running on Ubuntu. This application has detailed configuration procedures not ...
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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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What Is Considered "Extra Noise?"

So what I see a lot of is people who will format a question as follows Hello i am having an issue with question/problem ... Insert question/issue here ... PLEASE HELP I CANT USE MY COMPUTER....
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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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How do I message another user here?

I'm new here and would like to ask the user of this question Running caffe gives error Check failed: error == cudaSuccess (30 vs. 0) unknown error if they have checked this link http://docs.roguewave....
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Are any of these lenses currently available or is this a case of unreproducable, unlikley to be of use to future users?

I voted to close this question as it appears to be unavailable for currently supported releases and therefor unlikely to be of use. It has no upvoted/accepted answers. I also stumbled across this one ...
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Bullying as a strategy to force close a question

This question - How to install bully and mdk3 on ubuntu 16.04 - has received at the time this was posted four downvotes as well as three close votes for being unclear, however there is nothing unclear ...
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What is the meaning of an accept (of an answer)?

Does it mean the answer is "completely satisfactory", and the question can be considered finished ? Or just that a given answer was "the most helpful" ? for example, in why do youtube videos stop ...
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Can someone approve this edit?

This edit was rejected(huh?), can someone approve it? Submitter is an Ubuntu Core Dev and is a fix (installing linux-generic instead of linux-image) https://askubuntu.com/review/suggested-edits/...
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Tag Synonym Request: [scanning] -> [scanner]

Since, I would argue that these tags have no difference in meaning (this thread has a +9/-1 score), scanning has no wiki, while scanner does, the tag synonym suggestion mechanism is fundamentally ...
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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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