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Forcing "leavers" to accept an answer

Something I have noticed a lot is that new users with 1 rep ask a question and never appear on the site again. Good answers are posted, but the question stays "unanswered" forever. Often, these are ...
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Should we split the installation tag into seperate tags for the installation of Ubuntu and the installation of software?

I was thinking after my previous post and probing the general of the SE sites, we should split the installation into: install-software: for general software installation instructions. If you are/want ...
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Is Jorge Castro a Robot? [closed]

Before reading see the following links I noticed today https://askubuntu.com/users/235/jorge-castro https://askubuntu.com/users?tab=voters&filter=all http://about.me/jorge.castro https://...
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Community Promotion Ads - 1H 2011 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 1H 2012 What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is Going On Here? TL;DR -- put images and links in the answers. If they get voted up enough, they ...
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Tools for Ask Ubuntu

As some of you know, I have created some tools for Stack Exchange sites (like Ask Ubuntu) on Stack Apps. What tools have been developed for Ask Ubuntu, or are especially useful to Ask Ubuntu users?
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Is it possible to ask a Question you already know and answer it

After reading this question: Ought one to answer one's own question? what happens in the case that you know several questions that will further help the community but you want to make the question ...
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Tag Warning Is Now Live for "Wireless"

Following up in the discussion about http://meta.askubuntu.com/questions/14237/tag-warnings-on-ask-ubuntu, we have added a tag warning for wireless on Ask Ubuntu! We've only added one for now because ...
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Video Tutorials for using the site

During our beta I created a video to kind of explain how the site works. I'd like to continue expanding on that and create other videos for the site if people want to watch to see how they work. ...
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How to make small but important edits?

I ask because I just recently tried to correct a post that had a command in it - but the command was wrong. The poster had typed chwon instead of chown. Of course this means it would not work. However ...
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EOL Notice: Hardy, Oneiric, Lucid (desktop) are now End of Life

This is a reminder/notice regarding now-EOL releases. The following versions of Ubuntu and derivatives are officially end of life as of today on May 9th, 2013: Hardy Heron (8.04, all currently-...
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A note on flagging end of life questions

Recently in review, there seems to be a lot of questions flagged for end of life, the issue with these flags is that when the questions were written they were ON TOPIC, this is important, old ...
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Closing abandoned questions is harder than it should be.

I've been doing a bunch of digging around to help solve our accept rate problem. It's probably a multifaceted problem so I thought I'd tackle this one for now. According to meta, our policy is to vote ...
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Why is this site better than the Ubuntu Forums?

I am surprised nobody has asked this, but I'll go ahead and start the flame war. Why do you like this site more than the Ubuntu Forums? To me, it seems like unnecessary fragmentation of the Ubuntu ...
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Do custom kernels constitute off-topicness?

Originally, this question was closed due to a mis-wording, and is now in the process of being reopened. Another user pointed out to me that they believe that a custom kernel makes a post off-topic (...
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Is Ask Ubuntu "official" Ubuntu?

Meaning, is Canonical directly involved? I see a few Canonical employees here (hi Jorge!), was just curious whether Canonical itself actually runs or supports Ask Ubuntu, or if it's purely "community"...
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Quality blocks enabled for questions

Questions are the lifeblood of any Stack Exchange site. But asking good questions can be difficult, for some people entirely too difficult to bother with. When the Trilogy sites reached traffic levels ...
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Let's agree on some commonly accepted formatting guidelines

As pointed out by Mark, there is a related question here: Style guide for questions and answers Since I went over 2k rep, I liked starting to work on suggested edits and improving formatting in ...
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More spam than usual?

Is it just me or is there more spam than usual the last days? Has anything changed in how we handle spam, making it more visible, or is it just another wave?
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How should users share long log files?

For underdeveloped troubleshooting questions like this one I want to look at whole log files such as /var/log/syslog.1 or /var/log/kern.log.1, which can be several thousands of lines long. How should ...
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Is there a way to directly contact a user? [duplicate]

If I want to directly contact a user, instead of just commenting on a post of his, is there a way a can do that? This could be useful, for instance, in providing guidance to a new user.
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How do we solve the package installation problem? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to post links that install software via apt? I had a friend try stackexchange and he was disappointed that a bunch of the easier commands (like recommending installing ...
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Dealing with past-EOL release questions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should we allow questions that are about releases which are considered End of Life? How should we handle new questions regarding past-End-Of-Life releases of ubuntu? ...
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If a question is written in a non-English language with an English translation provided should the non-English part be removed?

In these questions: Al reiniciar tengo que volver a instalar dhcp3-client para conectarme / on every boot i've had to reinstall dhcp3-client to get internet and ¿Como puedo instalar Age of Mythology ...
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How should we define "Abandoned" as a close reason?

Assume a question is clear, fully fleshed-out in details, compliant with question policy, and relevant to a large audience... but unanswered. At what point (if ever) does this question because ...
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Why 10 rep for protection?

On AU (and all other SE sites, I think), you need 10+ reputation to post on a protected question. Why 10? It's very easy to achieve and you only need one answer upvote. We've seen bad answers get ...
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Don't mix version specific tags with stuff that isn't version specific!

Version specific tags are meant to questions which are... version specific, right? Then why are we mixing with the apt tag which alone is a very broad tag, or bash, with is, again, a very broad tag? ...
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A critical note (alternative title: where is my speech freedom?)

The censorship sucks on this site. It feels very NAZI / NSB / Stasi like. Is that how you welcome a new guest? I do understand some moderation, but this is over-polished. What happened to freedom of ...
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$ (prompt) in command line instructions

I noticed a minor 'edit war' in an answer (NB: broken link, I'm guessing the answer was deleted) regarding whether or not we should promote $ at the front of command line instructions. Is one of ...
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Please do not delete closed questions with many views and many upvotes

Recently closed questions appear in the delete queue even though they had many upvotes and many views too. Some examples: What media (music and video) players are there? 52 upvotes 21k views 21 fav ...
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How can we improve the site's answered rate?

According to this our answered rate (percentage of questions with an upvoted answer) is now 76%. We took a big hit with the number of new questions for 12.04/12.10 and the difficulty of being able to ...
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Are animated GIFs of screencasts welcome at Ask Ubuntu?

Should we include a animated GIF of a screencast in our answers? Or should we post a series of screenshots instead? Or is a link to a video hosted externally preferable? Here's an example of a ...
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Are bug reports suitable for this site?

Recently there was a bug report posted as a question here. I was hoping the community could discuss whether this should be done or not.
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How would Ubuntu Bug #1 be fixed if Ask Ubuntu uses a Windows Platform?

Unless this is a Mono port of stackoverflow and it is running on Ubuntu server. Please clarify (Ubuntu's bug #1 is that Microsoft is more popular than Ubuntu - see at https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+...
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Don't start to vote for closing as duplicate for questions whose answers can't be merged

I've seen this more than once. A question with a very weird dependency issue, got an answer to it's specific problem, and later on (sometimes months), someone votes to close it against the super ...
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Cleanup Project using SEDE Query

What’s this post about? We are a group of people who are doing some cleanup work. Currently, we are using an SEDE Query that finds unanswered1 questions with answers by the OP. From a cleanup ...
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What does each flag reason mean, and when should I use them?

I'm ready to dive in and help the moderators weed out content which requires their attention. What does each flag mean and when is the best time to use it?
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How long do we support Ubuntu flavors?

Recently, there have been proposed and applied changes regarding “End of Standard Support” and “End of Life”. It is not clear, however, if this policy also applies to the official flavors. For example:...
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What was discussed, and what was the outcome of the Ask Ubuntu UDS-N session?

There was an Ask Ubuntu session at UDS-N on Friday 29th October 2010. What topics were discussed? What decisions were made?
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Can we please ban unrelated programming questions?

This issue has been discussed in the past: http://meta.askubuntu.com/questions/5695/why-was-a-purely-programming-related-question-not-moved-closed But I disagree with Andrea Corbellini because I ...
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Are questions about making "unofficial" derivatives of Ubuntu welcome?

I wondered whether How to add custom services to Ubuntu that aren't Canonical's but my own (Cloud service etc) is off-topic because of "I'm making my own distribution of Ubuntu" in the body of the ...
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Should questions asked long ago when the release was still supported be closed as off-topic EOL? [duplicate]

I see a lot of questions in the review queue that meet the following criteria. They have one or more close votes/flags with reason off-topic EOL. They have been asked long ago, and at the time of ...
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Can I cross-post the same question in both Super User and Ask Ubuntu?

Is it bad Stack Exchange etiquette to ask a duplicate of an Ask Ubuntu question on Super User and vice versa? (Assuming of course that said question is relevant on both sites.)
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What criteria should be used when considering merge candidates?

This question was prompted by the results of a normal dupe search on this question. I discovered 2 possible duplicates as listed below and my first thought was that they should be merged. Duplicate ...
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Do we need a event to clear out the Close Queue?

If you follow SO/MSO you will notice an event in the Community Bulletin: If you read up, SE has made some changes to the close queue in hopes to motivate close voters to... review. In the efforts ...
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What is the script that runs AskUbuntu questions, answers, rating, tagging, and search?

This is a question about this website. What is the script that runs AskUbuntu questions, answers, rating, tagging, and search? Is it custom programmed or derived from an open source? It must be on of ...
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Guidelines when voting for friends

Yesterday the moderators and SE staff wiped out 1850 reputation points between three accounts. Our current understanding is that these accounts are held by three real people who know each other in ...
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If you're not going to review and fix questions, don't use the review queue!

I was sort of happy when I saw that the day after release we had 0 incoming new questions in the review queue! Aww man, nothing for me to do, everyone's taken care of all the incoming questions! Then ...
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What does the site look like to a moderator?

The site has special features for moderators. Can I see how the site looks like to the average moderator(tools and stuff)
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Upcoming site design changes

A few weeks ago Canonical reached out to me about making some design changes on Ask Ubuntu to reflect the official Ubuntu site's new design guidelines. The goal is to keep all Ubuntu related sites(...
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Summer cleanup, feedback wanted, etc

Basically, what I'd like to do is get community 'permission' to do the following over the next few weeks (for whats left of June, and then thereafter whenever I have time): Completely destroy and ...
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