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Why my reputation go down suddenly? Serial upvoting reversed

Many times my reputation is decreased I found writing: Serial upvoting reversed What does it mean?! what the wrong i did. This issue repeated 3 times till now
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Why is this edit rejected?

I'm new to answering and editing questions. My edit on how to install the ia32-libs in ubuntu 13.10 has been rejected. I do not know why. The reasons given were This edit introduces spam, defaces the ...
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Editing an answer (or question) can make it get more upvotes. Shouldn't the editor also get credit for these later upvotes?

Editing can substantially change an answer or question. These changes, if accepted, may increase the value of the answer/question and the number the up-votes it gets. These should be reflected in the ...
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Can anonymous users post?

I know this is the case on some sites, but is it on this one? Can anonymous users (users who do not have an account) post?
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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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AskUbuntu Chat Starring mechanism

I have been quite startled by the people starring messages in the chat without a proper reason and they just remove it a minute later. I want to suggest a mechanism: When actually 2 or 3 (2 makes more ...
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How can I contact a user from this site? [duplicate]

Im trying to contact a certain user, I tracked him to two different websites but there is not contact link, nor option to comment.He seems to be expertise in the field of a problem I´m suffering with ...
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why is my Firefox question voted down?

What's wrong with my Firefox question? While I suppose it can happen on Windows, I've only had this problem on Linux, specifically Ubuntu. Is the question somehow stated poorly?
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Multiple solutions in answer [duplicate]

As a general rule, should there be multiple solutions in a answer or should the poster post multiple answers?
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A question in Spanish [duplicate]

I've only ever seen questions in English on AU before, so this one caught my eye. Should I translate it to English while editing it? Or ask the OP to write in English? I can't help thinking that if ...
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Tag Synonym Request: [dual-monitor] -> [multiple-monitors]

This is relatively short... It seems unnecessary to have both dual-monitors AND multiple-monitors. The latter tag should be able to cover every question including the former as it's still more than a ...
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Should this community wiki question be re-opened? [duplicate]

During review, I stumbled across Video editing software options? in the reopen queue. While it is technically too broad by current standards, it's also a Community wiki that's been revised 8 times ...
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Lots of "unclear what you're asking" close votes

A lot of the close votes are "unclear what you're asking". Just a refresher, here's an explanation of what this option means and tells the asker: Please clarify your specific problem or add ...
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Is this OP running Ubuntu or not?

Evasive comments On this question the OP is evading answering if he's using Ubuntu or not. The question's comments illustrate this: You should include the "#some gksudo related output" because on my ...
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Closed as exact duplicate -> where is the solution?

Mu question Can I do an install onto a 4GB usb stick which is smaller than the recommended installation size? was closed as exact duplicate with a url to possible duplicate answer. Currently I have ...
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Tags: is *gnome correct when referring to "the gnome 3 shell"?

A user stated "I use Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and the gnome 3 shell ", what would be the correct tag to use? As I read it *gnome refers to the Standard Ubuntu
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Code Block Limit of 30000 characters

I came across a question where user had copied the output of a certain command and made a *.docx file out of it. The file was uploaded and the link was provided in the question to this file. I copied ...
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Is it possible to undelete an answer which is deleted by a moderator?

I had a Q&A here which was deleted by a moderator because the source was not included. I have now added the source and edited the answer. Is it possible to undelete it now?
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Is a good practice to quote another answers on mine?

I made a good answer with many methods to do one thing, and it had more than 80 votes, however there are a few AskUbuntu users that answered better methods and had only a few votes. I quoted it's ...
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Is "any tool that runs on Ubuntu" on topic here? [duplicate]

That's the response I got to a flag I raised about a git question which had already been answered on StackOverflow a few years earlier. Git runs on Ubuntu as well as on Windows or Mac, so it could be ...
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Security against malicious script edits

So upon working on an old Linux system that hadn't been touched in a while, I ran into an issue related to having 32-bit Google Chrome installed. I found this question that the original poster ...
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Is there a rule which states that all questions and answers have to be in English on this site? [duplicate]

I know that people often tell others that it is a rule here, but I am have never actually seen it written anywhere, so is it a rule that all questions and answers on this site have to be written in ...
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Should https://askubuntu.com/questions/tagged/spam be modified?

Currently it reads like this: Questions tagged [spam] This is for flagged spam. Delete all other flags and insert this flag when you see a post that is clearly and unquestionably spam so ...
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How can I participate?

I want to participate here at AskUbuntu and am compelled to contribute based on information that is not being found in many of the discussions but because of the absolute strict and high bar set by ...
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Is it good style to downvote developers who announce their projects?

Sometimes we see developers who use Ask Ubuntu as a platform to annouce their projects. I feel this is a good idea, especially when a project does address an unsolved issue many people have. For ...
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Can we merge many meta Q&As about "abandoned questions"?

Can we merge these three Q&A's (they are all ~5 years old) together? What to do with questions whose OP hasn't visited the site for a long time? What to do when users have been inactive for ...
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How strict should off-topic questions be flagged as such? [duplicate]

I flagged this question as off-topic. The question absolutely does not belong on Ask Ubuntu but on Stack Overflow or similar. But the flag got declined and that's bad for my reputation (?). It makes ...
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Would creating a Q&A question to cover specific 14.04 sound issues be okay here?

I was looking at the numerous cases in a search of people having sound issues, especially with 14.04, and I was wondering if I could create a little Q&A FAQ (community wiki) about it? Many of ...
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Isn't it time to review Mint policy? [duplicate]

I abandoned XP about a year ago and opted for Linux Mint 17.0 on the basis of reviews but with no experience of Unix or its derivatives. After trading Cinnamon for xfce I have stayed put other than ...
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Help or advice on how to manage misleading/inappropriate answers to an asked question [duplicate]

Have just updated How to EFI install Ubuntu? with what I am sure concludes the answers that have been given are misleading and inappropriate to the specific question being asked. Had previously ...
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Presentation of code should include explanation in a separate comment section

This is just an idea and I would like to see what the feedback is. The problem Starting Linux I've found myself many times looking through example code on this site and finding out what it actually ...
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This is what we should be worring about, we are upvoting CRAP in Ask Ubuntu!

This is the exact contrary to "Should we get worried about in what direction Ask Ubuntu wanders?". For some reason, a question that has nothing to do with Ubuntu in any way or form was upvoted... and ...
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The "dependency" tag mess

I'm really tired of hunting down all the APT "dependency" problems... There are already 7 tags that are used for something that ultimately translates to apt/dpkg in the "dependency problem" context: ...
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Are edits like this OK?

We all reject edits that change the meaning of posts but I came across this one and it adds meaning to the post that was never given by the OP. Here is the original post and here is the edited ...
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Highest voted answer auto-accepted after length of time

I have a suggestion: After a certain set amount of time automatically mark the question with the most upvotes as the accepted answer. Many of us have experienced this: You answer a question posted by ...
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Tag change: [cut-command] -> [cut]

The tag cut-command should be called cut. Many other commands, including cp, mv are not with the suffix -command. Please could we have cut-command changed to cut. Firstly, all the questions should ...
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What is the point of voting in meta

The voting in Askubuntu works as following: you ask a good question, it gets upvoted and you get reputation you give a good answer and it gets upvoted, you receive reputation you ask a bad ...
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Proper use of Bold and Italic text in posts?

I would like to make this post to specify "proper" methods of bolding/italicizing text in questions and answers to keep the site clean and easy-to-read. Partially based off of my other question on ...
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How far an explanation should go / does it legitimate double posts / answers?

Often questions are very easy to answer if the asker would search a few minutes in the internet and has the right search terms handy. The latter one is the key, the askers often didn't know what to ...
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Is there something wrong with Ask Ubuntu?

I don't understand, why Ask Ubuntu is like this. out of every 10 to 20 questions only 1 is answered. And the Ubuntu website is advertising it as it's main Q&A web site! Don't you think something ...
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Can we delete/migrate 425730 question that is about Mint?

Ok, is a good information, but it is off topic. The problem is that with the amount of votes that both Question and Answer have, we would need 4-5 10kers to delete it, but sadly we don't have that ...
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Lets get rid of the localhost tag

The localhost has been on the burner for some time now. Users that know the term, will know that it is the name of the system itself, a network loopback. In the last 30 days, nobody answered any of ...
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Rejected all of my edits, left the question un-modified and attached a bounty?

I've been working with this question for a while. Ultimately, it's best for the community if the question is deleted. I've submitted fixes to the question, and all of the answers (including flags to ...
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Chewed out for saying thank you to an Ubunu answer?

In my original post, "Associate PlayOnLinux to Microsoft Office on Ubuntu 14.04," I presented an Ubuntu problem that I was having. I received a reply from Mitch which included an attempt at a solution....
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ancient down-voting and modern Linux-society ;o)

To clarify my question - this following ( please take my opinion more with humour not with deadly seriousity ) : Being "down-voted" is somehow ancient and leads into direction like being "pilloried". ...
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Why aren't most questions answered with references to documentation or mention to RTFM?

Why not point users in the right direction to learn how to solve problems by themselves in the future? Is it because of rep system?
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Did Stefano Palazzo♦ use the moderator vacation tool to inform regarding Stefano Palazzo's inactivity?

Did Stefano Palazzo♦ use the moderator vacation tool to inform regarding Stefano Palazzo's inactivity? According to the profile, last seen is August 29 (which is approximately a month ago). Did any ...
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Moderators vs. users

Who decides and manages the moderators on this site? My experience is that they are rather conceited and condescending to users, preferring lengthy verbal arguments than attempting to provide a few ...

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