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Can we improve the path from ubuntu.com to here?

In the time I've spent here, I've noticed a clear difference between AU and the other SE sites I frequent. There seem to be far more bad questions (that show no research effort, don't explain anything ...
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Should we consider unanswered questions a problem yet?

In the fashion of the discussion on meta.SO about unanswered questions on Stack Overflow Currently, out of 120,000 odd questions, only about 70% of them are considered answered. But it wasn't this ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are ...
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Are bugs necessarily off-topic?

Jorge Castro recently commented on one of my questions that it should be filed as a bug instead. And I've seen here that the general view is that questions about bugs should be considered off-topic ...
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Should answers have terminal or GUI instructions?

Should we aim to provide answers that use the terminal, through shell commands, or answers that use the GUI, through pointing and clicking? May be related to this question about our intended public
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Are there any memes on Ask Ubuntu?

Just curious. After reading about the infamous "Boat Programming" question, I wondered if anything like that has existed on Ask Ubuntu.
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What's wrong, Ask Ubuntu?: The "Tech Support" Impression

Over the last year in particular, Ask Ubuntu has made a great deal of advancements regarding its standing in the wider Ubuntu community. The prominent integration in the new Canonical topbar, as well ...
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Is Ask Ubuntu sponsored by Canonical?

According to the answer in Meta Stack Exchange, Ask Ubuntu is "sponsored informally, under special agreements that were negotiated before SE launched the formal site sponsorship program" by ...
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Spammers are being nastier withing the second!

To the reviewers that check First Time posts, please, be very alert about this new kind of attack: Spammers are now posting seemly valid answers/questions ripping of other posts/answers inside/...
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How to tag the Ubuntu editions and derivatives

[ The previous revision of this question didn't get much response and was incomplete because it did not include the derivatives, at least one of which also has editions. I have revised it to hopefully ...
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What should be edited out of the questions/anwers/posts in general?

Ok, everybody knows that the principle of the SE sites: All contributions are licensed under Creative Commons, and this site is collaboratively edited, like Wikipedia. If you see something that ...
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Let's refine and clarify our off-topic close reasons

Recently I have noticed, both as a user and a moderator, a good number of questions either being closed as end-of-life or as a development release when they probably don’t need to be. Just a few ...
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Can I ask about a problem with a non-Ubuntu kernel here?

I realise that it's perfectly on topic to ask how to install a non-Ubuntu kernel, but what about problems that are specific to non-Ubuntu kernels? Are they and should they be on topic? If not, why ...
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Formatting, backticks and editing

This was a concern raised in UL some time ago, but recently I've seen several cases where I've changed the use of backticks, I will ripoff strugee post from UL: I've noticed that a lot of new users ...
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It's time for Clean Up Week!

Following on from Bruno's post I've just added a new event to the clean up system: Clean Up Week 1 When?! The event lasts 7 days, starting at 00:00 on the 30th of March running through the end of the ...
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Old question with old answer. How can I request an update on the topic?

Sometimes I find an old question on Ask Ubuntu with an old answer. Updates in software tend to change the way things are done, and I can't help but wonder if there is a newer solution to the same ...
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Clearing out Old Questions

Recently in the review queue I have seen a number of questions which had they been asked today would be off topic because they specifically refer to an end of life version of Ubuntu but were on topic ...
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What should our .com domain name be? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline Note: We are closing this domain naming thread. It is asking the entirely wrong question. See this blog post for details: Domain Names: Wrong ...
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Please try to read bug reports before voting to close something as a bug

I just found this in the review queue: Does it matter that wlan0 has changed its name to eth1 after I upgraded to 12.04? It has a couple of votes to close as off-topic, I assume because somebody ...
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What does our community need? (Magic wand time in MSE)

Philippe, the Vice President of Community for the Stack Exchange Network, posted a question on Meta Stack Exchange seeking input from the community regarding "ONE thing" that would help one'...
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What's wrong, Ask Ubuntu?: Closures

The system for closing questions on an SE site is rather simple. There are various types of close reasons and votes, that fit in roughly three categories: Low Quality Posts The close reaons "unclear ...
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The future of the applications/software tag(s) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Applications, application and software tags must die! To my mind applications, application and software is useless - there is no clear meaning to them. Some questions should ...
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Policy Clarifications In Place on "End of Standard Support" and "End of Life"

Per the discussions yielded in Policy Change Proposal: "End of Standard Support" for ESM releases is effectively the "Not Supported" date for a release on Ask Ubuntu and 30 days of ...
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100+ reputation when hitting 200

I just passed 200 reputation on AskUbuntu, and then I received another 100 reputation for Association Bonus. The 100+ bonus because I reached 200 on AskUbuntu didn't push me past 200 on any other ...
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Why the minimum 6 characters limit on edits

I have found an answer with a dangerous mistake in chmod parameters. I did an edit suggestion(since I'm not privileged enough) but I was forced to change at least 6 characters for the system to accept ...
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How should I deal with old unanswered questions that are unlikely to be answered satisfactorily?

I'd like to have my accepted answer rate increase from 57%. What's dragging it down, though, is that I've posted a number of specific and/or difficult questions that haven't been answered, are ...
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The audit review system - dubious posts

This is the second time I got that unloved "Stop! Look and Listen" for a question I voted to close after reading it several times and trying to understand it. The question really is not clear to me: ...
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Make the on-topic section more explicit

Since there is often confusion on this site as to which Ubuntu derivatives are actually on topic, why not explicitly list them on the Help page? Instead of: We welcome questions about: Using and ...
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What should we do about answers with Link Rot?

Many times users simply post an answer to a question which contains a link to an offsite page with little or no context. When that link breaks, what should the policy be to handle those?
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Should we downvote duplicate questions?

I have been around for a few months now. What I notice is that the same questions keep on being asked over and over again. For instance about what ubuntu version to use, problems to install, questions ...
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How can I increase my reputation on Ask Ubuntu?

I notice some users with very high reputation scores. What is their "trick", and how can I increase my reputation?
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Is Ubuntu 14.04 off-topic on Ask Ubuntu?

THREAD NOTICE: This issue has been raised to Mark Shuttleworth, the Ubuntu Community Council, and the Ubuntu Technical Board via this email message (TB is the only public archive version of the email)....
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Change the software icon

I've been working to resolve this software icon issue, this will likely require a large find/replace on the site. In 11.10 the software icon was revised, going forward should we use that icon for the ...
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Where is the link to the original question when a question is closed as a duplicate?

I've looked for how to remove the unity dock from my new installation and have found two answers that were closed as exact duplicates of previous questions. What previous questions? Please update ...
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How can a question be migrated and who can do this?

I am curious about migrated questions. Who can migrate questions? Normal users or only specific users or user who got the privilege with reputation. If normal users or privileged users can do it, how? ...
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Deprecate the ubuntu-desktop tag?

This first came up when SE introduced displaying the most common tag at the start page s for SEO reasons. Commenting on the following two questions and their new titles ubuntu desktop - What native ...
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Why do some questions have "community wiki" over the user's name?

All questions have the user's name at the bottom right. But some don't have the avatar and have the mysterious "community wiki" over the user's name. What exactly does that mean? Here's an example: ...
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Which answer should you accept when both answers are correct but use different techniques?

There can be many ways to solve a single problem, and many Ask Ubuntu questions accordingly receive multiple answers using different methods In this case, which answer should I accept?
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Is it allowed to have multiple AU accounts, intentionally, without having them merged?

Some users might want to have multiple AskUbuntu accounts. There are a number of legitimate reasons for wanting this. I won't try to list them all but here are a few: Separate accounts for work-...
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How should answers which basically equate to "give up and use x instead" be handled?

Let's say we have a question of the form "How can I make X do Y?" and it is a perfectly valid, on-topic question. Now suppose someone then posts an answer which basically says "Forget X and just ...
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Duplicate or other options?

Scenario: We have an old question that is answered but is now outside our rules (eg off-topic) Somebody posts a new question which is a duplicate of the older question. What we do now ? We need to ...
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Is the "community help wiki" the same as "community wiki" on Ask Ubuntu?

I've heard of community wiki posts on Ask Ubuntu, but there seems to be something else called the community wiki, the community help wiki, or Ubuntu community wiki. This is confusing. What's the ...
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StackApplet - Monitor your reputation and get notified of comments. [v1.5 released]

StackApplet 1.5 released! Be sure to visit the downloads page to give the latest version a try. If you are able to translate StackApplet to another language, that would be awesome! If not, you can ...
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Happy 10th anniversary to Ask Ubuntu!

Ask Ubuntu was launched on 10/10/2010, so it's now just about 10 years old! To celebrate we are running some workshops / lessons in chat. So far this is the schedule: Introduction to software ...
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Please read -and think- before you mark as a dupe

I believe in the voting system, but not as a result of this: A while ago, this question was asked. In short, in a multi- monitor setup, OP wants to have new windows appear on the screen he is ...
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Exchange votes or favours

Probably the most risky post I ever posted on AU, nevertheless need to get it of my chest... Don't ask me how I got the impression, nor whom it involves, but there seems to be a tendency lately that ...
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Please can people format code properly

Recently I've seen a lot of code being formatted as quote. This is not how it should be done. All code should be formatted with one of two styles. If it is just 1 line, with other text around it, ...
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How should we celebrate 10 years of Ask Ubuntu?

It seems that Ask Ubuntu was launched on or around 10th October 2010. This means that our 10th birthday is coming up in about three months :) This post is here to invite your ideas on how we can ...
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What's wrong, Ask Ubuntu?: Low Voter Count

Let me preface this with a run-down of the reputation system: Users on the site can cast up- and downvotes and accept answers on their questions, each giving or taking reputation to or from other ...
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Is it smart to use threats or insulting language when asking for help?

I've seen many questions where the person asking for help, uses insults as part of their question. As examples, look at these: How can I get your (bad word here) software to do what I (bad word here)...

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