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Is it possible to “over edit”?

Hi! Since it's beta I want to make sure we have high quality questions and answers. As a result I've been doing some editing, but a bunch of it things like capitalization, spelling, formatting, etc. ...
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What to do with plagiarized tag-wikis?

As I was going through the tag-wikis today to try to add excerpts to those that are lacking, I found many plagiarized tag-wikis and excerpts. Examples: libvirt octave google-drive pango anacron ...
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Finding questions that other questions have been closed as a dupe of

Is there a way to find questions with a high closed as dupe points here count? If there were, I think it would be a great way to get a list of questions for people with close-votes without as much ...
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Synonimization of singular/plural tag pairs

There are a few [foo]/[foos] tag pairs on Ask Ubuntu. Such tag pairs are usually the singular and plural of the same word and should be synonyms. Occasionally. Only moderators can create [foos] when [...
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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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Best way to end a question post

When I ask a question on Ask Ubuntu, I usually end it with some kind of request for knowledge, like "does anybody know the actual meaning of this message?". A lot of newer people end the question with ...
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Lost 235 rep due to user removal

Is there any tidy way to let me know which user was removed? That's a pretty big hit to take from one user's removal. Just curious.
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Are we better off with a general “Unix & Linux” stackexchange site?

Recently launched: Unix & Linux - Stack Exchange (Proposal ) Is Ubuntu perhaps a too narrow topic?
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How do Mint users end up here?

It's clear to see how Ubuntu users arrive at the site. It's hard to Google for specific problem with "Ubuntu" in the query and not end up here. We're part of the documentation and we're featured (Ask!)...
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Should one answer one's own question? [duplicate]

And if one does, is it bad form to then select one's own answer as the preferred one? Here's the particular case I have in mind: How do I add a program that must be run from within its own directory ...
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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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404 Image Nominations

All the other sites seem to be doing this... We need an image that will be displayed when users try to bring up a page that does not exist. Please quote the source so the team can negotiate rights ...
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Request: Burnination and Blacklisting of [error] tag

One of the most overly used tags in the site is error. In almost every case, there are many other tags which are far more descriptive. All 303 questions using that tag aside, I believe the tag ...
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should people who answer a question actively prevent duplicates?

If I see a question I can answer, I answer. If I know it has been answered recently. I point to the existing post in a comment. However if you have to search actively before giving (every) answer if ...
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What do we do with homework-like questions?

Title's pretty clear on what i'm asking. But what should we do with questions like these: A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux Ubuntu Linux install xeyes command ... which rely on getting an answer to ...
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Ask Ubuntu new site theme coming soon [duplicate]

You might have seen the featured post Rollout of new network site themes on Meta Stack Exchange already, but here are the relevant parts for Ask Ubuntu again: As mentioned on meta.stackexchange.com ...
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Applications, application and software tags must die!

Originally discussed here: The future of the applications/software tag(s) Needs to be discussed again as an effort to ban the tags permanently applications, application and software are useless - ...
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Can we please disambiguate or discourage the 'mobile' tag?

I've decided to branch off my mobile concerns from Do we need a new “ubuntu-for-phones” tag?. In my opinion 'mobile' is too ambiguous and broad in its name being an adjective. Yes, we may have a ...
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What are Ask Ubuntu's current problems, if any, as of early 2012?

The following question was posed to me on my moderator nomination Is there any concrete issues you would like to focus on as a moderator? My answer is what amounts to janitorial work, but I'd like ...
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Should we be able to review 40 close votes when the queue length is less than 1000?

I recently asked this question on Meta Close Vote review queue 40 or 20? Regarding why on some days I have been able to review 40 close reviews but on others only 20 and received the answer that ...
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ETA on new User Activity page for non-Meta.SE sites?

The new User Activity page looks great, but there's no ETA specified as of now. Perhaps some moderator can leak some informations about ETA for non-Meta.SE sites?
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Some closed questions should not be downvoted, just closed. Thoughts?

There are some questions that are not deserving a downvote considering the circumstances, such as when the OP is obviously not accustomed to using the the site and thinks that it is pretty much a ...
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Is it really useful to flag very old “best…” questions as “primarily opinion based”?

Don't get me wrong, "What is the best ...." question should usually be closed fast. But, when they are several years old and have many/several answers I see no point in bringing them into the review ...
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How to decide which question to close as duplicate?

I have two questions here: How do I run executable scripts in Nautilus rather than open them in Gedit text editor? How do I run executable scripts in Nautilus? the later of which has been already ...
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Time Frame of Abandoned/Old Questions

I have checked the following questions: What to do with abandoned questions? How should we define "Abandoned" as a close reason? Changes to how we close abandoned questions Closing ...
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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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Migration Paths?

Migration paths allow for questions to be moved from Ask Ubuntu to other sites in the Stack Exchange network. The idea is that rather than simply closing questions as being "off-topic", then the ...
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Discouraging “Ubuntu” tags

Figured I might as well be the first to bring this up... Some relation to but not the same issue as: What ubuntu versions are covered? At time of writing, there are currently nine instances of the "...
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Flag answers that should be comments?

As new users can't comment, they sometimes posts answers that would have been comments if they could. Should we flag them so they can be cleaned up properly, or leave them alone because that's how the ...
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What should I do with answers about other Linux distros?

See this chat conversation for intense discussion. When I see an answer "here's how to do this in Windows", I flag it and leave a comment explaining that this is off-topic. All such flags have been ...
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What should we do with an invalid accepted answer?

Specifically with regards to these JAVA questions: https://askubuntu.com/questions/5567/how-to-install-the-sun-java-jdk https://askubuntu.com/questions/52154/how-do-i-install-the-latest-version-of-...
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Get rid of Windows answers?

Isn't it time to get rid of this answer and enforce the policy of closing Windows questions, here, here, ... as off-topic? I'd rather leave a comment "We're sorry, but this site is all about Ubuntu ...
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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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When do comments disappear?

I was browsing the main AU site, when I chanced upon the following comment in the question Why can't I turn on recommendations in software center?: Please provide additional information only by ...
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How to get Vox Populi badge

If I know right i can use maximum 30 votes in day. How can i get Vox Populi badge when it needs 40 votes: Vox Populi Used the maximum 40 votes in a day.
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Under what specific conditions should a question be flagged as “very low quality”? [duplicate]

I was going along doing some editing and whatnot on the main site when I hit a question that just looked so ugly quality-wise that I could not think of how one might be able to edit it back into ...
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Please don't abuse of the custom close reasons (nor just agree with the previous close voters)

I've seen this for a while now. We are (miss)using the custom close reason: Has anyone spoted the problem here? As you can see, both say the same with different wording. Why should we close it with a ...
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EOL Notice: Raring (13.04) is now past End of Life

This is a notice regarding releases of Ubuntu that have reached end of life. The following versions of Ubuntu and derivatives are officially end of life as of January 27, 2014: Raring 13.04 New ...
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Would a off-topic tag warning be a good-idea? [duplicate]

Here on Ask Ubuntu we have quite a lot of tags for various Linux distributions/Operating Systems/things that could be off-topic if specific about them: debian, mint, fedora, crunchbang, windows, ...
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Adding a comment = audit failed?

I just failed my first audit on this question. I got the question in first post review where it was displayed without any comment, I began writing a comment suggesting to add a screenshot to clearify ...
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Giving feedback on the design

Thanks to Mat and Jin the new design is live. Here's how to report bugs. If you find a problem with the design that is CSS related, for example something doesn't line up right or look wrong, then Jin ...
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Reviews for first time posters need to improve?

So I was wondering how all these first time posts are getting through but the number of First Posts in the review queue is always low or zero. One reason might be that people are ignoring junk in the ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019 [duplicate]

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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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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Ask Ubuntu new site theme is live

We rolled out the new site theme for Ask Ubuntu. It is now live. What new theme? If you're like, "What the heck are you talking about?", then you should read the Meta Stack Exchange post entitled ...
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How to watch for hidden gems?

In late answers review I found a helping notice as: This is a new user's answer to an old question. Watch for hidden gems, non-answers, and spam I understand what non-answers and spam refers to, ...
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Why don't we have “required/requested input not provided” close reason for abandoned questions?

While I've just recently acquired the privilege for voting to close questions, I find it hard to find the right close reasons for the following very common scenario. Someone asks a question, but does ...
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What makes a tag wiki “good”?

I've been editing tag wikis for a while, and I always write tag wikis with this formatting: Excerpt: Questions about using/installing (tag) on Ubuntu Wiki: (tag) is a (blah blah blah). (extra ...
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Fun-thread-friday!

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Part of the long-term success of StackOverflow has been the ability/allowance for occasional on-topic silliness. Letting new users relax and get involved ...
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Cleanup 2014: A tale of tags

There are quite a few tags on Ask Ubuntu that are basically fall into one of the following categories; meta tags Tags that describe the problem and are largely pointless (since the question describes ...

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