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You can vote - do it!

That about says it. Currently out of the top 15 posts in the newest questions, the total number of votes on questions and answers is 4 positive and 1 negative. This seems a bit low to me. Friends, ...
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Call out to reviewers - you CAN "skip"

I remember some reviews of suggested edits where the reviewers clearly could not understand either the post or the edit. One of these was https://askubuntu.com/a/476746/117103 , supposedly an answer, ...
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Should I edit posts to improve clarity?

When someone has asked a question using bad grammar or bad formatting, I find it difficult to read. So, the natural response? Clean it up. However, I'm realising that I make these edits fairly ...
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Ban ChatGPT and AI-generated answers on Ask Ubuntu?

ChatGPT generated answers have been found across the Stack Exchange network and some examples have also been recently seen and removed from Ask Ubuntu. Our colleagues on Stack Overflow have put a ...
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PSA: 12.04 Launches this week, steel yourselves!

Release is this week, which means that we'll have people who are going to start asking questions here, so we need to stay on our toes, update existing questions (more below), and just generally keep ...
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A happy Oli♦ day! [closed]

Today is November 11, so that means... Oli♦ day! We'd just like to congratulate our well-known moderator, author of thepcspy, and second-highest user by reputation here on a happy birthday. Many of us ...
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Should we get worried about in what direction Ask Ubuntu wanders?

Not to make a general case from the treatment of just one question but it seems that mere support questions are not only having the majority here but the community is getting so used to this that a ...
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What's your Ubuntu story?

Ask Ubuntu is 10 years young now! And the community is always growing. It's time to celebrate, isn't it? We came to Ask Ubuntu to ask questions about Ubuntu because many of us were noobs at using it, ...
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Why is Ask Ubuntu being linked to from Apport?

When I was using Apport I got the following messages: If you select I don't know what to do or Please point me to a good place to get support you get another pop-up window directing you to Ask Ubuntu:...
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Anyone interested in a regularly scheduled, multiplayer game of 0 A.D.?

Note: check out this post for details of an upcoming event. I am interested in setting up a regularly scheduled game of 0 A.D. that would be open to all Ask Ubuntu users. Since 0 A.D. is a free and ...
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Please don't flag link-only answers as Very Low Quality

Lately I notice that many link-only (or link-mainly) answers are being flagged as Very Low Quality, so I am taking to meta to ask y'all to use the Not An Answer flag for link-only answer (LOA) posts ...
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Why was muru's account suspended?

muru is one of the best users here, like Braiam and many other good folks. Out of curiosity, may I know why his account is suspended? He is a good guy. I just found out about his suspension by seeing ...
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What is the Ask Ubuntu Classroom and how can I participate?

What? The Ask Ubuntu classroom is a series of free sessions where an Expert teaches attendees some of their skills in a variety of fields. Where? The sessions are going to be held in the Classroom ...
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How to deal with very very old answers?

There is a question How to hide users from the GDM login screen? which is 5 years old, subsequently most voted and accepted answers don't work any more. I needed to hide a user from appearing on login ...
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What is the difference between Ubuntuforums and Askubuntu?

https://askubuntu.com/ http://ubuntuforums.org/ I wonder what the real difference between these two services, made for Ubuntu.
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Organising "classrooms" for 10th birthday celebrations

This follows up on How should we celebrate 10 years of Ask Ubuntu?. The answer by jokerdino suggesting Ask Ubuntu Classrooms was very popular so this post is an attempt to start organising it. I have ...
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Why do you not review?

The title says it all. I am wondering why people do not review. Feel free to post an answer with your reason or to upvote someone else's answer. You can upvote multiple answers (as always), but that ...
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When should I use the command-line tag?

There have been a few edit wars recently concerning the command-line tag. This question is an attempt to reach a community consensus on the usage of this particular tag. So, what exactly is this tag ...
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Do we need the Adobe, Microsoft and Apple tags?

On Ask Ubuntu we have several companies represented as tags. There are adobe, microsoft and apple. I don't think these tags are useful, and perhaps they should be removed. We don't have experts on any ...
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Don't edit spam answers, just flag them

We've been hit by way more spam than normal, just thought I'd point out these discussions on meta that might be useful to folks: What can we do about the increasing amount of spam on Ask Ubuntu? ...
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Design Ideas for the final site

Hi everyone, At the beginning of the beta I linked up Mat Tomaszewski from the Canonical Design Team to work with Jin Yang from SO on the design for the final site. I am posting the design here on ...
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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection [closed]

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&...
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Who owns Ask Ubuntu?

Just out of curiosity, who owns Ask Ubuntu? Canonical or Stack Exchange ? Previously it was said that Canonical helped to make this site and also assisted in designs but there were no Ubuntu links at ...
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Should we downvote questions when the OP didn't put any research effort into them?

For instance: How to install bind dns server and apache web server in ubuntu?. There is certainly a lot of how-tos to be found for exactly this task, it looks like we are his first (and only) ...
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Do we still really need to ask people to accept answers?

Every once in a while, I stumble upon posts where comments ask users to accept an answer. In my opinion, it generates a lot of noise for something that is no longer needed. An example of such noise: ...
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Do we need a new "ubuntu-for-phones" tag?

I see Jorge Castro has been replacing ubuntu-for-phones with mobile here and here. (Hi Jorge!) Shouldn't those two tags be kept distinct? ubuntu-for-phones is the newly announced project with the ...
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Request: Please take time while reviewing close votes

First I must say, the new review system is great. It is easier to review items, especially the linked duplicate question tab is very useful. But I think, the easiness of reviewing posts has posed ...
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Ask Ubuntu vs AskUbuntu

What's the name of our site? AskUbuntu seems to be more popular currently, but that could just be that it gained some initial momentum somewhere. Our FAQ, however, says: AskUbuntu is a Q&A ...
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Should comments be flagged for "light" rudeness?

I will give the example of this answer. It was a bad answer, not much information in it, not really a good work around. A bad answer is a bad answer, we all understand that. Now, I look at the user ...
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Why don't people who down-voted on a question revisit that question if it has been edited to make it better for up-votes?

Let's say that you have a question that got down-voted. And then it gets edited to try get upvotes. And those that down-voted don't up-vote because they don't see the question has been edited. Why ...
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2012 Community Moderator Election

The 2012 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Scheduling lessons for 10th anniversary celebration classroom

Oops time passed. I have created a public chat room for the 10th anniversary lessons: Join the Classroom All lessons will be held there. This post is for scheduling the lessons. If you would like to ...
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How can we refocus on being a Q+A, not a support forum or bug tracker? [closed]

After doing some investigation on issues brought up doing these questions I've found something that I'm embarrassed that we have let get out of control, see these questions for some background. What ...
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chrubuntu questions - on-topic or off-topic?

This question relates to this Q on the main site: Chrubuntu terminal Having done the traditional "google search" (other providers may be used) I came across this blog post that describes chrubuntu ...
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When is an edit too minor?

I see a decent number of edits in the queue that feel like someone is trying to get rep rather than trying to improve the site. Some examples: https://askubuntu.com/review/suggested-edits/223751 -- ...
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The morning after

As we all know, there has been a great amount of malicious voting. As we all know, there has been a correction. Right. What I really need to get of my chest: If you think you should make ...
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Why do we have a "help" tag? [duplicate]

help is kind of a pointless tag, no? There's 36 questions which have it, each of them is asking for support with something different. There's no real purpose for it, since this site is for support ...
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How to handle Comments as Answers

Lately I've noticed users leaving comments (additional questions for the OP) as answers to their questions - which isn't desired. I understand for Ubuntu Community members joining the site who are ...
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Me-too post? Or partial answer?

Where do we draw the line between "I'm having the same problem, too" posts and partial answers? This answer and its comments are what have motivated me to ask this. But I'm hoping for a ...
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Answering questions in OP's language

I sometimes see questions in a foreign language, translated below. Is it acceptable to answer the question in both English and the OP's language(if I speak it) to make the process simpler for the OP? ...
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What is the meaning of OP?

I regularly see the abbreviation OP used in comments and in questions on the meta site. What does it mean? Should a glossary be included in the FAQ? Or should OP be included in an existing glossary I ...
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I need some [help] getting rid of this tag from Ask Ubuntu Meta!

This tag is fully useless IMO. We don't need it. So... we have a help tag on Meta Ask Ubuntu (NOT the main site). IMO, it is useless. Let's go through the criteria to get rid of it: Does it describe ...
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Useless edits in the review queue

I know this comes up all the time but I just want to bring it back one more time. When low rep users edit questions and answers can they please make sure they actually contribute to the post with ...
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Shouldn't we stop closing questions instantly as Off-Topic if we see the words "mint", "debian", etc.?

I'm not suggesting that Mint is on-topic, but recently I've noticed questions getting closed as Off Topic, just because a question contains the word "Mint" or "Debian". If you need to close them, I ...
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Contributing as a new member in this mature StackExchange site

So, I am relatively new to Ubuntu (a couple years) and completely new to this site as a registered user. I have found lots of good information here before, but just now did I find something to ...
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Allow "homework" questions?

I know different sites have different rules for this, I'm only asking now because this is the first "homework" question I've come across. Should we allow these types of questions? If so, under what – ...
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Who's running this ship and where's it going?

When investing my time into something, I like to know where it's going. Helping one person is good but if I can help 10, that's better. Is my time here worth more than that on IRC/forums/etc? To know ...
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Ask Ubuntu Troubleshooter - Defining a Tool that New Users Will Use

The need for this question arose out of this answer. To save everyone the trouble of reading the entire page, I will summarize: We get a lot of questions here (such as "Why won't my wireless work?")...
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Can we *please* blacklist the error tag?

The tag has reappeared two more times again. The error has reappeared after at lease 2 purges. Can we please blacklist this tag? Reasons for this have been discussed several times already: The '...
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Merge [resolution] into [something-resolution]

This was a mistake. Resolution should have never been the main tag for all screen/display/monitor resolution issues. This is more evident when you get exactly 4 tags for all these issues, created by ...
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